Current Reading Mood: Urban Fantasy
Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Blog Tour: 7 Year Witch by Cindy Keen Reynders + Giveaway!

7 Year Witch
By Cindy Keen Reynders
 Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Angelic Knight Press
 Release Date: April 12, 2012


Novice witch Miranda Rose’s seventh and final task for the Supreme Witch’s Council is to find the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. Once completed, she’ll reach her lifelong dream—High Witch of Wysteria Hedge Haven. In a last ditch effort to locate the precious gem; she travels through time to 1877. In a dilapidated castle a powerful wizard refuses to relinquish the stone. In a fit of pique, the wizard, Balthazar, zaps her in a field outside of Merry Olde London.  

Sir Maxwell Chadwick is the sole witness to a fiery ball of light streak across the midnight sky. Curious, he investigates. Surprised to find a beautiful young woman among the smoldering ashes, he cannot deny his instant attraction to the alluring stranger. While Miranda appreciates the handsome duke’s assistance, she finds him annoying as his well-intentioned interference delays her mission.

It doesn’t take Miranda long to realize the handsome duke holds the key to her heart, as well as her future. Fate, magic and the Seven-Year Witch disease takes the lovers on a rollicking, star-crossed adventure!


June, 1877
Somewhere in Merry Olde England

Chapter One

It’s best to travel through time naked.  
Miranda Rose, novice witch of the Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan, was doing exactly that as she vaulted through cumulus clouds into the nineteenth century.  Her long golden hair whipped behind her like a banner, and the skin on her face had become so taut, she feared her teeth might pop out of her mouth.
The reason for being naked was simple—travel went much faster.  Also, clothes caught fire upon entering the atmosphere whereas skin simply became hot.  Hot skin she could live with, incinerated clothing and torched hair no.
She pulled up on her red broom handle, and braced for a hard impact.  “Whoa Nellie!”
“Damn it, Miranda, I’m…a broom …not a horse.” The Witchwright model squealed, shuddered and bucked on air drafts.  
Breaking free of wispy white vapors, Miranda flew through the forest tree tops and landed with a thud onto a mossy stream bank, dropping Nellie.  She rolled across the rough surface, laid still for a moment to catch her breath, then pushed to her feet.  Intense heat rose from her bare skin, so she hurried toward the water and splashed into the silvery depths.  Every pore sizzled and popped with relief.  
On the bank she waved a hand over her body and clothed herself in soft lavender robes.  Loamy forest smells assaulted her nose as she searched for Nellie.  At last she found the broom and grasped the handle.  
“You okay?”
“Sure,” the broom said.  “But that scared the birch right out of my wood.  By the way, what are we doing here?”
The broom had a memory like cheese cloth, but Miranda didn’t mind explaining things a few extra times.  “The Supreme Witch’s Council assigned me to find Balthazar the wizard and the Philosopher’s Stone by Halloween.”
“Halloween?  That’s only a few months away.  Tell me again, why are you doing this?”
Miranda rolled her eyes.  “This is my seventh and final task.  I succeed, and the old biddies will make me a high witch.  If I don’t, I’ll remain a novice and the clan joke.  Never has it taken a Hedge Haven witch this long to be promoted.”  
“And I know you’re going to succeed.”  Nellie swished the straw on her back end.  “I can sense victory in my knot holes.”
“Sigillium magnifitum.”  After intoning a spell to reveal anything that had been rendered invisible, Miranda pivoted on one heel, scanning the horizon.  At last she spied what she’d been searching several months for—a crumbling fortress, perched on a hill like a dark sentinel.  
“Son of a monkey!”  She pointed toward the edifice, straddled Nellie, and flew toward the tower.  Hopefully, dealing with the wizard wouldn’t be too difficult.  She wasn’t the most proficient with her spells, even though she spent hours trying to perfect her powers.
The errors she made weren’t simple ones.  For some reason, she had trouble reading her witchcraft books clearly, yet she didn’t dare admit her problem.  She’d tried glasses and other reading enhancements, but nothing worked.  Her parents, who were brilliant and traveled all over the world on archaeological digs in order write history books, would think her a dimwit if they ever learned the truth.  Her six older sisters, some of the smartest witches in the clan, would feel sorry for her if they knew her secret shame.
She didn’t want their sympathy.  That would be humiliating.
At least she always found humor in her exceptional skills at messing things up.  Being able to laugh somehow lessened the sting of failure.  
