Welcome to the Sunday Sneak Peek, where authors share excerpts from their published works and works-in-progress! This week, I’m sharing both an excerpt from the novel and a sneak peek (or “sneak listen,” I guess) of the forthcoming audiobook version of Sanguinary–the excerpt is part of that audioclip. Enjoy the reading and listening, then HOP on over to check out the rest of the authors’ entries this week!
Sanguinary, by Margo Bond Collins
A Night Shift Novel
Only fifty years left before vampires rule the world.
When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city’s vampire unit, she planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the department.
But she didn’t know then what she knows now: there’s a silent war raging between humans and vampires, and the vampires are winning.
So with the help of a disaffected vampire and an ex-cop addict, Cami is going undercover, determined to solve a series of recent murders, discover a way to overthrow the local Sanguinary government, and, in the process, help win the war for the human race.
But can she maintain her own humanity in the process? Or will Cami find herself, along with the rest of the world, pulled under a darkness she cannot oppose?
The whole thing—my “firing,” the move to get me connected to the local vamp clan, all of it—was also a rush job, but for all we knew, we might have been playing to an empty house. The Dallas PD didn’t necessarily have the vampire admin’s full attention.
In fact, vampires weren’t terribly interested in human laws, as far as we could tell—for all that we kept trying to legislate the vamps out of existence. In most states, including Texas, it was technically illegal to be a vampire, feed a vampire, or even associate with vampires. It had been for almost six years now. New York had passed the first anti-vamp laws, not long after some vigilante group up there had caught a vampire alive—or undead, anyway—and handed it over to a government group to be analyzed. I always imagined that vampire being slowly carved up and dissected, never quite dying.
Anyway, it didn’t take long for vampires to be labeled a threat on all levels—national, state, and local (though much of California was still holding out as various “vampire protection” groups tried to have the vamps classified as either people or an endangered species). Three different levels of anti-vampire task forces led to the usual kinds of interdepartmental squabbles, but it meant there was always someone to call in if you had a vampire problem.
And having the laws on the books allowed us to create the Paranormal Victims Units, also known as the Sucker Squads, ostensibly to take down any vampires we ran across. But everyone knew that the Vampire Administration didn’t allow the squads anywhere near the important vamps.
When it came right down to it, the laws were a convenient fiction, designed to make us feel better about the monsters who had invaded our world. The official policy wasn’t quite stake on sight, but it wasn’t that far off—vamps didn’t have to do much to get offed, though everyone on the squads knew that if we pushed too hard, the vamps would push back.
But we kept trying.
About the Author
Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She has published a number of novels, including Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.
Connect with Margo
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/margocollins
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin @MargoBondCollin
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins
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