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Saturday, March 2, 2013

[Blog Tour] Telepathic Clans Spotlight & Review of The Succubus Gift

The history of the Clans, called the Sidhe by the Irish, stretches back to antiquity. The Goddess blesses Her people with 25 Telepathic Gifts. In addition to Telepathy, the Gifts include command over Air and Fire, Telekinesis and Teleportation. In over 2,500 years, She has never bestowed more than 15 Gifts on a single person.

Brenna Morgan was orphaned at eight when her parents were killed in a plane crash. Through one foster home after another, she carried the ornate, carved wooden box her mother had left with her, keeping it always a secret. Then one night she stumbles over a man who claims her as family.

Brenna’s life isn’t the same after she discovers her unusual and mysterious heritage. In addition to being a telepath, Brenna learns she has the Succubus Gift.

That’s just the beginning of her problems. Someone is stalking her. Then there’s the tall, dangerous woman who shadows her and hints a Goddess has linked them. And what is she going to do with a handsome, charismatic, womanizing man she knows she should avoid?

Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed -- with a willing young man of course.

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Leaning back in her chair, she said, "This day definitely took a wild turn." She looked around at them. "What the hell do I do now?"
"I'm not sure if you're the smartest woman in the world, the dumbest woman in the world, or simply the most manipulative woman in the world, but somehow you just made that twisted piece of logic make sense."
"God, I knew it would be trouble when they told me you were coming. Brenna, it hurts to laugh. Either you have to shut the hell up, stop being you, or stay away until my ribs heal." 
"Don't you ever feel guilty manipulating people like that?"
"Not in the slightest. The world is an often nasty and unforgiving place. People with money and power use it to make their lives more pleasant and no one thinks twice about it. We have power also, and I haven't hurt anyone tonight." 
"I don't think the human body was meant to hold that kind of power. Note to self, leave the fucking lightning bolts alone." 

"We have been burned at the stake, locked up in asylums, drugged into a stupor. We are secretive for our own protection." ~ Seamus O'Donnell

This quote opens chapter one of The Succubus Gift , the first book in the Telepathic Clans Saga by B.R. Kingsolver. Brenna Morgan, after being orphaned at the age of eight, finds her family by pure coincidence.  And then the fun begins.

Brenna is one of the most intriguing, refreshing urban fantasy heroines I've seen in a long time. Within the first few pages, the information this girl gets would send most heroines into a temper tantrum, crying fit, or a panic attack - or all three.  Not Brenna. There are a couple moments of shock and surprise, but none of the other 'normal' female reactions.

Coming on the heels of finding her family, Brenna learns that she has the Succubus Gift. From this point on, everything changes for her. We also meet many other Telepaths, like Rebecca, Collin, Cindy, Callie, and of course Seamus O'Donnell.  It was fun meeting all the people who are now a major part of Brenna's life.

There are absolutely no long, drawn out scenes in The Succubus Gift. If anything, you'll find yourself asking for more at certain points. The story moves incredibly fast, which means you will be turning pages constantly. B.R. Kingsolver has written a very well-paced story that made me keep reading to see what happens next for Brenna  - and Rebecca...and Collin...and everyone!

If you enjoy stories featuring succubi, you need to toss everything you know about them out the window.  The Telepathic Clans Saga is a completely new, fresh, and fascinating approach - and it works!

Other books in the series:
It's not easy being a succubus.

After a crash course in learning about her genetic heritage, Brenna O'Donnell has discovered what it really means to be a succubus and has learned to embrace her strange Gift. Her major concern is whether Collin will accept her for what she is. As she adjusts to telepathic society, others in the Clan have plans that will strip the last of her freedom. Rival Clans still hunt succubi, and discovering their dark motives is paramount.
The social season is also around the corner, including events that Brenna never imagined in her wildest dreams. The succubi, representatives of the Goddess on earth, are at the center of an ancient worship. And if a girl is going to be the center of attention, then obviously she needs a new dress.

The Goddess has plans for Brenna and Rebecca, and the Goddess has a wicked sense of humor.

Rebecca Healy is a true wilder, growing up with no contact or knowledge of other telepaths. Discovered by a Clan member on the streets of San Francisco, she felt like she’d hit the jackpot. Finally, she knew what she was, or at least she thought she did.
When Brenna O’Donnell, long-lost heir of the O’Donnell Clan, and the strongest telepath in history, is returned to her family, she and Rebecca form a tight bond. Brenna has it all, looks, money, power, and men falling all over her.

Rebecca isn’t jealous, but it would be nice to find someone who would really love her and stick around in the morning. She’s intrigued by a handsome South American general, but of course, he has his sights set on Brenna. Carlos de Vargas wants more than love. His Clan has its back to the wall, and they hope for an alliance with O’Donnell. An alliance that would lead to war.

The story began in The Succubus Gift and continued in Succubus Unleashed. In Succubus Rising, questions are answered and new mysteries are revealed.

I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master’s in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, a teacher, and somehow found a career working with computers.

I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I’ve skied since high school and I’ve hiked and camped all my life. I love to travel, though I haven’t done enough of it. I’ve seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite, and someday I’d like to see Banff in Canada.

I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I’m currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico that I see too infrequently.

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  1. I love your blog!!! The colors are sooo cute!!

  2. Thank you for the wonderful promotion and your kind words about my books. You have such a lovely blog! I'll be sure to return. :)