Shiloh Walker

Let me tell you a story…

Shiloh Walker - Let me tell you a story…

New winner name drawn…

Kindle

This is sad.  My winner of the pretty, pretty purse never did contact me.  Guys, remember, if you enter my contests, you do need to check back to see if you win, as specified in my disclaimer page.

Since my winner never contacted me, I’m drawing a new name for the pretty, pretty purse, even though I really want to keep the pretty, pretty purse myself.

New winner name is:

Blanche-(knkmom)… blanche, if you can email me @ shilohwalker(at)gmail.com, I’ll get the purse to you and all the goodies…please, claim it before I cave and keep the purse. ;o)

The grand prize winner and some signings….

Kindle

Okay the winner of the uber-pretty, one of a kind purse, with it’s books, gift certificates and other goodies…

  • melissac******r@g****.com

Melissa, I need you to email me @ shilohwalker(at)gmail.com

UTA: 12/17/09  Sadly, Melissa never contacted me so the purse and all it’s contents will go to another.  I’ve drawn a new name which will post on 12/18.  Reminder, guys, if you enter my contests, it’s YOUR responsibility to check back and see if you win.  This is stated in my blog’s disclaimer page.

The final four daily winners are:

  • Mireyah
  • iokijo
  • Cherylnne
  • berryblu

Thanks to everybody who entered, preordered, commented and posted about the giveaway. :-)

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I’ve got three more signings coming up, one in New Albany, Indiana and two in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Destinations

12/4/09

6:30-8:30pm

604 East Spring Street

New Albany, IN

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Barnes & Noble

12/5/09

1-3pm

9455 Civic Centre Blvd

West Chester, OH

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Barnes & Noble

12/12/09

2-4pm

9891 Waterstone Blvd

Cincinnati, OH

30 days of giveaways… final day!!!

Kindle

Hunters Need...releases 12/1

Hunter's Need...releases 12/1

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She broke off, unsure of what she was trying to say.

Brad looked away, his body stiff and angry.  “You can find something here.”

“No.  I can’t.  Brad, I have to find something on my own.  Some place of my own…something that’s mine.  Something I worked for, something I earned.  I’m losing myself here, baby.  You’ve got a life laid out before you.  You belong here—as much as Neal doesn’t belong, as much as I don’t, you do.  This is your life.  But it’s not mine.”

“Maybe that’s because you won’t let it be.”

Ana shook her head.  “That’s not it.  I don’t have that kind of strength in me.  I don’t have that drive, that need.  We have it, or we don’t…and I don’t have what it takes to be one of a Hunter.”

Brad shrugged, a rough, jerky motion but he finally looked at her. The hurt and loneliness in his eyes made her throat constrict and she could feel herself giving in.  What could it hurt to stay a few more months…a few more years?

But then the memory of Neal’s anger flashed through her mind, sizzling against her shields.  He hadn’t hurt Brad, and she suspected he wouldn’t.  However, she couldn’t say the same for herself.  Neal looked at her and saw prey.  She doubted he was the only one.  If Neal had hurt her, what would it have done to Brad?

What would Brad have done?  She had to leave, for Brad as much as for herself.  Before his worry for her ended up making him do something he’d regret—or worse, something he wouldn’t regret.  She’d be damned if she caused him problems.  He needed to focus on himself now, needed to stop worrying about her so much.  Hell, maybe if she was gone, he could enjoy what little was left of his childhood instead of trying to take care of her so much.

“This is for the best,” she said softly.

He swallowed convulsively, then nodded.  “Will you come back?  Ya know, to visit me?  Can I come see you?”

“Yes.  As often as I can, and as often as you want.”

“Maybe…maybe you don’t have to go far.  I mean, maybe you could find a job in Huntington or something…”

“Maybe.”  But they both knew otherwise.

“I don’t want you to go,” Brad mumbled, ducking his head.  There was a suspicious sniffle and when he looked back at her, his eyes were damp.

“I know.”

