Saturday, August 11, 2007

What Witches Want

Mathilde Madden
Kristina gave you a run down of all the stories in Love on the Dark Side on Wednesday. If you haven't seen that post, do pop back because there's a huge competition too, which might make up for the lack of giveaways here.

My story in Love on the Dark Side - What Witches Want - is especially exciting because it is the first ever outing for characters from my werewolf series out in October (the first book - The Silver Collar - is dirt cheap on Amazon if you order right now) . And Americans can get their hands on it in December.

Because I am excited - and because I can - I am giving you a little snip of What Witches Want here. It is the first time you will get to meet powerful witch Lilith and werewolf hunter Blake. Characters who I hope will become very familiar as key figures in the world of The Silver Werewolves .

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Lilith sighed. 'The whole point of the operation tonight was to find a guy who didn’t know I was a witch, but not so I could trap him – just so I could have a good time.'

Blake frowned at her. 'Don't witches always have a good time?'

'No! Why does no one get this? Look, when did you know I was a witch?'

'About ten seconds after you started talking to me.'

'And if I hadn’t been a witch would you have still come home with me?'

Blake looked a little puzzled by the question. 'Of course.'

'Are you sure? As soon as you knew I was a witch you knew you had to come home with me if I wanted you too, right?'

'Um, well, I guess?'

'Well, that's the thing. I don't want you to be here because you know I'm a witch. I want you to be here because you want to be.'

'What? I swear I want to be here. I'm not trying to leave, am I?'

'Yeah, in case I eviscerate you.'

'I don’t think you’re going to… Uh, you're not going to eviscerate me, are you?'

Lilith shrugged. Blake looked pale. Lilith said, 'See, that's the problem too. I can’t go two minutes without making you afraid of me and if you’re afraid of me you're hardly going to put me over your knee and spank me, are you?'

Blake's throat moved as he swallowed hard. 'You want me to spank you? You're a witch!'

Lilith sighed. There was something so appealing about this taut conundrum of a guy, who was wearing a suit that flowed over his body like it was in love with him and yet appeared not to have brushed his over-exuberant hair for a fortnight. 'What do you do with the werewolves?' she said. 'Do you always kill them or do you ever capture them and keep them?'

'Rarely. Well do sometimes I capture and keep them, but I'm not meant to. It's not policy.'

'What do you do with the ones you capture?'

Blake's face went cold, like the shutters had come down. 'Extract information.'

'How do you do that?'

'Various methods. And I know where you're going with this, but they're werewolves. Outside full moon they're no more powerful that the average pissed off human. But it's different with you, Miss Witch. One false move you'll flay me.'

'Oh, please try not to think like that,' Lilith said. 'So, do you tie them up?'

'Who?'

'The werewolves.'

Blake narrowed his eyes. 'Are you serious? You want me to tie you up?'

Lilith nodded vigorously.

'But, what'd be the point? You're a witch. It's not like I could make you actually helpless. If that was what I wanted. If that wasn't a ridiculously stupid thing to try and do. Even,' he added with heavy emphasis, 'if the witch
claims she wants you to.'

Lilith wetted her lips. She'd seem a little chink then. A little bit of something that said he was warming to the idea. But it was only the tiniest thing. She knew she still had a long way to go. She sighed. 'Well that's just it, isn’t it? I want a man to be all, I don’t know, mannish with me and the minute he finds out I'm a witch…'

'Well, okay, I rumbled you, but you won’t get so unlucky next time. Try again. Find someone else who doesn't know how powerful really you are.'

Lilith stamped her foot. 'I don’t want to try again. I chose you. I want you. I want you to overpower me and fuck me hard. Right now.'

'Overpower…? What? Bend you over the table and rip your knickers down?'

'Yes! Damnit, yes. Forget about my powers. We'll pretend I don’t have them.'

Blake was breathing a little more heavily now. He was still standing in the middle of the room, squarely facing the sofa where Lilith sat. Lilith's eyes flickered to his crotch.

