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Deadly Destinations: Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville

July 31st, 2013 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 43 Comments »

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Deadly Destinations visits Cainsville the setting for Kelley Armstrong’s new adult urban fantasy novel Omens. Cainsville is only one hour away from yesterday’s Deadly Destination of Chicago. The first novel in the Cainsville series will be released on August 20, 2013 from Dutton Adult/Penguin.

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Cainsville. Pop: 1600

You may have noticed we’ve left the “Welcome” off our sign. It’s simply an oversight. You’re perfectly welcome here, at least for an hour or two.

You had trouble finding us? That does happen. We might be only an hour from Chicago, but there’s no nearby exit from the freeway and that road into town isn’t very good. We wouldn’t want to inconvenience anyone looking for gas and food—there are much closer, better serviced towns—so we don’t like to advertise ours.

Yes, Cainsville is very pretty. Thank you. We are partial to that old world charm. I won’t say we’re stuck in the past—we do have the best technology available—but some of our residents are quite fond of the old ways.

Tourist attractions? Oh my, no. We’re too small for that. While there are plenty of community events and festivals, they really are for the community. You understand, don’t you? We’d love to have you, but our public space is very small, and you might find some of our customs . . . unusual. Did I mention we like the old ways?

Oh, speaking of old, you noticed the gargoyles, didn’t you? We do love our gargoyles. I can tell you a story about them, if you like. We’ll go have tea in the diner, and I’ll share a tale or two. We can be quite friendly, as you’ll see. Shame you couldn’t stay longer, but you’d need a place to sleep—inn, motel, bed & breakfast—and we don’t have any of those. A terrible oversight, I know.

Housing and job prospects? You aren’t thinking of moving here, are you? Not that we wouldn’t want you. You seem like a lovely person. Perhaps not exactly our sort of person, but we can be accommodating. The problem, you see, is geography. We’re completely hemmed in here. Our founders built Cainsville in the fork of a river, with marshland on the only open side, which means it’s impossible to expand. No new housing developments means no new commercial prospects, which means very few open jobs or homes. A truly regrettable situation.

Do you still want that cup of tea and a story? Excellent. You must try the orange cranberry scones. They’re the best in the state. Or so I’ve heard. I really don’t get out of Cainsville that often. Perhaps you’ll tell me a story yourself, one of your own town, before you leave . . .

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About Kelley:

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

You can visit Kelley around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Kelley Armstrong?

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Two lucky readers will each win a copy of Omens

Available August 20, 2013 from Dutton Adult/Penguin

About this Book:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home.

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

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Deadly Destinations: Chloe Neill’s Chicago

July 30th, 2013 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 3 Comments »

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Deadly Destinations takes a tour of Chloe Neill’s Chicago with a list of many places to visit while in the city. The eighth novel in the urban fantasy Chicagoland Vampires series, Biting Bad, will be released on August 5, 2013 from NAL Penguin.

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“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.”
Carl Sandburg, Chicago

Chicago is a very strange place. A place of contradictions. From gorgeous architecture and magnificent parks to cruel poverty and shocking violence.

But the vampires of three American Houses — Cadogan, Navarre, and Grey — make their homes in the Second City, and believe it second to none.

Cadogan House makes its home in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, which is also home to the University of Chicago, where Cadogan’s Sentinel, Merit studied medieval literature.

Grey House is new to the scene, and it’s younger Master, Scott Grey, preferred the energy of Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood, building a home for his vampires in a converted warehouse.

Navarre House is the most luxurious of the Houses, located in Chicago’s storied Gold Coast, a neighborhood of wealth and privilege and amazing historic mansions, including the Palmer Mansion.

Vampires aren’t, of course, the only supernaturals in Chicago. The River Nymphs make their home in various enclaves along the branches of the Chicago River, including Goose Island, the only island in the river.

Trolls make their homes beneath the bascule bridges that cross the river, and the shifters of the North American Central Pack fraternize at a bar in the city’s historic Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

Considering its contradictions, it’s not hard to imagine the variety of magical beings that haunt the city’s streets and allies, and that live and love in the townhouses, condos, and mansions.

