Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Succubus Gift and Succubus Unleashed by BR Kingsolver: Character Interview & Excerpt

The Succubus Gift
Book 1 of the Telepathic Clans Saga
The history of the Clans, called the Sidhe by the Irish, stretches back to antiquity. The Goddess blesses Her people with 25 Telepathic Gifts. In addition to Telepathy, the Gifts include command over Air and Fire, Telekinesis and Teleportation. In over 2,500 years, She has never bestowed more than 15 Gifts on a single person.
Brenna Morgan was orphaned at eight when her parents were killed in a plane crash. Through one foster home after another, she carried the ornate, carved wooden box her mother had left with her, keeping it always a secret. Then one night she stumbles over a man who claims her as family.
Brenna’s life isn’t the same after she discovers her unusual and mysterious heritage. In addition to being a telepath, Brenna learns she has the Succubus Gift.
That’s just the beginning of her problems. Someone is stalking her. Then there’s the tall, dangerous woman who shadows her and hints a Goddess has linked them. And what is she going to do with a handsome, charismatic, womanizing man she knows she should avoid?
Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed -- with a willing young man of course.
Urban Fantasy with a dash of romance. The Succubus Gift is a completely different take on the succubus myth. Beautiful women and hot men in a world with a hidden telepathic subculture.

The Succubus Gift
Chapter 1
We have been burned at the stake, locked up in asylums, drugged into a stupor. We are secretive for our own protection. - Seamus O’Donnell
She noticed the young man immediately when he walked past her, head down and in a hurry, but not only because he was so good looking. He had no thoughts, no mental activity, and that grabbed her attention in a way nothing else could have.
Following him, she stepped into a shop doorway when he stopped and looked around. She didn’t need to keep him in sight. She could feel his emotions, so strange coming from someone with no thoughts she could read, different than all the other people on the streets. Checking her mental shields to make sure they were as tight as she could make them, she followed him around a corner. He didn’t look back, seemingly not aware she was there.
Moving closer as he turned another corner into an alley, she stopped when he hesitated at the other end. He looked about before stepping out onto the street, but he never looked back. Realizing he couldn’t feel her, she closed the distance between them.
Scanning the area with her mind, she discovered two other men, farther away, who also were mentally shielded. Their emotions were completely different than his, and she shivered at the malice radiating from them. Every time the first man changed direction, the others soon followed. Although they couldn’t see each other, it was almost as though they could feel each other, just as she could feel them. Through the maze of streets in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area, they danced across the city in the summer twilight.
He walked into a bar just a block off the water. She knew it had entrances on two different streets, and rather than follow him, she walked to the corner, out into the street, and stood in front of one of the unusual old triangular houses in this part of town. From her vantage point she could see both entrances.
Coming out the other side, he walked in the opposite direction, away from the harbor. He was doubling back, hoping to lose his pursuers, but they weren’t tracking him by sight or sound. She watched a man hesitate in front of the door the young man had used to enter the bar, stop, and then turn around.
He was walking faster now and she was forced to break into a run to keep up with him. He stopped in a small park, in a dark area near a building, turning and waiting for her.
“Why are you following me?” he asked as she approached him. He was tall with brown hair and blue eyes in his early twenties.
“Those men are following you. Do they want to hurt you?” she asked, looking up at him. “They don’t feel the same as you do.” His blue eyes widened.
“They’re coming. They can feel you.”
“I can’t feel you, and I doubt they can either,” he answered with a puzzled tone in his voice. “You’re an O’Neill.” He took a step toward her. “Who the hell are you?”
She felt the other men at the edge of the park. “Why are you afraid? Are they going to hurt you?”
“I don’t know. They might try,” he answered, smiling nervously.
She covered him in her shield and saw his fists clench as the other men approached. The sense of menace radiating from them increased as they drew closer, moving stealthily. In the darkness, she couldn’t see them clearly. Large men, even bigger than the young man she was following, they had a rough look. One passed within only a few feet. He turned and looked directly at them, but continued on. She could see he held a pistol close to his body.
“Holy Mary,” the young man breathed when they were well gone.
She stepped close to him, out of the shadow, and looked up at his face. It was the first time he could see her clearly. His eyes widened in shocked surprise.
“Who are you?” she asked. “What are you? Do you know what I am?”
He stared at her pale face wreathed in black hair. His mouth opened, then closed. He swallowed and shook his head.

