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Happy Birthday, Clandestine originally appeared in Alien Skin Magazine.


Happy Birthday, Clandestine

60083093_249674a67c He led her down the rough, pine board stairs. A spicy mixture of herbs, incense, and old dirt perfumed the air.

“What have you gone and done this time?” She squeezed the arm of her shaman lover, anxious for the surprise he promised.

“I hope you will like it.” He stroked the length of her chestnut tresses and she shivered.

Her bare feet touched the cool, earthen floor, and she fiddled with the black silk blindfold, willing him to take it off with her eager thoughts. “I’m sure I will.”

A humming, thick and low, poured up through the terra firma and into her feet.

“Have you modified it?” She cocked her head and listened while he removed the scarf from her eyes.

“I bought a new one for your birthday.”

He kissed her forehead and the loose skin there moved beneath the motion of his lips. She pushed him away with a half-hearted hand. The decay of her flesh disturbed Clandestine.

“Oh,” her sadness dashed as her eyes focused, “you painted it.” She kissed him. “How thoughtful, darling.” Running her hand along the length of the freezer, she admired its fresh ebony surface. “It is beautiful.” He’d added golden moons with passive faces, and stars as well.

The shaman wrapped his arms around her waist, and a bit of inner meat pulled free from her ribs. “I’m glad you like it.”

Freeing herself of his touch (it only renewed the memory of her death and impatience), she turned and cupped his face. “I’ll sleep like a queen.”

His smile held melancholy as he took her hands in his. “Shall we open it then?”

She sighed, and a hollowness in her chest argued with her need for regeneration.

“Yes.” Bending her head, she kissed the tips of his fingers. “I think it’s time.”

He moved in front of her and peeled the lid back. A gust of wet, frozen air lifted and brushed against her face.

“I am … a year older.” Coming closer, she wrapped her fingers around the lip of her chamber and stared down at the bed of waiting ice.

He nodded, and she noticed the tears he would not shed.

“It means a year longer,” he closed his eyes and took a breath before he continued, “spent in slumber.”

She knew he was trying to hide the pain from her — such a bittersweet arrangement they had.

“I know.” Kissing the point of his hawkish nose, she left a bit of rosy-lip-turned-grey on the tip of his aristocratic profile. She tried to wipe it off, but he stopped her.

“Leave it, please?” His voice wavered enough to break her sluggish heart.

He helped her into the resurrection tank and she settled into a comfortable position. He zippered her into the body bag quilt, tucking the metal tab securely under her chin.

“It will seem like only a day.”

“Yes.” He laughed sadly, while he traced the hole in her cheek with a slow, lingering finger. “Only a day.” The lazy circles he made tickled her exposed jawbone.

“I’ll dream myself as a redhead this time.” She grinned and closed her eyes, unable to keep them open a moment longer. “Would you like that?”

“Very much.” The darkness behind her eyelids deepened as the lid descended. “Happy Birthday, Clandestine.”


Copyright 2004 – 2016 Louise Bohmer. All rights reserved.

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Hey readers!

Just popped in to let you know The Black Act Book 1: Witch Twins Born is now free at Amazon. Click the highlighted text here or the book cover below to grab a copy now. Thank you bunches for helping me get the book free over there, folks. I’d hug you all if I could. It’s sitting at #37 in fairy tales. Whoop with me!

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Keep watching for a sneak peek at the cover for Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets coming soon!

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Hey folks,

I hope June is treating you all great wherever you are. Things have been wet here, but the sun is fighting back and we’re getting some nice weather now. Also, I finally posted pics of Abigail, the new puppy, over at FB. Take a peek here if you like.

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And The Black Act page is now live. Click the highlighted text to visit it now. The first book is up there, plus an excerpt, the old book trailer and cover from the original release, and faery inspiration pics. You can also click on the banner below to visit. I’ll soon be adding a PDF of the first book you can download.

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In the next couple weeks, I’ll be posting a sneak peek at the cover for Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets. I’ve also spruced up my FB author page with the book cover and banner for the new release. Click the highlighted text to take a peek and like the page.

Thanks again for the downloads and sales, readers! It’s greatly appreciated.

Also, don’t forget that Witch Wars: Anti-Heroes Book 6 is coming soon! And it will be an explosive conclusion to our adventures with the Anti-Heroes.

Now I’m off to eat Indian food and drink coffee. Have a good one, folks!

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Hey folks!

The Black Act Book 1: Witch Twins Born is now available for free at Smashwords and Kobo. I’ll post an update when it goes free at B&N (you can grab it for under a dollar there now). It’s also live at Amazon for 95 cents, but if anyone would be kind enough to report it to Amazon as free elsewhere (you can find the report link at the bottom of the product details) this will help me get it free on Kindle also. And I’ll love you forever. And send you house cleaning and dish washing fairies. For real. Even ones that will fix your car. No kidding.

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Anyhow, click the links above or below to grab a free copy now! Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be adding a page to the site for The Black Act, where I’ll post the maps, reviews, and other tidbits. And The Black Act Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets will be coming soon! I’ll post a cover sneak peek in the next couple weeks as well. Be sure to check out the free reads page here, too. Soon I’ll be adding The Black Act Book 1 and Anti-Heroes Book 1 to it, and I’ll include direct downloads of the PDF, MOBI, and EPUB versions.

Now available at:

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Blurb: This is a serial fantasy novel that will be released in regular installments. Watch for Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets coming soon.

The history of a curse is filled with bloody battles, bitter hatred, and dark secrets.

Through five generations, ghosts of war haunt the wise women. When the rebellion of Glenna ends, their curse sleeps bound in the Tunnels of the Dead, waiting for its chance to re-awaken the war between the wood people and Dalthwein clans. Claire, a wise woman born in the valley of the fae, unwittingly helps it escape imprisonment, while her twin sister Anna receives psychic glimpses of ancient secrets she must unravel. With her scribe teacher Rosalind, she also struggles to uncover the reasons behind Claire’s strange behavior, ever escalating since the death of their guild mother, Grianne.

The Age of the Wise Women will cease if the curse does not end with Anna and Claire. Perhaps inheriting the mistakes of their ancestors and learning the truths of their identities will bring great suffering for these witch twins.

In Book 1: Witch Twins Born Claire begins to confess the truth to Anna, and Anna discovers her twin is having an affair with a woodman named Luthien.

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