Copyright 2011, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Carina Press
Releasing June 6!

By four, they headed out of town and back toward Vegas. They’d checked out Tammy’s apartment and interviewed several people. Rowan took some hair from Tammy’s brush and a snapshot of her and Kiki to show around at the clubs in town.

“There aren’t that many clubs like that in Vegas. Not really a goth sort of scene. I can only think of two. And one of them is a place Vampires like to hang out.” Rowan turned the music down.
The scenery blurred past as they discussed the details in their tiny, air-conditioned bubble of speed.

“I’m going to give Jack the name and tell him I was there today. He’ll find out anyway when they talk to the witnesses.”

“He’s going to be pissed off you didn’t tell him before you went to Barstow.”

“I’m sure he will be. It’s not my preferred method you know, hiding things from him. But you know the cops would not have gotten half that information out of Kiki. Now she’ll know she talked to us about the details and won’t hold back with the cops. What she can remember anyway. I’m so going to kick Clive’s ass.”

Clive huh?”

“He and I still hate each other but I think he’ll deal with this Vampire. He’s on the ball.” Rowan looked at the road. She was a natural liar, but Thena knew her too well.

“Hmpf. On the phone, just two days ago you told me he had a stick up his ass and now he’s on the ball.”

“He’s still got a stick up his ass. He’s the most uptight manβ€”Vampireβ€”I’ve ever met. And I’ve met a hell of a lot of them. But he’s not smarmy like Jacques was. And if he’s on the take, he’s doing it with some sense of caution. Say, should we stop up ahead and grab some dinner? I’m starving.”

Thank the Goddess Thena didn’t seem overly suspicious and latched on to the idea of stopping to eat.

By the time they finished a leisurely dinner and left the restaurant, darkness had begun to fall.

As they approached the rear of the lot where Rowan’s car was parked, she felt it. Felt the danger and the darkness of a Vampire approaching. She put her hand out to stay Thena. “I want you to go inside the restaurant right now. Don’t come out here. I’ll come in and get you when I’m finished.”

Thena froze, knowing better than to second-guess Rowan. “All right. But if you get killed I’m gonna hunt you down and kick your ass. Stupid fucking Vampires.”

Rowan stood still, listening, gathering, making sure Thena got inside safely. Then she moved quickly off the pavement to the bare ground behind the restaurant. She’d be better able to pull power from the earth there instead of on the asphalt.

In an economic movement, she reached back and grabbed the hilt of the blade. It warmed to her touch instantly, knowing her master. Rowan moved her wrist slightly, pulling the blessed blade from the custom sheath. The sound rang through the air. A beautiful, clear ring as it cleared the leather that bound it. That ring was the only sound now. No traffic. No insects, no birds. Nothing but death.

Today’s prize is a signed copy of PHANTOM CORPS: MESMERIZED! To enter simply answer the question. I’ll choose a winner tomorrow, May 31, at 9 am pacific time.

Today’s Question: What is your favorite kind of supernatural being to read about?

37 comments to “GODDESS WITH A BLADE Contest Day One!”

  1. Estella
    May 30th, 2011 at 3:30 pm · Link

    I love the vampire!

  2. Alisha
    May 30th, 2011 at 3:36 pm · Link

    I would have to say wereanimals. I love how the complexity of meshing their animal side with their human side.

  3. Dana
    May 30th, 2011 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Honestly it depends a lot on the story teller. Some authors write strong shifters, the whole mine/claiming thing. Others, the suave wise vampires come off swoon inducing.

    Ugh, not sure if I answered write.

    Well, let me say this. I honestly, hadn’t thought I would like the whole federation thing…until I read it. LOVED it. That said, I’ve read some, where no, wasn’t fond of.

    All depends on the author.

    So love the new website. All crisp and new! πŸ˜€

  4. Pam B
    May 30th, 2011 at 3:41 pm · Link


    All supernatural beings have their own special aspects and are fun to read. But I think I like to read about witches the most.

    Thanks for the contest!!

  5. Danielle W
    May 30th, 2011 at 3:43 pm · Link

    Depends on the author and the premise. There are SOOO many shapeshifters and vampires out there right now that it is hard for me to look for a new series in the paranormal or urban fantasy world. Not much originality anymore, it seems. I have favorite vampires and favorite “werewolves” and favorite assorted immortals.

  6. Michelle Bledsoe
    May 30th, 2011 at 3:48 pm · Link

    I love all supernatural beings. Though I love demons and vamps the best. I enjoy how authors are spinning their own take on supernatural beings. They embrace their creativity and the readers are loving it. πŸ˜†

  7. Raonaid Luckwell
    May 30th, 2011 at 3:53 pm · Link

    Elves – though really they are not too many in paranormal books which makes me sad. Were-dragons

  8. Amy Kathryn
    May 30th, 2011 at 4:01 pm · Link

    I am preferring shifters right now. I am a little burned out on vampires.

    The new website looks great!

  9. Sarah
    May 30th, 2011 at 4:20 pm · Link

    For the most part, wolf shifters πŸ™‚ Although I love a good vampire story. I think it really depends on my mood and how the story is told.

