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Saturday, March 5, 2016

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Alicia Dean @Alica_Dean_ and her book, Liberty Empowered

Good Morning Friends,

Alicia Dean is not a newcomer to our blog. She has shared Tuesday Treasures with us as well as Thursday Thoughts. Today we are spotlighting her newest release, Liberty Empowered, book 3 in her Isle of Fangs series.....

She’s striving to embrace her nature…he’s fighting to restrain his.

Vampire hunter Liberty Van Helsing is responsible for protecting the humans living on Sang Croc, a tropical island in the French Polynesia. While striving to improve her recently acquired hunting skills, Liberty wrestles with her attraction to vampire, Eli Barkley, estranged son of Rupert, leader of the Evil Ones. 

Then the grandparents of a young girl—who Liberty has befriended—is snatched by the Evil Ones, and Rupert offers Liberty a deal: herself for the hostages. 

Rupert is certain his son will, in turn, voluntarily trade himself to save Liberty. Liberty has a better idea. Launch a rescue into Rupert's stronghold. But first she must tap into the elusive Van Helsing strength, and convince Eli he's not like his father... not anymore. 


An evening breeze blew in from the ocean, lifting and then lowering the target that hung between two coconut palm trees. Liberty Van Helsing drew in a deep breath and focused, repeating her new mantra, the fewer vampires you kill, the more humans that die. She had to improve as a hunter. Lives depended on it.

She shook out her shoulders, planted her feet in the sand, gripped the butt of the pistol, and narrowed her eyes on the target. She drew in a lungful of ocean air, and—

A hurtling object flashed in her peripheral just before something slammed into her shoulder. She stumbled, the gun went off—and she missed the target completely.

She lifted her upper body and rested on her elbows. "Son of a bitch!" A Frisbee lay on the beach a few feet away. She sprang to her feet, brushing sand off her jeans and whirled on Eli, who leaned nonchalantly against a palm tree. "What the hell?"

He grinned. "A little distraction."

"You threw a Frisbee at me? While I was taking aim?"

"Do you think the EO's will wait for you to settle into your stance on a hunt?"

She huffed out a breath. "Maybe not, but you could have given me a head's up."

He pushed off the tree and sauntered toward her, stopping a few inches away, his dark blond hair blowing in the wind like a tarnished halo.

Her breathing slowed, the way it did every time he came near. She squelched the urge to back away. Forcing herself to meet his glittering silver gaze, she lifted her chin.

He tightened his jaw and gritted out, "The Evil Ones aren't going to give you a head's up, Liberty. They're going to come at you, as fast and hard as they can. You have to be ready, for anything. Especially now that Rupert has called off the truce."

She shrugged, doing her best to conceal how terrified she was that the enraged leader of the EO's had a vendetta against her. "Rupert will calm down. He'll give up."

He grunted a disbelieving laugh. "You don't know Rupert. He never gives up."

"Are you afraid of him?"

"I'm not afraid for me. He might make me suffer, but he'll never kill me." A muscle ticked in his jaw, and he looked out toward the water. "But he'll come after you. He'd like nothing more than to hurt someone I lo—" 

He jerked his gaze back to her with a grimace. "Someone I care about."

Love? Had he been about to say he loved her?

Liberty Empowered can be purchased at Amazon and B&N.

And check out book 1 Liberty Awakened & 2 Liberty Divided in the series....

Award-winning, multi-published author Alicia Dean began writing stories as a child. At age 11, she wrote her first ever romance (featuring a hero who looked just like Elvis Presley, and who happened to share the name of Elvis’ character in the movie, Tickle Me), and she still has the tattered, pencil-written copy. Alicia is from Moore, Oklahoma and now lives in Edmond. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals. She is a freelance editor in addition to being an editor for The Wild Rose Press.

Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

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Maureen said...

Great excerpt! I love the cover! Good luck on your release.

Darcy Flynn said...

Love this series and excited to read book three!

Nightingale said...

Alicia, your vampire series sounds fresh and intriguing!

Leah St. James said...

I love this series, and I don't typically read vampires or younger protagonists. (They're generally too angst-y for my taste.) :-) But I love these characters and the world they live in. I recently purchased this latest story and am rushing to get through the book I'm currently reading to start on this one. Oh, and I love the cover, too!

Alicia Dean said...

Thank you, Maureen. Yes, I was very pleased with the cover. I think they do excellent work!

Alicia Dean said...

Aw, thanks, Darcy. I hope you're not disappointed!

Alicia Dean said...

Linda, thank you so much. That was my intention. I swore I'd never write a vampire story unless I thought I could do something a bit unique. Setting it on a tropical island, making my female hunter a Van Helsing descendant, and going back to the old lore with bats and not walking in sunlight, etc, seemed to work in my mind. :)

Alicia Dean said...

That means a lot to me, Leah. I am thrilled that I could entertain you in a genre you don't normally enjoy. :) I appreciate your kind words and your support. Thank you!

Susan Coryell said...

Sounds like another winner for you. Vampires are fascinating creatures and I love the idea of a woman hunting them down. Best wishes for success.

Diane Burton said...

I read the 1st 2 in the series. Can't wait to read this one. Best wishes.

Marissa Garner said...

This sounds awesome.

Hywela Lyn said...

Sorry to be late getting here - what a fascinating excerpt. I'm not the greatest fan of vampire stories, it has to be said, there are so many that follow the same story line, and having read 'Dracula' many years ago, it set the standard for me. But,
when they'e really well written, they can draw me right in - and that's just what your excerpt did. On my TBR list now!

Alicia Dean said...

Hi Susan...thanks so much. I have really enjoyed writing about my female hunter. :)

Aw, thanks, Diane. I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you, Marissa!

No problem, Hywela, I'm late on my own guest spot. ;) I agree, too many of the same old story lines did get very tiresome. I appreciate the kind words about my excerpt. Have a lovely day...

Alicia Dean said...

Hi Susan...thanks so much. I have really enjoyed writing about my female hunter. :)

Aw, thanks, Diane. I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you, Marissa!

No problem, Hywela, I'm late on my own guest spot. ;) I agree, too many of the same old story lines did get very tiresome. I appreciate the kind words about my excerpt. Have a lovely day...