An unhappy shape shifter can be a dangerous companion....
For Sneak Peek Sunday authors share six paragraphs from a published work or a WIP (work in progress).
My excerpt for this week is from my 2nd book, Deadly Enchantment. A shapeshifting wizard romance set in Victorian England published by New Concepts Publishing,
In this snippet, which occurs near the end of the first Chapter, Dominic Westcroft has returned from London to discover his sister has invited several young women to his home, so he can select a new bride. Except, Dominic has no intention of ever marrying again. However, when he suspects one of their guests possesses magical abilities she doesn't want them to know about, he decides to have them join him for dinner so he can rout out the culprit. Once the ladies are all seated, their napkins and silverware begin to act up.
The table linens promptly ceased misbehaving when the servants filed back into the room carrying the first course. A soup. The master of Ravenswood directed the servants to place an empty bowl before each guest, set the tureen on the table, then leave. Serena had a sinking feeling she knew why he gave that order and prayed she was mistaken.
“It’s mock turtle soup, ladies. I hope you enjoy it,” the Wizard of the West murmured in his rich baritone voice.
The tureen, designed to look like a deeply set oyster shell, rose up on its large turtle-like, stubby china legs and “walked” about the table, serving out a ladle of soup to each of them. A few of the women drew back in alarm while Caitlyn, Katherine and Georgina appeared to be charmingly amused by the china’s antics. Serena could see Allison struggling to master her own fear, so she wasn’t the least bit amused by their host’s game-playing. However, if he continued grandstanding in this manner, it might not be as difficult to expose him as she’d originally thought. He was certainly making no effort to disguise his magical talents, so all she had to do was keep silent and wait.
When everyone had been served, Serena observed the way Allison, Susan and Melissa stared at their bowls with grave suspicion. Not wanting to draw attention to herself by being the first, Serena waited to see who would be brave enough to take the first sip. Katherine took the lead again by picking up her spoon and taking a delicate taste of the steamy, thick broth. With a delighted smile directed specifically at their host, she proclaimed the soup quite delicious. When the bowl didn’t spit the thick liquid back into Katherine’s face, Serena, taking her cue from the others, picked up her spoon and followed suit.
As they ate, the master of Ravenswood turned to the woman who sat at his right. Grateful Westcroft’s attention was focused on someone other than she or Allison, Serena was relieved that Allison sat at least a few places down from their host, although she would rather have had her cousin sit where she did, all the way at the end of the table, instead of directly on her right.
Being first in their alphabetical lineup, Susan Baker had the misfortune of sitting on Westcroft’s left. Susan was shaking so badly that Serena was surprised the silver spoon wasn’t clattering against her teeth. Yet Westcroft appeared to practically ignore Susan for the tasty morsel on his right, who regarded him with undisguised interest.
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