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Hex and the Single Witch
Vehicle City Vampires Book One
By Roxanne Rhoads
Anwyn Rose is descended from a long line of powerful witches yet she can barely cast spells young witchlings have mastered. She has one functioning witch gift, the power of knowing, which she puts to good use as a Detective on Flint’s Preternatural Investigation Team (aka the P.I.T. Crew)
It’s a new era in Vehicle City, supernaturals are running the town.
The P.I.T has their hands full with paranormal crimes. Top priority is a serial killer, who appears to be a vampire, draining young women in the city.
Anwyn is on the case with her sexy partner Detective Mike Malone.
Complicating things is her relationship Galen, a vampire who looks more guilty than innocent, although Anwyn trusts her instincts even if her power is on the fritz.
Mysterious spells, compromising situations, and a possible demon on the loose make it hard to focus on the case, but Anwyn has to make things right before the human police execute the wrong vampire.
Hex and the Single Witch contains magick, a little bit of mystery, a lot of supernatural mayhem, and a sexy love triangle that will leave you wanting more.
Playlist for Hex and the Single Witch
There’s tiny mystery in Hex that does not get wrapped up in this book. It is minor but it seems to have people wondering, which is good. I want them to wonder.
It’s the mystery of the changing ringtones.
Hex opens with vampires strutting on a runway to Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy”, it turns out Anwyn’s dreaming and it’s her phone ringing with Too Sexy as her ringtone. A ringtone she did not set.
Throughout the book Anwyn’s ringtones keep getting changed. She’s not the one changing them.
She doesn’t think too much of it because she has a lot of other distractions going on. She briefly wonders from time to time how the ringtones keep getting changed and why but nothing ever comes of it.
A few readers have brought this up. No worries though I left that tidbit dangling exactly for that reason- to make everyone wonder- who, why, how?
There will be answers in the next book.
Until then enjoy the songs that were chosen for this book’s ringtones.
1 I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred
This song opens the book and is one of Mike Malone’s ringtones
2 If You Think I'm Sexy by Rod Stewart
Another ringtone change for Malone, yes most of the ringtones are Malone’s
3 Closer by Nine Inch Nails
This is one of Galen’s ringtone
4 Sexy And I Know It by LMFAO
Again a Mike Malone ringtone LOL
5 I Touch Myself by Divinyls
This one is never heard but Anwyn mentions it as a previous ringtone for Malone
6 Witchy Woman by Kristin Chenoweth
This is Mel’s ringtone
The Story Behind the Story
|Saginaw Street the brick by Matthew Letts|
The original background for the story came to me while I was driving through downtown Flint one day. After leaving the main strip of Saginaw Street that is the “downtown” area, surrounding areas and neighborhoods look like ghost towns. Businesses are boarded up, empty, and falling apart. Houses are even worse off. There are entire neighborhoods in and around Flint that are completely or almost completely empty. Out of fifty houses two may still have residents. That’s scary on so many different levels.
Suddenly an idea popped into my head- “what if, after all the humans left, started moving in?”
|downtown Flint by the river by Matthew Letts|
And the basic back story to my series came to life. Flint, Michigan becomes a hotbed of supernatural activity. Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, demons and were-creatures move in making the human population the minority.
Most of the remaining humans don’t even Others walk among them. A mass Hysteria of the late twentieth century almost eradicated entire species of Others- humans and Others were at war.
Causalities were many on both sides. To end the war and stop the Hysteria a mass worldwide spelling was cast that made humans once again lose their memories that Other folk exist.
|By David C Lucas (backdrop for the Hex cover)|
Most humans think that vampires, were-creatures and all types of Others are just movie magic and works of fiction. And the spelling was so successful that Others can walk openly among the humans and never be suspected of being Other.
The only people that see Others realistically are those who have the faintest drop of Other in their blood and those who are so strong willed the spelling didn’t take, and of course children who were born after the spelling took place.
The problem with this scenario is that not all Others are harmless, there are those thrive on danger, fear, and despair and revel in destruction.
|Logo created by Dawne Dominique|
So to keep the Others in line and keep supernatural crime to a minimum the Preternatural Investigation Team (dubbed the PIT Crew) was created as a special task force for the Flint Police Department.
Recruits for the PIT Crew are either Others or humans that know Others exist.
The main character of my book is Detective Anwyn Rose. She is an Other, a witch to be precise but her magic hasn’t ever been too flashy, however she has the ability to “know” things. Either by touch or just a direct line into someone’s mind, Anwyn is very useful at a crime scene. She can see what happened just by touching the victim or an object at the scene.
