Release Day Blitz: Deadline by Jennifer Blackstream

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”
 
Deadline
(Blood Trails Series, Bk 1)
By Jennifer Blackstream
 
Blurb: 
As a witch with a dark past, Shade Renard knows the Otherworld isn’t always successful at policing itself. Humans don’t believe in magic anymore, and their ignorance renders them easy prey. So when an FBI contact hires her to consult on a possible haunting in a missing persons case, Shade seizes the opportunity to see justice done.
Her case takes an unexpected turn when an undead crime lord shows up on her doorstep. A bold thief stole the vampire’s little black book of secrets—and he’ll pay a lot more than an FBI consulting fee to get it back. To collect, Shade will have to confront a rogue sorceress, a vengeful wizard, and a lethally seductive fey, with only her wits, her growing magic, and a sarcastic pixie familiar.
Success means bringing a killer to justice and taking the first step to redemption. Failure means a war between humans and the Otherworld.
No pressure.
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Excerpt
My instincts flared as I pulled into my
driveway. The sun had set and it was dark, but the automatic light on my garage
didn
’t
come on. I frowned.
“Did
you disconnect the automatic light?”
Peasblossom curled against my neck, her wet
dress adding to a sudden chill in the air inside the car.
“No.”
Unease rolled down my spine. I murmured a
spell, drawing a few circles in the air.
“Lumen.”
Three glowing balls of
reddish light bloomed to life and hovered before me. I kept one over my head
and sent the other two forward, illuminating my path to the front door. I didn
’t
open the garage door and pull in, but got out while I was still in the
driveway, already preparing another spell as I climbed out of the driver’s
seat.
“Revelare.” My power flowed in a wash of silver toward
the house, probing for any foreign magic.
Nothing.
“Stay
here,” I told Peasblossom. “If I don’t call for you, go to Mother Hazel and
tell her everything that happened today.”
“But
I won’t have anything to tell her unless I stay to see what happens,”
Peasblossom hissed. “I’m not leaving you.”
“This
might be nothing.” I kept my voice as low as possible. “The bulb may have
burned out. Don’t be silly.”
“I’m
not silly and I’m not stupid. You think there’s something bad inside. And a
witch never ignores her gut.”
A lump rose in my throat, and I fought to
swallow around it.
“Please stay out here. I can’t bear the idea of anything
happening to you.”
Peasblossom gave my ear a ferocious hug. “I’ll
stay out here, but only as backup. I will never leave you.”
I waited for her to fly up and off my
shoulder before straightening my spine. This was my house. My village. Whatever
was here, whatever had violated my home, would be sorry. Power rose in my
throat, feeding the spell I
’d readied.
“Shade,
look out!”
I whirled around and spat behind me. The
spell hurtled through the air, and I had a split second to see a dark figure
separate itself from the maple tree beside my driveway. The spell landed in the
grass, the viscous blue fluid of the entanglement spell pooling in the tree
’s
shadow.
“Such
attacks will not be necessary.”
A man spoke from beside me, smooth and
masculine, voice heavy with an accent I hadn
’t heard in a long time.
A very, very long time.
I turned, knowing I’d
never call up another spell fast enough. I raised my hand anyway, needing to
try, to go down fighting. A hand closed around my wrist, tight enough that I
swore I heard my bones creak. I gritted my teeth and stared into the face of my
visitor.
He was dressed in a suit that probably cost
more than my car. Long white-blond hair brushed his shoulders and framed a pale
face with sharp, graceful features. I couldn
’t see what color his eyes
were in this light, but it didn’t matter. I remembered his face.
He went by the name Anton Winters, majority
shareholder of the Winters Group, a company that made the Forbes 500 list look
like a gathering of struggling start-ups. There were whispers he had criminal
connections, that he was former KGB. I knew the truth. And it was scarier.
Anton Winters had once been known by a
different name.
Prince Kirill of Dacia.
A vampire.

 

About The Author

USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackstream is…odd. Putting aside the fact that she writes her own author bio in third person, she also sleeps with a stuffed My Little Pony that her grandmother bought her as a joke for her 23rd birthday, and she enjoys listening to Fraggle Rock soundtracks whether or not her children are in the car.Jennifer doesn’t have spare time, but she makes it a point to spend at least one night a week with her sibling binge-watching whatever show they’re currently plowing through (currently Numbers on Netflix), and she ferociously guards quality time with her son and daughter. She cooks when she has the sanity for it—adding garlic to the recipe whether it calls for it or not—and tries very hard not to let her arachnophobia keep her out of her basement on laundry day.

