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Teaser: Rose and Kara’s Kissing Habits

And so, the Saga of Rose and Kara Accidentally Making Out in the Wrong Places continues… 😂

Happy Teaser Day! 💜💜💜

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As soon as the door clicked shut, Kara doubled over, bursting into a fit of hysterical laughter. “I think we offended the princess’s precious sensibilities.”

“You offended her,” Rose muttered. “I just stood here, blushing like an idiot.” She fumbled with the buttons of her shirt. “A half-naked idiot, at that.”

Kara straightened and stepped closer, helping Rose button up her shirt—since the incident had apparently left Rose too clumsy to figure out her own shirt. “A very beautiful,” Kara said, desperately trying not to laugh, “half-naked idiot.”

“Thanks,” Rose said sarcastically. “That’s really helpful.”

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from my upcoming book, The Reign of Darkness,

Book Four of the Creatures of Darkness Series.

©️ Britney Jackson

Coming Soon(ish) 💜💜💜

Teaser: Cute Moment

My homicidal babies are so cute sometimes! 😂

Happy Teaser Day, and I hope you’re all having a happy Thanksgiving! 💙💙💙

Excerpt:

He spit out a mouthful of blood and snarled, “Your girlfriend’s insane!”

Rose stepped closer, as that glowing, red haze overtook her eyes. “If you think she’s crazy, you really don’t want to see what happens when I get angry.”

Kara stepped forward, curling her fingers around Rose’s arm. She pulled Rose away from the Assassin, turning to face the opposite direction. Kara leaned in close and whispered, “I thought you said you were going to be Good Cop.”

Rose crossed her arms and grumbled, “That was before he insulted you.”

Kara smiled, amusement sparkling in her light blue eyes. “I love you.”

“Hello?” yelled the Assassins of Light, suddenly. “Can I go home now?”

Kara shot a peeved glare at him—before returning her attention to Rose. “Please, let me cut off his hand. He can still answer questions without his hand.”

Rose sighed, “I think you’ve dismembered enough people for one day.”

from my upcoming book, The Reign of Darkness,

Book Four of the Creatures of Darkness Series.

©️ Britney Jackson

Coming Soon(ish) ❤️🖤

Meet Zosime

I just realized today that I still haven’t officially introduced you guys to my favorite new side-character. So, since it’s Teaser Day, I’m fixing this. 😊

Meet Zosime! 💜💜💜

There are a lot of new characters in The Reign of Darkness. (Well, new-ish. They’ve kind of been behind the scenes all along. 😉) But my favorite new side-character is the quirky, flower-loving, clairvoyant…Zosime! She works as a royal advisor by night and as a gardener by…well, also by night…because she’s a vampire. 😁 She, like Rose, is in love with a warrior. Her warrior’s just a little less…mischievous than Kara. (Who isn’t less mischievous than Kara? 😂)

This excerpt’s a bit longer than usual, but it’s a lot of fun. I hope you like it! 💜💜💜

Excerpt:

“What’s wrong?” Zosime said with a smile. “Don’t you trust your lover?”

Rose raised an eyebrow. “Have you met her? She lies. A lot. And well.”

Zosime strolled further into the garden. “Even to you?” she called back.

“Usually, no,” Rose admitted. “She must have a good reason this time.”

“If you believe that,” Zosime said, “then, why are you here, asking me?”

“For the same reason she’s lying to me,” Rose said. “She wants to protect me. So, I need to protect her from whatever she’s trying to protect me from.”

Zosime turned toward Rose, laughing, “Is this how you two always are?”

“Yeah, it’s kind of our thing,” Rose muttered. “So, will you help me or not?”

“She told me not to,” Zosime said, as she returned to tending her garden. She knelt next to a large, yellow rose bush. “Your lover is a bit scary, you know.”

“Kara’s not going to hurt you,” Rose laughed. “Surely, you know that.”

Zosime’s brown eyes shifted up toward Rose. “I’m not so sure,” she said. “As a matter of fact, I think she’d hurt anyone, if that’s what it took to save you.”

Rose noticed Zosime eyeing the clay pot of water on the table next to her, so she picked it up and carried it over to the vampire. “Contrary to popular belief, she is not evil,” she said, giving the pot to Zosime. “She’s not well-behaved, by any means, but she’s not evil. She’d never actually hurt you—not over this.”

Zosime laughed softly, “You don’t even know what this is.” She poured the water slowly, watching the flowers, as she watered them. “You have no idea.”

“Then, tell me,” Rose said. “What did you see? What’s going to happen?”

Zosime didn’t even look at her. She kept her attention on the roses. She was silent for so long, in fact, that Rose had already given up and turned to leave, when she finally spoke. “The future is a puzzling thing,” she said, suddenly. Rose turned toward her, watching her curiously. Zosime straightened, her lips quirking up into a smile that did NOT fit the situation. “Also, nonexistent, at the moment.”

