Today I’m excited to be able to share an exclusive excerpt from Molly Harper’s new novel, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires.
Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running all their daylight errands–from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg–gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship–and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.
Cal – who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris allowed herself to think that way – offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place until he figures out who wants him permanently dead. Even though he’s imperious, unfriendly and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between “employee” and “servant,” Iris agrees, and finds herself breaking more and more of her own rules to help him – particularly those concerning nudity. Turns out what her quiet little life needed was some intrigue & romance–in the form of her very own stray vampire.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a copy of The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires to one lucky reader.
Exclusive Excerpt: The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
“I do not like being used for your amusement,” I spat.
“And don’t pretend you were doing it out of some urge to stick up for me or protect yourself. What happened to keeping a low profile? Not letting anyone know you’re here?”
“Does your Lilliputian ex-paramour have any contacts in the vampire world?” he asked.
I threw up my hands, which caused the support I held against his shoulders to disappear. He adjusted, pushing me against the door. I could feel the warmth pooling between my thighs as I slid down his length. My breath caught, and I braced my hands against his arms. I cleared my throat, searching for a steady voice. “Again with the short jokes.”
I sighed. “No, Paul doesn’t have anything to do with vampires. He didn’t like that I worked with vampires. He was always worried that I would get hurt. By the way, slumping your shoulders and adopting a hick accent does not amount to a ‘human impersonation.’”
“It’s worked before.”
Cal pursed his lip, his eyes twinkling. “Are you sure you’re not upset because I made Paul think you’re unavailable?”
I jabbed my finger into his bare chest. “You know, I was completely happy before you showed up. My life wasn’t much, but it was mine. And when I’m no longer useful to you, you’re going to leave. And you’ll forget that I even existed.”
This would have been a really good time to walk away. But it’s really difficult to storm off when you’re straddling someone.
I tried to wriggle my way to my feet, but Cal held me fast against the door. He leaned closer, and I shied away.
His mouth closed over mine, taking the air from my lungs. He pinned me to the door with his hips, and his hands slid up to my face. His rough, cool palms cradled my cheeks.
He tilted his forehead against mine. “That’s what you think?”
Before I could answer, his tongue glided easily over my lips, teasing them open. His mouth was cool and surprisingly fresh, although there was a subtle undertone of copper in his kiss. My knees sagged at the soft, insistent pressure that pulled my tongue past his lips. His hands slipped into my hair, pulling my face higher and closer to his as he pressed me back against the wall. Biting gently on my bottom lip, he nipped and nuzzled down the line of my chin to my ear.
I’d never kissed a vampire before. The lips were firmer and cooler, and the absence of breath against my skin was odd. I worried that I was too human, too weak, too plain. But soon even that thought evaporated into the ether, and every cell in my body fired for the sake of keeping me upright and attached to Cal’s mouth. The slide of cool flesh against mine and the rasp of teeth against my lip were soft and affectionate. He was coaxing a response from me, teasing me into relaxing against him. He pressed a kiss to my chin. His hand slid under my shirt and over my ribs, up to cup the weight of my breast in his palm.
I was trying to figure out how to reach for his zipper in this position when I heard an exaggerated throat clearing behind me, from the kitchen door.
“So, are we still claiming that we’re just business acquaintances?”
Meet Molly Harper!
Want to purchase Molly’s novels?
- Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs at Amazon | Book Depository
- Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men at Amazon | Book Depository
- Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever at Amazon | Book Depository
- Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors at Amazon | Book Depository
- How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf at Amazon | Book Depository
- The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf at Amazon | Book Depository
Up Mud Creek at Amazon
And One Last Thing … at Amazon | Book Depository
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires at Amazon | Book Depository
The Undead In My Bed at Amazon | Book Depository
Driving Mr. Dead at Amazon
Thank you Molly for taking the time to stop by Literary Escapism!
Author is giving away a copy of The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires to one lucky reader. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What do you think should happen next? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
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The contest will stay open until July 20th at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.