And that’s not even mentioning the things that roam the underground. ;)

Interested in reading more about Chicago? Check out my collected bibliography of fiction and nonfiction works. Or check out photographs here.

Thanks for reading!

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About Chloe:

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.

She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

You can visit Chloe around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Chloe Neill?

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Available August 6, 2013 from NAL Penguin

About this Book:

Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.

Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.

Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

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Deadly Destinations: Melissa de la Cruz’ North Hampton

July 29th, 2013 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 31 Comments »

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Deadly Destinations visits North Hampton from Melissa de la Cruz’ Beauchamp Family series. Serpent’s Kiss, the second novel in the series, was just released in paperback on July 9, 2013. The final novel in the trilogy, Winds of Salem, will be released on August 13, 2013 from Hyperion.

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A Q&A with Melissa de la Cruz

DFT: Your popular series, Witches of East End, is set in North Hampton, a fictional town on Long Island.  How does it compare to (and differ with) the real-life Hamptons?

Melissa: I wanted to create a fairytale-like Hamptons, so actually North Hampton is based on Shelter Island, which is where my husband and I spent many summers when we lived in New York. Shelter Island is a secluded, insular, and very beautiful, just like my fictional town. I wanted to stay away from the bling-y, Puff Daddy-Martha-Stewart-Hamptons as much as possible. I wanted to create a dreamy, idyllic place that was what the Hamptons were like maybe 30 years ago, when artists and writers and farmers lived there.

DFT: What appealed to you about setting the series there?

Melissa: When we used to go to Shelter Island, it was such an odyssey, hours by bus or train, then getting into a ferry, THEN finally landing in Shelter Island. Our house was walkable from the dock, so we would just walk over and it was really such a huge contrast from our life in New York City. Suddenly, we were surrounded by trees, the air was clean, it was really magical. I also liked the small-town life very much, many of our friends in Shelter Island were not “summer people” like us, but yearlong residents – our friends were bartenders, chefs, waitresses, firefighters and fishermen. They were really different from our career-climbing friends from the city, and I was inspired by their lives – our friend who was a tuna fisherman said that he made his living in the summers – one or two big catches would earn him $30-50K and that was enough to live on during the rest of the year, when he would just go skiing. They enjoyed life, cooked great food, told awesome stories, they enjoyed life, instead of just constantly striving, like ambitious New Yorkers. So the book and its small-town setting and people were inspired by those magical summers.

DFT: The final book in the trilogy, Winds of Salem, is set partly in North Hampton in the present day, and partly in Salem, Mass in 1692.  What can you tell us about how the real-life events of the Salem witch trials factored into your story? 

Melissa: I did a lot of research into Salem, and one of the things that stood out was how much influence the Putnam family had in the accusations. They benefited the most from calling all these other people witches. So I used that real history in my story. A lot of the Salem stuff is true to the history, I just put Freya in the middle of it, which was fun.

DFT: What advice would you give to anyone visiting North Hampton for the first time?    

Melissa: Ooh – probably order a drink from the North Inn Bar – you’ll never know what kind of potion Freya is stirring up! And do stay awhile, you probably won’t be able to find the town again. It tends to disappear. :)

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About Melissa:

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens and adults, including the Blue Bloods series (with three million copies in print), the Au Pairs series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat. She is also the editor of the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

Her first series for adults debuted with Witches of East End, which People magazine called a “bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance.” The bestseller was followed with Serpent’s Kiss, and the third novel in the series, Winds of Salem, will be published by Hyperion in August 2013.  Lifetime Television has picked up a drama based on Witches of East End, starring Julia Ormond (Mad Men), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (American Horror Story), Rachel Boston (In Plain Sight) and Mädchen Amick (Twin Peaks), and the ten-episode story arc will air fall of 2013.

De la Cruz’s brand new young adult fantasy series launching fall of 2013 is Frozen, Book One in the Heart of Dread series, which she co-wrote with her husband and previously behind-the-scenes collaborator Michael Johnston.  Penguin will publish the book on September 17th.

A former fashion and beauty editor, Melissa has written for The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

She grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. At Columbia University, she majored in art history and English.

