Friday, 3 August 2012

A Guest Post on Concilium by Michelle K. Pickett and Giveaway

Leslee has an incredible story to tell. It’s a story full of monsters and mysterious creatures. Of men with sinful pasts who become heroes, and one man who saves her life and steals her heart.
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
unusual punishment, she decided to do what she really wanted to—share her passion for reading and writing with others.
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.”
“Okay. Why?”

“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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  1. Now this sounds like an awesome book! I just got a gift card to Amazon, so if I don't win the book, I can buy it!
    Thanks for giving me the chance to win it first.

    1. Thank you so much for your interest, Lisa! If you get a chance to read it, I hope you enjoy it. :)


  2. Concilium looks awesome! Thank you for sharing with us today. This is a new title for me and I am looking forward to more :)

    1. Thank you Denise. If you read it I hope you love it as much as I do!

      Michelle :)

  3. The cover alone looks amazing--although I try really hard to not care about the cover.

    1. Lex Valenting of Winterheart Designs did the cover. I love it! The forest plays a big part in the story so I needed a creepy looking forest. I think she did a good job.

      Michelle :)

  4. I love the cover of Concilium :x Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Thanks! I think the designer did an excellent job with the cover. I told her it needed to be a creepy forest. She nailed it.

      Michelle :)

  5. This novel looks so good and great giveaway! :)

  6. Hi! I just nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Click here for more info;)


  7. Nice review of the book, it sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  8. Congratulations Michelle on your work.

    Now following you.

  9. Looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Thanks for the giveaway, good luck to everyone entering :D

  11. Thanks for the goveawAy. My email is faith__2@hotmail.comi

  12. This book looks really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. thanks for the giveaway! the book sounds really good

  14. Thanks for the great giveaway! This book sounds unique and fun!


  15. Thanks for telling me about this book and author. Always looking for new authors to follow. If I spotted this book in a store, I would probably buy it just because of the title and cover art. It sounds really good!

  16. "an Urban Fantasy with a big dose of romance and little touch of horror" sounds great! Thanks you for this opportunity! I must win this giveaway!

  17. Looks interesting! I too love the cover art - and I know, you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but sometimes, I really do pick a book up just because I love the cover art.

  18. I love the premise of this book and the excerpt made it even more exciting. If I don't win I definitely will be buying.

  19. Sounds like a pretty cool book! Awesome giveaway :D

  20. Sounds amazing and thanks so much for treating the fans with such awesome giveaways!


  21. Sounds fabulous. Love the giveaways. Thanks for thinking of all of your fans.

  22. Love the cover, the books sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. I love the qoutes from the book :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Love the cover and the story sounds very interesting. I would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  25. Glad Michelle Pickett shared her passion of writing with others, Concilium sounds like an amazing story :)