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Spooky Legends: Rosalie Lario

Click to see the Spooky Legends Master List with links to all the previous posts and giveaways

Today’s Spooky Legends guest is Rosalie Lario, author of the Demons of Infernum paranormal romance series from Entangled Publishing.  The series begins with BLOOD OF THE DEMON, followed by MARK OF THE SYLPH (both already available).  Our story is written in the voice of the hero from MARK OF THE SYLPH, and features The Kidney Thieves urban legend.  Want to win your own copy of the latest book? Check out the giveaway details below.

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October… my favorite month, and it’s no secret why. It’s the time of year when all the spooks come out in full force! I’m honored to be a part of this year’s Spooky Legends.

Today I’m going to let Taeg Meyers, the hero of my current release, MARK OF THE SYLPH, give you his take on the urban legend of The Kidney Thieves. It’s not quite what you think, and he should know. Taeg is half demon, half fae—a byproduct of his sadistic father’s interspecies experimentation, and he’s got a handle on all the supernatural goings-on. So buckle up and enjoy the ride…

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Taeg on The Kidney Thieves

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Rosalie Lario

I had a couple of hours to kill before Maya got done with her final exam at NYU, so after walking her to class (’cause I’m sweet like that), I moseyed on over to the nearest bar. Yeah, it was only eleven a.m., but who was keeping track? Sure as hell wasn’t me.

The nearest bar happened to be one that catered to humans. Not my usual cup of tea. I preferred to frequent Otherworldly establishments, but this’d do in a pinch. It was too damn bright outside, and the dim lighting of the hole-in-the-wall bar called to me like a siren song.

Man, wouldn’t it burn my brother Dagan’s ass if he heard me use that phrase? He was part siren and yes, he could sing… though he’d kick my ass if I told anyone.

When I walked inside, the only other person there was the bartender—a tall, scrawny dude who looked like a washed-up rock star. He took one look at me and let out a snort. “Nice shirt.”

I glanced down at the words stamped across my chest: Tomorrow I’ll be sober, but you’ll still be ugly. “Thanks.”

“What’ll you have?” he asked.

“I’ll take a whiskey. Straight.” The breakfast of champions.

“No problem.”

While he turned and grabbed the whiskey bottle, I took a seat on one of the ratty leather barstools. A small flatscreen television hung above the bar, playing some news show. I paid it no mind, but whatever the reporter said caught the bartender’s attention. He stopped pouring and turned to the television, watching for a few seconds before shaking his head. “Freakin’ copycats.”

 I wasn’t really in the mood for small talk, but since he still had my whiskey… “What’s that?”

He motioned toward the TV. “Apparently some guy in Brooklyn went out partying last night and woke up this morning in a bathtub full of ice, minus a kidney. Cops figure some sicko heard the urban legend about harvesting kidneys for sale on the black market and decided to try it.”

“Urban legend, huh?” I let out a chuckle.

The bartender arched a brow. “Yeah, you’ve heard of it before, right?”

Oh, I’d heard, and it was no urban legend. But it wasn’t organ harvesters that were to blame.

Most humans didn’t know about Otherworlders, the many species of beings who came to this world from other dimensions. Vamps, werewolves, and demons? All real. Plus tons of other things most humans have never even heard of.

What would the bartender say if I told him about the forai—a species of demon with a taste for human kidneys? They’re beautiful creatures who appear fully human when glamoured. Perfect for luring in unsuspecting prey. Good thing for humans, they also hate killing. Instead the forai drug their victims, use their razor sharp claws to extract the kidney, and then sew them back up before chilling the poor bastards on ice.

Hey, at least they leave ’em alive, right?

The bartender finished pouring the whiskey and held the glass out to me. When I closed my fingers around it, I looked him straight in the eye. “Do yourself a favor, pal. If you’re ever out one night getting sloshed and a woman who looks too good to be true wants to take you home, turn her down.”

He gave me a strange look. “Uh… yeah, okay.”

I could tell by his tone that he didn’t catch my drift. Oh well. With a shrug, I lifted the glass to my lips. “Don’t ever say I didn’t warn you, buddy.”

