Having survived the attack inside the Natick Mall, Brooke dreads the thought of spending decades in exile while she waits for the media firestorm from the superhuman brawl to run its course. But soon after fleeing Boston, she discovers the battle caught the eye of forces far more lethal than humans. Captured by the dark goddess Lilith, Brooke is transformed into her greater demon general and finds herself tasked with converting the rest of her family to form the advisory council she’ll need to lead the largest demonic uprising in history.
But not even Lilith could have anticipated the powerful bond Brooke has formed with her family. Seeing her resist even after losing her soul, angels soon take interest, as Brooke’s unfettered access to Hell and greater demon abilities could shift the tide in the age-old war if she were to fight against her dark queen. Her love for Sienna, her sisters and her now girlfriend, Sandy, is all that prevents her from fully embracing the darkness. But with the demon spirit inside her claiming more control of her mind with each passing day, will the power of love be able to save her?
~ Bewitching BT
She grinned, securing her thick, wavy hair in a ponytail. “Of course not—although I don’t actually work at the hotel.” She made a wide sweeping gesture with her arm toward the wreckage. “Who do you think caused the accident?”
This whole encounter was freaking me out. Fuck being discrete. I visualized her flying backward into the snow bank. In an instant the strange connections formed in my mind, physically linking me to all of the cars, people and debris that surrounded me. I didn’t want to hurt her—not yet, anyway—so I only pushed hard enough to send her sailing about fifteen yards into the ditch.
She laughed as she climbed to her feet, shaking the snow off her designer outfit. “It’s been a while since I’ve been knocked on my ass. Impressive.”
I’d never felt so dumbfounded in my life. Even if this psycho bitch was used to fighting my kind it was unlikely she’d ever crossed paths with another telekinetic. She was acting like I’d crafted a wiener dog out of a balloon at the fair. “What the hell are you?”
“I need you to come with me,” she said, making no effort to respond to my question. “And since you seem to be immune to being bound—I’ve been trying ever since you got out of the car—you’re going to have to consume my blood first.”
“I’m not going anywhere with you!” Where the hell were Sienna, Raven and Sandy? Ruby’s escalade might be shielding them from seeing the encounter, but even if it did, I wasn’t exactly being quiet. And Ruby was staring right at us.
“Your coven sisters can’t see or hear you.” She’d apparently guessed my thoughts by the direction I was looking. “A simple illusion. To them you appear as if you’re still sitting in the passenger seat like you were told.”
“Enough!” Her voice boomed with unnatural power, causing me to take an involuntary step backward. “I have no desire to harm you, child, but you are coming with me. Now.”
With all of the abilities that I had been given, I never thought I’d have cause to feel afraid again, but watching her approach me like I was nothing but a petulant child made me shiver. There was no way to fake that type of unwavering and absolute confidence.
Still, she couldn’t possibly know I was far stronger and faster than the vampires she was accustomed to. Like every redneck bar brawler, she’d finally messed with the wrong person. I shifted my feet into a more athletic stance and began to study her movements, searching for a weakness to exploit. My muscles tensed in anticipation. “Take another step toward me and I’ll rip your fucking heart out.”
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be? Enthralling . It’s pretty much a non-stop thrill ride from the first page.
2. What would you say inspired you to write it? ? I have to credit my amazing wife. Knowing I used to write in college—and having watched me fill every available space in our home with paranormal and urban fantasy books I consumed faster than I could purchase—she asked me one day why I wasn’t writing novels of my own. That simple question got me writing again. I decided to pursue a career as a professional writer almost six years ago, while writing the first draft of what would ultimately become Dangerous Waters. The more people I shared sample chapters with the more encouraged I became that I was crafting a novel with broad appeal. Presenting a copy of my first published novel to my mom and dad was one of the proudest moments of my life.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist? ? One of the things I was determined to avoid with my protagonist is the formulaic approach where the human lead character gets exposed to the supernatural world and is educated (along with the reader) by the all-knowing vampires , werewolves, witches, etc. who help them come to terms with what he/she has become. Brooke’s transformation reveals unparalleled abilities that no one in her vampire coven can explain, abilities that continue to emerge throughout the series. The central characters discover the source of these abilities, and just how broad the supernatural world truly is, right alongside the reader. No one has all the answers, which I believe makes for a much more captivating storyline.
