From The Telepathic Clans Saga
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The Book Blurbs:
An Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance Series
1. The Succubus Gift
(Book 1 of The Telepathic Clans Saga)
The transition between teenager to university to graduation is difficult and confusing for everyone. As an orphan and a prodigy who entered college at sixteen, harboring secrets she dares not reveal, Brenna Morgan’s journey is more complicated than most. Then one evening she stumbles across a young man who promises to answer all her questions if she’ll trust him.
The history of the Clans, called the Sidhe by the Irish, stretches back to antiquity. The Goddess blesses Her people with 25 Telepathic Gifts. In addition to Telepathy, the Gifts include command over Air and Fire, Telekinesis and Teleportation. In over 2,500 years, She has never bestowed more than 15 Gifts on a single person.
Brenna’s life isn’t the same after she discovers her unusual and mysterious heritage. In addition to being a telepath, Brenna learns she has the Succubus Gift.
That’s just the beginning of her problems. Someone is stalking her. Then there’s the tall, dangerous woman who shadows her and hints a Goddess has linked them. And what is she going to do with a handsome, charismatic, womanizing man she knows she should avoid?
Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed — with a willing young man of course.
Urban Fantasy with a dash of romance. The Succubus Gift is a completely different take on the succubus myth. Beautiful women and hot men in a world with a hidden telepathic subculture.
The Succubus Gift Book Extract
We have been burned at the stake, locked up in asylums, drugged into a stupor. We are secretive for our own protection. – Seamus O’Donnell
She noticed the young man immediately when he walked past her, head down and in a hurry, but not only because he was so good looking. He had no thoughts, no mental activity, and that grabbed her attention in a way nothing else could have.
Following him, she stepped into a shop doorway when he stopped and looked around. She didn’t need to keep him in sight. She could feel his emotions, so strange coming from someone with no thoughts she could read, different than all the other people on the streets. Checking her mental shields to make sure they were as tight as she could make them, she followed him around a corner. He didn’t look back, seemingly not aware she was there.
Moving closer as he turned another corner into an alley, she stopped when he hesitated at the other end. He looked about before stepping out onto the street, but he never looked back. Realizing he couldn’t feel her, she closed the distance between them.
Scanning the area with her mind, she discovered two other men, farther away, who also were mentally shielded. Their emotions were completely different than his, and she shivered at the malice radiating from them. Every time the first man changed direction, the others soon followed. Although they couldn’t see each other, it was almost as though they could feel each other, just as she could feel them. Through the maze of streets in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area, they danced across the city in the summer twilight.
He walked into a bar just a block off the water. She knew it had entrances on two different streets, and rather than follow him, she walked to the corner, out into the street, and stood in front of one of the unusual old triangular houses in this part of town. From her vantage point she could see both entrances.
Coming out the other side, he walked in the opposite direction, away from the harbor. He was doubling back, hoping to lose his pursuers, but they weren’t tracking him by sight or sound. She watched a man hesitate in front of the door the young man had used to enter the bar, stop, and then turn around.
He was walking faster now and she was forced to break into a run to keep up with him. He stopped in a small park, in a dark area near a building, turning and waiting for her.
“Why are you following me?” he asked as she approached him. He was tall with brown hair and blue eyes in his early twenties.
“Those men are following you. Do they want to hurt you?” she asked, looking up at him. “They don’t feel the same as you do.” His blue eyes widened. “They’re coming. They can feel you.”
“I can’t feel you, and I doubt they can either,” he answered with a puzzled tone in his voice. “You’re an O’Neill.” He took a step toward her. “Who the hell are you?”
She felt the other men at the edge of the park. “Why are you afraid? Are they going to hurt you?”
“I don’t know. They might try,” he answered, smiling nervously.
She covered him in her shield and saw his fists clench as the other men approached. The sense of menace radiating from them increased as they drew closer, moving stealthily. In the darkness, she couldn’t see them clearly. Large men, even bigger than the young man she was following, they had a rough look. One passed within only a few feet. He turned and looked directly at them, but continued on. She could see he held a pistol close to his body.
“Holy Mary,” the young man breathed when they were well gone.
She stepped close to him, out of the shadow, and looked up at his face. It was the first time he could see her clearly. His eyes widened in shocked surprise.
“Who are you?” she asked. “What are you? Do you know what I am?”
He stared at her pale face wreathed in black hair. His mouth opened, then closed. He swallowed and shook his head.
“Please,” she said, her voice cracking, “can you help me? I’ve been alone for so long. Are there more people like us? Do you know where to find them?”
Taking a deep breath, he leaned forward and in a low voice said, “Come with me. I’ll take you to someone who can answer your questions.”
