Reading Roadtrip: Mississippi

All through the month of July, I Like These Books and Icey Books are hosting a Reading Roadtrip. Blogs from all over are participating, and sharing information about books or authors from each of the 50 states, and a few neighborly countries.

Today, here, we’re going to talk about some vampire urban fantasy that takes place in Mississippi :-)

Jeannie Holmes’ Alexandra Sabian series takes place in Jefferson, Mississippi. There are two books in the series so far.

BLOOD LAW

To stop a vampire killer, she’ll have to slay her own demons first.

A provocative and savvy vampire, Alexandra Sabian moves to the sleepy hamlet of Jefferson, Mississippi—population 6,000, nearly one-half vampires—to escape the demons lurking in her past. As an Enforcer for the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation (FBPI), Alex must maintain the uneasy peace between her kind and humans, including Jefferson’s bigoted sheriff, who’d be happy to see all vampires banished from town. Then really dead vamps start turning up—beheaded, crucified, and defanged—killed in the same gruesome manner that Alex’s father was murdered decades ago. For Alex, the professional has become way too personal.

Things get even more complicated when the FBPI sends in some unnervingly sexy backup: Alex’s one-time mentor, lover, and fiancé, Varik Baudelaire. Still stinging from the betrayal that ended their short-lived engagement, Alex is determined not to give in to the temptation that soon threatens to short-circuit her investigation.Like it or not, though, as the body count grows, and the public panic level rises, Varik may be her only hope to stop a relentless killer who’s got his own score to settle, and his own bloody past to put right.

BLOOD SECRETS

When Alexandra Sabian sinks her teeth into an investigation, she doesn’t let go.

Alex allowed a case of murdered vamps to get personal and is suspended from the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation. Now she’s facing an official inquiry but has a chance to redeem herself. The catch: She must once again work with Varik Baudelaire, her former mentor and ex-fiancé, as he spearheads a search for a missing college student. But Varik has been keeping secrets from Alex and his mysterious past is on a collision course with his present.

When Alex and Varik discover a carefully handcrafted doll at a crime scene, neither of them can see how close the danger really is or that a killer known as the Dollmaker has made Alex the object of his horrific desire. Now the only way out of the Dollmaker’s lair is through the twilight realm of the Shadowlands, where all secrets—for better or worse—will be revealed.

So… on this reading road trip around the country… Jeannie and I would like to invite you to spend a little time in Mississippi with Alex and Varik. Jeannie Holmes is offering *signed copies* of both BLOOD LAW and BLOOD SECRETS to one random commenter!! Winner will be chosen at the end of the road trip, at midnight on July 31st. Each person that comments below will be entered to win the two signed books. If you tweet, post, pin, or otherwise promote this contest, and include a link to that in your comment, you’ll be entered a second time.

Thanks to everyone for stopping in… be sure to click the Road Trip graphic at the top of this page to see the other stops around the country, all with contests for you to enter!! Good Luck, everyone!!

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