Today I’m pleased to bring you an offering from author Stephanie L. Eaves’ The Endangered blog tour. I haven’t had a chance to read the whole book yet, but, from what I have read, it looks like it will be worth it!
S&D Industries is a prominent pharmaceutical company based in New York. It has, for many years, appeared to exist only for the benefit of humanity, and this year’s chief product seems no different. The company’s CEO, whom we know only as Striden, announces the imminent delivery of a powerful flu vaccine. The true purposes of S&D are anything but philanthropic, however. The newly-engineered drug does not protect against flu. It turns people into werewolves.
The only group which stands a chance of resisting this change is a population of vampires. The foremost of them, who go by the name of The Endangered, are determined to turn back the mass werewolf infestation. Among them are an ambitious rebel named Catch and Lori, Catch’s newly-turned protégé. Catch has brought this treacherous world to Lori’s doorstep and both their worlds are turned upside-down in the process. Secrets are exposed, alliances are formed. Blood is spilled as the vampires must do everything in their power to preserve both their own kind and that of their food supply.
I am not your hero.
I am the embodiment of hatred, lust, greed, fury, and envy.
Every repulsive trait, every inherent desire repressed; all that is disgraceful and desecrating.
You see in me.
I am the intangible and undeniable craving buried inside yourself that you try to ignore.
But always know deep down it’s there.
And it’s hungry.
I am not your hero.
I am mine.
My grip slipped and I began to fall. My feet hung lifeless.
Then the world fell away into dark sinister obscurity.
And something snapped.
My claws grasped at the ledge and toe of my boot caught a crevice. I shot my body in an upward arch as if propelled by an unknown force.
I flung my body over the roof edge, feet just making the landing. I sprung across to the closing door.
The screams inside the stairwell were deafening.
Maybe that’s why I didn’t hear them.
I was a fever of grief and rage.
And he was in my way.
The cries stopped as the crunching persisted.
Bones shattered and blood spewed from the open wound in his back.
Then there was silence.
I moved quickly past the corpse, stepping on and breaking his crossbow as I did.
He was not my only target. There were many to blame.
There wasn’t enough blood on my hands.
Crina spun with a start as I burst through the stairwell door. If her presence surprised me, my expression didn’t show it. I glanced around. Crina eyed my fist, still clenched around Gavin’s heart.
Blood ran down my arm and dripped on the floor.
“What are you doing here?”
Crina pointed to the comm in her ear. “Sounded like you could use some backup. Frankly, I was already halfway here when I heard you two engage. Jiro managed to get the camera feeds from this building online and we saw Deacon organizing his men.”
She pointed down the hall.
“Are you seeing this? I mean, seriously. Damn. Look at this place. Lab equipment I was expecting, lab rats I was not prepared for.”
The hallway contained numerous cells. None of which were empty.
Bodies; some human, some wolf, some indiscernible.
“They’re testing the virus here. From what I’ve seen, most of the floors are designed for the same purposes.”
Stark white corridors of padded walls and Plexiglas.
And nothing alive on either side.
We were standing amidst the answers we’d sought for so long.
And I wanted no part of it.
The heart dropped from my hand and it the floor with a sickening thud.
Some people handle grief well.
I am not one of those people.
The elevator pinged and I darted for its doors.
Win a free copy of The Endangered by S.L. Eaves. Two winners will be awarded either a paper or ebook copy. Go to the following link to enter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b9d480493/ – good luck!
About the author:
S.L. Eaves is a graduate student at Drexel University, pursuing her MBA in Marketing. She received her undergraduate degree in Film from University of Pittsburgh. While attending Pitt, she took a number of writing courses and earned a certificate in Professional Writing.
Originally from West Chester, PA, she has lived in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis before returning to the Philadelphia area, where she currently resides.
Her professional background is in marketing, primarily in the media and publishing industries. She enjoys being in an environment that promotes creativity and challenges her to apply her film and writing skills to generate innovative marketing campaigns.
Outside of writing, she’s an avid sports fan and concert goer who enjoys running and biking in her free time and readily confesses to being bit of a film and television junkie. When home, she’s never without a book in arm’s reach.
The Endangered is her debut novel and is slated to be the first in a new series from Zharmae Publishing Press, with the sequel scheduled for 2015.
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