Deadly Destinations: Cassie Alexander’s Edie Spence on County Hospital & win SHAPESHIFTED

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Today’s Deadly Destination is from Cassie Alexander‘s Edie Spence on County Hospital from SHAPESHIFTED (published on June 4, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Cassie Alexander’s Edie Spence on County Hospital from Shapeshifted 

Hey there. I’m Edie Spence, another nurse on Y4. Who’re you again – and do you have your ID badge?

Pull it out of your pocket and show it to me. You might as well keep it out on this tour – it’ll glow a little if you’re in danger, or near a supernatural creature, which is pretty much the same thing. Follow me.

This orange elevator’s the only one that can take us down to Y4 – that, and the badge. It won’t open up for normal people, or you, if you come back without the badge, so don’t forget it in your car, you’ll have to walk back out into the snow for it.

I know, the light’s a little dim, and the elevator’s a little long. No, I’m not nervous. I just always like to count things out. Because there are other floors –

Oh look! Here’s ours. Come on, come on. Okay. Over there’s the bathroom and the locker rooms, so you can change. You don’t want to get blood on your nice scrubs, do you? I didn’t think so. I’ll wait out here until you’re in green.

Green suits you – over here are the doors to the floor. It’s daytime, so they’re going to be really busy. That’s when most of the work happens, even if the patients aren’t all up. Follow my lead.

We’re an 8 bedroom unit, with an ancillary wing out the back for when there’s wars. Don’t worry, I’ve only see us open it once. We mostly treat daytimers here, vampire exposed humans whose masters are too stingy to give them blood.

Yeah, we do have vampire blood on the premises. Why do you ask? Um, no. I’m not showing you where it is. That’s above our paygrade, okay? Don’t get any ideas. Being a daytimer’s not as awesome as you think.

So we keep the tranquilizer guns over here. Ever used one before? They’re just like a rifle. You should put some time in at the range. If you ever have to use one, you want your aim to be really, really, good.

No, no one mentioned that to me either before I signed on. It’s not just you.

There’s a few net guns behind the charge nurse desk, as a last ditch measure. And the badges make the lights above the rooms go on, so we’ll always know if you’re in one. We won’t know if you’re still breathing in there necessarily – I’m kidding, I’m kidding. It’s not that bad.
Ignore the howling. It does kind of sound like a lion, doesn’t it? You’re not a vet, so you won’t be assigned that room.

Yeah, that’s about it. Eight rooms isn’t very big. We’re a tight knit group here. You seem smart though, so I’m sure you’ll fit in. I’ll let you change, and take you back upstairs – then we’ll see you again tonight.

There – use your badge for the elevator. Just like that.

No, we’re not supposed to be going down. Get behind me, okay?

The cable’s not broken. Try not to panic. It’s not like we’re falling into the center of the earth.

That was a bad joke, wasn’t it.

Sorry.

Look, when the doors open up again, it’ll probably be better for you if you just keep your eyes closed. It’ll be scary, and that’s what they want, to get a rise out of you, so they can feed on your fear. I would report this to kind of harassment to someone if I could, but I’m not sure who.

Okay, don’t look, don’t look – okay now? Stop screaming. I know it’s creepy down here, but screaming’s just encouraging them. I’m hitting the button, eventually it’ll –

There. See? The doors are closing.
And yes, that sound is them laughing at you. They’re incredible jerks like that.

Look, it’s just the way things around here work. But it’s not all like that. We really help some people. Even weird patients need nurses too – it’s not all bad. There was this one time I helped kill a dragon —

And here we are again! Ground floor!

I’m not hazing you, honest. You wanted the tour, right? Oh, don’t give me that — please, you have no idea how short staffed we are, and with the holidays coming up – I don’t want your badge, I want you to keep it and come back tonight.

No, I can’t guarantee you won’t die. But it has been awhile since we lost anyone, I swear.

Please?

Dammit.

 Cassie Alexander is a registered nurse and the author of the Edie Spence urban fantasy series about a nurse working with supernatural creatures, comprised of Nightshifted, Moonshifted, Shapeshifted (just released!) and Deadshifted and Bloodshifted forthcoming.

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A signed copy of SHAPESHIFTED

  

Available on June 4, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press

Description:

Nurse Edie Spence is once again called upon to save a life…and this time, it’s personal. Can her new community of zombies, vampires, and shapeshifters come to her rescue when she needs them most?

When Edie was fired from her paranormal nursing job at County Hospital, her whole world came crashing down. Now she’s is once again shaken to her core. Her mother is deathly ill and there’s only one thing that will save her: vampire blood. But with the paranormal community shunning Edie, where can she obtain it…without losing her own life in the process?
SHAPESHIFTED

Edie hopes to procure it at her new job at the clinic across town, where the forces of evil loom large. Vampire gang wars are rampant. Old underground enemies are rising to the surface. And Edie’s zombie ex-boyfriend has arrived at the scene—but is he the same man he used to be? And what should she make of the enigmatic doctor with whom she shares an unexpected connection? She’ll have to figure it out soon, because all hell is about to break loose—literally—and time is running out…

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51 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Cassie Alexander’s Edie Spence on County Hospital & win SHAPESHIFTED”

  1. Rebe

    I love Edie’s character – I can’t wait to read this book!

