They say rules are made to be broken…
but when four Ravens take a forbidden trip to the U.S. their lives will be altered forever.
Although the trip is hurried and the mission extraordinary, a clandestine ring of Vampire Hunters are enraged and follow them back to the airport. Not only are their lives in danger, if caught, the Hunters will confiscate their newly acquired precious possessions.
Three of them make it through the long lines…But a sudden commotion changes everything.
Emrys is detained. Separated from the group and hustled into a back room, he faces a perilous situation with the murderous Hunters…who are now posing as security guards.
Gavin manages to get the two women on the flight back to Ravenswynd. Elizabeth and Melinda are safe…But will they ever see their husbands again?
Moving stealthily through the airport, Gavin returns to help Emrys escape from the Hunters. A gorgeous blonde offers her assistance…But can she be trusted?
Can a bouquet of beautiful flowers be deadly?
Another mystifying prophecy…Heart-twisting and astonishing revelations will come in twos… But everything becomes meaningless when tragedy strikes…
Without question, there will be blood.
Targeted Age Group:: YA and up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As with the other three of this series, I was inspired by my original dream of being “bitten and turned”. Book four follows the characters continuing journey, but this time they’re all in danger. And that’s what happens when you don’t “follow the rules”.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
All of the characters are the same as in the first three books, except for a few who are important to the story line. One of them is an intriguing blonde, who insists on following them back to the UK. The others are evil vampire hunters, who you will grow to hate.
Emrys glanced wearily at the woman. “Is there anything else we can offer you for your help, Veronica, other than what you have already suggested?” He could almost guess what her next words would be. And this was exactly why they tried to maintain a low profile. Far too many humans wished for this life of immortality – but they needed to control the ratio of donors versus Ravens.
“I’m pretty sure you already know what I require.” She put her hands on her hips, trying to appear brave. “I want to become like you.”
The Hunter she had called Duke let out a choked laugh. The Ravens ignored him.
“This immortality is not given without cost. We would require a minimum of two years living as a donor before we allow a change such as what you are asking,” Emrys explained, “and we normally acquire new donors only once every decade.”
Gavin cleared his throat. “That is true, my friend. But this is not a normal situation. Perhaps we could rethink our rules for a moment?” Their eyes met and Emrys nodded for him to continue. They both looked at the woman, and Gavin said, “Why don’t you go get that paperwork started and I shall reason with my friend.”
Veronica frowned at them. “Alright, but don’t try to sneak away on me.” She went to the door, cracked it open, and took a quick peek. Looking back she said, “I trust you will be here when I return. After all, I still have your passport…Emrys Bertrand.” She grinned and slipped out of the door.
“Tell me you have another plan,” Emrys said, sounding exhausted.
“One option is to take what we need and just leave,” Gavin suggested. “Another is to give her part of her wish. We could bring her with us and use her as a donor for now. If she really wants this life, she would most likely be agreeable. He didn’t want to say it in front of the Hunter, but he knew having a Newling around with the babies was not such a good idea.
“We will offer her the second option then,” Emrys stated. He peered at the Hunter still handcuffed to the table and said, “See, we can be agreeable to accommodate the humans. I do not understand why you think that we are monsters worthy of death.”
After a squeeze, Gavin removed his hand from the back of the man’s neck. “Now you have nothing to say, do you?”
“I’ve seen yer kind before; nothin but lies. Once ya get her away from here, she’ll be a goner.”
Emrys shook his head. “It is pointless to try to defend ourselves. You choose to believe what you will. But ponder this: if we are, indeed, the monsters that you say we are – why have we not snapped you in two or drained you dry?” Emrys was more frustrated than angry, and half tempted to show his fangs just to frighten the guy. But there was simply no way to get through to this dimwit.
“Filthy bloodsuckers.” The Hunter’s voice spewed forth venom like a poisonous snake. “I’ll catch the both of ya. And when I do, I’ll kill ya.”
Gavin smacked the back of his head. “That’s enough talking. Silence yourself, or I will be forced to crush you.”
Emrys knew his friend was bluffing just to shut the man up. Gavin had glanced over at him with a sinister grin, and then went to the sink for some water.
Veronica slipped back into the room, placed the tickets, documents and envelope on the table and said, “Well, look at that! They can be trusted!” She glared at the Hunter. “Tell me, how does it feel to be wrong again, Duke?”
“Yer a fool, woman!” he said, taunting her. “Yer nothin but a wannabe blood-suckin whore.”
Veronica lunged at him with a closed fist – aiming for his face, but he caught her by the wrist with his free hand. She kneed him in the groin, doubling him over, but still he hung onto her. Suddenly he was free of the handcuffs, and in a swift and blinding movement, he twisted Veronica around, clutching her from behind – with a knife on her throat.
“What was that ya said about bein wrong?” he hissed into her ear. “These stupid bloodsuckers didn’t even search me.” He sneered at Emrys with a warning, “Don’t even think about tryin ta help her. It won’t faze me a bit ta cut her.”
Gavin had already aimed the gun at the Venator’s head. “Let her go, Hunter. She hasn’t done anything to you. We’re the ones you’re after.”
“Stay back, filthy bloodsuckers!” the Hunter yelled, pressing the knife to Veronica’s throat. “Back!” His shout echoed off the walls in the small room.
Emrys had started to move closer, but stopped the moment he saw the knife bearing down. He did not want the Hunter to slip.
With a sudden movement, the blade flashed up to the woman’s face, and the Hunter carved a thin slash across her cheek. An arrogant smirk crossed over his face as he watched the eyes of the two vampires to see if they were distracted by the blood now trickling down toward her chin. His hostage let out a small whimper, but she stopped struggling, now afraid of both the Hunter and the vampires. Emrys held his breath, but Gavin’s fangs emerged immediately at her tempting scent.
“Both of ya, back off and put all the guns on the table. Now!” Duke snarled.
Emrys had to step over the unconscious body of the other Hunter to reach the table. He set the gun down with care, and then raised his hands.
“Calm down, Hunter. You do not need to do this. We will surrender… just leave the woman out of it.” Emrys nodded his head to Gavin, giving him a silent order.
“There’s another gun somewhere. Where is it?” The man was angry and his sharp knife pressed into Veronica’s throat again, threatening.
“Right here.” Emrys pulled the other gun from his belt and set it beside the first one.
The Hunter turned slightly bringing the woman with him. Gavin followed Emrys’ silent order and placed his gun on the table, raising his hands as he stepped back toward the sink, and positioned himself so that the Venator was now directly between the two of them. He had a plan.
But then, within the next few seconds, Veronica’s world was forever changed. When she squirmed, trying to free herself, all hell broke loose at once.
The Hunter plunged his knife into the woman’s back, shoved her toward Gavin and in one smooth movement, reached for one of the guns and cocked it. He turned in a flash and aimed directly at Emrys’ head, and in a rabid blind rage, he squeezed the trigger.
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