Author J.A. Campbell takes over The Raven’s Quill to offer a sneak peak into her new novel Summer Break Blues! Read, enjoy, share, and then help Ms. Campbell get the word out!
Meg managed to survive her senior year of high school as a vampire, and now she’s looking forward to a relaxing summer with her friends before trying to tackle college. Unfortunately, some unfinished business from the previous year rears its ugly head and Meg is forced to deal with the Sidhe who are distinctly unhappy that she killed one of their kind last winter. Then Ann’s parents vanish while they are on their annual summer vacation in Maine and it’s up to Meg and the rest of the gang to come to the rescue. Though she is still trying to figure out who, and what she has become, Meg and her friends feel they are up to the challenge. That is until things really start to fall apart.
Summer Break Blues is the sequel to J.A. Campbell’s first novel, Senior Year Bites. It will be released in ebook from Bono/Decadent Books on November 14th.
“It is a warning,” a quiet voice with a British accent said behind us.
We spun around. It disturbed me I hadn’t noticed the Sidhe standing there sooner. He had dark, silky hair and his eyes were a familiar glacial blue. I thought he might be the same one who had retrieved us from the woods what seemed like ages ago. He dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, unlike last time, maybe to fit in.
“For what?” I snarled at him. I was seriously pissed off and didn’t care if he knew it.
“You were summoned and failed to appear. This proves your guilt, Megan Clanless. You have twenty-four standard hours to turn yourself in for judgment.”
“Um, we did come when we were summoned. You were there, asshole.”
Alexander grabbed my arm. His grip would have been painful if I had still been human.
“You were summoned again and fled.”
“Seriously? You guys really need to get over yourselves. We certainly weren’t running from a bunch of Faeries, nor were we summoned.”
That got a reaction, though a minor one. The Sidhe’s eyes flashed in anger and he clenched his hands. Alexander’s grip got impossibly tight, but I ignored him.
“Alexander Clanless, you’re charged with aiding a murderer. You have twenty-four standard hours to turn yourself in for judgment.”
The words sounded almost ritualistic. I felt Alexander’s shock through our faint bond. And his fear.
“Seriously?” I’d had enough of their crap. I would pay for it, but I let my Vampire powers take over again and lunged forward. I was gratified and surprised when my fist connected with the Sidhe’s face. The scent of his blood didn’t even bother me, I was that mad.
His eyes went wide and he backed away, one hand on his face. I thought I smelled real fear, too. Perhaps he’d just realized I was, in fact, a Vampire and dangerous.
I growled at him, low and animalistic. “You will leave me and Alexander alone. We are allowed to defend ourselves, and that’s all we were doing last winter. We’ve done nothing wrong.”
He straightened and let his arm drop. “I must admit, I’m confused that you are out during the day. Obviously the sunlight doesn’t hinder you as it should. This by itself makes you too dangerous to live. If you do not turn yourself in, you will be hunted and killed.” He sounded like he had a cold because of his broken nose, but the deadly seriousness in his voice stifled my amusement a little. “Both of you.”
I took a menacing step forward, and he backed away again. I wished I had stabbed him with the arrow he’d shot at us instead of punching him in the face.
“You’ve been notified.” The air shimmered around him, and he stepped back and vanished. The arrow vanished as well.
“Is he really gone?” I stared at my empty hand. “What the heck?”
“Yeah.” Alexander shrugged. “Faerie magic. He didn’t want to leave his arrow behind, I guess.”
“Glad he’s gone.” A wave of weakness washed over me, and I staggered. He caught me again. My skin burned and my vision wavered. “Get me out of the sun.”
He dragged me across the beach.
“What happened?” Steph ran up to us. Ann was there, too, but she only watched.
“Too much sun,” he replied. “Help me get her in the shade. She’ll be fine.”
I was surprised he didn’t mention the Sidhe. Hell, I was surprised Steph and Ann hadn’t noticed me punching him in the face. As soon as the cool shade sheltered me, I felt better. Then the hunger tried to take over. I managed to turn my weak lunge in Alexander’s direction into more of a stumble into a fetal position on the cold rocks. I hoped he didn’t notice.
“Maybe we should take her home,” Ann said after a minute.
I took a few deep, calming breaths and froze. I inhaled again, noticing a familiar scent. “No, wait. I smell blood.”
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Julie writes fantasy novels. When she’s not out riding her horse, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer with a cat on her lap and her dog at herside.