Saturday, October 3, 2015

Immortals,witches and food. Hidden Mortality has it all.

Rone Award Nominated book

Blurb Hidden Mortality

A witch is murdered in 1850 in a ritual that will grant longevity to four men. What they are not aware of is that she has bestowed the same power to another called Seth to avenge her death.

Cara lives in present day Bristol, and is a descendant of the witch. Having been unlucky in love she fills her days with food with her Irish themed catering business. Her nights are another matter; they are full of erotic dreams of a mysterious lover, or nightmares with mutilated bodies. So this wasn’t the best time for her Nana to tell her she is coming into her power.  

Interview with Seth Scanlon from the book

1.      What one thing from your childhood has had the biggest effect upon you as an adult? My father beat my mother when he drank too much. I swore I never would but I ended up hurting someone long ago. I have lived a long time trying to pay penance for my wrong.
2.      What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you? Becoming immortal but not being to avenge the death of my first love. Even worse would be to live on if Cara died.
3.      What do you do best? I watch over the ones I love.
4.      Where do you call home? My small cottage and forge not far from Bath.
5.      Do you have a secret? I know that if I kill another immortal with the dagger I repaired I will die as well.  
6.      On what occasion would you lie? If it would give me time to save those I love.
7.      What is your current state of mind? I have never been so afraid and so determined to keep the love I have found with Cara.
8.      What would you change about yourself? I would become mortal and grow old with Cara
9.      Do you believe in luck? After living so long I think luck may happen but it does not always favour the righteous.
10.  Do you have any distinguishing marks? My chest is covered in scars. One for each time I have failed to save someone I loved and cared for.
11.  What makes you really angry? People who throw away the gift of love
12.  What is your greatest fear? I have loved and lost before. Cara is the reason why I live. If I lost her I don’t know what will become of me. To be immortal and to lose the ones you love destroys you.
13.  What would you do to save someone you love? Give my life.


Cara kept searching but couldn’t find the book she wanted. The assistant at the empty counter smiled politely as she approached.

“I’m looking for a book called Immortality and Witchcraft, Fact or Fiction,” Cara said.

The woman typed the title into her computer. As Cara waited, someone walked up to the other counter beside her. She turned to look. Her world stopped as she met the slate grey gaze of the man staring straight at her. This wasn’t possible. He couldn’t exist. He was just a dream lover. Yet there he was, standing next to her as big as life.

She tried to smile, but it probably came out as more of a grin. He didn’t smile back. Her legs turned to jelly. If she didn’t breathe, she would pass out. She reached out and gripped the counter. One of them had to look away but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Someone was talking to her and the moment was broken.

“Excuse me.”
“Sorry.” Cara replied, as she forced herself to look at the salesperson. She was afraid if she glanced back, he would be gone. Her imagination must be playing tricks on her.

“It looks like we should have one copy left,” the woman said.

“I think I’m just about to sell it,” the other shop assistant said coming up to the register. “We could order it in for you. It might take a couple of weeks.”

“Please, take my copy.” The man at the other counter held out the book. His voice was deep, exactly as it was in her dreams. She was caught again in his gaze. The world disappeared and for a moment they were the only two people alive locked in the gaze they shared. Her hand went to her chest. She could feel her heart racing at the thought of him being near.

“Thank you, but no I couldn’t. You had the book first.”

“Please, take it. I have plenty of time to wait for another copy to come in.”

She found it hard to say no. Perhaps, it was the fact he was about six three and wore grey bike leathers. They added to the effect of making him look powerful. The shaved head and the stubble on his face gave a menacing look, but she wasn’t afraid of him. This wasn’t right. Her life was wild enough without dream lovers becoming real.

Plus, she wouldn’t want her other dreams to become real as well. She needed to say something, or he would think she was an idiot standing there with her mouth gaping. He held the book out to her. As she took it, her hand touched his. It was such a tiny touch and yet it meant he was real. She felt the heat rising up her neck as she blushed. She also sensed another heat inside her. It was the same way he had made her feel in her dreams.

“Thanks.” Cara paid for her book and listened as he confirmed his contact details. Seth Scanlon. She had a name. She wasn’t really stalking. Taking another book off a shelf, she flipped through the pages. He glanced her way before he left and caught her gaze once more.

She couldn’t fool herself. The look he gave her was so intense she felt he was seeing inside her soul. Her breath caught. She shivered although the shop was warm. For a split second, she considered following him and saying he must remember all the times they had made love.

She could just imagine the expression he would give her. He didn’t know her. She was a stranger. The shop became suffocating as she pulled at the collar of her jumper. She needed to be outside. There was no sign of him on the street. For a moment, she wanted to cry. At this rate, she would give the silly schoolgirls in the shop a run for their money.

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