Sundays Spent With Vampires

 

Happy Sunday!

I haven’t gotten much writing done in the last week or so. But I am happy to report that today the dam has broken and the writing is again flowing 🙂

As the title of this blog states, I am spending my writing time today with vampires. Tuck 4 (I have a title but not ready to share just yet) is well underway. It briefly paused but after going back and fixing a few things,  the story is moving in the right direction now. After the events in The Arena, Tuck doesn’t feel like resting much. She has a vampire to hunt, and he isn’t going to make it easy…as if any of them do 🙂

I have at least four more books (including the one I am writing) before her story is wrapped up. Are there more stories to tell? Yes. But her full story, her path, will end with the last book. Other characters are lining up to have their stories told, including a few vampires.

For right now, though, Tuck’s journey needs to be told, and I will be focusing on her POV until her story is done.

Can I give you hints about book four? Let’s see…

*The story picks up pretty much where The Arena ends.

*The main villain is an ancient one.

*We see some characters from the first book.

That’s all I can really give right now 🙂 My goal is to have book four finished by the end of January and ready to publish no later than March. I am self-publishing the rest of the books in this series, and hope to also have them available in audio. I am aiming to have The Arena on audio before book four releases.

I hope you all have a wonderful day! And spend some time your favorite vampires- be it a book or a movie- as well ❤

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Excerpt: THE ARENA

Here is an excerpt of THE ARENA for your reading pleasure 🙂

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Excerpt:

copyright@October Weeks 2018

The opening chords of Godsmack’s “Stand Alone” jarred Tuck Houston out of much needed slumber. She tried to move closer to the nightstand but the arm around her tightened in protest.

“Leave it,” Tristan Baudin grumbled.

She laughed softly. “You know better than that, Tristan.”

The phone stopped, but Tuck had a strong feeling that quiet wasn’t going to last.

Tristan slid his hand up the side of her torso and across her chest to lightly grasp her breast. “See?”

She sighed, and a shiver of desire ran through her. “Three, two—”

The phone started up again.

Tristan mumbled something about “bullshitery” and loosened his grip.

Tuck wasn’t fond of moving out of his arms, but whoever was calling wasn’t going to let her stay snuggled up.

She grabbed her phone and lay on her back. The screen said Lucia. Concern swept through her as she swiped the screen. “Lucia?”

“Tuck. I’m sorry if I’ve woken you.”

“It’s all right. What’s going on?”

Vaguely, she heard Tristan mumble, “Fuck me,” and then he rolled over and snuggled her against him.

“A few days ago we found a nest of vampyr just outside of Tombstone. We killed them, but they had fifteen human bodies in the basement of the house they were squatting in. The whole area felt off. Once we veered off the main road, the desolation was immediate.”

Tuck did not like the sound of that. “How far out from the house did that start?”

“Nine miles.”

“Shit,” Tuck said as she sat up.

Tristan did the same, a look of concern on his face as he watched her.

“We’re tracking another group now, one we picked up on once the house and bodies were dealt with. That same feeling is following them—all the way into New Mexico. When we get close, the feeling deepens. I’ve never felt anything like it, Tuck, but I know what that could mean—Vampyr and Damned don’t have the ability to mask themselves that heavily or for that long of a distance. Not even the oldest ones.”

No, they don’t.

Vampyr and Damned could hide from humans quite well, but that power only stretched out so far, even if there was more than one vampire involved. The farthest that power could spread was roughly one mile. More times than not, Vampyr and Damned would only mask the area they rested or lived in. The farther out their power reached, the weaker it became.

Only one breed of vampire could mask the way Lucia was describing—strigoi. Tuck understood why Lucia had phoned her.

“Your dad said you and Tristan are in San Diego.”

“Yes, we just finished our hunt a few hours ago. Where are you right now?”

“About an hour outside of Las Cruces, but this group is headed farther into the desert and away from civilization. One of us will go back to Las Cruces and wait for you and Tristan.”

“We’re on our way.”

“Thank you, Tuck. I have a bad feeling about this one.”

