I lifted one batch of pages and saw the photo of an old man, maybe in
his seventies, with sun-lined skin, sun spots, raised and rough age spots,
kinda brown and freckled all over. Faded blue eyes. He was mostly bald. A
narrow-eyed, mean-looking man, the kind who was raised on whuppin’s,
hardtack, and moonshine, and who hated the world. I flipped through the
three attached pages. The info said his name was Colonel Ernest Jackson,
but there was no mention of military service in the scant record.
The second file showed a digital photo of the vamp in question, Heyda
Cohen. She was tiny and very beautiful. Vamps offered people the change
for lots of reasons, and personal beauty was high on the list. But Heyda’s
intelligent, piercing eyes suggested that she was special in the other ways
“Heyda was in charge of my personal security and she was contacted
by that human man”— Ming pointed at his photo—“a communication
that carried a threat to me. She tracked him.” Ming’s speech, accented by
her native Asian language, sped up and her syntax grew more fractured.
“Then she met with that human and three of his followers. In a park. In
the city. Then she went away with him. Without contacting us or alerting
her support team, who were waiting in the park, watching. They allowed
her to leave, as she did not appear distressed. We do not know why she
left with him. She did not come home afterward.”
Suddenly Ming was all but wringing her hands, leaning toward me in her chair,
shoulders tense. “The man refuses to see us. Refuses to allow us to see her. He hides in his
compound and . . .” She glanced up at her primo, and her face crumpled.
Her shoulders went up high, and Cai placed a hand on one in tender
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Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series: the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)
Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.
Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.
Find Faith online at www.faithhunter.net, her blog, on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads; also www.yellowrocksecurities.com, and www.gwenhunter.com.
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