Witches are real by Eva Lefoy
I have a lot of fun on Dawn Roberto’s Yahoo! group, Love Romances Café, so when I saw she had blog post space available, I knew I had to come visit!
For those of you that don’t know, Dawn does a great job organizing a rather large, unwieldy group that sometimes has a life of its own. I’m one of those authors that posts on her group and I love the opportunity to get my work in front of readers and network with other authors that she provides.
Today, I’d like to start off by saying witches are real. Just as real as werewolves, and I know readers believe in those! Besides, don’t we all know someone we secretly think of as a witchy woman? Someone who sorely tries our temper and makes us want to banish her from our sight forever? I sure do! Unfortunately I work with one or two of them five days a week! So is it any wonder I’ve written a bad witch in Darkest Magic? Here’s more about Petrina:
Inspiration for Petrina came from the Game of Thrones character, Melisandre. (See, she’s evil already!)
Like Melisandre, Petrina’s signature color is red. She’s a wolf shifter with a reddish coat and malachite-green eyes.
She silently exerts an evil control over Eli, the alpha wolf of the pack and her mate. A little like Anne Boleyn, she wants her child to be ruler, not Eli’s daughter from his previous mate. She’s determined to cement her place in the pack by any means necessary, even murder!
Like Melisandre, Petrina has hidden depths. We only scratch the surface of her story in Darkest Magic, but I have a feeling there’s a lot more to Petrina than the evil we see on the surface. As with any evil character, within her lurks a mystery of WHY she’s become evil. As the saying goes, it’s better to be on the wrong side of a saint then the right side of a devil. Have you heard that one before? In my opinion, it means once you’ve gone to the devil – or the dark side as Luke Skywalker’s father would say! – you’re lost. WHY did Petrina choose the dark side? What horrible events in her past led her to become the witch she is today? Perhaps we will find out in another book.
In the meantime, here’s an excerpt from Darkest Magic, out now from Decadent Publishing:
“Nikko,” Eli soothed, using his favorite diminutive for him—a name he hated. “We need to talk, and I thought it best we do so out here.”
None of the other wolves sat. All remained at attention. The hairs on his neck didn’t just stand, they marched. Every nerve he possessed readied for a fight. His wolf clamored to get out. He kept his eyes low, his speech careful. “What’s up? Is the pack in trouble?”
“Trouble?” Eli threw his head backward and his massive chest out and laughed. “There’s no trouble. In fact everything’s perfect.” He motioned toward the smaller, red-coated wolf beside him. “Petrina’s pregnant.”
The only sound he heard was his own long inhale. None of the other wolves moved or twitched. Why was it a big secret? “Congratulations. I’m happy for you.”
Eli nodded and smiled as he closed the distance between them. “And it’s time for you to go.”
“Go? Go where?”
“You’re done, Nikko. I don’t need you anymore.”
He flinched at the hand clapped on his shoulder. Though they’d been close as brothers while the alpha’s first mate was alive, things had deteriorated steadily since her death. This was probably the first time he had simply touched him and not hit him in over two years. It struck him as weirdly unreal.
“You’re out of the pack. Get your things and go.”
His brain went into freefall. This makes no sense. “But…I’m your beta.”
“Were. I don’t need a second anymore, Nikko. Petrina’s child will be my successor. He will rule by my side.”
A pack without a beta? Who had heard of such a thing? Or did Eli fear he’d one day try and take control, if things got bad enough with the Eli and Petrina circus? Oh hell, that’s it. He’s worried about maintaining his power. He knew in his heart the alpha was right. If he had the balls, he’d challenge the alpha and get it done and over with. An even more insane Eli was the biggest threat the pack faced. They’d unravel bit by bit from the inside, not be done in by an attack from a neighboring pack. Still, he found himself shaking his head, his loyalty as a beta too ingrained to simply let go, his allegiance to the pack too solid to let him up and walk away. Besides, he was a born follower, not a leader. He had no ambition to run the pack himself. Eli had to listen to reason. “He’s not even born yet. Without a full-grown second, the pack will be vulnerable, unstable. You need me—now more than ever.”
“Untrue. Petrina has assured me we will be safe, and these men have already sworn allegiance to my son. I’ve got it covered, bro.”
A slippery feeling crept up his spine as he risked a glance at her malachite wolf eyes. The change in their leader had started when he’d mated her two years ago, bringing her into the pack suddenly and unannounced. An outsider, no one knew of her or the pack she claimed to hail from. Though her unknown origins weren’t a serious problem, her demeanor had always made him wary. He trusted her about as much as a knife at his throat.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at the trouble witches can cause. Of course, it only gets worse for our poor Beta hero Nik from here on out!
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Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.