In DiGregorio terms, that meant whatever was happening was beyond the pale, and that sent the spike of urgency already forming in Tuck’s gut all the way up her spine. The DiGregorios never called in backup unless something was very wrong.

“Be careful. If something looks too easy, don’t move forward. Wait for me, please.”

“We will,” Lucia promised, and then ended the phone call.

Tuck ran a hand over her face and then told Tristan what was happening. “We need to hustle. I don’t want Lucia on this hunt without me if strigoi are truly involved. If we leave in the next half hour we can be there by mid-afternoon.”

He kissed her shoulder and then nuzzled her neck. “Take a shower first. I’ll get the gear packed.”

She thanked him with a kiss and then quickly got into the shower.

NEW RELEASE: THE ARENA

The time has come~ the next Tuck Houston novel is LIVE!

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BLURB:

An ancient grudge. An ancient darkness. A slayer who will stop at nothing to put an end to both.

When her good friend Lucia DiGregorio calls her asking for help, slayer Tuck Houston immediately joins the hunt. Once she gets a hint of strigoi power at the scene of a slaughter, she understands exactly why Lucia called her in.

Shortly after that slaughter, Tuck realizes that the team is in a trap and none of them will be able to leave until the game is done. The gravity of the situation is made clear when they discover that the vampyr responsible holds an ancient grudge against Lucia’s family, and that the strigoi in league with the vampyr has his own plans for Tuck once the game is done.

But Tuck won’t make success easy for the vampyr or the strigoi. She will find a way to end the game … even if she has to die to do it.

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Cover Reveal: THE ARENA

Here it is~ the cover of THE ARENA, Tuck Houston book three ❤ The wonderful Jay Aheer  again hit the mark 🙂

releasing SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

BLURB:

When her good friend Lucia DiGregorio calls her asking for help, slayer Tuck Houston immediately joins the hunt. Once she gets a hint of strigoi power at the scene of a slaughter, she understands exactly why Lucia called her in.

Shortly after that slaughter, Tuck realizes that the team is in a trap and none of them will be able to leave until the game is done. The gravity of the situation is made clear when they discover that the vampyr responsible holds an ancient grudge against Lucia’s family, and that the strigoi in league with the vampyr has his own plans for Tuck once the game is done.

But Tuck won’t make success easy for the vampyr or the strigoi. She will find a way to end the game…even if she has to die to do it.

Now Available in Audio!

Path to Damnation is now available in audio format!

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BLURB:

“Come little slayer, into my lair, and we shall play a game….”

Ten months after the events with Josef Dragos, slayer Tuck Houston is in Iceland training with her strigoi guardian. The strigoi blood awakened in her gives her no choice but to do so. But her training is interrupted by the one Damned who keeps slipping out of her grasp – Penelope.

The beautiful Damned has finally come calling to finish the game she started with Tuck a little over 16 years ago. But instead of retrieving Tuck herself, Penelope is sending her on a scavenger hunt. A hunt that Tuck’s more than ready to go on, despite the fact that it’s going to drive her deeper into the world of the strigoi and the darkness that birthed Penelope.

Tuck welcomes the darkness, knowing that at the end of it all it could spell her death.

Series Saturday: Skyla Dawn Cameron

Welcome to another Series Saturday! This week’s post will be about the Demons of Oblivion series by the awesome Skyla Dawn Cameron.

I came across the first book, Bloodlines, when it was originally published. I instantly fell in love with the main character, Zara Lain, and her world, and I was so excited when I learned there would be more in the series. Without further ado…

LIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T READ THE SERIES!!!

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Bloodlines, book one, introduces the reader to Zara Lain, a three hundred year old vampire who is badass and narcissistic and just…totally awesome. She is now a thief turned assassin. She is hired by her friend, Mishka Thiering, to kill the head of the O’Conner coven and his son (Mish fails to mention she’s married to the son, Nate). But an unexpected event, which takes down a huge chunk of the continent’s witches and warlocks, finds her working with not only Nate, but also Mish’s mother, Heaven Thiering, as well as a demonologist who happens to be a big fan of Zara’s.

