A sneak peek into Midnight – Book 2 in the No Death for the Wicked series

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If you’re a Rush fan or have read Daylight and have been anxiously waiting for book 2 in the No Death for the Wicked series, well…  please bear with me.

As some might already know, I have recently lost my best friend, my husband. He passed away August 13th and I have been completely and utterly lost without him. I know some may say it’s too soon or take it slow, which I am. But, the one thing that has always kept me grounded is writing, my husband used to always say he loved it when I wrote simply, because it fueled me with life. Writing helps me on so many different levels and I know it’s the one thing he would want me to continue even with him gone.

With that being said, here’s the first chapter to Midnight. I’m working on it here and there, whenever I get the chance, mostly nights since sleep evades me. Also, I would like to mention before I cozy up to write, (book one) – Daylight should be out in audio very soon. I will post links as soon as I can and I hope you enjoy the beginning taste of Mattie and Graham’s next story.

© 2015 Karli Rush

Chapter One

“A stake through the heart…” I flip another page and grumble, “Exposure to the sun.” Another page. “Decapitation.” And another. “Starvation.” I roam my eyes over to Graham, annoyed.

“Where’s the good stuff in this fossilized book?”

He directs a shimmer of a glance my way, but still keeps his blue eyes on the ill-lit road. The city of Solace is a distant memory, but one I will not soon forget. Graham found a set of wheels for us, more like a war machine. A Gothic black 1965 Buick Rivera, to travel the wastelands, the barren lifeless roads. Each mile means I’m that much farther away from the Elites. The elites are hunting us, and every pit stop we make, someone’s watching us. So, whether it’s a cashier at a gas station or a hitchhiker wandering the dusty roads, Graham makes sure they have no breath to reiterate what or who they just saw.

“There’s more in the book, Mattie,” Graham reveals, and magically flicks the pages backward with a simple gesture from his finger. His unworldly succulent eyes study me. “Bleed,” he says in a deep and throaty tone.

The only way I can read the book in my lap, the Voynich’s book, is for a drop of vampire blood to touch the page. I press my nail into my hand and squeeze the ruby-red blood from my palm. The crimson fluid turns into ink and the encrypted symbols begin to form into words. Readable, fluent sentences appear, and I start to decipher what I’m seeing.

“Vampires have existed since the dawn of man, and since that time, the two races have been at war. Both fighting for their own instinctual survival. Mankind had daylight on their side, to them vampires were nothing more than a menace.

The vampires ruled the night, but were also reliant on the humans… for their blood. After centuries of bloody war the humans believed they had finally won, and fell into a state of complacency, but the vampires, concealed by shadows of night, discovered another race being hunted and persecuted by the humans… witches.

These two formed an alliance and began slowly developing a strategy to infiltrate and take over humanity, without mankind ever knowing. First, a serum was created, giving them the one thing the humans had advantage of, the sun. Now the nightwalkers walk the day, and soon all aspects of society will be within our grasp. In five hundred years, we shall rule the world.”

As soon as my last word expels from my lips the sentences fade, no words, no ancient scribbly handwriting, not even a hint that my blood had even spilt there.

“So all this time humans think that vampires are mere stories of myth and forgotten legends, but in fact they’re the ruling class of humanity. How ironic— wait a minute… how many cities are there like Solace?”

Graham hits the lights, deadening the path in front of us even more, and steers the car off the road. The town, Shadow Hills, caps the dry scenery in the distance. Graham slips out and scouts the area. He walks, no that’s not accurate, he glides toward the front of the car. His long trench coat whispers along the ground as he waits a breath before he answers me.

“There are more cities like Solace than you would like to know about, Mattie.”

“So, we’re fucked?” I quip getting out, my eyes roam around the dreary landscape. I set my hope for blood on a metaphorical shelf for now and stride toward the back of the car. I slam my fist hard against the dusty metal and watch as vials of daylight shine like the Holy Grail from the trunk. I slide one translucent bottle from its precious cushioned protection and inspect it. The entire trunk is filled with cases of daylight, and if I’m careful, it will last me a couple of years. But, if I am not, I may just end up being a flesh-skinning nightwalker and that’s not a go-to option for me.

