Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday - The Circle 2 - Oliver, Claire and Andre

More from my vampire novel, Circle 2.  Still have fingers crossed the first one will sell!

Today we pick up with Oliver expressing his...disappointment to Claire and Andre


What a disappointment you are, Claire. I was told you bonded with your trigger, but that red circle says otherwise.” Oliver turned from the window to pin me with his awful gaze. Exposed, I could only stare back and hope like hell my goddamn game face was in place.

“Oliver, we both felt the bond snap into place. The circles prove something happened. You said we’d know when our bond formed, and we did.” Andre’s game face was perfect. His tone was not precisely argumentative, but Oliver’s mouth tightened and a spurt of fear licked down my spine.

I’d felt something that night when Andre and I had made love after three months of keeping each other at arm’s length. Months of misunderstanding and reproach. But even then I hadn't truly known we’d bonded. Andre told me we had and I’d accepted that when I’d seen our altered marks. But why was mine red and his black?  What did that mean?

“I can tell by your expression, my dear, that you know precisely what I’m talking about.” Oliver’s voice was a silken threat. For a second, Andre’s game face slipped, and he looked scared and vulnerable. Betrayed. My temples pounded and I resisted the urge to rub them and give away the fact my head hurt.

“What you did tonight was an abomination.” Oliver didn't need to strike me physically. I reeled from the force of his tone just as I would have from his fist. “Sharing memories without consent is rape, Claire. I do not ever want it to happen again.”

My vision blurred. Shit. Was I going to faint?  Panic, bright and huge, blinded me, but there was nowhere to run. Pain walloped me between the eyes and I tasted the blood a split second before I felt the warmth of it on my lip. My nose was bleeding. A roaring noise blotted out what Oliver said next. I only saw his lips move and then he thrust a linen handkerchief at me and my clogged senses became crystal clear once more. My heartbeat was so damn loud, I was sure Oliver and Andre were deafened by it. 


  1. Oh, I likey! Very nice Amy. Now, get the first one out there so I can read it woman! And then put out Book 2 and then Book 3...and well write woman, write! *grins*

    1. I can't wait to share the Circle books with everyone! Vampires were my first love when I started writing, but then I got sidetracked by a certain wolf shifter named Stanzie. It was fun to go back to the vampires. They can be deliciously devious in ways my shifters just can't get away with! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Me likey, too! Very intriguing, Ms. Burgess. This is what triggered me to wonder: “Sharing memories without consent is rape, Claire. I do not ever want it to happen again.”

    1. My vampires are not the usual angst-ridden bloodsuckers of the night. Although there is drama and soul-searching! Claire has special abilities and can read minds, influence mortals and immortals to do things and, now, apparently, share memories within her Circle of vampires. They do not like this! Mostly because Claire seems to always share their worst memories and makes them and the rest of the Circle live through them like it was really happening. These books were so much fun to write!

  3. Great teaser! I definitely want to read more!

  4. Just got the MS back from one of my betas and I'm busy fixing it all up. Can't wait to share more. :) Thanks, Sara!