Hello!

It’s exactly one year to the day that I published my first book, Tegan’s Blood.

To celebrate the occasion I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of my most recent novel, Painted Faces. All you have to do is comment or send your email address to lhcosway@gmail.com with the title “Painted Faces Giveaway”. I’ll pick the winner old school by writing down each entry on a scrap of paper, putting them in a bowl and selecting whichever one I grab first.

I like to think this adds an element of fun, for me anyway, lol. I’d also like to say congrats to Yasmin, Patricia and Perry who won paperback copies on the Goodreads giveaway. I’ll be posting those out as soon as I can.

Speaking of Painted Faces, it’s currently selling pretty feckin’ well on Amazon. Colour me surprised! The other day I saw it was at #189. I had a real, eh, what!? moment. The highest rank I’d ever gotten to before publishing Painted Faces was somewhere around the 1,000 mark, if I remember correctly, for Tegan’s Return, which was a while back. I’m not trying to act all humble but I seriously never expected this book to take off. IT.IS.MENTAL.

Moving on…

I’m currently a busy bee writing Tegan’s Magic. At the moment I’m thinking the publishing date will be March 7th, but that’s not set in stone. It could be earlier depending on how quickly I can get things done. I want to give myself enough time to properly prepare for the release. If I’ve learned anything about publishing it’s that the preparation is crucial. Anyhoo, to keep those of you Tegan fans tided over until the release, here’s another short snippet. It was practically impossible to find one that didn’t give away too many spoilers, so here you go (as yet to be edited btw) …

I hurry to my window and stare down into the darkness of Finn’s back
garden. It takes a moment for my sleepy eyes to adjust and when they
do I make out the familiar shapes of the vampires lugging jars into
the shed. The exact same jars as the one Rita used to catch the mist
she and Delilah found.
I pull on a long cardigan and make my way downstairs, interested to
know what’s going on. I can hear the not so melifluous orchestra of
Finn and Ira’s snoring, so I know they’re both fast asleep in their
rooms.
When I open the back door and step out into the garden all eyes dart
to me. Vampire eyes are far more intense than those of a human, so
even when you’re not looking you can almost feel them on you, sliding
across your skin. I pull my cardigan tight around me and walk over to
them. Lucas, Dru and Will ignore me and resume stacking the jars in
the shed. I meet Ethan’s stare head on. He’s just standing there
watching me. I can still feel the heady lust for him, but it’s not as
strong as it had been since I’ve sweated so much of it out. It
doesn’t take as much energy to keep myself together now, thankfully.
“What’s going on?” I ask, shivering in the
chilly night air.
“We began our first watch of the city tonight,”
Ethan answers, his voice as cold as the air around us. “We found
nothing of Theodore, however we did find these things
everywhere. Delilah said that she and the witch only saw one today.
It seems that night is the time when they come out to…feed, if
that’s what you’d call it.”
I stare inside the shed at the stacks of jars. The dark mists
contained within them move frantically, struggling against being
captured. “There are so many,” I whisper, unable to fathom a way
of getting rid of them all. Rita can’t even figure out how to kill
one.
“This is barely
half of what’s out there. Look at the news in the morning, I’m sure
there’ll be reports of fights and riots just like the other day. It’s
almost as though they’re multiplying. The human population is
fracturing. Things are only going to get worse.”
“What can we
do?” My heart sinks as I think that this could be it for Tribane.
The mists could just keep growing and growing, infecting more and
more people until they all go so mad that they end up annihilating
one another.
“Perhaps I’m
the one who should be asking you that question,” says Ethan,
glancing away into the darkness.
“What’s that
supposed to mean?”
His eyes cut back to me. “It means I’d like to know how exactly you
managed to burn half of Eliza’s face off with nothing but the palm of
your hand. You’re not all that I thought you were, there’s magic in
you.”
Ethan looks at me differently now. His hostility is still there, but
it’s like he’s fascinated too.
I suck in a harsh breath. I’d almost allowed myself the luxury of
thinking Ethan had forgotten about my performance at Whitfield’s.
“That was…that was something I don’t quite understand yet.” I
go quiet for a moment, not sure how to explain things to him.
“Anything you see me do, anything magical that is, it comes out of
nowhere. I’m not like Rita, I’m not really doing any of it with a
conscious purpose. It just comes out of me like I’m possessed.”
“You’re lying,
I can sense your anxiety.” Ethan states, tilting his head.
“I’m not bloody
lying. I’m anxious because you make me anxious. You’re a vampire and
not exactly my number one fan right now. Not to mention I’m standing
in the dark in my nightie with no method of defending myself if you
decide to let those fangs of yours get the better of you.”
Ethan laughs
joylessly. “You know how old I am, Tegan. Long gone are the days
when my fangs could get the
better of me
as
you call it.”
He goes quiet for a moment, like he’s thinking of doing something but
not quite sure if he should. The next thing I know his eyes have
morphed from dark blue to crimson, his fangs are out and he’s
advancing on me. He hisses and crowds me up against the wall of the
house. Lucas, Dru and Will don’t even give him a second glance.
My heartbeat goes haywire and I let out a high pitched yelp. In a
fight or flight response my magic comes to life. My hands whip out at
him, overflowing with burning sparks like a sink where somebody’s
left the tap running too long. He rears back out of range of the
sparks and his fangs retract. His eyes go back to normal and a slow
grin forms on his lips.
“So you weren’t
lying then. It seems you’ve got a nifty little defence mechanism
there. When you feel threatened your magic comes out to keep you
safe. Interesting.” He rubs at his chin ponderously.
“Are you
shitting me? I feel like I’m about to have a heart attack because you
went all Count Dracula on me as a fucked up lie detector test? You
scared me half to death.”
“I needed to
see if you were telling the truth. And please spare me the Dracula
references, I find them at best tiring and at worst excruciatingly
irritating.”
I scowl at him and at the same time feel like kissing his face off.
Stupid lust potion. “I’m going back to bed.”
As I reach out to turn the handle on the back door and go inside, I
feel Ethan’s arms slip around my waist. He nuzzles his nose into the
side of my neck. “One day soon I won’t want you anymore, perhaps
then I’ll have the courage to walk away.”
Air gets trapped in my lungs, but just before I have the chance to
question what he means I turn around and he’s gone.

That’s all for now!!

5 comments on “1 Year Book Anniversary Giveaway and Tegan’s Magic Snippet”

  1. Congrats for Painted Faces, I've really enjoyed meeting Nicholas so I'm happy for you.

    As for the extract…It's not fair to tease! Now I will have to wonder what will happen between Tegan and Ethan until march…
    But I hope everything will work alright for the publishing process

    A bientôt,
    Lucie

  2. While waiting for Tegan's Magic I've re-read Tegan's Blood and Tegan's Return and when Painted Faces came out I decided to give it a go! I'm so glad I did, what great characters Nicholas and Freda are. It left me feeling blissfully happy with a big smile on my face 🙂

    Not sure I can contain my excitement now!!! I normally don't like to wish my time away but roll on the 7th of March:-)

    Thanks for writing such great stories.
    Rosemarie

  3. L.H, I'm so excited your Tegan's Magic is just a few days away."Thanks for the little taste"
    I have read all your book they are amazing i get lost in them and can't put them down..I can't wait to see what you have done with Tegan and Ethan. I know you will have a awesome twist..

    Patiently awaiting "NOT" LOL
    Meme

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