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Excerpt of Heart Search
“Dayna, on the first charge, how do you plead?”
Dayna hesitated. She was tempted to plead ‘not guilty’, but it was obvious they knew everything so what was the point? She raised her eyes and looked directly at Sophia.
“Guilty,” she replied quietly but firmly, no remorse in her voice. Sophia made a note on a small pad lying in her lap. She looked at Dayna once again and soberly asked, “On the second charge, how do you plead?”
Dayna paused much longer. She hadn’t meant to create another vampire – it had been a complete accident so why should she plead ‘guilty’ to this charge?
“Not guilty,” she responded loudly.
Again, Sophia wrote it down, this time a frown marred her beautiful face. Plainly she was not happy at Dayna’s ‘not guilty’ response, and she wasn’t the only one. Emile, acting as prosecutor, took charge of the next part of the proceedings.
“Dayna, you have pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge of illegally creating an immortal, despite the evidence against you. Will you please explain your reasoning?”
Dayna looked Emile straight in the eyes, a little of her customary arrogance unwittingly resurfacing.
“I am not an expert when it comes to the law, but I believe the charge hints at some premeditation on my part. This is not the case. I can honestly say it was a complete accident, a lapse of concentration. I didn’t mean to do it. Was I careless – absolutely, but am I guilty – no, I don’t believe I am.” Whilst her diction was formal, Dayna’s tone was not as respectful as it should have been and as a result, did nothing to help her case. Emile, not impressed by her attitude, scowled at her. He wasn’t the only one – every one of the Commissioners faces was thunderous.
“Be that as it may, do you at least acknowledge your actions have endangered your coven, and all immortals?” The timbre of Emile’s voice changed to one of absolute authority.
“Not really,” Dayna replied flippantly, “I don’t see how it could endanger anyone but me and I can take care of myself.”
About the Author
Carlie M A Cullen was born in London. She grew up in Hertfordshire where she first discovered her love of books and writing. She has been an administrator and marketer all her working life and is also a professional teacher of Ballroom and Latin American dancing.
Carlie has always written in some form or another, but Heart Search: Lost is her first novel. This is being launched 8th October 2012 through Myrddin Publishing Group and work has started on book two: Heart Search: Found. She writes mainly in the Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genres for YA, New Adult and Adult.
Carlie is also a professional editor.
Carlie also holds the reins of a writing group called Writebulb. Their first anthology was published September 2012.
Carlie currently lives in Essex, UK with her daughter.