Friday, September 26, 2014

First Fight Friday: Spell Touched by Aileen Harkwood


Goats solve their differences head-on. They don’t give the silent treatment or yell, they butt heads, and then it’s over.

Cowboy Marvin has learned humans resolve issues differently especially those romantically involved. His curiosity sparked, he has invited authors to stop by on Fridays and share the first fight out of their latest book.



Author & Fire Writer for 
Written Fireside
Aileen Harkwood

        
           is here for ...

First Fight Friday 

with a scene from 


Spell Touched
Breens Mist Witches Book 1


Everywhere Gisela Marton goes people she’s never seen before in the small town of Breens Mist, Oregon, wish her Happy Death Day. Is this a tasteless joke meant to terrify, or a genuine threat? 



With a seductive grin that makes her hope this isn’t her last day on Earth, Sean MacLenna confirms the worst. She is going to die. But Sean, one of Breens Mist’s warlocks, has vowed to make her final hours the most pleasurable possible. 


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“We need to talk.”

Sean leaned against the variety store’s brick façade. His eyes were the only blue sky to be had, the storm still raging, rain pouring in a curtain from the edge of the green awning under which he’d sought cover. Arms crossed over his broad chest, he carried that same self-restrained stillness with him as when they’d first met, a man who had all the time in the world to do whatever needed to be done; her exact opposite, if he was to be believed. 

His parka’s hood was down, fine droplets of moisture beading in his thick hair. She had an instant vision of him shaking it like some great mastiff spraying everything around him with water, but of course he wasn’t a dog. She wasn’t sure what he was—warlock, human, lunatic—but dog could safely be placed in the column of things he wasn’t.

With one knee bent and a booted sole propped against brick masonry, he shoved off the wall.

She stuffed the bag with her new pair of panties in her purse.

“For the record, I’m partial to the other ones,” he said.

Damn. Her face flushed. So he had seen them earlier.

“They’re torn,” she said.

“What a world of possibilities that opens up.”

He blocked her way. She pushed him aside.
“Back off, stalker,” she said.

He ignored her warning and easily kept stride with her toward her car, parked down the block.

“So I’m a stalker, now,” he said. “I guess that’s an upgrade from serial killer.”

“I don’t see how,” she said. “Both prey on–”

“Defenseless women. Yada-yada-yada.”

She came to a dead halt in the rain.

“Are you mocking me?” she asked.

“Clever of you to notice.”

“Really.”

“Really.”

“F you.”

“We may want to try that later,” he said, “but it’s doubtful we’ll have the time. With you dying in a few hours, that is.”

Ready to burst into tears, Gisela took off toward her car again, running.

He didn’t follow as she’d anticipated, and because he didn’t, she stopped and turned to face him.

“Why do you keep throwing that in my face? What is it you want from me?”

“Your attention,” he said.

“Well, you can’t have it.”

She splashed into the street, rushed to her car, and tore out into traffic. 


Copyright © Aileen Harkwood
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Spell Touched by Aileen Harkwood   

Would you dare to fall in love, 
if you knew you'd be dead by midnight...?

Gisela Marton doesn’t know what to make of the mysterious gift left on her doorstep on Halloween morning, with its strange card that reads,Happy Death Day, Gisela! Everywhere she goes people she’s never seen before in the small town of Breens Mist, Oregon, wish her the same. Is this a tasteless joke meant to terrify, or a genuine threat?

Maddeningly calm, with a seductive grin that makes her hope this isn’t her last day on Earth, Sean MacLenna appears out of nowhere at the restaurant where she works to confirm the worst. She is going to die. At midnight. What Gisela and most others in town don’t know is they share it with a hidden society of witches, one that has protected the community for two hundred years. Every spell of protection woven comes with a price, however. In Gisela’s case that price is to sacrifice her life for the good of the town, and Sean, one of Breens Mist’s warlocks, has vowed to make her final hours the most pleasurable possible.


Spell Touched 
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Other titles by Aileen include:

A paranormal Christmas romance novella... 
Still grieving the loss of her fiancé and best friend in a car accident on Christmas Eve at Sapphire Ridge, 
Niki Lusk returns to the popular Lake Tahoe ski resort one year later...



"Dark and captivating, with a story and characters that get under your skin... 
 Dangerous Dreams is the start to what is sure to become one of my favorite series." 
-Tattooed Book Review

Want to know more about Aileen?
Check out her Fire Writer Friday interview.


About Aileen: 

I grew up haunting used bookstores for old copies of Jane Austen novels and Ian Fleming's James Bond. I dreamed of Mr. Darcy, but secretly wished he lived in modern times and had just a bit of Bond's bad boy thugishness. Anytime I found a romance with psychics, witches, shifters or other paranormal heroes and heroines, I consumed it like the best chocolate.

Now that I'm a writer, I strive to blend these influences together into tightly-wound suspense stories or fun and quirky romps, where romance can bloom equally well in the middle of a gun battle or a quiet country lane.




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Thanks for sharing Aileen!

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