Vampire Wants To Put Puked-Up-Skittles as her Eye Color DMV said NO #99¢

slayersinc-2Slayers INC

Available for Preorder: @99¢Released November 18th, 2014

CHAPTER 1

Phoenix boasts many refined drinking establishments where a nice girl can chill with a fruity drink topped by a colorful little umbrella. She can lounge on a misted patio and enjoy tall palm trees swaying in the dry heat of the Santa Anna winds.

A nice girl can count on the certainty that one or two preppie college boys will weave their way through the lush, tropical fauna to deliver their latest line.

This isn’t one of those bars. And I, Jenna Bradley, am not a fucking nice girl…not any more. Not since a blood-sucking vampire sank his teeth into my neck, and that’s not the worst of it. The bastard murdered my best friend, Rosa.

I’m about to enter a dilapidated bar thirty miles from civilization in the sizzling Arizona desert. Under a cosmetic coat of chipped stucco, a million termites hold hands to keep the hovel upright. This place would give hellish nightmares to a nice girl.

Not me.

I took a second to enjoy a sense of elation, mixed with a stiff shot of adrenaline, zinging along my nerve endings. My first step into the bar would mean that after nearly a year of non-stop preparation, I’d finally get to start the kick-ass part of my quest.

This is my chance to prove how much my best friend meant to me. And if I’m lucky, I’ll get a chance to kill the vampire who made me.

When I gave the rickety door a gentle push, it opened with a resounding whack against the wall. I pretended I meant to do it.

Everyone would’ve stared at me anyway…they just do.

I pushed my Hollywood shades into place because it bugs me when people comment about the unusual amber and green shade of my eyes. I’d tried to put “puked-up Skittles” in the color box on my driver’s license, but the DMV wouldn’t let me.

Go figure.

Besides, I wear the dark glasses to hide my obvious vampire abnormality. One little fit of temper and they start to glow. Nobody wants to see neon puked-up Skittles.

On a good day, I carry a chip on my shoulder, although I don’t think it’s noticeable. The loss of Rosa turned the chip into a log. Becoming a vampire made it into a fucking tree.

I hadn’t counted on how dark it would be inside, but at least I had an advantage. My fledgling vampire powers include super night vision.

I’d planned exactly how I’d look on the day I officially started the gun-toting, stake-carrying, hell-raising part of my mission. My fringed leather vest hid my gun perfectly. It cradled nicely against my waist.

For backup, I carry a four-inch, plain-edged knife hidden in a hot-molded sheath fitted to one of my custom boots. The other boot holds a pure silver stake.

A long, low wolf-whistle from a dark corner of the room made my heart start to race. Yeah, right. My heart may be a shriveled raisin for all I know.

“What can I do for you, little girl?” the bartender asked once I reached the corner of the bar.

Little girl? I’m four inches short of six feet and have been officially legal for over a year. Jerk. “I’ll have a shot of tequila and a Bud Light.”

No girlie umbrella drinks for me anymore. Besides, the closest thing to a novelty umbrella in this joint would be a cactus needle with a peanut husk attached.

Only two stools were occupied, but if I sat at the bar I wouldn’t be able to watch the room. Everything I’ve read about vampires tells me I should be lightning quick.

Not.

I should be able to zoom from one part of the room to the other in a blink of the eye.

Can’t.

I should be able to disappear.

Wrong.

The only good I can find in all of this…I don’t thirst for blood. I take supplements instead. Bunches of them.

“I need to see proof. Your ID.” The bartender reached his hand toward me while I dug my license out of my back pocket.

“Huh. Twenty-two. You look younger.”

Just what every twenty-two year old wants to hear. Fuck that. I almost asked how young I looked. If he said fourteen, I might shoot him, so I just stewed about it instead.

“You can sit next to me, honey,” one of two guys at the bar said.

“You got balls, Sam.” The guy sitting next to Sam, examined me like a piece of meat. “Looks like she could break you like a toothpick.”

“My kind of gal.” Sam winked at me before he patted the seat next to him.

Touching the edge of my vest, I had an urge to flash him. One look at my gun and I bet he’d take back his thoughtful offer. A woman accessorized with deadly weapons can have that effect on a man, a sane one anyway.

And hell yes! I think of myself as a woman. No girl could deal with the shit I’ve had to endure.

The bartender slid a salt shaker across the bar toward me. “You want some lime with your tequila?”

“Sure,” I told him. I’ve got a way with words.

“We get a bunch of guys in here every Saturday night—makes it worth my while to pull a few limes off my wife’s tree.”

Bingo on the guys coming in for the limes. They were the men I’d planned to meet, the men of Slayers Inc.—vampire slayers. They’d set up a training compound not far from the bar.

After the bartender delivered my drinks, I made my way slowly to the corner of the room and sat with my back to the wall.

The waitress approached after I’d tossed back the cactus juice. “Can I get you another one?”

I shoved the lime into my mouth and gave her the universal hold-your-damn-panties-on sign.

She waited patiently.

Maybe she wanted a reason to get a closer look, because the waitress critiqued every inch of me while she lingered. I returned the favor.

Her hair looked like she’d just stepped out of the beauty parlor. She had the kind of ’do you could duck behind for cover if you weren’t worried about the color making a good target. I guess you’d call it plain purple, consequently it wouldn’t bother me. Besides, I don’t have to worry about ducking for cover…I’m already sorta dead.

“Another?” she repeated.