Melissa de la Cruz lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with husband and daughter.

You can visit Melissa around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Melissa de la Cruz?

Blue BloodsMasqueradeRevelationsThe Van Alen LegacyMisguided AngelLost in TimeGates of ParadiseThe Au PairsSkinny-DippingSun-KissedCrazy HotWitches of East EndSerpent's KissWinds of SalemThe AshleysJealous?Birthday ViciousLip Gloss JungleWolf PactBlue Bloods: The Graphic NovelAngels on Sunset BoulevardAngels LieGirl Stays in the PictureFrozen

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Available August 13, 2013 from Hyperion

About this Book:

New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz once again “lets her repressed sorceresses rip” (New York Times) in WINDS OF SALEM, the spellbinding conclusion to the Witches of East End trilogy featuring the beguiling Beauchamp family of witches.

When the novel opens, Freya Beauchamp is trapped in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, at the height of the witch trials, with no recollection of her past—not a good predicament to be in for a witch. An old and powerful rival has sent Freya spiraling away so that she is separated by centuries from her mother, Joanna, and her sister, Ingrid. Freya’s more immediate threat, however, is the wealthy, influential, and ambitious Putman family; young Ann Putman, one of the first accusers in the witch trials, and her family intend to profit from witch hunts by consolidating power and foreclosing on estates of the accused. If Freya is caught using magic, she will be forced to relive the horror of the witch trials, only this time even her immortality is in question.

Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares for the Beauchamp family. While Joanna and her pixie allies search for a missing totem to reopen the Passage of Time and bring Freya home, Ingrid is suffering from very human romantic woes—she might be losing her police detective boyfriend to his ex-girlfriend.

Expertly weaving together the past and present, WINDS OF SALEM is an exotic, sensual and irresistible brew that will delight readers old and new.

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Deadly Destinations: Jory Strong’s San Francisco

July 28th, 2013 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 23 Comments »

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Deadly Destinations visits San Francisco, the setting for the erotic romance Inked Magic World. Inked Destiny is the second novel in this world following Inked Magic and was recently released on July 2, 2013 from Berkley/Penguin. Want to know our thoughts on the first book in this series? Read our review for Inked Magic here.

Winner’s choice giveaway! Enter for a chance to win either an autographed copy of Inked Magic or Inked Destiny! Or a gifted eBook if winner prefers! eBook must be purchased through a retailer (Amazon/BN/etc.) This contest is provided by Jory Strong!

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Hi everyone, if you’ve been allowed access to this blog then you’re in the know that supernatural beings exist and live among us. This is J. Strong, doing a segment for Deadly Destinations.

Today I’m in San Francisco, checking out the sights where events are heating up and getting dangerous as chronicled in Inked Magic and Inked Destiny. For those who don’t know, this is territory claimed by Elves, and we’re not talking about the kind who show up in cookie commercials. We’re talking beautiful and deadly.

This is Lord Eamon’s turf. Think tall, blond, mouth-wateringly gorgeous. And the same can be applied to our tour guide. I’m with Rhys, Lord Eamon’s second in command. Same general appearance (and this is with the glamour turned off, so he appears 100% human), and I’ll admit it, that red sun dangling from his ear just makes me want to put my mouth on it (and other parts).

Anyway…onward, before I embarrass myself. First stop, Aesirs, where a limousine has pulled to the curb and spit out men in suits and women glittering with jewelry.

JS: Wow, what is this place? (because let me tell you, it screams money, power, and privilege)

Rhys: This is Aesirs, where Lord Eamon conducts business. As you can see, humans are allowed here, at least on the lower floor where food is served, and those who might become important to us are cultivated. This is the place where Eamon first encountered Etaín, in the company of Cathal Dunne. My lord is unique, in that rather than have Cathal killed, or given cause to end his pursuit of Etaín, Eamon allowed the relationship to develop.

Rhys and I walk instead of going inside, which is probably a good thing since I’m dressed in shorts and a tank top. He halts in front of Stylin’ Ink. Now this is my kind of place, a tattoo parlor. Through the plate-glass window I see a heavily pierced man, a guy in drag, and a black artist who could probably pass himself off as an NFL player.

