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 and the soup tureen walks around the table serving itself. Finally, things settle down enough that everyone is able to eat, though a few are almost too nervous to sample the soup.
“And what is your name, my dear?” he inquired with a smile. From that small turn of his upper lip, Serena had no doubt that Dominic Westcroft could be a devastating charmer if he chose to be. However, even from her distance she could see the man was merely toying with the woman beside him, much as a cat played with a mouse just before it pounced.
Katherine smiled and leaned even closer to him in a blatant display of showing off her two most prominent assets. She believed the man was infatuated with her. He wasn’t. He was no doubt interested in discovering if she was the one he’d connected with, but he clearly wasn’t smitten.
“Katherine Shaw, sir. I was most impressed by your display this evening, Mr. Westcroft.”
“Were you, my dear?” He leaned forward slightly as though intrigued by the woman and her conversation. “And what impressed you most, Katherine?” he inquired, deliberately making his inquiry more intimate with the use of her first name.
“Oh, the soup, most definitely. What a clever way to serve a meal. You must be very powerful indeed, sir, to perform such creative magic so easily,” she suggested, leaning even closer to him.
“Ah, a fellow admirer of the magical arts. Tell me, my dear, have you any talents of your own that you’d like to tell me about?”
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