On the surface she’s a cute and feisty blonde; a slender pocket rocket fitness coach. But Cassiopeia Lake has a secret; she’s really a force of nature – an elemental.
Water sprite, Cassie, has lived undisturbed in her native Scottish loch for eons. Now, one encounter too many with modern plumbing has driven her to live in human guise along with her selkie boyfriend. It’s all going fine – until a nerdy magician captures Cassie to be an unwilling component in his crazy dangerous experiment.
Escape is only Cassie’s first challenge.
She’s smitten by her fellow prisoner, the scorching hot fire elemental, Gloria. But how do you love someone you can never touch?
And what do you do when your boyfriend starts to hero-worship your persecutor? Not to mention that tricky situation of being the prize in a power contest between two rival covens of witches.
So when Gloria’s temper erupts and she sets out to murder the magician, can Cassie keep her loved ones safe from the cross-fire, or will she be sucked into the maelstrom of deadly desires and sink without trace?
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to write a fun urban fantasy with an unusual lead character, and at the same time use the books to highlight environmental issues I feel strongly about.
I was very happy when a reviewer called the first book 'an eco-urban fantasy' – exactly what I planned!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I also write epic fantasy, and one of the minor characters – a water elemental – had proven fun to write, with her capricious nature and yet ultimately very helpful, and it occurred to me that a genuine elemental was a type of character I hadn't seen done in urban fantasy, so Cassie Lake was born.
I stumbled doggedly on. The insistent pull dragged at me, like struggling through treacle. A few more steps and it became impossible to ignore. My body was threatening to come apart without my permission.
A groan of recognition crawled up my throat. Someone was performing a summoning, and that someone was powerful beyond anything I could resist. I could not be certain about the identity of my summoner, but I had a shrewd suspicion.
It became painful. I was being pulled apart, little piece by little piece, and I wouldn’t be able to resist much longer. I kicked off my boots, remembering with a thrill of fear the last time I’d been forced to abandon my footwear. My poor cowboy boots were still out in the forest by Dawn’s home, waiting to be rescued. I tucked this pair behind a tree and added my sweatshirt and jeans. Abruptly, my corporeal form disintegrated. My underwear dropped.
In my native form, colourless and almost invisible, I was drawn by the siren call that vibrated my essence and imparted pleasure and pain in equal measure. I’ve been summoned a fair few times in the long distant past, and each experience has its own signature, wrought by the individual summoner. I got a strong impression that this one wanted to make a point, and it wasn’t just that he could summon me at any time he chose.
Knowing that resistance was, indeed, futile, I ceased to struggle and allowed him to reel me in.
I came to the altar via the river, so it was unlikely the enthralled ladies would make a connection between the sprite manifesting before them and an erstwhile member of their group. It helped that in my native form I look nothing like my human self.
Rising from the water in all my naked glory, with my long hair writhing about my body, I scowled at my summoner.
Gordon, the druid priest.
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