  10. elaing8
    May 30th, 2011 at 4:38 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing a snippet.
    Usually I’d say vampires are my favorite.But lately I’m kinda liking them all. Werewolves,witches,demons,shifters and vampires.

  11. Joder
    May 30th, 2011 at 4:43 pm · Link

    I enjoy all of the different kinds of supes, but am particularly loving shifters right now. They’re oh so sexy.

  12. Sara
    May 30th, 2011 at 4:52 pm · Link

    I want to say all because well I am greedy about reading but if I had to choose one I think were/shifters would win out for me. I love how alpha they get and the whole mate for life thing just gets me.

  13. Jessie
    May 30th, 2011 at 5:04 pm · Link

    I’m a sucker for a vampire or shifter πŸ™‚

  14. Dawn
    May 30th, 2011 at 5:26 pm · Link

    I love them all but if I had to choose I’d have to say I’m a vamp girl all the way! Although I have been getting into shifters lately as well πŸ™‚

  15. becky jean
    May 30th, 2011 at 5:48 pm · Link

    I love reading about shapeshifters πŸ™‚ Close second would be vamps – afterall who does not love a handsome hero that is of the undead variety!!!

  16. Cathy M
    May 30th, 2011 at 5:56 pm · Link

    I am a shifter girl, love them all, especially the wolves and big cats.

  17. Regina Ross
    May 30th, 2011 at 6:12 pm · Link

    i love them all πŸ™‚

  18. Jimena D.
    May 30th, 2011 at 6:25 pm · Link

    Definitely, definitely, definitely vampires. Since vampires differ depending on the author and story, it never gets boring. Plus they’re always sexy πŸ˜‰

  19. Pamk
    May 30th, 2011 at 6:42 pm · Link

    For me it’s shifters right now. I am into big cat shifters and/or other types like mythlogical ones. you know like dragons, griffins, anything out of the ordinary.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  20. Jackie (Literary Escapism)
    May 30th, 2011 at 8:30 pm · Link

    My favorite supernatural being? I really don’t have one. I love reading about vampires and shifters and magi. However, I will admit to some joy when I find a novel about a supernatural that’s hasn’t made it to the mainstream yet. Demons, Angels, Gods….something different are the ones I like to find.

  21. Casey H
    May 30th, 2011 at 8:44 pm · Link

    If I absolutely had to pick a favorite, I’d pick shifters. But I do love all supernatural beings πŸ˜†

  22. meleesa
    May 30th, 2011 at 8:44 pm · Link


  23. Heather Powers
    May 30th, 2011 at 9:10 pm · Link

    Wereanimals:) Love the savage side:)

    earthsbooknook at gmail dot com

  24. infinitieh
    May 30th, 2011 at 10:03 pm · Link

    I’m into dragons right now although I’m open to any type of supernatural beings.

    Thanks for the excerpt!

  25. Lea-Ellen {night owl in IL}
    May 30th, 2011 at 10:23 pm · Link

    Hello Lauren,
    It’s too restricting to say that I have just one favorite supernatural being that I like to read about.

    I like all kinds. It just depends on the storyline and what I may happen to be in the mood for.

    Thanks for the contest/giveaway.

    Lea-Ellen {night owl in IL}

  26. Joan
    May 30th, 2011 at 10:27 pm · Link

    I like Vampires, Demons and Angels, so this question is hard to answer. I’ll go with angels.

  27. katrina whittaker
    May 30th, 2011 at 11:20 pm · Link

    Vampires !! they are always sexy !!! full of lust and secerts !!! They portray what Id like most in my man !! Hot sexy and full of lust !! ** wink wink ** the idea of living for an eternity in pleasure !! sounds rather enticing to me !!!

    πŸ˜‰ kat

    πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    thanks for the taste !!! above !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜†

  28. Ren Puspita
    May 31st, 2011 at 12:58 am · Link

    My favorite supernatural beings is shifters! Any kind shifters is fine, but mostly I enjoy story about wolf shifter πŸ˜‰

  29. Danny
    May 31st, 2011 at 1:36 am · Link

    Hi Lauren,

    that is hard question to answer, because I love to read about all kind of supernatural beings. But Weres will always have special place in my heart, especially werwolves.

  30. savonna
    May 31st, 2011 at 3:41 am · Link

    I like stories with a mix of supernatural beings. I’m partial to shifters and the Fae!

  31. Carrie F.
    May 31st, 2011 at 4:53 am · Link

    I like weres ….. Its always interesting to see the combination of their human and animal self

  32. CrystalGB
    May 31st, 2011 at 5:51 am · Link

    My favorites are werewolves and shapeshifters.

  33. Spav
    May 31st, 2011 at 7:21 am · Link

    I love shapeshifters!

  34. Rachel Riddles
    May 31st, 2011 at 8:03 am · Link

    I’ll admit it, I love Vampire books.

  35. Marlene Breakfield
    May 31st, 2011 at 4:39 pm · Link

    My favorites are cat shifters.

  36. Jolene A
    June 5th, 2011 at 10:43 am · Link

    It’s a tie between vampires and demons. I love my bad boys πŸ™‚

  37. Chelsea B.
    June 5th, 2011 at 1:24 pm · Link

    Vampires!! Though I’m really not that picky :mrgreen: