Friday, 3 August 2012
A Guest Post on Concilium by Michelle K. Pickett and Giveaway
Her story begins the night she hit an animal with her car. It’s the first time she sees the hideous beast and hears the whispers in the dark. The accident sets in motion a chain of events that Leslee would find unbelievable if she hadn’t lived through them herself. The events, the people she meets, and the monsters that hunt her change her life forever.
Miller looks into the face of death every day of his cursed, miserable life. After killing two people, he thinks his life is nothing more than a waste of good air. That is, until the Concilium offers him a job he can’t refuse. A job to atone for his sins.
The Concilium is the guardian of an ancient secret and protector of our world. Only, it’s not just our world. The planet is made of layers, dimensions. These dimensions live alongside our own in a space humans can’t see or hear. They’re meant to live independently of one another. But evil has found a way out.
Cruor Imbibo are vicious killing machines that have invaded our dimension for centuries. Driven by their insatiable need to feed, the Imbibo devour humans, feasting secretly on the dregs of society. After Leslee stumbles across the mysterious animal and hears the whispering in the forest, the Imbibo think Leslee can expose them, putting an end to their meal ticket. They want her dead and hunt her relentlessly, killing anyone who gets in their way.
The Concilium is the only protection humans have from the Imbibo’s blood lust. Teams formed by the Concilium fight the Imbibo, trying to put an end to their feeding frenzy and send them back to their dimension. Miller’s the leader of one of the Concilium’s teams. Keeping Leslee alive is his next job.
Miller and his team fight the Imbibo, giving the Concilium time to locate and kill the Imbibo clan’s leader. In the midst of the war, he and Leslee form a bond. But he warns Leslee when the job is finished he’ll leave. His allegiance is to the Concilium. His commitment to them is life-long.
After days of battling and searching, the team locates the clan’s leader. Miller and the team make their plan and set their trap. This is what they’re trained for. This is what they do and they do it well.
So, what happened to the Imbibo? Did the Council find a way to control them? Why did the men give up their lives and commit to a lifetime of slaying monsters in the dark? Did Miller stay with Leslee in the end?
Well, you’ll have to read the book to find the answers to these questions. You might be surprised.
Author Bio : Michelle has been an avid reader since a young child. She began writing for personal enjoyment in college, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Deciding sitting in a cubical all day was her form of cruel and
She wrote her debut novel Concilium in 2010. The sequel, Concilium: The Departure soon followed. Both will be published by Muse It Up Publishing with scheduled released dates of July 27th and November 2012 respectively. Her Debut young adult novel, PODs, will be published by Spencer Hill Press and is scheduled for release in paperback June 4th, 2013.
Michelle was born and raised in Michigan. She now resides in a small community outside Houston, Texas with her husband, four children, a 125-pound lap dog, a very grumpy cockatiel and a cat that thinks she's queen.
Michelle writes adult and young adult Sci/Fi and urban fantasy romance
Concilium Blurb : Leslee hit a strange animal with her car. Now she’s marked for death.
It was a simple car accident – the animal didn’t even die – but it drew the attention of the Cruor Imbibo. Driven by their insatiable need to feed, the secret society of Imbibo has devoured the dregs of civilization for centuries. Afraid Leslee will expose them, and put an end to their meal ticket, the Imbibo want her dead.
The Concilium is Leslee's only protection. Guardian of the ancient secret and the protector of humans, the Concilium fights to control the Imbibo and end their feeding frenzy. Miller works for the Concilium. Keeping Leslee alive is his next assignment.
Now Leslee is on the run, and the only thing between her flesh and the snapping jaws of the Imbibo is Miller. He and Leslee quickly form a bond, but will falling in love make Miller’s job more difficult? Because if he fails, Leslee will be next on the Imbibo menu.
The Cruor Imbibo are coming, and they're coming for Leslee.
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Exclusive Novel Expert : Concilium is an Urban Fantasy with a big dose of romance and little touch of horror. But rather than tell you what the book is about, I'm going to give you a small glimpse at one of my favorite scenes. Leslee is for the first time realizing that she may not survive the obstacle facing her:
The rain made dusk fall earlier. I watched as the team grabbed their equipment. I knew they weren't as confident as they wanted me to believe. They expected a bad night.
“I want a gun.”
Miller looked at me and nodded. “It’s there in the hall. I want you to stay there. With the front windows covered and the bedroom doors closed, they won’t be able to see you. Stay on the floor. Here, put this in your pocket.” He handed me his car key. “If anything happens, Leslee, if any window breaks, if any of us tells you to go, get in the car and drive to the lake. Don’t think. Don’t ask questions. Just go. One of us will be there to get you as soon as it’s safe.”
“And if you aren't?” I asked.
“We will,” he said, his eyes intense. “We will,” he repeated emphatically.
“Okay.” I tried to manage a smile, tried to look as self-assured as he seemed. I couldn’t.
“Les, if you need to use the gun, shoot them in the neck. Right here where a man’s Adam’s apple is. Don’t waste a shot on the head or anywhere on the body. Just aim for the throat.”
“Their bodies aren’t built like ours. Their brains and spinal columns are in slightly different spots because of their, um, different look,” Brooks said, looking at Miller. “The throat is the kill shot. Like a shot to the back of the head would be for a human.”
“Okay, the throat,” I said, my voice wavering. My hands were already shaking. I prayed I could aim the gun if the time came. I hoped I’d be able to control my fear if I had to face one of the Imbibo alone.
One by one, the guys hugged me before they left, the same way they had every night at my house. Why did it feel so different? Why was I more worried than before? I didn’t have any answers, but the air felt ominous, the house felt threatening, and a thought slammed into me.
I could die here.
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