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Viper's Creed - Oct. 31st, 2012
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
Viper's Creed (YA Fantasy) - Available October 31st! Amazon, BN.com and Smashwords

Sora is having visions. Strange, terrifying visions brought on by her Cat's Eye necklace, an ancient and magical device. Spurred to action, she leaves her mother's cabin to find Crash, the mysterious assassin who once changed her life. She is certain that together, they can discover what the necklace is trying to tell her.

Crash is still on the run from the dark sorcerer, Volcrian, but now a plague is spreading across the land. Volcrian's quest for vengeance has awakened something far more evil than himself; a force that could destroy the entire kingdom. Together, he and Sora must harness the power of the Cat's Eye and kill the sorcerer before it's too late....



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Viper's Creed: Excerpt

Crash gazed into the fire. He watched its exotic dance, felt the warmth it gave, and shared that warmth somewhere deep in his blood.

 His eyes wandered to his companions. He didn’t like the new girl, Laina; not at all. She was a nuisance and a manipulative one at that. Her very presence grated on his nerves in a way that Sora would never understand. What had she been thinking, allying herself with this street rat? The child was rude and unskilled, with nothing to offer but a snotty nose—and he wasn't a fan of baggage.

His gaze traveled to Sora, who twitched restlessly in her sleep. He knew she wasn't fully unconscious; he could tell by her breathing, by her shifting eyelids. He watched as she neared the fringes of a dream. Somehow, her presence made him relax. He wasn't sure if he liked it or not. Relaxing could be dangerous.

 It had only been a year, yet she seemed different, older somehow. Even her face had changed: tanner, gaunter from the road. But it was obvious that her heart was soft, wide open and still young. She was a fool to come after him. He had done nothing but put her life at risk. Why would she pursue him now... and why do I feel so compelled to let her?

He watched the fire play over her hair, over the lean angles of her face. Somewhere deep inside of him, he wanted to speak, to confess himself.... It was a strange urge, confusing. Why tell her all of his secrets? She couldn't understand who he was. Not even Burn knew his full past, his years spent in the Hive, a childhood of intense discipline, schooled by generations of assassins. His very nature made him separate from the world; scorned by it.

And yet, looking at her face across the fire, he wanted to try....  

Who are you kidding? some inner voice mocked. She will never accept what you are. How could she? She was still young and fresh out of childhood. She still believed in things like justice, truth and fate. He didn't know how to tell her otherwise. Justice was a human concept. Nature had no order. The Wind hadn't brought peace to the elements, hadn't brought love to the races. All things were still chaos. Just because she wanted to save him didn't mean it was possible.

But with her... with her, he felt different. Like he could be someone else.

You're not Crash, the voice whispered. You're Viper. Or have you forgotten? The assassin, the killer who had won his Name at fourteen, a protégé. A boy of Laina's age, already with blood on his hands. Such were the ways of his people. He had been the best... or perhaps, the worst. It was a rueful thought.

And even if he told her his real Name, if he confessed it, she wouldn't know what that meant. What was the Viper? The one who hides in the grass. An elite assassin. Named and known.

Crash looked down at his hands, at the blade that he had sharpened. Its hilt was worn by generations, passed from one Viper to the next and to the next. In some ways, he felt that he had failed. Those who carried this blade were not supposed to live this long, to think like this.

But that's why he had left.

 His eyes returned to Sora. He had to protect her. He owed her that much. If she was willing to risk so much for him, for the world, then maybe he could risk the same for her. And it went deeper than that. Viper was a creature, a shadow, a ruthless mask. Crash was a man. As long as she didn’t know his true title, as long as she didn’t know his true self, he was changed. Free of the endless faces of his victims. Free of the knife, of the Hive, of his own dexterous skill.

 And free to protect her, from his enemies and himself.


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A noblewoman, an assassin, and a soul-stealing necklace....

Sora planned on running away from her wedding, but she never expected to be kidnapped! Dumped into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore, she finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go—not when her Cat’s Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.

