I’m happy to share an excerpt today from urban fantasy “Spring Blessings”. Enjoy the excerpt!
It’s a god damn shame, thought Karl Spangler as he watched his partner of three years pace like a hostile beast in a cage, that I’m not Norvita’s type. She is stupidly hot when she’s mad. It makes a man want to do bad things to get that kind of attention from her. Her jewel encrusted hands gripped tightly on her firm sculpted hips just above the belt line of her low rise jeans. He watched enviously as her fingers pressed into warm brown skin. Her full pillowy and lacquered lips pursed into a pouted scowl that smeared her blackberry colored lipstick just a little under her lower lip. She threw her head back shaking out her shiny black hair as her arched spine pushed her perfect breasts out which made them look larger than they were. However, the sexiest thing about an angry Norvita Patel was her eyes. When she was mad her rich Harappan eyes danced like Kali in the fire light of a funeral pyre. She could make the blood rush downward when her eyes sparked with malice. No wonder she and Carson fought all the time.
Even I want to throw something at her when she’s this angry just to see if she’d rip me apart and…
Oh no, can she hear me think this?
“I don’t understand what is wrong with you idiots!” Yelled Norvita Patel with a distinct New
England accent that ripped apart ear drums with piercing staccatos and made your heart beat that much faster. The perpetrators huddled together in terror of the ninety pound girl.
At least Karl knew that he was safe.
Karl ran his weather beaten fingers over the stained, old and dog-eared copy of Mages and Monsters. This series of role play books were very popular in Gaiman Heights. This is largely due to its simplified combat system and it’s compatibility with other books put out by the same publisher which included Forever Midnight and Hymn of the Lesser Gods. It was also published by a local company which was a great source of pride for the geek community. Karl never quite understood the appeal of tabletop role play games. What was so wrong with a simple board game? Why did things have to have to be complicated with math and dice? Did people need to slip out of their human skin and into a shape of imagination? He didn’t see the point in disappearing into another world with wizards and monsters. Real life, he thought, is so weird that disappearing into a fantasy world of monsters and magic didn’t seem like much of an escape. Karl had been thrown into the unseen world against his own devices. If he could escape it, it would not be to the land of ten sided dice.
It’s why he preferred P.D. James to Anne MacCaffery.
About the Book
Author: S.C. Houff
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Asher Stone didn’t want to be a hero. After spending two years recovering from an isolating drug habit, his life was getting on track. He had a girlfriend who he loved very much. He was holding down a job and had a repaired relationship with his mother. One day, Asher was attacked by a manticore that escaped the clutches an order of magi and his world gets turned upside down. Now, Asher is dealing with old temptations and new problems and a destiny that he has to embrace or the fate of the world will crash down on him. The only thing Asher can hope is that Blessings and Hope do spring eternal in this first book in a series.
S.C. Houff was born in the backwoods of Southwestern Virginia to a small town lawyer and a recovering radical. She has been a telemarketer, a part-time educator and occasional bodyguard but now is working on writing. She has started working on her very first novel which is fun for everyone. When she is not writing she’s perusing her other love which is history. She also is an avid fan all things nerdy and fun.
While she’s not received any accolades for her writing, S.C. Houff is a two time Geography B champion.