Sunday, August 2, 2009

THE DEMONBORN SERIES


TWO BOOK GIVE AWAY! Book ONE and TWO in the series for the lucky winner!

Welcome Multi-published, award-winning author Rita Herron. Author of over fifty books to date and a new series called THE DEMONBORN. Rita has written Romantic Suspense for Harlequin Intrigue and she wrote single title romantic suspense for them as well. Rita is now writing Paranormal Romantic Suspense for Grand Central Publishing.

Rita cut her teeth on mystery books and television shows like Alfred Hitchcock, The Outer Limits and the Twilight Zone. More recently, she’s added Medium, The Ghost Whisperer, and Dead Zone to her list of favorites. So you can imagine the talent and the excitement between the pages of her books!

THE DEMONBORN, blends Rita’s love of dark, steamy romantic suspense stories with her other love – the paranormal. It’s set in the contemporary world, where she explores the age-old battle of good versus evil and that battle as it rages within each person. Of course, the ultimate question for the romantic – can love conquer all?

The answer to this question? You’ll have to read THE DEMONBORN SERIES and find out. Sorry girls, you know me, I’m going to make you work for it, like I do in every Free book give away I do. ((Hugs)) Don’t you just love me?

Here’s a hint of what hides within the pages of DARK HUNGER.
HE’S EVERYTHING SHE FEARS...
Reporter Annabelle Armstrong will go to any lengths to get a story, even track down Quinton Valtrez, a man she believes is a coldhearted assassin. Yet the truth about the darkly sensual Quinton is even more shocking...and the overwhelming desire he ignites is one she vows to resist.
SHE’S EVERYTHING HE CRAVES...
Quinton has fought his demonic powers since he was a child. Now using his gifts for the good of national security, he can’t let himself be distracted by the beautiful, determined Annabelle. But his need for her is sudden, fierce – and could soon cost Annabelle her life. For a wicked enemy is out for vengeance, a demon who wants to draw Quinton into a life of pure evil and is willing to use Annabelle as bait. To save her, Quinton must achieve the near impossible; tame the sinister force that is both his inheritance and his curse before it claims him forever.
Chapter One
All Hallow’s Eve - Midnight – Savannah, Georgia
Quinton Valtrez was a killer.
A loner. A man without a conscience. A man who roamed the world as a ghostly gun for hire. He needed no one. Wanted no one to need him. But it was All Hallow’s Eve and dammit, he was going to get laid. Still, the Glock inside his jacket rubbed against his chest, taunting him with the fact that he could never relax. That evil never died. That it was his mission to stop it at all costs. Even if he didn’t survive. And all Hallow’s eve was the time when the veil between the world and the underworld was thinnest, when the spirit world could mingle with the humans and the ghosts of the dead came to life.
A buxom redhead in a pussycat costume smiled at him through the crowded Savannah streets, and he put thoughts of the evildoers on hold as she glided toward him. Even assassins deserved the night off.

Annabelle Armstrong’s gaze locked with Quinton Valtrez’s. Damn. She’d come here to find him but hadn’t expected to see him tonight. Not in the midst of a party in town. And she certainly hadn’t expected his penetrating gaze to rattle her. Or make her tingle with desire.
“Annabelle, are you listening?” Her boss Roland from CNN barked over the phone. “Do you think you can get this story?”
“Yes,” she said into her cell phone. “If Valtrez is this Ghost assassin working for some secret government unit, I’ll find out.” She sucked in a sharp breath, well aware that the man hadn’t moved since he’d spotted her. That his cold eyes and tightly set mouth screamed of danger. That every bone in her body warned her to run. To forget this story or she might end up dead.
"Annabelle?” her boss shouted.
“Yes, Roland, I’ll do whatever I have to do to find out the truth.” She snapped the phone shut, smoothed down her skirt and desperately struggled for a playful flirty smile. Quinton Valtrez was devastatingly and darkly handsome. Bigger than she’d imagined. His features were chiseled in stone, and his five o’clock shadow painted his bronzed stoic jaw with a hint of menace. Her body tingled. Still, he was just a man.

The Death Angel flapped his black wings and bowed his bald head to Zion, paying umbrage to the new leader of the underworld. His belly was swollen from his recent meal, yet he still craved more tasty carrion. The human bones and meat were especially delicious. Being sent into the hybrid of the vulture and Raven as his demonic form for eternity had been punishment at its worst, but over the past century, he had embraced the predator’s needs and urges, and now savored the agility of the bird’s keen eyesight, flight patterns and sharp talons.
Demons, shapeshifters, werecreatures, vampires, fallen angels and other soldiers of Satan gathered in the underground cave of black rock lit by the fiery torches.
Zion entered, his black cape billowing around his demonic form, his orange eyes lighting up the darkness. The mortals would run in terror if they saw him, complete now with sharp fang like claws, the devil’s horns, flaming red scales and cloven feet.
“The death toll?” Zion asked.
“In the hundreds.”
Striking on all Hallow’s Eve, the night of the dead, had been genius. All he’d had to do was slide past the Twilight Guards, those with powers who guarded the portal between the mortals and humans, then he’d crossed into the mortal’s world. Thousands of other demons had unleashed themselves tonight, their screeches unrecognizable to the humans but calling the others to announce their presence. The pagan holiday had also afforded him the opportunity to possess a human’s body and walk among the masses unnoticed – the one he had chosen would serve him well. And now that same one lay in a sleep-induced stage awaiting his return. The bastard had been an easy mark, had been too weak to fight, his soul already black. Just as the Death Angel’s power allowed him to crawl into the feeble minds of the weak on Earth, put their minds to sleep, then bend them to his will. One touch and they became marionettes dancing on his string.
“I commend you.” Zion’s fiery breath rippled out in pleasure. “When I said spread evil and create chaos, you embraced the challenge.”
The Death Angel flapped his wings with pride.
“And my sons?” Zion asked
“The seer found one of the twins, Quinton. He lives in the place they call Savannah, Georgia. This attack should capture the demonborn’s attention.”
Zion’s red eyes flared, shooting sparks of crisp yellow flames across the black rock in jagged lightning-like lines. “Quinton should be easy.
He has succumbed to his destiny already by choosing to be a killer.”
The Death Angel refrained from comment. That was true, although technically the Dark Lord only targeted the sinners. But the fact that Quinton had no remorse, no conscience over his kills, worked in their favor and would ultimately be his downfall.
Unfortunately, the Dark Lord’s cause also kept the balance of good and evil alive within him. That balance had to be destroyed. The Dark Lord had a weakness for that reporter. They could use her to trap him. She would also bring attention to the Death Angel’s victories with the mortals, keep a tally of the dead and create pain and misery with her stories. He’d use her until she became dispensable, then he’d expose of her. He might even be able to twist Quinton to the point that he killed the woman.
That would definitely earn Quinton his place in the kingdom of evil.

