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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Demon Induced Diet - by Natasha Rogue

Natasha Rogue requires no introduction. Not because you’ve heard of this newly published author, but because her skillful prose says more about this woman and her talent than I ever could.
By the way, A BREED APART: The Token isn't available for sale until tomorrow. Yeah, I know. Order a pizza and a six pack of Pepsi until then.

*Please note: This diet only works after you've made obscure deals with a very creepy debilitated creature who visits your bedroom at night.
A bit of blubber never hurt no one, but Callie Michaels, the main character from A Breed Apart, has some ideas on how to lose that troublesome bit of baby fat before the Winter Formal. And, well, getting in shape when there are constant threats to your life is a good idea. Which brings me to Callie's key to staying on track with your weight loss plans.
Motivation. It's all about motivation. First, you need to find the right kinda guy. And we're not talking about prince charming here. We're talking about the hot bad boy who's gonna keep you on your toes wondering if you're doing absolutely everything in your power to make him happy. If you're not sure, then you're not doing enough! Okay, maybe you're not even sure why you like this guy, seems like you always considered him a bit of a jerk, but hey, his kisses are worth giving up chocolate. And ice cream. And at least a couple of meals.
Besides, your craving lean towards a liquid diet anyway. ;)
Once you've gotten past all that, you'll find the rest is easy. The pounds start melting away and then all you've got to do is exercise a bit to tone up. Remember what I said about threats to your life? Well, that will get you moving! And if that's not enough, just get in a few fights. You'll find your strength has drastically improved.
Just try not to kill anyone.
Callie Michaels isn't pretty, or popular, but her voice more than makes up for all she lacks. And as long as she focuses on what's really important, she can survive high school. But how can she focus with all the drama? Between her best friend's odd issues and a daily dose of weirdness from the social elite, she's starting to wonder if she's the only normal one around. 

Just as her life begins spiraling out of control, the answer comes to her in a dream. In exchange for a token of blood, a demon will give her everything she desires. She says "yes."

From that point on, she finds herself changing, becoming into something far from normal. Something dangerous.

No one's what they seem—least of all her. While the supernatural creatures around her struggle to maintain their humanity, Callie's slowly loses hers. She doesn't even know what's important anymore. Friendship, the future, love? And is there anyone who can make her care?
Callie's first scene with Nick...
My palm brushed a rectangular piece of dark, glossed wood, and I jerked my hand back. The burn sunk into my flesh like molten metal. A pitiful whimper escaped me, and I stared at my hand, expecting welts or blisters.
There was nothing.
Cool fingers wrapped around my wrist. I looked up into silver-flecked green eyes, so like Tammy's, only darker.
Nick's lips pressed to the very spot on my hand that hurt the worse. The pain subsided. "You shouldn't leave your toys lying around, Tammy."
White as the papers in her hands, Tammy glared at her brother. "What did you do?"
"What did I do?" He released my hand, bent down, and plucked one of the wood things off the floor. "I'm not the one with weird voodoo stuff in my bag."
Tammy snatched it away from him. Her eyes drifted to her locker. "You made it open . . . ."
"No, you crammed too much stuff in there." Nick leaned against the locker beside his sister's and flicked a sleek strand of black hair off his face. "Care to explain to Callie how that little chunk of wood burned her hand?"
Moving away from the coffee that was slowly spreading over the gray tiled floor, Tammy turned all her attention to shoving her things back in her bag. "I didn't see a burn."
Nick helped me to my feet and clucked his tongue. "Try again."
I had the distinct impression that Nick was intentionally putting his sister on the spot. Loyalty demanded that I stop him. Bewilderment kept me quiet.
Tammy gave me a helpless look. "Sorry, Callie. Maybe there was still some turpentine on it . . . ."
"Better." Nick laughed. "I take it Callie's not in your shop class?"
I stared at Tammy's bag. "You made those in shop class?"
"Yeah." Tammy's hand fluttered up to her neck. She palmed the pendant hidden  under her shirt and avoided my steady gaze.
So I turned to Nick. "Thank you for . . . whatever that was." I flipped the inquisition on him. "How did you do that anyway?"
Nick kissed the tips of his fingers and pressed them to my bottom lip. I hadn't even realized it was still hurting until his touch made it stop. "Haven't you heard?" He shifted a little closer to me. "My touch is magic."
Tammy stood and pushed between us. "Stop."
"What?" Nick said, holding up his hands, all innocence. When Tammy didn't answer, he looked back at me. "Can I take you out to replace the coffee?"
I rubbed my arms and shook my head. "No thanks. I've got to . . . ." My gaze drifted over to Tammy as I scrambled for a valid excuse.
She kept her eyes fixed on her books. Big help.
Nick shrugged and stepped away from the lockers. "Maybe some other time."
He strolled down along the corridor and deep, dark shadows swept out, swirling around him like oily mist. I wanted to rub my eyes and scrub away the illusion, but I couldn’t move. The warped scene mesmerized me. He mesmerized me. His footsteps echoed, a steady, entrancing beat into the quiet hall. Too quiet. My pulse thudded hard and fast in my skull as reason clawed to the surface. There should have been a hundred people walking around. Class hadn't started yet. And yet there was no one . . . no one but Nick.
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  1. Nice post! This looks like an exciting offering.
    Now to plan a bank robbery to finance my TBR list... :D

  2. No kidding. Mine gets longer by the hour it seems.

  3. Absolutely enthralling teaser! Who the hell is Natasha Rogue! The world wants to know more. I want to know more about this book.

    You bring nothing but the best to your space Dave. Keep up the good work.

  4. Thanks, guys! :) I don't know what to do with all this attention! I'll have to hide behind my demon until I figure it out!

    I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. There's also one on my website and another will be on my guest interview with JS Wayne. The best stuff happens later in the story though...but you'll have to buy the book to see that

  5. Thank you Amber and Jadette! :)

    I have to say, the toast gives the post an extra something. Must thank, David for that!

  6. Very Interesting, love the excerpt!


    Nick comes out as very sweet, but, I don't know, he seems really creepy to me.

  7. Thanks for dropping in, Amber, Jadette, and Emilie. We truly appreciate you visiting and hope you will stop back soon.

    And yes, Nick appears to have some secrets.

  8. Yummy excerpt. I'm intrigued.

    Now, if I could only give up going to work. Would free up more time for truly important things.

    Like reading a good book.......


  9. Hi KB!!
    You stay safe at that job of yours. Thank you taking the time to stop by.

  10. Nick? Secrets? Naw, he's a nice guy *evil smile* Thanks for swinging by Emilie,

    And KB, I heard you were in the thick of the storm in NY? Glad to see you're doing well!

  11. Thanks David. Will do. 23+ plus years, a little beat up, but still standing!

    Thank Ye, Natasha. Got smacked around a little by Irene, but.... hell, I kinda enjoyed it!

  12. Blogger is finally letting me post. Great excerpt Natasha, this has become a most wanted by my oldest daughter and I can't wait to read it. Keep up the great work.