Graham motions over at the horizon just as the sun breaks through the early morning light. I quickly slip the vial back in its snug, tight concealment and make sure the cases are securely closed before I slam the trunk shut. I might be able to go a few days without needing another dose, but a thousand or so vials of daylight won’t last me forever. In the book it mentions witches, an alliance between us and them. And how they conjured the serum, now, all I need is a witch.

“Your friend… she’s there,” Graham announces and shifts his provocative eyes toward me.

“How do you know? You have a thing for witches too?” I sass meeting his pace, his body meets mine. We’re close to touching but not. I swallow hard watching as he licks his full sinful lips. He’s been careful not to touch me since we hightailed it out of Solace, all of his energy and concentration has solely been on keeping us safe. But now, I can see his sexual frustration building, he wants to touch me, he needs to touch me.

Finally, his right hand ensnares around my waist, pressing our hips closer. His blue eyes scour over my face as if he’s deciding on how he wants to take me. “Witches? No… They couldn’t survive my ways, they’re not nearly wicked enough.”

“Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.” ― Stephen King

Mindnight banner for blog

When I first started writing out the story for ‘Daylight’ which is the first book in the No Death for the Wicked series, it was for a Halloween anthology dedicated to a charity. It was meant to be a short story with a limited word count and a wonderful opportunity to write with so many talented writers. As most now know the story has evolved and I am currently writing book 2 Midnight. As soon as I am finished with Midnight I will announce the release date, which I’m hoping will be sometime next month.

It is the ultimate challenge, writing a book with balance. As an author, I want to write a book that is capturing, intriguing and brings you along as my characters live out their lives. But here’s the thing with my writing, I write what the characters show me, they are the ones that take me down the writing path. I follow their lead.  Do I want to be an author that is too easy? Predictable or boring? Well I certainly hope not, but do I want to give up everything to you in the first book? No, I don’t. I want you to desire for more, to have unanswered questions that stick with you and allow the secrets not yet whispered into your ear to bring you along as the full story unfolds, whether it’s one stand alone book or a series.

Daylight, my first book in the No Death for the Wicked series, is a great example of this. I understand that my readers are open minded, thought provoking, and intelligent.  So, I don’t fill my book with explanations of why a Reaper (Graham) and a young vampire (Mattie) have an instant attraction. Book two, Midnight, will bring more of this to light and book three, (Untitled) will wrap it up.

I also don’t dive into much of the backstory of Mattie or Graham because the first book is more of a discovery into who they are right now. How they handle themselves in different situations. What are their boundaries, or restrictions? What are their strengths or weaknesses?

There is so much in Daylight that can be expanded on, and that’s the fun part of a series. Why was Mattie so stuck in being young?  How did Mattie’s Mother Dearest control and use her? Why is Graham so thunderstruck with Mattie? Why can’t Mattie get enough of Graham? What’s the deal with the serum Daylight? How is the serum made? What’s the rest of the world like outside of Solace? Are there other vampires out there? How does Pandora fit into the picture going forward? Or does she? Why wasn’t Krew a truly evil bastard? Was he really meant to be the villain or just someone representing the other side?

All of these questions and much more are set into Daylight for a reason. The answers are my secrets. Secrets to be whispered to you as you read along with the rest of the series. And that’s the real trick isn’t it? In Midnight you’ll find out more about the questions above, more secrets will rise up too. The one thing you can rest assured is that I will always wrap up my books with a nice little bow at the end so that you’re not left hanging.