As for the antagonist, Lilith, who is Lucifer’s daughter in my twist on the mythology, is one of the most interesting characters I’ve ever created. She is evil incarnate with powers rivaling the gods, and yet she develops an attachment to Brooke after converting her into a demon and taking her on as an apprentice. Lilith misses her father, who the angels have long ago exiled, and finds solace in the stubborn, headstrong child she is training to lead hell’s forces to war. She almost acts motherly to her (when she’s not torturing her, anyway ) which reveals an endearing side to a very dark character.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it? ? One of the hardest parts for me is determining how I want to open the scene in each chapter. How much time has passed since the end of the last chapter? Where is it set? What events have been glossed over that will have to be shared in narrative summary version the scene the chapter is focused around? Will it open with monologue or dialogue? There are so many things to decide before you write the first word. Once I get the first paragraph penned the rest of the chapter typically pours out of me.
5. Your all time favorite book? ? That is a really tough question! If I had to pick just one, I’d say Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. It is such a beautifully told, original story. It serves as the gold standard I judge all other fantasy novels against.
6. What made you pick that one above all others? ? It was a tough call between that and The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett, let me tell you! The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss was also in the running. In the end, the way Laini Taylor seamlessly weaves mythical worlds and fantastic creatures into a story set primarily on modern day earth (at least at first) really sets it apart in my mind.
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project? ? I’ve been working on my fantasy romance novel, Kerrigan’s Race, for over three years. After starting it back in March 2013 I had to set it aside while I wrote Omnipotent Blood. I resumed working on it in January of this year, and if all goes well, I should be finished in September. Picking it up after taking such a long hiatus was a challenge, I’d pretty much forgotten what I’d written to that point, but it also provided me with a fresh perspective on the story and a bunch of new ideas for where I could take the series.
8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way? ? It’s made me far more outgoing than I used to be. Between the author events, book signings, online social media interactions and various media appearances, I’ve been forced to confront and overcome my somewhat introverted nature. I also find that it has improved my confidence. It is second nature for me to mutter a witty quip while riding an elevator or standing in line at the store whereas in the old days I would have never put myself out there like that.
9. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing? ? I work full-time as a manager for a healthcare company, so the bulk of my writing is done late at night and on the weekends. When I’m not writing or working, my wife and I love hiking and viewing wildlife. We have been to Yellowstone National Park four times. Someday I’d love to retire there. And after twenty years of marriage we still go on a date night ever Saturday, which typically consists of catching a movie and eating at one of our favorite restaurants. I’m a lifelong New England Patriots fan, back to the early seventies, and played football in both high school and college. I grew up playing sports, hunting and fishing with my three brothers and our dad. And I’m an avid reader, of course. I may have to build a new wing onto our house soon if I keep devouring novels at my current pace.
10. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series? ? Omnipotent Blood is the second book (of four) in my Urban Fantasy Sisters in Blood series. The supernatural world gets much larger in this installment, with the introduction of angels, witches and demons, and the story moves at a much brisker pace. The prologue for the first book in the series, Dangerous Waters, provides a glimpse of events that will unfold toward the end of the third book and sets the stage for the exciting finale.
11. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series? ? As I mentioned above, I’m currently working on a fantasy romance called Kerrigan’s Race, which features a female Olympic swimmer who is captured and taken to a foreign world full of mermaids, griffins, fae, elves and other strange creatures. I’ll start writing book three in the Sisters in Blood series soon, as well.