JS: So this is where Etaín tattoos?

The expression on Rhys’s face can only be described as grim.

Rhys: Her ink should never be applied to humans, or at least to those who aren’t bound to us. She’s seidic.

JS: Seidic?

Rhys: Soul seer. Mind thief. Gift thief.

Tell you the truth, I can’t help shuddering.

A car pulls up next to us. One glance at the driver—black, his hair worn in a multitude of long braids, stunning—and I know he’s an Elf.

Rhys opens the door. We get in. His introduction, “This is Liam, my lord’s assassin.”

I shudder again. Like I said, these aren’t cookie-bag Elves.

Next stop, a million dollar-plus Victorian set high on a hill in Presidio Heights. Rhys’s expression turns grim again, but then the place looks like it’s been fire-bombed, which is close enough to the truth.

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JS: This is Cathal Dunne’s place?

Rhys: Yes.

We drive on, to a house worth several times more than Cathal’s, this one in Pacific Heights. If you’re not familiar with San Francisco, think money, big money. Views of the bay, including Alcatraz. This is where several embassies are located.

A guy steps outside, as if the street has cameras monitoring anyone who comes near, and I know I’m in front of Niall Dunne’s house. The guy has ex-soldier, or mob soldier written all over him.

JS: So Niall Dunne’s still a threat?

Rhys: Yes. He’d kill Etaín in a heartbeat if he felt it necessary.

JS: I thought he was big on family.

Rhys: Family is everything to him, but it’s enfolded in codes of loyalty and silence. Etaín will never be completely safe from him, or his brother, not while they’re alive.

We drive on. A short distance and we slow in front of an estate, not just a house. This home trumps Niall Dunne’s multiple millions over.

Rhys: This is where Lord Eamon lives.

From there we head across the Bay Bridge and enter a rough part of Oakland, and a place that’s often in the news for yet another murder going down. Liam pauses in front of a biker bar, and call me a chicken, but I have no desire to get out and go in.

Rhys: Etaín unfortunately has dealings with one of the men here. But then, rather than extricate herself from the human world as she should, she insists on remaining involved in it.

Liam chimes in. “It’s an unfortunate habit of hers.”

Rhys laughs at that, then says, “But one you’re glad for. You may yet get to be of service.”

“You’re talking about killing someone,” I say.

Liam turns and looks at me. My mouth goes instantly dry.

He smiles, a flash of white, ruthless rather than jovial. “Tell your readers, involve themselves in our affairs at the risk of death.”

And I’m still thinking about that smile hours later, when I leave the area, because somehow, I know I’ll come back to this deadly destination.

Signing off,

J. Strong

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About Jory:

Jory Strong has been writing since childhood and has never outgrown being a daydreamer. When she’s not hunched over the computer, lost in the muse and conjuring up new heroes and heroines, she can usually be found reading, riding horses, or walking dogs. She has won numerous awards for her writing. Jory lives in California with her husband and a menagerie of pets.

You can visit Jory around the web here: Website | Twitter

Want to read more from Jory Strong?

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The righting of an ancient wrong. A future foretold. The bands tattooed around her wrists are laced with a dragon’s green and more, destiny preordained…

Mind Thief. Gift Thief. Feared for an ability to seize another’s thoughts and powers with a touch, San Francisco tattoo artist Etaín is such an elf—and the time has come for her to learn it.

Close to the transformation and about to discover her place in a supernatural world, Etaín once thought intimacy and permanence were impossible. Now she’s bound to Cathal, the son of an Irish mobster. And claimed by Eamon, an Elven lord with powerful gifts of his own.

Eamon is determined to keep her safe—from others as well as herself. But a quest for justice is more than it seems, leaving their future to hinge on choice and magic. On promises made and dangerous bargains.

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Deadly Destinations: Kait Ballenger’s Jace McCannon on Rochester, NY

July 27th, 2013 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 34 Comments »

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Deadly Destinations ventures to Rochester, New York. Execution Underground is a paranormal romance series by Kait Ballenger that begins with a novella in the After Dark anthology and then continues in Twilight Hunter. Twilight Hunter will be released on August 27, 2013 from Harlequin HQN. The second novel in the series Immortal Hunter will be released on January 28, 2014.

