Saturday, February 4, 2012

What is an enforcer?

By Diane Alberts

I’d like to take the opportunity in this blog post to explain what an enforcer is. In my book, the species I created plays a huge part in the plot. Many people have heard of vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, etc. But unless you’ve read Reclaimed, you’ve not heard of enforcers.

Enforcers are at the top of the food chain. They’re the good guys. They can change into any—yes, any—paranormal creature. If they need to fight off a vampire—they transform into that. Werewolf—simple. They can change into anything. Oh, and their immortal, too. The only exception to that is if they shifted into another being, at which point they can be killed like that creature.

Enforcers, though human by nature, tend to not fall in love, since they live forever and can’t change a human into a paranormal creature without damning themselves. Only two women enforcer’s exist…so options are slim for the men. But in my book, there is an exception to this rule…

You’ll have to read it to find out if the enforcer in the story gets their happy ending—no, not that kind. Get your mind out of the gutter.

Check out the blurb and excerpt for Reclaimed below, and comment for a chance to win a copy of Kill Me Tomorrow, my paranormal 1NS book!

After moving to England, Sabrina tumbles into an unknown world when she meets the man of her dreams, literally. As a writer, her overactive imagination makes her believe the impossible, but recovering from shock, she wonders how Isaac could appear in her nightmares—when she’s never met him in real life. Until now.

The staggering events catapult her into a world where ruthless creatures roam freely along unsuspecting humans, and battle lines are clearly drawn.

While embarking on a dangerous and passionate affair, a bitter enemy appears from Isaac’s past that will stop at nothing to remove Sabrina from his arms. Permanently. In order to establish a foreseeable and solid future, she must first deal with tumultuous occurrences. Navigating a shadowy world she never knew existed, Sabrina fights for her newfound love…and her life.

A strange stillness sat in the air outside Sabrina’s house. No trees swayed in the breeze, no animals scampered in the forest, as if the world itself had come to a halt.

Uneasiness rolled over her, and she studied Isaac out of the corner of her eye. Surprisingly, he seemed to be as tense as her. He gripped her arm tighter than necessary, and his lips were pressed together as well. She could feel the tension pulsating off his body, and she got taken back into her dreams. For the first time in real life, he made her shiver in apprehension. As if sensing her fear, he shot her a quick grin.

“Well, I had a lovely evening.” He spoke over his shoulder as he practically dragged her to the door. She stumbled in an attempt to keep up with his pace. At the door he pointedly stared at her, causing her to realize he waited for her to open it. She fumbled through the mess she called a purse to find the key. She turned to him and smiled as she studied him through the cover of her eyelashes.

“Would you like to come in for a nightcap? I have wine…or coffee…or tea, or….” She stuttered to a stop, unsure of what to say.

God, she sounded like such an idiot.


Who the heck said nightcap anymore?

“While I’d love to take you up on that offer, I have something I have to take care of tonight. Could I get a rain check? For say,tomorrow night? We could do a movie and wine? Or is tomorrow too soon in the dating world?”

“No, not too soon at all. I’d love to see you tomorrow.”She tried to hide her disappointment behind a bright smile. “You can call me,and we’ll firm up a time. Good night.”

She turned to go inside and got caught off-guard when he grabbed her elbow and spun her to face him. It happened so quickly she leaned back against the door in confusion; one hand on the doorknob and the other braced against the cool steel of the door. He moved his body closer to hers and placed his hand at her head. His other hand cupped her cheek while his thumb stroked her jaw line. All thought fled as his body pressed against hers, and a small swoosh of air escaped her lips at his touch.

“I didn’t think it even possible for you to grow more beautiful, but you have proven me wrong.” When his lips met hers, she lost all thought, all ability to move. She’d somehow been tied to this spot—this man.

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Barbara Elsborg said...

I'd rather like an Enforcer living in my house. I can think of lots of things he could do. I'm constantly fretting about 'things' emerging from the bottom of the garden. Husband won't go and check. Now an Enforcer could change into whatever my fear was focused on.
Ah - turns out to be the shed door rattling. Maybe not....
Great Extract!!!

Diane Alberts said...

LOL! No, but he could rip the door into shreds! ;)

FloeticFlo said...

Hehe..."nightcap." Love it! But on fumbling for the keys at the bottom of the purse in that tension-filled moment...RIGHT?! I'm sure we've all done that!!

Robin Bielman said...

Hi Diane! I just started reading Reclaimed (in between writing and editing - I really wish I had more hours in the day) and I'm loving it! Now that I know a little bit more, though, I'm even more anxious to keep reading!

Diane Alberts said...

Flo: Way too often, in my case!

Robin: Yay! I hope you love it! :D

wanda f said...

I have to have it ,sounds like an amazing read. Thanks for sharing with us today.

Teresa said...

Whew! That sounds like a hot read. Lots of I can't wait to read the rest of the book.


Christy said...

A great excerpt! Your book sounds very interesting and I can't wait to read it. christina_92 at

Joanne said...

Sounds like a great book. Can't wait to read it. It's great that the Enforcers can change into any paranorma; creature. That would come in handy.


Diane Alberts said...

Thank you everyone!

Barbara Elsborg said...

He could rip the door to shreds, Diane, you're right! Send one over the Atlantic - quick!!

lisagkendall said...

Thanks for the introduction, enforcers sound extremely interesting.