 

Midnight coming soon…

Midnight teaser 1

 

Shadow Bound – Book 4 (Prequel to the Crescent Bound Series)

Some things in life become long overdue.  In writing, I like to say the long anticipated addition to the series.  This is the last line I wrote today.  “The End”  So, you know what that means? No, it is not being published yet. Rounds of editing are due up next. Will it be out in August?  I certainly hope so. I even will go as far as to think so. Can I promise you? Nope, but we can hope and anticipate together now, because as of tomorrow it is out of my hands and into the editor’s.

This novel was quite a challenge for me on so many different levels. It pushed me to nosedive right into a medieval type world, and build my own fictitious nature to it.  I hope that everyone will enjoy it and fall in love with the world I created. I want you to relive Marcus’s past life.  I originally wrote the Crescent Bound series thinking I was writing about Alyssa and her life.  I have now learned that it may be more about Marc and his life and discoveries than I ever thought before. This novel should shed some light on that note for you.

Since I promised in blood to have this one out in July, I owe you all some blood.  I will be bleeding for you with updates right here on my blog.

Here is a little something to wet your appetite.

Shadow Bound

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My inspiration for King Landalin

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The Seer and Witch, Marda, that fell in love with prince Landalin in their youth

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The Seer and Shadow Walker – Alissa (aka Alyssa)

*The meaning behind her name – The spelling of her name was formed from a plant called the alyssum flower, in a time they had  thought it would cure madness. *

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King Marcus and Alissa

***I highly recommend reading this series in order, Demon Bound (book 3) is definitely a must before diving into this book, it will make sense of why and how this story is revealed.***

As promised I will keep updated posts on here and hopefully soon I will have  the book trailer for you!

Shadow Bound – Book 4 in the Crescent Bound Series – Status Update

Hello Everyone,

I want to give everyone an update on Shadow Bound. One fateful day, not that long ago, I had an accident. Well, my laptop had the accident. The result of that was a major section of Shadow Bound was lost in the literal crashing of my computer with the floor.

I was fuming mad and in tears all at the same time. Fortunately, I had a backup, to an extent. Several of the major scenes in the book were lost.  I felt so distraught over this that I had to set aside Shadow Bound for a while.

I am now back at it and working hard to complete this forth installment into the Crescent Bound saga.  Here is a taste of what I am working on…

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I set a release date for late June, well, that is approaching so fast I now see that for this book to be the quality I want then I will need more time. It is a huge pet peeve of mine to make a promise and then not be able to deliver on that date. It tears me up, but I keep telling myself that you, the reader, want a great book, not an alright book that could have been better. So with that thought process in mind I am moving the release date of Shadow Bound into late July.  No exact date, but I believe this delay will help me complete Shadow Bound properly.

 

Here is another sampling of what you are patiently waiting on.

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Shadow Bound is coming, it won’t be delayed again, that I promise in blood. I will keep everyone updated as my progress toward the end nears. I also want to share the book cover with you.

 

 © by Karli Rush 2013

© by Karli Rush 2013

 

Thanks for your support, understanding, and kind words of encouragement.

Karli

 

Release date set for Pine Needles – Book one in the Veil Realms series

I have had several questions in regard to the final two books in the Crescent Bound Series. I know everyone is anxiously waiting  for Shadow Bound and Ice Bound and if everything goes as planned (crossing fingers and toes) we should see them out this Summer. I want to give a little insight about Pine Needles and why it’s making an appearance now. I completely believe in a writer’s muse, and yes, I know some may not. So, I’m only speaking from my point of view on this, but when a story comes to me it drives me nuts until I have the chance to type it all out. Sometimes it’s simply a scene or two, but last year I saw this image and the story completely unfolded for me, from beginning to end.

Pine Needles inspiration

The world I created in Pine Needles is so different that it stretched my own imagination. Nothing is stable, everything is always changing and evolving.  I allowed  the characters Rayden and Selene to tell their own story without inhibitions, or censorship. It is an adventure story of survival and that in itself affects ones life, love, and loyalty.  If you like sci-fi Dystopian adventure novels, then this one might be for you.

So… are we ready for this? I think so.

