Monday, June 17, 2013

Book excerpt tour stop for the Vampire Elite series by Irina Argo

Today is a virtual book excerpt tour stop for the Vampire Elite Series by Irina Argo. The first two books in the series, Vampire Elite: Prophecy and Keepers of the Key become available this month.

Irina will be giving away a $50 Amazon or BN.com gift card to one randomly chosen commentor during her tour. To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment below. For more chances to win, visit other tour stops and leave comments there. 

And to learn even more about the series, you can follow updates on Twitter with #GF_VAMPIRE.


Blurb:
Can the ultimate choice be made if saving your race means destroying the one you love?

At the beginning of the twenty-first century of our era a millennia long war between two immortal races was coming to an end. The Vampire Elite, the strongest among vampires, forced the race of immortal beings, the Amiti to become their blood suppliers, called bloodstock, locking them in their underground cells and treating them like livestock. The surviving free Amiti make a final attempt to strike back. The Queen of Amiti is proclaimed a traitor and is executed. Her death signifies the rise of a new Queen, her young daughter Arianna who becomes the last hope of her dying race. Arianna totally embraces her mission and is ready to fight for her people to the last drop of her blood but encounters an unexpected challenge—the vampire King Tor. They both are captured into a trap of love where they had to make an ultimate choice; to kill the loved one or to let their races die.

Vampire Elite is the epic story of a bitter conflict between two peoples, and the effect of that conflict on everyone living in its grip. The characters are driven to love and betrayal, vengeance and sacrifice in a world without easy black-and-white answers.

Based on an ancient Egyptian legend, packed with action and intrigue, Vampire Elite will pull you into the entrancing world of immortals and open new portals into their hidden universe.

Excerpt:
(Oberon is captured. Anock is interrogating him)

“I can’t do that, Anock.”

“Oh, but you can. You don’t want this female to die, do you?”

“No, I don’t, and I appeal to your mercy, Anock. You can spare her life; it’s your choice as much as it is mine. More than mine. I will not give the Keepers up. There’s nothing that you can do that will change my mind.”

“Yes, Oberon, you will. At the count of three. One.”

“I am so very sorry.” Oberon glanced at the woman. She held her head down, but her shaking shoulders betrayed that she was crying. “There is nothing I can do for you. The Keepers are the only Amiti’s hope, I cannot give them up.”

Please Goddess, kill me. Spare me from having to make this choice.

* * *

Two!” Anock was bluffing. He had no intention of letting the woman die. It was a test of wills.

“Please, Anock. You’re a warrior, not a butcher. How can you reduce yourself to this level? Torture me, kill me, do whatever you want, but please, don’t waste her life.”

Anock looked one last time at the Amiti.

This is so wrong.

Three!

Blade’s sword hissed through the air, slicing through the female’s neck. Her head hit the floor and rolled toward the cage, lifeless jade-green eyes staring into Anock’s soul. It took a few seconds for the body to collapse to the floor.

The hysterical screams of the other Amiti filled the room.

Anock stared, transfixed, at the lifeless eyes.

Cara’s eyes. Oh Goddess.

 “Take the bloodstock to her cell and clean the place up,” he ordered, his voice and brain totally disconnected, and left.


Author information:
Irina Argo is a combined pen name for two authors, Irina Kardos and Jo-An Torres.

Irina
Irina’s world is dark. She works as a clinical psychologist in a Juvenile Correctional Facility dealing with the extremes of human behavior on a regular basis and takes care of her paralyzed husband who suffered a stroke several years ago. To bring light into her life she writes. Writing has always been her passion. She is originally from Russia where she was employed as a TV journalist.

Jo-An
Jo-An is a Leo, a lioness who has emerged to follow her dream, to someday write a book of her own. She owned a costume shop for 15 years and was able to satisfy and excel in her creative nature. She is an over-achiever and believes that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and ignore the nay-sayers. Her philosophy is based on Shakespeare "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves." She currently resides in California with her 5 cats and 1 husband.



17 comments:

Mary Preston said...

Reading the excerpt I just wanted to scream DON'T DO IT!!! They did it alright.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

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Anonymous said...

Oberon is always such an evocative name!

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Ingeborg said...

Interesting excerpt, thank you.