He wrapped thin, bony arms around her and for a minute, she let herself pretend they were younger.  For a minute, she let herself pretend she hadn’t totally failed him.

“I’ll miss you.”

He hugged her tight and then stepped away.  Smiling sadly, he said, “But you really want to get away from here, don’t you?”

“Yeah.  Yeah, I do.  And I think I need to.  For both of us.”

Away from Excelsior.  Away from Virginia.  Away from people who didn’t know her every shortcoming.  Away from people who kept looking at her and just waiting for her to screw up again.  Away from people who looked at the siblings and judged them both based on what Ana had done.

Away from Duke…

She shied away from that silent voice, but not quick enough.  A memory flashed through her mind—those dark gray eyes, staring down at her as though nothing, no one else in the world existed.  The warmth of his body.  The strength.

Yes.  Away from Duke—away from just another reminder of how inadequate she was.

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Just a quick reminder on the contest:

  • Runs through 12/1.
  • Read the complete rules here.
  • Comment @ my blog (Not via facebook, amazon, myspace, etc) to enter. Each comment gets you one entry. You can enter via blog comments once each day.
  • If you post a link to the contest and then email me @ contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com, that will get you an additional ten entries. Put link in the subject line.
  • If you preorder and forward the receipt to contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com, that will get you an additional twenty entries. Put receipt in subject line. Please remove all sensitive personal data.
  • You can enter each way-if you post a link, comment and preorder, that is 30 entries, as well as one entry for each day you visit the blog to comment. You could get up to fifty entries for the grand prize.
  • Names will not be shared/sold/traded/spraypainted on a billboard.
  • Please note, to enter for the small daily giveaways done during the week, you must comment @ my blog.
  • Daily giveaways will be Monday-Friday. Winners will either be posted here or notified via email so please make sure you check back often.
  • Please do not cheat-trying to comment more than once a day, using different names/emails, is cheating and you’ll likely end up disqualified and barred from entering future contests.
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  • Each (daily) contest thread will be closed within a day or two of its original posting.  So enter while it’s open!

30 days of giveaways #18

Kindle

Just a reminder…as I mentioned in the beginning of the month, there will be no excerpts posted on Thanksgiving or the Friday after. Last excerpt goes up on Monday…

Hunters Need...releases 12/1

Hunter's Need...releases 12/1

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“It’s for the best, Brad,” Ana said, sighing as she settled down on the bed beside Brad, draping an arm around his shoulders.  She’d known the time was coming, but after the debacle with Neal a few weeks earlier, she’d finally admitted it to herself.

It was time to leave.  “Look…I don’t really belong here, anyway.  You know it as well as I do.”

“If you weren’t supposed to be here, they’d make you leave.  Just like they made Neal leave.”  He shrugged away from her embrace and climbed off the bed to pace the small room that had been her home for the past four years.  “I don’t want you to go.”

For once, he sounded more like a kid than the miniature adult that he’d been all of his life.

“I know you don’t,” she said softly.  “But…” her words trailed off and she looked away, licking her lips and trying to figure out how to explain.

She didn’t need to.  Even with her shields up, even with his own, her younger brother could read her.  His eyes narrowed on her face and reached out, grabbing her shoulder when she would have evaded.

That simple touch was all it took to deepen the connection and she winced as she saw the knowledge flare in his eyes.  It was followed quickly by hurt.  “You…you want to leave,” he whispered.  “You want to?”

Sometimes, being gifted just plain sucked.  “Brad…”

She reached out to touch him but he jerked away, staring at her.  Confused, unhappy, and hurt, he shook his head.  “Why?  Why don’t you want to be around me?”

