Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Leather and Lace (Southern Gothic Series #1) by Magen Cubed

Title: Leather and Lace
Series: Southern Gothic Series #1
Author: Magen Cubed
Publication Date: February 16th 2021
Print Length: 202 pages
Genre: LGBTQ+ Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance

Falling in love with a vampire bites—and sometimes loving a human bites back.

Dorian Villeneuve is an unlucky vampire from the slums of Devil’s Row. He makes ends meet for himself and his emotional support Chihuahua by working sleazy bars and nightclubs, doing what it takes to get by. Cash Leroy is a monster hunter from East Texas with a golden voice and an unrivaled devotion to Stevie Nicks. Hunting does not leave time for friends, let alone love.

When their paths cross during a bloody run-in with the vampire mob, Cash upends Dorian’s life—and takes Dorian under his wing to teach how to hunt monsters.

The unlikely pair become partners, and soon, best friends. However, their deepening bond grows complicated when Dorian falls in love with Cash. Their friendship is too important to throw away over an interspecies attraction, especially in a career that is already nasty, brutish, and short.

And things become even more complicated when Cash finds himself returning the vampire’s affections.

When an unusually deadly case lands in the hunters’ laps, their ill-fated affair takes a backseat. A pair of man-eating weredeer are on the loose taking victims’ hearts. With the pressure on to end the killing spree, Dorian and Cash must set aside their feelings and hunt down the blood-thirsty deer.

Can Dorian and Cash’s friendship survive this monstrous romance, or will they lose their hearts in the process?

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In the last eight months since leaving the vampire slums of Devil’s Row, Dorian Villeneuve learned many things about the world of humans. He learned even more about the world of monster hunting. Today, he learned that mothmen could fly at speeds upwards of sixty miles-per-hour if given enough of a head start.

He also learned it was exceedingly difficult to aim a handgun at mothmen flying upwards of sixty miles-per-hour. This was especially difficult when hanging out of the window of the rickety red pickup truck currently racing down the empty highway by night’s cover.

"I can't aim!" Dorian loudly complained over the wind. "We're going too fast!"

"Well, we can't exactly slow down," answered Cash Leroy from behind the steering wheel. Dorian’s partner held the wheel tightly, standing on the gas pedal and pushing the old truck's engine to keep pace. "Took us this long to figure out where he was headed."

Dorian peered up through the windshield at the mothman above them. The winged shifter flew against the moon's pale light, high above the tree line of the piney forest edging the highway. At such a height, the mothman was little more than a broad, black shadow on outstretched wings. Furry black hairs covered his whole body in a million points, each catching the moonlight but betraying nothing of the monster's true shape underneath. Two glowing red eyes bobbled like embers in the dark to give away his line of sight.

Glancing down, the mothman met Dorian's gaze. The vampire bared fangs.

Ahead of the mothman and his pursuers laid the city of Devereux and its 300,000 people and monsters. The mothman, like the other shapeshifters he was kin with, would disappear behind the safety of their human hides there. In the woods where he hunted human hitchhikers and backpackers, the mothman had the advantage of speed and strength. Even so, the shifter couldn't keep going forever on tired wings and an empty belly.

All three of them knew the hunt had to end here, one way or another.

Dorian lined up his shot with mothman's head and pulled the trigger twice, hoping to hit something vital. His bullets missed by a mile. He let out a hiss and dropped back into the passenger seat.

"This is useless."

"Alright, we need to try something else. C'mere." Cash reached behind his bucket seat for the sawed-off shotgun he kept in the back of the cab. "Take the wheel for me." Dorian blanched. "What? Absolutely not!"

"I'm a better shot, Dorian. I just need you to take the wheel."

"But I don't know how to drive!"

"It ain't really driving, you just need to keep us on the road."

Letting out a huff, Dorian clambered over into the driver's seat. Cash slid out, climbing through the window to maneuver himself onto the roof of the truck. The wind cut at his face and threatened to pull him off where he gripped the metal. All six feet and two inches of him held on tight as Dorian grabbed the wheel.

The vampire took a deep breath and tried to calm his shaking hands. Everything felt so huge and cumbersome, utterly foreign to someone who had never driven before. The entire truck felt different in the driver's seat; its throaty engine clattered louder, the chassis vibrating with every bump or crack in the asphalt. He stomped down on the gas pedal. The speedometer galloped ahead with a terrifying roar of the truck's struggling engine.

"This is so stupid!" Dorian shouted through the window.

"You sound surprised!" Cash shouted back.

From the truck's roof, the hunter made his way to the bed and carefully dropped down. Cash looked up at the mothman above and took up his shotgun to aim. Even at this speed, he was an excellent marksman, quickly finding the mothman's core between the beats of the giant furred wings. The mothman met his eye just as Cash fired. He changed direction without warning, gliding toward the road to avoid the deer slug trained on his heart. With a curse, Cash reloaded a fresh shell. Neither he nor Dorian saw the mothman dive down until it was too late.
Magen Cubed is an Eisner-nominated writer, essayist, and occasional critic, best known for her queer monster-hunting urban fantasy/paranormal romance series SOUTHERN GOTHIC. She has appeared in the critically acclaimed TWISTED ROMANCE comics anthology from Image Comics and has bylines on the award-winning Women Write About Comics. Magen lives in Florida with her girlfriend Melissa and a little dog named Cecil.

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  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  2. This sounds like a very good book.

  3. I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

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  4. I love the cover, especially the red parts.

  5. Cover looks great and I'm very interested in reading more of Dorian and Cash's unique relationship and their efforts to hunt down the weredeer!

  6. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  7. Spooky and fun theme to your book.

  8. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  9. The Southern Gothic series sounds rad :)

  10. sounds like a fun one

  11. This book sounds so interesting. I love the cover too.

  12. I am intrigued. The vampire mob sounds intense.

  13. I enjoyed the excerpy