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Deadly Destinations: Rochester, New York

My name’s Jace McCannon. I’m a werewolf hunter for the Execution Underground—the best damn one on the East Coast, and anyone who claims otherwise can shove it.  I hear from my asshole division leader, Damon, that you’re looking to make a trip here to Rochester. I don’t know why the hell you’d want to come to this supernatural infested shithole, but I guess I’ll follow orders and give you the grand tour of my hometown.

Let me start off by saying that Rochester has two kinds of weather a year: hot and humid as all fucking hell and freeze your balls off cold. Normally, it’s the later of the two, but lucky for you, you get the hot and humid part. If you’re a hunter that means finding a way to hide all the artillery you’re going to need is gonna suck ass. Because believe me when I say you’re going to need it. I didn’t say supernatural shithole for nothing. That’s the only way to describe Rochester. Come prepared for any type of supernatural creature you even remotely learned about in basic training. Rochester isn’t just home to a shit ton of werewolves. We’ve got vampires, demons, witches, shapeshifters, ghosts, you name it. See: a while back Rochester was practically abandoned when it came to supernaturals, so the Execution Underground never bothered to set up a division here. When the monsters learned that no hunters were in the area, they flocked here like the bloodthirsty cattle they are. Needless to say, now the place is overrun with them and the Rochester division has barely scraped the surface. Basically, if it’s supernatural and predatory toward humans chances are we have it in spades.

Which leads me to another point about this city: if you’re not a hunter, stay the fuck inside after dark—unless you really want to be the next person lying cold and dead in a back alley. It’d make my life a hell of a lot easier if you just stayed inside. Got it? I live for my job and believe me I thoroughly enjoy hunting down werewolf pieces of shit, but this city doesn’t need to see any more deaths lately. We’ve got some major sickos around here. The current one at the top of my list right now, being a nasty sexual sadist who loves to prey upon young girls. Ladies, go meet a guy at church or wherever the hell decent human beings hang out, because if a guy at a bar offers to buy you a drink, chances are he could be a bloodthirsty killer.

Regardless of your gender, if you do decide to be a dipshit and go out after dark though, there are a few places you should absolutely not frequent. The first on the list are two night clubs: K9s and Club Fantasy. In case you’re not smart enough to catch on from the name alone, let me spell it out for you: K9s is a werewolf owned bar. It’s also where all the shapeshifters, both werewolf and non-werewolf, love to hang out. So unless you enjoy being roughed up by a pack of unruly, drunken wolves, I’d suggest you stay the hell away. Same goes for Club Fantasy, which is anything but fantasy fun. It’s a vampire bar, and since we’ve had a little problem lately with vamps infected with some virus that turns them into flesh-eating zombie vamps, I strongly suggest you avoid it at all costs.

Secondly, avoid the old asylum and any other reportedly haunted places around town, which there are quite a few. If you’re a teenager who’s looking to scare the living shit out of your girlfriend in hopes of being a hero and maybe getting laid, think again. Unless you want a poltergeist riding your ass, take her to a scary movie instead—preferably before sundown.

And last, but certainly not least dangerous, is Manhattan Square Park. This may seem like a perfectly family friendly place during the daytime, but believe me when I say that other than random back alleys, my fellow hunters and I find more bodies here than we care to count. Don’t add yourself to our ever-growing numbers.

So yeah…that’s pretty much the gist of it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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About Kait:

Kait Ballenger is a full-time paranormal romance author, wife, bellydancer, graduate student, and soon-to-be-professor. She is the multi-published, award-winning author of the Execution Underground paranormal romance series. With a B.A in English from Stetson University, Kait is currently earning an M.F.A in Writing. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication. One day, she hopes to be a bestseller and to see her novels on the big screen. Look for the next two books in her page-turning Execution Underground series: Twilight Hunter, book one (August 2013) and Immortal Hunter, book two (January 2014), and don’t forget to check out Shadow Hunter, a prequel novella to the series featured in the After Dark anthology along NYT Bestseller Gena Showalter—now available in trade paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats.

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