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MomJane said...

What a frightening excerpt. I want this story to have a happy ending. I hope this doesn't mean it won't.

Irina Argo Jo-An Torres said...

MOM JANE,
I HOPE no one divulges the end of the book.it is a SERIES you know!
REMEMBER..you don't need a KINDLE to download the book for only $1.00 for a short time...Amazon provides FREE software to to download to almost any device you own.
WE WANT YOUR OPINION! ..We have changed our cover, check the one at Amazon vs the one on this Blog..try this tiny url, sometimes it works, if not, go for the long one :) .. Just takes 5 seconds.
So VOTE for your choice and tell us why ... we are sincerely interested in your input.... Thanks Again!
...short one http://tinyurl.com/nxkk3eg

...long one http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=VAMPIRE+ELITE+BOOK-
Irina and Jo-An

Irina Argo Jo-An Torres said...

Mary, they sure did!!!! BUT fear not, this is a SERIES! So, who knows...what will change in the next book which is in a rough draft form.... if you sign up at our website, we will notify you when the next book comes out!
WE WANT YOUR OPINION! ..We have changed our cover, check the one at Amazon vs the one on this Blog..try this tiny url, sometimes it works, if not, go for the long one :) .. Just takes 5 seconds.
So VOTE for your choice and tell us why ... we are sincerely interested in your input.... Thanks Again!
...short one http://tinyurl.com/nxkk3eg

...long one http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=VAMPIRE+ELITE+BOOK-
Irina and Jo-An

Irina Argo Jo-An Torres said...

Ingeborg, if memory serves me right, you read the book .... we appreciate that you follow the blogs and help others understand how great the book is ... please make sure to leave your comment on AMAZON ... it really helps us out in the ratings! Hope you win a LOT of prizes!!!!!
Irina & Jo-An

Irina Argo Jo-An Torres said...

Lisa,
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HOSTING OUR TOUR... we sincerely appreciate it!
Irina & Jo-An

Renata S said...

I'm currently reading Vampire Elite and I'm LOVING it!

Renata S said...

Irina and Jo-An,
I really enjoyed the change on the cover :-)

Irina Argo Jo-An Torres said...

RENATA ...OMG! you are the first person from the court who has responded! THANK YOU SO MUCH! AND you are Loving It!!!
Bless you for coming through for me ... this was truly a difficult task and it makes us feel so good when people give us positive feed back ...especially when they do it on on AMAZON ...hint, hint, :)....
I won't be in town for the next event, but I hope to see you soon in Alameda...
BLESS YOU! You made my day!
tTINY URL ..http://tinyurl.com/nxkk3eg

LONG URL TO AMAZON IF TINY ONE DOESN'T WORK
...long one http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=VAMPIRE+ELITE+BOOK-

Renata S said...

Irina and Jo-An,
I'm not sure what "from the court" means - I live in Brazil, and I was at the FB party with Chelsea... I think there's another Renata near you, right?
But be sure I'll post a review on Amazon (and Goodreads) as soon as I finish my reading - really soon, because I can't stop reading :-)

Irina Argo Jo-An Torres said...

Hi Renata,
YUP I do know another Renata and she is with a Charitable Organization I belong to... .....I told you that you could not put it down! .... I hope you clicked that LIKE button as well .... every click counts!
Give us an update when you finish..careful, do not disclose the ending!

VampedChik said...

Great excerpt! I cant wait to read this!
-Amber
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Irina Argo Jo-An Torres said...

Hey girl!

LOVE YOUR AVATAR!!!!

REMEMBER..you don't need a KINDLE to download the book for only $1.00 for a short time...Amazon provides FREE software to to download to almost any device you own.
WE WANT YOUR OPINION! ..We have changed our cover, check the one at Amazon vs the one on this Blog..try this TINY URL, sometimes it works, if not, go for the long one :) .. Just takes 5 seconds. Please make sure to click on the book itself....every click counts!
.
So VOTE for your choice and tell us why ... we are sincerely interested in your input.... Thanks Again!
TINY URL http://tinyurl.com/nxkk3eg
.
LONG URL http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=VAMPIRE+ELITE+BOOK-
Irina and Jo-An

Karen H in NC said...

Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
kareninnc at gmail dot com