July 30, 2013

Excerpt + Giveaway: Vigilante Nights by Erin Richards

Welcome to my stop on the Vigilante Nights blog tour hosted by IFB Tours!

Title: Vigilante Nights
Author: Erin Richards
Publisher: Merit Press
Publication Date: July 18th 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

A "good boy" will do anything for vengeance when a gang rite kills his twin sister. Will Lucas win, or follow his sister Silver into the darkness?
After a hideous car wreck, Lucas wakes from a coma to find that his world is gutted. Not only is his beloved twin sister, Silver, gone forever, but Lucas is broken in body and spirit. He will never be a college athlete, and is robbed of what he now realizes was the most important bond of his life. Although they weren't identical twins, Lucas and Silver shared a bond so fierce it defied reason, and was nearly supernatural.
After her death, that bond seems to endure when Lucas sees Silver everywhere he turns. Either he's crazy, or Silver is trying to tell him something about the California gang initiation they stumbled into that cost Silver her life. Lucas is bent on revenge, turning on Raymond, Silver's former boyfriend; the one Lucas never wanted her to date. He forms a posse of vigilantes to take out the gangsters responsible for Silver's death, but he risks not only his own life, but the love of the new girl on his block, who knows more about Lucas and Silver than can be accounted for by mere chance.


Morning sunlight slashed the sky in gold and amber streaks. The temperature already neared seventy, summer’s final grasp. Might be a good day for a swim with the gang after I got my brain cells fried. I avoided my defiled Camaro, burying it under a mountain of denial. Instead, I checked out a Beamer and a small U-Haul parked in the driveway next door. Another perfect family. Perfect on the outside, until you unlocked the front door and the loonies slunk out of the closet.
I remembered the man and kid from last night. Kid? Damn, he was my age. I stroked my temple. Summer had robbed ten years of my life. Years I’d never recover. Going by age, I was still a kid. Any other measure and I didn’t know what I was any longer.
I backed Mom’s silver crossover out of the garage. Just as I was about to hit the street, the front door of the neighbor’s house opening caught my attention. I tapped the brakes. A girl my age stepped out, Silver’s height—five-five—with extra pounds of curve, more than I usually liked, but on her, the weight was healthy and alluring. Touchable. Totally unlike the tall, skinny girls I used to go out with in their painted on jeans and skimpy second-skin T-shirts. Quarterback cliché. It once defined me. Now nothing defined me.
Something unnamed drew my senses to her, a weird radiance I was powerless to resist. Yep, “radiance” fit. Corny, huh? She inclined her head, her freckly skin soaking up the morning sun. I drew in a whistle of surprise. “Hello there.”
Thick and short, golden-brown hair framed an angel’s face. From this distance, I saw her long dark lashes flutter over bright blue eyes. Her sunny smile caused my throat to clog. I had the strangest desire to touch her, to sift my hands through her hair, to absorb her energy forever. To fill my black hollowness. How crazy was that? Was mystical fairy magic storming the horizon?
“I think I’m gonna like my new neighbors.” Instinctively, my right hand covered the scarred side of my face in a phony scratch.
The girl checked me out, her hooded gaze roving over the visible part of me in the Lexus. An unaccustomed sheepish grin cracked my face. She returned my smile with an about face and dashed toward the front door. Jeez, Louise. I was something scary. I sped off toward Chris’s house, her image engraved into my mind.
Reason for living number two. Time to remake myself. For real.
“What took so long?” Chris complained. He and Kev climbed inside the Lexus, strewing coffee cups—empty I hoped—and Pop-Tart crumbs all over. Mom was so going to kill me.
“What I saw was hella worth the wait.”
“Dude, where’s your car?” Kev tossed a crumpled napkin on the floor, laughing at his movie joke. “And what was the grand illusion?” He segued on to the usual classic song reference. Kev was the biggest classic song nut. He could recite the lyrics to all the greats. Kev used to think he’d be a rock star one day. But his guitar-playing days ended when cats and dogs bolted. He admitted listening to music suited him better. With cotton stuffed ears, Chris and I agreed.
“One of my new neighbors.” I zoomed toward school, barely hearing the sewing machine engine, missing the sounds of Chevy muscle. Finally, really missing it.
“Bet it’s a girl.” Chris smirked.
“Why else would he look so dazed and confused?” Kev wobbled his head.
“Man, you should see her,” I blurted out with more enthusiasm than I’d felt since May 12. “Hot doesn’t even compute.” Cute was the word I refrained from voicing. Whenever we used that word, the jokes about dogs surfaced. Blood might fly in that case.
“Does she go to Sea Hag?” Chris studied the kids flocking from the school parking lot to the open hallways.
“I bet he’ll know by the end of day.” Kev plucked earbuds out of his ears and stuck them in the seatback pocket. Immediate detention if caught using earbuds during school hours. He never trusted himself to keep them in his backpack. A sucker for white noise. And detention.
I parked the mom-car and the first bell rang. All visions of the mystery goddess fled. “By the way, I might have a CrimsonX hit on my head. Ready to bust some ass, vigilante style?”

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About the Author:
Erin RichardsErin Richards writes SF&F romance and young adult fiction. Her YA debut novel, VIGILANTE NIGHTS, releases from Merit Press (F+W Media) on July 18, 2013. Erin has also published two adult romance novels: CHASING SHADOWS, a romantic suspense (EPPIE award finalist & NOR 5-Star Top Pick) and WICKED PARADISE, a fantasy romance, both available in eBook and print. 
Erin Richards lives in Northern California. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, and American muscle cars.

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  1. this doesn't seem to be your stock standard vamp or were paranormal read...intriguing!!

  2. Nice excerpt. Thanks for participating :)

  3. Thank you for hosting Vigilante Nights on your blog and participating in my tour! I appreciate it.


  4. Revenge stories and the motives behind them always fascinate me!

  5. this sounds like a really cool story idea. Thanks for another great giveaway!

  6. I love the idea of a mystery with a touch of paranormal to it--so intriguing!! :)

  7. I like the idea of this story. I love stories about twins and their connections. And throw in gangs. And paranormal! I think I would like this one.


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