Sunday, January 31, 2016

Moonswallow Gates by JM Scott FREE Until 2/4/16

Hey all, just a quick note to let you know that my first novel, Moonswallow Gates is FREE on Kindle until February 4, 2016 on all markets.  Here's an excerpt from the novel

After calling Aaron, Valisa went for breakfast and ate alone. Taffy was working and not really able to talk. Anyway it gets tiresome talking about witches and magic and a family legacy she doesn’t know how to deal with. Of course, she had to sign a bunch of papers at Aaron’s office. She wondered what color suit he would be wearing. Probably black. He probably only wore dark suits and white shirts with conservative ties. He could be a freak under those professional clothes like a book worm librarian that has a BDSM dungeon in the basement.

Valisa had a basement, as well but she didn’t go down there. It was weird that her uncle Malachai died in the basement. Speaking of the dead, how come she didn’t see Malachai at the party and where was Valicia? How come they weren’t there? The biggest question was Alexander VanHorlson. Too many questions. Not enough answers. It was time she had her own party and invite some of her friends. And this Saturday would be perfect to have all nighter party.

An older round woman led Valisa to Aaron’s office. It was what she expected it to be, with pristine polished hardwood furniture. There were no piles of case files or random papers on the desk. There were rows of books in the alphabetical order. Tucked in the a small shelf was a picture of a full moon with a wolf’s face in the moon.

"Good morning Valisa. How are you?" Aaron asked. Today he had an olive green suit on with a white shirt and green tie. This was a surprise. His sharp features were softer, kinder. Mel was right, he is pretty hot for an older guy.

"I just have some papers to sign for you and then I will take care of everything. You have plenty of money, right?" he said.

"Yeah I got plenty of money."

He opened his brief case and pulled out a thick pile of papers. One each page were red sticky flags for the lines for her to sign and there were blue sticky flags for the initials. She sat in the leather chair and he sat across from her and watched her sign her name.

"Aaron?" she asked in the middle of signing, "why did you say servitude to me until you die?"

"It’s a family thing, for generations now my family has taken care of the Ravensquires. It was a pact made between my distant relative Maynard Surrey and Valicia Ravensquire. I don’t know much more than that. You think your family has secrets mine doesn’t share their’s either," he answered.

She watched him and wondered what it would be like if she picked her up (of course in this fantasy she would be a lot thinner) and tossed her the desk. He may even smudge his desk but he wouldn’t care because he wanted her since he met her at graduation. And that he also had fantasies about her on the desk.

"I’m having a party Saturday night, I’m thinking about inviting some of my friends from college. That house is weird sometimes, you know that right?" Valisa asked and then she said, "I want you to come. I trust you and Taffy hates the house and I am not sure if I trust Helen. I may need some help controlling the house."

He smiled and it was sweet and devious, "thank you, I will be there. You don’t need me to help control the house. You control the house, remember that. I would have to say that it’s been running you lately," Aaron said.

"You could say that. It rained squirrels the first night and last night I partied with ghost people." Valisa said and finished the paperwork, "you know my friend Melissa will probably come, you might like her."

"Your friend at graduation? Perhaps you never know."

She did promise Mel that she would hook her up with Aaron but she wouldn’t mind having a go with him. She finished the last paper.

"Thank you Valisa," Aaron said and smiled. His fingers touched hers and it made her slightly giddy. How old was he anyway? Did it matter? Maybe this was just the magic she had that she already used on Jordan. If she had known about it sooner, she could have been the queen at high school and college. She could have been the girl she always wanted to be and life would be given to her on a silver platter. Wasn’t that what just happened only a couple of days ago? Wasn’t she given keys to a magnificent house and loads of money and with just a wink and a suggestion she got what she wanted? Life was good but even Valisa knew that behind every good moment there are 90 other bad moments. Valisa waited for the fairytale to end.

He walked with her to the door and opened it for her. He placed his hand on her back, "I will see you Saturday night. Should I bring anything?"

"Just yourself and if you have a wife, I wouldn’t bring her."

"No wife, I’m single," Aaron said.


"Why’s that?" he asked.

"You never know what will happen at a post college party," Valisa answered.

"I know, why do you think I’m coming?"

"For a sweet young chick?"

"No because you asked me to and I can’t say no to you," Aaron said. Wow he was good.

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