I am excited to welcome author Sara Humphreys, who is eagerly anticipating the release of her second Dead in the City novel by sharing this sixth excerpt from Vampire Trouble.
A fledgling vampire ignites a war…
Maya remembers the last moments of her life as a human with haunting clarity, and every man she meets pays the price…until Shane. Finding herself in the middle of a bloody fight between vampires and werewolves, Maya has no choice but to let the devastatingly sexy vampire guard get close to her.
And that’s not all that heats up…
Shane Quesada, a four-century-old vampire sentry, is known for his cold, unemotional precision, but once Maya begins to invade his dreams, his world is changed forever. His job to protect her is swiftly replaced by the all-consuming need to claim her as his own.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away two copies of the first Dead in the City novel, Tall, Dark, and Vampire, a special Dead in the City bookmark and an “I love #NYCVamps” button to each winner!
Excerpt #6: Vampire Trouble
“No matter how many men you dominate, Maya. No matter how many countless humans you glamour and feed on…” Shane took another step back and whispered, “Nothing will erase what happened that night in the alley.”
Maya flinched from the sting of his words and her eyes filled with tears.
“I knew it,” she whispered. “You saw the whole thing, didn’t you? Just stood there, watched it all happen, and did nothing to stop it.” She swiped furiously at the tears that spilled down her cheek, her expression hardening. “Well, since you like to watch, you’re in for a treat because I’ve still got about thirty minutes before the sun starts to rise. Enjoy the show.”
Shane’s brows knit with confusion, and before he could say another word, Maya shot into the sky like a bullet. Shane grew more and more bewildered, repeating her words in his mind—I knew it. You just stood there, watched it all happen, and did nothing to stop it. Did Maya believe he was actually there that night? That he would stand by and watch her be attacked and do nothing, or had she seen him in the dreamscape?
Shane swore under his breath and flew into the sky after her. Keeping his distance, he followed her while she hunted, staying close enough only to assure she was safe. With the werewolves’ impending arrival, he had little intention of allowing Maya out of his sight.
Over the next thirty minutes, Maya glamoured and fed on two men, both of whom bore a striking resemblance to her attacker in the dreamscape. As with the man in the park, she spent more time glamouring them than she did feeding on them.
He followed her back to the nightclub and landed silently on top of a building across from The Coven. He watched her fly down to the slate roof of the old church and open the hidden entrance next to the steeple. A gust of brisk wind whistled through the tapestry of buildings, lifting her hair off her shoulders.
Shane expected her to disappear immediately into the building but she didn’t. Maya paused and turned her face toward the orange glow of the horizon. He crouched low on the rooftop of the neighboring building and waited for Maya to go inside. She continued to stare at the brightening sky, and the sad, lost look on her face tugged at him.
Panic gripped Shane. He didn’t need to look at the sky to know how quickly the sun was rising. An ache deep in his chest warned him of the impending sunrise, and with the growing internal warning came apprehension.
Not for himself but for her.
He was far older and could recuperate from sun exposure with more ease than a youngling like Maya. If she stayed exposed much longer and didn’t seek cover, the sun would consume her, turning her to dust. Shane rose to his feet, and just as he was about to call her name, he heard her.
Please, Maya’s wavering voice, laced with sadness and regret, drifted into his mind. No more nightmares. Eyes closed, her hand went to the necklace nestled safely against her breasts, and Shane’s heart tugged in his chest at the sight of tears streaming down her cheeks and the tormented sound of her voice. Please make it stop.
Meet Sara Humphreys!
Sara is a graduate of Marist College, with a B.A. Degree in English Literature & Theater. Her initial career path after college was as a professional actress. Some of her television credits include, A&E Biography, Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and Rescue Me.
In 2013 Sara’s novel Untamed won two PRISM awards–Dark Paranormal and Best of the Best. Sara has been a lover of both the paranormal and romance novels for years. Her sci-fi/fantasy/romance obsession began years ago with the TV Series STAR TREK and an enormous crush on Captain Kirk. That sci-fi obsession soon evolved into the love of all types of fantasy/paranormal; vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and of course shape shifters. Sara is married to her college sweetheart, Will. They live in New York with their 4 boys.
Princes of Hell
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Sara is giving away two copies of the first Dead in the City novel, Tall, Dark, and Vampire, a special Dead in the City bookmark and an “I love #NYCVamps” button to each winner! To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What does Shane do next? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.