A great week for guests. Join me in welcoming my friend, Allie Shields, who has a brand new book, Fire Within, that’s already on the Amazon best seller list for urban fantasy! Yahoo. Allie’s going to be giving someone one of her books, so be sure to leave a comment with your email! —-
Tara, thank you so much for letting me visit today and talk about Fire Within (Guardian Witch Book Two)! I’m excited to tell you about this story and give your readers a chance to win an ecopy of the new release or book #1, Awakening the Fire (their choice), just by commenting!
Let me start with a little background on the storyline. Twenty-four-year-old Ari Calin is a fire witch and has been the Guardian of Riverdale’s Olde Town district for over a year. While it hasn’t been a quiet year (you can read the details in book #1), nothing really horrendous has occurred for several months. Then, on the 4th of July, the unthinkable happens—a vampire is murdered, and a friend of Ari’s is arrested. With such a bizarre murder case on her hands, Ari is totally focused on the job, until her best friend drags her off to a charity auction. In this excerpt from chapter three, the two women and their dates are examining the items in the silent auction.
Ari paused when she spied a champagne dinner for two from Club Dintero. She wouldn’t be bidding on that. Claris’s attempt to hurry them past, to skip that particular auction item, brought a frown to Ari’s face. Like she wouldn’t notice. Apparently, Claris wasn’t convinced the past was in the past.
Ari’s frown deepened. She knew she had been a little touchy on the subject of Andreas and his club. Unbidden, a series of scenes flashed through her head: strong arms holding a grief-stricken young witch; a dark figure singing on stage, the crowd captivated; the same sexy figure sipping Chianti; a forbidden kiss. Ari determinedly brushed aside such highly selective memories. Those were only the good things—and there were some not so good. She flashed a reassuring smile at Claris and turned her attention to the next item, a spa package.
As if Ari’s traitorous thoughts had conjured it, a surge of Otherworld power touched her. Vampire. And not just any vampire. Sensation raced across her skin, her witch magic singing in recognition as the air shimmered with his dark, slightly wicked energy. She whipped her head around, focused on the front entry, and there he was.
Andreas’s dark eyes captured hers from across the room. Her breath caught, and like always, that compelling swirl of power wrapped itself around her, beguiling, irresistible. She barely registered the presence of the other vampires with him. Seconds, perhaps hours or years, passed with her caught in his gaze. As suddenly as it came, the magic withdrew, leaving a void. Andreas turned away and said something to the woman at his side. His companion laid a possessive hand on his arm.
Shaken, Ari took a shallow breath. After eight months she’d thought her reaction to him would be diminished. She’d be the last one to deny Andreas De Luca was heartbreakingly attractive, despite being one of the undead. That still didn’t explain his almost paralyzing effect on her.
A hidden evil stalks the city…
Supernatural cop Ari Calin refuses to believe her human friend Eddie murdered a vampire—in spite of his confession. When a second vampire dies, Andreas, the sexy, charismatic vampire she dated and split from eight months ago, joins her in the hunt for the real killer.
But Riverdale may have a special kind of serial killer who’s looking for its next vampire victim. The roles of hunter and hunted become murky. And while unterHunAri might feel like killing Andreas at times, she doesn’t want anyone else to do it…
Ally Shields was born and raised in the Midwest, along the Mississippi River, the setting for her urban fantasy series. After a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time writing in 2009, and Awakening the Fire, the debut novel in her Guardian Witch series, was released in September 2012. Ally still lives close to the Mighty Mississippi with her Miniature Pinscher, Ranger. When not writing or reading, she loves to travel in the US and abroad. Way too often she can be found on Twitter.
Thanks again! I hope you’re readers don’t forget to leave a comment by 5 p.m. CST March 14. I’m eager to give someone a copy of one of my books! And they’re all invited to stop by my website and blog!
Thank you Allie. You guys, comment with your email! Thank you so much for coming by. : )