"31 Days Of Halloween" &
Bestseller J.C. Andrijeski
During my planning for the “31 Days of Halloween” event I opened the doors to guest writers.
It’s my pleasure to announce that USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author J.C. Andrijeski answered the call. And stay tuned, because there’s an excerpt from “Vampire Detective Midnight” included.
"Vampire Detective Midnight"
by J.C. Andrijeski
Nick frowned, staring around at the alley floor.
It hit him again.
There was something wrong with this blood.
It smelled too good.
It smelled way, way too good…
Vampire with a past and homicide detective, Naoko “Nick” Tanaka just got transferred to the NYPD, where he works as a “Midnight,” or vampire in the employ of the human police. Like all state-reg’d vamps, he gets his food delivered to his door, lives in government housing, and basically can’t sneeze without the U.S. government knowing about it.
More than anything, he just wants to be left alone, to endure his immortality in peace, but he’s barely in New York two weeks when things start to go sideways.
It all starts with his new case––a case involving dead hybrids, graffiti that tells the future, a kid who shouldn’t exist at all, and a possible conspiracy involving the richest humans in New York.
That doesn’t even get into the school principal, a woman with secrets of her own, who has a deeply unsettling effect on him.
Nick finds he can’t get personally uninvolved with any of it. Instead, he gets sucked in even deeper, until he’s pretty sure he’ll end up forcibly reprogrammed by his human owners––assuming they don’t just rip his heart out of his chest and be done with it.
VAMPIRE DETECTIVE MIDNIGHT is book #1 of a gritty, romantic new series set in a futuristic, dystopian New York populated by vampires, humans and psychics trying to rebuild their world after a devastating race war nearly obliterates the previous one.
A spinoff of the Quentin Black Mystery series, it features vampire with a past and homicide detective, Naoko “Nick” Tanaka, who gets transferred to the NYPD after a bad incident in Los Angeles forces him to start a new life. Nick works as a “Midnight,” or vampire in the employ of the human police department, but when he arrives in New York, he really just wants to be left alone to work, surf, and deal with his immortality in peace.
Life, and the residents of New York, clearly have other ideas.
Available In These Formats
At These Popular Retailers
Share This Post With A Friend
About J.C. Andrijeski
JC Andrijeski is a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author who writes paranormal mysteries and apocalyptic fiction, often with a sexy, romantic and metaphysical bent. JC has a background in journalism, history and politics, and loves martial arts, yoga, meditation, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, painting… and of course reading and writing. She grew up in the Bay Area of California, but travels extensively and has lived abroad in Europe, Australia and Asia, and from coast to coast in the continental United States. She currently lives and writes full-time in Los Angeles, California.
Current series include: Vampire Detective Midnight, the Bridge & Sword series, the Quentin Black Mystery series, The Morph series, and the Alien Apocalypse series. She’s also written a number of standalone novels, novellas and short stories, as well as nonfiction articles and essays.
Follow J.C. Andrijeski
"Vampire Detective Midnight"
“Hey! You! With the black hair!”
The voice caught in the wind. That wind gusted higher as he turned, tunneling by the wall, rattling the fence by the outside gate.
It was always windy out here.
The creaky, metal overhang made it even harder to hear; the wind tore the woman’s voice away, pretty much the instant the words left her lips. Nick turned his head in her direction before it occurred to him he could have pretended not to have heard her shout.
If he’d been human, he wouldn’t have heard her.
Still, it was better to talk to her now than to risk her freaking out and calling someone.
“It’s all right,” he called. He held up his arm, showing her the red “V” on his inner forearm. “I’ll be fine!”
She was already walking towards him, though.
Sighing a bit, internally at least, he waited for her under the shadowed overhang, gripping his board more tightly in his other arm.
She walked right up to him, and he found himself a little surprised at the completely business-like and unafraid expression on her face, given that he’d just flashed his race-cat tattoo at her. She looked at him impatiently, like stopping vampires from going outside the main dome was an everyday occurrence for her.
He stood there as she looked him over, her lips pursed in a frown.
He found himself doing the same back to her.
Something about her annoyance with him made him want to laugh.
She was young, maybe in her early twenties, which made it even stranger.
She looked like a street fighter, or maybe a semi-pro boxer.
Brown, spiky hair, cropped short, dyed with bright blue, metallic-looking tips. Pale blue contact lenses, presumably to match her hair, but likely also data-enhanced. Her skin was on the dark side, but no real pinpoint on her ethnicity. Muscular arms. Human ident tats, obviously. She also had some decorative ones on her upper arms, mostly anime characters and dragons, from what he could tell.
She really did look like a boxer.
She might have been someone he sparred with at his old martial arts studio back in San Francisco.
“What the fuck do you think you’re doing?” she said. “Are you stupid?”
Strong Queens accent.
Now that he could hear her properly, the accent about knocked him over.
Nick frowned, then glanced down at the surfboard he had tucked under his arm.
“You really need me to answer that?” he said, speaking loud over the wind.
“Do you have any idea what the waves are like out there?” she half-shouted back.
Reaching up, she used one hand to hold back the bangs of her short hair, presumably because it was hurting her face being whipped back and forth in the wind.
“It’s like a fucking hurricane out there,” she shouted. “There’s a reason for the energy shields, you know? You got a death wish, mister?”
Nick again displayed the “V” on his arm.
“I’m sturdy,” he assured her. “I’ll be fine.”
She stared at his face a minute, then snorted a half-laugh.
“Get the fuck out of here,” she said, only on her it sounded more like ged-da-fuq-oudda-here. “You’re serious? This is your idea of fun?”
Nick nodded. “I’m serious. And yes, this is my idea of fun.”
Nick stared at her. He honestly couldn’t decide if he liked her frankness, or if she was starting to annoy him with her overly personal questions.
“Why the hell do you think?” he said, again holding up the titanium board. “I want to surf.” He motioned towards the security gate, the one opening in the wall where the force-field could be dropped with the right key card. “The report says no sun today. That means vampire-safe. We get regular reports, with estimates on—”
“You know that’s because the sky’s filled with smoke, right?” she cut in. “Not clouds. Not fog. Not a solar eclipse. Toxic fucking smoke,dude.”
“Again,” he said, as patiently as he could. “I’m a vampire. Smoke isn’t going to give me lung cancer. Or emphysema.”
Who Else Is Dropping In?
“31 Days of Halloween” is a collaborative effort, and I really couldn’t put out 31 posts in 31 days without help.
While I’ve personally filled many of the slots for the event, I also have some amazing guest posts, from some wonderful folks.
Want to see what else is happening?
Share This Post With A Friend
Did You Enjoy The Excerpt?
Now you’ve had a chance to read a sample from “Vampire Detective Midnight”, share your thoughts in the comments.
If you’ve read the book, feel free to share a review.
Or, if you’re planning to read this story, let us know.