Spotlight/Excerpt – The Genesis by K.L. Kerr

Welcome to my stop of the The Genesis book tour which has been brought to you by Bewitching Book Tours. Today I have an excerpt as well as a summary of the book and you can learn a little more about the author K.L. Kerr. Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information about this book and the author.

The Genesis
Blood of Ages, Book One
By K. L. Kerr
Published Dec 10th 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Book Description

The vampires of Dayson city are preparing for war. Having lived in constant fear of the Archway Corporation for decades, desperation has forced them into action. Their solution is to bring the First vampire, Alistair, back from the dead, a warrior famed for eradicating entire armies in the name of his kind.

For fledgling vampire Catrina Malinka, the fabled return of some unknown deity falls low on her list of concerns. Between fending off strangers trying to kill her in her dreams and trying to rein in an uncontrollable power that no one else even understands let alone shares, Catrina is forced to fight her assumed role in the war against Archway, which threatens to send her down a path she doesn’t want to travel.

The first book in The Blood of Ages series, “The Genesis” is an urban fantasy about the inescapable nature of Fate and the corruption of power.

“You can start by telling me what you are,” she said. Immediately, his expression hardened, brown eyes becoming cold as steel, mouth thinning into a tight line. Got you, she thought. “What is it? Secret service? Military? Are you genetically engineered?”
“I can’t tell you that,” he replied, taking back his second drink in one mouthful. “Not at this stage.”
This stage. Despite piqued interest at the mystery hiding behind his stony stare, she struggled to keep frustration from her tone as she asked, “So what can you tell me, Fox?”
“That you could become the same thing,” he replied without pause, “if you wanted. That’s why I’ve been charged with watching you. The organization I represent wants to hire you, and they couldn’t do that if you were dead.”
“And that’s what this is about?” She gestured between them. “Is this supposed to be an interview?”
“No.” He crushed out his spent cigarette. “They already know they want you. The job is yours, if you want it.”
She had come across plenty of powerful people in her life, but none had abilities the likes of which she’d seen in Fox. Whether it was some controversial muscle-enhancement drug concoction or military exoskeleton suit, she didn’t much care. A wealth of opportunity spread out in her mind’s eye. Just the idea that she could possess such power made her want to blurt out an acceptance right there and then. But as the thoughts came to her, so too did the guilt, gnawing in her gut and adding fresh stabs to her temples.
“You know all about me, right?” she checked, to which he nodded. “Then you already know what I’m going to say.”
“You need to consider your obligation to Tony, to weigh how much you owe the man who raised you, despite the fact you’ve been all but estranged the last six months. So you’re going to say, ‘Thank you for the offer, but I’ll have to think about it’.”
“I’ll have to think about it,” she echoed, offering no thanks, which earned another slight lip curl from him.
He swept his arms into his coat as he stood. He presented her with a slip of paper, which she unfolded to reveal a handwritten address she didn’t recognise. “Think carefully,” he said from over her shoulder now. She made a mental note to pay more attention while he was in the room in future. “This opportunity won’t come again. If you want to go ahead, be at that address tomorrow night, eight o’clock. If you’re not there, we’ll assume you aren’t interested.”
He’d reached the stairs by the time she turned in the seat. “Wait, that’s it? What about the details? What about the perks? Am I getting in on the company pension scheme or what?”
“We can cover details if you choose to go ahead.” While his expression remained unchanged, another spark in his eyes had the hairs on the back of her neck standing to attention. “You have all the information you need.”
“Right,” she said, glancing down at the paper between her fingers. Even though you haven’t really told me anything about yourself, or the company you represent. There’s “need to know” and then there’s just ridiculous.
She looked up to say this, but of course he was gone, leaving only a faint spice of cologne behind. She slipped her head into her folded arms on the table. The bruising around her neck hurt when she swallowed; it reminded her that while the night hadn’t gone perfectly, at least it wasn’t her last night alive—thanks to Fox.

About the Author

Born and raised close to North York Moors, initial setting of American Werewolf in London, one might be excused for thinking K. L. Kerr's interests might lie with those furry beasts. But she has always preferred monsters of the fanged variety, having written the very first draft of her novel, The Genesis, aged sixteen.

When not writing, Kerr can be found playing the MMORPG, World of Warcraft, or listening to music from video game soundtracks. She still lives in the North of England, close to The Moors (keeping to the roads, naturally), with two cats who--like all cats--think they're people.

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