Hello everyone! I’m Tami Dane, author of Blood of Eden, Blood of Innocence and Blood of Dawn. Thank you for letting me drop by and talk about my upcoming release, Blood of Innocence. Blood of Innocence is the second book in the Sloan Skye series. Since the story revolves around Sloan, who is a fairly unique individual with an extremely high IQ but some interesting quirks, I thought it would be fun to put the spotlight on her, and see what she’s learned since starting her internship with the FBI in June.
And so, without further ado, I’d like to introduce Sloan Skye, summer intern with the PBAU.
Five things I didn’t know about vampires a month ago
By Sloan Skye, Profiler, Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit, FBI
I’ll admit, when I found out I would be working with the FBI’s red-headed stepchild unit, profiling paranormal serial killers, I thought it was a joke. Who wouldn’t, right? Vampire serial killers? For real? Were we living in eighteen century Europe? Were we about to launch into a second “Vampire Controversy?”
It didn’t take long for me to learn the PBAU was no joke. There really were vampire serial killers. And if I was going to profile the blood-thirsty murderers, I was going to have to learn to think like one. Take the obvious danger out, and that’s still a dodgy prospect. Being the daughter of a paranoid schizophrenic and a delusional biology professor, my grasp on reality could be considered a little suspect at times. But I was willing to throw caution to the wind. I’d been dreaming of working for the FBI since I was old enough to know what the acronym meant. And I’d never been the kind to do anything halfway.
A few things I learned my first month on the job:
1. To borrow an old saying (but give it a fangy twist): If it looks like a (vampire) duck and quacks like a (vampire) duck, then it probably is a (vampire) duck.
2. There are nearly two hundred types of vampires or vampire-like legendary creatures. Tales of vampiric creatures–demonic entities or spirits that consume the flesh or blood of the living–have appeared in nearly every culture around the world. Persia is believed to be the oldest civilization to have tales of blood drinking entities. Thus, our range of suspects is w…i…d…e. All I can say about that is…thank God for my father’s research. Maybe his book, Comparative Analysis of Vampiric Species, made him the laughingstock of academia, but it’s been a lifesaver for me…and a potential victim or two…or more.
3. A large number of vampiric species are able to shape shift, taking the form of animals, birds or insects. I’m telling you right now, if I ever have a child, she will never have a pet. Period. You just never know if Fluffy is actually a blood sucker in disguise, just waiting for his chance to chomp. As a matter of fact, I think my pet hamster was one. She wasn’t named Carmilla for nothing.
4. Garlic, holy water, and a Holy cross won’t do squat against most vampires. How I wish they did.
5. You don’t ever want to cross an organized hedonistic serial killer, especially if she is a mullo. Not only is a mullo dangerous, but also malicious and vengeful. She’ll make the Real Housewives of New Jersey look like Girl Scouts.
Please, head my warning. Vampires are real. Very real. And they are everywhere. They are walking their dogs in your neighborhood, shopping at Walmart, their children are playing little league with your kids. They are (blood sucking) soccer moms and secretaries and, yes, lawyers, too. In fact, chances are you’ve talked to at least one vampire today.
Wonder if that gorgeous guy you just met on the subway is thinking about taking a little nibble on your neck? Are you willing to take the chance? Maybe you’d better reconsider.
I’d rather not be called to your town to do my next profile…
Looks like Sloan is going to have a busy (but deadly) summer. I doubt she was expecting to be profiling the undead when she applied for that internship. And I know she wasn’t expecting to be facing her deepest fears. She didn’t even have to do that the summer she worked for the sanitation department, emptying porta potties.
Wonder what kind of fangy villain Sloan will be profiling next? Pick up your copy of Blood of Innocence today. Did you miss out on Sloan’s first case? If you did, now’s your chance to win a copy of the first book in the Sloan Skye series, Blood of Eden. Answer the question to enter. The winner will be selected by random drawing. Good luck and thanks for reading!
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