Welcome to DarkTour! We’re authors Laurie London and Erin Kellison. Because our e-novellas came out on the same day (Hidden By Blood by Laurie and Shadow Touch by Erin), we thought it’d be fun to hit the blogosphere together. Besides, with two of us, we can give away more stuff.
To win, you have to read this post. There will be a test. (LOL Just kidding. Well…only about the test.)
Unbeknownst to former Army Ranger Finn McKentry of Hidden By Blood, he’s a sweetblood human—his blood is addictive to vampires. He doesn’t know they exist…just yet. Dr. Cameron Kalamos of Shadow Touch has hired Finn to take him by helicopter out to one of the San Juan Islands. Cam is conducting an investigation about… Oh well, I’ll let them tell you:
Finn finishes his preflight check just as a taxi pulls up next to the hangar. “Dr. Kalamos already?” He glances at his watch. The guy was almost twenty minutes early. Finn ducks under the tail boom and jogs across the tarmac. “Here, let me take a couple of those bags for you, Doc.”
The man smiles, looks relieved. “Call me Cam.”
Finn takes a duffel and hoists the strap over his shoulder. “Bloody hell, what do you have in this thing? A whole damn laboratory?”
Cam laughs, pays the driver. “I wish.”
With bags in hand, the two men head toward the helicopter.
“So, what kind of investigation are you conducting on Crescent Island?” Finn asks Cam.
“The kind of investigation that gets me away from my lab long enough to clear my head of a certain, maddening someone. Or else I might do something that I really won’t regret, if you know what I mean.”
“Women,” Finn mutters as he opens the door, stows the bags inside. “Life may be difficult with them, but it sure can be hell without them.”
“Sounds like you’ve got some stories of your own.” Cam climbs into the helicopter.
“In Edinburgh, I—”
“Edinburgh?” Cam interrupts, looking pleased with himself. “So that’s it. I thought I detected a slight accent.”
Finn is surprised it’s still noticeable. “I visited cousins there recently. Ended up staying longer than I’d planned. I…ah…wasn’t sure I was coming back or not.” He walks around to the other side and climbs in.
Cam narrows his eyes. “Let me guess. A woman?”
Damn. “That obvious, huh? Thought I’d found the one, you know?” Finn makes quote marks with his fingers. “But she ended up saying we needed to go our separate ways.”
Finn hands Cam a headset and remembers the last time he saw Brenna. The strange, almost eerie expression on her face. She’d fumbled with her keys and jumped out of his car like she couldn’t get away from him fast enough. Although they’d shared a lot with each other and she’d talked about her work in the medical field, there’d always been something mysterious, too. A hidden wildness, a secret bad-girl, that totally cranked his—
“Ah, bloody hell.” Finn untangles the cord of his own headset. “That’s history. Got her out of my system in Scotland, if you know what I mean. So, what’s your story, Doc? She not warming the sheets for you back home?”
Cam puts on the headset and buckles in, ready to go. “I’m working on it. Tough case.” If that wasn’t the understatement of the year.
Finn leans forward, flips a few switches on the dashboard. “Trouble, then?”
“You have no idea.” Cam grins, thinking about Ellie and her impulsive dark shadow. The two parts of the amazing woman aren’t united, as they should be—her shadow moving independently from her body. But he can’t tell Finn any of that. Not that he’d believe a word. Instead, Cam settles for a sideways kind of truth about the ‘trouble’ Ellie is. “Shots were fired the first time Ellie and I spoke.”
Finn looks over, a little startled.
The silky opaque body of Ellie’s nude shadow is completely unbounded by any kind of higher reason. She acts on instinct and passion alone. And Ellie bravely battles to control her.
“More exciting than gunfire?”
“Oh yeah.” The gunfire was the least of it. “But she’s worth it. No one else could possibly compare.” Cam blows out his breath, thinking of the challenge. And the rewards. The only way to deal with the situation is to admit the want that gripped him, at least to himself, and then concentrate on the puzzle of her existence. Work is his distraction.
This job to collect samples is the perfect way to clear his mind. Why, then, is he more focused on her than ever?
“She’s a little temperamental,” Cam says, mostly to himself. “Has got a gift.” Though Ellie doesn’t think of her condition that way. He’d prove her wrong though, if she’d give him the chance. “Stubborn.”
Finn laughed. “I know stubborn.”
“Then I guess we’re both in for a hell of a ride.”
Okay, so here’s the prize package: Bonded By Blood (book 1 in Laurie’s Sweetblood series), Shadow Bound (book 1 in the Erin’s Shadow series), and a bonus book, Sins of the Soul by Eve Silver (read VBC’s review). We’ll also be adding bookmarks and romance trading cards.
Just comment and tell us if you like books where the paranormal world is secret from humans or if you like everything out in the open and you’ll be entered to win.
CONTEST DETAILS AND RULES
You must leave a comment on this post to enter. This contest is now closed. Big congrats to our winner, Joel!
2. You do not need to follow Vampire Book Club to be entered, but we sure do like it.
3. This contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.
4. Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, June 17.
5. The winner will be selected using Random.org. Then she will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to claim her prizes. If we do not hear from the winner(s) within that time, a new winner will be selected.
7. Though unlikely, Vampire Book Club has the right to change or cancel any giveaway at any time without prior notice.
8. Vampire Book Club is not responsible for prizes lost or damage in transit.
9. Thanks to Laurie London and Erin Kellison for providing the books (and giving us a fun guest post).