Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday - May 26 - Mortal Illusions #SPeekSunday #Vampires #MFRWAuthor

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

For Sneak Peek Sunday, 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.

             He gave the handless door a push.  It swung open without a sound.  Slipping inside, he kept a steadying hand upon it while it closed.  His tread as silent as the mist, he approached the softly lit bed and gazed down at the figure tautly curved in a pain-filled slumber.  Though she was turned away from him, Germaine saw at once how this illness had robbed her.  Her glorious brown hair, which once curled softly about her neck and shoulders, was now gray and less than an inch long.  Her figure, once slender but sweetly curved was now all bones and sharp angles.  Her body, which once challenged and nearly won a game of night tennis from him, was now too weak for anything but sleep.
            Like a thief in the night, the cancer had taken everything of value from her but her life,  leaving little more than an emaciated body, unable to eat or breathe without the aid of the thin plastic umbilical lines that sustained it.  He knew all this and more, yet she'd never told him of it.
            She hadn't needed to.
            He stood for a moment watching her sleep, allowing his senses to absorb the many changes in her that his mind alone could not detect--such as her scent.  Even the hospital's acrid antiseptics couldn't mask the essence of death’s perfume from his preternatural senses.  A bittersweet fragrance that painfully confirmed what his probing mind had already surmised.
            Wishing he had the power to grant her another half-century of life, he closed his senses to all but her and concentrated on forcing air in and out of his lungs until his breathing matched hers and his heart mimicked the shallow but steady beat of her own.  Fully attuned, he leaned over and brushed a kiss upon her temple.
Her lips curved into a half-smile, half-grimace, but she did not waken.  Placing a trail of kisses along her jaw, he stopped at the pulsing beat just below her ear.

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. Wow. That's an amazing snippet! Really vivid imagry and powerful emotion, packs a hell of a punch. Had to read more!

  2. Oh my, that last paragraph is so powerful and telling.


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