Outside the castle, Miranda and Nellie hovered near the wizard’s workroom.  She peered through a window at the book-lined shelves hugging the walls.  Faint light spilled across the area from a tall, wax-encrusted candelabrum.  A black cauldron suspended over the fireplace bubbled noisily.  Nose twitching from the noxious fumes, she glanced around, noticing the hollow-eyed skulls decorating one wall.  
Hopefully she didn’t piss this guy off.  His trophy wall put Hannibal the Cannibal to shame.  
Once she’d glided inside, she landed on the stone floor and leaned on Nellie.  The room appeared empty, but she sensed a presence.  Skin prickling with trepidation, she spotted a caged owl studying her warily with large yellow eyes.  The bird tilted its head to the side and blinked.  Hoot, hoot.
“Crapola.  Nellie, do you have any idea how to call out a wizard?”
“Beats me.”
She chewed on her lower lip.  “Uh, Mr. Wizard?  Are you in here?  Yoo, hoo…”
A whirlwind of sparks flashed, stinging her eyes.  After rubbing them, she glanced up to see a small figure.  
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…a midget wizard?
She blinked several times, trying to determine if her vision was playing tricks on her.  Nope.  Someone in a black, star-covered cloak and a black pointed cap had appeared.  His dark tousled mop of hair fell into his eyes, and a pair of round, horn-rimmed glasses rested crookedly across the bridge of his freckled nose.   
“Holy bat dung, you’re just a kid!  How old are you?”
He lifted his chin haughtily.  “Eleven.”
“Hard to believe the fabled wizard who has awed generations is…”  She trailed off, not wanting to insult him by saying what she thought.  A scrawny punk.  “Well, um, so handsome.”
He grinned like a kook.  “How’d you like my last trick?  Did I scare you?”  
She gave him a thumbs-up.  “Way impressive.”  
“Whoo, hoo.  I’m bad, I’m bad…”  He started moon walking around the room.
Oh brother.  “Balthazar, I need to ask you something.”
He squinted at her, his eyes full of suspicion.  “What?”
“Do you have the Philosopher’s Stone?”   
He plucked a shiny black obsidian-type rock, about the size of a baseball, from the voluminous sleeve of his robe and held his prize up to the light.  “Cool, huh?”
Her eyes widened.  “I’ll pay you any price.”
“The stone is not for sale.  See, my mom found this magic rock in an antique shop a few years ago.  I rubbed it and spoke some magic words from this wizardology book.  I finished with abracadabra, and I showed up here.  I don’t have a bed time and I can conjure up whatever I want to eat.  This cool wizard called The Dark Lord comes every day to teach me more magic.  Totally awesome.”  
“Maybe we can barter for the stone.”  She held a finger to her chin.  “How about a lifetime supply of Nerds?  You know, those little candy things—”
“Take a hike, Ms. Witchy-poo.  According to my wizard books, you freaks are bad ju ju.  I’m gonna have to banish you to the Neverlands…”  He whipped out a wand and waved it with a flourish.
Desperate, she began to ramble like a fool.  “No, don’t do that!  Didn’t your books teach you the difference between a white witch and a black witch?  I’m one of the good guys—we’ve all sworn to do no harm.”
Balthazar hesitated, his wand wavering.  “I don’t know…”
Encouraged, Miranda went on.  “I’ve been assigned by the Supreme Witch’s Council to fetch your stone so they can use it to help mankind.  If I don’t, I’ll fail my final task.  I’ll have to wait one hundred years before I can take another exam.  I’ll be the oldest novice witch on the planet!”
Tossing the stone up and down in his palm, Balthazar scrutinized her.  “Like I care.”
“Please, you’ve got to help me!”  Her insides knotted like shoelaces.   
A wave of his wand sent a bolt of lightning toward her.  A powerful electric charge rocketed through her body and she catapulted, head over heels, out of the window.  
“You little bra-a-a-t!”  
For the second time in a single day, her extremities began to sizzle like pork chops on a hot grill.  A scream ripped from her throat as she shot through the starry sky.  After what seemed like an eternity, she landed with a painful thump.
Every funny bone in her body cried out in anguish.  She didn’t bother to fight back against the black wave of unconsciousness.  She figured she was a goner.
Sir Maxwell Chadwick, the seventh Duke of Pellamshire, steered his carriage away from the pub and allowed his horse to find its own way through the foggy, torch-lit streets of London.  After a night on the town with a couple of his chums, Max leaned back against the plush seat, happier than he had been in weeks.  He realized his good mood would fade once life fell back into its familiar, mundane pattern.
These days, he spent most of his time in business meetings or alone in his empty mausoleum of a townhouse, battling bitter memories.  Sometimes, like tonight, his friends managed to drag him out, a welcome respite from lingering sadness that ate at him like a sickness.
His glum attitude stemmed from several events.  He’d suffered the first blow two years ago.  He’d been courting a lovely young lady by the name of Catherine Fettiplace, and he thought they got on quite famously.  Then he made the foolish mistake of asking her to marry him.  
