Thursday, June 6, 2019

Awesome Excerpt Thursday ~ Shield of the Caulbearer by M.R. Kelly

Excerpt from Shield of the Caulbearer by M.R. Kelly 

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Danni stood motionless in the middle of the room. She wondered if others in the room saw her as a spoiled foreigner who had no consideration for what they had just gone through and lost. She knew and ached for each of them. Because it was her fault. If she had not run away from the protection of the Teach, the men would have been safe at home with their families instead of tracking her.
Moisture welled in Danni's eyes, as she hurried up the stairs. She could not bear to see the malicious looks of those still waiting below to carry out Aodhán’s orders. So she did not see their looks of compassion for the woman who had been inadvertently caught up in their world. Danni threw her backpack on the bed and changed into jeans and a pale mauve sweater. If there were consequences to her actions, she was adult enough to face them. With her head held high, she walked back down the stairs and waited as Déclán placed the orange glowing bands around her wrists. Her chest warmed over the area where the Bloodstone was embedded under the skin and concentrated on not panicking which would make the stone strike at her guard. As she passed by the door of the sitting room, she caught a glimpse of Aodhán, his lips against Branwein’s cheeks, and realized—he had made his choice. There was no room in his life for Danni. Do you have anything to say for yourself, Cauldbearer?
"No!" Danni snapped, and squirmed against the glowing bands surrounding her wrists.
It was over a month since she had been taken from her realm to that of the Sidhé, and two weeks since her imprisonment. Each day she had sat in her cell, remembering the last she saw Aodhán. It had been of him bending over Branwein, placing his lips against her cheek, and Branwein…the look of triumph on her face as Danni passed them. Now, with every beat of her heart she was reminded of Aodhán's betrayal. She didn't know why she should be surprised, he was just another male who had been a disappointment in her life. She had been abandoned by her father after her mother's death and her birth. Danni had been raised by her grandparents in the small town of Natchez, Mississippi. There, along with her childhood friends, they had sought the paranormal and it had struck back, which led to the mess she was in at this moment.

It had been a month since she and Aodhán were running for their lives from the Dalais. A month since she had witnessed Aodhán kissing Branwein, his fiancé after making love to her all night. A month and he had not visited, instead had sent one of his men, Déclán, to check on her. Now, Danni refused to answer the Elder's questions, the same questions that each had asked over and over. The one standing before her with his arms folded over his chest was kinder, but nothing changed the fact that they all thought of her as a threat.
Danni settled back on the bench and inserted the phones earbuds into one of her ears. Since her imprisonment, the only belongings she was allowed was her journal, her music pod, and a light jacket. It was colder in this realm.
"If you don't eat, then we will be compelled to restrain and forcefully feed you."
"You can try," Danni huffed, "The last person who tried to touch me without my permission left here almost fried to a crisp. But please, don't let me stop you."

Author bio:

M.R. Kelly or Mel to her friends and family. She is a freelance writer who relishes the challenges of creating innovative worlds with finesse and attention to detail. The paranormal has been a way of life for her from early childhood and delves into her past experiences living in a haunted house in Mississippi. Subsequent research has expanded her knowledge of ancient rituals and folklore.
She is an eclectic reader of the paranormal with an emphasis on Southern and Celtic lore. She takes pride in her ability to read a book a day. Professionally, she is an educator with a Masters in Nursing and a Ph.D. in Health Science. She maintains a Facebook and Twitter page to network with her friends, followers and other avid readers.

I want to welcome my readers to a world of Sidhé, Demons, Space Pirates, and Adventurers from between worlds and throughout the Universe. I hope you fall in love with the women and men of my novellas. Please follow me at my website: to check out my other works and sign up for a free copy of my newest novella, Demonbruen: Dark Warrior.
Thanks for taking the time to read my book! Please leave a review on Amazon and stay tuned for the second book in the series,


-- Spanish Guitar
-- Storm's Caress
Horror:  House of Oak  
Melissa’s Christmas Wish  


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Coming Soon:

   Demonbruen: Dark Warrior
   Caulbearer's Stone: Shield of the Caulbearer
   Teachers Obsession
   Valerians (Valerian 1)

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