Excerpt Reveal: “The BlackGuard Society: Blood Vendetta” by SF Benson

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Sorry for the temporary absence. I was in Roanoke, Virginia for Roanoke Author Invasion. It was pleasure meeting so many of you, and thanks again to all those who purchased books!

Today, I have an excerpt from my upcoming urban fantasy!

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He glanced up as I approached his table. “Must gonna be a full moon tonight for you to show up here.”

Well, he was right about the pending full moon. “Down, boy, I just want to talk.”

Cade pushed a chair out with his foot. “Sit down. I’ve got a few minutes.”

Not moving from my spot, I asked, “You sure? It’s about the pack.”

His lips flattened for a moment. “Either sit or move on. I don’t have time for games.”

Talk about foul moods. Maybe he lost a patient?

“Fine.” I chanted a privacy spell and sat down. Since he said he didn’t have time, I jumped right in. “Have you heard about the killings in the Quarter?”

“There’ve been some murmurings around the pack. All females with red hair?”

“Yeah. What else have you heard?”

“That’s about it.” His eyebrows shot up as he looked at me. “Am I supposed to know more?”

“The BGS suspects a wolf.”

He rubbed the back of his neck. “Are you pointing a finger at my pack?”

“No. I simply want info. Keep your ears open. If you hear anything, let me know.” I placed a hand on his. “If someone from your pack is involved, though, I can protect them. See to itthat he gets a fair hearing.”

Cade’s jaw clenched and unclenched a few times. I was ready to leave when he said, “I’ll check around. If I find anything, I’ll contact you.”

“That’s all I’m asking,” I said, rising from the table.

He grabbed my wrist. “Not so fast, Morgan. If I do this for you, I want something in return.”

Of course he would. Getting his help always came with a price. I just hoped I could pay it and still maintain my dignity.

“What?”

“Go out with me.”

I squinted at him. “Cade.”

“One f*cking date—no f*cking required.” He smiled, and it looked more like a sneer. “Surely, your protector can let you go for one night.”

Yanking my hand away, I said, “No one tells me what to do.” What I was about to say would piss Ace off, but it was a chance to get to the bottom of these senseless killings. That took priority over emotions any day. “One date. I name the place.”

“One date, and I name the day and place.” Cade glanced up at me. “You can take it or leave it.”

This male knew I didn’t back down from a challenge. Ever. It was why he made the offer. “Okay. Done. Get me the information. If it’s worthwhile—”

“Nope. It doesn’t work like that. Do you believe I’d trust you to honor your deal?” The sneer stretched wider. “Here’s how this arrangement will go down. I’ll do my part, andyou go out with me tomorrow night. Let’s say around seven o’clock. Be sure to wear something nice.” His gaze turned lecherous as he gave me the once over. “You know what I like—something to show off those curves you like to hide. Attempt to look enticing. You do remember how?”

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