“What?” Rose sputtered, her brows furrowing. “What does that mean?”

Zosime busied herself with the roses again. “You know what it means.”

“The end of the world?” Rose said. She waited for an answer, but Zosime ignored her. Apparently, she was more worried about her flowers than the end of the world itself. “Uhh, okay. If that’s true, we have to stop it. How can I stop it?”

“Some things can only be destroyed by the one who created them, and some things can only be saved by the one who destroyed them,” Zosime told her.

Rose rolled her eyes. “Why does everyone here talk in freaking riddles?”

Zosime straightened, sighing softly, “It’s not a riddle. It’s a prophecy.”

“Right. Thanks,” Rose said irritably, “but what I need…is an answer.”

Zosime stepped closer to Rose. “You’re asking me to speak plainly?”

Rose took a step back, watching the clairvoyant vampire warily. “Yes?”

“Your future is so terrible that even a glimpse of it could drive you mad,” Zosime told her. “That’s why I’m not allowed to tell you what I saw in my vision.”

“Whatever it is—I can handle it,” Rose said. “I’ve been through worse.”

“You think you have, but you haven’t,” Zosime said. “What will happen to you is worse than you can imagine—and unpreventable, I’m afraid. But as for the end of the world? That part can be changed. But only by you. It must be you.”

“Why does everyone keep saying that?” Rose said anxiously. “Why me?”

“Because it’s your fault that it’s happening,” Zosime said with a shrug.

“What?” Rose sputtered, her eyes widening. “How? What did I do?”

“Hold out your hands,” Zosime said. “I have something that will help.”

Rose frowned, wondering—not for the first time—if the flower-loving vampire were a little crazy. But she was out of options. So, she held out her hands.

Zosime opened her own hands and placed a yellow rose in Rose’s hands.

“Um, Zosime?” Rose said slowly, scowling at the rose. “This is a flower.”

Zosime gave Rose that playful, quirky smile that she wore so often. “It’s your answer,” she said, clearly proud of herself. “That’s how you save the world.”

Rose looked up at the vampire, both eyebrows raised. “With a flower?”

“With a rose,” Zosime said with a shrug. “That is your name, isn’t it?”

Rose blinked. “Oh. Great. Yeah, that’s…hilarious,” she said sarcastically.

Zosime just laughed and returned to her garden. “Get some rest, Rose.”

But Rose didn’t hear her—because she couldn’t stop staring at the flower in her hands, transfixed by its silky, black petals.

Black as shadows

Black as death.

She didn’t remember seeing any black roses in Zosime’s garden.

As a matter of fact, she was positive that the other roses had been yellow.

“Zosime?” Rose said, watching the flower. “Do you have black roses?”

“No. Only yellow and red,” Zosime said, as she tended to another plant.

“But the rose you just gave me is…black,” Rose said slowly, looking up.

Zosime turned toward her with a frown—and froze. Because the rose in Rose’s hands now—it looked different from the one she’d picked just a moment before. She stepped closer to Rose, staring in horror at those black petals. “This is how it started,” she said quietly, her voice practically a whisper, “in my vision.”

Rose could hear Zosime’s pulse racing. She could smell the adrenaline in her blood. It was the first time she’d seen the vampire afraid. “How what started?”

Zosime looked up at Rose, her brown eyes wide with fear. “The end.”

from my upcoming book, The Reign of Darkness,

Book Four of the Creatures of Darkness Series.

©️ Britney Jackson

Coming Soon(ish) 💜💜💜

Teaser: Adorkable Rose

Happy Teaser Day! 💚💚💚

And here’s a scene from The Reign of Darkness (Book 4 of the Creatures of Darkness Series), where Rose gets all adorkably excited over a “superhero name.” 😂💚

Excerpt:

“Are you telling me that the fate of the world rests in the hands of a nerd with fangs and her crazy, battle-axe-wielding girlfriend?”

Kara joined them by the door. “Keep insulting my battle-axe, and I’ll cut you in half with it.” When Erik took a step back, she smirked and added, “Again.”

“I wasn’t insulting your battle-axe,” Erik muttered. “I was insulting you.”

Rose’s mouth fell open. “Hey,” she said, turning toward Kara. She flashed a bright, fanged smile. “Nerd with Fangs could totally be my superhero name!”

Kara leaned against the wall, burying her hands in her pockets. She swept her gaze over Rose’s body, a flirty smile tilting at her lips. “Sounds lovely.”

Erik scowled, baffled by Rose’s excitement. “It wasn’t a compliment!”

Kara reached out and closed the door in his face.

from my upcoming book, The Reign of Darkness,

Book Four of the Creatures of Darkness Series.