After his proposal, she refused to see him again.  Several months later, his brother began courting her.  Before Max knew it, they were betrothed, and they married a short time after.  Pride wouldn’t allow him to show how much their betrayal affected him.  Yet inside, he’d been seething with anger.  
They’d meant so much to each other; how could Catherine have thrown him over for Marley?  No doubt her parents had reminded her Max’s older brother was in line to become the next Duke of Pellamshire, and encouraged her to set her cap for him.  Shallow, to say the least.  Women.  He didn’t think a lot of the flighty creatures.
Attempting to drown his frustration, he began dallying with a string of other women.  Most of them made it clear since he happened to be the second Chadwick son, he was not the type of man they would consider marrying.  Brutal, but honest.  
He tried not to let these things bother him.  Instead, he enjoyed the sex if they offered it.  If they weren’t loose with their favors, he moved on.  He’d made up his mind that’s all females were good for.
When Catherine died in childbirth and his tiny nephew shortly afterward, it nearly devastated him, but once again he dealt with the loss by exhibiting silent stoicism.  Propriety dictated that he should feel nothing but sympathy for losing his sister-in-law.  Love dictated that his heart be torn in two.  Despite his own torment, even though he remained irritated at Marley for marrying the woman he loved; his brother had lost his wife.  He needed to show respect.
Then, while he was on a military excursion at sea a year ago, both his parents and his brother contracted lingering fevers and passed away.  Once again, his life turned upside down and he nursed secret guilt for having survived.  His brother was the accomplished one who garnered everyone’s respect.  Why hadn’t God spared him, and taken Max instead?  And his parents—they’d been good people who didn’t deserve such a terrible end.  Max wasn’t religious, what faith he had in a higher being had begun to dim.
Somehow he managed to continue living, though the ache of his losses festered inside.  He knew he had to remain rock solid, especially since Queen Victoria counted on him to assume the Duke of Pellamshire’s title, preside over duties at court, and attend to the needs of the people living on the Chadwick family’s ancestral lands.  He wasn’t mucking anything up too badly, considering he was learning on the job.  
Growing up, he was left to his own devices, and he found unique ways to occupy his hours outside of school.  No one thought it necessary to train him about the inner workings of the dukedom and he never worried about them.  After college, he became an officer in the Royal Navy and discovered his place in society—serving in those elite ranks.  
These days, he sorely missed the camaraderie of his shipmates, the routine, and the regimented activities.  He’d give anything to be back on high seas, commanding his ship, feeling the salty breeze on his cheeks as he sailed to distant shores.  Unfortunately, his new duties consumed most of his time, so his military service had been halted.  Max found himself land locked, and he didn’t much like it.
A flash of light trailing through the dark sky drew his attention, and he turned to watch.  A comet?  Totally absorbed, he studied the ribbon of illumination making its way toward earth.   
An object landed in a nearby field and his horse reared back and whinnied in fright.  His coach careened through a puddle and sank in the mud, splashing cold, fetid water across his face and evening clothes.
“Thundering blazes, but this is rotten luck.”  He righted the carriage and patted the horse to calm it down.  Wiping his face with his sleeve, he spat in a ditch, ridding himself of the foul taste in his mouth.  Curious about the bright entity he’d just seen streaking to the ground, he walked into the field.  
Searching his grassy, moonlit surroundings, he headed toward a line of trees.  He heard what sounded like a low moan; he held very still and listened harder.  For a moment, he thought the few drinks he imbibed at the Golden Hound tonight were creating a buzz in his brain, causing him to hear things.  But he never had a problem handling a couple of whiskies, so that shouldn’t be it.
More than likely it was his imagination.  He spent so many hours cooped up alone in his library, poring over his father’s account journals, that he began to worry his reclusive tendencies were addling his senses.  
He would soon need to pay a visit to his family’s ironworks factory near Boston, Massachusetts.  Every summer, his father or brother visited the manager, his father’s American friend and business partner, John Weaver, in order to review the sales figures.  In their absence, the task now fell to Max.  It was a task he didn’t much look forward to.
“Ohhh, owww…”
“Bloody hell,” he muttered.  “Either I’ve gone daft in the head or some poor bloke’s out there.”
Following the soft moans, it didn’t take him long to find a scorched area containing a heap of smoldering rags.  His nostrils twitched from the smoky odor as he leaned over, determining the heap was in fact a body.
