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Deadly Destinations: Jeannie Holmes’ Varik Baudelaire on Mississippi

**Visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Deadly Destination tour of Allyson James’ Southwest & a chance to win SHADOW WALKER**

Today’s Deadly Destination takes us to Jefferson, Mississippi.  Jeannie Holmes’ Varik Baudelaire is here to give us the low-down on Jefferson and highlight some “issues” that the town has recently experienced.  Thanks to Jeannie and the amazing team over at Random House/Bantam, four of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book!  See details below.

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Varik Baudelaire’s Guide to Jefferson, Mississippi

by Jeannie Holmes

Hello, I’m Varik Baudelaire, Director of Special Operations for the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation. Yes, I know, it’s a long title. I’m also, temporarily, the only Enforcer assigned to Jefferson, Mississippi. Alexandra Sabian, my beloved partner, is on suspension for employing some unorthodox methods during a previous murder investigation. It’s standard Bureau procedure in these matters, and I’m sure she’ll be cleared in the end.

But that’s not why we’re here, is it? We’re having this discussion because you’re thinking of moving to our fair town. I must admit I’m fairly new to the area myself so I’m not as fully versed in the local politics or gossip as Alex or even Detective Tasha Lockwood of the Jefferson Police. However, I can offer to address some of your concerns regarding recent events.

First, about the murder investigation I mentioned, let me assure you that murder is actually a rare occurrence here in Jefferson. Yes, we had some recent unpleasantness that end with a number of vampires dead and even a few humans. However, that case is closed and everyone is settling down.

Jefferson is a relatively quiet town. With a population of roughly six thousand, even with half of that number being vampires, not much goes on here. Aside from the occasional fender bender or robbery, most of our residents—humans and vampires alike—are law abiding citizens and the worst offenses JPD or I have to deal with are tempers flaring during the annual Jefferson High School homecoming football game.

Okay, I’ll admit the vampire community is understandably upset over the loss of Crimson Swan, the town’s only legal blood bar, at the hands of arsonists led by the former sheriff of Nassau County. Yes, the subsequent shortage of registered donor blood has caused a few minor problems, but I’m told a new shipment of blood will arrive soon. Also the Vlad’s Tears Corporation has generously donated a case of their synthetic replacement to each vampire family in town.

Nightlife here in Jefferson? What nightlife? They roll up the streets at nine here. Well, I take that back. There is the Duck ‘n’ Cover—a bar in an old converted cotton gin—outside of town. Fist fights and the occasional drunken stabbing are the worst reports I’ve heard from them—maybe a little minor drug trafficking, but that’s a rarity.

As for the designer drug Midnight, it’s been a problem for the vampire community nationwide for years. The reports and statistics I’ve seen for the southwest Mississippi region shows a slightly higher than average rate of manufacture and usage, which is a concern. However, the FBPI takes this issue very seriously and is working closely with our human counterparts in local law enforcement as well as other federal agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration to combat the problem.

You heard about the missing college student? Yes, it’s true a young woman was reported missing a few days ago, but you really shouldn’t worry about it.  I, with help from Jefferson Police, am looking into the case. The disappearance of a registered human donor is always a matter for the FBPI, and we have no reason at this moment to suspect foul play. The girl’s car is also missing so there’s always the possibility that she simply left town without telling anyone. I assure you, we’re doing everything in our power to resolve the case quickly.

Despite its share of problems, Jefferson really is a safe town. Now, if you’ll excuse me, an anonymous tip regarding my missing college student just came across our hotline number, and I need to follow up on it. Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve been able to allay some of your concerns.

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About Jeannie:

Jeannie Holmes is a native of southwest Mississippi. A total caffeine junkie, she currently lives in Mobile, Alabama with her husband, four neurotic cats, a shaggy arthritic dog, and is hard to find during hurricane season.

You can visit Jeannie around the web here: WebsiteBlogFacebook |Twitter

Want to read more from Jeannie Holmes?

Blood Law Blood Secrets

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This giveaway is provided by Random House/Bantam

Four winners will each receive a copy of Blood Secrets by Jeannie Holmes

Available on July 5, 2011 from Bantam

About the Book:

WHEN ALEXANDRA SABIAN SINKS HER TEETH INTO AN INVESTIGATION, SHE DOESN’T LET GO.

Alex allowed a case involving murdered vamps to get personal and is suspended from the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation. Now she’s facing an official inquiry but has a chance to redeem herself. The catch: She must once again work with Varik Baudelaire, her former mentor and ex-fiancé, as he spearheads a search for a missing college student. But Varik has been keeping secrets from Alex, and his mysterious past is on a collision course with his present.

When Alex and Varik discover a carefully handcrafted doll at a crime scene, neither of them can see how close the danger really is or that a killer known as the Dollmaker has made Alex the object of his horrific desire. Now the only way out of the Dollmaker’s lair is through the twilight realm of the Shadowlands, where all secrets—for better or worse—will be revealed.

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1. Leave a comment for Jeannie.

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3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. All Deadly Destinations winners will be announced on August 7th.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.

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39 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Jeannie Holmes’ Varik Baudelaire on Mississippi

  1. AnneNo Gravatar
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    I loved Blood Law and would definitely like to find out what’s uop now with Varik and Alex.

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  2. SusanNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the tour and giveaway. I’d love to find out what is next for Alex.

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  3. Low KeyNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the tour and giveaway!

