‘Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter’ in Real Life and Giveaway

Nikki Jefford set her latest novel, Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Volume 1: Transfusion, in the great state of Alaska. To give yourself a better visual as you imagine Aurora hunting vampires across the gorgeous snow-covered landscape, check out these pictures of some of the real locations mentioned in the story.

Anchorage

“The vamps are moving in on us. Cold. Dark. It’s like Florida for seniors.” – Dante

Anchorage: Trapped between ocean and mountains, Aurora Sky is set in Anchorage – the largest city in Alaska (population around 300,000). Anchorage is pretty much like Anywhere USA: chain restaurants, big box stores, and malls. The biggest difference is the darkness, cold, repeated dumping of snow, and moose crossing the road at any given moment.
Trapped between ocean and mountains, Aurora Sky is set in Anchorage – the largest city in Alaska (population around 300,000). Anchorage is pretty much like Anywhere USA: chain restaurants, big box stores, and malls. The biggest difference is the darkness, cold, repeated dumping of snow, and moose crossing the road at any given moment.

City Trails

“You’ll have to excuse my roommate. A hundred years old and he’s still not socialized.” –Fane

You don’t have to drive far from Anchorage to find yourself in a grand, sweeping landscape as far as the eye can see. The mountains are like giants rising in every direction. Luckily, there are all kinds of trails in Anchorage so it’s easy to escape into nature even within the city. This picture is from one of the daily walks I used to take my little white fluff ball, Cosmo, on. It’s the scenery I imagined when Fane walks Aurora home through the small forest by her neighborhood.
You don’t have to drive far from Anchorage to find yourself in a grand, sweeping landscape as far as the eye can see. The mountains are like giants rising in every direction. Luckily, there are all kinds of trails in Anchorage so it’s easy to escape into nature even within the city. This picture is from one of the daily walks I used to take my little white fluff ball, Cosmo, on. It’s the scenery I imagined when Fane walks Aurora home through the small forest by her neighborhood.

Portage Glacier Highway

 “What’s the matter with Dracula? Can’t find his cape?” – Aurora

The Portage Glacier Highway from Anchorage to Girdwood (ski town) and beyond is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Alaska, if not the entire nation, skirting the Chugach Mountains and Turnagain Arm. It is also one of the most dangerous roads. Should a vehicle slide out of control there are only three places to go: rock, ocean, or oncoming traffic. Aurora and Fane skip school to drive along Turnagain Arm on their way to Portage Glacier.
The Portage Glacier Highway from Anchorage to Girdwood (ski town) and beyond is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Alaska, if not the entire nation, skirting the Chugach Mountains and Turnagain Arm. It is also one of the most dangerous roads. Should a vehicle slide out of control there are only three places to go: rock, ocean, or oncoming traffic. Aurora and Fane skip school to drive along Turnagain Arm on their way to Portage Glacier.

Parks Highway

“I’m going to drive the terror out of you, Sky. By the time we get back, you’ll be spinning wheelies in parking lots.” – Dante

Another highway? Yep. In the Lower 48 highways are these concrete five-lane monstrosities that freak me out. In Alaska they are gateways through the Alaska Interior. The George Parks Highway leads to Fairbanks – where Aurora suddenly finds herself headed on a mission with her new partner, the dashing and heedless, Dante. Along the way, they pass many mountains, including Mount McKinley (also known as Denali), the highest mountain peak in the United States and North America.
Another highway? Yep. In the Lower 48 highways are these concrete five-lane monstrosities that freak me out. In Alaska they are gateways through the Alaska Interior. The George Parks Highway leads to Fairbanks – where Aurora suddenly finds herself headed on a mission with her new partner, the dashing and heedless, Dante. Along the way, they pass many mountains, including Mount McKinley (also known as Denali), the highest mountain peak in the United States and North America.

About Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Volume 1: Transfusion

Her blood is toxic to vampires.

If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn’t hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Secret agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska.

Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job… by hand.

Aurora is alienating friends at school while attracting attention from the last person she wants noticing her – the dark prince of temptation himself: Fane Donado. And that can’t lead to anything good.

Genre: Young Adult paranormal urban fantasy romance with mild language, violence, and sexual situations. Recommended for ages 15+.

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About the Author

Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt – especially ones who go by the name of Buffy. She is the author of the YA paranormal romance trilogy Spellbound. Nikki married Sebastien, the love of her life, while working as a teaching assistant in France. They now reside in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands, 70 miles northeast of Forks, Washington.

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Giveaway

Enter to win a bunch of prizes for both US and international readers! The Rafflecopter is in this post on Nikki’s blog. The giveaway ends on February 2, 2013.

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