Friday, March 23, 2018

Shopgirl’s Prophecy by Anna Abner





Shopgirl’s Prophecy

Beasts of Vegas


Book One


Anna Abner







Genre: paranormal romance





Publisher: Mild Red Books

Date of Publication: 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9914031-5-8
ASIN: B01GR9HXLQ

Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 80K

Cover Artist: Anna Abner

Tagline: Powerful witches, tortured vampires, and sexy shifters fight the evil horde on the Vegas Strip.

Book Description:

Ali Rusenko has dangerous secrets she can never reveal. When her father dies suddenly, the shy British shopgirl discovers he has even more secrets than she does. In search of the truth in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ali is attacked by the horde and stranded in the desert. If it weren’t for sexy vampire hunter Connor Beckett and his sidekick Roz Carrera, she’d be vampire food.

Connor and Roz rescue Ali, but a string of vampires chase her across the Nevada desert as if she's vampire catnip. Unfortunately, Connor knows exactly how they feel. The beautiful stray sets his blood to boiling. But if Connor's going to have a real chance to defeat the horde leader, Oleksander the Destroyer, he can’t allow Ali leave the country without discovering the one secret she refuses to reveal.



Excerpt

Chapter One

“Get down,” Roz
hissed, yanking on Connor’s black jacket. A spotlight swept over their heads,
and he tasted dry earth as he flattened onto the sand.
“That was too
close,” Roz complained.
They skittered
like cockroaches across the ground, avoiding a parked Humvee, and staying out
of the guards’ eye line. The things they couldn’t avoid at the secret army
facility in The-Middle-of-Nowhere, Nevada were surveillance cameras on every
wall and post. Hence, the need for speed and an electro-magnetic pulse device
the size of a suitcase strapped to Connor’s back. If they were caught breaking
into Oleksander the Destroyer’s cell, they’d never see daylight again. Sort of
the way Oleksander had been in the dark of an army prison for the past twenty
years.
Connor Beckett
hadn’t known six months ago—a lackluster engineering student at the University
of Chicago—that the Seer Ilvane would write down his name and forever link him
with the end of the human race.
Connor from
Cleveland will release the Destroyer and bring about the apocalypse.
There wasn’t any
way to fix the prophecy and save the world except to kill the vampire lord.
“Push the
button,” Connor said, nodding at the EMP. Thank the fates for Anton and
Natasha, their very generous benefactors from New Zealand and their high-tech
toys.
“Pushing the
button.” Roz activated the device, and every electric light on the base,
hopefully the cameras and security doors too, blinked off. “Now,” she ordered.
“Move.”
Nimble on the
balls of his feet, Connor ran for building 2A, which he knew from poring over
satellite photos of the installation, was where the army kept the vampires. He
hunched over the card reader controlling the prison’s heavy-duty outer door,
sweat rolling down the back of his neck. “Please,” he breathed. A single second
delay while they stood like a couple of sore thumbs at the gateway to a
vampire’s cell on a secret military base could ruin everything.
He hoped for the
best and yanked. The immense door swung open on soundless hinges.



“I was only
fifty percent sure the EMP was going to work,” Roz admitted as she followed him
inside and sealed the door.





About the Author:

Anna Abner lived in a haunted house for three years and grew up talking to imaginary friends. In her professional life, she has been a Realtor, a childcare provider, and a teacher. Now, she writes edge-of-your-seat paranormal romances and blogs from her home in sunny southern California about ghosts and magic.

You can connect with her online at www.AnnaAbner.com

Twitter: @AnnaAbner





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Interview with Anna Abner
Where do you get inspiration for your stories? I draw inspiration for my stories from literally everything and everyone—TV, movies, songs, dreams, personal experiences. The inspiration for Shopgirl’s Prophecy was a mix of my obsession with Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, shows like Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, and a dream I had about a vampire hunter. It all came together in my Beasts of Vegas series.
How did you do research for your book? It’s funny, because writing paranormal romances means (to me) doing research by watching shows like Vampire Diaries and reading novels like J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. So, I surrounded myself with these incredible paranormal stories and tried to infuse their energy into my creative process.
Do you have another profession besides writing? I have a day job, but writing is my passion. Telling stories has always been a love of mine, and I’m so grateful to be able to do it now professionally.
If you could go back in time, where would you go? What a great question! I’m a huge history buff, and I would love to explore so many time periods—the Old West, Regency England, the ancient world. I would love to see how people in the past lived and loved.
What is your next project? Next up, I’m releasing Spellspeaker’s Prophecy and Blooddrinker’s Prophecy, books 2 & 3 in my Beasts of Vegas series. From there, I hope to focus on some different projects. I’ve been kicking around an idea for a fifth book in my apocalyptic, YA romance series The Red Plague. I would love to finish it.

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