Shadow Company Continues

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Beyond the Veil, Book One of Shadow Company – Aubrie and Logan

That’s right!  Shadow Company will soon have a third book – Of Blood and Magic.  If you haven’t read the first two books in my Shadow Company series, better check out the sale this week.  Both Beyond the Veil and Deliberate Intent are on sale at Amazon.com.  I suggest catching up because I have some exciting news.  Of Blood and Magic is due out in January.  Book three of the Shadow Company series introduces a third ex-Navy SEAL, J.T. Leighton.  Here’s a working blurb.

J.T. Leighton, ex-Navy SEAL, and teammate of Logan Latimer and Duke Taylor starts a new life in Cheniere Station.  Since the Sultan is responsible for J.T. becoming a vampire, he has his own reasons for hunting down the mind-bending shadow walker.  Tall, mysterious and oh, so sexy, J.T. is a licensed private investigator and undercover vampire hunter.

Each member of Shadow Company has a reason to go after the ‘blood viper.’  J.T. seeks the opportunity to join their little band of warriors on a mission to save those enslaved by this demon of pure evil.  He spends his time killing the Sultan’s spawns while masked as an undead P.I.

J.T.’s plans don’t include discovering the woman who disappeared from his life two years before.  Jessie Colter is the one or was before things changed forever.   Her gifts work some sort of spell on J.T. making him believe they can have a future together.  But what does that future hold?  J.T.’s not sure he dares to find out.

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Now, here’s a snippet from Of Blood and Magic:

The night crept over the land moonless and damp.  Late November held a gloomy grip on Louisiana.  No brightly colored leaves floated from the trees any longer.  No crisp cool tinge to the air of Cheniere Station’s advance into winter.  No, the chill was bone deep and miserable.  J.T. glanced up then down the deserted street with a keen eye for trouble.

Like most nights, he prowled the streets looking for a fix.  Not the kind most vampires sought.  No, he hunted other vampires.  J.T. had been a professional vampire slayer since that fateful night in Afghanistan.  The Sultan, a blood viper of pure evil, had turned him.  He was J.T.’s master.  The Sultan viewed him as a blood slave and his number one boy.  The shadow walker saw J.T. as an asset.  His go-to-guy for blood kills.  The irony was the Sultan didn’t want the bodies for blood.  He wanted them for their souls.

For the first year of his existence as a vampire, J.T. performed the duties of a blood slave.  His instructions from the Sultan were to suck the victim’s blood until they were on the verge of death.  Any more and the victim would die and be useless to the Sultan’s plans.  Any less and J.T could die at the hands of the attacked.

Thank the gods the Sultan’s hold over him diminished once he escaped the Middle East.  Here, he exacted vengeance against all who killed ruthlessly and without remorse.  His notion was killing them was his way to even the score.  J.T. sought justice because there were those who were turned and fought to survive while holding on to some small ruminant of their humanity.

“So, you have a death wish.”  The observation was one he used over and over again.  Each time he confronted a fellow bloodsucker, he taunted his target.  A surprised vampire made for an easy kill.  Plus, J.T, liked the thrill of a face to face encounter.  Sure, a stake through the heart of an unsuspecting vampire was quicker.  The fact was, J.T. craved the confrontation.  If he was going to kill his own kind for a living, why not enjoy the job.   In his line of work, there was never a shortage of prey.  It didn’t matter that he would never kill them all.  J.T. like to think of his nightly hunts as a way of leaving his mark.  That’s what he did, too.  To date, he had killed over a hundred bloodsuckers since returning from the desert.  The job beat the hell out of wandering the streets at night and thinking of the woman he could never hold again.

The vampire whirled, his eyes registered the shock.

J.T.’s feral growl signaled an attack.  A lunge off the ground sent him flying into space before dropping atop the shocked blood hunter.  After all, vampires did not kill vampires.  Laws against such were in place and had been for centuries.

The vampire’s weak punch glanced off J.T.’s chin.  He grappled with the bloodsucker.  Reaching out, he managed to grip that one by the throat.  Wasting no time, he went for the jugular.  Blood spurted as J.T. sank his teeth into the neck of his prey.  His victim’s life fluid filled his mouth and throat as he drank his fill.  Soon, the lifeless body lay crumbled at his feet.  “Good riddance.”  Wiping blood from his face, J.T. whirled at the scent of more vamps.  They were close.

Their spokesman sneered, his fangs shining in the street light.  “Gonna need a little bit of magic to finish us all off, traitor.  You are a hunted man, you know.  The high council has a bounty on your head.  Your days, they are numbered.”  Sauntering sideways, the cocky fellow examined his opponent.

“That fact isn’t going to slow me down.  You’re the next to die.”  Before the trio could blink, J.T. materialized behind them.  Wheeling, each, in turn, found their doom.  The blade in J.T. hand dripped with fresh vampire blood.  Quick and efficient, he wiped the blade on his jeans.  “No need to waste their carcasses,” he mused aloud.  “The werewolves can always make use of a fresh kill.”  Satisfied with a glance about for witnesses, J.T. scooped up the headless monsters and took to the sky.  Dawn was approaching, and he grew weary.

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Look for a cover reveal coming next month.  Thanks for dropping by and leave comments below.  I’d love hearing from you.

Catherine

Beyond the Veil  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4FIW55

Deliberate Intent  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072TNDGYJ

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Halloween Promotion – Wolfen Secrets by Catherine Wolffe

Book three of The Western Werewolf Legend series, Wolfen Secrets. Coming in 2018 is a spin-off of the series featuring Jeb Stewart, the vampire.

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Today’s promotion is for Wolfen Secrets, book three in the Western Werewolf Legends, by author Catherine Wolffe.

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Not only do our dreams hold secrets to our future, but as Sonja Brooks discovers they also hold the keys to immense danger for her kind. Sonja finds the western werewolf pack in great peril when she and her mate, Tyler Loflin have to take on the vampires and their undead magic.

When confronted with vampires that won’t ever die, Tyler Loflin has to formalize a plan to protect the woman he loves as well as the men who are like brothers to him. The only problem is keeping the plan a secret from Sonja, who is the alpha she-wolf of their pack.

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Halloween Promotion – Waking Up Dead by Catherine Wolffe

Waking Up Dead is the second installment of The Western Werewolf Legend series. Thanks to Ch’kara SilverWolf for sharing my book on her blog.

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Today’s promotion is for Waking Up Dead, book two in the Western Werewolf Legends, by author Catherine Wolffe.

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The truth, Sonja Brooks understands is relevant. She’s a werewolf with a special ‘gift’ and faces danger at every turn. Now, the bloodsuckers stalk her family and the man she loves.

He vowed to protect his men despite the cost. Tyler Loflin must save them and Sonja from the threat of Yankee vampires. Seeking help from one of them will test his faith in the human he once knew and his own strength as a newly born werewolf.

Escaping to a better place, Ty and Sonja set out for Texas, but will the freedom and safety they seek elude them?

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Halloween Promotion – The Lady In The Mist by Catherine Wolffe

The book that started the journey. Don’t miss the beginning of The Western Werewolf Legend series. Did I mention there’s another book in the works?

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The Civil War took Sonja Brooks’ husband and left her alone. Unprotected and scared, she runs headlong into a life changing event when she’s attacked by a pack of wolves. Her fate as a werewolf is sealed. When she stumbles upon Ty Loflin, a Rebel soldier dying of his wounds, she nurses him back to health. He’s the perfect mate, but will he want her once he knows the truth?

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Halloween Promotion – Beyond The Veil by Catherine Wolffe

Thanks to my friend, Ch’kara Silverwolf for the blog post!

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Today’s promotion is for Beyond The Veil, book one of the Shadow Company by author Catherine Wolffe.

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Aubrie Sinclair, a seer from a long line of empaths, considers her talent a gift and a burden. She’s a loner until she meets Logan Latimar, an ex-Navy SEAL and warlock. Sparks fly as they discover each other’s hidden talents as well as personal challenges. They find common ground in their battle with the demons known as shadow walkers who live between worlds and steal memories for their pleasure. Danger and treachery lurk behind every breeze as Aubrie and Logan face a threat that will test their strength as well as their sanity.

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Featured Author Ally Thomas and The Vampire from Hell

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Today I’m celebrating with Ally Thomas as she relaunches her paranormal fantasy series, The Vampire from Hell with the anniversary edition. She’s on my blog today promoting her latest release.

