Sunday, April 2, 2017

"Shatter" by Briana Michaels

(Sins of the Sidhe Book 1)
by Briana Michaels

Shatter, the first book in the Sins of the Sidhe series by Briana Michaels, is now available for only $0.99. The author stops by today to share an excerpt from the book. You can also enter our exclusive giveaway for a chance to win a Sins of the Sidhe t-shirt.
Also available in this series: Shine, Passion, and Bargains.

Greed comes in all shapes and sizes, and this particular greed is tall, winged, deadly, and out for more than just blood. When Rowan Hayes, a soul-seer who struggles to keep her gifts hidden in an attempt to have a normal life, is forced to spill her secrets in a mission to kill the creature she accidentally set loose, scores must be settled and balance must be regained. As an artist whose passions go well beyond her studio, there is a darker side to this bright beauty, and an evil out there has its eyes on her, eager to make her his queen. Ties are made and blood is spilled when Rowan is pushed well beyond her human limits and though she may be strong and full of fire, there is more than one creature drawn to her flame. Like in every battle, lives are lost and freedoms are gained, but what side will Rowan choose to be on? For make no mistake, she may have light and brightness in her, but the darkness feels like home.

Series Video

Maiden, Mother, and Crone! Devlin and Adam were not prepared for this feisty sprite. Not her tale, not her talent, and not her tears. Snapping out of his thoughts, Devlin had just enough time to duck as Adam’s glass shattered into the fire. Shards sprayed everywhere and the whiskey enticed the flames to burn higher. Adam let out a hiss that rivaled the fire’s taste of whiskey, and bared fangs as his temper rolled off of him in icy bursts. Rowan let out a scream, struggling to find her ground, and then she bolted from the house.
“What are ye thinking man?” Devlin shouted.
“I am no man, Druid. That fucking bitch has single handedly given the Shadow Lord a way into this world. She opened that door because she was frustrated that the dead nay talk with her? Lashing out, making blood sacrifices, and for what? NO rules. NO respect for the magic. NO precautions taken or oaths given. The wench just set about frolicking into the woods and set loose a very dangerous devil.”
Adam snarled and wrenched his shoulder out of Devlin’s grasp. Stalking out of the room, he went to chase down the woman before she caused more trouble. He ran fast as all Sidhes do. Not, I-can-beat-you-in-a-race fast, but Sidhe-style fast. Adam was a blur running up the hill and towards the trees. Leaves swirled in the air by the disturbance from the winds his body made as he ran to get her. Devlin raced to catch up, he was fast, but Adam was much faster. The Sidhe zipped through the trees, tracking Rowan’s scent like a wolf, and found her quick enough behind a fallen tree.
Covered in dirt and tears smearing her cheeks, she faced him with all the bravery she could muster. Fists at her side and fire burning in her eyes, she didn’t budge. If it was Fate’s will that she die like this today, then fine; but she wasn’t going down without a fight. Damnit.
Just as Adam took a step forward to say something to her, Devlin charged through the trees like the Devil was after him. If Rowan had the time to look, she’d have marveled at the powerhouse that was Devlin, he was pure muscle, speed, and fortified strength in these woods, but she wasn’t about to take her eyes off the fanged man in front of her.
Fangs, the man had real fucking fangs.
Devlin cautiously walked between the two of them. Lest it came to actual blows, Devlin was going to try and bring the peace here. He was not going to let Adam strike down their only chance at reaching Lorcan. He stared at his lifelong friend and Adam’s eyes changed from angry to empty.
Letting out a slow breath, Adam bowed his head to Rowan. “Apologies my dear. I tend to let my temper get the better of me as of late.”
Devlin carefully walked closer to Rowan. The lass was covered in dirt, leaves in her hair, eyes red rimmed and weary. She must have tripped more than ran to get away from them. Poor thing has had quite a day, but by the Gods the wee sprite had such fire in her. There she stood, ready to take on a full grown Sidhe with her bare hands and a wee knife, accepting whatever the end would be – hers or his. Spunk like that had to be admired.
Devlin took in the view of this feisty sprite brandishing her wee blade at them. She looked wild and dangerous, and sexy as hell. The woman had a spine, and perhaps a slight death wish. Devlin pleaded in a quiet and calming voice. “Rowan, please come back to the house with us.”
“Come any closer and I swear to God I’ll cut you from asshole to appetite,” she brandished a knife in her hand, one she kept in her pocket at all times, and stood unwavering in front of the two men. Ro’s eyes shifted from one man to the other with her chin thrust out defiantly. She was trying to keep her mind calm and body ready for whatever was going to happen next. Just then, she smelled the strong scent of herbs, the fragrance filled her nose and clouded her senses.
Then the world went black. 
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
"There were so many surprises; just when you thought your brain could handle it – no! The author throws in a twist that makes you internally (or maybe externally) scream with frustration, because the story is just so good. My feelings about Shatter are much more eloquent when I’m thinking it, but my review is kind of a jumbled mess because my brain is fried in trying to process and re-process this awesome book. A must read book and series!" ~ rz06g4
"I LOVED this book. If you like fantasy, fae, paranormal, or an excellently written combination of the above, this book is for you. [...] I’m excited to continue this series and read the continuation of these characters. An excellent 5 STAR read. Don’t miss it. And I really have no idea how every review is not a 5 star for this one. Seriously, if you read it, how could you give it less? At any rate, this is one I’ll go back to and reread and I don’t say that often. A refreshing new author with a lot of talent, be sure to set some time aside because you won’t want to put it down until finished. I read it in less than a day. Enjoy the wild ride, it’s a guaranteed pleasurable one!" ~ Nikki
"'She will not burn because she is the fire. She is the spark that lights the darkest of nights.' I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The character development of the main character, Rowan, was fantastic. She definitely grew into 'the fire' as the book progressed. The story is fun. The sex scenes are steamy. The end of the book was so suspenseful and exciting, I almost killed myself reading it in the hallways going to use the restroom at work. Cool book, and a great start to an amazing series." ~ C. S.
"I loved this book! Briana Michaels took me to a totally different world in this book. It's the first I have read by Michaels, but I am happy to say it is only the start. I can't wait to dive into the second book. [...] This book just shines! I loved it! Last words... Hot, Hot, Hot!!! MUST READ! Second book can't wait!" ~ Debbie Rodriguez
"This book is amazing. I couldn’t put it down and I’m excited to see what happens in the next book. If you’re a fan of Karen Marie Moning then Briana Michaels is going to be your new best friend." ~ jason

Check out the author's Shatter playlist here.

About the Author
Briana Michaels grew up and still lives on the East Coast. When taking a break from the crazy adventures in her head, she enjoys running around with her two children. If there is time to spare, she loves to read, cook, hike in the woods, and sit outside with a fire. She does all of this with the love and support of her amazing husband who always has her back, encouraging her to go for her dreams. Aye, she’s a lucky girl indeed.

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