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Deadly Destinations gets an inside look into the setting from Laurie London’s Seduced by Blood. Seduced by Blood is the fourth book in the Sweetblood series and is now available. A big thinks to Laurie London for today’s giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Seduced by Blood and a set of Sweetblood trading cards.
Far from the cities and roads, amidst the towering Douglas Firs of the Cascade foothills, lies a long forgotten, small family cemetery. Filled with a few crumbling headstones and a crypt or two, it sits on an overgrown hill, near an old rundown estate.
Some would say it’s a peaceful place, unencumbered by humanity and almost fully reclaimed by nature. During the day, the only sounds you’ll hear are the chirping of birds and crickets, wind stirring through the branches, and possibly a black bear lumbering through the underbrush looking for berries.
At night, though, things change.
You may hear the frenzied yaps of a pack of coyotes cornering its prey, the screech of a spotted owl searching for rodents, the howl of a red timber wolf marking its territory.
…or the occasional scream of a human.
(Excerpt from Seduced By Blood)
In the center of a clearing, stood an old gothic monstrosity, complete with gargoyles guarding the front entrance, crumbling stone steps, and a sagging front porch. Morning glory vines snaked up the sides of the mansion and twisted under the eaves like a spreading disease, choking and covering everything in its path. A few of the windows had been broken out at one time and from what Santiago could tell, the vines had found their way inside as well.
Given the condition of the outside, he’d hate to see what the inside looked like. It couldn’t be much better. He had a hard time imagining that anyone would want to live in such a place.
But then he remembered the coffins. He’d destroyed many dens where Darkbloods had been sleeping in them and this place was probably no different. In fact, he’d be surprised if he didn’t find any coffins here. Sick, if you asked him. And twisted. He enjoyed beds with sheets and mattresses along with a nice roof over his head.
Darkbloods relished living in the same conditions as their violent ancestors before they began grouping into any sort of organized societies. Old decrepit structures abandoned by humans. Cemetery crypts. Caves carved into the sides of mountains.
As he looked around, it certainly felt like the perfect Darkblood lair. It wouldn’t surprise him to learn that they were using dirt from their homeland to line the bottoms of their coffins, an old wives tale from long ago that said the soil from your homeland would bring you great power and prosperity. It was a way to never forget where you came from. And Darkbloods, looking to return to their violent roots, took this to heart.
“Can you smell that?” Roxy asked.
He smelled nothing but the damp forest air. “No.”
She leaned against a tree trunk and closed her eyes. He started to say something but she held up her pointer finger, a gesture that told him to keep quiet and let her concentrate. He wanted to know if there were Darkbloods inside and whether or not the sweetblood girl was still alive. As he waited for Roxy, he brushed a damp fern from his boot, clasped his hands behind his head then got antsy and folded them across his chest.
“Shush,” she whispered without opening her eyes.
“What? I didn’t say anything.”
“I can hear you moving.”
“I’m not moving.”
“Yes, you are. You’re fidgeting.”
He made a sound of protest. “What are you talking about? I’m just standing here.”
“Well then stand there more quietly,” she said. “I’m trying to concentrate.”
And then there it was. The beginning of a smile. Oh, she tried covering it up right away by chewing on her lip, but it was too late. He’d seen it. Clearly, she was enjoying hassling him.
It occurred to him that despite all she’d seen—his outbursts, his tantrums, his attempts to torture himself—she wasn’t scared or intimidated by him. She didn’t hesitate in telling him what to do. Or in this case, what not to do.
No one nitpicked him. Ever. Or treated him like he needed to be managed.
So the fact that she did and felt comfortable enough doing so made him feel…special, different. And he realized…he liked it.
A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London now writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.
Her debut book, BONDED BY BLOOD, A Sweetblood Novel, came out February 2011 from HQN Books. It was followed by HIDDEN BY BLOOD, an e-
Her writing has won and been a finalist in several prestigious contests including the Beacon, the Emerald City Opener, the Marlene, and the Orange Rose.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Greater Seattle Area RWA, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
When not writing, she can be found running, reading, or riding and showing her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.
Want to read more from Laurie London?
This giveaway is provided by Laurie London
One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Seduced by Blood and a set of Sweetblood trading cards.
Available July 24, 2012 from Harlequin Books
About this Book:
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors?
Hot-blooded and hard-edged, Tristan Santiago has an uncanny ability to see beneath the surface—a skill that serves him well as the Guardians’ region commander. But when a deadly plot against his fellow vampires is uncovered, he must turn to the one woman he can’t read: the beautiful yet mysterious Roxanne Reynolds, whose sensual presence soothes his tormented memories.
Roxy had put love before duty once before, with devastating results. But to root out a dangerous traitor in their midst, she must put her faith in Santiago, the one man skilled enough to break through her defenses. Posing as lovers, Santiago and Roxy work side by side—and discover a powerful craving that threatens to consume them both?.
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