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Don't Kill the Messengerby Eileen Rendahl
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View our feature on Eileen Rendahl’s Don't Kill the Messenger. The first in a fantastic new paranormal series about a messenger from the supernatural underworld.
Melina Markowitz is a Messenger, a go-between for paranormal forces and supernatural creatures. Problem is, when a girl's a go-between, it's hard not to get caught in the middle...
When ninjas steal an envelope from Melina, her search leads her to a Taoist temple in Old Sacramento, where the priests seem to practice Zen and the art of mayhem. Melina learns from the handsome ER doctor (and vampire) who gave her the envelope that it contained talismans created by the priests to control Chinese vampires, who are attacking gang members to spark a street war.
Although he may look more like a surfer than a cop, Ted Goodnight is dead serious about investigating the surge in gang violence. At every turn he runs into Melina, a very attractive-and very mysterious-young woman. Can Melina enlist his help to battle something he doesn't even believe in without blowing her cover?
"A strong and sassy heroine shines in this exciting, sexy, and hilarious debut. Melina Markowitz has unusual powers, leading her to a career as a Messenger, a sort of postal carrier for the supernatural creatures that normal people can't see. Now 26, Melina is delivering a package when a pack of ninjas ambush her and steal it. She follows them and finds grotesque zombie vampires called kiang shi ripping apart local gang members on behalf of the Chinese mafia, who want a stake in the Sacramento drug trade. Officer Ted Goodnight is concerned about the sudden rise in gang violence, and he wonders why he keeps running into Melina. As sparks fly between Ted and Melina, the danger soars. Melina's charisma and wit, interesting side characters, and dashes of hot romance will keep readers wanting more." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this first work in a fantastic new paranormal series, Melina Markowitz is a Messenger, a go-between for paranormal forces and supernatural creatures. Problem is, when a girl's a go-between, it's hard not to get caught in the middle.
Messenger Melina Markowitz delivers the goods for the otherworldly beings in our midstandmdash;no questions asked. Itandrsquo;s a job and a mission, one that puts Melina in the line of fire when things go wrongandhellip;
When a delivery leads to a dead man, Melinaandrsquo;s cop boyfriend, Ted Goodnight, starts grilling her about her latest job. But Melina doesnandrsquo;t know who sent the package or what was in it. Thatandrsquo;s not the way she works. What she does knowandmdash;that Ted doesnandrsquo;tandmdash;is that this isnandrsquo;t the first time this has happenedandhellip;
There are two men who have bitten the dust after a delivery from Melina. As she tries to put together the pieces of this puzzle, she discovers that the two victims share common friends, common unexplained absences, and a common crime. Now, dark forces from the local community have been unleashed, drawing Melina into the web of a powerful woman, her voodoo, and her vengeanceandhellip;
Melina Markowitz, messenger for the underworld, delivers the goods for the supernatural beings in our midst—no questions asked. It’s more than a job; it’s a mission. Safety be damned.
Melina’s missing friend, Paul, could just be taking a little werewolf “me time,” but her investigation yields something more sinister. Suspicions first fall on Paul’s wolf-pack rival. But that wouldn’t explain the sudden windstorms rattling Melina’s nerves—or the ominous, shrieking crows that keep appearing.
The clues lead Melina to a mermaid, a damaged and possibly deranged police officer and patterns for Norwegian doilies—finally bringing her to the realization that she may be dealing with the most powerful enemy she has ever faced.
About the Author
Eileen Rendahl writes and lives in Davis, California, with her two lovely children, two annoying cats, and one lovely man. Don’t Kill the Messenger is her first paranormal romance novel.
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