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Thanks for checking out Taeg’s explanation of the truth behind this particular urban legend!

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About Rosalie:

Formally trained as a corporate and real estate lawyer, I practiced law for 5 years before finally admitting to myself that negotiating contracts wasn’t nearly as fun as dreaming up stories. As an avid reader of romances and supernatural stories, I knew I wanted to write urban fantasy and paranormal romance.  Tales of vampires, demons, and other supernatural beings ensued.

I’m currently working on the Demons of Infernum series, a series of paranormal romance novels featuring four sexy half-demon brothers and their reluctant heroines.

When not writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son in our home state of Florida, as well as searching out things that go bump in the night. I still haven’t found any, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

If I ever do find evidence of the supernatural, it remains to be seen whether I’ll jump around in excitement, or run screaming in terror (but I’m betting on the latter)!

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

Want to read more from Rosalie Lario?

Blood of the Demon Mark of the Sylph Angel's Desire (The Fallen War... For Love of an Angel

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This giveaway is provided by Rosalie Lario

One winner will receive a signed copy (U.S. only) or One eCopy (INT) of

MARK OF THE SYLPH (Demons of Infernum) by Rosalie Lario

Available on September 6, 2011 from Entangled Publishing

About the Book:

Half-demon Taeg is desperate to free his pregnant sister-in-law, who is spellbound to an indestructible book that will create an army of the undead. He is convinced that an ancient sword can destroy the book and the spell forever, but this relic has been hidden for a millennia by a powerful glamour. The clock begins to run out on his search when an old rival goes after the book and Taeg’s family in his quest for revenge.

Librarian Maya Flores has a secret: she’s immune to magic and is well aware of the supernatural beings prowling the streets of New York City. Haunted by a brutal demon attack that took her family, she is on a one-woman mission to destroy the evil demons who did it—and any others who get in her way.

Maya is Taeg’s best hope for uncovering the sword. Unfortunately, she wants nothing more than to kill him. As he fights for her trust and to save his family, she is forced to face the truth that not all demons are evil. And the worst part? She might be falling in love with one, too.

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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**Don’t forget to visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Spooky Legends guest blog with Kelly Meding and a chance to win a copy of TRANCE**

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45 Responses to “Spooky Legends: Rosalie Lario

  1. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    I want this so bad. Thanks for the giveaway.

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Definitely more legend than fact—I hope!

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  3. Kristin CliftonNo Gravatar
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    Besides the uber creepy pic of the girl in the tub (ewww), I found a new author! I had never heard of this series before but I really liked Taeg’s “voice”! Crap! Another series on my TBR :-)

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  4. Kristin CliftonNo Gravatar
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    Oh, and the urban legend… well, you know these stories start somewhere. Someone HAD to of woken up missing a kidney at least once (insert evil laugh here)

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    It’s an interesting legend.

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    I’m in the hoping it’s more legend than fact camp, but I’m sure it or something like it had to have happened at least once. In every legend there is a grain of truth, after all. I’ve never heard of this series before, but now I’m very interested. Thank you!
    ntelhiard(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. erinf1No Gravatar
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    Great story! Different twist on the ol’ myth that’s for sure :) Thanks for the great giveaway! I just got book 1 and I’m waiting on the weekend to start reading :(

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Amber HughesNo Gravatar
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    Ooh…very creepy Urban Legend! This was a great short story Rosalie!

    I have the first book on my bookshelf to read soon! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Ambercruz1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. RebeLovesBooksNo Gravatar
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    I love the ending of this urban legend, because how many guys would turn down a hot woman wanting to go home with him? Not many, that’s for sure!
    rwschwarz11ATgmailDOTcom

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  10. Brenda D.No Gravatar
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    I thought the story was very a creative take on that urban legend. The picture was pretty gross. I have another new author and series to add to the tbr pile. Thanks for the giveaway! ten.tsacmocnull@7mednerb

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  11. Katie WNo Gravatar
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    Interesting twist to the urban legend!

    Thanks!
    Katie
    moc.liamenull@terrefgib

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  12. SusanNo Gravatar
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    I enjoyed this legend. Sounds like a good series. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sab5723 at hotmail dot com

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  13. VivienNo Gravatar
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    Great legend. I really enjoyed reading this one :)

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  14. NaNo Gravatar
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    This was a bit different from the legends I read but it’s good.

