Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Hunter's Angel Book Tour: excerpt and review

A Hunter's Angel
by Cera DuBois
Format: ebook (Kindle edition, 170 pages)
Published 2012

Blurb: The serial killer stalking Clayton, Pennsylvania, isn’t all that has Chief of Police Grace Wallace worried. For a year, she’s tried to forget Special Agent Ian McHenry and now he’s the expert the FBI sent to catch the killer. She can’t stay away from him, but something primal is telling her to run to save much more than just her heart. 

Despite the strict code of ethics Ian vowed to follow as a vampire hunter, he craves Grace’s blood above all others. If he chooses to stay, Ian risks losing his chance at divine forgiveness. 

But if he leaves Grace unprotected from the evil he’s hunted for over a century, he loses more than just his soul…

An excerpt:
“I’m in love with the man inside the vampire.” Grace moved her hand to thread through his silky hair. When she rested the other over his heart, a soft sigh escaped his lips. Underneath her palm, the slow beat was barely noticeable. 

His thumb grazed her cheekbone and slowly trailed down to the hollow of her throat. Her breathing quickened at the zinging anticipation as he caressed the pulse point where he’d claimed to have taken blood from her. He glanced at the spot with eyes as haunted as he sounded. “I’m not a man.” 

“But you were once.” 

He met her gaze again. “Yes, once.” 

His fingers lingered over her pulse. Her heart raced under his touch. She tilted her neck as if his touch awakened some base instinct to offer the sacrifice. “Do you still want my blood?” 

Ian stepped away and locked his wide-eyed gaze onto hers. At last, he rasped, “No, I don’t want your blood. Oh, God, I still crave it. You have the sweetest I’ve ever had, but I will never hurt you again.” 

She didn’t know what possessed her to do so, but she whispered, “You can take...some of it.” 

He closed his eyes, and when he opened them, he acidly said, “No, Grace. I can never taste your blood again. It would kill you.” 

Fear of what she’d wanted him to do tumbled through her. She stepped away, and for a moment, she considered telling him to leave. How did she know any of this was real? She couldn’t imagine she’d ever freely offer a vampire her blood. Did she really believe him? He was sucking her into his insanity. But if this was true and he could make people do things against their will, maybe he could control her feelings. 

“Maybe I should go?” Ian backed away another step and headed toward the counter where he’d left his dagger. He turned back to her with the sheath in his hand. Her heart shattered with the knowledge that, if he walked out the front door, she’d never see him again. “Goodbye, my sweet angel.” 

His jagged murmur ripped at her soul as his eyes took on a blazing intensity and snared hers. She felt a pressure in her mind, and she knew what he intended to do. He wanted to erase her memories of him. 


About the author: Cera duBois has a strong belief in never giving up on your dreams… Although Cera was unable to read due to dyslexia and a learning disability until she was in the fourth grade, she always had a story to tell. She wrote her first novel in eleventh grade when she had to keep a journal for her academic English class.

Since her life was far from exciting growing up as a farm girl in West Central Pennsylvania, she decided to rely on her imagination to give her something to write about. Over the course of the school year, she wrote a tangled romance set in the Deep South during the Civil War.

Becoming an author was her ultimate dream. Despite holding a BS in secondary social studies education from Penn State University, she currently works full-time as a medical secretary.

A mother of a teenage son and pre-teen daughter, she lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband of nearly 20 years. If she isn’t sitting in a quiet corner with her laptop, warm days will find her in the English garden surrounding her house. Cera loves to read and is interested in history, romance, science fiction and the paranormal.

She also writes contemporary Westerns under her real name of Sara Walter Ellwood.

Author links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

With the amount of vampire fiction available today, it's occasionally hard for this fan to find a book which stands out or for whatever reason, impacts me. Cera duBois has made a fan of this vampire book lover. There is something about A Hunter's Angel that simply kept me enthralled. I liked Sheriff Grace and Ian's tumultuous relationship, both as coworkers and as lovers. When he breaks her heart and she heads home to get over him, she never expected to see him again. The past or people from it sometimes have a way of making their way back to one, and this happens to Grace. 

From city detective to small town sheriff, Grace did not think she'd ever be working a similar case with vampire Ian again. They had chemistry and I certainly enjoyed their antics. I also liked the author's take on vampires and having a vamp hunt his own kind. The secondary characters wove a path to my heart--particularly the best friends Brad and Ben--and if this becomes a series I hope to see these wonderful characters again. A Hunter's Angel is what a good paranormal novel should be: involving, engaging and fun.

Rating: 3.5

Cover comment: Works for me!

Book source: I received an ebook promotional copy for my honest review to run during a book tour.

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