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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Haunted Halloween Spooktacular: A Demon's Embrace by Celia Breslin + giveaway

A Demon's Embrace (Cupid Dating Agency Book Four)
by Celia Breslin
December 2020
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Celia Breslin
ISBN: 9781393692881
Number of pages: 124
Word Count: 30K
Cover Artist: Brantwijn Serrah
She believes him the enemy. He's determined to prove her wrong.

Former relic-hunter and soldier for Hell, Stryker spends his days of redemption running a holiday store in a cheery little town in the California wine country. He’s not complaining. The gig puts him across the street from his one and only heart’s desire—a blue-eyed angel with a clever brain, a hot bod, and the wickedest right hook this side of Heaven. Too bad his delectable Angel Cake won’t give him the time of day.

Warrior-class angel and restaurateur, Zara keeps busy designing interesting foods and beverages for the eateries and gym she owns with her celestial teammates. She certainly has zero time or interest in the annoyingly sexy, darkly bronzed demon who drove her bonkers for eons while working for the other side.

But then a freak storm complete with hell beasties rampages their hometown, and God and the cupids order the pair to team up to investigate. Frustrating news for Zara. Fantastic for Stryker. His new mission? Show his feisty angel their partnership is meant to extend far beyond this one job for Heaven...

Happy Halloween Month, Everyone! For Halloween every year, I like to share my favorite spooky story from my family’s arsenal of tales about the Fae. In this one, my Irish grandmother recounts her personal encounter with a Banshee when she was a teenager. Enjoy!

Bumped by the Banshee
by Celia Breslin
… I lived in a large two-story house with my parents, younger sister, and grandmother. It was a cold, winter evening, nothing special or out of the ordinary. My family dined together, then my sister and I cleaned up while our parents and grandmother drank tea. We joined them at the dining table to do our homework, but my grandmother said she was tired and went upstairs to bed. My parents followed shortly after that, but my father paused on the landing.

“Maeve, it’s going to be a cold night. Fetch us some coal, please.”

I abandoned my homework, grabbed the empty coal bucket from the kitchen, and went down into the cellar. I filled my bucket and returned to the stairs. I had one foot on the first step when the temperature in the cellar, already cold, dropped dramatically. Chills ran down my back. Behind me, someone moaned.

But how could that be? I was alone...

Terror rooted me to the spot. The keening grew louder. I dropped my bucket and covered my ears. A cold wind bumped against my back. I stumbled forward as the shrieking wind rushed over me and up the stairs.

But how could that be? The cellar had no windows...

Above me, the cellar door slammed shut. The sound broke me from my stupor. I screamed and ran up the stairs and out of the cellar, through the kitchen and dining room, and up the stairs to my room. My parents and sister found me under my bed, shaking like a puppy lost in a snowstorm.

“Maeve! Maeve! What is it? What’s wrong?” They asked me, while pulling me from my hiding place.

“I heard the Banshee wail.”

We stared at each other in silence, all of us reaching the same conclusion moments later. We hurried to my grandmother’s room.

She was dead.

(Copyright 2021, Celia Breslin. All rights reserved.)

About the Author
NewsletterCelia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for werewolves, vampires, and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find Celia exercising, reading a good book, hanging with her family, or indulging her addiction to fantasy TV shows and movies.

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  1. Hi Sharon, Thanks for hosting my lovebirds Stryker and Zara on your blog. Happy Halloween month! :-)

  2. I enjoyed reading Bumped by the Banshee - perfect for Halloween! Thanks for sharing it with me! Happy Hallowwen!

    1. Hi Stormy, Right? Spooky Banshee in creepy cellar, aaaaah! LOL. Happy Halloween. :)

  3. I would love to read your book and I just love your cover.

    1. Hi Bridgett, Thanks for visiting the tour. Brantwijn Serrah designed it -- she writes *and* does cool art. Happy Halloween!

  4. Bumped By the Banshee was fun and quick. Thank you.

    1. Hi Victoria, Thanks for stopping by. All these years later, I can still hear my grandmother imitating the spooky sound of the wailing Banshee while she told us the story. Shivers!! :-)

  5. I enjoyed Bumped by the Banshee

    1. Hi Susan, Thanks for visiting the tour. I may bust out another one of my grandmother's stories for next year. :)

  6. I love the cover and think the book sounds good.

    1. Hi Sherry, I had a blast writing about a demon (our fabulous Stryker) who owns a year-round holiday story in the CA wine country. There are some fun scenes inside his shop. Happy Halloween!

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