“Sure,” I managed to squeak after a couple of tries. That fact that I still eat and drink is another curiosity. My appetites have changed. Now I like my meat rare and will choose it over chocolate.

“Be right back,” she said and smiled.

“Take your time,” I told her and meant it. From behind my dark glasses, I surveyed the room without moving my head. Seven men, with ages varying from about eighteen to fifty, nursed their drinks. Six of them took an interest in watching me. The seventh didn’t look at all. Now that interested me.

I peeled the damp label on my beer bottle and studied him. He had dark hair hidden under a red bandana and a neatly trimmed mustache with a popular, goatee-type tuft of hair under his bottom lip called a soul-patch. It made him appear street-wise and sexy.

I decided he could easily be one of the vampire slayers I planned to meet, but not anyone I recognized. When he got up and headed toward the john, I had an epiphany. That’s WASP speak for a sorry-ass idea. I grabbed my duffle bag and followed him.

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RT says “Blaise will blow you away with her dynamite book”

slayersinc-2Slayers INC has been mothballs for a long time. When it was alive, the reviews were fantastic.

It’s loaded on Amazon and will be available for pre-order!  And it’s better than ever! 10,000 words have been added. It’s available at a reduced PRE-Order rate of 99¢.

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A week after it goes live, I’m raising the price from 99¢ to $3.79 on Nov 26th. When it was with a publisher, it cost twice that much! And the cover didn’t compare to the great one it has now!

What Romantic Time Booklover Magazine had to say in their 4 Star review of Slayers Inc.: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/author/brit-blaise

“Blaise will blow you away with her dynamite book. Heroine Jenna will have you pumped and ready to kick some vampire butt! There’s plenty of action throughout the story, which will get your adrenaline rushing and generate enough heat to make you turn on your air conditioner.”

From The Romance Studio “4 ½ Hearts!…I loved this novella…A thrilling , adventurous read that I won’t soon forget. The plot is filled with non-stop action and super-hot sex.” Contessa

From Love Romances and More 5 Hearts! “So we have a horny vampire, a mysterious but hot hero, a great plot and some sensual, seductive, totally hot sex scenes. All good ingredients for the perfect book and this one sure is.”

 

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How is Amazon treating YOU lately? #salesfigures

Money TreeThere isn’t a single day that I don’t hear about the problems my author friends suffer. One mentioned this week that she has to look for a full-time job, and wonders if her writing will even survive. That was a common thread this week.

So many authors have seen their both their publisher royalties and self-publishing profits cut in half or more. One very successful self-published author admitted she’s never had such low Amazon royalties. Her popular BDSM self-published series put her on the New York Times and USA Today’s Best Sellers lists. You might wonder how an author can make prestigious lists, but not make money.

Some authors are prolific enough to keep up a steady flow of books which helps keep their income up enough to survive.

When Amazon instituted their Kindle Unlimited…many saw it as a way to sell more books. However, if an author sells a book using Kindle Unlimited, they can’t sell the book to ANY other vender, Nook, ARe, and so on…it’s Kindle only…period. To me that smacks of Amazon trying to monopolize the world of books. I tried it once when I first started self-publishing, but the book didn’t sell any better than when it wasn’t KDP.

In August, when the program rolled out, my royalties tanked. I went from steady income to sporadic sales overnight. With the release of Unconditional Surrender, I’ve seen an increase with the Cactus Creek Cowboy Series, which was rockin’ the best sellers list for months., but I have little confidence it will last.

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Amazon 99¢                Amazon $1.79                  Amazon $2.99

With Amazon sales beyond our control, one would think that would be enough to worry about. Nope.

Day to day living can be a bigger pain in the ass than Amazon.

I’m having a negative day. I don’t have them often, but when I do, I empathize with people who suffer from depression. I’ve lost track of how many authors I know who battle this horrific demon.

So many authors are fighting cancer, as I am. My battle with cancer began with losing my younger sister in the fall of 2000. Next, my dear aunt, Momma Mary, was diagnosed. She lived to see her 87th birthday, but living in a nursing home broke her heart and spirit. My mother came next in 2005. They operated and got the cancer, but she died months later with another problem. In 2006, my daughter was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer when she had three children ranging from two months to five years. We came so close to losing her. Then in 2011, it was my turn. After a decade of living with cancer in my life, it didn’t surprise me. The illness of loved ones is a big stress.

I haven’t had time to write when I wasn’t dealing with cancer in my life. I often wonder how this affects my stories.

Life isn’t easy. Many have a daily fight; illness, bills, jobs, bosses who make the job miserable, not being able to fine work, family, relationships, children, homelessness, war and the list goes on and on. Getting lost while reading a good book is a slice of heaven on earth.

I’ve been very thankful that I’ve been able to keep writing. Now if Amazon would just stop messing with the algorithms and everything else they can get their hands on.

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Amazon kills 70% royalties for authors who won’t play ball …

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Amazon Sale at 99¢ to Make Me a Liar #UnconditionalSurrender

bundlewnwamesAmazon marked the book up to $2.99 and then put it on SALE for 99¢.

Now, I’m keeping my mouth shut!

I have no idea how long this will last.

I don’t get why they pick random books to mark down. This is Kindle only in the United States…everywhere else Unconditional Surrender has gone to $2.99. So if you were sitting on the fence about this one. Better jump off fast!

I evidently lied when I said you wouldn’t find it for 99¢ today!

 

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