Turned – Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Thank you Misty for having me at KindleObsessed today! I’m excited to share with you and your readers my upcoming release, TURNED.  TURNED is the first novel in the Belladonna Agency series.  Belladonna is a private investigation agency on a mission to bring four women together while righting the wrongs in their world.  TURNED stars a vampire hero and a beautiful heroine with a dark past.  I hope you enjoy reading TURNED as much as I enjoyed writing it.



Turned by Virna DePaul

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Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.

Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.

But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.

Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.

When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.

Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?



“Don’t get too comfortable. I’m closed now. You need to leave.”

“I’m not leaving until I say what I came to say,” he said softly. “You know that.”

His voice caressed her, as did his gaze. Once you were able to see past all the mesmerizing angles of his face and body and his slick clothes, he had nice eyes. So dark they almost seemed black. Like dark chocolate. Or a richly decadent espresso. Two of her favorite things. Automatically, her gaze dropped to the bulge in his pants. It was lovingly framed by his thighs, the fabric of his jeans pulled tight against them so it molded itself to the hard muscle.

She’d touched him when she’d patted him down, so she knew he was well endowed. Big and intimidating even when he wasn’t aroused. He’d stirred when she’d touched him in the alley and the memory of her fingers on such an intimate part of him made her flush. Given her history, the reminder of his masculinity and vitality should scare her.

Why wasn’t it scaring her?

Why had she suddenly grown warm, throughout her entire body but particularly between her legs? Why did she have the sudden urge to kneel in front of him and unzip him, so she could see what she’d already felt—-

For God’s sake. Stop! Men had never caused her anything but pain time and again. This man wouldn’t be any different.

Forcing her gaze away from his body, she focused on his positioning instead. Despite his relaxed pose, she noted how he, too, had placed himself where he could see the entrance, but still remain out of view and out of range of anyone on the street.

“How about I call the cops?” she asked, hoping he wouldn’t call her bluff.

“How about we make a deal instead?”

“What kind of deal?”

“I want my gun back. And something tells me you’re not just going to hand it over to me.”


“Let’s focus on what happened outside. Do you really believe you would have gotten my gun if I hadn’t wanted you to? You’re good, sweetheart, but as I said earlier, you were holding back. I did the same.”

She’d held a gun to his head. Slammed his face into a wall. And he thought she’d been holding back? “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she clipped out, even though part of her did.

“You were willing to fight dirty, but only to a degree. You’re ashamed of who you were. The way you used to talk. The way you used to fight. That shame hinders you.”

His perceptiveness grated at her. He was right. She hated the person she’d been. Resented any necessity to be that person again. But she was never going to admit it to him or anyone else. “And according to this absurd theory of yours, you decided to take it easy on me to keep things fair?”

He grinned. “Don’t believe me? Let me prove it to you. Fight me. Fight me with everything you are. Everything you’ve got. I get the gun back, you listen to what I have to say. All of it. You consider what I’m offering you before you make your decision.”

“And if you don’t get it back?”

“I leave, but first I’ll give you some of the information I have on your sister.”

Suspicion flickered through her . . . and temptation. “Why don’t you just give me the information anyway?”

He smirked. “Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. Come on, Ana. Give it your best shot. Show me what you’ve got. Show me what you learned on the streets,” he taunted.



About Virna

Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor and national bestselling author of paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense.  She writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, HQN, and Random House.  In her off hours, she loves broadway musicals, spending time with her family and friends, and connecting with other romance readers.

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Your friendly neighborhood narcissist. I'm sarcastic, cynical and a bit cranky. I own a soap box so big that sometimes I have difficulty stepping down off of it, and I'm about 94% certain I have multiple personalities. I don't sleep enough, and I read more than any person should ever consider normal. I have anger management issues, especially when I'm stuck in traffic and I have an unhealthy obsession with my Kindle. I am a vampire lovin', zombie obsessed, book-in-hand, iPod freak. You either love me or hate me. You be the judge.

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