Hey everyone! I am very pleased to be able to be apart of Dave Ferraro’s blog tour for the release of Dark Genesis. You may have read my review of Her Dark Destiny. If you also name it my my favorite novel of 2011!
I have an excerpt from Dark Genesis to share with everyone.
Also, feel free to head over to Dave’s blog to find the other stops on the tour.
After the excerpt you will find the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win $40 AMAZON or B&N Giftcard as well as a FREE copy of Dark Genesis! Everyone who enters receives the free copy! (If you don’t see it, it is because my computer sucks and won’t let me post it or is showing it for me and not everyone else. Just head to Dave’s blog to enter the giveaway :) )
Licking her lips, Alyssa did her best to relax her muscles and pretend that she couldn’t move. It was a difficult feat, given that she felt the creature’s horrible, hard limbs digging into her, its terrible head over her own, mouth pieces fluttering in its mouth as if it were wagging several tongues at once. It was an utterly detestable thing. And its neck was completely exposed to her. With one strike, she could have released herself from its grip. But then, she wouldn’t find Vessa. So she resisted her instincts, as much as they screamed for her to save herself and fight.
After a minute or two that felt like hours, the tick flew to the ground and released her, dropping her to the ground before the blood-nest, which smelled even worse up close, if that were possible.
She lifted her head ever so slightly to examine the nest, and saw Parker, Eric and Flax being pushed gently against the nest walls, blue veins standing out around the edges of their faces, syrupy blood dripping over them. Alyssa felt a tick tugging on her and allowed it to gently push her against the nest as well, watching as the ticks flew away after a moment.
She licked her lips and glanced at the nest, a frown forming on her face as she saw something shine near her head. She tilted her head, trying to figure out what it was, and then gasped. A ring. And it was still attached to a finger.
Her eyes widened as she took a step away from the hive and examined it more carefully. There was other jewelry mixed in with the hive walls, as well as hair and teeth. Her heart hammered in her chest as she realized that not only was the nest dripping with blood like honey, but it was made from the flesh of human beings. The smell that it gave off took on a new meaning and she began vomiting, unable to help herself. She dropped to the ground and wretched several times before her body began to wrack with dry heaves. She wiped at her mouth, sweat standing out on her face. She suddenly felt weak and utterly tired, but she forced herself to stand. Her friends needed her.
She took a deep breath and stared at the flesh-colored walls of the hive. It was almost like the flesh had been melted or something, then packed together to form the hive. Maybe partially ingested. She tried to look at it scientifically without really thinking about the people involved, but in the end, she just had to ignore the entire thing. She couldn’t handle it if she wanted to be able to function at all. Already, she wanted to curl up in a ball and cry.
There were two other humans in the walls along with her friends, covered in some hard substance that was perhaps leathered flesh, binding them to the nest. Ambrosia was also there, its head drooping forward limply from its prison. But there was no sign of Vessa.
“Alyssa,” a soft voice called from behind her.
Alyssa jumped, but immediately recognized the voice. “Thank god,” she murmured, turning to see Vessa stroll over to her casually, as if they were meeting for coffee. Alyssa looked her up and down. “Why aren’t you all…paralyzed?”
Vessa glanced over at their friends. “My pheromones. It took a little work, but I figured out how to make them think I’m one of them. They rely heavily on chemicals to communicate.”
Alyssa released a sigh. “Good. Then we can get the hell out of here.”
Vessa tensed, then took a step in front of Alyssa as two ticks suddenly landed nearby. They stepped up to Vessa, antennae twitching, even brushing Vessa in the face. Alyssa didn’t dare breathe until they began to walk back toward the prisoners, wings buzzing in their wake.
“Stay still,” Vessa mumbled back toward Alyssa.
Alyssa wasn’t going to challenge that order, and watched as one of the ticks suddenly brought its head up to one of the witches they’d captured earlier. Something like a needle shot from its mouth and slid smoothly into the girl’s flesh, and it looked as if it were feeding.
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