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Blood In Her Veins Blog Tour/Excerpt/Giveaway



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I lifted one batch of pages and saw the photo of an old man, maybe in

his seventies, with sun-lined skin, sun spots, raised and rough age spots,

kinda brown and freckled all over. Faded blue eyes. He was mostly bald. A

narrow-eyed, mean-looking man, the kind who was raised on whuppin’s,

hardtack, and moonshine, and who hated the world. I flipped through the

three attached pages. The info said his name was Colonel Ernest Jackson,

but there was no mention of military service in the scant record.

The second file showed a digital photo of the vamp in question, Heyda

Cohen. She was tiny and very beautiful. Vamps offered people the change

for lots of reasons, and personal beauty was high on the list. But Heyda’s

intelligent, piercing eyes suggested that she was special in the other ways

as well.

“Heyda was in charge of my personal security and she was contacted

by that human man”— Ming pointed at his photo—“a communication

that carried a threat to me. She tracked him.” Ming’s speech, accented by

her native Asian language, sped up and her syntax grew more fractured.

“Then she met with that human and three of his followers. In a park. In

the city. Then she went away with him. Without contacting us or alerting

her support team, who were waiting in the park, watching. They allowed

her to leave, as she did not appear distressed. We do not know why she

left with him. She did not come home afterward.”

Suddenly Ming was all but wringing her hands, leaning toward me in her chair,

shoulders tense. “The man refuses to see us. Refuses to allow us to see her. He hides in his

compound and . . .” She glanced up at her primo, and her face crumpled.

Her shoulders went up high, and Cai placed a hand on one in tender


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Roc Trade Paperback


560 pages

Release: February 2, 2016

ISBN: 978045147576

In the brand-new “Cat Fight,” the witches and vampires of Bayou, Oiseau, are a war over a magical talisman, and Jane must figure out how to keep the artifact out of the hands of the Master of New Orleans. And in the never-before-published “Bound No More,” Jane welcomes a visit from Molly and her daughter, Angie, who is about to prove she’s the most powerful witch in Everhart history…

From the Big Easy to the bad bayou, from the open road to a vampire’s lair — with Jane Yellowrock, it’s always a given…have stakes, will travel.

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

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Faith 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.

Find Faith online at, her blog, on TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads; also, and


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Sleigh Read Tour 2012 Guest Post Stop-Mari Farthing

Greetings beautiful readers, today I’m welcoming Mari Farthing to my blog for a Guest Post. She is the author of Midnight Troll in the SOMETHING WICKED: SHORT STORIES anthology. Sit back and grab a drink from the bar.



Buzz Books Sleigh Read

I love winter. I love when the air gets that snow smell in it, when you just know that it’s going to happen sooner rather than later. Cold weather moves my blood, rejuvenates me. I grew up in the northern state of Wisconsin and I’ve always loved winter. But there’s nothing like a still, cold night to make you feel alone … but not quite alone … maybe alone but … watched? Those still winter nights, when the wind isn’t blowing and the stars are shining bright because the cold just seems to amplify them, it’s easy to feel like there’s some strange crackle in the air, something a little creepy perhaps, just out of reach.

Like, you know when you’re a homeless teenager and your whole family has been murdered by trolls (yes, trolls) and you’ve found out that you’re part of a family who has a long history of hunting trolls (yes, hunting trolls) and you think you might have finally found someplace safe but you’re starting to second guess yourself?

No? You’ve never felt that? Well, Rainey has. She’s the troll hunter at the center of the story, MIDNIGHT TROLL, found in the Buzz Books SOMETHING WICKED anthology. After spending time on the street trying to avoid trouble, trouble lands at Rainey’s feet. However, she also finds allies in Lauren and Dexter, who help her to realize her destiny as a troll hunter–and help her to find her family’s true fate.

I know what you’re thinking: why trolls? Well, I say why not? How many trolls have you read about that don’t live under a bridge or something? I think trolls are truly an underserved supernatural species, and it was time for them to have their day. They’re not really the heroes of the story, so I’m not entirely sure that the trolls would share the same opinion, but any publicity is good publicity, right? And I think the trolls are pretty excited about the publicity as they’ve been ignored and oppressed for far too long.


It was dark–really dark–on that street. I chose the car for that reason, thinking I could rest undetected, but being trapped never occurred to me. My skin crawled, just like it had all those nights in the doorways, just like it did in my dreams and I had that creepy feeling like something was watching me, something was not right.

SQWAK! The door I rested against just moments before ripped open and a thick voice yelled “Where is she!?” It sounded like the speaker was yelling through a mouthful of pudding. Gross. Whoever that pudding mouth was, he was looking for me. My heart began to thud.

“No!” another voice yelled. I felt the car rumble as it shook, more struggling and the sound of something loud skidding across the ground. I reached down when it thunked against my shoe and found a heavy length of chain. It would have to serve as my protection.

Rainey learned a lot about staying safe and during this holiday season, she likes to keep a low profile. She stocks up on books, snacks and plenty of water (you’ve got to stay hydrated and healthy if you’re going to keep moving). And in celebration of winter and stocking up on books and reading, BUZZ BOOKS USA is sponsoring SLEIGH READ, where for a limited time you have the opportunity to purchase a Buzz title for yourself (including the afore-mentioned SOMETHING WICKED, perhaps) and then get a FREE second title to keep for yourself or gift to a friend. Just click [] for all the details.


Bio from Mari’s Amazon Page

Mari Hestekin is the pen name of editor Mari Farthing. She is a long-time lover of words and is thrilled to make her fiction debut with the short story “Midnight Troll” in the YA “Something Wicked” anthology (October 2012, Buzz Books).

When not writing stories that may or may not involve trolls, she spends her time editing stories, books and her children’s school work. Mari is also a local parenting magazine editor. In her spare time she cooks, knits, runs and contributes to various and sundry blogs about things which matter to her, including (but not limited to) books, music, writing, editing, parenting, pop culture and general absurdity.

Mari lives, writes, edits and dances with impunity with her husband and two children, who supply no shortage of drama from which to pull stories.

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