WILDE CARD by Jenn Stark is an exciting and sexy story about a Tarot-reading magical artifact hunter who is falling under the spell of the mysterious Magician, while trying to avoid a war within the magical community and herself. Readers will be in for a wild(e) ride with the second installment of the Immortal Vegas series which is a cross between the Adventures of Owl Series by Kristi Charish and Lara Croft Tomb Raider.
Praise for Getting Wilde (Immortal Vegas #1):
“Jenn Stark’s Getting Wilde kept me riveted from cover to cover. Hilarious, sexy, and thrillingly high action with a kick-ass herione and a bone-dissolving hero (AKA my new book boyfriend!). GET THIS BOOK!” – NY Bestselling Author Darynda Jones
About WILDE CARD:
Title: Wilde Card
Author: Jenn Stark
Series: Immortal Vegas
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Size: 206 KB
Publisher: Elewyn Publishing
Format: Digital eBook
Digital ISBN: 978-1-9437-6802-8
All that glitters may not be gold.
When an antique gold show comes to Vegas, Tarot-reading magical artifacts hunter Sara Wilde’s job is simple: locate and liberate a set of relics rumored to give their bearers access to an ancient, incredible power. With whispers of a war on magic racing through the Connected community, every psychic, mystic, warlock, and witch descends on Sin City to claim the relics first. But no one wants these talismans more than Sara’s client: the insufferably arrogant, criminally sensual, absolutely untrustworthy Magician.
And what the Magician wants…
Sara’s heist takes a turn for the trickier as the smoky-eyed specter from her past, Detective Brody Rooks, is assigned to investigate a break-in at the gold show, forcing her to confront the one man in Vegas she can’t bluff. Even worse, just as she finally gets her hands on the goods, the game changes anew. The resulting chase leads her across the world to an ancient Egyptian temple filled with secrets, deception… and hints about her own abilities that could change everything. Desperate for answers, Sara is forced to turn to the one person she knows will lie, cheat, manipulate and steal to get whatever he craves. Only now, it seems, the Magician wants her.
Sometimes, when the deck is stacked against you… you’ve got to play the Wilde Card.
Excerpt Wilde Card:
I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t even blink. Six foot two of hard-bodied ex–Special Forces operative was snugged up against my backside, and I was totally falling for him.
For about eight thousand more feet.
My helmet crackled. “You’re doing great.”
“Unghflun.” Worse, we were still spinning. They’d told me the spinning would stop, but it didn’t feel like it was stopping. It felt like we were dying. And of all the ways to die, French-kissing a cliff at a hundred miles per hour had not made my short list. It gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “terminal” velocity.
“Right on target.”
Something shuddered above us, and I shifted from sprawl to nearly vertical in a sudden blur. I squinted up past the man carabinered to me in not nearly enough places, to see that our parachute had deployed.
That would be the “Low Opening” portion of this joyride into the Siberian mountain range surrounding Lake Baikal. The “High Altitude” section had been covered by our plunging six-mile drop from a souped-up jet now well on its way to Beijing.
Getting off this rock without alerting the local military would be its own special kind of crazy, but I was down for that. Pretty much any kind of crazy that got me away from Vegas and the Arcana Council for a few days worked for me.
“Drop point,” echoed in my ear.
Beside us, two other barely discernible shadows rocketed through the predawn gloom. We were aiming for a strip of gravel tucked between two sheer cliffs where, according to my client, X marked the spot for the ultimate Mongolian treasure: the crown of Genghis Khan. Rumored to give its wearer the Khan’s magical mojo for protection, abundance, and crazy long life.
Then again, said crown was apparently resting on the head of a dead guy right now. So there was that.
Another crackle in my helmet. “Bend your knees.”
“If I had a dollar…”
My guide’s laughter carried through our final several hundred feet of descent, and suddenly we were on the ground, a tumble of arms, legs, and high-tech padding. With impressive military precision, mission leader Zander “Call me Zee” James broke up with me without remorse, thrusting me aside. I lurched drunkenly to my knees as he slowed his run then turned to his parachute and punched it into submission.
The other men landed beside us, neatly outrunning their chutes, and I ducked to avoid a fine spray of rocks stirred up by the movement. Zee stripped off his HALO suit, oxygen mask and gear like he was shimmying out of swim trunks, and shoved them into a we-were-never-here-sized nylon bagel for easy transport out. He flapped his hand at me for mine and I shoved them at him in a big ball. “Report?” he snapped.
Zee’s right-hand man squinted down at a device attached to his wrist. “No heat signatures,” he said, aiming the thing at the rock wall. “Wall” was being kind. The cliff face surged up as if an angry god had punched through the earth’s crust, all crags and fissures and sharp edges. “Seismic activity currently stable.”
As if to counter his words, another crackle of falling rocks sounded high above us. “Right.” Zee squinted up. “At dawn, this place’ll light up like the surface of the sun. We don’t want to be here for that. We get in, we get out, we get gone.” His gaze shifted to me. “Ready?”
I nodded, then tugged down the zipper of my tech suit to fetch my own tools of the trade, my trusty pack of Tarot cards.
With the deck as my compass, I could find about anything—for a price. As it happened, a hundred G was a heck of a price. That kind of money translated to at least three more Connecteds hidden away from the dark practitioners who wanted to use them for spare parts. Not enough to save them all, no. But enough to count. I had to believe that.
“Sometime today, princess.”
Double-tasking one set of fingers to offer Zee my opinion of his people management skills, I used the other to pull a scatter of cards out of the deck.
Here we go.
Other Books in the IMMORTAL VEGAS Series
ONE WILDE NIGHT
About Jenn Stark:
Jenn Stark is a Golden Heart award-winning author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She lives and writes in Ohio. . . and she writes a LOT. In addition to her work in paranormal, she is also author Jennifer McGowan, whose Maids of Honor series of Young Adult Elizabethan spy romances are published by Simon & Schuster, and author Jennifer Chance, whose Rule Breakers series of New Adult contemporary romances are published by Random House/LoveSwept.
The world of her first paranormal romance, which was previously titled BLACK JACK, has now been reimagined as the setting ONE WILDE NIGHT, GETTING WILDE and WILDE CARD, all to be published in 2015, with BORN TO BE WILDE to follow in early 2016!
I’m absolutely honored to have Jenn as my guest today. Her work is new to me, but after reading this excerpt that’s going to change!
Good morning, Jacquie! And thank you for hosting me today on the Wilde Card blitz! Your questions make the perfect Top Ten of Author Fun Facts. 🙂
I know you’re a writer, what’s your favorite thing to write?
I write Urban Fantasy, New Adult Contemporary Romance and Young Adult Historical Romance – three very different genres! Right now, my favorite is Urban Fantasy. I love the mix of magic and contemporary sensibilities, along with writing a heroine who evolves with each book.
- Do you like surprises? Tell us about the last one you remember.
Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of surprises, though I try to roll with the good and the bad. I won’t bore you with a “bad” surprise, but a good one recently was the reader response to GETTING WILDE, the first full-length book in my Immortal Vegas series. I put it out there not sure if anyone would find it… and they did! Intriguingly it’s found a fair amount of readers in the UK, which I never ever expected.
On a non-writing note, another recent surprise was when a friend sent me flowers out of the blue. Of course, being an author, I was convinced that the strange men at my door and the unmarked white-paneled van parked in front of my house could only mean one thing: I’d been discovered by my direst enemies. Needless to say, I didn’t open the door, but I did check the flowers they left behind for a bomb. Because I’m an author like that. 🙂
- How old were you when you started writing?
I’d say my first real “story” was when I was 12 or 13, but I wrote shorter pieces before that. They were horrible, but I wrote them!
- Do you love writing or hate it, and why.
I love it. I’ve made my living as a writer (I am a freelance copywriter and used to be in marketing communications back when I worked corporate) for my entire adult life, and writing fiction helps me leverage a basic skill (writing) and apply it to a whole new world of learning and exploration to me (storytelling).
- What would be your dream job?
Being able to write full time as an author—I’m close! But I’m still not able to take the full leap. Perhaps this is the year that will change, fingers crossed!
- What was your favorite childhood story?
Going all the way back to when I was very small, the story I WONDER WHAT’S UNDER by Doris Herold Lund… it’s the tale of a little boy wondering what might be under his bed. 🙂 Gosh, I haven’t thought about that in years!
- Where in the world do you consider home?
Right now I live in Ohio, and I’ve lived in the state full-time for many years. I don’t consider it home, though… I am happiest when I’m somewhere with a lot of water nearby, like the ocean, particularly in a lush setting where there are a lot of trees as well. That said, I have enjoyed my stay in Ohio tremendously and have made many friends!
- What is your favorite book, favorite movie?
I’d say my favorite book is actually the Narnia series by CS Lewis or the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. Both of them had a huge impact on me when I read them many years ago. Favorite movie… oof. That’s hard! The Lord of the Rings movies probably would win for sheer visual magnificence and storytelling. But if I had to pick a movie that I’d watch over and over again, I’ll go with the romantic comedy WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, with Sandra Bullock. For some reason, that’s my go-to when I’m feeling blue.
- What is your greatest pleasure in life?
Ha! The first thing that came to mind was “sleeping”… you can tell I’m on deadline! But when I’m well-rested, I think it would be walking through a natural setting (like on a beautiful beach at the edge of the ocean) with a good friend. Experiencing the awesomeness of nature AND the connection of a loved friend is a magical thing.
- Name your favourite food.
MMMMMMmmmmmm. it would be impossible to pick just one! So I’ll go with my favorite dessert, which is a very basic chocolate cake called “Texas Sheet Cake.” Here’s a recipe. It’s simple but delicious, and perfect for snacking! Yum, now I’m hungry! 🙂
Jacquie, I’ve enjoyed your questions so much—thank you and I hope you have a wonderful week!
And I very much enjoyed meeting you, Jenn. Your sense of humor shines through your writing 🙂
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