If you want to read more of DARK HUNGER go to Rita’s website
Rita Herron Next Sunday will be an interview with Rita and one of my fun and easy contest!
The winner will get a FREE signed copy of INSATIABLE DESIRE (Book one) and DARK HUNGER (Book two) of the DEMONBORN SERIES.

See you next Sunday!

Hawk


17 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

Hi Hawk,
I will be there to check out your interview.
Hope you're having a great weekend.

Lea said...

Hey Hawk!!

Another cool contest!! I read "Insatiable Desire", it was pretty good. Vincent Valtrez is one dark dude... lol

Sounds like a great giveaway.

I'm holding one all week at my blog too so be sure and stop by.

Best
L

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hi Blodeuedd,

Yes, I hope to see you next week and I hope you join the contest to win...I'm thinkin' up a cool contest for you all. ;-)

Yes, I'm having a great weekend! How about you? How did last weeks positivity go for you, sweetie?
Did you get it to work most of the time? Did you see any changes in the people around you towards you?

Let me know!
Hugs
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Lea!

WooHoo...glad to see you girl! I've missed you!

WOW - Girls did you hear this? LEA's got a BIG CONTEST running THIS WEEK! Hurry on over..that's where I'm going...didn't you know? It's the place to be, the palce to be seen...NOW GET GOING! ;-)
I'll see you all over there! Just got to fix the sidebar promo on Lea for this contest! Then I'll be over!

xoxox Hugs to you darlin'
Hawk

Vicki said...

I love Rita's books and these two sounds like they'll be a can't put them down kinda read. She's such a gentle southern woman in person, but omg can she write hold on to the seat of your pants suspense. Very excited to see these.

And I can't wait for the interview and the contest. You come up with the coolest things. :)

Cecile said...

Hawk!!! You are something else!!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!
I have written down the two books in my notebook! I have posted this contest on my side bar! I will come back tomorrow to re-read the post and answer the question!!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Vicki,

Yes, I was lucky enough to spend a little time with Rita at the RWA Nationals this year and discovered Rita is a very sweet woman as well as awesome writer.

Glad you love her books - I'm counting on you to come join the contest next week.

Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile!

I'm like a mirror I only reflect what I see...and I see a wonderful person in you! ;-) so hurry back!

xo
Hawk

Blodeuedd said...

Hm hard to say, wasn't better that I was such clutz last week, with dropped books, going into things and etc.
Still I was happy and people sure liked me at work. Last day you see. Only a summerjob since I am staring school again

Liza said...

The Demonborn series sounds wonderful! I'll have to check these books out. Hope everyone has an awesome week!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hey Blodeuedd,

Girl, you keep me laughing! Being a HAPPY clutz is acceptable! As long as you wore a smile and learned from the clutziness, I'd say you did just fine with the positive thinking...if you can do it another week or two you will see changes start to happen in your life. Keep up the good work!

Hugs and have fun at school!
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Liza!

If you win in the contest this coming week you'll win both books! So don't forget to come back!

Hugs
Hawk

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Hawk!

I'll be back for your contest! Demonborn sounds like a great series.

Hope everything is going great!

Dottie :)

Houston A.W. Knight said...

WooHoo Dottie!

((hugs)) everything is great, hon.

Now I know you're going to do really well in this coming contest...I might have to give the other girls a head start to be fair. {{;-)

I'm excited...I know I'm going to enjoy what you girls do with this contest. Rita will be picking the winner. If we thought the last contest was hard to judge...I really don't want to be in Rita's shoes for this one.

Pass the word one! xoxox
It's going to be fun and creative!

xoxo
Hawk

Liza said...

http://lizasblog-liza.blogspot.com/

Hawk,

I've posted on my blog about the book drive for the Louisville Public Library and wanted to list the link. Trying to get the information out to as many people as possible. They have lost about One Million dollars in books because of flooding. Any donations would be wonderful.

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Liza,

This is awesome...I'll put it under the shout out as well, on the right side bar of this blog.

Hugs darlin'
Hawk

Rita Herron said...

Hi, everyone,
So glad to see you all here. I was honored to meet Houston at RWA and make such a great friend. I can't wait to read Houston's books!
I'm glad some of you have read me. Thanks, Lea -- yes, Vincent is dark. His brother Quinton in Dark Hunger is dark but he also has a wicked sense of humor.
And Vicki, I'm so glad you like my books!
LOL about being a nice southern girl but you're right - I'm evil in my stories! And I love it.

Hope everyone checks out the series and that you fall in love with the demonborn.
Rita