But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power—or will the power wield her? (Winner of the SKOW 2006 Best Fantasy Award)

 


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Sora planned on running away from her confined life, but she never expected to be kidnapped! Dumped into a world full of thieves, mercenaries, and magic, she soon finds herself in the company of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. With the help of her magical Cat's Eye necklace, it falls into her hands to save his life. (Winner of the SKOW 2006 Best Fantasy Award)

"BANG! You got me so hooked on the story! I think what intrigues me about your works is that it has a little bit of everything laid out in perfect balance. Unlike most romance novels I've read, you keep it at a regular pace that the characters have time to fully acquaint themselves before developing on each other and you really have spent time and effort to fully delve into the descriptive action and plot." ~Heiraste via CrystalMaiden.com

"I’d just like to begin with saying thank you. Thank you for giving me this brilliant story to read to pass the time. It was truly exceptional. You have a professional writing style. Everything was well done. You had beautiful descriptions of characters and settings, excellent dialogue, good themes, awesome action, creative plot, wonderful character development, and a fantastic ending. You could feel Sora’s anxiety, Burn’s despair, and Crash’s conflicted emotions. Your world was also very well developed with all the work you did with history and mythology. Very top notch!" ~Jade via CrystalMaiden.com
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Dating a vampire can be scary, but seeing as it's getting more and more common, here's some reasons to love the undead.


10) He'll kill for you: Ever heard of "He'll die for you"? Well, it's like that, but bloodier. He'll kill a man just for looking at you funny. But it's okay! He's a vampire.

9) He'll drink your blood: This seems to be either a) an aphrodisiac or b) incredibly painful. Since he's your boyfriend, I'm thinking aphrodisiac. Granted, I broke up with my vampire boyfriend before we ever got to the bloodier "second base," but according to my friends, its like drinking three mojitos and a tequila shot. Remember, vampires are predators, so if you get a little scared, walk away, don't run.

8) He's probably rich: Okay, so this guy is how old? Maybe you don't want to know, but we'll get to that later. Let's just say you'll be living off the interest in his bank account. And he'll want you to, because you make him feel "alive." (Hah!)

7) He probably has a sexy accent: If he doesn't, he's a young vampire and you can shoot for older. Older vampire = sexier sex. Just ask Eric Northman.

6) No risk of unwanted pregnancy: Can't have babies with a dead man. Okay gross. But true. And if you want babies with a vampire, I worry about you. (Let's not forget what happened to Bella Swan....)

5) He's immortal: Surprise! He's reached emotional maturity! Or maybe he hasn't, in which case, shoot for an older vampire. We all know it takes men at least 200 years to "grow up." Why else would you date a 1000 year old vampire? The conversation is (literally) endless!

4) He won't bug you during the day: Turn your cell phone off and get to work! He won't text, and you don't have to worry about making the time to text back. Less drama = more time for crazy vampire sex. My ex-vampire-boyfriend would txt me twice a night: "good evening" and "see you later," and that's just the way I like it.

3) He's sexy and mysterious: He's a vampire, so you'll never really know what he's thinking. This is healthy for any relationship because you can project your own fantasies onto him! Is it true love, or is he just hungry? Time to find out. ;)

2) He loves you just the way you are: Despite the haters, your vampire boyfriend loves you because you've got a beating heart, and in the end, isn't that all that really matters?

1) Duh, he's a vampire! And what girl doesn't want to date a vampire? Be prepared to be irrevocably seduced to a quivering pool of need. He's got game. Not just game: fangs, and a few century's worth of brain to entertain you. He's the embodiment of everything masculine and wonderful, and the best part is that he doesn't really exist, so you can have him any way you want!

Vampires are amazing. They give us hope and make us believe in true love. So grab a book (or turn on HBO's True Blood) and get lost in the vampire craze. Be sure to have a set of plastic fangs at hand. You'll thank me later. ;)

Most recommended vampire books: Charlaine Harris' Dead Until Dark (HBO's True Blood), Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, Christine Feehan's Dark Guardian, Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire, Katie McCallister's A Girl's Guide to Vampires, Michele Bardsley's I'm the Vampire, That's Why, Kerrelyn Sparks' Love is at Stake series, L. J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries, J. R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, P. C. Casts's House of Night series, Melissa Dela Cruz' Blue Bloods, Richelle Mead's The Vampire Academy, and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series.

Got any more suggestions? Leave a comment below!

Enjoy!