I’m so happy to share my release day with you all! Preparing for this moment has been overwhelming but exciting! It’s April 1st but this is no April Fool’s joke. 🙂 Today TURNED, the first book in my new paranormal series, The Belladonna Agency, hits book shelves and eRetailers! I hope you all enjoy TURNED as much as I loved writing it!
Here is a little bit more about TURNED & The Belladonna Agency…
“Some Flowers Thrive Better in the Dark.” I love this tagline because, just like the beautiful but deadly Belladonna nightshade plant, this perfectly describes my heroines in this series, ordinary women with dark pasts who are recruited to join Belladonna, a black ops organization that hunts vampire criminals.
In TURNED readers will meet Ty Duncan, a sexy newly-turned vampire struggling with the loss of his humanity, and Ana Martin, a former gang member who has yet to accept she is both good and worthy of love.
Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.
Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.
But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.
Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.
When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.
Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?
“What’s wrong? Afraid to be alone with me?”
She lifted her chin. “That cuts both ways. Aren’t you the tiniest bit afraid I’ll murder you in your sleep?”
“Not at all.”
When she shook her head at the confidence in his voice, he smiled.
“Believe me, Ana, if you and I ever end up alone in my bedroom together, the last thing I’m going to be doing is sleeping. I’d advise you to remember that. Now, I’ll show you to your room.”
She was flushed and thrown off, especially as she remembered the power of that erotic dream she’d had about him. “Fine. I could use a shower,” she said as she began to follow him.
“Is that an invitation?” he murmured.
She stumbled slightly. Her heart sped out of control. She hadn’t meant it as an invitation, but she suddenly wanted to pretend that she had. She wanted to grab Ty’s face and kiss him. Hold him. Love him.
And the sad truth was, that word was slipping far too easily into her vocabulary where he was concerned.
Yes, she was hoping to enjoy more time with Ty, but she had to be realistic. Him loving her? It was never, not in a million years, ever going to happen. She was here to do a job,that was all.
Narrowing her eyes, she stopped, kept smiling, loosened her clenched fists, and stepped up to him. “Of course it’s an invitation.” She trailed her fingers up his chest, then abruptly dropped her hand along with her smile. Her gaze dipped down to his crotch, then back up again. “If you want me to finish what I started in Seattle, take me up on it. This time, I promise I won’t stop until your balls are in a box.”
“Careful, princess. Remember what happened the last time you went after me. Or do I need to remind you?”
She stiffened at his threat. At the reminder of the way he’d beaten her—-with the simple caress of his lips against her. And he knew she was reliving that moment because he lowered his gaze to her mouth and smiled. Then, quietly, gently, he stepped back and started walking again, leading her upstairs. Within minutes, he stopped at a heavy wood door and opened it. “Enjoy your shower,” he said before walking away.
“If you’re looking for a hot, sexy, emotional read, Virna DePaul delivers!”
—-J. Kenner, New York Times and
USA Today bestselling author of Release Me
“Virna DePaul creates yummy alpha heroes, relatable heroines, and supercharged emotional plots. Run, don’t walk, to snatch up one of her stories.”
—-New York Times bestselling author Tina Folsom
“A captivating start to a fascinating new series with a hero who’s to die for!”
—-Nationally bestselling author Rhyannon Byrd
“Turned is intense, intricate, and insomnia–inducing (plan to stay up way too late!). Virna DePaul puts the awesome in the awesomesauce of paranormal romance.”
—-Joyce Lamb, curator,
USA Today’s Happy Ever After
“The chemistry between the two was great and made for some very sexy scenes.”
Virna is giving one lucky US or Canada reader a Print of TURNED upon release and one International reader will receive Bedding the Bad Boy in Audio!
Comment below or ask a question to be entered. If you share the news of TURNED’s release let me know in the comment section and you will gain an extra entry in the giveaway.
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