“Oh, Brad.  Honey, it’s not you.  You are the only person that’s made it tolerable being here.”  This time, when he would have pulled back, she didn’t let him.  She linked their hands, taken aback by how much bigger his hands looked next to hers now.  Too quick—he was growing up too quick, most of his childhood lost to pain, misery and cruelty.  “I love you, you know that.  I’ve done the best I could to take care of you after Mom died.  If you needed me, you know nothing would get me away from you.  But you don’t need me, not any more.  I can’t teach you anything—as far as our gifts go, you left me in the dust ages ago.  I’m not putting a roof over your head, I’m not putting food in your belly—they are.”  She waved her hand towards the school and forced herself to smile.  “I’m not jealous, although I wish I could have done half as much for you as Excelsior has done.  But I’m useless here.  I’m nothing but dead weight and I can’t keep being like that.  I need to find something—”

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Just a quick reminder on the contest:

  • Runs through 12/1.
  • Read the complete rules here.
  • Comment @ my blog (Not via facebook, amazon, myspace, etc) to enter. Each comment gets you one entry. You can enter via blog comments once each day.
  • If you post a link to the contest and then email me @ contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com, that will get you an additional ten entries. Put link in the subject line.
  • If you preorder and forward the receipt to contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com, that will get you an additional twenty entries. Put receipt in subject line. Please remove all sensitive personal data.
  • You can enter each way-if you post a link, comment and preorder, that is 30 entries, as well as one entry for each day you visit the blog to comment. You could get up to fifty entries for the grand prize.
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  • Please note, to enter for the small daily giveaways done during the week, you must comment @ my blog.
  • Daily giveaways will be Monday-Friday. Winners will either be posted here or notified via email so please make sure you check back often.
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  • Each (daily) contest thread will be closed within a day or two of its original posting.  So enter while it’s open!

30 days of giveaways #17

Kindle

Hunters Need...releases 12/1

Hunter's Need...releases 12/1

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“Enough.”  The word, coolly spoken, just bare managed to penetrate the haze of fury that gripped Duke.  Kelsey stepped up and laid a hand on his shoulder.

He knew what she was doing—he felt it, the calm she tried to project into him.  Tried and failed.  He was too fucking pissed. He had to force his hands to let go, had to force himself to step away.  He dragged in a deep breath of air, but it did nothing to clear his head.  The air was ripe with the scents of adrenaline, Neal’s anger, and the lingering trace of Ana’s fear.

Neal, fangs dropped and his eyes half-wild, glared at Duke.  “What in the fuck is your problem?”

“Neal, I’m thinking you’re the problem,” Malachi said.  “If I were you, I’d shut the bloody hell up.”

The big vampire had been utterly silent until just a moment ago.  Now he studied Duke with curious eyes, his head cocked.  He had dark blue eyes, and they were usually about as easy to read as a closed book, but right now, they danced with humor.

For some reason, Duke knew the humor was directed at him but he really didn’t give a damn.  “If you’re expecting me to apologize, you’re going to be waiting a good long while.”  Then he circled around them and left.  At the door, he stopped and looked at Neal.  He curled his lip and growled.

Malachi and Kelsey watched as he left.  “It gets annoying—how often you are right,” Mal said to his wife.

She just smiled. The smile died, though, as she shifted her gaze to Neal.   “I believe it’s best if you left now.”

*

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Just a quick reminder on the contest:

    • Runs through 12/1.
    • Read the complete rules here.
    • Comment @ my blog (Not via facebook, amazon, myspace, etc) to enter. Each comment gets you one entry. You can enter via blog comments once each day.
    • If you post a link to the contest and then email me @ contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com, that will get you an additional ten entries. Put link in the subject line.
    • If you preorder and forward the receipt to contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com, that will get you an additional twenty entries. Put receipt in subject line. Please remove all sensitive personal data.
    • You can enter each way-if you post a link, comment and preorder, that is 30 entries, as well as one entry for each day you visit the blog to comment. You could get up to fifty entries for the grand prize.
    • Names will not be shared/sold/traded/spraypainted on a billboard.
    • Please note, to enter for the small daily giveaways done during the week, you must comment @ my blog.
    • Daily giveaways will be Monday-Friday. Winners will either be posted here or notified via email so please make sure you check back often.
    • Please do not cheat-trying to comment more than once a day, using different names/emails, is cheating and you’ll likely end up disqualified and barred from entering future contests.
    • Do not post to sweepstakes sites. These contests are for current and potential readers and I do not want to them to be posted at sweepstakes sites. Should this contest end up at sweepstakes sites, I reserve the right to end the contest without warning and without giving away the rest of the prizes in the contest.
    • Each (daily) contest thread will be closed within a day or two of its original posting.  So enter while it’s open!

