Archive for July, 2012

Thank you for joining me on today’s stop along the Tribe’s Bride tour, hosted by Page Turner’s Book Tours  Enjoy the character interview, and don’t forget to enter the contest!!

When a university job interview goes south, Carrie Wade isn’t certain that she’ll ever find work in her field of ancient Native American Culture. Knowing the only job waiting for her is waitressing at a coffee house, Carrie indulges in a post-disappointment shopping trip. An old necklace in an antique store window catches her eye and she immediately feels as if she cannot walk away without owning it. The very last thing she needs to do is squander her savings by investing in a necklace that may have, at one time, belonged to one of the tribes she studied…but she can’t help herself. When she tries on the precious necklace at home, she passes out and wakes up in the tent of the necklace’s original owners, three Native American tribesmen from the late 1600s. Will she be able to get back home to the future or will she find out that the one place she was always meant to be was back in time as the tribe’s bride?
Novella: 26k Words 
Self Published 
*This novella contains m/f/m/m interaction, three handsome brothers that will do anything for each other and their woman, and a magical necklace that brings them all together.
You can buy the book here
Author Bio: 
R.E. Butler is midwesterner by birth, but calls the East Coast home now. She replaced the lowing of cows for the caw of seagulls and couldn’t be happier. She has two small children, a husband, and two dogs, and when she’s not busy chasing all of them around, she can be found at her computer furiously writing.
She gets her inspiration from the strangest places…a stranger at the airport, a word that sounds like it could be a great name for a character, the color of the sky at sunset. The more she sees, the more she wants to share.
Her wiccan-werebear novella series is slated to be a six story series, although as time allows there are more than enough characters to add to it. The Wolf’s Mate series has six books in it, with the potential to spin-off four different series from the secondary characters when inspiration strikes.
Her favorite things to do besides writing and reading, are cooking, watching old episodes of Law & Order, scouring for free kindle books, sneaking Ghiradelli chocolate, and people watching. Her favorite place to people watch is at the gym. People make the funniest faces when they’re concentrating!
You can find R.E. Butler at the following places:

R.E. Butler interviews Carrie Wade, Heroine of The Tribe’s Bride

(Carrie): Hello R.E.!
(R.E.): Hi Carrie! I’m glad to see you are still alive and well, after going back in time several hundred years.
(Carrie): Um, yeah. Thanks for that! Couldn’t you have had the necklace send me someplace tropical and, oh I don’t know, modern?

(R.E.): Well, it wouldn’t have been such a great story if I had. How
boring…woman buys a necklace, goes to Hawaii. Yawn.
(Carrie): Fine, fine. So you wanted to chat with me?

(R.E.): Absolutely. You were taken back in time through a magical necklace to the 1600s. What was the first thing you missed about being that far back in time?
(Carrie): First, I missed my bed! Instead of my nice fluffy, pillow top mattress, I was stuck sleeping on a mat made of animal hide, using hide blankets to keep warm.  Right after that, I dearly, dearly missed indoor plumbing! They use a trough-like pit for the toilet, and then to keep things sanitary, the place where they bathe is a good, long walk away. No toilet paper, no running water except in the creek that we had to walk to.  I’d say “it’s the little things I miss” but modern plumbing is a huge thing!

(R.E.): What is your favorite thing about each brother?
(Carrie): Oh, they’re all so unique and amazing! You might know that the three of them were banished from their tribe so they were all alone, without any family or other people around. They used the necklace because they didn’t want to be alone forever. Coyote is the oldest and the leader. He’s bossy, but it’s because he cares.
The love that he feels for me and his brothers is just so amazing. Bear is the middle, built like a linebacker and a great hunter. He’s very protective. When danger is near, he expects everyone to do what he says. He would gladly lay his life down to protect his family. Hawk is the youngest and a total sweetheart. He brings me flowers every day and taught me how to cook and sew.

(R.E.): How do you think the brothers would have fared if the necklace had brought them to you instead?
(Carrie): Oh man, that would be great! I can just picture them freaking out about cars and airplanes. But they’d probably be sad, too, to see so much destruction of the land in the name of progress. Where our tribe lives, it’s untamed wilderness, beautiful and unspoiled. I’m sure that Coyote would still have tried to be the leader even in such an uncertain place, and he would have been great at it. Bear would fit right in with hunting with a bow during hunting season, but he’d have to give up his breechcloth in exchange for jeans and boxers. I’d have to teach Hawk how to use a real stove and sewing machine. He’s so talented and eager, though, I knew he’d do just wonderful.  They all would.

(R.E.): You certainly seem happy. Now that you’ve been there a while, do you still miss anything?
(Carrie): Sometimes I get a craving for chocolate or ice cream, but there are so many other things that I can enjoy instead. Like honey fresh from the comb, wild berries, and trees ripe with fruit. I’ve certainly gained a lot more than I lost, when I count the love I’m surround with every day. I do miss my friends, though, but my men make sure that I’m never lonely.

(R.E.): Is there anything you’d like to say to the people who will soon be reading your story?
(Carrie): Yes! I hope that you enjoy reading about my time-travel adventure. If I could give you parting advice it would be…don’t be afraid to buy antique necklaces! You never know what adventure might unfold!

Thank you so much for having me on the blog today! I hope you enjoyed the interview with Carrie, I had a lot of fun writing it! Don’t forget to comment on this blog to be entered to win a digital copy of the book and be entered into the grand prize contest through the blog tour for a chance to win some great prizes including books and handmade bracelets!

We will be posting the winners of all competitions on the 2nd August right here on Page Turner Book Tours.
Check out the other stops on this tour!!
25th July – Page Turner Book Tours – Opening Post & Competition
 26th July – My World – Review
 27th July – R.E. Butler – Spotlight by Author
 28th July – Pandragon Dan – Guest Post
 29th July – Sheenah Frietas – Interview
 30th July – Reading Writing And More – Guest Post
 31st July – Red Phoenix – Interview
 1st Aucust – Read 2 Review – Review
 2nd August – Page Turner Book Tours – Tour Wrap post

Thanks for visiting me for my stop on The Fruits of Our Sins blog tour, hosted by Virtual Book Tour Cafe.

Please help me welcome Jean Mckie-Sutton,


author of


Genre: Fiction; Ethnic Fiction


Purchase Links:

Publisher: Red Lotus Press

Release Date: June 4, 2012

Book Synopsis: 
The lives of Madeline and Sybil become intertwined in heated confrontation by the birth of a child – a child that each claims to have a right to. For one woman, possession of the child represents redemption; for the other, the repetition of generational sin.
The Fruits Of Our Sins chronicles the deeply flawed relationships these women have with their parents, the impact of those relationships on the direction of their lives and ultimately the lives of their children as they attempt to flee from, yet reconcile, the betrayals and abandonment of their youth.

Guest Post:

A Typical Day In My Writing Life

It’s hard to write about a typical day in my writing life considering there is really is no ‘typical’
day. I have three kids, two of which are teenagers, a dog, a cat, and a turtle, so there’s always a flurry
of activity. My kids’ friends tend to stop by and hang around for hours at a time, so it’s not just my kids contributing to the household chaos, but their friends as well. When I’m not home maneuvering through all the young people, I’m heading to or from camp, sports practices, music lessons etc. Sometimes I manage to get some down time to write while my family is at the neighborhood pool, but those days are few and far between.

My day starts at 5:00am. While hubby and the kids are asleep I sneak out to the gym for a
quick workout. I arrive back home just before 7:00, and spend about an hour reading and responding to email and updating facebook, twitter or my websites. By now everyone is awake and the house is bustling with activity. If no one needs to be dropped off anywhere (which is rare), I work from 8:00am until about 1:00pm. Five hours of writing may not be enough for most folks but if I try to work longer, I tend to run out of creative energy and ideas. Right now I’m working on two projects. I’m finishing up a collection of short stories, and writing the opening chapter for my second novel. I spend roughly two and a half hours on each project. It’s difficult to write in the midst of so much activity considering I’m one of those people who has to have a quiet place to work in. In order to achieve some measure of peace, I have a colorful collection of ear plugs I use to block out all the noisy chaos.

Early afternoon I take a break to run errands. Later, my husband comes home from work and
we settle around the table for dinner. Once the house is quiet in the evenings, I’m trudging away at the computer again, usually re-writing or editing. I almost never create new material in the evening since I tend to be more alert and creative during the morning hours.

Occasionally, I wake up in the middle of the night for no reason at all. While most folks drink
warm milk or count sheep to fall asleep, I take advantage of this time to write. My middle of the night
insomnia has produced some of my best work. I keep a pen and paper bedside especially for those

In the fall, my schedule becomes more manageable since the kids are back in school. I can finally
ditch the earplugs and write in a quiet space. Already I’m counting down the days ‘till school begins.

Amazon Author Profile
Amazon Print
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble Nook

Check out the other great stops on this tour…

July 3 – Introduction at VBT Cafe’ Blog
July 6 – Guest Blogging at Wise Words
July 10 – Review & Guest Blogging at The Lucky Ladybug
July 12 – Reviewed & Interviewed at A Book Lover’s Library
July 16 –  Interviewed at My World
July 18 –  Interviewed at Reviews & Interviews
July 20 –  Reviewed at Books, Books, and More Books
July 23 – Reviewed & Guest Blogging at Words I Write Crazy
July 25 – Guest Blogging at AZ Publishing Services
July 27 –  Guest Blogging at Reading, Writing, and More
August 3 – Reviewed at The Story of a Girl…
August 7 – Interviewed by Louise James

Thank you for joining us today on the blog tour hosted by Virtual Book Tour Cafe.  I hope you enjoy the interview and enter the giveaway for your own copy!

Boy Who Dreams (Destiny Awoken, #1)

From Goodreads

Jordan a sixteen year old boy begins to be haunted by several dreams as he returns to school after his holidays.

Events come quick and fast as a death forces Jordan to realise that something weird is happening. With help from those around him he starts to understand that his dreams are showing him the future. Then things start to spiral out of control as an unknown enemy haunts him in his dreams and in his real life.

As his friends start to mysteriously vanish without any explanation, he has to overcome his fears of the unknown, and face a reality that he is not just a normal boy, but someone that is walking a destiny foretold thousands of years ago.

The Interview

1. Tell us a little about Boy Who Dreams.

Jordan a sixteen year old boy begins to be haunted by several dreams as he returns
to school after his holidays. Events come quick and fast as a death forces Jordan to
realise that something weird is happening. With help from those around him he starts to
understand that his dreams are showing him the future. Then things start to spiral out
of control as an unknown enemy haunts him in his dreams and in his real life. As his
friends start to mysteriously vanish without any explanation, he has to overcome his fears
of the unknown, and face a reality that he is not just a normal boy, but someone that is
walking a destiny foretold thousands of years ago.

2. What inspired you to write this particular story?

I guess my own life experiences inspired me, indeed in this first book in the series, a lot
of the dreams and some of the situations are things I experienced in my own life. The
idea is that there is something very different about Jordan (the main character) and he
will walk a path that has not been seen in hundreds or thousands of years. I first started
writing this book back in 2010, and the idea had been floating around in my mind for a
long time. Originally I imagined characters who had spiritual powers much in the way
that other series display people with magical powers (Harry Potter etc). I wanted to
throw some teen characters into an environment where many spiritual things happen
such as ghosts, dreams, OBE, prophecies, linking the story to real life facts and history
and research, in a way exploring what various people from around the world have

3. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I guess it was back in 2008 when I start experimenting with writing, but I used to write
stuff when I was younger but I never took it seriously I guess. I write now cuz I really
enjoy it, I don’t write for money or fame, I do it because I love to tell a good story!

4. Do you have any advise for the aspiring writers out there?

Write, write, then write some more lol. Get the first draft of what you’re working on
finished, and then you can always go back to perfect things such as dialogue. But if you
have some plans from the start (chapter plan, character plan etc) this will help guide the
path as you write.

5. You have a few different types of books you’ve written, do you have a favorite genre?

Yes this is my favourite genre to write in YA fiction, but I guess all the books that I have
written have had a spiritual theme within them.

6. What do you like to do when you’re not writing/reading?

Right now I am spending a lot of time at the gym and out walking, trying to drop some
weight. Other than that I am also back to college, and studying hard at my degree!

7. What works are coming up from you?

I am currently working on the second book in this series, which will be called ‘Boy
at War’ which I am hoping to release sometime in 2013. I do have a couple of other
projects in the pipeline and plenty of ideas still floating around my head!!

8. Tell us where we can find you.

On Goodreads (I love Goodreads)

About me and my Blogs

About Boy who Dreams (extract & reviews)

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Welcome to my stop on the Serenya’s Song tour, hosted by Page Turner Book Tours!  I hope you enjoy my review of the book and don’t forget to enter for the giveaway!

Serenya's Song (Tallenmere, #2)

Serenya’s Song (Tallenmere #2) by Mysti Parker

From Goodreads:  In the fantasy world of Tallenmere, no one ever said love was easy…
Serenya Crowe may be a half-elf commoner, but she’s no ordinary woman. With the ability to interpret dreams, and a birth defect that forces her to wear gloves, she’s endured small-town gossip and the cruelty of her husband, Sebastian, The Earl of Summerwind.  All she’s ever wanted is to live a quiet life and raise a family. When she meets the new stranger in town, her world and her heart, are turned upside down.
Wood-elf Jayden Ravenwing is an ex-secret agent who wants nothing more than to forget matters of the heart. He left the bustle of Leogard and his failed marriage to make a fresh start in Summerwind. He never planned to fall in love again, especially with the enchanting Serenya Crowe.
When a strange portal opens on the Crowe property at the edge of town, Jayden is thrown into an investigation, knowing that if he fails, Serenya and everyone in Summerwind may die.
Together, he and Serenya must overcome an ancient evil, and their own inner demons, to save Summerwind and find the love they’ve always dreamed of.

 My Review

When I read the first book, A Ranger’s Tale, I was very pleasantly surprised.  I couldn’t wait until Serenya’s Song came out!  Here I am, lucky enough to be part of the blog tour, and couldn’t be happier.  I loved the characters and writing in the first novel, so much so, I was worried about the hype I’d built up in my mind about this sequel.
I shouldn’t have worried!  Mysti Parker definitely delivered!  In this book, we meet Serenya, a beautiful half-breed, raised by her human step-father in Summerwind.  She was born with a “deformity” of clawed fingers.  Her mother died shortly after child birth, and her step-father ran with her to protect her from an evil even he didn’t understand.  Now grown, she finds herself married to the Earl, a very coveted position.. Yet she’s desperately unhappy, the one she so loved at first quickly changed and her marriage became more of a nightmare.
Then she meets Jayden, who we remember from A Ranger’s Tale.  He’s now emotionally broken, but as soon as he sees Serenya, he is drawn to her, and she to him.  They soon find themselves in an adventure they had never imagined could happen.  Can he save her from the evil following around and can she save him from his own personal demons?
Read the book and see!
I gave this book 4 stars!

You can buy the book here.
My review of A Ranger’s Tale
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Bridge of Deaths Review

Welcome to my stop on The Bridge of Deaths blog tour, hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours.

The Bridge of Deaths  The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V. Egan

From Goodreads:  On August 15th 1939, at the brink of World War II, an English plane crashed and sunk in Danish waters. Five deaths were reported: two Standard Oil of New Jersey employees, a German Corporate Lawyer, an English member of Parliament, and a crew member for the airline. Here is a conceivable version of the events.

My Review

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to finish this book, YET..  I am still reading it.  A lot of personal issues have gotten in the way of my reading as of late and I am steadily working through them..  I will review what I have read so far.  On my next stop on this tour, My World, I will have the full review ready!

I have enjoyed this book, thus far.  I thought this was going to be a historical fiction novel, upon more research just before beginning, I realized it’s not so much fiction as the author’s actual accounts from looking in to the tragedy that was this plane crash.  The writing is done very well, which I’m thankful for.  I have never been good at history of any kind; I enjoy it, I’ve just never retained it well and the author’s writing sets a very interesting backdrop and helps me to retain this story.

This story discusses past lives, something with which I have never really believed in, myself, but I am now a bit intrigued and plan to do a little research myself into the validity of the tales inside this book, just to see how much is fiction and how much is not.  I do regret that I am not finished with this book yet, but am enjoying the characters and story.  We follow Maggie and her boyfriend, Bill, along with a woman named Catalina;  all of whom are interested in the story of this plane crash from 1939.  Maggie and Bill, through past life regression, have discovered that they were married in a former life, one in which Bill was the pilot and only survivor of said plane crash.  Together, the three of them start to uncover details that make no sense, pointing to a cover up and possible conspiracy surrounding this horrible event.

I can’t wait to finish this book and apologize for not being able to give a full review or a star rating at this time, although I feel I will be able to give it a good rating.

You can buy this book here

Please stop by these other blogs for this tour!

6/8 Bibliophilia, Please /Guest Post
6/10 Just Heard, Just Read, Just Seen /Interview & Give Away
6/10Reviewing Shelf /Review & Give Away
6/18 The Story of A Girl… /Review & Give Away
6/23 Bunnys Review /Review
7/8 Cabin Goddess /1st Chapter & Give Away
7/8 A Great Book Is The Cheapest Vacation /Give Away, 1st Chapter
7/12 All Things Writing /Review
7/12 Paranormal Romantic Suspense /Guest Blog
7/12 ¡Miraculous! /Review & Give Away
7/14 My World /Review & Give Away
7/16 Reader Girls /Excerpt
7/20 Window on the World /Review & Give Away
7/20 A Chick Who Reads /Guest Post
7/20 The Book Hoard /Excerpt
7/20 A Date with A Book /Excerpt
7/25 Book Lovin’ Mamas /Guest Post & Give Away
7/30 My Cozie Corner /Excerpt & Give away
7/30Lissette E. Manning /Guest Post

Join us today for a special tour hosted by Virtual Book Tour Cafe.  Please welcome Carl Hose, editor of the anthology Dark Light.  Proceeds from the sales of this book are going to the Ronald Mcdonald House Charities.  Don’t forget to enter to win a Kindle!

Dark Light

Dark Light is the light that shines through when some of the finest writers in horror use the power of their words for something good. That’s the case with this anthology—42 writers coming together to help support the Ronald McDonald House Charities and all the good the organization does for families every day of the year.

Make no mistake, though. These are horror writers and the stories they’ve written are not pretty. Traditional and non-traditional horror, dark humor, ghosts, serial killers, alternate universes, magic, zombies, and other creatures of the night hide between these pages. Shadows move and dead fingers stroke unsuspecting flesh, razor sharp knives shimmer in the moonlight, and unknown things hide in closets and under the bed. The stories here are as varied as the writers themselves. If you’re a fan of horror, you will not be let down.

Despite the horrific nature of these tales, however, their very existence in Dark Light stands as proof there will always be a light at the end of every tunnel.

Turn the lights down low and enjoy the show.

Interview with Carl Hose

1)  Tell us a little about the Dark Light.

“Dark Light” is a horror anthology featuring 42 writers and 44 stories, with all proceeds going
to Ronald McDonald House Charities. I came up with the idea for the book when my daughter
Ireland was born six weeks premature and had to spend time in NICU. My wife Marcee and I
planned to sleep by her night and day, but the NICU staff insisted we get a room at the Ronald
McDonald House. We did. It was an awesome experience that allowed us to be just a block
away from our baby girl, allowing us to feed and hold her around the clock. We couldn’t have
done that without RMH. As much as we wanted to sleep right there beside Ireland, three weeks
of that would have worn us down. The Ronald McDonald House was a place to recharge our
batteries. One night, while I was sitting in our room at RMH, I said to Marcee, “I’m going to
publish an anthology to give back to these guys.” Five minutes later, I said, “I’m calling it Dark
Light. I started contacting writers that night.”

2) Was it difficult to find authors willing to participate in this book?

Not difficult at all. I thought that would be the hard part. I wrote a Facebook message to what I
considered to be a dream team of writers. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was amazing how
fast the responses came back and how eager they all were to get on board. From the biggest
name writer in the book (and there are many) to lesser-known writers, they all wanted to help
me help Ronald McDonald House. Ninety-nine percent of the writers I contacted signed on. In
addition, Darkmarkets posted a call for submission and I picked up some additional writers that
way. I literally got enough submissions to do two volumes of “Dark Light.”

3)  Were you familiar with the Ronald McDonald House Charities before you daughter was born?

I have seen the collection boxes in McDonald’s restaurants, but I never paid much attention. I
guess you get so used to seeing them that you don’t think about what they are there for. I was
sort of familiar with what the houses did, but I sure didn’t realize to what extent. You have to
actually stay in one of the RMH houses to see just how amazing they are. Families get three
meals a day cooked for them, access to a kitchen and food around the clock, family rooms for
different age groups, laundry facilities, everything at no charge. They ask that you do a very
simple chore each day, and I mean simple. If you can leave a donation, fine, if not, that’s fine
too, and you can stay as long as you need to.

4) Ireland is a beautiful, unique name, how did you and your wife come to name your daughter this?

My wife and I have Irish in us and we’re very proud of that heritage. We were thinking of Irish
names and I jokingly said, “Let’s call her Ireland. You can’t get more Irish than that.” Marcee
said, “Ireland . . . I love it.” Her middle name is Joy. Our little Irish joy.

5) How is Ireland doing today? The rest of your family?

Right now she is in the hospital and will be getting out Thursday, July 5 th. She has an infection
from a surgery she had about a week ago. The surgery was something they wanted to do when
she was born, but since it wasn’t anything severe, they decided to wait until she was older. She
has recovered from the surgery but is now dealing with the infection. That’s expected to be
taken care of by the time she leaves the hospital. She’s a little fighter. She was born weighing
less than five pounds and now weighs almost fourteen. She smiles, laughs, makes an assortment
of noises, grabs stuff . . . she’s awesome.

6) Can we expect a Dark Light Volume 2?

I joke all the time about having received enough stories to do a second “Dark Light.” Probably
won’t do a second volume. This anthology was conceived and executed for what I felt was a
very specific need, which it has already begun to accomplish. There are plenty of other charity
anthologies out there that are raising money for specific charities. I never rule anything out,

7) What other works are next for you?

Working on a novel collaboration with William Todd Rose, one of the authors in “Dark Light.”
It’s called “Black Rain” and will be a good story. Also working on a project with Walt Hicks. I’m
excited about both of those. I have a new novel coming out within the next couple of months
called “Evil Resurrection” as well.

8) Tell us where to find you.

My website is I am on Facebook and I like to add friends. There is also a Dark
Light page on Facebook, so anybody who wants to drop by and click like, I appreciate it. You
can check out my Amazon page at I’m on Twitter too. love new
friends on Facebook, so definitely drop by.

Please help support the Ronald McDonald House Charities by buying your copy of Dark Light here.

To enter for the free Kindle, fill out the rafflecopter code here.

Check out the other great stops on this tour and learn more about the inspiration for this book and the charity.

6/25 Beauty & Books /Spot Light

6/26 My World /Spot Light

6/27 Sweet Southern Home /Spot Light

6/27 Indie Writers Review /Spot Light

6/27 Ramblings of an Amateur Writer /Spot Light

6/28 Crist’s Reviews /Review

6/29 Mission to read /Review

6/29 All The Days of /Spot Light

6/30 T B R /Review

7/2 Window on the World /Spot Light

7/3Disincentive Reviews /Guest Post

7/6 Reading, Writing and More /Interview

7/7 Wickedly Bookish /Spot Light

7/8 Books, Books, and More Books /Spot Light

7/9 Journey With Words /Review

7/10 The Book Hoard /Spot Light

7/13 Dahl’s Doll /Review

7/16 Reader Girls /Excerpt

7/17SJ Clarke /Spot Light

7/18 Jeanz Book Read N Review /Guest Blog

7/18 Reading Between the Wines /Spot LIght

7/18 That Artsy Reader Girl /Spot LIght

7/19 My Cozie Corner /Review

7/21 ¡Miraculous! /Spot Light

7/22Reviews By Molly /Review

7/26 Bunnys Review /Review

Servant of the Goddess (Immortyl Revolution #4)

 From Goodreads:  Can an Immortyl society survive in a modern world? From the ashes of the first battle of the Immortyl Revolution, vampires Mia Disantini and Kurt Eisen set out to build a new Immortyl society. Trouble arrives in the person of Cedric MacKinnon, a runaway adept of the ancient arts, who brings tidings of upheaval at the chief elder’s court that threatens everything Mia and Kurt have accomplished. Mia finds it hard to resist when Cedric pledges his service and tempts her with the legendary skills he learned as an Immortyl courtesan. Facing opposition from both within and out, Mia begins to doubt Kurt is up to the task of leading their followers to his vision of an Immortyl Utopia. Torn between her loyalty to Kurt and Cedric’s insistence that she is the earthly manifestation of the Goddess Durga and destined to lead, Mia confronts the greatest challenge of her life.

Denise Verrico

Denise is a New Jersey native who grew up in Western Pennsylvania. She attended Point Park College and majored in Theatre Arts. For seven seasons, she was a member of the Oberon Theatre Ensemble in NYC. Denise has loved vampire stories since she was a little girl and a fan of Dark Shadows. She currently lives in Ohio with her husband and son and her flock of seven parrots.

Please enjoy this excerpt from this great book!

A Taste of Servant of the Goddess

Sudden shouts battled against the sound of the wind. I peered down the block. Teen-formed Immortyls, sewer rats, closed a circle around a tall male, who held his hands high above his head. From the direction of the wind, I couldn’t yet ascertain this stranger as mortal or Immortyl. Best to investigate. I ran toward the disturbance, wrapping my fingers around the Glock strapped to my hip.
A shrill whistle split the air. Two of the sewer rats lunged for the stranger. He crouched and pirouetted on one leg, letting loose a rapid succession of kicks that knocked his attackers sprawling onto the sidewalk. A rat named Tommy growled and launched himself at the stranger. To my amazement, the stranger leapt high into the air and hovered there for a moment like a falcon before lashing out with both feet. Tommy’s head snapped backward, and he flattened against the pavement. The remaining rats hung back.
The slender figure of a boy maybe eighteen or nineteen touched down and crouched again, poised to strike. No mortal could perform such maneuvers with this speed and agility, not to mention almost ballet-like grace. The Immortyl’s face betrayed raw emotion, indicating he was new to the blood, probably not much older than his form suggested. Eamon, the rat pack leader, drew and aimed a pistol at him. The stranger raised his hands above his head once more.
I gave a sharp whistle for Eamon to stand down. “What’s going on here?”
Eamon lowered the gun and spit on the ground. His forever-twelve-year-old face scrunched up. “We found this one skulking about,” he said. Even after a century and half in New York his speech still gave away his Dublin origins. “Says he’s come from the chief elder’s house.”
The wind kicked up harder. Long, auburn hair whipped about the newcomer’s face. He shivered, hugging an Indian-styled shirt around him. Traces of black kohl and sienna rouge clung to his eyes and mouth, as if he’d scrubbed the paint off in a hurry. The make-up and impractical clothing pointed to origins more exotic than the russet hair and milky complexion suggested. His story sounded plausible. However, the odds that this kid had escaped the chief elder’s compound near Calcutta and made it all the way to New York on his own were unlikely. No slave had ever left there of his own accord.
Kurt had stood trial at the chief elder’s court for inciting rebellion. He’d told me that the chief, Kalidasa, employed state-of-the-art security, as well as vampire-eating tigers. The place was a veritable fortress. Still, there was always a first time, and this newcomer had held his own against Eamon’s band.
I had to admire the kid for standing up to Eamon and his thugs.
The pack leader and I didn’t care much for one another, but he’d fought for Kurt in our recent war with a rival elder. For political reasons, I forced myself to take a civil tone with him. “Did you bother to ask his business before you ordered an attack?” I called to the newcomer, “You–come here.”
The boy lowered his hands and slinked forward. I’d never seen a man move quite like this, with delicacy just brushing the feminine, yet suggesting coiled up, sinewy strength like a jungle cat. Instinct prompted my hand to reach for the Glock concealed on my hip. The kid had danger scrawled all over him in big garish letters.
“Is this true?” I asked.
“I ran away from court,” the boy replied, his speech tinged with a Scottish burr. “I’m seeking refuge here.”
The plaintive tone struck a chord in me. I sized him up again. His winsome looks didn’t belong to the usual brand of vampire assassin, but to a household slave chosen for his decorative value. Still, his swift feet could kill if given the chance. Wouldn’t it be just like Giulietta to send death in such an appealing guise?
“Kurt’s counselor, Chase Powers, can vouch for me,” he continued. “Take me to him.”
“You know Chase?”
“We met in India during Kurt’s trial. He said I’d be welcome here. Please Miss. You have to believe me. I’ve come such a long way and got nowhere else to go.” Desperation filled the spooky, green eyes. They almost glowed, more like a cat’s than a man’s. “There’s probably a bounty offered for my return by now.”
“What did you do?”
“It’s not what I did. It’s what I am.” He held out his hands. Henna tattoos snaked around the wrists and tops, elaborate whirls and spirals. “The marks of my order. I’m an adept of the ancient arts.”
He was an adept? I’d always imagined these temple devotees and de facto courtesans as Indian in origin. I gave the boy a closer look. His clothing had seen better days, but the sinuous way he moved made them a fashion statement. You couldn’t deny the perfection of feature and figure required of his order. He stood out from Eamon’s mangy lot like an emerald in a box of Cracker Jacks.

Sounds great, doesn’t it??  From what I’ve gotten to read of this series, this book is well worth reading.  The writing is done very well.
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