Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Lisa Beth Darling

Guest post and excerpt by Lisa Beth Darling

Top 5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Alena
According to Alena

  1. I'm strong, physically and mentally

  2. Some people say I'm stunning to look at but I'm not one of them

  3. I love with all my heart possibly even when I should walk away I continue to hold on believing that Love will Conquer All

  4. I've put up with a lot crap from the Olympians the last several years and bested them at each turn even though I'm just a 'lowly' Fey

  5. My husband, Ares God of War, says I'm the best lover he's ever had. Considering his age and his voracious sexual appetite, I consider that a very high compliment.



As they neared it, the front gate opened to reveal Cernunnos standing there waiting impatiently. "I see you've decided to be smart about this," he crooned.

"Not so fast ya bastard," Norman shot. "You want my daughter? You'll have to fight me for her." He unsheathed his sword to brandish it bravely at the Great Horned God.

Maggie's fluttering heart skipped several beats. "Da! No!" She tugged on his arm as hard as she could trying to pull him back toward the gate that was suddenly closing. "No, he'll kill you!" Then Maggie understood why he brought her out here. If he won, she'd see his great victory and know she didn't have to be afraid any longer. But, if he lost, Cernunnos wouldn't go storming through the village to get to her, killing and wounding every person he came across as he went. She stopped pulling and fell quiet. "No."

Norman kept his eyes on Cernunnos even as he sank to his knees to plant a kiss on her cheek. "Go over there, stay out of the way, girl."

"I love you, Da."

"I love you too, now go."

Wiping away a tear, Maggie sprinted away from the emerging battleground to stand near the cold stone wall surrounding the castle and its small village of angry citizens.

Cernunnos clasped his hands to his bare chest and over his heart as he sighed and shook his head. "How touching." He feigned wiping a tear from the corner of his eye as he let out another mocking sigh. "Mortals, you're always so sentimental." With an icy glower, the cloudless night sky began to stir as clouds thickened, blocking out the sparkling stars. He raised the Staff of Life and pointed it at Norman.

"Why don'ya do it like a man?" Norman challenged as he stood straight, tall and proud with his chest jutting out bravely and the thick muscles of his arms standing at attention. He waited but Cernunnos didn't answer him so Norman taunted him further. "Oh that's right, you're not a man, you're an unholy abomination. A cowardly one at that, pickin' on little girls."

While finding the offer tempting, Cernunnos found Norman's defiance distasteful and egotistical. That made the irate father an unworthy opponent. Letting a shockingly bright ball of energy fly from the tip of the staff, he smirked. "That wasn't part of the bargain." Norman tried to evade it but he was too slow and the Great Horned God took off his head with one blow. The headless body of Norman MacLeod, sword still in hand, crashed to the grassy land just outside the safety of the Castle MacLeod as his head rolled down the hill toward the babbling brook.

In unison, inside the castle looking out from a high window where Elizabeth watched her husband fall and outside the castle where Maggie stood not ten feet away, they both screamed out in anguish; "NO!" Elizabeth fled down the stairs on weak legs as Maggie ran to her fallen father on legs just as weak. She fell to her knees next to him, threw her little body over him and began weeping as she held onto his lifeless hand.

Women of War (OF WAR Book Five)

Lisa Beth Darling

Genre: Paranormal/Immortal/Mythological Adult

Publisher: Moon Mistress Publishing

Date of Publication: 2/14/2013

ISBN: 978-0615767611

Cover Artist: Lisa Beth Darling

Book Description:

Venture on a Mystical Journey through Time and Secrets Past

Book #5 in the OF WAR Series spans four generations of women in Alena's family from her great-grandmother, Shar Draiocht the last known Queen of the Dark Kingdom to her tortured daughter Morrowind, to Maven Alena's free-spirited mother and through the lonely life of Alena MacLeod ending where "The Heart of War" begins with the night Alena washes up on Ares' shore. With intensity, lust, fear, and strength these Women of War make their way in the world revealing the hidden truths of the past and Ares true connection to his beloved Wife, Alena.

About the Author:

I've been married for the last 27 years to my wonderful husband and incredibly talented musician & rockin' DJ, Roy. We live in my hometown of New London, CT where we have raised two beautiful daughters to adulthood.

My writing career began in junior high, around the 7th grade. A fact that my fellow students adored but often got me called down to the Guidance Counselor's Office to discuss the adult nature of my early stories. While the experience was never pleasant, I was not deterred by the counselors' worries I was spurred onward by them, as well as by my teachers, and my classmates, I continued to hone my craft throughout those formative years.

Through my full-length novels and series I bring conflict, passion, love, and suspense to unique couples--how about a Greek God and a Fae, a retiring military man and an aging widowed hippie, a famous writer/director and a lonely hitch-hiker, or a b-grade actor and a very lucky first-time author? Since I'm never one to shy away from the less pleasant things in life, indeed I believe that it is in the Darkness where Character is created, determined, and defined, my heroes and heroines have their love tested by demons from within and without.

To date, I have penned some 14 novels and 30+ short stories. All of my books and stories are filled with steamy sex, hot passion, dark intrigue, and nail biting suspense. ALL of my works are intended for a Mature Audience Only this includes most of my non-fiction books. My books are for those who like their reading on the gritty side. They are not intended for the faint of heart or those who enjoy a sweet read.

Also, being a Pagan (which is helpful when I write about the Ancient Gods!) I've penned a few useful guides for Ritual Sex/Love Magick and for those wanting to start out exploring Magickal Herbalism.

Twitter: @lb_darling


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