Sunday, March 30, 2014

SPeekSunday - 3/30/14 - Mortal Illusions - Claire catches a stranger kissing her hospitalized mother #SPeekSunday #Vampires #Paranormal 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, then uses a hypodermic needle to withdraw blood from his arm.  Germaine adamantly refuses to make another vampire, but he doesn't want Marguerite to suffer.  Unfortunately, she wants more than he is willing to give, so to reassure her his affections haven't altered despite the many years they've been apart, he kisses her.

            "Who the hell are you, and what are you doing to my . . ."
            Germaine turned in time to see the young woman's luminous blue eyes grow wide with astonishment.  "Mother?" she asked, then blinked as if she didn't quite trust her vision.
            "Yes, dear, it's me." Marguerite Danielson responded quietly and Germaine knew without being told that the livid young woman was Marguerite's daughter, Clarissa.
            "You look surprised.  Were you expecting someone else in my bed, dear?"  Marguerite asked with a slight rise of her brows.
            The daughter flushed a shade of pink that Germaine thought becoming and vaguely familiar until the lovely creature said, "Certainly not in there with you.  Or more accurately on top of you!"
            Feeling a little like a confirmed priest being labeled as a French Romeo, Germaine retreated into polite aloofness.  "Pleased to meet you, too," he murmured smoothly before whispering to Marguerite, "Should I salute her or will a mere bow suffice?"

Marguerite's feisty daughter tends to attack first and ask questions later, a trait that is going to get her into a lot of trouble.

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. Interesting characters, nice snippet to share.

  2. Great snippet Kathryn, I like how cal Marguerite is.


  3. Lovely peek into this book. I do like a good vampire story. And this one sounds like a great one.


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