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    Blod Law was a fabulous book. It is great to know that secrets is out!
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  5. Teri CNo Gravatar
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    bwahahah sorry about the misspell of the title. I did love Blood Law though. In my mind it came out right, but on type not so much. Thank for the destination information that was great.

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  6. Kaya HNo Gravatar
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    Wow here is another great sounding series I have missed.
    Both secrets and Law sound great! I just bn.com’ed Law so I will check out what is going on. Thank you for coming on and introducing me to a new summer series!

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

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  7. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    Blood Secrets sounds creepy good. Please count me in and thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. ElizabethNo Gravatar
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    +1 I really enjoyed Blood Law, and cant wait to find out what happens next!

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  9. Mickie TNo Gravatar
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    Somehow I missed Blood Law when it came out (so many books, so little time…), but I’ve got a copy of it in my hot little hands now. So I’ll be ready for Blood Secrets any minute now.

    This is a great tour chock full of paranormal goodness!

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  10. Van P.No Gravatar
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    I have the first book in my TBR pile, need to read it soon! thanks for the tour :)

    +3 blog and twitter follower.

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  11. Audra HoltwickNo Gravatar
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    i must read these books — They are now on my TBR pile
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  12. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    I would love to read this series. I also think that the covers are fantastic! Thanks for the contest. ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb + 1 Comment, +3 Follower

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  13. VivienNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the giveaway!
    +1 GFC follower
    +3 spread here
    http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/124508-deadly-destinations-jeannie-holmes-varik-baudelaire-on-mississippi

    Vivien
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  14. DeathlynxNo Gravatar
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    Love the deadly destinations concept and who better than Varik?

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  15. flipNo Gravatar
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    Hi: Just found this site via Deadly Destination. I love the southern vampire theme. I want to go to the Crimson Swan for a drink

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  16. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the post and giveaway!
    I haven’t been to Mississippi, so it would be interesting to read an urban fantasy series that takes place there. I would love to read this series!

    +3 GFC follower

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  17. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I enjoyed the post, it was an interesting look at the setting of this great series. I’m looking forward to reading Blood Secrets.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC follower

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  18. heatwave16No Gravatar
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    Hmmm…Alex doesn’t exactly paint the best picture of Mississippi. I might wait on that trip.

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    +3 – tweeted – http://twitter.com/#!/Heatwave316/status/89489486060326913

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    I have been hearing such good things about this. Still waiting in line for the library to tell me Blood Law is ready. But Jefferson sounds great besides the drugs, missing girls, and murder, sure I’ll give it a go LOL! I will wait until Mr. Baudelaire catches the bad guy LOL! Great post guys and thank you for the giveaway :)

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  20. Julie S.No Gravatar
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    Interesting, another setting I haven’t read about yet.

    +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

    juliecookies(at)gmail.com

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    I have heard so many wonderful things about this series. Definitely on my wishlist

    +1 comment
    +3 http://twitter.com/#!/alterlisa/status/89555499174993920
    +1 I’m a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards
    +1 FB-Lisa Ann Richards
    +1 twitter @alterlisa

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  22. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    Ooooo how did I miss this series. It looks so good, and totally my type of series. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m definitely going to pick up Blood Law right away.

    +3 GFC, and Facebook follower

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    I can’t get over how striking the cover is. Though I do feel like she’s staring into my soul…
    I’m a gfc, fb and twitter follower-Bethany C., Bethany Cardone, @bcardoo79

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    I loved Blood law and can’t wait till I get to read Blood Secret. (Low on cash right now or else I promise you I would already have it!!)

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  25. Elizabeth H.No Gravatar
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    I just got the first book, haven’t had a chance to read it yet but I am looking forward to it!
    Follow on facebook and twitter (jopmav)
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    Sounds like I need to be adding this to my must read pile :) moc.liamgnull@nierndnew

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    I have the first one in this series and have heard great things about it it.
    +3 I follow on GFC, FB, and twitter
    +3 I tweeted
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  28. TheresaNo Gravatar
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    Love this book tour!! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Theresa
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    I’ve had my eye on these books for quite some time! Love the cover art too!

    Following on GFC (Jennifer Kallhoff), Facebook (Jennifer Kallhoff), and Twitter (Kalliandra).

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  30. TheresaNo Gravatar
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    I love the cover for your new book! I really need to get some of your other books though!! I’ve heard so much about them.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC follower.
    Theresa
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  31. ParisNo Gravatar
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    Loved Blood Law and the relationship between Alex and Varik. I’ve been looking forward to reading the next book in their series.

    Follower in all three places.

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    I love this tour with all the author discovery:)

    Heather
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    Since I’m from MS, I love when it is used as a setting in a book.
    GFC follower, twitter (@mbreakfield), and FB
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    Sounds great. Ive been wanting to read her books. Thanks for the chance!

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  35. Brittany HardyNo Gravatar
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    Gotta love books based in the south! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    I would love to read this book.
    +3 GFC follower – Andrea I
    Follow on twitter – @lillieblue613
    Facebook – Andrea Infinger

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    Forgot twitter link
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    Oh wow a MS author! I must read this! I love finding authors from my. homestate! I’m a blog follower and here’s my tweet https://mobile.twitter.com/#!/itzKelseyD/status/99126934067359745

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  39. Destiny PhiliposeNo Gravatar
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    I follow GFC (DestinyPhilipose), on Facebook (Destiny Philipose), and on Twitter (@DPhilipose)

    Thanks for a giveaway and thanks to Jeannie for a great novel!! I can’t wait to read this!!

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