Join us at https://www.facebook.com/events/1412385912308392/ for the Release Party of the Vampire from Hell Revamped (1st Anniversary Edition), hosted by Chelsea Author Promotions. The party starts online at 6 pm (Eastern time) and lasts until 10 pm. At that time, Chelsea will share information about the Grand Prize you can enter to win. Ally will be adding a signed paperback copy of “The Vampire from Hell Revamped (1st Anniversary Edition)” and several of her author friends (including yours truly :D) will be donating swag/paperbacks from their collection of books. They are Alexandra Anthony, Catherine Wolffe, Sharon Hamilton, Trina M. Lee, and Kristen Middleton. (Click their name to view their Amazon Author page.) Special thanks to them all!

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From Ally: “It has been over a year since Part 3 – A Vampire on Vacation was published in July 2012.  Since then I have not released anything related to this series.  That’s a startling, and sobering fact, for me – even for my readers maybe– because for many months last year, I did not know if I’d return to writing this series.  I didn’t know if I’d keep writing at all.

With that being said, I have returned to the keyboard and will be releasing “The Vampire from Hell Returns (Part 4)” next month on Oct. 20th. (Join the Facebook Release Party.)  I’m very excited to continue Rayea’s story, at least for three more installments, and I’m delighted to say that, for bad or worse, I’m past the first obstacle I encountered during my first year of writing.  And I’m not looking back.  It may not always be smooth sailing from now on, but that’s okay because I’ll keep sailing.  I’m hoping many of you will join me for the ride.”

Get Your Copy

Cover design by Ally Thomas.
Cover design by Ally Thomas.

Currently the Anniversary Edition is going live. You can view it at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon as an ebook and in paperback (coming soon).

At Smashwords, I’m offering the Anniversary edition at .99 through 9/23. Go tohttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/353435 and enter the code NK93D when you check out.

What’s in the Anniversary Edition?

It contains the first 3 installments plus character sketches, story insights, hints about upcoming parts, behind the scenes information, excerpts from new works including the upcoming 4th installment, The Vampire from Hell Returns.

Read An Excerpt

This excerpt features Ashton Taylor, the human actor Rayea (my vampire heroine) falls for. I based Ashton’s character on Aidan Turner. Enjoy! ~ally

Even though I recognized it, the voice surprised me and made me jerk, but I recovered quickly and hid my fangs.  As a sign of trust, I had given Ashton the key to my house.  It probably wasn’t the best idea I had had, but I rarely said no to those laughing brown eyes of his.

“Who’s home free?”

“Hey you, I didn’t see you standing there.  You scared me.”  Ignoring his question, I waltzed over to Ashton and gave him a hug.

“I was expecting you to be in bed.  I was going to surprise you.”  He kissed me along the left side of my neck.

“Oh really?” I giggled, knowing he wasn’t kidding.  Quickly I wiggled out of his grasp and turned on a few lamps.

“Would you like some tea?” I asked as I retreated to the kitchen.

Many would consider me the luckiest girl alive to have Ashton Taylor, the actor who played the vampire, Ron Maxwell in the popular TV show, Blood Realm standing in my living room.  He was tall, dark, handsome, and, at the same time, incredibly witty, sexy, and charming.

As he slipped off his trademark chocolate leather jacket and placed it on the glass coffee table, he flashed me one of his devastating smiles and snagged the latest issue of People magazine.  I admired his crisp white T-shirt and black jeans, realizing Ashton had no imperfections when it came to his body.  My new form of ‘Tayloring’ had become watching him lounge around my home when he wasn’t filming.  I enjoyed the way he intently read a script or magazine, how he tucked his hair behind his ears when he was nervous, or that sparkle in his eyes when he silently observed my movements, thinking I didn’t notice.  With my bloodlust and heightened sexual appetite, having him in my lair was a time bomb waiting to explode.  And I loved every minute of it.

“You’re not making tea, my love.  You’re making an ice pack for your head, aren’t you?  Do you find me that repulsive?” he asked.

“Don’t be silly,” I called out.  “I’ve just had a long day.”  Four months of dating and he knew a lot of things about me.  And yes, an ice pack did break my fever sometimes.  It helped me control my thirst.  It didn’t work every time, but tonight it was worth a shot until I heard his comment.  Instead I reached for a box of green tea, filled a cup with water from the sink, stuck my finger in it until it boiled, and dunked the tea bag in.  Being a vampire with pyrokinetic abilities had its perks.

Your last night on Earth?  And you don’t want this man?  His blood, his delicious, warm blood flowing down your throat?  Don’t be silly, love.”  The voice inside my head finally added in its two sense worth.

