Time for another excerpt from Monster. This one gives a little more insight into the protagonist, Syler:
“Syler Rike, you have been charged with breach of covert. Do you oppose?”
“Hmm… Lemme think…” I drawled, pushing the sleeves of my shirt higher up my forearms without looking up.
“Just answer the fucking charges, Rike.”
I cast a glance up at the table of the four ruling Elemental Council members. Eric Row, the representative for my own element, fire, was staring me down with rapidly waning patience. He was the only one at the table that I felt anything resembling respect for, but even that was minimal. A life of bureaucracy was a waste of any Elemental’s abilities, especially someone as skilled with its mastery as he was purported to be. My feelings toward the other three ranged from ‘couldn’tgiveashitless’ to ‘pleasejustchokeanddie, bitch’, but unfortunately my opinion on just about anything in this train wreck of a ruling wasn’t going to matter. I twisted my threads of power, working the marks of magic representing spark and flame into a tiny ball of fire that I bounced across my knuckles like a coin.
Melanie Armin dropped her elbow onto the cherry-wood desk separating the four of them from me, a loud bang that she seamlessly followed up with a massage of her temple with two fingers. “Not guilty?” she intoned. The Water Elemental’s hand shook ever so slightly, the only betrayal of her body’s efforts to hide her furious frustration. It made me want to smile, but that would make it seem like I cared, so I contented myself with flicking the fireball over to my other hand and repeating the move. Her blue eyes seemed to boil under the bright lights of the Councilroom as she glared across the desk at me. “You vaporized half the bay!”
I leaned back in my chair and looked up at her as innocently as I could fake through my lashes. “An unforeseeable incident arising during the course of a dangerous Rampant’s apprehension. Exposure was unfortunate, but unintentional.”
The Earth Elemental, Adriana Dahl, rolled her eyes and tapped her pen impatiently. “Nice try, Rike. That only worked the first three times you were brought before us.”
I smiled with sickening insincerity, and the looks on the two women’s faces immediately confirmed that I was as deliciously obvious in that regard as I’d hoped. “I was under the impression that the truth was always the right answer, Ms. Dahl.” Melanie scowled, Adriana scrubbed at her face and the two guys just sighed emphatically.
Yes, I was an ass.
Don’t forget to grab the novel when it releases on Friday! Until then, you can check out the blurb and excerpt on the publisher, Totally Bound’s site here. Stay tuned for more teasers from the book– I’m dropping one each day this week leading up to the release.