DESPRITE MEASURES – deleted scene

This snippet didn’t make it to the final cut, but is the episode that sparks the cascade of events taking place in


Strawberries and chocolate.

I knew one day my love of sweet things would get me into trouble.  The tasty twin aromas wafted up my nasal passages and hooked me like a fish gulping an angler’s bait. And then he reeled me in.

At the time I had no clue that a dark practitioner lurked amongst the eclectic members of the coven; a magician with powers I was unable to resist.

When you’re a force of Nature, it doesn’t happen often.

Images of a chocolate fountain with strawberries for dipping filled my mind and I gravitated towards the delightful fragrance, barely registering that I moved alone. I stepped out of the house into the crisp, fresh air of the Scottish Highlands. And stopped, confused. Where was the marvellous confection I had been tracking?

Darkness moved behind me, touched me. Ice shot through my veins and clutched my heart with spiky claws. My body screamed run, but my frozen form was helpless to comply. The solid scaffold of my frosted circulation held me upright as my flesh began to liquefy. A scream bubbled up my throat but drowned before liberation.

For me, becoming fluid is quite natural. I’m a sprite—a water elemental—and liquid is my natural form. But usually I have some say over when it happens.

Helpless, I was channelled into a container on the ground.

As abruptly as it had formed, my icy framework melted and the remainder of my human form disintegrated. The smart little black number I’d been wearing slithered to the ground, pooling like so much oil over my prized Christian Louboutins.  I found myself staring through thick glass at a pair of hands that scooped my clothing off the floor and dumped it over my container, putting out the lights.

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I’ll be revealing a few excerpts from the book itself over the next couple of weeks leading up to publication. Hope you enjoyed this and it’s left you wanting to see more.

What do you think?


  1. Beautiful writing and descriptions and they murdered ‘your darlings’! I know the feeling 🙂


    1. Thanks Deb, it’s often a tough decision exactly where to start a novel, and there was a 50/50 split on this one with beta readers and editors, but in the end I had to make the decision. At least with KDP I can always add it in later!


      1. So true! Best of luck Deb!


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