I swore under my breath.  “Shut up,” I growled at the voice.

From the time I had met Ashton at a bookstore near Chinatown, I had been one love sick kid.  He had paid for my copy of Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice and we quickly discovered we had a lot of things in common, one being vampire fiction and folklore.  He enjoyed hearing my ideas about vampires and I loved sharing my ‘notions’ as I called them.  “You realize I’m just guessing here, but if I were a vampire, I would…”  That’s how I’d lead in with most conversations we would have about his character’s motivations.  Ashton made me feel like I was an expert on the subject, despite the fact that the more I learned about my being a vampire, the less I really felt like I knew.

Once I got to know Ashton, I realized he was just a person.  He didn’t want to be some Adonis sitting on a high pedestal.  He was fine with being a guy and hanging out with a few close friends at the bar.  He didn’t like his growing fame or being stalked by fans.  He was polite when he gave autographs, but he said it gave him the creeps to see how the women lusted after him.

I tried my best to not lust after him once I understood his feelings. 76554_523042787750388_2004891285_n

“They think I’m just a sex symbol, eye candy, you know?” he had said.  “I don’t want to be like that.  I want to be taken seriously as an actor.”

With all my concentration, I tried to focus on our conversation, those types of conversations.  Honestly, I tried.  But when he looked at me with those big brown eyes, I melted into a bumbling idiot, and I usually would just nod and smile at him, mentally reliving our last night of love making.  Obviously I had no idea why being that hot was a problem for him.  He was a vision.  Lynn privately referred to him as ‘sex on a stick incarnate.’ Even though I’d never share that label with him, it was true.

When Ashton finally agreed to give Lynn permission to run his fan club, he won us both over.  Lynn knew I was taken with him, but she agreed with me.  “He’s a sweet down-to-Earth guy.  Not at all like what I thought he’d be.  His character is so different on the show,” she had said.

“He’s not a ruthless vampire in real life, is he?” I had teased her, knowing that her image of who the actor played and who the actor really was had been destroyed forever for her.  Lynn had always wanted to meet Ron, the vampire, not Ashton, the actor.  I knew she was disappointed, but she did a good job getting past it.  As it was, she enjoyed managing his fan site and had impressed Ashton with her marketing strategies that had increased the site’s popularity while also impressing our other online friends with being the first to post the latest pics of Ashton ‘around town.’

Recalling Blick’s comments about Ashton continued to haunt me.  We had argued a month or so ago about him, and then his email that he had sent, it was dead-on.  I couldn’t help myself and I certainly couldn’t resist temptation.  Ashton was the ultimate temptation for me.  Blick had said he was my kryptonite, and I hated to admit it.

About Ally Thomas

When I’m not running the AS Fan Blog or skarsgarding, I spend time writing fiction. I actually created a vampire angel character based on Alexander Skarsagrd. His name is Michael and he’s in Part 2 of my series, the Vampire from Hell (which is available as a free download)Part2_AllyThomas_sm

I’m an avid reader of fantasy and paranormal romance novels. I like writing about vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, and any fuzzy monsters who go bump in the night. In my stories, I try to imagine new origins for these traditional creatures and see where it takes me.  Currently I’m writing the Vampire from Hell series. Learn more at “My Books” at www.allythomas.com or www.thevampirefromhell.com

 

 Free ebook

Download a free copy of my first story, “The Vampire from Hell: The Beginning (Part 1)

Small_part1According to Rayea, the oldest daughter of Satan, the origin of vampires started in Hell, and it started with her. Here’s her story about how it all began. Rayea isn’t daddy’s little girl, even if he is the most powerful fallen angel around. He wants her to take an active role in the family business. But she’s not interested in his schemes for world domination. Instead she wants to spend her time shopping on the Internet, rescuing humans from a horrific eternity, and practicing martial arts with her seven foot hellhound. Then one day everything changes.

Giveaway Winner – Waking Up Dead – Autographed Copy

Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post regarding the paperback release of the second book in the Western Werewolf Legend, Waking Up Dead.  

I have a winner – Fran Swarts!

Fran will receive an autographed copy of Waking Up Dead.

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Writing is Best When We Get Out of Our Own Way

Kristen Lamb shares some wonderful advice on editing your work.  Check it out!  Writing is Best When We Get Out of Our Own Way.  Check out her book as well – We are Not Alone.

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