Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Book Excerpt - Bloodpledge by Tima Maria Lacoba

Title: Bloodpledge

Author: Tima Maria Lacoba

Release date: May 31st, 2014

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
Bloodpledge continues Alec and Laura’s story from Bloodgifted. Having undergone the Ritual and induction into the vampire community, Laura— the prophesised Child of Light and Darkness and last of the Ingenii—takes her place as Alec’s consort and First Lady of the Brethren. But resentment and anger grow at Alec’s privileged position as daywalker.
Among a powerful few, alliances are made and conspiracies formed, threatening a war that could destroy them all and endanger every human on Earth—creatures who would do anything to prevent the curse from ending. Now Alec and Laura must invoke the Pledge, an ancient ceremony that enforces Brethren loyalty to the Principate.
When Laura’s ex-boyfriend, Detective Inspector Matt Sommers, turns up with a threat that could expose Alec, the battle for their world and their lives begins.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22494155-bloodpledge?ac=1
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bloodpledge-Dantonville-Series-Book-Legacy-Volume/dp/1499735782/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_d_3

Bloodpledge Extract

People were about—strolling to cars, or loading shopping bags into back of them. I couldn’t unsheathe my sword here. As if he sensed me following, Stockton stopped, turned and looked back. I ducked behind one of the concrete pillars. I heard him sniff. Had he caught my scent?
In a sudden burst of speed, he took off. I gave chase, but he kept to the populated streets, heading for the centre of the city—Hyde Park. Although lit by tree lights, there were many dark spots where Brethren could feed uninterrupted. If that was his intention, I was about to spoil it for him.
As I unsheathed my sword, I became aware of another, darker presence—Rasputin.
In the shadows of the giant Morton Bay fig trees I stood, until I spied him on the stone seating that ringed the Archibald Fountain. A laughing group of humans passed, and his eyes narrowed into slits.
My hand tingled as I ran my thumb along the hilt of my sword.
He was choosing his prey. His hands, mere stumps covered by the black gloves he wore, rested on his lap. He would have difficulty grabbing his prey, unless Stockton helped. I smiled when I thought of the way he’d lost his hands and my chest swelled with pride—my Laura.
Stockton strode up to him.
They would be unaware of me; unaware of being observed until I strode into their midst. The Serpent Ring blocked their senses.
Now, I thought. I can take them both out.
My scalp prickled as Stockton said, ‘Is he here?’
Rasputin grinned and his gaze seemed to pinpoint exactly where I stood. ‘Yes. I can feel him. The others?’
‘Sacrificing themselves for you.’
‘As they should.’ He laughed.
Leading Marcus and Terens on a chase, I’ll be damned. I gripped the sword tightly, took stock of my surroundings—no humans around, and the moon behind clouds.
‘Come out, Princeps. Let’s face one another,’ Rasputin said.
How the hell did he know? The Serpent Ring on my hand flared for an instant, and I didn’t need to look to know its eyes had turned black. My senses tingled as I picked up the presence of at least a dozen Brethren—not Principate supporters.
A trap, and I had walked right into it.

About the Author:
 My name is Tima Maria Lacoba and this is my first novel.
or the last seventeen years I’ve taught English and History in a high school in southern Sydney. Before taking up teaching I was a practicing archaeologist, working on several digs around the world. Unfortunately, steady contracts in this field were hard to obtain, hence my gravitation to teaching. It was fantastic being able to teach my field to Year Eleven and Twelve students and then take them on overseas excursions to visit the amazing sites they’ve only seen in books.
Two years ago I resigned and surrendered to the itch of writing. After a many years of reading and correcting my students’ creative writing tasks and essays, I decided it was time to write my own. I couldn’t hold it in any longer.


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