Thank you for having me at Happily Ever After - Reads today! I’m excited to share with you and your readers my upcoming release, TURNED. TURNED is my latest paranormal romance. It features one kick ass heroine and a sexy vampire hero that wants to protect her. If you are a fan of strong women and vampires with dominant alpha male tendencies then I believe you will enjoy Ana and Ty!
These two know how to heat things up and take out the bad guys!
Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.
Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.
But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.
Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.
When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.
Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?
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The premature victory was cut short when Ty rushed her, pushed his shoulder into her stomach, and hefted her over his shoulder. As the world spun, she screeched. “You asshole.” She pounded at his back and tried to kick her legs, but he wrapped his arms around them like vices, prohibiting her movement. “You bastard. Yo le mataré. No, usted deseará que usted estuviera muerto! I’m going to cut off your balls. I’m going to—-to—-”
He actually slapped her ass, making her scream in fury once more.
“You’ve done quite enough damage to my balls already, thank you very much. Now you’re going to have to take your punishment.”
The world spun as he lowered her to the ground and himself on top of her. Her ponytail had come loose. Her dark hair was hanging in her face and she could barely see him through it, but she could feel him, all his hard angles pressing into her softest places. He gathered her wrists in his hand and held them over her head. Then he lowered his head until he spoke right into her ear. “Now,” he said. “Just tell me where my gun is. Once you do that, it’ll be a fair challenge.”
His voice sounded different. Slightly slurred.
“You weren’t worried about playing fair when you got a head start on me,” she snapped.
He seemed to consider that. “I suppose I wasn’t. What does that tell you?”
“That you’re an unscrupulous, manipulative bastard that’s willing to work any situation to your advantage so you can get what you want.”
Finally, he raised his head and his gaze met hers. His expression was hard. “That’s right. Now, tell me. What is it you think I want right now?” His hips pressed forward. Even if they hadn’t, she’d know he was aroused. His erection hardened and lengthened with each second that passed.
Oh God, had she totally misjudged him? Was this what he’d wanted all along? Was he going to—-
“Don’t you fucking look at me like that,” he clipped out, the curse word sounding as foreign coming out of his mouth as his accent. “I’m not going to rape you. But I don’t have to, do I? You want me. And something tells me if I kiss you—-just kiss you—-you’ll tell me exactly where my gun is. What are the odds that I’m right?”
As fear drained from her body, it was replaced swiftly by anger. She felt her face flame and hated that her weakness was so transparent. Worse yet, she hated him for being witness to it. She renewed her struggles, but that didn’t stop him from lowering his lips to hers.
“Bite me,” he warned, “and I swear I’ll bite you back.”
She didn’t bite him.
She was too busy trying to stifle her every sound and every reaction to his kiss. The first touch of his cool mouth to hers seared her nerve endings, and although he kept the contact quick and gentle, she was shaking when he raised his head.
“Where’s the gun?”
She stared mutely back at him.
“You want me to kiss you again, sweetheart?”
Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor and national bestselling author of paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense. She writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, HQN, and Random House. In her off hours, she loves broadway musicals, spending time with her family and friends, and connecting with other romance readers.
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