He started off, then turned back when she just stood watching him. “I know what you did to make those men miss us. Thank you. I promise no one will hurt you if you come with me.”
They set off across the city together. After several blocks he turned up a street, similar to many in the area, where all the row houses looked exactly the same. They walked to a house halfway down the street and rang the doorbell. When the door opened, he entered, pulling her after him.
“Jared, what the hell?” the man inside stepped back frowning, his eyes scanning over her, lingering on her chest. “Who’s this?”
“I’ve been playing hide-and-seek with two thugs half the afternoon,” Jared answered. “Their shields and strength were pretty much a match for mine, and I just couldn’t shake them. Then I ran across this lovely lady who graciously extended her shields to hide me from them. Where are Seamus and my mom?”
“Shielded you?” She felt him attempt to read her mind. Her blue eyes flashed and she pushed back, feeling his shields bend under the pressure she exerted. His eyes widened. “I see. Seamus is probably in his office.”
Jared took her by the arm and led her down a corridor. They took a turn, then turned again into another corridor. Bewildered, she let him guide her. She had been in dozens of Baltimore row houses and they were small, open structures. She felt like she’d fallen down the rabbit hole.
They stopped in front of a door and Jared knocked, then entered when a deep voice said, “Come in.”
Inside a spacious office, a very large man with shoulder-length gray hair and a bushy beard was seated behind a desk. A tall, thin woman with sandy colored hair in her late thirties or early forties stood just inside the other door to the room. She took a tentative step forward, the blood draining from her face, and the man sat up in his chair, eyes riveted on the face of the young woman with Jared.
The young woman wore a white tank top and hip-hugger blue jeans that outlined her wasp-waisted hourglass figure. Thick, wavy black hair cascaded to her waist, contrasting with her pale complexion and sapphire blue eyes.
“I’d like you to meet … I’m sorry, I didn’t get your name,” Jared said, turning to her with a slight smile.
“Brenna,” she said.
“Of course. This is Brenna. I had a couple of stalkers follow me tonight. She helped me get home. Brenna, this is my grandfather, Seamus, and my mother, Callie.”
“Thank you for seeing my grandson home, Miss, uh,” the man said slowly. He had a faint but distinct Irish accent.
“Morgan,” Brenna supplied.
“Miss Morgan. I didn’t know he was lost, but thank you for your help,” he said with a faint smile.
“She shielded me,” Jared said. “Covered me to invisibility without touching me.”
Seamus’ eyes narrowed at this assertion, studying her closely. “That’s very interesting.”
My Book Review of The Succubus Gift
“Urban Fantasy with a dash of romance. The Succubus Gift is a completely different take on the succubus myth. Beautiful women and hot men in a world with a hidden telepathic subculture.”
Does this book live up to the tagline above? Yes, I think it does. 🙂 But what else? Read on…..
Brenna is an intelligent,interesting and break-bottom protagonist. She teaches at John Hopkins, and her dissertation on psychic activity is accruing her credibility in those circles. All of this on the backend of a turbulent upbringing in various foster homes, having lost her real parents in a plane crash. Impressive. Then, she is told she has special gifts, by long-lost family members who pop up everywhere. Naturally, she’s inclined to distrust these proclamations, but once she opens up to them, she turns hard ball. Suddenly she has a real family. She becomes fiercely loyal and will risk anything to protect them. The family/loyalty aspect was a great driving force of action and character building in this book.
Everything “magical” or any “psychic ability” was suitably indexed (at the end of the book, for your reference – cool). There are 25 Talents, all of which are explained throughout the story, and Brenna gets plenty of training to use hers (all who have Talents require training, otherwise things get out of hand). All of this `world-building’ was very well done as there was so much to tell the reader for them to follow the story – in true fantasy style – but the author does this all without overwhelming or boring the reader.
I enjoyed that Brenna – an innocent Catholic girl – faced her world turning upside down when she found out that one of her main Talents as a Succubus was the seduction of men! Conflict or what? This gave rise to some hilarious and scorching hot scenes, and allowed Brenna to play the field without the usual societal denigration. Instead, she earned the respect of her community for taking what she wanted without issue. It’s a refreshing change to see a woman in this role, not a man.
At around the halfway point the action began in earnest. Ka-Pow! And be aware – This is a HOT book with lots of sex scenes… and not all of them are of a romantic nature. You have been warned.
The Character Interview
: Brenna O’Donnell is with us today. Welcome.
Brenna: Thank you for having me.
: I notice that you brought a friend with you.
Brenna: This is Rebecca Healy, my best friend and my bodyguard. They don’t let me go anywhere alone.
