Today I have a blitz for the Spellbound Series hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! These covers are so pretty! I have the first book but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I love witches so I am looking forward to it one day. I have excerpts and two international giveaways!
IN THIS SCENE: On Friday, April 1st, Gray goes to school unaware of the fact that she died and is now inside her twin sister Charlene’s body.
Mr. Burke turned to face the class with his attendance sheet. The moment his eyes left the paper, they landed on Gray. “Miss Perez,” he said, startled. “What are you doing in my class?”
So even the teachers were in on it.
Gray swallowed. Her heart hammered inside her chest. Everyone stared at her. It was like some horrible nightmare. Maybe the coven was punishing her for performing magic at school. Enough to manipulate reality? She couldn’t begin to imagine the kind of power that’d take, followed by the repairs and brain washes at the conclusion of her day of humiliation. It didn’t make any sense.
“The same thing I do every day, learning math under your tutelage, Mr. Burke,” Gray answered. Maybe she could get him to crack a smile and admit he couldn’t keep a straight face any longer.
But Mr. Burke didn’t smile. His jaw tensed. “Is this a joke?”
She would have liked to ask him the same question, but Mr. Burke didn’t look like he was playing around.
Everyone seemed to be holding their breath around her.
“I don’t know,” Gray said slowly. “Maybe you can tell me what’s going on.”
Mr. Burke just stared at her.
Gray sat up. “Did I get transferred to another geometry class and someone forgot to mention it to me?” Or to another school? Why was her locker cleared out?
“You’ve never been in my geometry class, Charlene.”
Charlene! Gray’s heart skipped. “I’m not Charlene!”
There were gasps all around her.
“Who are you then?” Mike Matthews asked from beside her.
“Oh, for Pete’s sake, you know very well I’m Graylee.”
Louder gasps, followed by a rush of whispers coming from all directions. It was like being sucked into the eye of a hurricane with chatter hurled and swirled all around her. Gray looked to Mr. Burke, imploring him with her eyes to make this charade end.
“Enough!” he shouted and the clamor stopped. Mr. Burke looked at Gray and spoke softly. “Miss Perez, please come with me.”
Gray stuffed her things inside her pack and vacated her desk. She was more than ready to get out of that room.
She joined Mr. Burke in the hallway, where he shut the classroom door behind him. Gray could practically hear the jabber begin anew the moment the door clicked in place. Hyenas. She’d like to see how her classmates handled a day in the Twilight Zone.
IN THIS SCENE: Everything goes topsy-turvy in Duplicity. Spells start backfiring and Gray, “Lee”, is in for an unwelcome surprise when a duplicate of herself shows up to compete for the attentions of Raj and their mom. But first things first. ;)
Lee unhooked her bra. Suddenly she was gone.
Not gone, gone, but invisible. She re-clasped her bra, which might have been humorous if she’d been thinking straight because it wasn’t like anyone could see her.
Raj’s brows rose right before he chuckled. “If you didn’t want me to see you naked, you could have kept your clothes on.”
“Raj, this isn’t funny. I didn’t make myself invisible.”
“It’s okay, you’re not ready. You know I’m in no rush.”
“I’m ready! Seriously, this has never happened to me before.”
“Okay, so make yourself visible again.”
Lee stomped her foot. “I’m trying!” Etch A Sketch, M.C. Escher’s Drawing Hands—nothing was working.
Raj chuckled again. “I thought guys were the ones with performance anxiety.”
“Stop making fun of me.”
“I’m not. Need help?”
There was a brief pause followed by a huff of frustration. “Fine. Fill me in. Whatever.”
Raj was still grinning until his clothes ripped off his body. They fell in tatters to the tapestry rug at his feet.
“Someone’s eager.” Lee was happy to be the one on the teasing end of things this round.
Raj instantly turned red and quickly cupped himself with his left hand in an attempt to cover his…parts. “That wasn’t me!”
Lee had to laugh at the way Raj’s eyes darted around the room trying to find her.
“Are you staring at me? Don’t look at me!”
“I never pegged you as the shy type.”
“I’m not. I just don’t like you staring when I can’t see you.”
“Fine, I’m not looking at you.” But she was. She was ogling every inch of him at the moment. Sixth hour weight training was doing wonders for Raj’s physique. Not that she’d ever found it lacking. He was all tight, toned muscle tinged in rich, dark Indian skin.
Lee wet her lips. It wasn’t like he’d see the gesture.
IN THIS SCENE: Adrian’s grandmother returns in book three, accompanying him on his magic tour in Europe.
“This food no good.”
Adrian’s Nan glared down at the plate of paella the waiter had set before her.
They were seated at an antique marble table attached to legs made of curly cast-iron supports. It was only noon, which made Adrian and his Nan the first lunch customers of the day. The Spaniards wouldn’t be out for their mid-day meal till closer to two.
Adrian was already three bites into his dish. “There’s nothing wrong with the food, Nan.”
“Food better in Paris.”
“Spanish food is fine. You just miss the pastries.”
“What wrong with pastries?”
Adrian grinned. “Come on, you have to admit it’s good to get out of the apartment.”
Nan scowled in answer.
His Nan had barely stepped foot outside since arriving in Barcelona two weeks prior.
“Why we come to Spain?”
“I told you. I had an opportunity to perform.”
“Perform!” Nan spat on the ground then tossed up her arms. “You perform plenty in Paris. I know why we come to Spain. The girl.”
Nan missed the look of warning on Adrian’s face.
“You almost kill yourself for this girl and still I no meet.”
“I did not almost kill myself for her. It doesn’t matter, anyway. She hates me.” She probably hated him even more after last night. It was of little consequence. Adrian had not expected to see Graylee Perez again, at least not this soon. Her mother had forbidden it. He smirked at the thought. No one forbade Adrian Montez anything.
Nan huffed. “Love. Hate. Doesn’t matter. You powerful warlock. Make girl love you.”
Adrian wasn’t above manipulation or the use of magic to get what he wanted, but in this instance the mere thought of it made him physically recoil. “I am Adrian Hedrick Montez. I will have a woman’s sincere love or I won’t have it at all.”
Nan huffed again.
Adrian smiled slowly. “Besides, I already have the love of a good woman.”
Nan came the closest to a giggle as Adrian had ever heard. Her lips puckered into a brief smile and she actually took a bite of her food. But as soon as she’d swallowed, she leaned forward and asked, “When we return to Paris?”
It was like dealing with a four-year-old.
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