Her partner, Detective Mike Malone is human, and not too friendly with the “monsters”. However he has a thing for Anwyn even if technically she could be labeled as one of the “monsters”, but Anwyn has a thing for a vampire, Galen. To Malone a vampire is the worst of all monsters especially when Anwyn’s love interest turns out to be the prime suspect in a string of killings they are investigated.
|Matthew Letts Capitol Theater|
The whole situation leads to heated arguments, steamy encounters, a lot of misfiring magic- and a hot love triangle.
And all that began with just a drive around Flint one day.
A couple of my previous short stories are set in the same world.
My short story collection but I expect Renata, Tony and Markus (all from the story Renata) to make appearances in this new series. Not in Book One other than a quick mention, but possibly in book two., contains a few stories and characters that are linked in with this series set in Flint, particularly the story “Renata” which is set in Flushing. I would say Flushing is Flint’s richer, prettier neighbor. The vampire Renata has ties to Markus, who happens to be Detective Mike Malone’s uncle. I can’t divulge much more than that or I would give away plot twists in both “Renata” and
“The Questioning Concubine” and “Witching You a Merry Christmas” are also set in the same world as
The Vampires in Hex and the Single Witch
Hex and the Single Witch’s main character, Anwyn, is a witch not a vampire so many are wondering- why is the series called Vehicle City Vampires?
Vampires run Vehicle City. Sometimes in the background, sometimes right out in the open and many don’t even realize they are dealing with vamps. The late twentieth century seen a second Hysteria where supernaturals of all sorts were outed thanks to vampires who decided they no longer wanted to live in the shadows pretending to be human. This caused a war…a massive slaughter with high casualties on both sides (human and Other). To remedy the situation the most powerful witches in the world cast a mass spelling that worked so well Others now walk among humans as themselves and the humans don’t even know they are dealing with anything unusual.
There is a small problem though- as time goes by those who were small children or not even born yet when the spelling took place- will soon be adults. And they see Others for exactly who and what they are.
|Leena Allure by Ray Smith RSII Photography|
The top fang in Flint is Satinka Tala. She’s a side character in Hex but will play an important role throughout the series and will have her own book after I wrap up Anwyn’s story.
Satinka Tala is a centuries old Native American vampire who was tasked with being The Guardian of the land that became Flint (Vehicle City). She takes her job seriously and wants to be at peace with humans. She rules the city with kindness and empathy and cares for the humans that are suffering.
She keeps her eyes on everything and owns a lot of land. And she’s very philanthropic. She wants the city to thrive. But everything seems to work against her. So she created a group of Guardians that are the paranormal equivalent to police. But they can do things the human police cannot- like take down demons and vampires-things bullets don’t stop.
Satinka tries very hard to keep the humans safe and the “Others” under control. She even throws an annual Vampire Ball to entertain everyone and lets humans and vamps mingle safely. Vampires disguised as humans dressed as vampires.
Hmmm. Do you think this is what this happening at the actual Flint Vampire Ball? Yes there is a real vampire ball in Flint every year. It is hosted by Vertigo Theatrics and partial proceeds go to the Flint Farmer’s Market.
Another thing about Satinka is not only is she a vampire, she’s also a shifter. Not a were, but a shifter- no moon needed. And she can take more than just one shifted form.
Many of the vampires on Vehicle City Vampires will defy normal conventions and in a way, be hybrids.
The vampires are all a little different from each other. Some have issues with sunlight, some do not, some have silver sensitivities some do not.
In most myths, legends and even in plenty of popular fiction vampires are described as either dead or undead, sometimes referred to as walking corpses.
No heartbeat, no need to breathe, no need to eat food or drink anything other than blood.
Honestly all that doesn’t make a whole hell of a lot of sense to me.
For me vampires are different and extraordinary creatures- and not dead at all. Just different.
I can understand them being described as dead in the early incarnations. Because before the Gothic literature of the 1800s romanticized vampires early myths and legends portrayed them as monsters- grotesque walking corpses. More like today’s zombies than the sexy, romantic and sometimes sparkling vampires that we often envision them to be.
I see being changed into as vampire as a transformation, not death- at least not completely. It is death and rebirth. A catalyst that transforms a person from human to Other. Changing from human to vampire is the death of the normal human life but not a true death.
I simply can’t wrap my head around the concept of a vampire being dead because of several things.
One they need to feed to “survive”. If you need to survive then obviously you’re not really dead, are you?
Another thing- rapid healing abilities. If you can heal, how can you be dead? Dead things don’t heal.
Other things I don’t agree with are the cold skin and lack of heartbeat and breathing. I think vampires are evolved and don’t need to breath as often as humans and their hearts don’t beat like ours- and the slowness of their heartbeat and breaths has something to do with the whole immortality thing.