 

Jennifer’s influences include Terry Pratchett (for wit), Laurell K. Hamilton (for sexual tension), Jim Butcher (for roguish flair), and Kim Harrison (for mythos). She is currently writing the series of her heart and her dreams, the series that has been percolating in her brain for the last decade…Blood Trails. An Urban Fantasy Mystery series that will combine the classic whodunit spirit with a contemporary fantasy setting. Expect mystery, magic, and mayhem, with characters that will make you laugh, cry, and probably stare at the screen with your jaw hanging down to the floor. Well, that’s how they affect Jennifer anyway…
You can find Jennifer at 
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War Sucks! Hot Men! Max Vos with The V-Unit

V_unit_600x900Hi everyone —

Please welcome Max Vos to the blog. Max has a new book called The V-Unit and no pretty boys for him! But we’ll forgive him since he’s bringing us some vampires in love! Here’s Max to tell us about it.

Howdy y’all. Glad to be here today. Thanks you Tara for having me.

So, y’all want to know about the new book of mine titled the V Unit, eh? Okay, I’ll give it a shot…

It started with a NaNo writing challenge in October of 2012. I was still starting out with this whole writing thing, and the friend that got me into it wanted me to do this challenge with her. The idea is to write a book in 31 days. Sure. I was so green that I didn’t bat an eye. Problem was, I really had no idea of what to write.

I’d always said if I were a writer I’d never write a vampire story. I mean, after Anne Rice, who could top that? Right? So it came down to a dare. Well…I took the dare, never thinking it would go anywhere. A week had already passed by the time I got a solid story line in my head.

With no time to waste, I banged it out and still had a full day left over. I wrote the main body of the book in just three weeks. Why then did it take so long to publish? Because, like I said,  I was still very new. There were a lot of grammatical errors. A LOT of editing that needed to be done. Polishing and tightening up of dialogue and the list goes on.

I would shelve it for a while, then go back to it. I’d read it, put it away, pull it back out, put it away. Finally I got tired of doing that and really focused on getting it ready for publication. It was a work of love and a lot of frustration. I thought the story was pretty good, if I did say so myself.

You don’t like vampires? Yeah, well I tend to be very particular about my vampires. There will be no glimmering, sparkling, vegetarian vamps for me! Nope. If I’m going to do vampires, they are going to be the real deal.

However, this is not a vampire story. What, you say? Nope, it is a love story that happens to involve vampires. How’s that for a twist? The whole story is about the politics and challenges within the vampire world, but it really is a basic love story.

Now for those of you who have never read my stuff, I need to warn you now. I don’t hold back. If hot, steamy, sweaty man-sex is not your thing, then do not pick this book. If you like young twinkie boys, do not pick this book. If you like a solid story with real men, you just might like this one.

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The V-Unit —

Blurb: Only a select few in the human world knew of the existence of the V-Unit, a small group of highly trained Marines – who happened to be vampires. And it would have stayed that way. But when events in the vampire world, threatened the stability of the human world, the powers that be called for the unit’s specialized services.

 An intrepid war correspondent, Bronson Rudan, who’d seen more than his fair share of fighting, stumbles across the unit by accident, and is drawn into their world. Bronson has no problem with that, given that he gets to spend time with a hunky Marine Lieutenant, Sarge. Although he won’t remember any of this when they’re through.

At least, that was the plan…

AMAZON       ARe

 Author Bio: Max Vos is a classically trained chef with over 30 years of food service experience. After retiring in 2011, Max found himself with time on his hands and was urged to turn his talents to writing. ‘Cooking English’, a short story, was his first published work, and since then Ravenous Romance have published five more of his short stories. His first novel, P.O.W. was released October, 2013 with MLR Press. His second novel, My Hero was a best seller and has just been recently been released in French.

You will find everything in a Max Vos story. From sweet and sexy, even raunchy, to powerful, raw and gritty—something for all tastes.

Author Links: https://www.facebook.com/max.vos.393 

 

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