Enter a world where blood, sex and cash rule

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by Zenobia Renquist



She’s entered a world where blood, sex, and cash rules everything around her.

What do a four hundred-year-old vampire and a mid-level necromancer have in common? Money. Jeliyah needs it to pay off the people who trained her and Teaghan enjoys killing to get it. Together they hunt rogue vampires—assuming Teaghan can focus on something other than getting her in bed and Jeliyah doesn’t put a bullet in him first.

The uneasy partnership promises to be lucrative until Teaghan and Jeliyah get on the wrong side of a feud. Jeliyah is forced to use forbidden magic and finds herself bound to a man she should hate—but whom she can’t stop fantasizing about.

Every second they stay alive fuels a growing desire Jeliyah is unwilling to deny. Is it the magic? The danger? The only way to get the answers she craves is to outrun the enemy or kill them. She knows Teaghan’s preference but it’s Jeliyah who must put their mind-blowing sex aside and make the choice that will decide both their fates.


First chapter online 
Teaghan knew it. A coup was about to happen. He didn’t know the players and didn’t care. So long as the bills got paid, the person in power didn’t matter. From one leader to the next, nothing ever changed.
He said, “Fine. You want me. I get that. Leave the necromancer out of it. No one would miss me but take her out and you’ll have the higher-ups gunning for you and your boss.”
“You’re right, the higher-ups would be quite upset if we killed the necromancer, and that wasn’t my intention. The others wanted to have some fun with her before handing her over but that was all.”
Jeliyah gripped the door handle and her eyes widened.
Teaghan said, “The higher-ups won’t overlook you molesting one of their own.”
“That’s where you’re wrong. They’ve given us permission to do with her as we please so long we return her to them intact.”
Jeliyah yelled, “They would never do that.”
Fredrick chuckled. “Well, hello, Jeliyah. Ephraim tells me you smell of vampire seed and blood. Recent seed. Old blood. I had thought you would hold out against Teaghan much longer given your initial reaction to him. Either I overestimated you or underestimated him.” He made the vocal equivalent of a shrug. “Doesn’t matter since I felt the need to pass on the news of your little indiscretion to Hirsch, who then relayed it to the higher-ups. They are very displeased that a high-middle class such as yourself would give a vampire permission to invade her body. That displeasure graduated to anger when I informed them of the blood sharing as well.”
Oh please, no. No. No.
Teaghan grabbed Jeliyah’s hand in a firm grip to anchor her to the here and now. She clutched at him and stared at his profile. Tears rimmed her eyes. He knew she was holding it together by a thin thread of will. Images of the bleeding chamber raced through her mind. She was imagining herself in the place of the person she’d seen when she was young.
He told her through their link, I’ve got you, Jeliyah. Nothing’s going to happen.
Fredrick said, “Stop the car and give up. Make this easier for all of us.”
“Denied.” Teaghan released Jeliyah’s hand so he could snatch the phone off the dash and hit the end button.
Jeliyah asked, “What do we do? They want you dead and me—” Her words choked to a halt and she pulled in a shuddering breath. A single tear slipped down her cheek.
He retrieved her hand and squeezed it. “Easy there, necromancer. Don’t fall apart on me now.”
“Why? All you did was kill a rogue.”
“That’s why. It’s a changing of the guard. It happens every few centuries. Family infighting. They involve people from neighboring families who have been promised some little tidbit or other to help the wannabe head take power. It’s a story as old as the vampires. Seems you and I got in the way.”
Teaghan changed his destination. The enforcers probably knew which hotel they’d used by now and might be lying in wait. He steered the car back on the highway. If one family wanted him dead then his only protection was to seek refuge in another family’s territory.
While a risky proposition without petitioning for entrance first, the destination Teaghan had in mind came with a sponsor. He released Jeliyah’s hand once more to bring up a number he hadn’t called in years. He hoped it still worked.
Who is Zenobia Renquist?

Zenobia Renquist lives in her imagination. When not traveling through her fantasy worlds, she can be found in Hawaii living with her husband and two cats.

She is an Air Force brat turned Air Force wife, which means she’s accustomed to travel and does it whenever possible (so long as she doesn’t have to fly). Her favorite pastime is torturing her characters on their way to happily-ever-after for the enjoyment of her readers.

On the few occasions her muse flees the scene of the crime, Zenobia likes to read (comics, manga, and romance), go to the movies, play a few levels of whichever puzzle game has hijacked her interest or experiment with a new chain maille weave.

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10 comments to “Enter a world where blood, sex and cash rule”

  1. Catherine
      · May 17th, 2013 at 9:45 am · Link

    You’re an Air Force brat and wife who doesn’t like to fly? Weird! I guess if you live in Hawaii, where would you want to fly away to? LOL
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    • Zenobia Renquist
        · May 17th, 2013 at 1:16 pm · Link

      Thanks for stopping by various stops on the tour.

      ~ Zenobia

  2. Zenobia Renquist
      · May 17th, 2013 at 1:15 pm · Link

    Thanks so much for hosting me today.

    ~ Zenobia

    • Desiree Holt
        · May 18th, 2013 at 1:25 pm · Link

      My pleasure. Sorry I’m late stopping by but the morning just got away from me. It’s my pleasure to host you and I wish you every bit of good luck with this fabulous book. :lol:

      • Zenobia Renquist
          · May 19th, 2013 at 6:08 pm · Link

        I know all about hectic mornings and such. Just remember to breathe. :D

        ~ Zenobia

  3. Andra
      · May 17th, 2013 at 1:29 pm · Link

    Thanks for the chance to win! Sounds like a fascinating story! Thanks for sharing the book blast!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  4. bn100
      · May 17th, 2013 at 11:10 pm · Link

    Sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  5. Sweetpea
      · May 18th, 2013 at 5:11 pm · Link

    Hi Zenobia, in your travels have you identified locations you may wish to use as part of your stories?

    sweetpea122 at rocketmail dot com

    • Zenobia Renquist
        · May 19th, 2013 at 6:11 pm · Link

      I’ve written very few locations into my stories. I don’t like grounding them in any one place. In that way, everyone who reads the story can put the story wherever they want. That said, I do have one set in Waikiki, HI. I also hint at some locations in my other stories but never say flat out where they are. :)

      ~ Zenobia

  6. wanda f
      · May 19th, 2013 at 12:01 pm · Link

    Fantastic excerpt and I love the cover .