Blood & Magic, Book 3 of Shadow Company – A Vampire’s HEA

Can a vampire have an HEA, a happy-ever-after in his life?  Well, the answer is complicated.  Certain factors have to be in place, the planets have to aline just so, and the world must tilt on its axis.  Yes, the fact a vampire has to rely on the fates for his romantic future is a puzzle.  Many have tried to work out the ending, many have failed.  Such a proclamation is not without its flaws or so the nay-sayers preach.

J.T. Leighton was a good soldier.  He was a good Navy SEAL.  He ran into a situation which altered his nature for all eternity.  He’s come to grips with the idea, or so he thinks.  Then, someone from his past shows up out of the blue.  She’s a long drink of water with a talent for dance.  No one had come close to stirring J.T. to wish for something more than a one-night-stand until Jessie Coulter came into his life.  They’d share passion and a tender connection.  Then she disappeared, literally in front of J.T.’s eyes.

Now, his days are filled with loneliness and his nights with murder at his own hands.  J.T.’s a vampire killer with a hard-on for bad guys.  Don’t blink or you might miss the rest of the tale.  Blood & Magic releases on Valentine’s Day.

Oh, if you don’t mind, wish J.T. a Happy Valentine’s Day.  It may be the only one he gets.  Pre-order your copy today.

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Excerpt from Blood & Magic, Book 3 of Shadow Company

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She danced across the stage in a flutter of white netting over spandex.  Her hair, pulled back in a severe bun held the blues of an inky night.  Long and slender, she flowed with the music, each movement beginning and ending in the next.  A leap into the air reminded J.T. of a gazelle.  If only he could capture the moment, holding her so forever.  In the dream, J.T. saw Jessie as she’d been almost two years before.  She had been a beauty of exceptional poise and statue.  The grace of her movements were compliments of her tall, lean curves.  A ballerina – his ballerina.

J.T. sat up in the bed.  Nerves rippled along his arms.  Glancing at the clock, he snarled at the readout – three in the afternoon.  Damn!  Rubbing the tension in his neck, he flung his legs over the side of the bed.  Too early to go out.  He padded downstairs for a drink.

Trapped!  He was a fucking prisoner in his own house when the past came calling.  Snarling at the fact, he switched gears, shoving at the memories from years before.  Her laughter caught him off guard.  Glancing around just in case, he stilled.  Her image flitted through his mind.  J.T.’s maker, the damn Sultan, was up to his old tricks.  J.T. would wager money on that idea.  With the bag of chips under his arm, he headed back.  Thank the gods he was allowed some small favors such as something other than pig’s blood to enjoy.  With the glass of warmed blood in his hand, he wandered back up the stairs.  He wanted to wallow in his memories of her, his Jessie.

No, he did not forget how he had come to meet her.  A suspect in a crime of murder.  No, he did not see her as a murderer or a psychopath.  His job as a private investigator meant he sought the truth.  In her case, the truth held his heart in the palm of her hand.  She convinced him of two things in their short time together.  Number one – that she was not the perpetrator.  Number two – that despite being a vampire, he would move heaven and hell to keep her safe.  The trouble with safe was he had no control over the realm in which the woman resided.  In fact, he had no control over any realm or any condition.  Only his existence in death.  Glancing down at the glass, he realized he had finished the blood.

“Have you seen anyone who looked suspicious hanging around today, Zodiac?”

The cat rolled from sitting on his hind legs to resting on his side, before leaning into J.T.’s side.  “Meow.”

“I’ll take that as a ‘no,’ Zodiac.”  Getting back up, he prowled the room.  Agitation, an old friend, appeared in not being unable to remain still for more than two minutes.  “Blast it all to hell and back,” he groaned.

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DIY for Unwanted Animals

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The month of February sees so many pets abandoned by their new owners who received these fur babies as Christmas presents.  Whether it’s a lack of space or puppy/dog behavior issues, many fur babies find themselves at a high-kill shelter.   Perhaps it’s a matter of the animal maturing into a young adult, and they aren’t as ‘cute’ as they were under the Christmas tree.

Whatever the reason, the season changes and the situation persists.  Please take time to consider the lives that are lost due to neglect and abandonment.  If you can contribute to your local shelter, please do so.  So many lives come in the front door and leave by the back door of a high-kill shelter.  This is the hard truth.

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Did you know, anyone can volunteer.  There are few requirements to become a volunteer.  A love for animals and a desire to help make a difference are all the qualifications necessary.  Something as simple as walking a dog at the local pound helps so much.  Imagine if you lost your dignity through no fault of your own.  The small things matter too.

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If you can’t adopt, foster.  If you can’t foster, contribute with your money and/or your time.  Donations are always welcome and the small time you spend at a shelter provides so much to the animals as well as your own sense of worth.

You don’t have to run a 501c rescue or be a part of an association to make a difference.  Something like sharing on social media can save the life of a pup or kitten before disease and death visit.

Finally, please remember to adopt, don’t shop.  Thank you for helping these creatures who depend on us for their survival.

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13 Days of Halloween From I Love Vampire Novels

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Join me Tuesday, October 31st at noonish for a LIVE video!  I’m doing a Facebook page takeover live at I Love Vampire Novels.  I have over 10 ebooks to give away as well as a super prize of a $25 Amazon gift card.  Swag and more are up for grabs.  Don’t miss your chance to snag one of my paranormal romance novels for FREE!

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See contest rules for our privacy policy and age restrictions. Due to the high cost of postage, shipped items will only be available to residents of the USA, however, gift cards equal to the value of prizes will be given to International winners. Thank you so much, and we are excited to see you inside!

Everyone Who Enters Gets Free Books From: Brenda Trim and Tami Julka, Caris Roane, Claudette Nicole Melanson, T.M. Franklin, Alyssa Day, Candice Gilmer, Karpov Kinrade, Kalin Gow, Tigris Eden, Deanna Chase, Beata Blitz, Stephanie Rowe, Calinda B, Holly S. Roberts, Elle Boon, TM Franklin, Cecilia Dominic, Tara West, LJ Swallow, Cheri Schmidt, Tamsin Ley, Tamar Sloan, Morgan Wylie, Christine Church, Yelena Casale & Tina Moss, Angela Kulig, Jane Hinchey, Catherine Wolffe,  I Love Vampire Novels & More!

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