Spotlight on Blood In The Valley + Excerpt

I am so glad I picked up the first book in J.K. Hogan’s Vigilati series last fall! I love her world building and the characters in her books have made me fall in love. When I read the first one, Fire On The Island, I was captivated and completely thought Isla and Jeremiah were my favorites…  And they are… I just feel like the Grinch and my heart has expanded to have more room because after reading Blood In The Valley, Raven and Drew are my fav-favs. 😛

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Release date: Apr. 24, 2013 |

Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing LLC

J.K. Hogan (Author)

ISBN: 1938404475 |
 ISBN-13: 9781938404474 |
Format: Paperback and eBook
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The daughter of a Las Vegas hustler, Raven Sabatier grew up trusting nothing and no one-she doesn’t even trust herself to stay in one place for longer than a minute. When her quest to find out the secrets of her past leads her to the mountains of North Carolina, she’s set on a collision course with the one man she thought she’d never see again.

In Appalachia consulting on an archeological dig, Anthropologist Dr. Drew Deveraux comes face to face with the indomitable beauty who broke into his apartment a year ago, tilting his carefully cultivated world on its axis.


Engaged in a fight with their demons, both imagined and real, the last thing either of them expected to find was love. Together, they must unravel the mystery of Raven’s past and her connection with an ancient race of witches, in order to save their future-and all of the souls hanging in the balance.

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Blood In The Valley


2013 © J.K. Hogan

            Drew lost track of time until his ears picked up a slight shuffling sound as Raven entered the living room and padded over to where he was working.

“Hey.” She stood next to him and poked him in the shoulder with a finger. The childlike action made his lips twitch with the need to smile.

Humoring her, he dropped his hands from the keyboard and scooted his chair back from the desk just a bit. “Yeah? Did you need something?” Drew could tell his nonchalant attitude was confusing her. Based on the way her full lips turned down in a pout and her brows drew together, he thought it probably pissed her off a little, too.

His cell phone beeped to signal an incoming text. He turned from her to check it, and he saw that it was a quick answer to his email from Jeremiah. OMW, it said. Good. Jeremiah would know how he should handle…this. Looking back at Raven, Drew bit back the urge to smile.

She looked a little uncertain as to what to do now that she was no longer so artfully posed for seduction. She huffed in frustration, and Drew’s hands itched to pull her into his lap.

Turned out he didn’t have to fight that urge because she straddled him. He closed his eyes briefly as he searched for control. He found his body had none as his arousal swelled to meet her. Those bottomless eyes of hers held him transfixed as a small smile played at her mouth.

She bit her plump lower lip and swiveled her hips a little to put just the slightest pressure on his erection. His head fell back against the chair and his hips involuntarily bucked against her. The expression that flickered across her face was that of a hunter who had her prey in her sights.

His brain struggled to process this as all the blood drained to the lower half of his body. When her mouth closed over his, he gave up the fight. The instant their lips touched, a shock of electricity rippled through him. It sizzled under his skin and raised the hair on his arms. Her sharp gasp told him she’d felt it too.

He fell into the kiss, opening for her. Her tongue plunged into the depths of his mouth, each stroke causing his pulse to jump.

Unable to stop himself, he wrapped his arms around her to keep her right where she was. His hands followed the path of her spine and over the rough fabric of her shorts to grasp her softly rounded backside.

He used his grip to jerk her more firmly against him and swallowed her surprised moan. They wrestled for control of the kiss, each with their own motive in mind, until she began to rock against him. Her elegant fingers plunged into his hair. She tugged sharply on his curls, angling his head to deepen the kiss.

He nearly went off like a rocket, going wild beneath her. He rolled his hips to push back against her, broke the kiss to burn a trail of nips and bites down her jaw and throat. He pulled a strangled moan from her as he sucked up a mark on the sensitive skin behind her ear.

The long fall of sable hair fell across his arms where he held her, its silky decadence causing him to shudder. Her hand left his hair to slide down his chest where his shirt lay already unbuttoned. Every molecule of his being focused on the path of that hand as it grazed the quivering muscles of his belly, and lower.

He saw stars shoot behind his closed lids as her hand closed around him in a firm grip, stroking him through his pants. She kept up a driving rhythm that mirrored what her tongue was doing in his mouth. She broke off to graze his pulse point with her teeth as she gave him a squeeze.

A tingling at the base of his spine set off alarm bells, warning him that he was close. He bit his lip hard enough to draw blood. The pain focused him enough to keep from embarrassing himself, but also enough to realize her other hand had left his hair and he could no longer feel it on him.

He felt a slight tickle at his hipbone that caused the blood in his veins to turn to ice. His hand snapped out to catch her wrist as it pulled away from his pants pocket. A tiny key dangled from her grip.

Her eyes went wide as his face hardened, and he glared at her. She’d made him forget. She’d made him want her enough to ignore his instincts and let his guard down. Stupid, but it wouldn’t happen again.

Nudging her off his lap, he stood with his hands fisted and jaw clenched. “Get out,” he said in a voice devoid of all emotion. He would give away nothing. Not anymore.

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More J.K.:

J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them.

J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives on a farm with her husband and their three horses, one miniature donkey, one cat, and two champion agility dogs.

In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visit

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