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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Feature and Giveaway: Vampire Trouble by Sara Humphreys

A fledgling vampire ignites a war...

Maya remembers the last moments of her life as a human with haunting clarity, and every man she meets pays the price...until Shane. Finding herself in the middle of a bloody fight between vampires and werewolves, Maya has no choice but to let the devastatingly sexy vampire guard get close to her.

And that's not all that heats up...

Shane Quesada, a four-century-old vampire sentry, is known for his cold, unemotional precision, but once Maya begins to invade his dreams, his world is changed forever. His job to protect her is swiftly replaced by the all-consuming need to claim her as his own.

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The walls were lined with the portraits of past czars. Olivia and Doug had yet to add theirs, and he suspected they never would. It wasn’t their style.

Shane stopped in front of the massive wood-­and-­steel door and tugged off his gloves. He pressed his thumb against a small black panel, and a moment later, the heavy, medieval door swung open, allowing him entry to the central halls of the Presidium network. He was immediately greeted by Van Helsing, Olivia’s German shepherd and the newly appointed guard dog at the Presidium.

“Good morning, Van.” Shane scratched the enormous dog behind his ears, and the hall was immediately filled with the insistent meows of a cat. The dog sat on his haunches and watched Shane squat down to give the attention-­craving feline a pat on the butt. Purring like a freight train, she rubbed up against Shane’s leg and accepted his greeting. “Hello, Oreo. I see that you’re keeping Van company again tonight. I’m surprised the two of you aren’t parked at Olivia’s feet.”

“Well, close enough,” Olivia said as she came around the corner.

Shane stood up quickly, feeling embarrassed at being caught coddling the animals and for allowing Olivia to sneak up on him. Maya had him off his game in more ways than one. Olivia laughed because Oreo kept brushing herself against Shane’s leg, leaving white hairs all over his black pants. Shane made a face, which only elicited a bigger laugh from the czar.

“Sorry.” Olivia shrugged and rested both hands on her belly, which looked even bigger than it had a few hours ago. Dressed in a long, green silk robe, she looked nothing like the Czar of New York City, or at least not what Shane was used to. Most czars were formal and aloof, but Doug and Olivia were the opposite. “I can’t sleep and they’ve been walking the halls with me. Doug wanted to come too, but I insisted he get some rest. With the wolves coming into town, he’s going to need to bring his A-­game.”

“He’s not the only one,” Shane said with a polite smile. “Everyone is going to have to be on alert. I would be lying if I said I’m not concerned about you in your condition.”

Olivia didn’t respond but simply nodded. She walked with him down the hall toward his apartment with Van and Oreo close behind. He knew she was unsettled by the pregnancy, more so than anyone else, but whatever feelings she had about it she kept to herself.

“You’re not the only one who’s concerned. Millicent has been combing the Presidium’s archives, looking for any scrap of information about anything remotely like this that happened before—­but so far nothing.”

“Yes, well, Millicent is tenacious and the best record keeper the Presidium has,” Shane said firmly. “If anyone can find something, it’s her. She must have been one hell of a sentry in her day.”

“She was.” Olivia smiled. “Millicent trained me when I was a sentry, and don’t worry, I’m pregnant, Quesada, not an invalid,” she said with a laugh. “I can still kick ass with the best of them, and thanks to Xavier’s latest weaponry inventions, we’re all armed to the teeth. We can handle whatever the wolves throw at us.”

Sara is a graduate of Marist College, with a B.A. Degree in English Literature & Theater. Her initial career path after college was as a professional actress. Some of her television credits include, A&E Biography, Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and Rescue Me.

Recently, Sara joined the HEA Blog at USA Today as a weekly contributor and her novel, UNTAMED won two PRISM awards--Dark Paranormal and Best of the Best.

Sara has been a lover of both the paranormal and romance novels for years. Her sci-fi/fantasy/romance obsession began years ago with the TV Series STAR TREK and an enormous crush on Captain Kirk. That sci-fi obsession soon evolved into the love of all types of fantasy/paranormal; vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and of course shape shifters. Sara is married to her college sweetheart, Will. They live in New York with their 4 boys and 2 insanely loud dogs. Life is busy but never dull.

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  1. I've been on a paranormal kick lately... I'll definitely have to check them out!

  2. I'd love to win. That cover is lovely :)

  3. the book sounds great thanks for the giveaway

  4. Thanks so much for participating in the pre-pub tour!!

  5. Interesting excerpt. Can't say that I've read a ton of books with pregnant vampires. :-)

  6. Oh my. I do love a good vampire story! Looking forward to reading it!

  7. I am so looking forward to reading your books. I read the preview here on Ramblings from this Chick and I must say it looks wonderful. Can't wait

  8. Interesting excerpt