by Sara Humphreys
Series: Dead in the City #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: July 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Shane Quesada, a four-century old vampire sentry, is known for cold, unemotional precision when hunting rogue vampires.
Maya Robertson is a youngling vampire who will not be controlled—and to prove it, she rejects Shane’s protection—only to find herself in over her head with an alpha werewolf.
Soon, a war between the coven and the werewolf clan ignites, and Maya and Shane flee to Louisiana, where their passion for each other grows—as does Maya’s power. When she finds herself at the center of the conflict, will she finally trust Shane with her life—and her heart?
Excerpt #1 (Chapter 3)
Shane gave Maya a healthy head start, allowing her the space he knew she so desperately craved, but he never lost her scent. He whisked through the city sky, high above the streets littered with humans squeezing the last bit of life out of the night, and he realized that he was smiling.
Maya Robertson, the youngling vampire with a penchant for troublemaking, was by far the most beguiling vampire he’d encountered in four centuries. She was defiant, impulsive, and flirtatious, but he saw a frighteningly fragile woman hiding behind her blustery bravado.
That was the woman he wanted to discover. No, “wanted” wasn’t the right word. Needed. He needed to peel back the mask she wore to reveal the woman buried beneath pain and fear. Memories of seeing her attacked in the dreamscape came roaring to mind. Shane growled and increased his speed when he tuned in to Maya’s scent. It was an unmistakable combination of violets and Ivory soap, a clean, fresh scent that stood out in stark contrast to the sharp-tongued vixen she showed to the world.
There was more to Maya than met the eye, and admittedly, there was more between the two of them than trading spirited barbs. Not only had he been pulled into the dreamscape, but at the club, he could have sworn he actually heard her voice in his mind. Her voice full of longing and sadness… I wonder what it feels like to be loved that way?
At least he thought he did, but it was so frustratingly brief, Shane wasn’t certain if he’d imagined it.
The only other vampires with whom he could still telepath were his two surviving siblings. His maker was long dead and Shane had no progeny. He’d never created another vampire because the responsibility was more than he was prepared to take on. He had always been tied to his work, and until these past few months, that was all he’d been interested in.
Meeting Maya had changed the game.
The sound of light, feminine giggling whistled up from the park below as Maya’s scent grew stronger. He could tell she’d found her prey for the night. Shane sharpened his focus and tuned in to the sound of Maya’s voice while he made a swift, silent descent into one of the dark, wooded areas of Central Park.
He scanned the darkness of the hauntingly quiet area with both the heightened night vision and the sonar-like senses of a vampire. She was close. The incoherent mumbling of a human man rumbled along with the soft, hypnotic tone of Maya’s unmistakable voice. Shane set his mouth in a tight line at the realization that she had glamoured a human man. Again.
He was flooded by a sudden and unexpected wave of jealousy, and his fangs erupted on a growl when he spotted her amid the shadows of the trees. She had pinned the man against the trunk of a massive oak tree, and her blond hair glinted in the moonlight while she held him there easily. The guy couldn’t have been more than twenty-five years old, and the disheveled suit he wore looked like it belonged to his father.
Based on the strong scent of booze in the air, the boy was highly intoxicated and didn’t need much glamouring, but Maya clearly didn’t mind. His round, youthful face lolled to one side, and a wistful smile bloomed as Maya whispered seductive promises in his ear.
Thanks to Sourcebooks we are hosting a giveaway for the first book in Sara’s series (Tall, Dark, and Vampire). Additionally, we will be giving away a special Dead in the City bookmark and an “I<3 #NYCVamps” button to each winner!!
Exclusive Excerpt Tour Hosts
As part of this blog tour, there will be a new excerpt revealed at each of the following blogs (along with another hosted giveaway). So visit the other blogs to read more exclusive excerpts and learn more about this upcoming release!
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1,16-Jun,Urban Girl Reader,https://urbangirlreader.com/,Excerpt 1
2,17-Jun,Fiction Vixen,http://fictionvixen.com/,Excerpt 2
3,18-Jun,Under the Covers,http://www.underthecoversbookblog.com/,Excerpt 3
4,19-Jun,Romancing the Dark Side,http://romancingthedarkside.com/,Excerpt 4
5,20-Jun,Manga Maniac Café,http://www.mangamaniaccafe.com/,Excerpt 5
6,23-Jun,Literary Escapism,http://www.literaryescapism.com/,Excerpt 6
7,24-Jun,Talk Supe,http://www.talksupeblog.com/,Excerpt 7
8,25-Jun,Ramblings From This Chick,http://ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com/,Excerpt 8
9,26-Jun,The Book Nympho,http://thebooknympho.com/,Excerpt 9
10,27-Jun,Bumbles and Fairy tales,http://bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com/,Excerpt 10 [/table]
Vampire Trouble Special Pre-Order Gift!
Send proof of your pre-order of Vampire Trouble by Sara Humphreys (PUBLICATION DATE: July 1 2014) and Sourcebooks will send you a special Dead in the City bookmark and an “I <3 #NYCVamps” button!
Sourcebook will send these gifts to anyone who shows them their pre-order receipt until June 30th, or supplies run out. Just email your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, everyone who sends them their proof of pre-order will also be entered in a random drawing to win three necklaces just like the one Maya wears in Vampire Trouble. These necklaces will be given away as the preorders hit the 250, 750, and 1,000 preorder mark!
And if preorders hit the 2,000 mark, then one lucky entrant will receive a $200 gift card to Barnes & Noble!
Be sure to follow Sara Humphreys on Facebook, Twitter, and her Website for more details leading up to the release of Vampire Trouble, including more exclusives, and MUCH MORE of her fabulous paranormal romances!
The winners of the jewelry will be announced on Sara Humphreys’ Facebook page as we hit each threshold – so stay tuned!