B.R. Kingsolver

Author of The Succubus Gift,

an Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance novel


The Telepathic Clans Saga


Blurb for Succubus Unleashed
Book 2 of the Telepathic Clans Saga.

It's not easy being a succubus.

After a crash course in learning about her genetic heritage, Brenna O'Donnell has discovered what it really means to be a succubus and has learned to embrace her strange Gift. Her major concern is whether Collin will accept her for what she is. As she adjusts to telepathic society, others in the Clan have plans that will strip the last of her freedom. Rival Clans still hunt succubi, and discovering their dark motives is paramount. 
The social season is also around the corner, including events that Brenna never imagined in her wildest dreams. The succubi, representatives of the Goddess on earth, are at the center of an ancient worship. And if a girl is going to be the center of attention, then obviously she needs a new dress.

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Laurie: Brenna O’Donnell is with us today. Welcome.


Brenna: Thank you for having me.


Laurie: I notice that you brought a friend with you.


Brenna: This is Rebecca Healy, my best friend and my bodyguard. They don’t let me go anywhere alone.


Laurie: She doesn’t look like a bodyguard.


Rebecca: I have hidden depths.


Brenna: She’s one of the most dangerous women on the planet, an incredibly powerful telepath.


Laurie: Brenna, tell us about your family. I understand they’re quite unusual.


Brenna: That’s an understatement. My parents died when I was eight years old and I spent the next eight years with foster families. When I finally found my real family, I discovered my grandfather was born in 1853 and is the most powerful telepath in the world, as well as being wildly wealthy. My Aunt Callie is an incredibly elegant woman, a geneticist, and President of our Clan’s businesses. She’s also a powerful telepath. It was quite a shock to discover an entire telepathic society I never knew about.


Laurie: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?


Brenna: I’m not sure what I wanted to be as a child, but as I grew older, I wanted to know why I was so different. I could read people’s minds, and no one else could do that. I started doing research into psychic phenomena when I was fairly young, and that led me to study Neuroscience, how the brain works, and eventually I earned a PhD. Looking back on it, I think I was hoping to find someone else like me.


Rebecca: You can’t imagine what it’s like to have other people’s thoughts in your head all the time. People think it would be neat, but you feel like a freak. Those who grow up around other telepaths take it for granted, but for wilders like Brenna and me, it’s terrifying at times.


Laurie: And what did you want to be when you grew up, Rebecca? Did you want to study the brain also?


Rebecca: I wanted to be a librarian. I just wanted to be somewhere quiet.


Laurie: Brenna, are you a morning person or a night person? Are you grumpy or cheerful when you wake up?


Rebecca cracks up laughing and Brenna gives her a dirty look.


Brenna: I don’t sleep very much. Four hours a night is about the max when I’m really tired. So I’m up both morning and night.


Rebecca: She’s disgustingly cheerful in the morning. She can stay up dancing and hunting the guys until everyone else is comatose and bounce out of bed at 6 a.m. with a smile.


Laurie: Brenna, where do you dream of traveling to, and why?


Brenna: Oh, I could pick so many places. I’d love to spend a year seeing Europe. I think castles are neat. Bavaria for Oktoberfest, Pamplona for the running of the bulls, festivals and art and whatever there is to see. The major thing is I’d like to see it all without a security detail dogging my every step.


Laurie: In mythology, a succubus is a demon who steals men’s souls. What is the truth about being a succubus?

Brenna: I have a genetic abnormality. I drain a man’s life energy, but don’t do any permanent damage, and definitely don’t harm his soul. I’m actually rather religious.


Rebecca: And the men love it.

Laurie: Wow! That’s quite something.  Thank you both for giving us this brief glimpse into your lives. It’s been great!

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school and I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff in Canada.

I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico that I see too infrequently.

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PuttPutt1198Eve said...

I love character interviews because it makes the book come alive for the reader. It makes me want to read it even more than just a synopsis does.

Stephanie Pflug said...

It's interesting to get a look at the personality of a character from an outside non-author vantage point. You gave me more to think about before reading the book.

kimbacaffeinate said...

awesome character interview. I love paranormal creatures and am a huge fan of Lost the succubus aspect has me intrigued.

Abby Flores said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway..:D

Theresa said...

Excellent introduction to your work. I love books about the Sidhe and I'm looking forward to reading them.

BRKingsolver said...

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