Sunday, June 8, 2014

#SPeekSunday - 6/8/14 - Mortal Illusions - Germaine meets Robert #Vampires #ParanormalRomance


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.  When Claire walks in to discover a stranger kissing her dying mother, she assumes the gentleman is up to no good and reacts accordingly.  Germaine, however, is less than amused by her rancor.


            Despite his growing annoyance, Germaine's senses caught a trace of uneasiness beneath the young woman’s belligerence.  An uneasiness that was steadily developing into an unreasonable and inexplicable fear.  Her fear surprised him.  Anger he expected, but why would she be afraid?
            "Clarissa, please!" Marguerite protested.  "You're being rude.  Germaine is a family friend and he has come a long way to see me.  It wouldn't hurt you to be gracious."
            "I'd be a lot more gracious if I hadn't just witnessed his attempt to perform a tonsillectomy on you with his tongue."
            Marguerite's eyes widened and she laughed in a way Germaine had thought lost to her forever.  Despite his irritation, he couldn't help smiling in response.  Marguerite's lightened spirits did much to ease his own heavy heart.  Turning, he was about to ask the younger woman if she spoke from personal experience when he noticed a sullen young man lurking near the doorway.  The scowling youth looked to be about nineteen, certainly no older than twenty.  He was thin, almost to the point of gauntness, and from his agitated gestures Germaine suspected they were about to come face-to-face with one of New York's junkies out prowling hospitals for an easy mark.  Germaine stepped forward to stave off the potential thief when Marguerite motioned the young man forward.
            "Robert, come in, please.  I want you to meet Germaine.  Germaine, this is my son, Robert."
            The other man's gaze flicked uneasily over the three of them.  Then with a final look of apology to his mother, he slipped back into the shadowed hallway.  Marguerite tightened her lips in frustration, but didn't call him back.  She gazed over at her daughter again.  "Where's Harry?" she asked, her voice tight with disappointment.


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

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1 comment:

  1. Wonderful interesting snippet Kathryn :)

    Hugs
    Roz

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