Jennifer Lyon

Monday, January 10th, 2011
Raw Sneak Peek of NIGHT MAGIC!

Note:This is also posted on MurderSheWrites today.

This sneak peek is  straight from my files, before copy edits and final tweaking.  NIGHT MAGIC is out March 22nd, but I thought it’d be fun to tease a little bit.

The Birth of a Siren

Twenty Three Years, Eleven Months and Two Weeks Ago

The phoenix soared across the sky, his blue and purple wings sweeping up and down. He was waiting.

Then he heard it, the Siren’s cry that signaled the first breath of life in the newborn. It was a sound of such aching beauty it drenched his eyes with tears, and reverberated down his feathers, muscles and bones until it filled his soul.

It was too much. Each time, it was always too much.

He erupted into flames, the heat bursting from his very cells in an agonizing explosion. The fire snapped and roared, eating his feathers, melting his muscles and pulverizing his bones in endless torture.

Ending only when he was reduced to ash, burned and gone.

Until he was called by the siren to rise from the flames once more.

Chapter One

Days Remaining on Handfast Contract: Fourteen

Ailish Donovan was home for the family reunion from hell.

She stood at the French doors of the small house she’d rented as the sun sank into the horizon. It had been nearly eight years since she’d seen a sunset, or anything else. As a witch she was connected to the earth elements that fed her powers, so she could feel the day slipping away and the long fingers of darkness spreading across Glassbreakers, California. The darkness fed her mood, her tightly controlled anger, her determination.

Lifting her right hand, she touched the binding around her left wrist. It was about an inch wide with a rounded shape that felt like a snug plastic bracelet but it was indestructible. Once it had been plain rope that had been twisted by dark magic into a handfast binding. Nothing broke through it, no magic, no knife, no bolt cutters, not even fire. She’d tried every possible way, but nothing worked.

Thanks to her mother betraying and tricking her, she was handfasted to the demon Asmodeus. If the handfast was completed, Ailish would become a demon witch. Asmodeus would own her soul in exchange for dark powers. No way was she giving her soul to a demon. She had no intention of spending eternity in the Underworld as a demon minion.

All this added up to Ailish being one pissed off witch. But she’d learned how to channel her anger into action and she’d trained her body into a weapon. She was one of the top professional women kickboxers in the country. Being blind got her noticed, but her skills, speed and power won her titles.

And now she’d come home, back to where it all started eight years ago, to win the most crucial battle of her life…

12 comments to “Raw Sneak Peek of NIGHT MAGIC!”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    January 10th, 2011 at 7:04 am · Link

    I told myself I wasn’t going to read that. I wasn’t because I’d read it and then want to read the rest of the book. I wouldn’t read it because waiting until March was going to kill me. I wasn’t going to read it… but I did. It’s friggin’ awesome. Of course. Dang it all. =op

  2. Val
    January 10th, 2011 at 9:35 am · Link

    Oh that is so mean! Just tease us and on a Monday at that. I want more gosh darn it. I believe I’ve mentioned I have no patience :-x grrr , lol. It is good, really good can’t wait to get the book in March.

  3. Jen Lyon
    January 10th, 2011 at 11:44 am · Link

    B.E., sorry! I know, I hate reading excerpts too! I didn’t meant to start off your week with frustration!

  4. Jen Lyon
    January 10th, 2011 at 11:45 am · Link

    Val, I am a tease! I’m sorry, really! I just couldn’t help myself. And I made it double-mean doing it on a Monday. I’m a bad witch :-)

  5. Dawn
    January 10th, 2011 at 2:08 pm · Link

    Love it! I have to agree with Val, though. That’s just mean, Jen. Teasing us like that and then making us wait until March for the rest of the book. I don’t like waiting either! And I’m in between books right now. I don’t have something else to read to distract myself :(

  6. B.E. Sanderson
    January 10th, 2011 at 3:17 pm · Link

    LOL, I’ll live. I just can’t wait for your book. =o)

  7. Jenn
    January 10th, 2011 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Dawn, sympathies on being between books without good prospects! But teasing you guys is kind of fun…oops did I just say that out loud?

  8. Jenn
    January 10th, 2011 at 3:20 pm · Link

    B.E., whew, that’s a relief! LOL! I’m so happy you’re looking forward to the book.

  9. Erika
    January 10th, 2011 at 4:47 pm · Link

    What a great excerpt. I pre-ordered my copy from last year. I’m anxiously awaiting the e-mail that says it’s shipped.


  10. Jenn
    January 10th, 2011 at 7:10 pm · Link

    Erika, awww thanks so much for preordering so early!

  11. chris
    January 11th, 2011 at 12:47 pm · Link

    You shouldn’t tease Jen…. You shouldn’t. Now what Am I supposed to do ha!!!!!!!!!!! :cry:

  12. Jenn
    January 11th, 2011 at 5:14 pm · Link

    Chris, sorry! On the up side, the fourth book, SINFUL MAGIC will be out just two months after NIGHT MAGIC!

Comments are closed.