Archive | September 2013

A New Book by R.C. Murphy

Author R.C. Murphy may only put out two books a year, but they are so worth the wait because of the effort and time in plotting and detail she puts into each and every book she writes. In Too Deep is no different. Murphy’s attention to detail never ceases to amaze me, and in this book of vampires, the detail gets pretty good, in that you might squirm in your seat like I did. *shudders*

Have a look below at the blurb and excerpt, and decide for yourself if it’s your cup of blood.

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ITD BannerMeghan Sterling—CIA agent.

For six months, she’s been living in Central California under the name Clara Osbourne—and not by choice. The Cold War is over; however, she’s still tasked with infiltrating a potential cell of Russian sympathizers, possibly ex-KGB operatives. The CIA has heard they’ve found a way to render the vast agricultural hub of Fresno, California useless, tainting the produce as well as beef, milk, and poultry produced in the county.

The problem is, the CIA has Meghan following the wrong group. She doesn’t realize their mistake until she’s already in too deep and working with Jarlan and his partner, Rich, in what she thinks is a security company guarding Emerald Produce. She’d never have guessed they were vampires. Until Jarlan forgets she’s off the lunch menu and attacks.

Meghan helps Jarlan control his bloodlust, but she can’t ignore her duty to her country. Someone in California wants to wreak havoc on the economy and food supply. If it isn’t the vampires, then who is it?

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EXCERPT:

February 1992

Fog in California’s Central Valley was a creature not to be trifled with. It swallowed up buildings, cars, and people without a second thought. The fog took more lives than automatic weapons. A trickster on par with Loki, it manipulated distances, making people believe they had plenty of time to slow down, when in actuality they were seconds from becoming intimate with the rear bumper of a semi truck. Surviving the fog was the most difficult part of life in the valley. Or so Meghan thought.

Meghan Sterling tugged the scarf around her neck tighter and tucked the ends into the too-big uniform jacket hanging off her shoulders. Cold crept in on the heels of the fog. The warehouse parking lot she patrolled was damp, freezing, and didn’t make her job any easier. Whose brilliant idea was it to become a security guard? She cursed and shoved her gloved hands in her pockets. It was time to make another pass around the back quarter of the property. Whoop-dee-doo. More weeds and fog. And being forced to deal with the two men stuck working the graveyard shift with her.

Walking with her chin tucked into her scarf, Meghan made her way to the rear of the massive warehouse. Why farmers were so protective of a warehouse full of oranges, she had no clue. The money paid her expenses, but it wasn’t worth the frostbite and vampire-like work hours. She’d need a month-long vacation on the beach when the job was finished.

“Let’s grab a bite to eat,” a male voice said from around the corner of the warehouse.

Meghan stopped before she stepped into view, listening to her coworkers, despite the lack of movement, which made her colder. She had no desire to trade not-so-witty banter with them any time soon. They were okay on the eyes, actually possessed brains, but ran out of non-manly things to talk about after five seconds in her company. She couldn’t make herself pretend to be interested in the Superbowl.

“All you think about is your stomach, Jarlan. Give it a rest. We’re not done here. You can eat on the way home.”

“I’m tired of fast food. When’s the last time you sat down to a nice warm meal, Rich?”

“Too long to remember, but we agreed to this job. We can’t leave Clara to watch the place by herself.”

Jarlan laughed. “She’d piss herself watching shadows if she knew the truth.”

Meghan held her breath. Six months of lurking and waiting were about to pay off. She tucked in closer to the warehouse wall. The heel of her boot caught a pebble and ground it into the asphalt. The noise was deafening to her ears. This is why I’m not a ninja.

Cover blown, she plastered a smile on her face and stepped out to meet them near the back door, measuring her pace so it didn’t look like she’d been listening in. “Have the oranges turned into man-eating monsters yet?”

Rich shook his head and grinned. “No, not yet. All’s quiet here. What about the front, Clara?”

Meghan rolled her eyes, afraid for just a second they’d stick from the cold. “Not even a roach. What’s the point of babysitting produce at three in the morning?”

“Money.” Jarlan clapped Rich on the shoulder with one of his massive hands.

Could the guy be any bigger? He should be in the WWF, not in the middle of nowhere California. Then again, if he was who she thought he was, his size had a purpose. She needed to keep an eye on him.

“Money isn’t everything, friend.” Rich tucked a strand of his long brown hair into the knit cap pulled down over his ears. “We’re almost done for the night. Will you be okay by yourself until dawn?”

Nodding, Meghan waved them off. “Nothing ever happens out here. If something does, I’ll eat my boots.”

Jarlan’s hazel eyes fell to her feet. “Not much leather there. You’d have better luck getting a full meal out of a rat. They’re big enough out here, away from the city.”

Rats? Meghan had been trained to face a lot of things, but rats made her skin crawl with their naked tails and sharp teeth. Out in the sticks, they were the size of cats. She stole a look around the employee parking lot. Something skittered over the pavement near the eastern fence line. Her shoulders tensed. Please, don’t let it be a rat. She’d much rather face anyone stupid enough to cut the fence with three security guards standing in eyeshot.

A leaf tumbled into the jaundiced light puddled on the asphalt. Meghan shook her head and rolled her shoulders to shake off the tension.

