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The Vampire Guard #2
The members of the Vampire Guard—Jonas Forge, spy and soldier turned cop; computer hacker extraordinaire Blair Turner; Declan, thief, con man, and ex-pirate; and medical examiner and werewolf Dr. Lucas Coate—face a dangerous and elusive enemy.
And this time, it’s personal.
Over the course of three hundred years, a man has touched each of their lives in ways they are only just realizing. When a hunt for a psychotic killer in the present resurrects memories and clues from the past, they discover how they have been affected and are bound by the existence of a ruthless vampire criminal. Now, while preventing a heist at a high-tech art show and thwarting several large-scale explosions, the team must employ their unique blend of science and supernatural abilities to put an end to the machinations of the man toying with their lives.
This time, he won’t slip through their fingers.
This time, it’s more than a case. It’s a hunt, and Forge, Blair, Declan, and Lucas won’t stop until they’ve captured their quarry.
When writing The Vampire Guard books one of my very favorite things has become ‘the team’ and writing scenes with all of them showing off what they do the best. This wasn’t always so for me as a writer. Before starting this series, I was more of a writer who preferred to focus on the two main characters. Not long after beginning work on the first book of the series, Code Name Jack Rabbit, I realized the team, Operative Team Jack Rabbit was the true main character. In this book, Quarry, second in the series, I was able to write a number of scenes that featured all the members of Operative Team Jack Rabbit. This excerpt is one such scene. It’s near the end of the book and is part of the team’s great escape from a sticky situation.
Declan had gone straight to the SUV without taking any detours. Blair cut through an outdoor sitting area on the side of the library farthest from the alley. He felt Forge’s anxiety ramp up, then ease off as Blair jogged down the alley. Declan had the SUV engine running, and the doors were open. Blair tossed the bags he carried ahead of him and into the back of the vehicle. Forge leaned out of the side and grabbed Blair’s arm, pulling him inside.
“Go get Lucas,” Forge said to Declan and pulled the door shut.
Declan expertly guided the SUV out of the alley and into traffic. He wove through the vehicles, but their progress was slow. Blair took his own laptop from his equipment bag and settled in the back cargo compartment of the van. “Lucas, head east down the next side street,” Blair instructed as soon as he had the map up. “Declan, left at the next light.”
“Red light,” Declan grumbled.
“Not for long,” Blair said and grinned when the SUV took a sharp left, then accelerated.
Forge grabbed the back of the seat and put one arm up to keep one of the bags from falling on him. “Did you do that?” Smiling, Blair shrugged, and Forge snickered. “You are so sexy when you’re modest.”
“Red light, red light, do it again,” Declan shouted.
The van’s brakes squealed, and then Blair heard Declan stomp on the gas, and the SUV lurched forward again, taking another sharp turn.
“There’s Lucas,” Forge said and pointed out the side window. The van slowed down, and Forge pushed the back door open. He jumped out and ran to Lucas, taking part of his load. They threw the bags in the back and leaped in after them. Lucas pulled the doors shut.
“Sayyna, where are you?” Lucas asked.
“We’re about ten blocks west of the apartment building. It’s near a zoo,” Sayyna’s voice said in Blair’s earbuds.
“Take your phone out of the bag,” Blair said and stared at the laptop screen. “Okay, got ya. Um… keep going west, bypass the zoo, and you should see a bank. Next to that is a restaurant with a big patio.”
“We’ll meet you there,” Sayyna said.
Between Blair manipulating the traffic signals and Declan’s driving skills, they spotted Sayyna and Dane right where Blair had directed them to meet. Minutes later they too were safely inside the van.
“Traffic is bad and being rerouted, but it doesn’t look like there are any roadblocks or searches,” Declan said.
“We should be safe if you want to check the news,” Blair told Forge.
Forge nodded and pulled out his phone, dumping it out of the protective pouch. After a few minutes, he told them, “According to the local news, the focus is mainly on finding and disarming bombs in the apartment building and hotel. A lot of the people have been cleared out, and suspects are in custody.” He leaned forward and held one hand up, palm out to Blair.
“Oh, yeah,” Blair said and high-fived Forge’s hand.
Lucas climbed into the seat beside Declan. “I can’t wait to ditch these stinky coveralls.”
Declan snorted. “Me either. I might not have as sensitive a nose as you do, but my sense of smell is good enough.”
Dane and Sayyna were in the back bench seat, and Forge had stayed with Blair in the rearmost cargo hold. Leaning over the seat, Dane poked at Declan’s shoulder. “I have a crisp, new twenty-dollar American bill that says Palle and Maisy make it to the airstrip before we do.”
“Don’t do it,” Forge said without looking up from his phone.
“Hell no, I won’t,” Declan said. “I’m a con man, not a betting man, and you forget I’ve known Palle a lot longer than you have. Of course they will,” Declan said.
Blair heard him hit the turn signal before he sped up. They were on a road with less traffic now. A quick glance at his watch told Blair they had a little less than half an hour to meet their plane. Their destination wasn’t a commercial airport, but a smaller private one, and Blair wondered if the owners knew who owned the plane they’d meet or if they were part of the Akhkharu Nasaru. He’d probably never know. When they arrived Dane made arrangements for the SUV to be returned to the rental agency while Sayyna and Forge went in search of Palle and Maisy. Blair helped Declan and Lucas haul all their bags to the waiting aircraft.
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Elizabeth Noble lives by the adage “I can’t not write”. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t make up stories and eventually she learned how to write them down. A part of every day is spent living in worlds she created that are filled with intrigue and espionage. Using a real love of scifi and urban fantasy highlighted by twisty plots she crafts stories taking place in a slightly altered version of our world.
When she’s not chronicling the adventures of her many characters Elizabeth is a veterinary nurse living in her native Cleveland, Ohio. She shares her little brick house with an adorable canine princess and her tabby cat side-kick. Elizabeth is a fan of baseball, basketball (go Cavs and Indians!) and gardening. She can often be found working in her ‘outside office’ listening to classic rock and plotting her next novel waiting for it to be dark enough to gaze at the stars.
Elizabeth received several amateur writing awards. Since being published, several of her novels have received honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Her novel Jewel Cave was a runner-up in the 2015 Rainbow Awards in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category. Ringed Love was a winner in the Gay Fantasy Romance category of the 2016 Rainbow Awards.
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