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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Darkness Unleashed Sneak Peek!

PROLOGUE

Jagr knew he was creating panic in Viper’s exclusive nightclub. The elegant establishment with its crystal chandeliers and red velvet upholstery catered to the more civilized members of the demon world. Jagr was anything but civilized.
He was a six-foot-three vampire who had once been a Visigoth chief. But it wasn’t his pale gold hair that had been braided to fall nearly to his waist, or the ice-blue eyes that missed nothing that sent creatures with any claim to intelligence scurrying from his path. It wasn’t even the leather duster that flared about his hard body.
No, it was the cold perfection of his stark features and the hint of feral fury that smoldered about him.
Three hundred years of relentless torture had stripped away any hint of civility.
Ignoring the assorted demons who tumbled over chairs and tables in an effort to avoid his long strides, Jagr concentrated on the two Ravens guarding the door to the back office. The hushed air of sophistication was giving him a rash.
He was a vampire who preferred the solitude of his lair hidden beneath the streets of Chicago, surrounded by his vast library, secure in the knowledge that not a human, beast, or demon possessed the ability to enter.
Not that he was the total recluse that his vampire brothers assumed.
No matter how powerful or skilled or intelligent he might be, he understood that his survival depended on understanding the ever-changing technology of the modern world. And beyond that was the necessity of being able to blend in with current society.
Even a recluse had to feed.
Tucked in the very back of his lair was a plasma TV with every channel known to humankind, and the sort of nondescript clothing that allowed him to cruise through the seedier neighborhoods without causing a riot.
The most lethal hunters knew how to camouflage when on the prowl.
But this place…
He’d rather be staked than mince and prance around like a jackass.
Damn Styx. The ancient vampire had known that only a royal command could force him to enter a crowded nightclub. Jagr made no secret of his disdain for the companionship of others.
Which begged the question of why the Anasso would choose such a setting to meet.
In a mood foul enough to fill the vast club with an icy chill, Jagr ignored the two Ravens who stood on sentry duty near the back office, and, lifting his hand, allowed his power to blow the heavy oak door off its hinges.
The looming Ravens growled in warning, dropping their heavy capes, which hid the numerous swords, daggers, and guns attached to various parts of their bodies.
Jagr’s step never faltered. Styx wouldn’t let his pet vampires hurt an invited guest. At least not until he had what he needed from Jagr.
And even if Styx didn’t call off the guards…well hell, he’d been waiting centuries to be taken out in battle. It was a warrior’s destiny.
There was a low murmur from inside the room and the two Ravens grudgingly allowed him to pass with nothing more painful than a heated glare.
Stepping over the shattered door, Jagr paused to cast a wary glance about the pale-blue and ivory room. As expected, Styx (a towering Aztec who was the current king of vampires) was consuming more than his fair share of space behind a heavy walnut desk, his bronzed features unreadable. Viper (clan chief of Chicago, who, with his silver hair and dark eyes looked more like an angel than lethal warrior) standing at his shoulder.
“Jagr.” Styx leaned back in the leather chair, his fingers steepled beneath his chin. “Thank you for coming so promptly.”
Jagr narrowed his frigid gaze. “Did I have a choice?”
“Careful, Jagr,” Viper warned. “This is your Anasso.”
Jagr curled his lips, but he was wise enough to keep his angry words to himself. Even presuming he could match Styx’s renowned power, he would be dead before ever leaving the club if he challenged the Anasso.
“What do you want?” he growled.
“I have a task for you.”

13 comments:

Ada Lato-Esposito said...
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Ada Lato-Esposito said...

Alex...I remember that sneak peek...it's SO good. I can't wait 2read more about how Jagr will get his HEA.

Hope ur all having a gr8 wkend!

Alcott said...

This made my night! I'm hoping that October/November was a rough estimate and it comes out sooner.

Thanks!!!!

Ja'niece said...

I can't Wait!! Can you give us an est. on when it will be out?

Alexandra Ivy said...

The last I heard it is scheduled for December 1st...sigh :)

Audrey M said...

That was so bad, Alex. That wasn't a sneak peek, that was a tease. Stop teasing the faithful, who wait patiently for the next book.

Alexandra Ivy said...

I really am a tease :)))

Alcott said...

Tease or not, this was great!

Any insight as to your plans for the Guardian series after Jagr's book? (even tentative plans?) I don't remember seeing anything after your discussion a few months ago about what you were trying to decide what to do.

Alexandra Ivy said...

Salvatore's story (that I'm just starting on) is the last in my contracted books, but my editor has hinted that the Guardian books might live on :) For now I'll keep my fingers crossed!!

kndrmom said...

It's a good thing you can't see salivation on the keyboard cuz... man oh man, I can tell already that Jagr is my kind of vampire! May I please have some more kind lady?? :)

neyney said...

Ooh Alex you're killing me here!!!! December but I want it NOW!!! (said in her best Veruca Salt voice) And you are going to do something with Salvatore? YAY, I wondered about that and Darcy's long lost sisters. Now since I'm completely obsessed with Levet will he be making a comeback in any/all of the upcoming novels? I've really grown to adore the little guy and love his pithy Frenchy-Frenchness of his sayings Sacre Bleu! Can't wait till March and then I guess *sigh* December for DU :o(

Alexandra Ivy said...

I'll absolutely be posting more of the story later :) And Levet does keep making his appearances in the later books...I just can't get rid of him!!

neyney said...

Oh man, I didn't see your final reply until now. I'm such a blogging newb! Anyway YAY LEVET! I think I'm bordering on obsession with the little guy. You had something in the back story about him that intrigued me. There was an allusion that Levet had had a prior romance and I was wondering if you would ever pick up on that storyline perhaps? I would like Levet to find his own little gargoylette to love.