Guest Post: Release Day! “Quarry” by Elizabeth Noble
The members of the Vampire Guard—Jonas Forge, spy and soldier turned cop; computer hacker extraordinaire Blair Turner; Declan, thief, con man, and ex-pirate; and medical examiner and werewolf Dr. Lucas Coate—face a dangerous and elusive enemy.
And this time, it’s personal.
Over the course of three hundred years, a man has touched each of their lives in ways they are only just realizing. When a hunt for a psychotic killer in the present resurrects memories and clues from the past, they discover how they have been affected and are bound by the existence of a ruthless vampire criminal. Now, while preventing a heist at a high-tech art show and thwarting several large-scale explosions, the team must employ their unique blend of science and supernatural abilities to put an end to the machinations of the man toying with their lives.
This time, he won’t slip through their fingers.
This time, it’s more than a case. It’s a hunt, and Forge, Blair, Declan, and Lucas won’t stop until they’ve captured their quarry.
Excerpt of the first time Lucas Coate met Jonas Forge… and a great friendship was begun!
LUCAS NODDED. He wanted to ask what century, since vampires were capable of lives spanning centuries, but decided to do so might further antagonize the big, pissed-off vampire cop. “How do you know I’m telling the truth?”
“Your heartbeat didn’t change when you told me Simon ran into you. If you were lying, it would have ramped up. Your pupils didn’t change either.” Forge chuckled and leaned back in the seat. “I haven’t heard Simon swear so much since World War Two.”
“Wow,” Lucas said softly. Forge’s features had returned to completely human form, and now they softened and he smiled. Or maybe he was really baring his teeth. “I’m Lucas Coate.”
“I know. Read it on your diploma. You’re Jacob’s oldest son.”
There was no question, but Lucas nodded silently anyway. His father was the pack alpha. In a community populated by humans, vampires, and werewolves, the pack alpha was an important resident. Flint was home to a Supernatural Council. They were always comprised of nine members—three of each species—and the pack alpha held one of the seats. “Is this where I turn?”
“Yes. Third light take a left, then another left at the first stop sign,” Forge said. “It’s the big stone house on the right.”
That earned Lucas another small smile from the vampire cop. “Yes.”
When Lucas pulled into the driveway behind a vintage Aston Martin and a Mustang, Forge hung his hand over the front seat and said, “Jonas Forge.”
Lucas twisted and shook the offered hand. “Lucas Coate, but you knew that. Pleased to meet you, Jonas.”
Lucas nodded and hoped the man’s tone hadn’t made him blanch. “Yes, sir. Got it.” He turned off the engine and scrambled out of the Jeep, then opened the back door and helped Forge get Simon out. As before, Forge hefted Simon up and into his arms to carry him.
As they headed up the stairs leading to the back door, Forge yelled, “Boggs, get the door.”
Lucas was impressed when a few seconds later the door swung open. “Cool. I saw some of these smart houses at a home and garden show. Didn’t know they were really in use much.”
As Forge went through the door he glanced over his shoulder at Lucas and arched an eyebrow. “I doubt they have this at a home and garden show.” He nodded to the wall. “Get the lights, would you?”
Lucas found the switch and turned on the lights, then closed the door. He was standing in a large kitchen. Hurrying to the big table, Lucas cleared it off. “It’s better to use a solid surface to set bones.”
A man shimmered into view. He had grayish hair and wore clothing someone from a southern plantation during the Civil War might wear. “Um… hi.” Lucas’s eyebrows shot up. A large reddish hound dog sniffed at Lucas’s legs, tail wagging.
Settling Simon on the table, Forge patted his hand against his leg. “Mariette. Sorry, she won’t hurt you.” He motioned to the ghost. “Meet Mr. Boggs.”
“Bringing home stray werewolves instead of dogs now, Forge?” Mr. Boggs tilted his head while he looked Lucas up and down.
To hide his nervousness, Lucas leaned down and petted the dog. “Nice dog. Is she named after the French Egyptologist?”
Forge’s eyebrows rose. “Yeah.”
“Bloody wonderful,” Simon moaned. “Another art critic.”
“Do you have something to cut his pants off with? And I’ll need an extension cord,” Lucas said.
Forge went to a cupboard and took out the electric cord, handing it over to Lucas and saying, “Cut his pants and we’re both dead men. Broken leg or no, he’ll kill us.” He moved to Simon’s side again and helped him out of his trousers, then got the coat off of him.
A big thank you to B. A. Brock for hosting me today! You rock!
There you have it, the very first time two of the main characters, Detective Forge and Dr. Coate met. When I wrote Quarry, I wanted to do some flashbacks and tell the story of how these four men came to know each other. The backstories of the characters became a story within a story and I enjoyed writing those parts immensely. It was great fun, and very satisfying to take details of each character’s past and expand them into little stories. You might notice that Forge has a different dog than Moose, who is his dog in The Vampire Guard and The Sleepless City series. That’s because this team has a fifth member in Moose. I wanted the opportunity to tell a bit of his backstory as well. Not only do we meet puppy Moose, in Quarry we come to know wild-child Blair as a teen and learn how Declan helped out with a case from the other side of the Atlantic.
Elizabeth Noble lives by the adage “I can’t not write”. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t make up stories and eventually she learned how to write them down. A part of every day is spent living in worlds she created that are filled with intrigue and espionage. Using a real love of scifi and urban fantasy highlighted by twisty plots she crafts stories taking place in a slightly altered version of our world.
When she’s not chronicling the adventures of her many characters Elizabeth is a veterinary nurse living in her native Cleveland, Ohio. She shares her little brick house with an adorable canine princess and her tabby cat side-kick. Elizabeth is a fan of baseball, basketball (go Cavs and Indians!) and gardening. She can often be found working in her ‘outside office’ listening to classic rock and plotting her next novel waiting for it to be dark enough to gaze at the stars.
Elizabeth received several amateur writing awards. Since being published, several of her novels have received honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Her novel Jewel Cave was a runner-up in the 2015 Rainbow Awards in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category. Ringed Love was a winner in the Gay Fantasy Romance category of the 2016 Rainbow Awards.
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