A new urban fantasy release- Darkness Haunts

Darkness_Haunts_full_book_coverToday is the big release day for Darkness Haunts.  It’s up on Amazon now and will hopefully be available on Nook and Kobo soon.  A paperback version should be ready in approximately two weeks for the eReader holdouts. Most of you already saw the book summary during the cover reveal, but I’ll post it again for anyone who missed it.  You can also read a brief excerpt from the novel below to see if this book sounds like something you might enjoy.

Keep in mind this is a dark urban fantasy.  Expect violence, light profanity, and some explicit content. To caveat that- there are no sex scenes in this first book for the series. It should be appropriate for most readers ages sixteen and up.



Book Summary

Melena Sanders faced her fair share of danger with insurgents and terrorists when she served in the U.S. Army, but now she is about to go up against a new threat.  Her best friend, Aniya, has disappeared while on a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska—a supernatural haven.  Most humans have no idea darker races lurk amongst them.  Mel knows better.  If she wants to get her friend back, she’s going to have to go in alone—but not unarmed.

Melena has a few special skills the Army didn’t provide, but the odds are still against her.  She’s got to come up with a plan fast that doesn’t involve her, or her friend, dying.  But danger likes to play it rough.  A war for power is about to rise in Fairbanks and if she wants to get Aniya back, she’s going to have to step right into the middle of it.


I didn’t make it outside in time. The sups pulled a late-model, black BMW into an empty parking spot right in front of the bar. My SUV sat three spaces past it. I kept walking.

Please don’t let them notice me.

“Hey, pretty lady,” the driver said. The only vamp in the group had to be the one to notice me. He stepped right into my path.

Avoid the eyes or he’ll know.

I stared at a small stain on the collar of his brown suede jacket. Dried blood?

The two werewolves snickered. “You can take that one for yourself, man. We’re going inside.”

Rock music spilled out as they opened the bar door. I didn’t look back. The vamp in front of me held all of my attention.  He appeared to be in his mid-twenties, but was actually closer to thirty. He’d been undead for about five years. I could take him…probably.

My hand itched for my gun, but I remembered Wanda’s words from long ago. “Melena, don’t ever bring a gun to a vampire fight. You’ll get one shot off before they kill you.”

Okay, fine, plan B.

I put my hands in my pockets. “You wanna get out of my way?”

“Why don’t you look at me, pretty lady?” Yeah, because that would be such a good idea. He was too young to compel anyone with his voice.  In another few years he’d have that skill, but not yet. He had to use the eyes for now.

I continued to stare at the stain on his jacket. He had hurt an innocent human.  For all I knew it could have been Aniya. I clinched my fingers around my pocket knife. This guy had to be handled very carefully.

“Get out of my way,” I said through clinched teeth. “I’m not interested.”

His hand shot out to wrap around my throat. I flinched, but his grip wasn’t so tight I couldn’t breathe.  Dead prey made bad meals for vampires.

“Look. At. Me.” He forced my head up, but I kept my eyes averted. In my hand, I flipped open my knife and pressed it hard against the bulge in his pants. The tip didn’t go through, but the threat was clear. He loosened his grip on my throat enough so I could speak.

“Back the fuck off,” I said, “or else this is really going to hurt.” Some people think the bigger the knife, the better. If used properly, a three-inch blade could be every bit as effective.

He backed off.

“Bitch,” he spat.

I smiled and held up my weapon. “Go inside before I change my mind and use this anyway.”

A muscle ticked in his jaw. I thanked God he was too young to be a real threat. He hesitated a moment longer before making a move to pass me. I stepped aside, giving him plenty of room. My knife stayed up where he could see it.

He tried to catch my eyes one more time. He kept going when it didn’t work.  I’d had years of practice keeping my eyes averted when vamps were around. It had kept me alive, though I preferred to avoid them altogether. One day, I’d run into a vampire who wouldn’t forget he could heal from a knife wound—even if it was pointed at his genitals.

~ by Suzie on January 15, 2013.

20 Responses to “A new urban fantasy release- Darkness Haunts”

  1. Congrats! Best of luck.

  2. Great book!

  3. Well done! I can’t wait to read your book!

  4. Congrats! So exciting. Wait until you hold the paperback in your hands, though. That’s one of the best feelings in the world.

  5. Awesome! I just bought my copy 🙂

  6. Well done, Susan! Terrific news… 🙂 Make sure you register it on Goodreads too…

    • Doh!… Just noticed, you already have! LOL

      • lol, Anthony. I got my book up on there and put in my request to be a Goodreads author as soon as Amazon had my book up. It’s on twenty-nine people’s TBR lists so far, so I’m happy.

        If you want to hear a fun interview I did with Melissa and Charity, check out the link below. We got wild and had lots of fun. You should get plenty of laughs 🙂

        [audio src="http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-120588/TS-707031.mp3" /]

  7. Congrats, Susan! That’s a great cover and intriguing excerpt. I wish you the best of luck. I’ll add it to my TBR list and read it once I finish writing my current WIP.

  8. Reblogged this on Melissa Craig – Erotica Author and commented:
    Congratulations Susan on the publication of your first book. YAY! We had the honour of having Susan join us on ‘The Melissa Craig & Charity Parkerson Show’ and I know after she read out her excerpt I wanted more . If you want to find out more about Susan and her ‘Sensor Novel’ please listen now. She rocks and of course she loves me saying “Plentiful Package” LOL. We had a great time during the interview and I know this book will be downloaded to my Ipad asap.
    This history major that jumps out of planes and loves the power behind a big… gun… discusses how having 13 to 14 hour shifts in the military helped her in many ways. Find out more about her Urban Fantasy ‘Darkness Haunts’ by clicking this link http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-120588/TS-707031.mp3 and I wish Susan all the best with her book.
    I’m glad we could be part of your debut. Enjoy it anyway you can!

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