©️ Britney Jackson

Coming Soon(ish) 💚💚💚

Kara and Those Stares of Hers 😂

If Kara had a business card, it would say:

Warrior, Spymaster, and Queen of Sexy Stares. 😂

Happy Teaser Day! 🖤🖤🖤

The text, in case the graphic is too small:

Honest to God, Rose was trying to focus on Talulah’s instructions, but it was hard to focus on anything when she could feel the heat of Kara’s gaze on her. She glanced out into the crowd, meeting Kara’s gaze instantly, despite all of the people between them. That ice-blue hue of her eyes might as well have been fiery-ember with the amount of heat they held. Rose tugged at the collar of her hoodie, feeling a little overheated, all of the sudden. Kara must’ve noticed—because her lips curved a little at the corners. She lifted her glass to her lips, hiding her smile.

“Rose,” Talulah said, startling her. “Did you hear anything I just said?”

Rose looked at her, shrugging sheepishly. “Something about bombs?”

Talulah rolled her eyes. “I hate Kara.”

from my upcoming book, The Reign of Darkness,

Book Four of the Creatures of Darkness Series.

©️ Britney Jackson

Coming Soon(ish) 🖤

Scary Rose

Teaser Day! 💜🖤🧡

🎃 Last week was Scary Alana. This week…have some Scary Rose. 🎃

Excerpt:

“Uh, Rose? Did you really call a ten-thousand-year-old queen a ‘psychotic idiot?’”

“She’s psychotic. And an idiot,” Rose said. “What else would I call her?”

“If you don’t want us all to die,” Erik muttered, his eyes wide, “queen?”

Rose rolled her eyes. “She’s not my queen,” she said, stepping past him.

He turned, watching as she unlocked the door to her bedroom. “Listen,” he sighed, “I have a little experience with…you know…psychotic people, and…”

Rose turned toward him. “While I appreciate the unsolicited advice,” she interrupted, flashing a sassy smile, “I have an injured girlfriend who needs blood.”

“I’m just saying,” Erik told her, “sometimes, it’s best not to…provoke.”

Rose took a step toward him. “I don’t play nice with evil,” she told him, “and if I’m forced to share a space with evil, I’m not going to pretend to like it.”

He nodded. “Okay, yeah, but,” he paused, wincing, “she’s just so…scary.”

Rose smiled, raising an eyebrow. “I thought Vikings were supposed to be fearless.”

He scratched at his collar, laughing nervously. “Nah, that’s just Kara.”

“Yeah, well,” Rose said, her smile fading, “that queen hurt the woman I love. She’s lucky all I did was call her a psychotic idiot.”

That glowing, blood-red haze overtook Rose’s eyes, and the table began to rattle against the wall.

A glass vase fell into floor, shattering.

“Because…if she touches Kara again, I’ll kill her.”

Erik took a step back. “Eyes, Rose,” he whined. “Eyes.”

from my upcoming book, The Reign of Darkness,

Book Four of the Creatures of Darkness Series.

©️Britney Jackson

Coming Soon(ish) 💜🖤🧡

Excerpt: Trick or Treat 🧡🖤

Teaser Day! 🖤🧡

In the spirit of Halloween, here’s a scene (from The Reign of Darkness) with our favorite trickster, Kara, and her villainous ex-lover, Alana. 🎃🖤🧡

Excerpt:

The glass shattered in Alana’s hand, the scent of her blood filling the air.

Kara looked down, her eyes darkening with hunger, as she watched the blood flow from Alana’s hand, sliding down her wrist in a steady, crimson stream.

With a shriek of rage, Alana gripped the largest shard of glass and swung it at Kara.

Kara caught her wrist easily. “Careful, love,” she said, ripping the shard of glass from Alana’s hand. “You wouldn’t want to scar your pretty hands.”

Alana jerked her wrist from Kara’s grasp. “You lied to me!” she growled.

Kara took a step backward, a cocky smirk tilting at the edges of her lips. “It’s what I do,” she said, spreading out her arms. “Try not to act so surprised.”

She spun on her heels and headed toward the door, feeling quite proud of herself, to be honest. But as she placed her hand on the doorknob, she heard a sound that made her heart stop—Alana. Not the shrieking, rage-filled Alana she’d faced a moment before…

No, she sounded calm now.

Amused, even.

Manipulative.

“But it’s more fun when I act.”

Kara froze, a cold rush of dread pouring over her. She turned, watching as Alana cleaned the blood from her hand with a cloth. “What are you saying?”

Alana smiled. “It’s oddly satisfying to trick a trickster, don’t you think?”

“You knew,” Kara realized, her brows furrowing, “that I was using you.”

Alana giggled, “I’ve been with you for a thousand years.” She took a step closer to Kara. “You didn’t think I’d learned nothing in all of that time, did you?”