'But what if I get it wrong?' Blake said, with every part of his voice sounding like resignation. 'What if I bend you over and rip your knickers off and spank you and pull you hair and fuck you hard and one of those things is the wrong thing and you turn around and go all black-eyes and uber-powered and give me sodding small pox or something? Witches aren’t exactly known for their restraint…'


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Amusing trivia: I wanted to call What Witches Want 'Spellbound', but the rest of the world prefered my alternate title.

And if you want a little more there's another (even dirtier) excerpt on my new (and almost ready) Silver Werewolves blog.

And look out for the first book of the trilogy in October/December (I might put, uh, *something* on the blog to remind you)


Mathilde Madden
All About Werewolves (and witches and werewolf hunters and one or two other things)

18 comments:

Anne Tourney said...

I'm glad your world convinced you to choose What Witches Want as your title. It's one of those titles that makes me grind my teeth and mutter to myself, "Why can't I come up with titles like that??"

I love that exchange between Lilith and Blake. I felt a strong kinship with Lilith as I read it -- men usually stick around me out of fear of evisceration, too :).

Why do we Americans have to wait so long for these Virgin releases? I'm starting to develop a real problem with delayed gratification.

Mathilde Madden said...

The two month delay thingy between Uk/US is a nightmare with web marketing too. So annoying.

I'm glad you like the story. Lilith and Blake are probably my two favourite characters in the werewolf books. I just wrote this story so I could play with them both.

Alison Tyler said...

Awesome excerpt, MM,
But the witch picture is a bit of a letdown after last week's gorgeous buffet of men. (Buffet of gorgeous men?) Can't wait until the 300th anniversary post!
XXX,
AT

Mathilde Madden said...

I thought I'd give you a day off from hot wet flesh. I'll put something dirty on Coming Attractions tomorrow.

kristina lloyd said...

What Witches Want is such a brilliant story. It's one of those where you think, Oh I'll just have a quick peek at the opening lines - and then you end up reading the whole damn thing because you can't *not*. Really hot, pacy, original and witty. Loved it - but it did give me a bad attack of JAR (Jealous Author Rage).

New silver wolf blog is stunning too! I didn't want to comment there and spoil it - though I might do if my JAR gets worse. And it may do if you continue to describe cocksucking using lines such as 'Blake tasted like oceans and dark places, like basements and fear.'

I love that line. It moves me.

Can't wait for the trilogy to arrive - though I imagine I'll get a pre-pub copy from the very lovely author who is my very best friend. Won't I? Won't I, dammit?

What? Do you want me to beg or something?

kristina lloyd said...

God, I think we just posted simultaneously.

Alison Tyler said...

Now, you two must share a post-simultaneous-blog-comment cigarette. Was it good for you, KL?

Mathilde Madden said...

I feel used

kristina lloyd said...

*blows smoke rings*

kristina lloyd said...

We did it again!

Alison Tyler said...

Now, I'm feeling left out. All this simultaneous commenting, and I'm off in the corner watching.

Oh, wait. I like to watch...

Olivia Knight said...

Honestly, you step outside for a cigarette and when you come back in there's been an orgy in your absence. I remember, at times, getting so frustrated trying to explain to boys that I wasn't a porcelain vase and I wouldn't break under something rougher than a butterfly-wing-stroke. Feathers are all very well, but there's a time and a place for chickens.
So yes, Lilith's dilemma rang true...

Olivia Knight said...

P.S. Can't the State-siders order from amazon.co.uk? I have no problems getting books from amazon.fr.

Stacy S said...

It sounds great. Looking forward to the book.

Dayle A. Dermatis said...

Fun stuff, Mathilde!

Madeline Moore said...

Looking good, Ms. Madden. Looking very, very good.

Kate said...

Great excerpt!
I'm looking forward to the US release!

Ally said...

I loved both of the excerpts. Thankyou Tilly for sharing, and making me so horny so late at night, all alone...

"Oh what is a girl to do?"