Pine Needles book cover

May 25, 2013


 

Karli Rush – The Here and Now! An Interview with an Indie Author.

Aloha everyone.

I am amped to be back in the interview seat at Rush Bound Blog. It has been a while and I’ve missed it.  I’ll tell you this, I was boarding a plane for China, the surfing off of Hainan Island right now is too radical to miss.  But alas, I will always come to the call of the Rush.  So here I am.  A lot has been happening around here since I went on my surfing hiatus.  I see the coffee here is much improved, that is always a good sign. (Hitting the button on the Keurig coffee machine)

Let me get everyone up to speed.  My name is Lucky and I run the interview department here at Rush Bound.  I specialize in Character Interviews, mainly from Karli Rush’s Novels.  It is rare that I get to sit down with the Lady herself, but today is a Great Day!

Please give it up for Paranormal Romance  Indie Author and my boss, Karli Rush!  (Hitting the button on the  applause machine)

Karli – Thank you Lucky, you’re looking quite tan, seems the time off was good for you.  Thanks for showing up so quickly.

Lucky – Anything for you, Karli.  What I want to do in this interview is to dig into the psyche of an Indie Author and find out some details behind the books that your readers would love to know.  I’m gonna start at the beginning.  Crescent Bound – Tell me something about Alyssa that is not in print.

Karli – Alyssa is an amazing witch, friend, healer, lover, and lifemate. One thing not in print?  Hmm, let me see.  Okay, you know how Megan is always messing with Alyssa’a wardrobe.  Well Lisa and Alyssa put together this spell that every time Megan would make a reference to anything sexual, a piece of her clothing would convert into a part of a Nuns outfit, called a Habit.  Megan has vowed revenge. 

Book 1 in the Crescent Bound Trilogy<br />© by Karli Rush 2012

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007E5OD2U

Lucky – That is too funny.  I can picture her face, red as fire. On to the next as they say.  The next in this case is book two, Raven Bound.  One character that stands out in this book is Evan.  Tell us something about him.

Karli – Evan is still single ladies.  Maybe Alyssa will see something about his future soon.  When and if she does, I will let you know.  Right now he is dedicated as Alyssa’s bodyguard.  That girl sure needs one too.

Book 2 in the Crescent Bound Trilogy© by Karli Rush 2012

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008EX46NW

Lucky – Now on to Demon Bound, a dark and dangerous world, and in the middle of all that, my favorite weekend distraction, Megan, has some interesting things going on too. I won’t put out a spoiler, but tell us something about Megan, and David also.

Karli – Megan, oh mischievous Megan!  Then there is David. Oh let me see. David has sworn off red-headed fire elementals for life.  He currently is trying to invent a spell to make pizza taste like the one he found down in Miami.  He has too much time on his hands.

Book 3 in the Crescent Bound Trilogy© by Karli Rush 2012

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AR82G7A

Lucky – Shadow Bound is the beginning of Alyssa and Marc, it is far in the past, can you share anything about this Novel, due out this spring?

Karli – Every story has a beginning.  Alyssa and Marc are in an ancient time, a time when they are living their full magickal potential.  A time when the world still held a rawness and love was impassioned with a wildness not seen in our modern world.  Magick was part of the time and a seer was invaluable. The prosperity or poverty of many rested in the hands of so few.  

(Coming Spring 2013)

Lucky – Ice Bound baby, this is Marc’s  point of view as we ride the wave with him and he gives us his experiences of Crescent Bound.  I hear there is a bunch of new stuff in this that gives the first Novel greater depth and appeal.  More about the leading man, if you please.

Karli – Marc is such an outstanding guy, it is so important for the readers to know him just before he meets Alyssa and that is where his story begins, the fall before his senior year of school and up through Crescent Bound.  You are right, Lucky, there are many parts in  this that fill in gaps about where Marc was during certain parts, and what he was doing.  Some good stuff coming with that book.

