The Cities Below Book Two
Genre : Paranormal Romance
Publisher : Kensington / Lyrical
Date of Publication : January 31, 2016
Number of pages: 200
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
The streets are a battleground for humans, vampires, and demons alike—where survival is a skill, love is a weapon, and the most dangerous act is to care for another . . .
Keir is an assassin devoted to Lady Arianne, the last of her royal bloodline. He is sworn to protect her, and that means eliminating any threat to her life. But while on a mission, he is set upon by a pack of demons, barely escaping with his life.
Cleopatra lives by a set of rules so rigid she no longer knows her true self. But her kind and loving nature resurfaces when she finds a man, bloodied and dying. Moved to help him, she risks her future and her life to save a stranger far below her aristocratic station.
Their attraction to each other is as powerful as it is forbidden. But even as their love grows, Keir keeps his true identity a secret—and this lie is not the only threat to their love . . . or their lives.
The Cities Below
Which cities? Below what? I see I've got some explaining to do. When I began writing about vampires I had one question that badly needed answered: What if vampires are real? Not were real in the past, but are real today. I certainly haven't seen any, so where are they? Simple. They live out of sight. It's hard enough to get on in this world without having an aversion to sunlight, the abnormal ability to process blood internally and heal most anything that ails you, not to mention fangs and an excessively long lifespan. I can hear the town folk with their pitchforks coming as we speak, and in all likelihood, that would be exactly what they would have faced centuries ago. Who wouldn't want to protect their families from that kind of persecution? With sunlight being a death-inducing weakness, it only made sense for my vampires to live underground.
Several underground vampire cities are scattered throughout Europe, but France holds the largest population. The Cities Below series centers around the four major cities in France. Two cities, Balinese and Valenna, are in norther France. Talvane is within Paris, and Galbraith is farther south. A city full of vampires seems like it should be easy to find, right? One of these cities is beneath an abandoned chateau, while another is often visited by humans, and the city beneath Paris is incredibly active day and night. The fourth city is marked by a shed built into a hillside. Should you manage to discover which building, or which shed on a hillside marks the entrance to a city, you'll never make it inside. Vampires guard their gate, their cities, and the knowledge of their existence viciously.
Do vampires live outside these cities and above ground? Of course. As with any society, this is bound to happen, but even those living on the fringe have a rigid set of rules to follow. Exposing the existence of vampires could mean their extinction, and none will take that risk.
- Jen Colly -
Jen Colly is the rare case of an author who rebelled against reading assignments throughout her school years. Now she prefers reading books in a series, which has led her to writing her first paranormal romance series: The Cities Below. She will write about anything that catches her fancy, though truth be told, her weaknesses are pirates and vampires.
She lives in Ohio with her supportive husband, two kids, one big fluffy dog, and four rescued cats.