Is this what crashed into the field?
Couldn’t be.  Humans didn’t fall from the sky on a beam of light.  He must have seen a shooting star.  The unfortunate individual lying at his feet had probably been caught in a fire, though he wondered where it had occurred, since news of conflagrations in London spread as fast as the flames.  Whatever fate had befallen this person, he needed to try and help.  With the tip of his boot, he touched the bundle tentatively.
Another moan.
“By Jove, what’s happened?”  He hunkered down beside the individual who wore a disheveled lavender robe.  He pulled material away from a face, and was struck by the sight of long, golden hair trailing over slender shoulders.
It’s a woman.    
He studied her soot-covered face, and her small, upturned nose smudged with black.  Long dark lashes rested like butterflies on her alabaster skin, marred by dirt stains.  Strips of the robe clung enticingly to her silhouette.  Beneath her frayed bodice, curves hinted at full breasts and material fluttered across her shapely thighs.  
His vivid imagination provided the final detail, and he realized there was a desirable female underneath all the burnt clothing.  He resisted the urge to allow his gaze to linger, as it appeared she was in need of assistance.  He sat down and drew her against his chest, enjoying the sensation of her soft form as a smoky scent drifted from her curls.
Though he was concerned about her stricken appearance, he still couldn’t shake off the effects of her close proximity.  It had been a long time—too long—since he held a woman.  Much to his consternation, he began to notice familiar stirrings in his loin that had lain dormant for months.  
It occurred to him he hadn’t had been with a woman since his parents and brother passed away because he’d been so preoccupied with taking care of family responsibilities.  The idea of satisfying his sexual urges was the last thing on his mind.
This is no time to be thinking of sex, my man.  
Fighting back inappropriate cravings that came from only God knows where, he cleared the thickness in his throat.  This woman might be a prostitute or some other impoverished creature of the streets.  Or she could have been the victim of a terrible crime.  Didn’t matter.  She obviously needed aid, and he couldn’t ignore her plight.  
Patting her cheeks, he tried to rouse her.  She shifted in his arms and nuzzled closer to his chest, making his heart melt.  Who would have hurt such a stunning creature?  He couldn’t fathom who she was or what happened to her, yet he wanted to defend her honor against the brute that would do something like this.  
Why am I ready to defend her when I don’t even know her?  
Max considered the idea this was a ruse.  Perhaps ruffians waited in the shadows to assail him and steal his wallet.  His gut wrenched and he narrowed his gaze to peruse the area.  He didn’t spot anyone, but still he remained wary.
Considering all his current responsibilities, he didn’t have time to pick up strangers from the street, even though he hated to see anyone or anything suffer.  Nevertheless, he couldn’t leave her here.  That would be cruel and heartless.  
“Miss, you need to wake up,” he told her in an uneven voice, shaking her arm.  “You’ve been in some sort of accident.  I’d like to get you to a physician so you can be examined.”
She coughed, then her eyes opened, the white parts nearly glowing against her sooty face.  The vivid blue iris areas reminded him of ocean swells on sunny days.
“Am I in the…the Neverlands?” she asked in a hesitant voice.
“The Neverlands?”  He chuckled.  “I’m afraid I don’t comprehend what you mean. I can assure you you’re very much alive.  However, since I don’t know what happened to you, I can’t account for whether or not you’re injured.”
With jerky movements, she felt her arms and legs, and moved her hands over her body, checking herself for cuts or bruises.  
Max’s mouth watered.  He would have loved to volunteer to perform the examination, but that would have been quite unseemly.  Nevertheless, he watched her, mesmerized as her fingers roamed over areas he would gladly touch and massage for her.
Good God, man.  Have you lost your mind!  Get a hold of yourself.
“Son of a monkey, I don’t believe it,” she cried.  “The wizard didn’t blast me to smithereens.”
The wizard?  Smithereens?
Narrowing his gaze, Max wondered if she was in her right mind.  Perhaps a few marbles had gone missing.  The idea maybe she’d escaped from the insane asylum occurred to him.  Yes, by George, that had to be it.  He’d best take her there back so they could lock her up again.  
And throw away the key.  
The idea didn’t sit well with him, however, and he clenched his jaw.  He was determined to find out where she’d come from.  “Is everything in order, Miss?”
She sat up, leaving emptiness where her warmth had surrounded him like a billowy cocoon.  He missed holding her already.  Why, he couldn’t say.  Only that she affected him in ways he couldn’t explain.  Dizziness gripped his brain and his mouth went dry as a bone.  Again, he considered perhaps he’d imbibed too much at the pub, but realized alcohol couldn’t be the cause of the strange feeling that had come over him.
“I guess so.”
He pushed to his feet and held out his hand.  “May I help you?”  
She placed her palm in his, sending a tingling sensation through his arm and throughout his body as she stood up next to him.  She swayed; he caught her and held her against his chest, wishing he might keep her like this for a while longer.  Shock rippled through him.
You have no idea who this woman is, Max.  Why are you acting so protectively toward her?  You must be more cautious—she’s a stranger.    
He couldn’t explain his feelings.  He knew she needed help, and he wanted to be the one to give assistance to her, as outrageous as it seemed.  Even though his forehead became overly warm and he wondered if he was taking ill, he asked her, “Are you all right?”
“I’m a little dizzy.  I had quite a tumble.”
“Did some ruffian accost you?  If so, I’ll find him and give him a taste of his own medicine.  I was a champion wrestler at Oxford, so I can easily give him a black eye for doing this to you.  In fact, I’ll give him two.”  His offer to defend her honor seemed a tad inflated, but the words seemed to fly from his mouth.  He couldn’t stop himself.
She placed a hand on his sleeve.  “No, no, it’s nothing like that.”
“What happened?”  He lifted a curious brow, trying to curtail his innate desire to scoop her into his arms.  That was a completely irrational thought.  There was no question, about it; something must be wrong with him.
“It’s difficult to explain.  But I assure you, I’ll be fine.”
“I can’t imagine how.  You look as though you’ve been through hell, if you don’t mind my saying so.”  He frowned, wondering about her peculiar behavior.  No woman he’d ever known would take a beating like she had, and not be cowering in fear.  Again, he wondered if this was some sort of ruse to catch him off guard…
“I appreciate your concern, Mr…”
He cleared his throat, waiting for her to pour on the ridiculous female charm once she realized who he was.  These days, he’d grown quite accustomed to women fawning over him and flirting.  After his brother died, he became one of London’s most eligible bachelors.  Now all the matchmaking mamas were in dogged pursuit of him, hoping to snap him up for one of their daughters.  
He found the complete turnabout humorous, especially after all the years of genteel society girls considering him beneath their delicate, spoiled noses.  Not in a lifetime would he forget how they’d shunned him.  It would take a miracle for him to ever choose one of those featherheaded society chits for his wife.
“My name is Maxwell,” he finally said.  “Sir Maxwell, the Duke of Pellamshire.”  He waited for her reaction, but to his sheer amazement, her face didn’t register a thing—except a beautiful smile.
“I’m pleased to meet you.”  She reached out and shook his hand, giving it a good sturdy pumping, like that of a hardy sailor.
He blinked, bewildered.  She spoke strangely, behaved oddly and now she didn’t know who he was?  
“I say, you haven’t heard of me before?”
She shrugged.  “Sorry, but no.”
Surprise washed over him.  If she lived in London, how could she not have heard of his family?  The gossips were having a heyday, going on about the Chadwick’s recent tragedies.  He’d become quite a famous topic of discussion, much to his irritation.
He cleared his throat.  “I haven’t had the pleasure of hearing your name, Miss.”
“Oh, it’s Miranda.”
“Just Miranda?”
“Yes.”  She brushed twigs and dirt from her tattered clothing, obviously wishing to change the subject.  “How did you find me?”
“I saw a streak of light in the sky and I thought something fell in this field.  I came out to investigate, and I found you.  I believe the glow was a shooting star, or perhaps a comet.”
“Yes, I’m sure you’re right,” she said.  “Thank you for stopping to help me.”
“I couldn’t leave you lying in the middle of a field, now could I?  It wouldn’t be gentlemanly.  You were hurt.”  He glanced at the street.  “There’s all manner of foul individuals roaming this part of town who might have taken advantage of you.”
She chuckled.  “Believe me; I’ll manage fine if anyone tries anything funny with me.  I’ll karate-chop him right where it hurts.”  She made sharp motions with her hands.  
Max shook his head, still wondering about her odd manner of speech, and her unusual conduct.  Perhaps her brain had been addled during her mysterious accident.  He’d heard that often caused people to exhibit erratic mental behavior.  
“My carriage is nearby.  If you’d like, I’ll take you to a physician so he can examine you.”  
She stared at him like he’d grown horns and a tail.  “I appreciate your consideration, but I’ll take it from here.”
“You should come with me—you’re in no condition to be wandering about town on your own.”  She backed away, shaking her head, so he tried a different approach.  “If you’d like, I can summon a night watchman and he can take you where you need to go.”
