Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Quest by Mary Abshire: Tens List and Excerpt

Title: The Quest
Series: Project Eve #2
Author: Mary Abshire
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Format: Ebook
Length: 284 pages
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Lyrical Press | iTunes | Kobo |
Book Description:  
Retribution. At any cost. 

Now that she knows her name and what she is, she wants justice for everything shes lost. Though her memories elude her, she takes a job for a half-demon Senator and, aided by werewolves from a local clan, intends to uncover evidence that will convict the Senator of more than thirty murders.

Getting to the Senator and finding the necessary evidence is more difficult than she anticipates, especially when there is a bounty for her death. If that were not enough, the vampire who stole her memories returns and reveals unexpected truths. But shes not going to let anything stop her. Not a sadistic assassin or a servant or Lucifer. Not even her ex-lover, the vampire God of the Underworld. Nothing will stop her from claiming retribution...even if the price is her life.

When I reached the main floor, I withdrew my phone. Boss had called. I touched the screen, activating the redial sequence.  

“Where are you?” he asked, sounding a bit agitated.  

“Walking toward the exit now. Are you parked?”  

“Parked and waiting.”  

“Be there soon.” I ended the call and slid the phone back into my purse.  

Excitement fueled my steps. The heels of my boots echoed in the empty Statehouse. Due to the late hour, or rather early hour, the guys said they’d pick me up in front of the capital. The shortened walk was a blessing given I craved substance.  

Reaching the doors, I shoved them open and jogged down the concrete steps. A parked car waited at the curb. Boss, wearing dark pants and a loose blazer, had his arms crossed while he leaned against the SUV. Though he had somewhat short hair, three-inch bangs covered his eyes with the help of the wind. He raked a hand through his locks while keeping his gaze pointed at me.  

“You’re late,” he said as I drew near.  

I frowned. “What, two minutes?” I stopped in front of him.  

He opened the back door for me. “Jonas told me about what happened earlier. In case you need a reminder, minutes can make the difference between life and death.”  

The hardass vampire had a way of getting on my nerves, but I still respected and cared for him. Sure, we had our problems in the beginning. He thought I was an abomination. Over time, and with the help of Jonas and Tabby, he realized I wasn’t such a repulsive creature. We even had an intimate moment once, but we both agreed the incident was to satisfy our carnal needs. Quite frankly, my needs were growing, and if I didn’t get sated soon, I’d have to get my groove on with the vamp again.

I brushed my windblown hair from my face, showing him my forehead. “No worries. I don’t even have a mark.”  

“No, of course not. I bet the demon who shoved you into the brick wall knew you would heal fast.”  

I started to snap back, but a loud screech from the sky stopped me. Boss and I glanced in the direction of the shrill sound and found a garguman perched on top of the building across the street. The naked gray creature flapped his wings and cried out again.  

“Get in the car,” Boss said.  

I quickly leaped into the back seat. Boss slammed my door and settled into the front. 

“Those pesky men must have a liking for you,” Jonas said, staring out his front window.  

“Drive, but don’t go fast,” Boss said. “I want it to follow us.”  

“What?” I scooted between the seats to get a better view. “Why?”  

Jonas shifted the gear and drove away from the curb.  

Boss bent down, his gaze aimed at the sky. “Let’s see if it follows us. If it does, I want to capture it.”  

I leaned between the two seats and faced Boss. “You want to capture a garguman.” The evil creatures with their ugly gray bodies, razor-sharp claws and piranha-like teeth were incredibly strong.

“I want to find out what it knows and who sent it,” Boss said.

<!--[if gte vml 1]> Outside of my government job, I write Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. Dark and dangerous creatures are my friends. I create worlds with vampires, demons, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. I even create new ones. How do I do this? I have a twisted mind and it gets better with wine.

Care to join me in my fantastical worlds? I’ll introduce you to my friends, and if they bite or corrupt your mind... it’s not my fault.

What are 10 items on your bucket list?

Travel Europe and visit museums and castles

Visit Russia

Visit Egypt & Pyramids

Take a cruise

Visit Bermuda

Visit New Zealand

Get a tattoo

Go to Hawaii and get close to a volcano


Scuba dive somewhere safe and where I'd see a lot of marine life

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