Friday, October 5, 2018

Guest Blog + Giveaway: Half-Blood Descendant by Natasha Brown (@writersd3sk, @RoxanneRhoads)

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Moab, Utah
Have you ever looked at a picture of a landscape and gotten thirsty? Moab, Utah is one such place. Whenever I drive through, I worry about breaking down at the side of the road without something to drink, and I imagine the settlers taking their wagons across the inhospitable terrain. Despite that, the breathtaking arches and ancient red rocks are breathtaking. History is literally preserved in stone, be it dinosaur fossils or rock art.

Some travel to beautiful tropical places, which I have also done, but the U.S. is a vast and varied landscape with a fascinating history. I enjoy learning about the people who came before us and how they lived. A few years ago, my family visited Moab in July, which I wouldn’t recommend. It was scorching hot, and if you have any interest in hiking Arches National Park, it’s best to leave for a cooler month unless you’re resistant to heat, which I am not. Nevertheless, it was truly breathtaking.
I would be remiss not to mention the quesadilla truck parked on the street corner of the main drag. I love food, good food especially. With many delicious choices at hand, I believe we stopped more than once to get our fill for lunch.

I barely left with my life after we stopped by the dinosaur safari. Not pictured are my children, husband and parents posing with one of the friendlier plant eaters which didn’t try having a meal of them, unlike the T-rex or Carnosaur who tried swallowing me whole. Don’t ask me which it was, I didn’t stop long enough to get its genus.

So, if you like taking your life into your hands getting up close and personal with dinosaurs, eating delicious food from a truck and seeing sights that will make you empty your water bottle in dehydration, Moab might just be the place for you. Or you may prefer the safe route—going to the drive-in on a summer’s night to see a popular blockbuster movie with a taco in hand. I know which I’d prefer.

USA Today bestselling author Natasha Brown's imagination has always been a distraction. The books she read in the dark past bedtime fed her excitement for fantasy worlds. Once she started writing, there was no stopping her. By day, Natasha’s an assistant teacher at an elementary school, and by night she’s a book cover designer. Her weekends are spent writing and spending time with family.

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Half-Blood Descendant 
Half-Bloods #1
USA TODAY bestselling author Natasha Brown blends urban fantasy, paranormal romance and supernatural suspense in the Half-Bloods, an adventure for lovers of shifters, vampires... and more.

Jax never stays anywhere long enough to put down roots. He’s a shapeshifter—the only one of his kind, or so he thinks. While prowling on his landlady’s property, he is stunned to find a man feeding on her neck. Although he frightens away the blood-sucker, Jax leaves behind a paralyzed woman and a trail of blood in his wake.

Aerilyn teaches high school and doubles as a guardian for the Genus Society, an ancient underground shifter organization. After learning of a cougar attack in her own mountain neighborhood, she suspects a rogue shifter is to blame.

When the Society accuses Jax of the “animal attack,” he is ordered to stick around until he can clear his name. Desperate to regain his freedom, he must put his trust in his beautiful guardian. Their forbidden attraction leads Aerilyn to wonder if the blue-eyed drifter is innocent. And if he is, the Society has an even bigger problem on its hands—one that feeds on blood.

Aerilyn pulled off her jacket and set it on the ground. Next, she slipped off her shoes and unbuttoned her jeans. A cold breeze whistled through the valley, raising goosebumps on her arms as she pulled her V-neck off. She held the fabric to her chest and hunched away from the wind.

When it died down, she dropped her shirt onto her growing pile of clothes. She rested her hand against one of the aspens to brace herself while she took off her socks and happened to glance back at her companion. Jax was down to his underwear, standing in the moonlight. Dark lines adorned his back, forming what appeared to be an intricate tattoo, one she couldn’t see well enough from her vantage point. She could, however, see how muscular he was. As he tugged at the waistband of his boxers, she blushed and looked away, reminding herself he would be gone as soon as her father allowed him to leave town.

She didn’t waste any time removing the last of her clothing and stood among the pale aspen trunks, calling to the energy at her core. It surged through her pores, chasing away all visible marking of her humanity until none was left. Aerilyn took a deep breath and stepped out from behind the trees.

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