The Silverton Chronicles, Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Romance/Suspense
Publisher: Smart Heart Publishing
Date of Publication: July 31, 2015
Number of pages: 276 print pages
Word Count: 104k
Cover Artist: Ana Grigoriu
When everyone's existence depends on the lies they tell, trust doesn't come easy
Ivy’s neighbors have a secret. They aren’t human. But Ivy has a secret, too. She knows. As long as everyone keeps quiet, she’s happy working as a P.I. by day and chillaxing with her BFF Florian, a vampire, by night. When a routine pickup drops her in the middle of a murder, her two worlds collide. While Florian knows how to throw a punch, deep down he's a softie. His idea of scary? Running out of hair product. It’s time Ivy faced facts. Even with a vampire on stand-by, one gal can only kick so many asses.
For help, she must put her faith in others. A human, who might just be the one. A demon, who will, for a price, open the doors to her heritage. And a werewolf, who wants to protect her from herself.
Torn between these men, Ivy must tread carefully, because one wants her heart, one wants her body, and one wants her dead.
A growl from behind made my skin crawl. I whipped around. Florian’s face was grim, his posture unnatural and stiff.
The hairs on my arms stood on end, and I suppressed a shudder. “Are you all right?”
“Can’t.” He propped his hand against the wall. “Not feeling well.”
My gaze followed the direction of his stare. Large crimson stains pooled on the immaculate living room carpet. Oh crap. Blood.
I turned back. Florian’s pupils dilated to form two black marbles, trained on me. His canines lengthened, coming to sharp and lethal points. The pounding of my heart overrode my motor skills, and for a second, I stood rooted to the spot.
This wasn’t how I’d envisioned his secret being revealed to me. I’d pictured cupcakes, and maybe tissues at the relief of finally being straight with each other, not a full-out blood frenzy.
Finally, the switch labeled “common sense” flipped and triggered me into action. I fingered the guards in my pockets. The small plates were my only chance.
Carmen lives in the south of England with her beloved tea maker and a stuffed sheep called Fergus. An avid reader since childhood, she caught the writing bug when her Nana asked her to write a story. She also has a law degree, studied physics for a few years, dabbled in marketing and human resources, and speaks native-level German and fluent Geek. Her preferred niches of geekdom are tabletop games, comics, sci-fi and fantasy.
She writes about smart women with sassitude, about pretty cool guys too, and will chase that plot twist, no matter how elusive.
Expect to be kept guessing.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER, Carmen’s first urban fantasy novel, was published in March 2015. To find out more, visit her at www.carmen-fox.com.
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Please welcome Felicity from Carmen Fox's Guarded to Diane’s Book Blog.
What is your full name? Do you have a nickname?
My parents, probably in a state of utter confusion after my birth, thought it a good idea to call me Felicity Jocinda Ivy Bell. But if you don’t want to get slapped, I suggest you call me Ivy.
How old are you?
Where were you born? Where have you lived since then? Where do you currently call home?
Silverton, CA for all three. I’m not much of traveler, although I have been to Alethia, an entirely different realm, but truth be told, even that wasn’t my choice.
What is in your refrigerator right now? On your bedroom floor? On your nightstand? In your garbage can?
Refrigerator: nothing. On my bedroom floor? Dirty laundry. My nightstand: my alarm clock. And most likely coffee grounds, a potato chip bag and soda cans in the trash.
Who are the people you are closest to?
Florian and Julia, my neighbors from across the street. They’ve really come through for me. I wish I were closer to my mom, but we’ve drifted apart since Dad died.
Who is your funniest friend?
Florian. He’s also my best friend. His sense of humor kills me. Just don’t tell him, because he doesn’t need the ego boost. Seriously.
What is your most treasured possession?
Souvenirs of my childhood, from before life got real. When my dad was still alive.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Intelligence and a good sense of humor. No, seriously. Don’t get me wrong, a hot bod would be awesome, too, but I need someone with some gray matter between their ears who can make me laugh when I need it the most.
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