Thursday, September 19, 2013

Shades of Pink Teaser - Blood Lust by DJ Shaw

Every day until the end of September, I will post here the blurb for one of the stories from the Shades of Pink charity anthology, as well as a teaser, and a short bio for the author. The anthology will be available on October 1st, with all proceeds going to breast cancer research but you can donate today and get it 5 days early! I invite you to come back, share the links for these teasers, tell your friends about it... It's all for a good cause! And if you tweet about it, you can use the hashtag #shadesofpink :)

Today, a glimpse from Blood Lust by DJ Shaw

Catriogwyn Stacey has been around for two hundred thirteen years and has seen a lot in that time. When her Great-Great-Niece, the last of her living family, dies she discovers there's more than she thought. Will her family secrets consume her?

Catriogwyn was in shock. She just couldn’t believe her eyes. She read the professional looking letter again, trying to convince herself that what she was seeing was real.

Dear Ms. Stacey,

We at Kemp and Evans Esq. wish to extend our condolences on the death of your Great- Aunt Prudence as well as inform you of the date we will be reading her will.
The reading will be taking place August 6th, 2013 at nine o’ clock in the morning. The address you shall find us is:
2828 Hershey Ave.
Wilshire, ME 67219.
You need to be present at the reading to accept any and all items bequeathed to you.
Again, please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your Great-Aunt Prudence.

The Staff at Kemp and Evans Esq.

Cartiogwyn sat down hard in her easy chair and let the letter fall from her numb fingers. She couldn’t believe that her Great-Aunt Prudence was dead. Though she hadn’t known her very well, she’d been family. In fact, she was the only family Catriogwyn had left walking the green earth alive.

She was surprised that she’d been included in the will. She hadn’t seen Prudence since she’d been a little girl, and even that had been from a distance. She supposed that if you wanted to get technical, Catrigowyn could be called Prudence’s Great-Great-Aunt.

Catrigowyn wasn’t human, and hadn’t been for a long while. She’d been taken from home, late one night. Long ago, she’d lived with her sister, Freya, and Freya’s husband, Aidan. The couple had two children, Kristen, who had been four at the time, and Thomas, who’d been two.

On that night, and often most nights, Catriogwyn had taken a walk in the woods behind her sister’s house. She knew that Freya and Aidan loved her and wanted to help her, but she had also felt that they’d been wishing for more time alone, to be a couple and a family. To give them that time, she made it a habit to take long walks in the woods shortly after dinner.

Most nights it was peaceful and she’d reflect on her lot in life. But on that particular night, something had been waiting for her in those woods. Something that would change the life she knew forever.

Catriogwyn and Freya were only half-human and both had heightened senses, so she could hear small footsteps walking alongside her, deep within the trees, but she had written it off as an animal. Turned out she had been only half right. She could remember that night like it had happened yesterday instead of two hundred and thirteen years ago.

DJ Shaw belongs to the part of the Unseelie Sidhe that lives in Albuquerque, NM with her husband, The Vengeance Demon, Terminal, the beast who stole her heart, and together they have spawned five children. They also own an Ocelot and four Hell Hounds. She loves to write about the experiences of her Dark Brethren, and some of her own. Please enjoy some of her adventures. You can contact her and sample some of her work on these pages:

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