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This Week’s Excerpt: Elemental by Kelbian Noel!
Genre: Paranormal Romance Publish Date: July 2012 Purchase:* Kindle |
Baltimore Land is a typical teenager whose parents embarrass her completely. She wants nothing to do with her family’s beliefs and is convinced their silly rituals only exist to make her life miserable. All she wants is to be normal, but the fact that her parents are witches seriously messes with her social life.
She’s doing alright, with a boyfriend who seems to like her just the way she is and an awesome best friend who is fascinated by her lifestyle, but she’s not the most popular girl in her small Utah town. In fact, she’s kind of the town freak. When her boyfriend’s ex tries to win him back, Baltimore’s emotions get the best of her and she soon realizes her parents’ beliefs aren’t so silly after all–they’re just the beginning.
Eyelids shut tight, I can still hear Brooklyn’s screams. They grow louder, closer, harsher until my own throat becomes hoarse. I struggle against the weight that has pinned me to the floor. “No!” I claw at the ground, my fingernails breaking, bending in opposite directions, as I work to get a grip. “Baltimore, honey wake up.” “Oh, Goddess. Dugan look at this, has she been drinking?” Nightly barks and I open my eyes to see Dad knelt over me. I sit up, too quickly and my head throbs. “What is going on?” Mom appears behind Dad, wine bottle in hand. She looks around the room and then back to me. “Did you—honey did you cast a spell?” I wrap my arms around Dad’s neck, sobs erupting from chest. “Baby, calm down.” Dad strokes the back of my head as I burry my face in his chest. “Baltimore.” Mom sits down beside me. “What happened? What did you do?” “Mom, I’m sorry.” I turn to face her and she wipes my wet cheeks with the back of her hand. “I should never have…I’m so sorry.” I bite my lip to keep it from quivering. “What is it?” Mom’s gaze darts from Dad’s to mine. “I cast a spell with Bridgett.” I look down at the floor, avoiding her gaze. “What kind of spell?” Dad asked. “A Secrecy Spell.” Mom exhales, placing a hand on my shoulder as Dad releases me from his grip. He stands up and begins to gather the things from the floor. “At first I thought it didn’t work, then after what happened with her and Toby I thought it did, so I tried to reverse it. But that didn’t work either.” Neither of them respond, so I continue. “We were just messing around. Bridgett suggested it. To make me feel better.” Mom frowns. “About what?” “Toby and I had a fight. I was mad. He was spreading rumors and Bridgett thought it might help shut him up. But it was stupid, just a coincidence. The earthquakes were a false alarm, I was sure this was too. And when I cast the reversal spell nothing happened, so I was sure of it. Then I woke up in that place and Brooklyn said it was because of the spell and—” “You’ve seen your brother?” Dad’s tone is angry and hopeful at the same time. I shake my head. “Sort of. I don’t know what I saw. There was blood and a knife. And Kara.” “Oh, Baltimore.” Mom rubs my back. “It was probably just a dream. And I’m sure that wine didn’t help. Honey, you shouldn’t cast spells without the proper know-how. You haven’t even been initiated.” “What are you talking about? I had my Wiccaning when I was baby.” “Honey, it’s not the same thing. To be a Pure Witch, to cast spells, you need to give yourself to the craft so to speak. Surrender all doubts. Open yourself up to the possibility of, well, anything.” Mom stroked traces of tears away from my cheeks with her thumb. I’m such an idiot. “Sorry, I didn’t know.” Dad grunts and continues to gather the things from the floor. “You know, Baltimore. You say you don’t believe in magic. You treat our beliefs like they’re nothing but stories. Yet you have the blatant disrespect to use them as entertainment for your little friends.” “No, Dad. It’s not like that I swear. I never meant to—” “Sounds like that to me.” He reaches down and picks up Brooklyn’s athame. “You kids have no idea.” “I think she’s suffered enough for one night, Dugan.” Mom looks at me and raises an eyebrow. “Looks like Goddess is trying to teach you a lesson.” Now that my heart rate’s back to normal, I feel like such a fool. Mom and Dad obviously think worse of me. I never should have let Bridgett talk me into that stupid spell in the first place. Mom’s right. The wine, the athame, the accident, Toby’s rumors, Grandma’s Book of Shadows. All perfect ingredients for a wild and crazy dream.
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Kelbian Noel was born on a warm June night in Moncton, New Brunswick. Officially at 11:59pm, but registered at 12:01am, she technically has two birthdays. Which should mean more cake and gifts, but never really has. From a very young age, she loved to read. She found herself engulfed in novels by Janette Oke and L.M. Montgomery, but never seemed to find herself in the pages. At the age of 11 she declared she would simply have to rewrite them, and become the youngest author in history. But life was full of baseball, homework, best friends and boys. Decades later, having studied writing in college and pursued it as a career, she rediscovered her hobby. She is excited to introduce The Elementals to the world with hopes someone will love the beginning of this story as much as she does. Kelbian lives in Toronto, Ontario with her two children (where, thanks to a thick layer of smog, Junes are much warmer than they used to be).
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