“No.  Absolutely not!  Do not call anyone.  No one can know I’m here—you shouldn’t even know.”  Her fiery blue glance pierced him like an insect pinned to a scientists’ collection board.    
He shifted his weight from one foot to another, observing her frazzled hair and clothing.  “What are your plans, Miss?  To wander through London looking like you do?  You’ll make a laughingstock of yourself.  Surely you have family somewhere that will be looking for you.”
“Don’t worry about me.  I can take care of myself.  Please let me be.”
He lifted a brow.  “What?”
“I’m certain nothing’s wrong with your hearing.  Let me be.”
“See here now—”
“Look, Sir Maxwell.”  She flipped a soot-stained hand at him.  “Don’t get me wrong.  I appreciate everything you’ve done.  But you need to leave.  The wizard could come after me again and you might be hurt.  I couldn’t live with that on my conscience—and the council would have my head.  So please, just leave me be.  All right?”
Incredible!  Max stared at her as though she’d swallowed an entire roast suckling pig.  The woman was delusional.  Stumped about what to do, he scrutinized her closer.  Should he leave her as she requested?  
I can’t.  What if some scoundrel attacked her?   He frowned and treated her to a stern look—one he hoped portrayed his deep concern.  “I refuse to budge one iota until you agree to come with me.”
She stomped her foot.  “Oooh!  You are impossible.  Fine, then.  Stay and risk getting shish-kebabbed by the punk in the tower.  It’s your funeral.  I’m not sticking around.  Meanwhile, you can’t remember me or what happened here tonight.”  She pointed at him and muttered, “Nexus praxtor belivius forgetfulness!”
Max could hardly believe his eyes when she snapped her fingers, and a red-handled broom appeared in her hands.  
Where did the broom come from?  He blinked several times to clear his vision, but it didn’t help.  To his complete amazement, she straddled the innocent household item.
“Come on, Nellie,” she urged.  “Let’s go back to Wysteria.  We’ve got to figure out a new plan.”
Gadzooks!  The woman has lost her mind; it appears she believes herself to be a witch.  Stunned, he observed as she waited for the broom to whisk her away.  
Nothing happened.  
He folded his arms over his chest, considering hefting her over his shoulder and hauling her to the booby hatch, kicking and screaming if necessary.  Not now, but perhaps in a moment.  This was jolly good fun, watching her cavort around.  In fact, he hadn’t enjoyed himself this much in quite a long time.
She rubbed the broom handle, and a worried expression creased her brow.  “Don’t tell me that punk got to you!  You’re better than this, Nellie.  For Pete’s sake, you’re brand new!  You should have been able to handle a little fall.”
When she couldn’t get the broom to do anything, she made her way over to a rise in the ground, planted her feet, and said, “Okay, I’ve given you a slight advantage by standing up here.”  She pointed the broom handle skyward.  “This ought to do it.  Come on now.  Be a good girl.”
Still nothing happened.
She stomped over to a boulder.  Glaring at him over her shoulder, she said, “What are you looking at?”
“You.  You’re quite remarkable.”  
She rolled her eyes and concentrated her efforts on trying to make the broom fly.
Why in the world didn’t he summon the authorities and let them haul her away?  Why did he continue to watch her prance around as though she’d lost her mind?  It was obvious that in her current state, the unstable woman might do harm to herself or someone else.
Yet, he hesitated, still in disbelief he was seeing this.  It seemed likely if he left and returned with a witness, she would be gone, and he’d be labeled the lunatic.
Still talking to the broom, she climbed atop a boulder, steadied herself on the handle and pointed it once again at the star-studded sky.  “Shoot for the moon, Nellie!”
To Max’s complete astonishment, the broom began to levitate and whooshed out of sight.  Staggering backward, he rubbed his eyes.  In all of his twenty-seven years on this earth, he’d never seen such a strange sight.  A numb feeling washed over him.
Good Lord, had he lost his mind?  Had he witnessed that?  Perhaps he ought to admit himself to the insane asylum.  He couldn’t have seen that woman disappear into thin air.  
Could he?
He looked around the area, seeing no evidence she’d been there.  She hadn’t left a single clue.  Even the blackened, burned out area where he’d found her now appeared normal.
“Bloody hell,” he muttered, as he stormed back to his carriage.  Swinging inside, he flicked the reins across the horse’s back and the coach began to roll forward.  He wanted nothing more than to leave the scene of his outlandish hallucination.
He turned the coach around and headed back to the Golden Hound for another drink.  He needed one badly.  Deep in thought about what had just happened, he focused on his horse clopping over the cobblestones.  
“Ho there, old mare.  Did you witness what I did?  Or have I lost my wits?”
The horse whinnied and shook its mane.  Whatever that meant.

