Elemental Assassin Excerpt and Series Giveaway


Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin) // VBCWe’ve never been subtle about how much we like the Elemental Assassin series here at VBC. Jennifer Estep brings the awesome on the regular. If you read Amy’s early review, you know the latest novel in the series Bitter Bite is good.

We like convincing you, though. So we sweet-talked Jennifer into sharing an excerpt of Bitter Bite with VBC. Here’s your exclusive peek:

But this wasn’t a secret that I could keep for much longer. At some point, I was going to have to tell Finn about his mother being alive, and Bria and Finn loved each other. Maybe my sister could help me figure out the best way to break the news to him. At the very least, she would be a sounding board to help me decide how to handle this.

So I got out of the car, grabbed the box, and headed for the porch. I scanned the house, the lawn, and the woods, searching for intruders and using my Stone magic to listen to the rocks buried in the snow. But they only whispered about the cold, wind, and steady shower of flakes—no notes of alarm, fear, or malice rippled through them. Bria was the only one here.

I stepped onto the porch, then unlocked and opened the front door, scuffing the snow off my boots and making plenty of noise so she would know that I was home.

“Gin?” Bria’s light, lilting voice drifted through the house to me.


“I’m in the den.”

“Be right there.”

I locked the door behind me, tossed my keys onto a table, and walked into the back of the house, still holding the box under one arm. I stepped into the den to find Detective Bria Coolidge sitting on the couch, checking her phone.

In some ways, we were mirror images of each other, with our matching dark jeans and warm layers. But of course, her hands and clothes were clean and spotless, and her primrose rune glinted a bright silver against her navy turtleneck sweater. She was also far more relaxed with her boots off and her socked feet propped up on the coffee table. Her gun and gold detective’s badge were on top of the scarred wooden surface, lying right next to . . . Fletcher’s file on Deirdre.

I froze. I’d been in such a hurry to dig up Deirdre’s grave before the snow hit that I hadn’t thought to hide the file before I’d left. Then again, I hadn’t expected to have a visitor tonight either. If an intruder had been hiding in the house, I would have killed him, and he wouldn’t have had a chance to tell anyone about anything.

But Bria was here, and she’d seen the file. She knew something was up.


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