Rebecca: We don’t dare let her out alone. She gets into too much trouble.
: She doesn’t look like a bodyguard.
Rebecca: I have hidden depths.
Brenna: She’s one of the most dangerous women on the planet, an incredibly powerful telepath.
: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Brenna: I’m in two books, The Succubus Gift and Succubus Unleashed. The Succubus Gift is about my coming of age and discovering my telepathic powers. I’m looking for love but also trying to deal with people who want to kill me. Succubus Unleashed is a continuation of the story. As I become comfortable with being a succubus and integrate into the Clan, my adventures and loves make up the story.
: Brenna, tell us about your family. I understand they’re quite unusual.
Brenna: That’s an understatement. My parents died when I was eight years old and I spent the next eight years with foster families. When I finally found my real family, I discovered my grandfather was born in 1853 and is the most powerful telepath in the world, as well as being wildly wealthy. My Aunt Callie is an incredibly elegant woman, a geneticist, and President of our Clan’s businesses. She’s also a powerful telepath. Then there’s all the cousins, aunts, uncles, my other grandparents … It was quite a shock to discover an entire telepathic society I never knew about.
: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Brenna: I’m not sure what I wanted to be as a child, but as I grew older, I wanted to know why I was so different. I could read people’s minds, and no one else could do that. I started doing research into psychic phenomena when I was fairly young, and that led me to study Neuroscience, how the brain works, and eventually I earned a PhD. Looking back on it, I think I was hoping to find someone else like me.
Rebecca: You can’t imagine what it’s like to have other people’s thoughts in your head all the time. People think it would be neat, but you feel like a freak. Those who grow up around other telepaths take it for granted, but for wilders like Brenna and me, it’s terrifying at times.
: And what did you want to be when you grew up, Rebecca? Did you want to study the brain also?
Rebecca: I wanted to be a librarian. I just wanted to be somewhere quiet.
: Brenna, are you a morning person or a night person? Are you grumpy or cheerful when you wake up?
Rebecca cracks up laughing and Brenna gives her a dirty look.
Brenna: I don’t sleep very much. Four hours a night is about the max when I’m really tired. So I’m up both morning and night.
Rebecca: She’s disgustingly cheerful in the morning. She can stay up dancing and hunting the guys until everyone else is comatose and bounce out of bed at 6 a.m. with a smile.
: Brenna, where do you dream of traveling to, and why?
- Brenna: Oh, I could pick so many places. I’d love to spend a year seeing Europe. I think castles are neat. Bavaria for Oktoberfest, Pamplona for the running of the bulls, festivals and art and whatever there is to see. The major thing is I’d like to see it all without a security detail dogging my every step.
- In mythology, a succubus is a demon who steals men’s souls. What is the truth about being a succubus?
Brenna: I have a genetic abnormality. I drain a man’s life energy, but don’t do any permanent damage, and definitely don’t harm his soul. I’m actually rather religious. We receive our talents as Gifts from the Goddess, and the succubi are Her priestesses. We act as a conduit of men’s offerings to Her.
Rebecca: And the men love it.
: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Brenna: Well, I’m the main character in the first two books, and also in the third book that should be coming out this fall. BR has promised a fourth book about me sometime next year. After that, I think I’ll take a break for a while. There are a lot of stories about the Telepathic Clans through the centuries, and I think some of them might be told.
Rebecca: In spite of what some people think, the world isn’t just about Brenna. Some of the rest of us might get a shot while she’s on vacation.
2. Succubus Unleashed –
(Book 2 of The Telepathic Clans Saga)
It’s not easy being a succubus.
After a crash course in learning about her genetic heritage, Brenna O’Donnell has discovered what it really means to be a succubus and has learned to embrace her strange Gift. Her major concern is whether Collin will accept her for what she is. As she adjusts to telepathic society, others in the Clan have plans that will strip the last of her freedom. Rival Clans still hunt succubi, and discovering their dark motives is paramount.
The social season is also around the corner, including events that Brenna never imagined in her wildest dreams. The succubi, representatives of the Goddess on earth, are at the center of an ancient worship. And if a girl is going to be the center of attention, then obviously she needs a new dress.
Brief Author’s Bio:
B.R. Kingsolver: Author of The Succubus Gift, an Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance novel and The Telepathic Clans Saga
I write books combining Adult Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Science Fiction. I believe in fiction as an escape, with devastatingly beautiful women and incredibly sexy men. In my books, you will find characters with psychic abilities, such as telekinesis and telepathy, and a completely different view of a succubus than you’ve ever encountered before.
I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, and somehow found a career working with computers.
I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff.
I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico that I see too infrequently.
Contact B R Kingsolver
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