And the cold skin… when they get cold that just means they need to feed, if they are fully fed their skin is just as warm as ours.
|Frankie and Leena |
by RSII Photography
That brings me to the need for blood. As I mentioned I see vampirism as a transformation, a disease or mutation that changes the human body into something else, something more. It changes the metabolism and the higher functions of the body. To keep these processes going the body burns up its blood supply and constantly needs to be replenished.
The other powers of vampires- the glamour and mind control and all that, even the teleportation and shape shifting that some can do…well that goes into the magic slot.
I think vampirism is one part disease two parts magic.
In many of my stories the vampires defy the normal vampire conventions. They eat, they walk in daylight, they have heartbeats, and they breathe (usually). I try not to describe them as dead or undead and I don’t often stick them in coffins or in the ground.
In the VCV series there are many species of Others (fae, demon, shifter, witch, etc) that have interbred with humans over the centuries. When a human is turned into a vampire the dormant powers inside them become active. Most humans will never know they have “Other” blood inside them until the catalyst of becoming a vampire brings that dormant power to the surface. In addition vampires also gain some of their abilities and powers from the vampire that made them, their sire. The result is a species of vampires that have a wide variety of powers and abilities. Which is why they are so hard to track, kill or fight- you never know what you’re going up against when you deal with a vamp.
A 100% human with no “Other” blood inside will not survive the change into a vampire.
In the Vehicle City Vampire series I wanted to take all the myths, legends and variances of vampire abilities, mix them all up and create an explanation as to why vampires are so different. I hope that readers will enjoy my take on vampirism.
Ray "Butch"Smith RSII Photography
David C Lucas
Several of the shorts in Paranormal Pleasures II are set in the Vehicle City Vampires world.
Anwyn Rose, the main character from VCV Hex and the Single Witch even makes an appearance in Underneath the Fangs and My Demon Valentine.
My Demon Valentine also offers a special treat for VCV fans…one scene featuring Anwyn will appear from her point of view in Hex and the City, Vehicle City Vampires Book 2, which is scheduled to be released later this year.
These stories from Paranormal Pleasures II are set in the VCV world.
An Unexpected Evening – this one is set in the VCV world but no mention of characters or locations are mentioned until we get to the second Katerina and Samuel story, Underneath the Fangs.
Samuel is a centuries-old vampire who prefers to be a recluse. He is always afraid of losing control and becoming the monster he once was. Falling in love with a young witch has pushed his boundaries and pulled him out of his comfort zone.
Katerina always encourages Samuel to be more open, to let loose, and to really "live" instead of only existing in the shadows.
One night, he finally grants her wish . . . in ways she never imagined.
Underneath the Fangs- this one brings the location of Flushing into the story, pulls in the P.I.T Crew and Anwyn Rose makes an appearance.
Samuel is being framed for murder. Katerina knows he is not guilty but she has to convince Samuel that he is not a monster and that he is worthy of her love.
Cemetery Seduction- this story is also set in Flushing, in the VCV world, but it is set a little in the future as compared to the VCV novels.
Abby, a half witch, half vampire whose powers go awry in a club, has to run, afraid that the Others, who are policing all human/magick interaction, might put her in jail. She ends up in a cemetery, jumps behind a bush and lands right on top of a very sexy ghost hunter.
No Place I'd Rather Be – this one is set in the VCV world a bit into the future, they are detectives and consultants- part of the P.I.T Crew but we haven’t seen them in the VCV books yet. Mike Malone will hire and recruit them in the VCV books later.
Sonora is torn between a human and a vampire. How can she choose between the man who makes her feel safe and the vampire that makes her blood race? Sonora prays to the Goddess for guidance while harboring secret desires that her broody vampire, Brom, and her brawny human, Avery, can get past their jealousy and be willing to do more than just share the witch in the middle.
Can the Goddess grant Sonora's wish, or will she be stuck making an impossible choice?
Contains m/f/m and m/m
My Demon Valentine- Elita is Anwyn’s cousin. Her story was first featured in the first Paranormal Pleasures collection in the short, The Questioning Concubine. This second short story featured Elita ties directly into the Vehicle City Vampires world and features a scene that will be retold from Anwyn’s point of view in the upcoming book, Hex and the City.
Elita wants to give her demon boyfriend a Valentine’s Day to remember. Connor was built for giving pleasure but Elita wants to turn the tables on that.
This time the pleasure will be all his.
Paranormal Pleasures II
Ten More Tales of Supernatural Seduction
By Roxanne Rhoads
Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Publisher: Bewitching Books
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Award winning author Roxanne Rhoads brings you ten more tales of supernatural seduction featuring demonic desires, wanton witches, voluptuous vampires, and ghosts with grave needs…
Four brand new, never published short stories have been combined with six previously published, freshly edited tales to give you a collection of hot paranormal erotica you can really sink your fangs into.