Monday, March 18, 2013

Virtual Book Tour Spotlight - The Guilty Innocent by D.N. Simmons

Welcome to my stop on D.N. Simmons Virtual Book Tour for The Guilty Innocent, book 2 in the Knights of Darkness Chronicles series.  Please make sure to leave a comment or question for D.N. below.  My review will post separately by noon today. 


The Guilty Innocent 
Knights of the Darkness Chronicles Book Two
D.N. Simmons

Genre: Urban-fantasy

subgenres: Horror, Paranormal Romance, GLBT, Multicultural, Mystery/Thriller.

Publisher: Rushmore Publishing

ISBN: 978-0615688381

Number of pages: 271
Word Count: 106415

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Book Description:

The Guilty Innocent is the second novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually-charged, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles.

In this installment, Darian, the gorgeous, charismatic and charming master vampire of Chicago is framed for a crime he didn't commit, but why? His lover, Xavier, Natasha and a few others must travel halfway across the world to find out who and why before time runs out and all hell breaks loose!

Original, sexy and gritty, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won't forget! 


Warren could smell the blood in the air; it made his stomach growl and churn with hunger. He immediately 

regretted not taking his partner’s advice and grabbing a whole lot of something to eat along the way. The

scent of the blood was so enticing, he felt his mouth water. Swallowing hard, he reached into his pocket, 

pulling out his badge and ID, and handed them to the uniformed officer protecting the crime scene from 

intruders and the media. Warren surveyed the crime scene as the officer verified his  identification before 

handing it back. 

The body had been dumped on the shoulder of 95th Street. There was a small patch of wild grass that had

grown four feet high and beyond that, huge patches of gravel and dirt.  He stepped under the yellow and 

black police tape that blocked off the crime scene. He could see the M.E. forensics expert taking pictures of 

the body from all angles. As he walked closer, he realized right away why  forensic specialists were walking 

around the area and taking so many pictures. The crime scene was a horrific sight. The body had been

dismembered; mutilated chunks of bloody flesh had been carelessly strewn about the area. 

A uniformed officer rushed past him to puke on the curb next to a squad car, using the car’s hood for balance 

as his stomach heaved its contents onto the pavement.  Warren looked closely at the gruesome display of 

mutilated flesh. His senses picked up a slight scent of a shifter from the scattered body parts  but it was 

highly overshadowed by the smell of blood. He hoped whomever the pieces of flesh had belonged to was 

murdered somewhere around the location and not somewhere else like the last victim. The sooner he could

catch this bastard, the better. At least, now he knew for certain that a shifter was involved. He just wished he 

had a more defined scent to work with.

Well, at least one thing could be ruled out. Xander’s theory of foul play from the human race was out of the 

question from this standpoint. This was the work of a supernatural and it was the last thing the supernatural 

race needed. More drama. More ammunition for the humans to throw at them about how they should all be 

rounded up and destroyed. He watched as blood dried to a dark red tint on the exposed ligaments and

muscles. Ragged pieces of skin clung to the chunks of flesh. He counted five pieces of the body, ranging from 

small to medium. 

The largest chunk of flesh was what remained of the torso. He stepped closer to examine the bite marks 

where the wolf had torn through the skin, bone and muscle.  Looking inside the cavity, he could see that the 

ribs had been splintered.  Little particles of white bone sprinkled the remaining intestines still  attached to the 

shredded abdomen. There was no blood splattered around the area, just small puddles that had drained from 

the pieces of the corpse.  He fought the urge to kneel on all fours and plunge his face deep into the

feast at hand. He licked his lips and swallowed the saliva that had gathered in his mouth as his stomach 

growled loudly, anticipating its next meal. He heard footsteps coming closer and looked up to see his partner


“I can hear your hungry ass from over there. Didn’t I tell you to eat something before you brought your ass 

out here?” Matthew stated forcefully as he approached Warren.  Kneeling beside him, he inspected a bloody 

chunk of the corpse by lifting  a piece of the torn muscle with his examining pen.  Warren gave him a rueful 

smile. He looked at Matthew’s attire, a black sweatshirt with the faded letters of Rosenthall-Krest University 

on the front and a pair of faded and obviously worn blue jeans. His boots were the newest thing he had on. 

They still had that new store-bought shine to them. 

“You did, but I didn’t think I’d have enough time to stop,” Warren lied.  “You had time. At least enough time 

to pull into a Burger Town or something and grab a dozen breakfast sandwiches. Anything would have been

better than having you drooling over the body.” He took another look at the scene. “Or what’s left of a body. 

We can’t even tell if this was a man or woman, young or old. I guess it matters little. As it stands now, this

is a John or Jane doe. Shit, I’m not even sure if it’s human!”
“It’s human, Matt. Has Galen found anything more about the body from yesterday? Has it been identified?” 

Warren asked.


About the Author:

D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that's too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls "Itty-bitty". Her hobbies include rollerblading, billiards, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies.

She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won "Author of the Month" at Warrior of Words. She was voted "New Voice of Today" at Romance Reviews and "Rising Star" at Love Romance and More.

To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official website and forum at D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and wonderful people.





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