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Deadly Destinations goes to the beautiful but dangerous Lake Tahoe, the setting of the urban fantasy romance Weird Girls series by Cecy Robson. Find out more about this version of Lake Tahoe in A Cursed Embrace, the second novel in the series. This novel was released on July 2, 2013 from Signet/Penguin.
A Beginner’s Guide to Surviving Lake Tahoe
“Home of the Weird Girls series”
Welcome to Tahoe! On behalf of the Tourist Center, we are pleased you’ve decided to visit our beautiful region. Now before you begin your excursions into the forest or take a dip in our world renowned lake, there are a few things you need to know about the area and the inhabitants?just to keep you safe.
Let’s start with the werebeasts. These powerful creatures guard and protect the earth from mystical evil. And while they’re duty bound to protect you from, say, a crazed infected bloodlust vampire who wants to suck on your intestines like spaghetti, please do not anger the werebeasts. They travel in packs. They will gnaw off your limbs if provoked, and there’s not a damn thing the Tourist Center or area police can do about it. Sorry about the swearing, folks, just stating a fact of life here in Tahoe?also please don’t feed the werebeasts, they’ll just follow you home and expect more food.
Now for the vampires: Vampires are powerful, intelligent, beautiful?and they know it. For the “adventurous” among you, please do not call the Tourist Center if you choose to spend a night with a vampire and he or she dumps you on your ass the next day wearing nothing but a pair of socks. Tahoe vampires like to have fun . . . usually at another’s expense. If you’re expecting one to fall in love with you and love you forever, I’m afraid you’ve read Twilight one too many times. Also please don’t anger the vampires or make fun of Dracula. They will eat you, and again, the Tourist Center will not be held responsible.
And now for our lovely Tahoe witches: Witches are born with the power to wield magic. They worship the earth and nature and they cultivate the land to grow plants for their potions. Do not litter, do not ask where their brooms are, and, under no circumstances, do not toy with their emotions. To cross a witch is to cross her coven. Trust us; hell hath no fury like thirteen scorned and pissed off be-atches. Unless you’d like a horn growing out of your ass, always show them respect.
Speaking of witches and other scary crazies, let’s move onto the shape-shifters. Shape-shifters are powerful enough to command any form and carry the power of hell within them. They are the most lethal and frightening species of preternaturals on earth. FYI: they reek of copper. If you smell copper at any time, run like hell. You likely won’t escape, and your skin will be fashioned into a hat, but what can we say? No area is perfect.
This is the part in the brochure where most tourists start to feel a sense of unease . . . and often ask for any sort of protection that may help them fight off the supernatural locals capable of chewing on livers like bubble gum. Fear not, lovely guests. A bullet dipped in gold has the ability to explode a supernatural creature’s heart like an atom bomb. A word of caution: if you’re trying to shoot a preternatural being with a gold bullet, you’d better not miss.
So now that you know about our little bit of heaven here on earth, please enjoy the many activities Tahoe has to offer: hiking, camping, rock-climbing, boating, skiing, and shopping. If you survive your stay, please visit us again. And don’t forget to tell your friends!
Top 10 Warnings when visiting Lake Tahoe
Home of the Weird Girls
10. Do not feed the werebeasts, they’ll follow you home and trust me, they all don’t resemble Alcide.
9. If it looks like it can eat you, it probably can and will.
8. If you’re a virgin, avoid the area at all costs, especially around prom season.
7. Unless you want to risk loss of your limbs and / or possible demon impregnation, do not venture into the woods at night.
6. If a zombie asks you for a hand, just say no. He / she is not asking for help.
5. Do not volunteer to help out the local master vampire during a bloodlust epidemic—ever.
4. If it looks dead. It probably is, whether it’s staggering toward you or not. Run like hell and try not to trip.
3. Unless it’s a canary, avoid anything with wings, especially if it reeks of sulfur and possesses fangs the size of your mother.
2. If you come across a young woman on fire, do NOT douse her with water. You’ll only smear her make-up and piss her off.
1. Just because the sun is up, doesn’t mean you won’t be disemboweled, decapitated, or sacrificed to a drooling monster with eight eyeballs wielding a battle ax.
Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is an author with Penguin’s SIGNET ECLIPSE. She attributes her passion for story-telling back to the rough New Jersey neighborhood she was raised in. As a child, she was rarely allowed to leave the safety of her house and passed her time fantasizing about flying, fairies, and things that go bump in the night. Her dad unwittingly encouraged Cecy’s creativity by kissing her goodnight wearing vampire fangs. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing her Urban Fantasy Romance Series, Weird Girls, in May 2009. THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella and SEALED WITH A CURSE are now available. The second novel in The Weird Girls Series, A CURSED EMBRACE, releases July 2, 2013 followed by CURSED BY DESTINY, January 2014.
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Available July 2, 2013 from Signet/Penguin
About this Book:
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twenty-something girls—with one tiny exception: They are the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that made them, well, a little weird…
After Celia Wird and her sisters help master vampire Misha save his family, their powers are exposed to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe region. But fame comes at a price, and being “weird” isn’t always welcome.
To make matters worse, Celia desires the love of Alpha werewolf Aric, but his pack is bent on destroying their relationship to preserve his pureblood status. And once weres start turning up dead—with evidence pointing to the vampires—she must face the prospect of losing Aric forever. But the chaos only masks a new threat. An evil known as the Tribe has risen—and their sights are set on Celia and her sisters.
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