      30 days of giveaways #16

      Kindle

      Hunters Need...releases 12/1

      Hunter's Need...releases 12/1

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      A rage that made no sense to Duke.  Even as he prowled around the vampire, struggling against the urge to pounce, there was a saner part of his mind that kept demanding, What in the hell is your problem?

      Ana wasn’t hurt—nobody would have let it go that far.  He didn’t even waste time trying to convince himself that he’d be this pissed no matter who the woman had been.  Of course he’d been pissed.  Ready to rip a throat out.

      Except he knew his reaction wouldn’t be this extreme.

      Ana—that bastard had put his hands on Ana.

      “You put your hands on her—after she made it clear she didn’t want you touching her.  But you want us to buy that you wouldn’t hurt her?” he asked quietly, pacing in a tight circle around Neal.

      Neal echoed Duke’s movements, keeping the shifter in his sight.  Baffled, he said, “You make her sound like some kindergarten teacher, like I was going to grab her, rape her and drain her dry, just for breathing.  She’s not some damned innocent.  She’s not some helpless victim. She’s not—”

      “She’s mortal.”  Duke closed the distance between them and reached out.  Vamps were quick.  Shifters?  Quicker.  Neal didn’t have time to evade as Duke grabbed him and whirled.  Slamming the vamp back into the wall, Duke repeated, “She’s mortal—she’s got psychic gifts, but her power is all in the mind.  She’s got no offensive powers, she’s no stronger than some kindergarten teacher.  She gets hurt, she’ll take just as long to heal as any other mortal.  You cut her, she’ll bleed like any other mortal.”

      Neal shoved Duke back, but he was still caught in the grip of that inexplicable rage and he snarled at the younger man, flashing incisors that had already begun to lengthen.  His gray eyes swirled and pinwheeled, glowing with ominous warning.  Rage—hot, thick and potent, spiraled inside him, straining against his skin, fighting to tear past the confines of his self-control.

      Over her

      Ana…

      The man inside him struggled with it, fought to understand it.  The animal inside him didn’t care.

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      Just a quick reminder on the contest:

        • Runs through 12/1.
        • Read the complete rules here.
        • Comment @ my blog (Not via facebook, amazon, myspace, etc) to enter. Each comment gets you one entry. You can enter via blog comments once each day.
        • If you post a link to the contest and then email me @ contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com, that will get you an additional ten entries. Put link in the subject line.
        • If you preorder and forward the receipt to contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com, that will get you an additional twenty entries. Put receipt in subject line. Please remove all sensitive personal data.
        • You can enter each way-if you post a link, comment and preorder, that is 30 entries, as well as one entry for each day you visit the blog to comment. You could get up to fifty entries for the grand prize.
        • Names will not be shared/sold/traded/spraypainted on a billboard.
        • Please note, to enter for the small daily giveaways done during the week, you must comment @ my blog.
        • Daily giveaways will be Monday-Friday. Winners will either be posted here or notified via email so please make sure you check back often.
        • Please do not cheat-trying to comment more than once a day, using different names/emails, is cheating and you’ll likely end up disqualified and barred from entering future contests.
        • Do not post to sweepstakes sites. These contests are for current and potential readers and I do not want to them to be posted at sweepstakes sites. Should this contest end up at sweepstakes sites, I reserve the right to end the contest without warning and without giving away the rest of the prizes in the contest.
        • Each (daily) contest thread will be closed within a day or two of its original posting.  So enter while it’s open!

          30 days of giveaways #15

          Kindle

          Hunters Need...releases 12/1

          Hunter's Need...releases 12/1

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          Tearing her eyes away from him, Ana whispered to Brad, “Come on.  Let’s get out of here.”

