by Nikki Jefford
(Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter #2.5)
Publication date: January 14th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Noel Harper got a second chance at life when the government recruited her as an undercover vampire informant. Since the day they brought her back from the good-as-dead, she has wanted to prove herself worthy.
When a member of her investigative unit is murdered, Noel is paired up with a vampire hunter named Dante to spy on a suspect in Fairbanks. The problem? They’re not the only ones on stakeout. Taking down murderous vampires is one thing. Dealing with the past is another. But this time, Noel isn’t letting fear win. She’s calling in help from the other side and learns a shocking secret along the way.
(STAKEOUT is an Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter novella told from Noel Harper’s POV. Approximately 40,000 words.)
Into the Dark
Dante drove past Buck’s place then turned around at the end of the road. Two cabins down from Buck’s, Dante pulled over and put the Jeep in park.
“You can wait in the Jeep while I check it out.”
“No way!” I said. “How do I know you’re not going to break in and kill Buck while I’m not looking?”
Dante slouched over the steering wheel. “Well, then you’re going to have to come with me, because I’m not doing this stakeout from the sidelines. I want a front row view.”
My jaw clenched. I couldn’t imagine what it must have been like for Aurora to be tossed into her first mission with this guy. I sighed. “Do you have an extra pair of night vision goggles?”
Dante grinned. “Nope, you’ll just have to grab onto me and hold on tight.”
“Or you could let me wear them.”
“I don’t think so. You should have brought your own.”
Yeah, cause I really knew to pack infrared goggles.
The inside of the Jeep suddenly lit up when a set of headlights crested the hill. Dante and I went silent as the lights momentarily blinded us. The inside of the Jeep faded back to dark when the lights veered to the side and headed down Buck’s driveway.
“Well, well. Bucky has a visitor,” Dante said. “I’m checking it out.” He reached across me, arm brushing my leg as he opened the glove compartment. I squinted in the dark to see what weapon he’d stashed in there this time, but he pulled out a flashlight. An instant later, Dante exited the car, right after he glanced backwards and said, “Tommy, stay.”
I cursed under my breath as I scrambled out. The cold bit into me. So yeah, Fairbanks was noticeably frigid compared to Anchorage—the kind of cold that made my lungs feel like they were going to freeze solid and turn into an icicle lodged inside my throat.
Luckily, I’d put on a pair of combat boots for the trip north. Not-so-luckily, I had on a black tulle skirt; the one I called my evil ballerina skirt. I’d worn thick tights beneath it in an attempt at practicality.
I might as well have been naked for all the good my clothes did me. I felt like Eve wearing the fig leaf between her legs in the Garden of Freezing.
Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who found paradise in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands (Wash.) where she is once more neighbors with Canada in a town without a single traffic light. She loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt.
When she's not reading, writing, working, or out on a nature walk, she's out riding her Suzuki DRZ400SM.
Tour wide giveaway
--Complete eBook set of the series (INT)
--15$ Amazon Gift Card (INT)
--Signed Stakeout paperback (US/CAN)
--Aurora Sky Swag Pack with black nail polish - picture attached (US/CAN)