How about a sneaky peek of June’s Urban Fantasy from Carina Press, GODDESS WITH A BLADE?
GODDESS WITH A BLADE by LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2011, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Carina Press
Releasing June 2011
She breezed past the ticket booth and took her seat at a table to the left of the stage and declined the drink but accepted the bottled water. They wouldn’t dare attempt to harm her. But she still didn’t plan to lower her reaction time with alcohol either.
The Vampyre Theatre put on a live show complete with fake Vampires (who weren’t fake at all), fire, bare tits, shaking asses and audience participation. The entire audience thought the Vampires were actors with fake teeth and theatrical makeup. Humans were fascinated with many things they should fear. They went to be fed on as a lark. Oh, and to look at the boobs. One really couldn’t underestimate the draw of naked breasts in any city, especially Las Vegas.
Rowan knew for a fact the “fake” feedings from audience members were real. Technically, that broke the treaty. All blood exchange with humans had to be consensual and knowing. But she couldn’t stop everything and she didn’t hate Marv enough to stake him over it. In fact, though she’d never admit it out loud, she sort of liked him and the banter they’d honed over the years.
She watched the first part of the show and after half an hour, satisfied they’d all seen she was back at work, got up and left side stage.
The big man waited, arms crossed, blocking her way as she entered the back stage area.
“Hunter. What are you doing here?”
“Did you miss me?” She fluttered her lashes at him.
“Like the fuckin’ clap.”
“I thought you people didn’t get social diseases,” she said, deadpan. “Which, if you don’t mind my saying so, is a good thing given the quality of um, women you’ve got lined up back there. Mere humans would be burning and itching and stuff.” She shuddered theatrically.
“Ha. What are you doing here?”
“I just thought I’d pay a visit to say hello and remind you that taking blood from humans without their knowledge is a violation of the Treaty. It’d be a shame if any of those lovely young women waiting back there to got hurt.”
“If we did that—and I’m not saying we do—they consent when they come in the front door. The ticket says they may be called up on stage to be fed to a Vampire.”
She shook her head. “Don’t try to be a lawyer, Marv. Knowing and consensual. Those are the rules. I’d hate to have to come in here every night and watch you juggle fire sticks. Although you know, I was thinking that what this show needed were Vampire poodles jumping through flaming hoops. I’d so totally dig that.”
A glimmer of a smile hinted at the corner of his lips for a moment before the glower was back. “Fine. Now go, you’re harshing my buzz. Or are you in charge of that now, too?”
She blew him a kiss as she walked past. “Oh, Marv, how I’ve missed you and your wit! I don’t care about your buzz. But if I’m harshing it, that’s just a wonderful benefit of my job. I’ll be seeing you around. Behave yourself.”
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