          Brad looked like he wanted to argue, then he sighed and shoved a hand through his hair.  “Okay. Maybe we can go to get a snack—I’m starving.”

          “That sounds like a good idea, Ana,” Kelsey said, an edge to her voice.  But when the witch looked Ana, her gaze was kind, so kind and so gentle and it made Ana feel even more pathetic.

          Silence fell as the brother and sister headed for the door. Kelsey lingered in the doorway, watching them with that enigmatic gaze.  The witch’s gaze softened as Brad passed by and she reached out, ruffled his hair.  “You’re a bottomless pit these days,” she teased.

          The lighthearted words did nothing to ease the tension in the room.  As they left, Ana breathed a little easier.  Every passing step made it easier, every inch of distance helped.

          Get away—she had to get away from that anger.  Her shields were stronger, but anger was always harder to shield against.  Always.

          *

          As Ana and Brad disappeared from sight, Kelsey stepped back in the room.  Somebody slid the door closed behind her.  All around, people were staring at her.  Watching with avid, intent interest and making no pretense otherwise.

          Some of the people in the room would become Hunters.

          Many would not.

          Even though they were told when they came to Excelsior that not all would join the Council, not all of them believed it.  Kelsey could understand in a way.  The older ones that came to them, more often not, were victims of a vampire attack, survivors of a were’s bite.  Their entire lives changed, and little understanding of why.  Time and again, many of them had to leave their old lives behind—their lives, their families.  Faced with a long empty stretch of life, they latched onto anything that might give their new existence meaning.

          Being a Hunter had meaning.

          But that mindset crippled them—doing it because it had meaning was the last reason to do it.

          In more cases than she could recall, Kelsey had seen it happen.  In more cases than she could recall, it was the ones who didn’t want to be here, the ones who didn’t want to be a Hunter that were called to it.

          For some fucked up reason, Kelsey ended up being the one dumped with the responsibility of saying No.  I’m sorry, but no, it can’t be you. Most of the instructors at the school were perfectly content to let her have that not-so-happy job.

          “Are you going to make this harder than it has to be?” she asked, weary.

          Neal glared at her.  “I’m not making anything hard—you’re the one throwing some kind of tantrum because that bitch can’t handle her own problems.”

          “The bitch,” Kelsey said, getting more annoyed by the second.  “Isn’t the problem.”

          Neal, stupidly, thought she was referring to Brad.

          Rolling his eyes, he said, “I already told you.  I wouldn’t hurt a kid.  And I wasn’t going to hurt her, either.  I just wanted her to get out of the way.”

          “But you had your hands on her—that’s what started this, isn’t?  You had your hands on her, touching her, when she didn’t want you touching her.”

          It was Duke, of all people, that spoke.  Separating himself from the crowd, he stalked towards Neal, his pale gray eyes swirling, the pupils spiking and flaring as he fought the rage inside him.

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          Just a quick reminder on the contest:

            • Runs through 12/1.
            • Read the complete rules here.
            • Comment @ my blog (Not via facebook, amazon, myspace, etc) to enter. Each comment gets you one entry. You can enter via blog comments once each day.
            • If you post a link to the contest and then email me @ contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com, that will get you an additional ten entries. Put link in the subject line.
            • If you preorder and forward the receipt to contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com, that will get you an additional twenty entries. Put receipt in subject line. Please remove all sensitive personal data.
            • You can enter each way-if you post a link, comment and preorder, that is 30 entries, as well as one entry for each day you visit the blog to comment. You could get up to fifty entries for the grand prize.
            • Names will not be shared/sold/traded/spraypainted on a billboard.
            • Please note, to enter for the small daily giveaways done during the week, you must comment @ my blog.
            • Daily giveaways will be Monday-Friday. Winners will either be posted here or notified via email so please make sure you check back often.
            • Please do not cheat-trying to comment more than once a day, using different names/emails, is cheating and you’ll likely end up disqualified and barred from entering future contests.
            • Do not post to sweepstakes sites. These contests are for current and potential readers and I do not want to them to be posted at sweepstakes sites. Should this contest end up at sweepstakes sites, I reserve the right to end the contest without warning and without giving away the rest of the prizes in the contest.
            • Each (daily) contest thread will be closed within a day or two of its original posting.  So enter while it’s open!

