It’s my pleasure to be the first stop on A.M. Manay’s book tour to promote the third book in the November Snow Series. For those who have not had a chance to read these truly amazing books, do yourself a favor and pick them up. I was hooked after book one, which is on my list as one of the best indie books I read in 2016. A.M. is a gifted author and has taken the vampire genre and gave it a fresh new spin.
Title: She Marches Through Fire (November Snow Book 3)
Series: November Snow
Author: A.M. Manay
Cover design: A.M. Manay
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Genre: Supernatural fantasy
Mini-blurb: Psychic vampire November Snow must battle grief, injury, and her own family as she fights evil on all sides. She seeks a cure for the poison sapping her strength and a fairy weapon as powerful as it is dangerous to wield. When it is time to save the innocent and gain justice for her maker, will she find the strength to march through the fire?
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Hector was coming out of his skin, buzzing with rage. “Do you honestly expect me to just sit here and let Luka sleep when I could be tearing his throat out?” he demanded.
“That is precisely what I expect you to do,” was Gul’s even-toned reply.
“And shouldn’t we be calling the in the feds? He committed a terrorist act against the human government,” Jaime insisted. “At some point, he has to answer for that. He could still have co-conspirators out there doing God knows what. We’re harboring a fugitive at the top of the most wanted list. Until a few days ago, I carried a badge. I know I don’t have any authority here, but this whole scenario makes me seriously uncomfortable.”
“November’s been poisoned, we suspect with something William got from one of Luka’s people. We need the antidote. We may also need Luka’s blood. For now, we need him alive and with us. And there is no human jail that could hold him,” Gul explained patiently.
“He murdered everyone I ever cared about!” Hector growled.
“And a great many others besides,” Gul acknowledged. “And I hope, one day, to help you get justice. But today is not that day. November’s life is worth more than vengeance.” Gul paused before adding, “I intend to make Luka pay dearly for any mercy he gets today, I assure you.”
Hector took a deep breath and ran both hands through his shaggy hair. Pine placed a hand on his love’s lower back. “You’re right,” Hector finally sighed. “But I don’t like it. Just keep him the hell away from me.” The werewolf then stalked out of the basement, taking out his anger on the stairs and rattling the whole house.
“He’s not going to be the last person you have to talk out of killing him tonight, I suspect, dear husband,” Raina pointed out sleepily. The eldest vampire in the room, she had just woken, a bit ahead of the others. She quickly disentangled herself from her still-slumbering siblings.
She gave Gul a peck on the cheek and crossed the room to a large suitcase from which she removed an ancient-looking leather case and a pair of black calfskin gloves. “Maybe seeing him in this will cheer Hector up.”
Gul shook his head, amused. “Woman, is there anywhere you don’t haul that along?”
“Well, this time it’s actually useful!” she retorted. “We don’t want Luka slithering off before we’re done with him, do we?”
Gul nodded, and his wife quickly gloved her hands and locked her brother into a set of antique silver stocks. She closed them first around his ankles, then reached for his hands and pulled his inert form forward, binding his wrists into the diabolical device. She searched him for weapons and pulled out his fairy-forged dagger in its leather sheath. “I remember this thing,” she sighed. “Nasty bit of work.” She hung the sheath on her belt, stood straight, removed the gloves, and looked down next at her sister.
“Savita was in a bad way this morning. I don’t imagine dusk will find her much better,” she reported to the others.
“Greg is sleeping in the van. Hopefully he will be able to console her in her grief,” Gul answered.
“It isn’t just that, unfortunately,” Raina sighed. “Apparently William did not just murder his own maker. He also slew mine. Savita knew and kept his secret, to her now-eternal regret.”
Pine whispered, “Holy shit. William killed Queen Marisha?”
Gul’s eyebrow met his hairline, and he shook his head. “What a tangled mess.”
“We excel at that in my family,” Raina replied. “I can’t even manage to hate Savita properly for keeping her mouth shut. William, on the other hand . . . William is in for a reckoning.” Her normally cheerful eyes were hard and determined.
“As I told Hector, justice is unfortunately a job for another day,” Gul said gently. He pulled his wife toward him, and she consented to rest her head briefly against his shoulder.
“Speaking of Hector, I’d better check on him,” Pine said worriedly.
“Could you carry Savita out to the van while you’re at it?” Raina asked. “And shake Greg awake. She’s going to need him when she rises.”
Pine placed Savita over his shoulder and bounded up the stairs two at a time. After the handoff to Greg, he found his boyfriend in the backyard, taking an ax to a tree stump. Chips flew into the air. The western sky was all pinks and oranges behind him.
“Hey,” Pine called. He was careful to stay out of ax range.
Hector left the blade embedded in the wood and turned around to face Pine. “Hey.”
Pine crossed the grass and embraced the larger man. Hector buried his face in Pine’s neck before whispering, “I can’t do this. I can’t look at his smirking face and not bash it in.”
“Yeah. I know. I think we should split up. You and I can go with Greg and Savita, take her to Eden to recover. Let Gul and Raina deal with Luka and finding a cure for November. We’ll be more nimble and attract less attention in smaller groups.”
“I don’t want November to think I abandoned her,” Hector replied, his voice stronger as he regained control of his emotions. “She saved my life.”
“She won’t think that. I’m pretty sure she’ll understand better than anyone. She was there, after all. She saw what Luka did to your people.”
Hector took a shuddering deep breath. “Fair enough.”
“Raina has Luka clapped in silver. Looks like some kind of a medieval torture device. It’s kind of nice to see the tables turned on the smug bastard,” Pine offered tentatively. “You could go throw rocks at him or something. Knives from the kitchen. Furniture. Whatever comes to mind.”
“You fairies, always looking on the bright side,” Hector said, managing a weak smile.
In addition to her work as an award-winning indie author of paranormal fantasy, A.M. Manay is a former inner-city chemistry teacher, a singer, a yoga enthusiast, a Clerk of Session in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a mother through domestic open adoption. She has a passion for increasing diversity in popular culture and for strong heroines who stand up for themselves, make their own decisions, and don’t depend on romance as their reason for being.
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