(Coming Fall 2013)

Lucky – Okay now, out of the blue you wrote a Novelette about Seducing a Mermaid.  I have a story to tell you about surfing off the coast of Morocco, but that will be another time.  Can you tell us something about Sam or Jewels?

Karli – I said once that I would never write a story about a Mermaid, but Jewels snuck up on me, and Sam was so deserving.  He had been through the ringer with a long time ex-girlfriend.  I also wanted to show a side of men that is not all macho and dominating.  Sam is my artist, the one who has no tendencies towards violence.  He is the lover not the fighter.  I have been asked about writing more on this one.  I will never say never, but Sam and Jewels are content at the moment, so I don’t have any current plans to do another story or expand the current one, yet.

Novelette © by Karli Rush 2012

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008TW7ZCW

Lucky – Now we switch gears again and delve into the future and science fiction side of your Romance writing.  You have a book coming out this year called Pine Needles.  Care to give us a taste of this delicacy?

Karli – Selene is an independent and successful small business woman, engaged to a great guy. Her future looks bright with no surprises on the horizon.  And here comes the but. But an earthquake hits the city and a strange energy veil splits it in two.  One side of the veil must deal with the after effects of the devastating earthquake. On the other side of the veil is a whole new and dangerous world.  Selene is behind the veil and Rayden is on the outside. Selene must become more than she could ever imagine just  to survive.

Book 1 in the Veil Realms Series © by Karli Rush 2012

(Coming – Summer 2013)

Lucky –  See all the activity going on around here while I was gone.  Things are popping, books are growing out of thin air and I can’t wait to get my (interview) hands on some of these characters. Even though I’ve been surfing my ass off, I haven’t been completely out of touch, I keep up with The Zon and scope out  GR, FB, and the Twit.

I’ve caught wind of a project you’re forging as we speak.  The world of Vampires, the Romance of a young woman, and an Obsession from the Underworld.  Tell me, tell me, something about Daylight!

Karli  – Oh, this story is eating me up with excitement.  Mattie, a young Vampire is being stalked by Death, literally.  Mattie enters this city called Solace and it’s ruled by ruthless vampires, so it is a good thing to have Death on your side.  Mattie’s obsessions involve two things, a serum called Daylight and Him!  Both are so close to her, yet somehow just out of reach.  Her intention is to get both, all she has to do is survive HELL in Paradise.

Upcoming Novel 2013© by Karli Rush 2012

 (Coming February 2013)

Karli, you continue to bring us Excitement, Adventure, Romance, which is all a true reader craves. 

I am giving the fans a link to the prelude to Daylight, better known as Prelude to DeathClick the link and for free you can meet Mattie and Graham.

© by Karli Rush 2012

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/257531

Until next time, I’m Lucky, your host saying, Mahalo, and keep surfing the pages…

lucky

Raven Bound – Character Interview with Evan

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Hello to my growing fan base, how are you today.  I love all of you and keep your comments coming.  I will answer any and all questions you have.  Now before we get started today with this very special interview I just want to take a moment and thank everyone for their continued support on Amazon.  You guys rock, we are even starting a following overseas, so here is a shout out to Belgium and the Czech Republic, thanks for stopping by.

Now today we will meet the very mysterious Evan from Raven Bound.  Evan has walked a path with some of the darkest witches in the world.  He lived their lifestyle and became one of them.  I do not intend to roll out any spoilers from the book so our focus today is the Brotherhood of the Raven and how Evan slipped into their grasp.

Everyone please welcome Evan!

E – Hey.

L – So Evan when did you first hear about the Brotherhood and what was your first impression.

E- Lucky, you have to know something first, what I am about to say has been hidden from the witch world for a very long time.  There is a risk to me and you for speaking today, are you okay with that?

L- Risk?  What kind of risk?

E- The Brotherhood has maintained its power because of secrecy and it will defend it with death as its weapon.  These guys play hard and will remove anyone in their way.  I know.

