QSFer Britney Jackson has a new FF paranormal book out:
The war is coming…
Alana might be gone, but the world hasn’t forgotten what she did. The damage is done, and the world is quickly spiraling toward a war that will threaten the survival of humans and vampires alike.
The Assassins of Light, an organization whose mission is to eradicate all vampires, has emerged again after centuries of lying in wait, and for reasons no one understands, Rose Foster is their new target. As Rose struggles with her own inner turmoil, she must find a way to protect the people she loves from the Assassins of Light.
Kara Unnarsdóttir tries to protect Rose from afar by utilizing her impressive network of spies, but her investigations into the Assassins of Light lead her to the realization that the extremist organization is closer to Rose than she originally thought. In a last-minute effort to end the war before it begins, Aaron instructs Kara to assemble a team of vampires from the Tomb of Blood to attack the Assassins of Light.
Can Rose protect the ones she loves without surrendering to the Assassins of Light, or is she doomed to watch more people die because of her?
Can Rose and her friends stop the war before it begins, or is war inevitable?
In this third installment of the Creatures of Darkness series, the world will find out what happens when tragedy meets the power of the Eklektos…
“Why did you attack us?” Aaron asked the warrior.
“I was following orders,” Mila said. “Talulah ordered me to attack Kara.”
“Talulah?” Aaron repeated. “Why would she order you to attack us? She invited us to come. She said she would welcome us at the Village of the Undead.”
“And so she shall,” Mila said. “You’ll be shown the same hospitality as any guest of our colony. Talulah is an honorable leader, and she’s kind and fair to everyone.” She smiled. “As long as they haven’t wronged her.”
“Huh. Hospitality must mean something different here,” Rose said. “Where I live, it involves tea or food or…pleasantries. Not being attacked by armor-clad vampires with deadly weapons.” She frowned. “Maybe we’re doing it wrong.”
Mila glanced at her, and a small, slightly amused smile tugged at her lips. “You misunderstand,” she said. “I was only ordered to attack Kara Unnarsdóttir.”
As everything that Mila had said finally clicked together in everyone’s heads, Erik looked at Kara, his eyebrows high. “What did you do this time, Kara?”
Kara looked as confused as everyone else. She shrugged at Erik. “Like I remember,” she scoffed. “I haven’t seen Talulah in over three hundred years.”
“Do you usually forget the people you’ve wronged?” Mila asked Kara.
“Well, I wrong about a hundred people a day, so yeah,” Kara muttered.
“You did say that you and Talulah dated,” Rose reminded Kara. With a curious frown, she added, “Did you, by any chance, end that on a good note?”
Kara winced at the question. “That depends,” she said uncomfortably. “Is seducing someone so that you can steal information from them a good note?”
Rose stared blankly at her. “No. In fact, that’s the opposite of a good note.”
“Ah, then, no,” Kara mumbled. “Not a good note, then. But come on. It was over three hundred years ago. There’s no way she’s still angry about that.”
Rose waved her hand wildly at the armor-clad vampire. “Clearly, she is.”
“Aaron ordered me to do it,” Kara said defensively.
Aaron scowled. “I told you to sabotage her, not to have sex with her.”
Rose frowned at Kara. “Was it the s-words that confused you? Or…”
“You didn’t tell me not to sleep with her, either,” Kara reminded Aaron.
His eyes narrowed. “I told you not to complicate things.”
Kara shrugged. “What’s complicated about sex?”
Rose rolled her eyes. “Oh, not much,” she muttered. “Just…everything.”
Kara shrugged. “What’s the big deal? I already defeated her warrior.”
“You’ve beaten me, yes,” Mila agreed, “but I’m not the only warrior out here.” She smiled at Kara. “Every ten miles, you’re going to be attacked by a different warrior. Then, if you survive, you can enter the colony safely.”
“You can’t be serious,” Rose said, her eyes wide. “Is your leader insane?”
“Rose,” Erik hissed, shooting her a worried look, “you can’t say that!”
Rose scowled at him. “Why not?”
“Because,” Mila said, “you insulted my leader. I can attack you for that.”
“You could,” Kara said with a dangerous smile, “but then, you’d die.”
Rose elbowed her. “Stop threatening to kill everyone.”
“I gave her a warning,” Kara muttered. “I thought I was being nice.”
Rose turned toward Kara, and she suddenly looked so serious that Kara straightened in surprise. “I think you should go back to the plane,” Rose whispered.
Kara laughed, “How am I supposed to protect you, if I’m on the plane?”
“Protect me?” Rose repeated, her eyes wide. “I’m not the one who’s going to be attacked every ten miles! Right now, it’s you who needs to be protected.”
“Rose,” Kara said with an arrogant smile, “I’m a Viking warrior.”
“Which means you’re cocky as heck and not afraid of death,” Rose said stubbornly. “Neither of those things are what I’d call comforting in this situation.”
Kara shrugged. “I swore an oath. You won’t convince me to break it.”
“I’ll go with you, if I have to,” Rose said. “But Kara, I…don’t want anything to happen to you.”
Kara’s smile faded, and for a moment, she just stared at Rose, her eyes wide, her breath labored, her emotions high. She reached out, brushing her fingers over Rose’s hand, which trembled from the cold. She looked as if she wanted to say something, her lips parting, her breath escaping them in a cloud of smoke.
But Aaron rolled his eyes at them and growled, “Neither of you are going anywhere. I need you both to make this alliance work.” Before Rose could argue, he added, “None of Talulah’s warriors are as strong or skilled as Kara. So, there’s nothing to worry about. And if she does get hurt, well, maybe she’ll learn from it.”
Kara snorted, “Not likely.”
Britney Jackson is a fiction author who especially enjoys writing fantasy, dark fantasy, and horror stories. She is the mother of two beautiful, little boys that she loves with all of her heart. She resides in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts and Religion, and she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in English. Britney has been passionate about writing for as long as she can remember. Art, such as literature and music, helped her endure some of the darkest periods of her life, and she hopes that her books will be there for others who need a literary escape. When she is not writing, she can be found drinking massive cups of coffee, playing music, obsessing over some awesome fictional characters, or embarking on the wild and dangerous adventure known as motherhood.
Or…in Britney’s words, “Basically, I’m weird, and I write.”