Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday - September 1 - Mortal Illusions #SPeekSunday #Vampires #Romance

For a vampire, love means watching someone you care about die.

Sneak Peek Sunday is a weekly excerpt hop where each author shares six paragraphs from a published work or a WIP (work in progress).

My submission for this week is from my 1st book, Mortal Illusions. A vampire romance published by New Concepts Publishing, Mortal Illusions is currently the first in a series of 3 books.  Its sequel, Fatal Desire, is currently under production.

In this excerpt, which is the beginning of the first chapter, Germaine St. Justine has sensed his former lover's pain and visits her in the hospital in an effort to ease her suffering.  After some gentle teasing combined with a soothing back rub, he gently bites her neck and draws out a few seconds worth of blood.

             Stepping around the bed, he noticed her narrowed blue eyes and arched one eyebrow in inquiry as he shrugged out of his coat.
            “You always did end things far too quickly,” she admonished him weakly as he removed his jacket and rolled up one sleeve.
            He retrieved a thin, black box from his coat pocket and placed it on the small tray table stationed near her waist.  “Are you accusing me of leaving you unsatisfied?”
            “No,” she conceded, her gaze fixed on the hypodermic syringe he lifted from the box.  “Merely reminding you that I wasn't the one who wanted you to stop.  In fact--”  She drew a sharp breath and winced when he stabbed the long needle into his arm.  A bright crimson fluid flowed into the syringe, reflecting light in the way that rubies might, if they were reduced to liquid form.  “In fact,” she repeated a little unevenly, “I wasn't the one against prolonging our lovemaking to its natural conclusion.”
            He smiled then, but his expression contained more self-recrimination than humor.  “Consider it an overzealous attack of scruples on my part,” he replied, laying the filled hypodermic on the tray table and reaching for the insulated juice pitcher seated on the cabinet near the head of her bed.
            Her gaze remained riveted on the softly glowing syringe.  “What would happen if you were to inject that directly into someone's vein?”

A vampire's blood has many healing properties, and though Germaine can't cure Marguerite, he is able to smooth the pathway she must take for her final journey.

M/F, Contemporary vampire romance in a society based on D/s.

Read the first three chapters at: Mortal Illusions

Buy the book at NCPAmazonBarnes & Noble, or ARe

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed this brief excerpt and want more. Please click the link below to continue your hop Sneak Peek Sunday Wishing you a wonderful journey.


  1. Yes, indeed, what *would* happen? This is a great sneak peek, Kathryn. How can anyone resist picking up this book after reading that snippet?!

  2. Oh wow, you have me hooked with this snippet, sweet and yet sad. I am definitely going to check out this book!


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