I can’t even express how much I love the character of Zara. On the surface, she has the wit, the narcissism, and such, but her history makes it pretty clear how and why she becomes who she is.  Also, and this is just me, but I love that she swears a lot 🙂

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Hunter, book two, is narrated by Ryann David. She is a hunter for the Venatores Daemonum- she and the other members are trained to fight for God and destroy all demons in the human realm. Ryann was raised by the church that trained her, as she’s an orphan, so she’s never known anything else. That comes into major play throughout the book after she and the team are sent to kill a vampire (Zara) who killed one of the team. She finds herself working with a psychic detective named Ellie Rhys (who is just fabulous!) and a few others along the way. But she soon learns that not everything she’s been taught is true, and those she trusts may not be as trustworthy as she believes.

I enjoyed reading from Ryann’s POV, even though her voice is so different than Zara’s. And I love that she is so different- it makes the story so much more authentic.

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Lineage, book three, is narrated by Peri Takata. The best way to describe her is to quote the blurb: What’s a woman to do when her dad’s the antichrist, her grandma’s the devil, the end of the world is at her doorstep, and she’s out to avenge the murders of her husband and kids? Kill everything in her way. This is definitely who we meet at the beginning of the book. Her mission is to hunt down and kill everyone responsible for the murder of her family. Then, she’s going to kill herself. But things…do not go as planned. Her hunt brings her to Zara, who is the one person who can tell her who is responsible for the murder. She soon finds out that there’s a secret society who very much wants her alive for one reason. But she also finds her heart- which she thought died with her family- opening up to the love of another, and that changes several things for her.

Like Ryann, I enjoyed Peri’s POV. Though, Peri is much different than Ryann. While she does share some things in common with Zara voice-wise, there is a distinct difference that makes Peri really stand out as a character.

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Exhumed, book four, brings us back to Zara’s POV. She is seriously put through the ringer in this book- I cried a few times, and felt all of the emotions she did, which is a good sign of how strong of a writer Skyla is. In this book, Zara has already been through a lot, but nothing compares to when her love (Nate) awakens as a vampire…and immediately tries to kill her. She gets the message that he’s woken while she’s with a client, talking about a new assassin job. But things get much more complicated when a certain best friend returns after being thought dead, and brings with her a child that will change everything between Zara and Nate. The arrival also heralds the coming apocalypse, and just how close they are to the end of the world is made all too clear.

As I said, this book puts not only Zara through the ringer, but also the reader. I had so many emotions reading this book, and they’re still as strong as the first time I read the book. While she’s still my favorite narrator and narcissistic, kickass vampire, the toll the events of this book takes on her is shattering.

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I am very excited about the next book, Oblivion, which comes out in August. But I’m also sad because it’s the last book in the series 😦 This is the blurb for the book:

Earthquakes. Plagues. Rivers of blood. The ever-so-popular rain of toads. When end of the world fare is on the rise, it’s well past business as usual in a city where the veil between dimensions is thin.

Quarter-demon Persephone Takata isn’t so keen on killing herself anymore. This time when death approaches, she’s ready to take a stand and fight to protect the woman she loves, along with everyone around them as the apocalypse swings into full force.

Meanwhile, trapped in her home dimension where her antichrist father’s rule is weakening, Mishka Thiering’s hopes for revenge on the living are put on hold when she stumbles across the truth the Court has kept hidden for centuries. Her death was the last piece of the puzzle, leading to a change in the dimensional landscape, affecting humans and demons alike.

Despite its fractured numbers, the shadowy organization who has kept tabs on Peri and Mishka for years is still very much in the game, ready to set into motion their final plan. For there is something much, much worse waiting in the wings—something old, something powerful, and something far more terrifying than Oblivion or any of the creatures it’s spawned.

Alliances, betrayals, casualties.

This is war. And only one sister can win.

If you love kickass and varied heroines, urban fantasy, and books that refuse to allow you to sleep until you’ve finished them, I highly recommend this series! And right now it’s on sale, so now’s a good time to check it out!!!

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