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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.
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…
Taeg on The Kidney Thieves
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.
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.”
Thanks for checking out Taeg’s explanation of the truth behind this particular urban legend!
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)!
Want to read more from Rosalie Lario?
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
**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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