  2. JenM

    Having worked as a nurse, I can just imagine what it would be like to take care of paranormal patients. I just got Nightshifted and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  3. Emilia

    I can’t believe I haven’t read this series yet! It sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  4. Nora-Adrienne

    I have personal experience with what being a nurse can do to people. My wife started her career right out of nursing school working the graveyard shift in the NICU unit. Today 40 years later she’s a perinatal nurse dealing with high risk pregnancies. Edie’s work is also very stressful and now with her mother needing her special knowledge to live… it’s a wonder she can still walk and breath at the same time.

    I’d love to be able to add this book to my burgeoning home library.

  5. Vivien

    Do you prefer writing from a male or female point of view?

    • Cassie Alexander

      I grew up writing exclusively from male POV’s ’cause that’s how fantasy was in the 90’s (I started writing young!) — but I slightly prefer female POVs now, though I feel competent at both. Whatever the story needs :D.

  6. Enigma75

    I’ve had a chance to read NIGHTSHIFTED recently and really liked it. I can’t wait to read the 2nd and 3rd book. Thank you for the giveaway!!

  7. Laurie

    This is a series I’m looking forward to starting, thanks for the post and giveway!

  8. leannessf

    Loved the first two books – what’s going to happen with her zombie (ex)-boyfriend?

    Thanks,
    Leanne

  9. Jasmyn

    I really enjoy series where the paranormal world either merges or seems to be a part of the “real” world, with similar problems, just different ways of solving them.

  10. Eva Millien

    I love paranormal books and this one sounds great. Thanks for the destination.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Barrie

    Sounds like a great series! How many more will there be?!

  12. Texas Book Lover

    I have had this series on my TBR list for a while now…reading this reminds me why I put it on my list and wanted to read it in the first place!

  13. Susan S.

    I have been meaning to read this series, and I just got book one on my kindle. Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. Angie F.

    I own the first book but haven’t read it yet! I prefer to read multiple series book back to back when possible. I’ve read amazing things about this series though!

  15. Denise Z

    I picked up Nightshifted and am looking forward to getting started on what looks like a really fun series. Thank you for taking the time to give us the mini-tour, see ya at the elevator :)

  16. munchkin

    i loved the Nightshifted and Moonshifted. Eddie has already been thru so much. Anxiously awaiting Shapeshifted to see how things work out for her and her Mother this time !

  17. Kai W.

    I love working the nightshift. I can’t figure out what all the complaints about nightshift.

    • Cassie Alexander

      Ha — I love working the nightshift too. What kills me is the daytime classes, the doctors appointments, the car maintenance, the early afternoon birthday parties for nieces and nephews, visiting elderly relatives who keep EST daylight hours, and my friend’s BBQ’s on my on weekends — if everything else in the world were nightshift, I’d be just fine ;).

  18. LadyVampire

    I love this series and cannot wait to find out what happens with Edie. Congratulations on this awesome series. :)

  19. Carey

    Totally just added the series to my TBR pile, Thanks!

  20. Natasha

    Sounds like an awesome series!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Justine

    I’m still not completely shipping Edie and her zombie ex-boyfriend. I just can’t get over his zombie status. How does Cassie feel about Ti?

    • Cassie Alexander

      Ha — well, I’m biased, and I love him wholeheartedly. That said, there’s some big surprises in Shapeshifted regarding him. I don’t want to spoil things for you, but I would encourage you to read on (or let someone else’s review spoil it for you! ;))

  22. Nickie

    I love the idea that the main character of this book is a nurse to the supernatural. It’s a new idea/concept in a genre that seems to have very few. Excited to begin reading this series!

  23. Melissa B in IL

    Had this series on my tbr pile for a while now. Going to have to get started!

  24. Jocelyn Barnette

    Looks like a fun series! It’s on my TBR list now.

  25. Joani S

    I haven’t read this series yet but I really want to! I’ve heard really good things about it!!

  26. Michele A

    Can’t wait to read. Combines my 2 favs…..medical and paranormal!

  27. Kristen Heyl

    I absolutely love the descriptions of the books and the cover designs. Thanks for the giveaway and another series to add to my TBR!

  28. Katherine W

    Really have enjoyed these series to date….. hopefully I’ll be able to win this book to read onto #3!

  29. Valerie Rhodes

    Looks like an awesome series… however did you come up with this theme??

  30. Pamk

    I am not a nurse but I’ve worked at a hospital for 23 years and have worked the floors. A hospital is a really freaky place to be at night lol. I am adding these books to my tbr pile.

  31. Lauren Phillippi

    This series sounds like it has a really interesting take on the paranormal genre. Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Kyla Patton

    So, I noticed you are a nurse also…is Cassie a representation of you, or do you just get some ideas from your experience as a nurse? Thanks!

  33. Caty R

    I have yet to read this series so I have no questions at this time but the descriptions look intriguing.

  34. Lexi

    Do you think you will continue working in your field? I am sure you have enough inspiration to last a life time :)