Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

Bitter bite coverBitter Bite is definitely a Gin at her best story.  Finn may be in for a wonderful surprise or a world of hurt, and if it is the latter, you know darn well that Gin is going to take care of it in her very special way. You’ll learn a little more in the excerpt below. Oh, and one more thing…there may be something bigger going on than even Gin knows.  Things that make you go “hummmm…”

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Excerpt
I stared at the box, more knots forming in the pit of my stomach and then slowly tightening together. I’d recently gone up against Raymond Pike, a metal elemental who had enjoyed planting bombs before I’d helped plant him in some botanical gardens. Pike had received a letter with Deirdre’s rune stamped on it, and had bragged that the two of them were business associates—and that she was the most coldhearted person he’d ever met. I wondered if he’d booby-trapped the box in Deirdre’s casket as some sort of favor to her, to blow up anyone who might come investigate whether she was truly dead.
So I reached out, using my Stone magic to listen to all the rocks in the ground around the casket. But the rocks only grumbled about the cold, the snow, and how I’d disturbed their final resting place. No other emotional vibrations resonated through them, which meant that no one had been near the casket in years.
I crouched down and brushed away the dirt that had fallen on top of the box when I’d opened the casket lid. No magic emanated from the silverstone box, although a rune had been carved into the top of it—the same small circle and eight thin rays that were branded into both of my palms.
My spider rune.
“Fletcher,” I whispered, my breath frosting the air.
The old man had left the box here for me to find. No doubt about it. He was the only one who seemed to know that Deirdre wasn’t actually dead. More important, Fletcher had known me. He had realized that if Deirdre ever made an appearance back in Ashland, back in Finn’s life, that I would find his file on her and come to her grave to determine whether she was dead and buried.
Once again the old man had left me with clues to find from beyond his own grave, which was located a hundred feet away. For whatever reason, he and Deirdre hadn’t been buried side by side. Something I hadn’t really thought too much about until just tonight. I wondered why Fletcher hadn’t buried the supposedly dead mother of his son next to his own cemetery plot. Something must have happened between him and Deirdre. Something bad.

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Which is stronger: blood ties or a battle-tested friendship? That’s the question Gin Blanco asks when a friend’s long-lost relative strolls into town. The suspicious reunion is a surprise for everyone—and a big problem for Gin. Book fourteen in the New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!”

It’s not easy being queen bee of an underworld abuzz with crooks and killers. Wielding my potent Ice and Stone elemental magic will only get me so far—my real secret is my tight-knit makeshift family, a motley crew of cops and criminals, dwarves and playboys. My foster brother Finnegan Lane is my right-hand man, but when his suddenly not-dead relative comes back into the picture, I’m the one on the outside looking in.

It’s funny how life works: one minute your best friend is rock-steady, and the next he’s doe-eyed and buying into this whole loving-relative routine to the point of ignoring you. I’d like to be happy for Finn, I really would. But all of my instincts are telling me that beneath the syrupy sweet demeanor and old-fashioned charm, this sudden interloper is planning something. The whole shtick leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. This person might have avoided the grave once, but I’ll put anyone who hurts Finn in the ground—for good.

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Jennifer Estep
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
 
Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. Bitter Bite, the 14th book in the series, will be released on Feb. 23.
 
Jennifer also writes the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.
 
For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit www.jenniferestep.com or follow Jennifer on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.

Faith Hunter’s Blood In Her Veins: Part 5

Blood in her veins book coverBlood in her Veins is a fantastic collection that allows new readers to become familiar with Jane’s world, and established readers to remember why we love Jane and Beast.

I have a particular love of these short stories and novellas, since they can be picked up at anytime and give you a tasty bite of fanged/staked deliciousness. This is the book you want to have by your nightstand. You’ll get a great story in, but won’t have to stay up all night.

Now onto the …5th section of Shiloh and the Brick. The sixth and last section will be on Faith’s own website.

SHILOH AND THE BRICK  (Copyright held by Faith Hunter)

Part Five

The blood-servant knelt at Shiloh’s side, whispering tender words and comfort. My eyes swept across the others gathered in the doorway. The man appeared to be the oldest, and certainly the most in control. But approaching a frightened, young vamp was dangerous under any circumstances. Approaching a frightened young witch-vamp was downright suicidal. 

My cell rang, blaring into the sudden silence of the room. Shiloh hissed at me and her witch energies tightened around her like a purple-green shroud. Normally, at a time like this, I’d ignore it, but it was Leo’s ring tone, set into my cell by my partner in Yellowrock Securities, Alex Younger, as a joke. Marilyn Manson was screaming, ‘If I Was Your Vampire’. Not funny. 

I answered, “Now is not a good time.”

“You will place me on speaker phone,” Leo said. It was a command, phrased as a request, but a command nonetheless.  

I tapped the cell face and Leo said, “Shiloh. My child. You will be calm.” His voice filled the room, banishing the shadows of silence and fear and the tingle of witch magic. Filling the room with vamp compulsion and an odd sense of peace that even I felt. “Shiloh,” he repeated. “You will be calm.”

Shiloh took a shuddering breath, and the blackness of her eyes decreased, the scarlet sclera fading to pink and then to white. Her fangsschnicked back into her mouth on their tiny hinges. 

I blew out my relief. Evan’s spell whispered away. The group of blood-servants took a collective breath, as if they had been holding theirs. The man beside Shiloh said, with the greatest of vampire formality, “Do you need blood, my mistress?”

“I … No,” she said. “What happened?” 

Shiloh’s confusion was not a good sign. It spoke of rogue-status. Of vampires who lost control, draining and killing humans with the mindless hunger of the chained. Of killing for the sake of killing. And everyone in the room realized that at the same time. Even Shiloh. None of us knew what to do about it. But none of us were vamps…

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 (SHADOW RITES, book 11 in the Jane Yellowrock series, is coming out in April 2016. Pre-order now!)
Faith's headshotFaith Hunter

Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series:  the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.