About the Author

Cindy lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming with her husband, Rich, and her little dog, Ewok. 7 Year Witch is the first book in her Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan series, published through Angelic Knight Press. You can contact her through her website, She loves to hear from her readers!
Twitter: @littlewing1959

Cindy Keen Reynders

Angelic Knight Press: Wysteria Hedge Haven Clan Series  

7 Year Witch, 2012
A Witch at Midnight, 2013

Medallion Media Group: Saucy Lucy Series

The Saucy Lucy Murders, 2007
Paws-itively Guilty, 2008
A Killer Slice, Amazon, 2011

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Blaze McRob said...

This is cool! Not just a book description, but a big book excerpt as well. And, there is the chance to win a book. How wonderful is that?

I can vouch that this is a great book. Lucky me, too: I will get an autographed copy from Cindy in person.



Cindy Keen Reynders said...

Thanks, Blaze!

Cindy Keen Reynders said...

Also, thanks Natasha for having me on your blog and sharing information about my new book, 7 Year Witch!

BLCSDina said...

This sounds like such a good book! Best of luck! May you reap in the cash! Dina Rae

Cindy Keen Reynders said...

Thanks for stopping by, Dina! You will really enjoy reading 7 Year Witch. Miranda and Max have a great love story to share with everyone.

Natasha said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone! I can't wait to read this book. It sounds good.
Thanks for being my guest today Cindy!

Blaze McRob said...

It is a great book, Natasha! I love the vanilla pudding scene! :D


Cindy Keen Reynders said...

In Blaze's words, the vanilla pudding scene is,ooh la la!

Natasha said...

Pudding Scene.. hrmm... Sounds interesting! haha

Nikki said...

I followed everyone's twitter @Mc_Carver, and liked as Sherri McCarvert on FB. Sounds like a great read!!

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