              30 days of giveaways #14

              Kindle

              Hunters Need...releases 12/1

              Hunter's Need...releases 12/1

              ___________________

              Neal opened his mouth.  Snapped it close.  Opened it again.

              “Get out.”

              “Fine,” he muttered.  “Stupid bitch ain’t worth my time anyway.”

              A cold smile curled Kelsey lips and she said, “I’m sorry.  I wasn’t here.  I don’t mean leave this room. I mean, get out. As in out of my school.”

              Neal blinked.  Look from Kelsey’s face to Malachi, then at Ana and Brad.  “What?”

              Kelsey repeated, “Get out.”

              “Over that bitch?  You can’t fucking trust her.”

              “Nobody, and I mean, nobody lays a hand on a woman or a child in my school for any fucking reason.  Unless of course she was attacking you…tell me, Neal, did she attack you?  Is that why you touched her?”

              “You can’t trust her,” Neal snarled.  “You can’t trust her kind—she’ll turn on us.  She’s done it once.”  He jerked a chin towards Duke.

              Ana’s skin crawled with shame.  Automatically, she tightened her arms and Brad reached up, patted her hand.

              But nobody was looking at them.  Or at Duke.  They were staring at the exchange between Kelsey and Neal with fascination.  “No, Neal.  We can’t trust your kind.  You’re not one of us…and you never were.”

              Neal paled.  Something flashed through his eyes.  “I am one of you.  I’m here, aren’t I?”

              “You were brought here to train—but not to be a Hunter.  You were brought here to learn control.  Non-mortals can pose a danger—our job is to limit that danger.  We do that through teaching, through training.  That was why you were brought here—never think otherwise.”  Kelsey gave him a dismissive look and then turned her back.

              Neal jerked away from Dominic and stalked across the room, placing himself in front of Kelsey.  “This is fucked up, lady.  I didn’t hurt her—hell, I didn’t hurt that little punk, either.  I wouldn’t hurt a kid.”  He sent Ana and Brad a furious look, one that scalded her and left her almost ill with all the hatred she felt coming from him.

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              Just a quick reminder on the contest:

              • Runs through 12/1.
              • Read the complete rules here.
              • Comment @ my blog (Not via facebook, amazon, myspace, etc) to enter. Each comment gets you one entry. You can enter via blog comments once each day.
              • If you post a link to the contest and then email me @ contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com, that will get you an additional ten entries. Put link in the subject line.
              • If you preorder and forward the receipt to contest4shiloh(at)gmail.com, that will get you an additional twenty entries. Put receipt in subject line. Please remove all sensitive personal data.
              • You can enter each way-if you post a link, comment and preorder, that is 30 entries, as well as one entry for each day you visit the blog to comment. You could get up to fifty entries for the grand prize.
              • Names will not be shared/sold/traded/spraypainted on a billboard.
              • Please note, to enter for the small daily giveaways done during the week, you must comment @ my blog.
              • Daily giveaways will be Monday-Friday. Winners will either be posted here or notified via email so please make sure you check back often.
              • Please do not cheat-trying to comment more than once a day, using different names/emails, is cheating and you’ll likely end up disqualified and barred from entering future contests.
              • Do not post to sweepstakes sites. These contests are for current and potential readers and I do not want to them to be posted at sweepstakes sites. Should this contest end up at sweepstakes sites, I reserve the right to end the contest without warning and without giving away the rest of the prizes in the contest.
              • Each (daily) contest thread will be closed within a day or two of its original posting.  So enter while it’s open!

              30 days of giveaways #13

              Kindle

              Hunters Need...releases 12/1

              Hunter's Need...releases 12/1

              ___________________

              The swell of psychic energy rose in the room once more and Neal grimaced as it pushed him back once more.

