Beware of Warlocks
Genre: paranormal romance
Publisher: Shadowcat Publishing
Date of Publication: March 25, 2015
Number of pages: approx. 45 pages
Word Count: 15,000
Cover Artist: Melody Simmons
Can two warlocks be too many?
Yes, if one happens to be your ex-husband trying to kill you for a witch divorce.
The other, a sexy Aussie that makes you forget all the rest.
That’s Catherine Bank’s warlock problem. She will have to choose between the two of them. Will she marry either, or end it all in a spell battle that will bring Las Vegas to its knees. Only time will tell.
No one knows the mind of a witch better than herself. Unless, she falls in love.
I slid out of my bar chair faster than I’d ever made an exit. I had to regroup. Nothing like a quiet bathroom stall to clarify your thoughts.
I made it through the bathroom door and stumbled into an empty stall. Sitting on the toilet, a stream of tears burst forth. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I let it happen. Nothing like a good purge to get some sense back into a girl. Was I really ready for a life with Jeff? I felt the soul binding telling me he was the one to stick it out through thick and thin. But then, I thought so with Rich, too. But he’d never done the soul-binding spell. Just the marriage spell, and then we went on a shopping spree, buying houses, cars, and anything else that he thought my money, and now his, could buy. I was so stupid. He was such a cock suck up.
I heard a knock on my stall door. “You okay in there?”
I snuffled, using some toilet paper to clean up the snot from my nose.
“Yeah. Men suck.” I wouldn’t say warlocks. This was a mixed club.
“I agree with you there, girl. Just let me know if you need something.”
I blew my nose a couple of times, wiping off any excess, then stood, straightened my dress, and flushed all the tissue down the toilet. There. My man tears were spent. Time to move on and try to make a decision. I opened the stall door and saw the attendant ready to hand me a towel.
I added a quick “Thank you” before dabbing at my streaked make-up. I was going to have to do some reapplying.
“Sometimes this is the best place to come and let it all out, dear,” added the attendant.
“I’m totally embarrassed,” I said as I tried to make something out of my raccoon eyes. I’d just gone old-fashioned tonight. No added spells instead of make-up. I liked going all natural, as I called it. I really didn’t need spell enhancing, and was proud of that. Not every witch could claim to have a spell-free appearance. I started going through my purse for items to reapply and make better the mess on my face. My brown hair kept flopping in front of my eyes. It was getting distracting.
“Don’t be. I get a lot of woman crying out their man problems in here.”
“Hear any good solutions?” I started to reapply some liner, giving up on the mascara. I figured just adding more base and rouge would make me presentable again.
“Yes. Most of the answers involve kicking the scoundrels out of their lives, or forgiving them. I’m guessing one of those options might fit yours.”
“It does in one case.” I laughed. Throwing Rich out of my life would seem fit, if I lived through his retaliation. “I think getting rid of him is the best option.” I smiled at the thought of it.
“Oh, girl, two men. That’s always a problem.” The attendant smiled, leaving me to my make-up repairs. Just then, a toilet flushed and the stall opened. In the mirror, I recognized the woman exiting. It was Cassandra.
I wasn’t sure how much she’d heard. She came up to the sink next to me, rinsing her hands. My lips pursed, and I tried to play it coy. I looked in the mirror to touch up my rouge, but I saw my cheeks were plenty red without it. Maybe she wouldn’t notice it was me.
“Cat?” Her voice actually sounded surprised.
Character Name: Catherine Banks
Character Bio: Catherine has had everything. She has money, went to a good college, and married a fabulously gorgeous husband. She’s an ordinary California girl, except for one thing. She’s a witch. Bad side, not a very good judge of character. Between shopping and indulging her wild side, she missed the fact that her husband was paying a lot of attention to her best friend Cassandra. So much so, that it was a shock when she found them.
Describe yourself. What is your worst and best quality?
My worst quality is sometimes I’m not the best judge of character. You can tell by my ex-husband. Had I been a better judge of character, I would have run to the hills when he proposed. My dumb fault. He was after my money more than me.
My best quality is that I have lots of friends. I’m so thankful for them. A good friend is hard to come by. You’ve got to hold onto the ones you love.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
My biggest secret is that I’m a witch. My mortals friends know nothing about the secret world I’m a part of. They most likely couldn’t handle it.
What are you most afraid of?
I’ve had several close calls with creatures that feed off of witches. I had an incubus almost kill me recently. And then there are vampires. They are sexy bastards. They are really hard to resist, but I got burned by a few in the past, literally. I try to avoid them. They tend to hold grudges far too long. Werefolk are not much to my taste either.
What do you want more than anything?
To be happy. Really, with my new husband, anything is possible now.
What is your relationship status?
Currently married again. I found my true love and married him in Vegas.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
I’m a fashionista. I am most at home when shopping. My favorite designer right now is Michael Kors. A mall is like a church to me.
How much of a rebel are you?
I’m always a rebel. Keeps me original.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
I’m the first witch in my family to graduate from a mixed witch and mortal university. Kind of proud that I have a degree in the occult. I should go back for my doctorate.
What is your idea of happiness?
Being on the dance floor with a drink in hand is one way of describing happiness. Or enjoying a nice spa day. I like to keep my mind relaxed and then party hard.
What is your current state of mind?
Flexible. I’m open minded about a lot lately. But most of all, enjoying my new life with Jeff, the Aussie husband in my life now. Who knows? Maybe it’s time to go buy a house in Sydney.
What is your most treasured possession?
I have one of my favorite Barbie dolls from when I was a kid. She had long hair, and I would dress her up in tons of styles, sometimes clothes I would make myself. I guess that’s why I love fashion so much. I started young.
What is your most marked characteristic?
People have told me I’m a little ditsy. I miss the obvious. I’m going to try to work on that. Constant improvement of self is always good.
What is it that you, most dislike?
Right now, My ex-huband Rich. He’s the top of my sh*t list right now.
Which living person do you, most despise?
See above. The ex-. I really pissed him off recently. I’m sure he’s not going to let it go.
What is your greatest regret?
Not realizing how much of an a-hole Rich was right from the start. I’m a little mad at myself for being tricked by him. I want to make sure I don’t fall for something like that again.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Caring, listening, and tentative.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Listening, supportive, shoulder to cry on.
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
It’s more of a writer really. Jane Austin. The woman knew how to lead on a man in all of her stories.
Which living person do you most admire?
Lady GaGa. She has the balls to be herself.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Nothing. I like the way I am. Things I’ve done in the past I might want to change really. But I figure, I’ve done it. Too late. Time to move on.
What is your motto?
Stand by your man. But find a good one first.
Marilyn is a paranormal romance novelist. She enjoys the characters that just don't fit in. From witches to time traveling researchers, she is letting her imagination soar to share her experiences with her readers. Marilyn has traveled to Paris, London, Sydney, Amsterdam, Las Vegas and Munich. She loves to include these in her settings as much as possible. Best of all is letting her reader enjoy them through the perspective of a character. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and cat. The cat, of course, is the center of attention.
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