Fun facts: :
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for? ? Setting aside all the Miss America type responses, and the obvious things like having me and my family would live forever in perfect health, I’d wish I could spend a day traveling backward and forward though time to see the history of the world and all that is to come, just like the character in Time Machine.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you? ? I’m sticking with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It is one of the only books I have read more than once. I always find some interesting aspect I hadn’t picked up on before.
3. Name your favorite fruit. ? Pineapple.
4. Coffee or tea? ? Coffee, Starbucks white mocha, to be specific.
5. Favorite season? ? Fall. I get to watch the Patriots and hunt with my brothers as well as enjoy the holidays.
6. How about fav time of 24 hours? ? Late evenings spent writing or watching TV with the wife.
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout? ? I was a boy scout. I made it all the way to Life, was inducted into the Order of the Arrow and had almost all of the merit badges. I would have went for my Eagle but my older brother and most of my friends moved on, leaving me surrounded by a bunch of young kids just out of cub scouts. It just wasn’t the same.
8. Favorite food for breakfast? ? An omelet loaded up with meats and veggies
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read? ? Oceans of Fire by Christine Feehan. It is the third book in her Drake sisters series. I’d never read any of her books before this. So far I am really enjoying the series.
10. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? ? I used to collect football cards when I was younger. I still have a pretty sizeable collection.
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! ? Blue. I think it makes up about 80% of my wardrobe, a large portion of which is Patriots gear.
12. Drama or comedy? ? Drama, although I enjoy both.
13. Cats or dogs? ? Dogs all the way! We have a doggie wall of fame with all of the wonderful four-legged kids that have been a part of our family over the years.
14. What song have you listened to most recently? ? My favorite at the moment is Faded by Alan Walker.
15. What first came to mind after reading question no. 1 of the Fun Facts section? I mean that thing that you reconsidered after giving it more thought 😛 ? Ha! I’ve always enjoyed writing stories featuring strong female protagonists. If I was magically granted the opportunity I think it would be an enlightening experience for me to spend a week living as a college-aged woman. The insight I would gain would be invaluable both to my writing and to my growth as a person.
1. Your top secret, uber guilty pleasure is… ? McDonald’s sausage McMuffins. Resistance is futile.
2. If you could choose to be someone else for just one day, it would be… ? Tom Brady on game day. Ultimate fantasy dream come true.
3. If everyone would receive a prize for being best at something, you’d be no. 1 at… ? Being goofy. I make Teresa laugh countless times a day doing crazy things I would never do in public.
4. You were/are a hardcore fan of… ? The New England Patriots. Dating back to 1976. I’ve seen them play in eight Super Bowls and win 4. Can’t ask for much more than that.
5. You’d immediately fall for someone who… ? has a good sense of humor and doesn’t take themselves too seriously. I’m still a big kid at heart.
6. The one thing that always brightens your day is… ? seeing my smiling wife waiting for me when I get home from work.
7. The awesomest thing in your life is… ? getting to spend my life with my soul mate and best friend. We’ve been married for twenty years and are just as excited to spend time with each other now as we were when we first started dating.
About the Author & Links:
C.M Michaels grew up in a small town in northern Michigan as the youngest child of a close-knit family of seven. He met his wife, Teresa, while attending Saginaw Valley State University. Together they’ve provided a loving home for several four-legged “kids”, including Sophie, their eternally young at heart, hopelessly spoiled Spaniel.
He has always enjoyed writing, and still has fond memories of reading his first book, a children’s novella, to local grade schools when he was 14. C.M. is currently working on the third book in the Sisters in Blood series along with a Fantasy romance called Kerrigan’s Race.
An avid reader since discovering Jim Kjelgaard novels in early childhood, his favorite authors include Kelley Armstrong, Peter V. Brett, Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine and Laini Taylor. When he’s not writing, C.M. can be found curled up with a good book, watching movies or hitting the hiking trails with his wife.
C.M. currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky.