Taking Over Reena’s Blog!

Okay, I haven;t really taken it over, but Reena Jacobs, author of the intriguing Shadow Cat, has been kind enough to feature and excerpt from Legacy of Ghosts on her blog.

pooling blood

By me

“It was a nightmare.

Blood; there was blood everywhere -“

To read the rest check out her blog and be sure to leave a comment! 

Also, look for an interview with yours truly on the fifth of this month!

2011 Paranormal Convention Gearing Up

A Day of Mystical Blood Lust in Lexington, Kentucky, is already organizing for the  October 22nd, 2011 event. They are looking for speakers, vendors and sponsors to help fill up the Hilton Homewood Suites on Bryan Road in Lexington. They’re also looking for people who want to hold workshops pertaining to vampires, werewolves, witches, or any other “Halloween” theme.

For more information please visit Bertena Varney’s blog at:

http://www.examiner.com/vampire-in-lexington/sponsors-vendors-and-speakers-needed-for-a-day-of-mystical-blood-lust

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter 3 – Part 5

For the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting the first three chapters of Legacy of Ghosts in tiny, blog sized nuggets, hopefully a bit a day.

If you’ve missed previous chapters, you can read them here.

WARNING!!!

This contains spoilers. If you haven’t read Shades of Gray, proceed at your own risk
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Loren stayed quiet for the rest of the procedure, and even turned his back obediently so she could put her shirt back on. He turned around, a joke in his eyes, when Jorick went stiff.

Katelina’s ears strained, but she heard nothing. “What is it?”

Jorick motioned her to be silent, and sniffed the air. A dark, angry look took over his features and he glanced back at Loren. “Take her to the basement.”

“But, why?”

“Just do it!” Jorick snapped as he moved towards the door.

Loren shrugged and motioned for Katelina to come with him. She stood, but didn’t even make it to the dining room before the front door banged open. She stared in horror as two men, clad in long black coats, strode into the house as if they had every right to be there. One was tall and thin, with a ponytail of long golden hair, while the other was shorter and broader, his skin pale against a dark shock of shaggy black hair that stood at odd angles.

Before they could explain themselves, Jorick was in front of them, his fangs exposed in a dangerous snarl. “What do you want?”

The blonde closed the door and then turned green eyes to his challenger. “Hello, Jorick. It’s been awhile.”

“What do you want, Beldren?” Jorick snapped.

“We have business with you.” The blonde glanced over Jorick’s shoulder, to where Katelina and Loren were standing in the doorway. As if by instinct, the teen vampire moved to block her from his sight.

Beldren smiled, flashing fangs. “You don’t need to worry. We knew in advance that she’d be here, but that isn’t why we’ve come.”

“Then why have you come? I have no business with The Guild,” Jorick stated flatly.

The Guild? What did they have to do with it, unless….

Beldren’s eyes stayed on Jorick, even as he snapped his fingers and held his hand open expectantly. “Zuri, the message.”

The shorter vampire produced a piece of folded paper from his pocket, and handed it to his partner. As he did, his coat opened to reveal a silver medallion that hung around his neck. A twisted, silver medallion that looked just like –

“Executioners,” Katelina whispered hoarsely. That word conjured strong, terrible images; pictures of fire and blood set to a soundtrack of screams. She well remembered the night when The Executioners had come and burned everything that Oren owned, including his wife and children.

“Yes,” Beldren replied. “That’s one of our titles.” He snapped the paper open and read loudly, “J, I must speak to you. Meet me where the roses grow. Signed, O.” He handed it to Jorick and waited while he scanned it. “Would you care to explain the meaning of this?”

Jorick shrugged and handed it back. “It means nothing to me. However, you’re intruding upon my den. I suggest you leave immediately or I’ll be forced to make you.”

Beldren ignored the threat. “It means nothing at all? Come, we all know you were with Oren a little over a week ago.”

Legacy of Ghosts – Chapter 1 – Part 3

For the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting the first three chapters of Legacy of Ghosts in tiny, blog sized nuggets, hopefully a bit a day.

If you’ve missed previous chapters, you can read them here.

WARNING!!!

This contains spoilers. If you haven’t read Shades of Gray, proceed at your own risk
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Jorick packed what little they had with them in a wrinkled shopping bag. He double checked the room over and, without bothering to unstack the rest of the furniture, they headed out into the night. The air was damp and cold. It cut through Katelina’s borrowed dress as if it was made of tissue paper. Oren’s giant blue car was almost a welcome sight and Katelina slipped into the backseat without comment.

She settled back and wrapped her arms around herself, shivering. Jorick climbed in, but she didn’t bother to lean against him for warmth. Until a vampire fed their skin was icy cold. It was only the heat of someone else’s blood that gave them warmth.

Fed.

The word made her shudder instinctively. She’d accepted the reality of vampires because she had no choice. All she had to do was look around and the proof was staring at her with glittering, too beautiful eyes. But somewhere, deep inside, was a Katelina who believed in computers, fast food, Twinkies and concrete, and that Katelina didn’t like to think about anyone “feeding” on blood. In fact, that Katelina didn’t like to think about anything that had happened since she’d last been at work, two weeks ago.

She looked towards the motel to see Oren accompanied by his sister, a curvy red headed vampiress. Torina’s long wavy hair bounced freely around her shoulders and her hips swayed under a slinky dress. Her full lips were moving, but Katelina couldn’t hear the words.

The pair climbed into the front seat and Torina glanced back over her shoulder. She gave Jorick a once over, pointedly ignoring Katelina. “You’re all ready?”

Jorick made a noise in his throat. “Yes. We’re ready.”

Torina dismissed them both and turned back to her brother. “As I was saying, we should move quickly.”

Katelina cringed, but Jorick laid his arm casually over her shoulders and he gave her a smile, as if to say “Don’t worry.”

Oren started the car and dropped it into gear. “We’ll make our plans later, Torina.”

“There shouldn’t be too many plans to make. We kill whoever gets in our way and then I’ll rip out Kateesha’s throat.”

“Kateesha?” Oren asked, surprised. “Our war is with The Guild. She isn’t a part of the plan.”

“She’s part of my plan,” Torina growled. “I owe her a debt, and it’s long overdue.”

Oren sighed heavily. “His blood is cold, leave it that way.”

Katelina looked at Jorick questioningly, but he made no sign he’d heard the conversation. She poked him in the ribs, but he ignored that, too.

Torina’s green eyes flashed and she snarled, “I could say the same of you, brother!”

With those words the car fell into a sickeningly tense silence. Jorick gave Katelina a half hearted smile before he turned to stare through the window at the town that slipped past. She wished they’d at least turn on the radio, but couldn’t bring herself to suggest it. There were too many memories running around her head for her to feel any kind of peace.

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