Monday, December 15, 2014

Transition by K.A. Salidas

Publication Date: December 8, 2014 
Peace is just a breath between battles for Mira.
Hardened by slavery and war, she longs for the simpler life, knowing that it might never be hers to enjoy. There is always another battle waiting to be fought, another foe on the horizon. Peace between humans and otherkin may be nothing more than a dream, but Mira holds out hope.
It is during this brief respite that Mira is gifted one of her greatest weapons. Though it brings with it memories of a time when she was not so jaded it also comes with a reminder of terrible pain and loss. Awakening deeply hidden emotions within her, If Mira can use this to her advantage, she’ll have a new ally in the next battle to come. 

 “I’m warning you. You have until the count of five to show yourself before I…”

“Before you what, exactly?” a male voice responded confirming my suspicions, but the suddenness and close proximity threw me off. I stumbled over something hard and toppled backwards.

He caught me before my head hit the hard packed ground. “Careful now, sweetheart.” His voice was deep with a rough raspy edge to it. I looked up to thank him and met the most gorgeous pair of eyes I’d ever seen.

Mossy-green eyes held me captive. Both beautiful and frightening they looked far to pretty to be normal human eyes. The otherness of them gave it away before he could confirm it. He was a vampire. Adding to my confusion, there was no malice in his tone. The opposite in fact, his words were calm and soothing. Though dimly lit, I could make out his features and the quirky smile across his face as he helped me stand again. Not exactly what I had expected from someone rummaging through my family’s barn late at night.

Dumbfounded, I stared too long without saying anything, and it was he who broke the awkward silence.

“You know, they have these new things called Imagers. You could just freeze mine, put it in a frame, and stare at that all day.”

“I’d much rather stare at the real thing.” I’d always spoke freely… whatever came to mind, consequences be damned, but at that moment, what had escaped my lips had me turning beet red.

“I’d let you stare at me all day, but that’s when I get my beauty rest.” After flashing me a very toothy grin, he dusted some of the hay off my shirt and pants. “How about you stare for the rest of the night instead?”

I was too worked up, processing what I’d just seen to notice he was flirting back at me. He was a vampire. A real, live, vampire. Were vampires living? That was beside the point. There was a vampire standing scant inches away from me and for the life of me I had no idea what to do about it. Sure, I’d been schooled on proper procedure. Keep them talking while you tapped the emergency code on your bracer, but that would bring the patrols and a lot of attention, quite the opposite of the nice quiet evening I had planned. On the other hand, there was a vampire here. A real one, talking to me. I could pick his brain for hours about what life was like for him. I’d read so many stories.

“Uh… are you okay?” he began to say, and I realized I was still standing there, jaw halfway to the floor

He’s a vampire! That was all my brain would process. I was stuck, and needed to shake the shock of it from my system before I ended up a blathering idiot. Wake up, Mira! “Oh. Yeah. Who the hell are you? And what are you doing in my barn?” That was not what I’d meant to say but the disconnect between my mouth and brain was too much to overcome at that moment. 

Publication Date: February 3, 2014
The great cataclysm wiped almost all life from the face of planet Earth, but tiny pockets of survivors crawled from the ashes, with only one thought: survival, at any cost.
But not all survivors were human.
In the dark, militant society that has risen in the aftermath, vampires, once thought to be mythical, have been assimilated and enslaved. Used for blood sport their lives are allowed to continue only for the entertainment of the masses. Reviled as savages, they are destined to serve out their immortal lives in the arena, as gladiators.
And there is no greater gladiator than Mira: undefeated, uncompromising...and seemingly unbreakable. When an escape attempt leads Mira into the path of Lucian Stavros, the city’s Regent, her destiny is changed forever.
Lucian, raised in a culture which both reviles and celebrates the savagery and inhumanity of vampires, finds Mira as intriguing as she is brash. An impulsive decision - to become Mira’s patron – changes more than just Lucian’s perception about vampire kind. The course of his life is altered in ways he could never have predicted – a life that is suddenly as expendable as hers.
Can Mira prove to Lucian that all is not as it seems? Can Lucian escape centuries of lies, bloodshed, and propaganda to see the truth? Or will the supreme power of the human overlords destroy them both?
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 April 6, 2014 
 Narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Magistrate, Mira travels west, toward the coast. With three weakened human fugitives accompanying her, she searches for the mythical land of Sanctuary.
After encountering a pack of wolf shifters, headed by the charismatic—and brazen—Stryker, Mira learns that Sanctuary is real after all. Caldera Grove: home of the Otherkin. Hidden in the mouth of a dormant volcano, it has protected its residents from humans since the early days following the great cataclysm. For Mira— a vampire— Caldera Grove is a land of peace; an escape from the relentless persecution of the humans who once enslaved her, and an end to the daily struggle and bloodshed of being a gladiator.
For the humans accompanying her, Caldera Grove means death. Humans, greedy and untrustworthy creatures, are destroyed before they can penetrate its borders.
To plead her case for entry into Caldera, Mira must abandon her companions, albeit temporarily, and follow Stryker into the heart of the city. What she finds within Caldera Grove presents her with an unenviable decision between her own desires for freedom and peace, or honor and the human companions who risked it all for her.
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Publication Date: July 30, 2014
Peace is an illusion. Blood, violence, and death follow Mira like shadows.

Battle lines have been drawn between human and Otherkin, and a bloody war is on the horizon: one that will end in either a shift in the world’s balance of power...or ultimate destruction.
In spite of their strength, powers, and a rage known only by the oppressed, the Otherkin are evenly matched by the superior numbers of the human army. To tip the balance in their favor, the Otherkin need more soldiers – and their only options are the Gladiators of New Haven city.
Mira is sent across enemy lines to recruit any able-bodied vampires to her cause. But what she discovers along the way will blur the lines between friends and enemies. Seeds of doubt weaken Mira’s allegiance, and she finds herself torn between the old masters who used her as entertainment and the new ones who consider her as nothing more than a weapon.
As the war draws near, Mira will have to decide what she is truly fighting for.
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Katie Salidas
author of the Immortalis series (Urban Fantasy), Consummate Therapy series (Erotica), and the recently released Chronicles of the Uprising (Dystopian)is a Jill of all Trades. She’s a Super Woman endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of other mortals. Katie can get the munchkins off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons; put hot food on the table, assist with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, she still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write. And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother to three, Wife to one, and slave to the craft of writing, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.

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