Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Paranormal Sunday


How is everyone today? This week has been a wonderful, crazy busy and just...exciting. many things are going on with the kiddos, myself and the hubster and a little hard to keep up with at times, but from all the business going on, the calm is always needed to gain perspective over all that is going on. 

Putting together these daily reads have served as my calming time. I hope they are quickly becoming a calm moment in your day as well.

So here we go. :) Today's A Paranormal Sunday pick is from author Cynthia Cooke's A Night With A Vampire. Just the tile alone has me wanting to spend an hour with this book. I must confess, it's the very reason I picked this book up a few days ago. I've not read anything by this author so here's another we get to discover together if you've not read this one.

Please know that A Night With A Vampire is a novella and is currently out by Harlequin's Nocturnal Bites.


   A loud sound popped, then the whoosh of vacuum-released hydraulics. One by one, the coffin doors opened.    
   “Shit!” Xana ran to the timer hooked to the fuses that was spread across the room and activated the clock preset to count down from three minutes. “Time to roll.” 
   She saw Cayman flying up the stairs, taking them three at a time. Xana followed, but couldn’t catch up as they hurried up one flight after another. She ran through the warehouse past the boxes of junk art and vases. At the other end of the room, Cayman burst through the door into the front offices. Xana glanced at her watch as she followed. “Twenty-five seconds ’til the blast.” 
   She bolted forward, running down one hallway and then another before finally pushing through the offices as shock waves ripped through the building. She tore out the glass front door, covered her head and kept running. The blast shook the ground beneath her. She faltered, trying to find her footing.
   A violent roar cracked the sky. Windows shattered. An intense wave of heat slammed into her, lifting her off her feet and throwing her to the ground. Birds took flight with raucous screeches and squawks. Glass and debris pelted her neck and shoulders. After a moment, the ground settled and the clamor dimmed to a chorus of creaks and groans of tortured metal. 

   Xana lay beneath a bush and took mental inventory of her extremities. She hurt everywhere, her ears rang, her eyes stung. When the smoke thinned, she stood on wobbly legs and looked around her. Her heart dropped, dread filling the empty space. Cayman wasn’t in the parking lot or lying on the hillside or anywhere. 
   “Cayman!” she yelled, and limped stiffly toward the building. She looked through the shattered, gaping opening. He was nowhere to be seen. 
   Intense panic gripped her. She headed around the back of the building. A side door flew open in front of her. Smoke billowed out the doorway. Marius, his black eyes glowing red, stormed out the door. Stunned, Xana stopped. Before she could catch her breath, he was gone. 
   She kept walking. Where was Cayman? He’d been ahead of her. He had to have gotten out, unless there was something else he’d wanted to do. She entered through the side door into the building once more and immediately doubled over. The room was a shambles, burning walls and equipment released noxious gasses. High-pitched screams filled the air—vampires succumbing to the flames.
   Xana hurried back out the door and up the road toward her truck. Cayman said he’d be there. But he wasn’t. There was no sign of him anywhere. Had he left on his own? Without her? That would have been shitty, but she wanted to believe it because the alternative was not something she could grasp. Her brother was nose-deep into something and from the look of things, it wasn’t something good. 
   Trust no one. 
   She recalled his last words and shivered.

A Night With A Vampire
Cynthia Cooke


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Back Of The Book
In all the years Xana Scorpio has hunted vampires with her brother, only vampire king Marius has eluded her. Then Marius captures her. He's convinced she has the antidote to a toxin killing his people. Desperate for information to save them, Marius will use every sensual power in his arsenal to get what he wants. Though Xana tries to resist him, Marius is as seductive as he is deadly. She is held helpless by his gaze—and by the surge of desire aroused with his bite....

In all the years Xana Scorpio has hunted vampires with her brother, only vampire king Marius has eluded her. Then Marius captures her. He's convinced she has the antidote to a toxin killing his people. Desperate for information to save them, Marius will use every sensual power in his arsenal to get what he wants. Though Xana tries to resist him, Marius is as seductive as he is deadly. She is held helpless by his gaze—and by the surge of desire aroused with his bite....



About The Author
Cynthia Cooke is a multi-published, award-winning author. Her Romantic Suspense novels for Intrigue and Love Inspired have been Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nominees and have won the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. Currently, she is working on paranormals for Harlequin Nocturne. Her third Nocturne Bite, and ebook short story, A Night with a Vampire, was released in February of 2011, to be followed by her third Nocturne novel, Vampire’s Seduction in October of 2011.




That was one intense, snippet. What did you think? Interesting, right? Who else wants to know why Cayman isn't where he was suppose to be? And what exactly is Xana's brother into? Looks like I'll be spending a night with a Vampire. lol No pun intended. :)


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