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  15. Lisa KesslerNo Gravatar
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    Great story Rosalie!!! :)

    Can’t wait to read this one!!!

    Lisa :)

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  16. Tanyaw1224No Gravatar
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    I’ve just recently heard about this series and I love the sound of the characters. A bi-product never sounded so yummy. Thanks for the chance to win book 2. I need to get started with book1. Thanks again.

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    Just started reading Blood of the Demon, and am lovin it. Can’t wait to start Taeg’s story.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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  18. Christina MadisonNo Gravatar
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    Sounds great! Adding it to my TBR list.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    moc.liamtohnull@yralc_ecaj_sretnuhwodahs

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    I like paranormal romance that features demons and otherworldly creatures, though I would never want to live in those worlds. Would love to read Mark of the Sylph.

    angeldream3[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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    That picture totally freaked me out!

    b(dot)cardone(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    This a creepy legend, hope it’s not true, lol!

    Psique @ Book Travels

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    I enjoyed this take on the stolen kidney urban legend. At least the kidney thieves only take one kidney and leave their victim alive – yeah, not such a fan. :D

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    That’s an Urban Legend right???? Hopefully so :) Great giveaway and thanks for the chance to win

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    This legend always freaked me out -especially in college. I love this take on it though! Another great spooky legend.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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    Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Interesting take on the legend. It’s always fun to see the authors give these legends a different spin.

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  27. Maria D.No Gravatar
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    Interesting take on the urban legend…it’s one I’ve never heard of before but it’s cool to see authors taking traditional urban legends and making them their own by changing them up. Thanks for the giveaway

    maria63303(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Sounds good, count me in! moc.loanull@914renraWt

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    looks interesting.

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    I think that just the thought of Kidney snatchers gives me the “heebee jeebeeze” *shudders* Great Post!! Thanks!

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  31. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    Wow! That legend/story gave me shivers! I think that I will keep my kidneys please! I would love to read these books! Thanks for the giveaway. ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb

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    The stolen kidney legend has always given me the shivers. I can’t imagine waking up after something like that.

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  33. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)No Gravatar
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    It was interesting. I really enjoyed the first book in this series.

    Chllybrd(at)gmail.com

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  34. Kelly MillsNo Gravatar
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    I’ve heard A LOT of takes on The Kidney Thieves. I can remember when I was younger this urban legend was going around and people were insisting it was true. Love that Nip/Tuck did a take on it.

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  35. Amber HughesNo Gravatar
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    My daily Tweet for Oct 28th (entry 196) is missing the Tweet link. Here it is just in case: https://twitter.com/readingaddict17/status/130012323418095617

    Ambercruz1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. Stephanie EcksteinNo Gravatar
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    Okay that Urban Legend makes me want to pass out, soooo gross. This book looks really good, I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  37. latisha depoortereNo Gravatar
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    I loved the first book can’t wait to read this one! What a great giveaway thank you very much!

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  38. AmyS.No Gravatar
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    Loved the urban legend and I can not wait to read the book.
    truebloodfan AT rock DOT com

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  39. Anne RNo Gravatar
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    i loved this urban legend, I remember hearing versions of this one when I started college…creepy!
    Thanks for the chance to win the book! It looks great!

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  40. JessSNo Gravatar
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    Nice take. The idea of waking up with organs missing is so creepy, but obsiously it was some unusualy supernatural with a taste for kidneys.

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  41. ProserpineNo Gravatar
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    Such a creepy tale…. didn’t like it! LOL

    thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. sweetyNo Gravatar
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    I think i like this urban legend.It’s really different!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  43. sweetyNo Gravatar
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    Sry,forgot to add my e-mail id.

    sweety225(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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    It’s a nice twist – i’st better to blame the hungry otherworlders for the organ thefts than to blame fellow humans. “Better” is perhaps not the right word…

    mdturett at juno dot com

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  45. Amy LynnNo Gravatar
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    Eww gross but she is right at least they did leave them alive.

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