L- Well I can handle it, I think. I’m pretty tight with the Worthington’s, think that will do?

E- Let’s hope so.

L- Evan, what is it that makes the Brotherhood so dangerous?

E- Our code as a witch is to harm none, the brotherhood has a code too.  Nothing comes before the Brotherhood, nothing.  Not your coven, friends, or even family.  You are Brotherhood first.  These guys are predators, always hunting for more power.

L- Why doesn’t the high council of witches do something about it?

E- Do what to who?  The ones running the Brotherhood are thought to be upstanding members of their respective covens, they are the good guys on the surface.  No one knows who they are.

L- You do.

E- I know very few and I would die a painful, torturous death if I went against them alone.

L- I just can’t believe that this is really true, some deep dark coven operating unnoticed for centuries, building power and infecting our covens this way.  It is too unbelievable.

E- When I was younger, my older brother fell in with this group.  It was never known how dangerous they were.  Just cool witches that did secret things.  We all knew there was something not exactly right with what they were doing but no one pried because they weren’t  hurting anyone, at least that was what we were lead to believe.

It was about six years ago now, Samhain was just days away and I had been trying for months to get my brother to let me hang out with him and this cool group he was with.  I was set up to meet them at a club.  I went to the club and met with a couple of the guys I knew he hung out with.  I never did see my brother again but the Brotherhood took me in.  I was told later that he died in service of the Brotherhood.  I vowed then to find out the truth about them and my brothers death.

L- Wow, man condolences on your brother, I didn’t know about that.

E- Not many people do.

L- Do you know how this all got started?

E- As it is in the Brotherhood, secrets are so important that the best information I have on its origin is pieces of rumor and hearsay.  I will tell you my theory though.  There was an Ice Elemental witch who’s name is not known.  He was a lone witch that use to roam the forest of Europe.  He was seen as being mad but would on occasion appear with predictions of the future for the humans.  These predictions would be written on pieces of bark.  He would deliver these future sights to a random human and then vanish back into the forest.

Then one day he walked out of the forest a very different witch.  He became well respected in the witch world and was one of the founding true blood witches within the Dela Dante coven.  The rumor is that he tapped into an ancient forbidden power that allowed him to tame his madness and became the well known witch that he is today.  His use of this power grew and he began including others secretly into his fold.

L- Whatever happened to him?

E- He was destroyed by the last remaining true blood witches in the Dela Dante coven, but it also cost them their lives in the process.  Very tragic.

L- You know that this talk has the hair on the back of my neck standing up, I am not sure we should go any deeper into this.

E- Yeah, I understand, you don’t want to be a hunted man like me.

L- The Brotherhood is hunting you?  Why am I the last one to know key information around here.  Hey, Honey, we need to talk about this after the broadcast *tapping on the glass of the booth*  Don’t give me that look, oh my goddess, is this still about Megan.  Honey, we will talk after the show.  Girl, you are killing me, I swear!

Sorry about that, a little technical difficulty here.  Evan, what can we do to help?

E- The Brotherhood does not play games, they take their lifestyle seriously and people get hurt around them, that is the norm.  Stay away from them at all cost.  Just being around them is putting your life at risk.  I warned you about this before we started.  They will know I have done this interview.  I suggest you call those Worthington’s you know and tell them about this quickly.

L- Evan, thanks man for showing up here, best of luck to your survival and all.  Keep in touch, but call okay?

E- Thanks Lucky, stay safe. *Shifts out of the booth*

Everyone thanks for tuning in and if you want to know more about the Brotherhood of the Raven and how Evan fits into this twisted witches tale, head over to Amazon and pick up your e-copy today.  And just to let everyone know, within the next few months, the published e-books by Karli Rush will be available in print through Amazon.  So keep an eye on Amazon for new releases and printed copies of her work.

Stay tuned here for continued character coverage and here is wishing you a good read.  I’m out.  Hey Honey  don’t look at me like that, let me explain about….