KICKING IT, the new anthology edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price, will be out on Dec. 3rd, and I’ve got an excerpt of Faith Hunter’s story, The Devil’s Left Boot, my review of the anthology, and also, you can enter a huge tour wide giveaway!
From THE DEVIL’S LEFT BOOT by Faith Hunter (Kicking It)
The bustled vampire opened her eyes. Looked lost for a moment. And then she screamed. Cia lifted her hands to the moon and shouted, “Hedge of thorns!” The inner circle glowed red with silver motes of power. The warding sank into the earth, deep as the mountain’s heart, as Liz drew from the depths and pumped more power into it. The hedge drew in overhead, a long oval-shaped ellipse of power, as Cia wove it closed with moonlight.
The vamp dove at Liz, but hit the ward. She bounced off and screamed again, this time a high-pitched keening that hurt their ears. Then she saw the right boot—the Christian Louboutin, its five-inch spike -heel angled away, its black suede toe not quite touching the hedge. She dropped to the ground, her hands pressing against the earth, and leaned forward until her nose nearly touched the hedge. “I want. Mine!” She tried to grab the boot and screamed when her hand came into contact with the hedge, its gray/silver sparks jumping out at her.
Did you see the lineup on this one folks? It’s like a who’s who in awesome urban fantasy! All of the stories feature kick ass chicks, some with familiar characters to fans of their work. One of my favorites is Faith Hunter’s story featuring Liz and Cie, both witches and coven members of Evangelina, who, well…if you’re caught up with the series, you know her fate, but in this one, Liz and Cie is asked to find the missing mother of a high school acquaintance, and may have to ask Jane Yellowrock for help. In Forked Tongues by Rachel Caine, Holly, a witch, and her boyfriend Andy, a man out of his own time, wake up to a burning cross in their front yard and a picture of a dead woman. They’ll have to use some powerful magic to find out who killed her, and deal with some unruly neighbors in the process. Lucienne Diver’s The Parlor, a PI with the power of precog is hired to gather dirt on a husband accused of cheating and gets more than she bargained for at a gambling club called The Parlor, and unfortunately, might have to call on the god Apollo for help. Of course, more than just gambling is going on at The Parlor, and it’s beautiful proprietor is not of this world. Red Isn’t Really My Color by Christina Henry takes place between the events of Black Night and Black Howl so will certainly appeal to fans of Maddie Black (like me!). Lucifer wants Maddie to find an ancient artifact, and torture device, The Red Shoes (sense a theme here?) Unfortunately for Maddie, the shoes are in the possession of a fae that goes by the name of Sammy Blue,which sounds much more cute and cuddly he actually is. And did I mention he’s a member of Queen Amarantha’s court? Yeah, no fun. What is fun, though, is this whole anthology. If you need a break and want to read some short and sweet, yet plenty kick-ass, urban fantasy gems featuring plenty of girl power, you’re in for a treat! There’s something here for just about every UF fan, and I only covered the tip of the spiked heel!
How bout a giveaway? This one is tour wide, and it’s rather awesome (US only, no PO Boxes, Ends Dec. 13th)
a Rafflecopter giveaway