              “Want some help?” Brad asked, a vicious smile on his face, one that made him seem far too old.  Far too bitter.  Far too angry.

              Ana shoved between them and Brad deflected his next psychic strike—just like she’d suspected he would.  He scowled at her.  “Ana, get out of the way.”

              Behind her, she heard Neal snarl, sensed his moving—quick. Too quick.

              Several things happened at once.

              Voices emerged from the hall behind them, deep, angry and full of authority.

              The vampire who’d been shooting pool with Duke appeared from the mess of bodies, grabbing Neal as Ana turned.  Neal’s hand was only inches away from her, caught in midair.  The new vampire stood there, holding Neal’s wrist with apparent ease while the weaker man struggled ineffectively.

              “Get the fuck off of me,” Neal snarled.

              “No, Dominic, I think you’re good right where you’re at.”  The female voice was hard and cold, and Ana felt something inside her shrivel with fear as Kelsey Hughes came storming into the room.

              The redhead paused in the door, taking in everything with one quick glance.  Her husband Malachi sauntered past her and flicked a look at Neal that had the vampire’s eyes going wide with apprehension.  Two other instructors trailed in after him—and Duke.

              Planting her hands on her hips, Kelsey demanded, “What in the hell is going on here?”

              “Nothing, Ms. Hughes.” Wrapping an arm around Brad, Ana pulled him against her.

              Kelsey cocked a brow and glanced from Neal to the siblings.  Neal still had his wrist suspended in mid-air and the vampire—Dominic—stood there still as a statue, like he could hold that position all night and well into morning.  “Nothing.  I feel several spikes in energy, there’s broken glass, I walk in right as is somebody coming at you—from behind—and you want me to buy that line?”

              Blowing out a breath, Ana said, “It’s my fault—Brad came in a bad time and he—”

              “The kid did what nobody else in here had the decency to do.”  Dominic cut in. He let go of Neal but before the younger vampire could back away, Dominic got in his face.  “You like taking swings at kids and woman?”

              “That kid attacked first,” Neal snapped.

              “Yeah, after he came in and found you putting your hands on his sister. Although she’d done made it clear she didn’t want your hands on her.”

              Neal’s response was cut off as a low, eerie growl whispered through the room.

              Automatically, all eyes followed the sound—

              To Duke, standing in the door way and staring at Neal like he’d just found his midnight snack.  Kelsey shifted, casually placing her body in between the two men, blocking their view of each other.  Her voice calm and cool, she said, “Neal, is that right?”

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              Ignoring Brad, Neal lifted a hand and stroked Ana’s cheek.  “I keep hearing how much you’re into blood…why don’t you—oomph—”

              Ana felt it, a punch of psychic energy, blasting through the air.  She grabbed Brad as Neal went flying backward and crashed into one of the glass-fronted media cabinets.  Glass, DVDs, and CDs exploded around him at the impact and he fell to the floor—seconds later he was up, moving quicker than the eye could track.

              She felt the punch of Brad’s power again and she shook him, distracted him for just a second, long enough for the swell of power to fade.  “Brad, stop.  Now.”

              He shrugged her off and squared off with the vampire.  Once, whenever he used a power display like that, it would show on his face, in his eyes as he pushed his limits.  The nosebleeds had stopped more than two years ago, and Ana wondered if just how far those limits had expanded.  She sure as hell didn’t want to find out now, though.

              “You little fuck, I’m gonna knock the shit out of you.”

              Ana whirled and glared at him.  “The hell you will!”  She might be a coward, but nobody threatened her baby brother.

              He sneered at her.  “Get out of my way, bitch—you know you want to.  Weak-assed bitch.”

              From the depths of the room, people started to stir.

              “Neal, back off…”

              “Come on, man…”

              “Backing off sounds like a damn good idea.” Bradley shoved around her, once more planting his skinny butt in front of her, protecting her—damn it, she was supposed to protect him.  It was her job, one she failed at, miserably.

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