Kara sighed irritably. “If you knew, why did you tell me the truth?”

“Do you think this is the first time you’ve gotten this close to the truth?” Alana scoffed. When she noticed Kara’s worried frown, her smile widened. “Oh, you did,” she giggled. Her dark blue eyes sparkled. “That’s kind of sweet, actually.”

Kara wanted to run—to get out of reach before Alana came any closer to her—but a pulsing, painful fog had already begun to spread through her mind.

“When you talk to Aaron, you won’t remember any of this,” Alana said.

Kara pressed her hand against her face, as if she could push away the fog, as if she could stop the mind-control. Her hair fell around her face, and her head spun violently. She almost fell, but Alana caught her. “Please, stop,” Kara gasped.

Alana pushed Kara’s hair out of her face, so that Kara could see the smile on Alana’s face. “And hundreds of years from now, you’ll play right into his plan.”

Everything suddenly stopped spinning. Kara straightened—the dizziness and pain gone. She looked down at Alana, her brows furrowing. “Whose plan?”

“See?” Alana said with a laugh. “You’ve already forgotten.” When Kara’s frown deepened, Alana smiled. “It’s you who is being used this time, darling.”

Kara stared at the glass in the floor, trying to remember what happened.

“Come back to bed,” Alana called, as she headed back to the bedroom.

Kara glanced toward their bedroom, her eyebrows lifting, as she noticed Alana’s dress already in the floor. She knew she must’ve been going somewhere, but it suddenly didn’t feel so important. She stepped away from the door. “Okay.”

from my upcoming book, The Reign of Darkness,

Book Four of the Creatures of Darkness Series

©️Britney Jackson

🖤🧡 Coming Soon(ish) 🖤🧡

Oh, and this is a flashback scene, so “hundreds of years from now”…is now. 😉🖤

Kara Aesthetic

It’s Teaser Day again! 🖤🖤🖤🖤

Side-note: I meant to post this earlier in the day, but I was in the hospital all night, which, of course, wasn’t planned. It turns out…my platelet count is very low, and I have to see a hemotologist. So, of course, my mind is in all the wrong places right now, focusing on every scary possibility. So…if you want to send any good thoughts or prayers my way, I’d definitely appreciate it. 🖤🖤🖤

Anyway, back to happy book stuff:

Look! It’s a Kara Aesthetic! 😍🖤🖤🖤

I think most everyone knows Rose’s crazy, battle-axe-wielding girlfriend, by now, but just in case you don’t…

KARA UNNARSDÓTTIR:

– Viking Warrior

– Second-in-command of the most powerful vampire colony in the world

– Spymaster

– Aaron’s Personal Assassin

– Lies. A lot.

– Flirty is NOT a strong enough word for her.

– 100% absolutely WILL dismember you, if you insult Rose.

– Loyal to no one but herself…

– …and Rose. 🖤

…Oh, and that quote’s from my upcoming book, The Reign of Darkness (Book 4 of the Creatures of Darkness Series), by the way. 😉🖤

Excerpt: An Ode to Audrey’s Weak Stomach 😂

It’s Teaser Day! (Thursday is Teaser Day now. Shhh…just go with it. 😁)

It’s also my oldest son’s birthday! 💚 He’s seven now. (Holy crap. 😳)

Anyway, I have a new teaser (and excerpt) for you today. 💚 I call this one “An Ode to Audrey’s Weak Stomach.” 😂

(Please, excuse my dorkiness. I’m very sleep-deprived. 😂)

Excerpt:

Audrey met them at the door. “What happened to Gun-Dude?”

Rose gave her a bewildered look. “Who?”

“The dude with the guns,” Audrey said impatiently. “Where did he go?”

“Depends on which part of him you mean,” Kara said with a smug smirk.

“What?” Audrey said. She felt Owen tap her shoulder, and then, she saw him point to something in Kara’s hand. Her gaze shifted down, toward the battle-axe that Kara held by her side. Audrey paled at the sight of the blood that coated the blade. “I’m going to be sick,” she whined—before darting off, down the hall.

Owen raised an eyebrow at Kara. “You know…the Assassins of Light had all sorts of words for you. Dangerous. Crazy. Savage. Unpredictable. Wild…”

“Aww,” Kara said, clasping her free hand—which was also stained with blood—over her chest. She looked at Rose—who seemed pretty distracted, at the moment. “Did you hear that, love? The Nazi-wannabes gave me affectionate nicknames! I should give them some, too. Headless. Crushed Skull. Disemboweled…”

Owen’s eyes widened. “Rose, how do you sleep next to this woman?”

“On my side, usually,” Rose said. “Where’s Kallias?”

from my upcoming book, The Reign of Darkness

Book Four of the Creatures of Darkness Series

Coming Soon(ish) 🖤

©️ Britney Jackson

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