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Monday, October 24, 2011

A Free Read, and a Giveaway!

I'd like to welcome back author Kiki Howell. Since Halloween is approaching fast, today Kiki has decided to treat us with a free paranormal short story called Caught Under The October Moon.

Stay tuned below, answer one question correctly about this amazing free read and you're entered to win an e-book from Kiki's backlist.

To enter:

Leave your answer and email address in the comments section below. I will then pick a winner on Oct. 27, and announce it on the blog.

Goodluck, and enjoy!

Caught Under The October Moon, by Kiki Howell

The meshing colors of the fallen autumn leaves crackled under the weight of her bare feet, similar in sound to the fire she'd made which burgeoned around the stack of dry logs. Once she felt the heat infiltrate her body, she shed her deep burgundy, velvet clock and watched as it fell to the ground like pouring wine. Turning, she lit the red candles and spicy incenses of cinnamon and ginger on her makeshift altar. The small flames threw flickers of light that danced upon the various fruits and vegetables that decorated the tree stump. Lost in her rituals under the light of the October Blood Moon coming through the thinning canopies of the treetops, she neglected to hear the approaching footsteps.

The final shift of the brush as a man came into her clearing startled her. She turned on her visitor. Forgetting that she was standing there fully exposed, she stared into the eyes of Mitch, a friend from her apartment building who lived two floors up and one door over. Despite the fact that she had developed many quaint friendships, no one there knew she was a witch. "What are you doing here?" She asked reluctantly, as she followed his eyes down over the erect nipples of her breasts to the small patch of hair between her thighs. Unable to avoid turning to get her robe, she was forced to display her backside to him also.

"I saw a cloaked figure enter the woods and debated about checking it out until I saw the flickers of light through the trees." She blushed as he had stumbled over the words. "I couldn't sleep. What are you doing here at three o'clock in the morning?"

Thoughts rushed through her mind as to if he would approve or disapprove of her Wiccan ways. She momentarily felt like a trapped animal as he took a few steps towards her. The baggy, wrinkled sweatshirt he wore now didn't prevent her from being distracted by the images of him shirtless this summer.

"Listen, Brianna, you don't have to be afraid to tell me. I won't judge you. You know I'm not like that." He turned to face her then grabbed the front of her robe gently with his hands and fondled the crushed velvet between his fingers. "Will you feel better if I confess something first?"

"I don't know." Her voice sounded strange even to her as apprehension and excitement commingled making her insides tremble. The smell of him drifted over the short distance between them, and she closed her eyes as she took it in. She could never deny to herself the attraction she had to him, but he had never made any advances before to show her he felt the same.

"Then here goes." He stepped in making his hands, still holding her robe, press up against her abs. Her hands, still holding her robe protectively closed, touched his hard chest. "I have wanted to be alone with you, since the first time I met you, so that I could see how you would react if I did this…"

The warmth of his breath brushed over her face before the fullness of his lips crushed down on hers. He brought his hands up into her hair, and the chill of his fingertips felt like pure magical energy.

Mitch kissed her cheek, and whispered in her ear, "Relax, Brianna. I won't do anything you don't want me to."

"Somehow that doesn't make me feel better." She became acutely aware again of her nakedness under her robe as heat pulsed through her core moistening her with desire.

"Now why are you out in the woods in the middle of the night buck naked? I can't get that image of you out of my mind." He pulled her against him tighter, and she let her pinned arms move to her sides allowing his jean-covered hardness to touch the skin of her stomach where her robe had opened slightly.

"I am Wiccan, and I was celebrating the Esbat of the October full moon." She dared to let her hands move onto his hips as she spoke liking the way they felt against one another.

"I like holding you, and I am thrilled that you are not pulling away."

"Then it doesn't matter to you that…" A kiss interrupted her question. He penetrated her lips with his tongue and swept it over hers.

"That you are a witch? No, you can explain that more later. All I can think about now is getting my hands under your robe." She felt her smile all through her body.

"Then touch me," she said as she withdrew from his embrace and let her robe cascade to the ground again. He didn't immediately come to her. First, he slowly unclothed himself, barely taking his eyes from her body. She liked the way it felt, to be exposed to him. The thoughts she'd secretly had of them together over these past months welled up within her as his palms cupped over her breasts. He kissed her briefly again before cradling her body to his and guiding her down to the ground to lie upon their discarded clothing. As leaves crunched and slim branches cracked, she gave thanks again to that moon above her for the bounty she had been given. She reached out to finally touch him. as he kissed her body.

As she felt the full weight of him, he said, "I feared this moment would never happen."

"Anything can happen under a full moon."

~Why is Brianna naked in the woods in the middle of the night?~


New Contemporary Pagan, Erotic Romance by Kiki Howell

Working Out The Kinks , a short story


Making an appointment with his ex-girlfriend under a fake name, David buys himself one hour to get her attention. Hoping to apologize and remind her of their time together, he intends to do whatever he has to in order to make Meredith, a practicing Wiccan, forgive him for being idiot enough to have listened to those around him and choosing his political aspirations over love.
Meredith is resistant to let David anywhere near her heart again. Desperate, David plays all his trump cards and suggests a sexual magick ritual which incorporates the BDSM lifestyle he and Meredith used to experiment with. The methods he uses may be unconventional, like sensory deprivation and sensation play intended to build trust and to achieve altered states of consciousness. But David is more than willing to do whatever it takes if he can just get Meredith to agree.

Genres: Pagan, Contemorary, Erotic Romance

Adult Content Warnings: Explicit Graphic Language and Sex Magic with mild BDSM Elementsfrom Rebel Ink Press
Working Out The Kinks is now available at Amazon and Barnes& Noble

Best wishes,

~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. She was naked in the woods in the middle of the night because she is Wiccan and was was celebrating the Esbat of the October full moon.

    Sounds like a good read! Thanks for the excerpt and the giveaway :)


  2. Great answer. Thanks for stopping by to enter the contest! :)

  3. she was naked becuase she was a wican and was celebrating the esbat full moon of October.

  4. What a wonderful story. Will this be a full book or novella? I would love to read more of Brianna's story. Brianna was celebrating the Esbat of the October full moon. My fingers are crossed and I am whispering in the gods of random's ear for a win of one of these awesome books :) Thank you for sharing with us today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.


  5. After getting warm, she removed her cloak to celebrate Esbat under the full moon skyclad.


  6. Thanks for stopping by today ladies. We'll be announcing the winner on Oct. 27, good luck!

  7. To answer Denise's question, and clear up any misconception. The free read, Caught Under The October Moon, is a stand alone piece of flash fiction written specifically for blog promo. But, I have recently written a novella inspired by one of these many promo pieces, so the possibility does exist for a story someday, in fact... LOL

    Working Out The Kinks, the blurb below it, is my newest Rebel Ink release.

    The giveaway is winner's choice of one of my books, all of which can be seen on my website.

    I wanted to thank everyone for stopping by! I really appreciate it. And to Jennifer for having me :)


  8. Becasue she is a Wiccan, and was celebrating the Esbat of the October full moon.

    Thanks for the giveaway


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