Virna De Paul is an excellent example of how offering free reads can be a great way to find new readers. I can’t recall exactly how I discovered her, but I do recall reading a short teaser involving Wraith, the heroine of Chosen By Fate, and also a paranormal short story of hers in an anthology (sorry, can’t remember the name). And somehow, I found my way to Chosen By Sin, the third in the Chosen series, and I was hooked. I can’t wait for the fourth one, Chosen By Desire.
You needn’t be a die-hard paranormal fan to enjoy these engrossing stories. I’m a historical romance devotee with a Star Trek background, hence my ecclectic tastes. There are times when Regency England is the entrée of choice, and others when I’m in the mood for exotic new worlds and species. If you haven’t tried Virna DePaul, don’t let too much more time pass before you do!
United by fate. Bound by desire.
Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn—humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.
CHOSEN BY BLOOD (BOOK 1 IN THE PARA-OPS SERIES)
Leader of an Otherborn clan, half-breed vampire Knox Devereaux would do anything to find a cure for the anti-vamp vaccine slowly starving his people into extinction. When the FBI contacts him about leading a team of hand-selected Others on a mission to reclaim the stolen antidote, Knox accepts. His new assignment places him in direct contact with Special Agent Felicia Locke, the beautiful human he’s craved since their very first meeting.
CHOSEN BY FATE (BOOK 2 IN THE PARA-OPS SERIES)
Although he keeps company with a vampire and a were, human Shaman Caleb O’Flare can definitely hold his own. But neither his psychic ability nor his healing powers can help his sexy-as-hell teammate, Wraith—a ghost with no memory of her human existence, one who cannot experience touch without pain.
No wraith has managed to exist past its tenth year, so Wraith’s time is about to run out. She wants only two things before accepting her fate: to learn her human identity and experience one night with Caleb. Willing to risk any amount of pain, Wraith propositions him. But when a sign of impending death appears on his chest, Wraith sacrifices her own needs on the chance that sex with her could kill him.
Caleb doesn’t understand Wraith’s change of heart but refuses to let her push him away. As the team travels to Los Angeles to investigate a series of crimes in the feline community, Caleb sets out to prove to Wraith that pleasure and love are worth any risk, including death.
CHOSEN BY SIN (BOOK 3 IN THE PARA-OPS SERIES)
For now, werebeast Dex Hunt serves on the Para-Ops team, but his true purpose is to kill the werewolf leader he blames for his mother’s death. Biding his time, Dex keeps his emotional distance from his team members and anyone else he might care for, including a mysterious vampire he met in LA.
As a doctor, vampire Jesmina Martin has dedicated her immortal life to healing others. As a scientific researcher, she’s trying to prolong life spans, in particular those of her adoptive dragon-shifter family and the werewolf who saved her as a child. Her greatest hope lies with Dex, a werebeast she believes can gift immortality to others.
Only Dex knows nothing about his gift or the fact Jesmina wants to harness it. After a passionate night together neither expects to see the other again. Weeks later, they are reunited in France and forced to acknowledge a fragile miracle—a new life struggling to survive. At the same time, they must stop a group of rebel shape-shifters hoping to unleash every demon in hell. But before Dex and Jesmina can save their child or the world, they must relinquish their secrets, face their fears, and open themselves to love.
About Virna De Paul
Virna De Paul 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.
Excerpts of all of the above can be found on Verna’s web site (below). Verna also writes contemporary romance.
Virna’s books are available at most ebook retailers. Click on the book covers at right for a direct link to Amazon.