Excerpts

Chapter 1
Tons of icicles encased the limbs of thousands of trees behind the walls of Central Park. where multicolored leaves had embraced these trees only a few months before, translucent ice encased them now. They reflected the light of the full moon that hung so low and mysteriously over Manhattan. The black clouds that lightly floated across the moon were not enough to interfere with the illumination of the ice-laden trees. More…

Chapter 2
Bruce Topping was not only a multimillionaire investment banker, he was also the high priest of the coven. He lived here in this apartment that faced Central Park from the east side of Fifth Avenue. His girlfriend, Spring Lisko, a blonde former model and actress, was the high priestess and lived with him. Bruce was a little younger than Daniel, but not much. He had an authoritative bearing that arose from his Ivy League background and a moneyed pedigree. More…

Chapter 3
Forest Green, a longtime middle management advertising executive for the Los Angeles office of Gladstone Magazine, was looking over the three boxes that his assistant, Victoria, had prepared for him. He would take them to the hotel where the company‚Äôs annual, industrywide Christmas party would be held this evening. More…