The big man laughed. “Try not to bludgeon any foliage to death while we’re gone. If something posing an actual threat does come along, use the phone in the guard’s office. Stay out of the warehouse. Without the code, you’ll send an alert to the police and I’ll be stuck doing enough paperwork to level a forest. Take care, Clara.”

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In Too Deep will only be available on Amazon for the first three months before it is moved to other markets. You can purchase it on Amazon HERE.

As a surprise bonus, we’ve revamped (*snorts*) the cover for Be Ours Forever, the first book in the vampire trilogy.

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NOTE: Be Ours Forever is published by R.C. Murphy, and is only affiliated with Just Ink Press, LLC via N.L. “Jinxie” Gervasio for edits and cover design.

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About the Author

Nee smR.C. Murphy spends her nights writing urban fantasy novels and a slew of short stories for her blog, The Path of a Struggling Writer. By day she is a not so mild-mannered housewife, wrangling vampires, demons, and various other nasty creatures. R.C. has joined forces with fellow writers, artists, and actors to form the Zombie Survival Crew where she reviews movies, TV shows, as well as penning articles on important survival skills.

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Email: RC.Murphy5150 (at) gmail (dot) com

 

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Go “Into the Darkness”

Hello, my darling Minions!

I’ve missed you so much. And I have GREAT news, but first, I have to show off this guy…

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Isn’t he awesome? Fumangoddess gave him to me when we went to see RIDDICK Thursday night (and yes, I’m working on a review for that).

But for the GREAT news!

Just Ink Press has just released an anthology–INTO THE DARKNESS–featuring Missy Jane, Shannon Mayer, R.C. Murphy, and myself. That’s right, I found time to actually write something, and you can read it in this book, which is available in both Kindle and Nook formats.

Here’s a small preview of each story from the editor:

Magic. Darkness. Choices. Whether or not you believe, there are more mysteries in the universe than man will ever be able to explain. From wanting the truth, to facing demons, Into the Darkness is a dark paranormal story that will take you on a journey to explore your psyche, thrill you, scare you, and leave you with a satisfying read that haunts you. The stories all revolve around a magic object—cursed or blessed, you make the decision.

Ignorance is Bliss explores needing to know the truth and the dangers that can befall a person. It follows a personal path as the main character learns more than she’ll ever be able to forget about her friends and family. Will the curse ruin her chances at love and life, or will she overcome?

Tracking Magic takes you on an adventure with swords, demons, snakes, and betrayal. Can the heroine use her newly released power to find the object and save the person who holds it, or will she be forever trapped and in the thrall and control of a being from a different dimension?

The Tattoo follows the journey of a man who gets a tattoo that does more than add ink to this hero’s makeup. The dead didn’t look so good up close and personal, in his opinion. Helping look for a lost love is one thing; becoming a ghost himself, another. Can he escape the power of the tattoo before he’s killed, or is he doomed to repeat the mistakes of the men before him?

The Token strings you along a path that will twist your mind into a knot as you try to find a way out for the heroine. Even her dreams leave her suffocating for a chance at life. Will she be able to get out from under the curse, or will she be stuck with the cursed magic object forever, until she’s lost all that is dear to her?

Hello, I’m the editor of Into the Darkness and invite you to step into my parlor. Be careful. I bite.

Leona Bushman

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Need more to whet your appetite for the paranormal? Have a look at the teasers…

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Ignorance is Bliss by Missy Jane

Discovering your boyfriend has been unfaithful is never easy, but for Natalie it’s a complete shocker. As if his confession of infidelity isn’t bad enough, suddenly everyone she meets is telling her their deep, dark secrets. She soon realizes the trinket she bought at the flea market is more than a harmless lump of metal. Now she has to decide if always knowing the truth is worth the heartache or if ignorance is truly bliss.

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Tracking Magic by Shannon Mayer

“My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker.”

When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I’m the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.

A missing girl and a deadly item belonging to a power-mad demon need to be found before the killing begins. The problem?  This is my first salvage.

And I have no idea what I’m doing.

These were the moments that began to define me, my skills, and my drive to face down the darkest side of the supernatural in order to bring children home.

This is where my journey began . . . .

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The Tattoo by R.C. Murphy

Being a medium isn’t all Hollywood promised it’d be—spending the day conjuring ghosts to reunite them with their loves so they can make ceramic bowls together.

After a spur-of-the-moment tattoo opens his mind, giving him the ability to speak with the dead, Paul Doyle misses his boring old life. He wishes his time with girlfriend Isabel Flores was spent doing normal couple things, walks in the park, picnics, maybe even a movie marathon on her couch. Instead, he is thrown into the world of the dead. His new ghostly companion is Raul Delgado, Isabel’s ex-boyfriend who’s been missing for weeks. Or so they believe. How much does Paul really know about Isabel? Not enough to keep him on the corporeal side of life.

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The Token by N.L. Gervasio

When Patience receives an unwanted token from a stranger, she doesn’t expect the life-altering events that follow, but after her few days of good luck turn sour, she’s more than willing to rid herself of the thing and the shadows that come with it. After her friend is murdered by the demon himself, Patience runs scared, but can’t find anyone to take the token.

Will she be able to pass it along before losing her sanity? And is she smart enough to outwit a demon?

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Click on the cover below to purchase your copy of Into the Darkness today!

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