I am delighted to be involved with the weekend blitz for Blood Bank by Zoe Markham.
Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the down-and-outs, the desperates, the addicts. He’s been building his reputation, saving for a way out – but when he rescues a young woman from the nearby estate, he may just have stepped too far out of line…
Lucy is ordinary; a girl with a deadbeat boyfriend, a normal life and college studies. But when her world takes an odd twist, she starts to wonder about the people she’s meeting, the situations she’s in, the odd aversions and attacks happening around her. They’re just coincidences…aren’t they?
And Zack is in deep trouble. He’s losing his girlfriend, drowning in debt, and has dwindling job prospects – and that’s not the worst of it. His debt is to people who won’t ever forget it, and who want the things closest to Zack’s heart: his blood – and his life.
In the heart of Swindon, an ancient order hides in plain sight, spreading their influence through the streets like a disease. But despite their widespread power they are catching up with the modern world: the vampires are going online, and the Order is about to become more powerful than even they would have dreamed…
The smell was driving Danyl crazy.
It wasn’t the cheap burgers, or the sweating teenagers, although that wasn’t helping. There was something else. Something he couldn’t put a name to.
The ringing in his ears was getting louder. He couldn’t hear the shrill screams from the rides that should have closed down hours ago anymore, and even the distorted music from the cheap amps was muted. No one bothered to enforce the license rules here. The fair would run as late as his brothers wanted it to. They chose their venues carefully for that very reason. The harsh lights of the attractions faded to a dull grey around him as he held his head in pain. Looking around for the others, he saw them working the late night crowd as usual, showing no signs of discomfort.
Danyl was tall, lean and muscular, and knew how to dress to emphasise his physique. His black T-shirt was skin-tight, and he wore no jacket against the cold night. His jeans were low-slung, revealing expensive designer underwear that matched his expensive designer hat. Underneath the hat his hair was thick, dark, and immaculately cut, and whether the hat was on or off, there was rarely a girl whose eyes weren’t drawn to him. The youngest of six brothers working the family-run fair, Danyl was by far the most striking. The others dressed in loose-fitting hoodies and well-worn jeans, clothes suited to the work they did. They were quiet and unobtrusive. Danyl was loud and overconfident. He worked hard to stand out from the crowd, whilst his brothers worked equally hard to blend into it.
Danyl, ever the family anomaly, seemed to be the only one affected by the strange scent in the air that night. He doubled over in pain as his stomach cramped violently. He half-lurched, half-ran from his place among the dodgems, frightened now. Luke, his eldest sibling, called after him. Danyl rarely disobeyed his brother, but on this occasion he didn’t look back. He fell into an awkward sprint that took him away from the fair, away from the safety of his kind. Danyl’s vision blurred and started to tunnel. He didn’t know where he was going, only that he had to follow the scent. Sweating, and in pain, he pushed himself onwards as instinct took over.
He had no concept of how long he’d been running when he pulled up and stopped dead. The usually fit and active teen struggled to catch his breath. Standing in the deep shadow of night, beside the stone building, inhaling deeply, the strange scent took over his senses. In one blinding moment of pure clarity he finally understood what had been tormenting him. Inching closer to the building, keeping to the shadows, Danyl looked on in disbelief at the ancient creature that had drawn him there.
Many thanks to Zoe, Jenny and Neverland Blog Tours for inviting me on the tour!