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30 Mar 2014

WW4BB Presents: An Interview with Author Walter Rhein of The Reader of Acheron

Posted by wiccawitch4 on 12:18:00 am

I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing the amazing author of The Reader of Acheron. This amazing book about a world where reading is forbidden and punishable by death and slavery. 

This unique tale is not only incredible and inspired it strikes at the heart of all of us who love the written word and brings about pride for the heroes who would stand up and fight for the worlds knowledge.

You will not want to miss your chance to read this amazing tale for it will change your life!

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what made you delve into the world of fiction?

I think most people who write will tell you that they don’t have much of a choice in the matter.  Writing relaxes me, and if I go for too long a period without creating some text, I start getting a headache.  I think it’s because letters have a lot of pointy edges and it’s painful to have too many of them rattling around in your mind...you have to put them out to pasture!

Q: Can you please tell us a little about your book The Reader of Acheron and what inspired you write it? 

The book is a heroic fantasy set in a post apocalyptic dystopia.  Reviewers have compared it to “Fahrenheit 451” and “A Canticle for Leibowitz.”  I was inspired to write the book when I was doing my student teaching.  One of my “mentor” teachers was a total raving psychopath, and it got me thinking about how people abuse their authority and how teachers can corrupt the people they are supposedly there to help.  I conceived of a world where slavery was commonplace and reading was outlawed, and it’s been a fun world to explore because it allows me to organize my thoughts on some pretty important ideas.

Q: Can you tell us about your writing process? Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel? 

Originally I’d been planning on writing a novel about slaves, and I had a couple chapters with some characters that I thought were interesting.  As I kept daydreaming about the book, more and more details of the world became clear.  When I came up with the idea of having reading be outlawed, the whole thing fell into place.  Most of the time I think of myself more as a compiler than a story teller.  I come up with scenes, and then have to figure out a theme that fits them all together.

Q: What would you do if faced with a none reading world?

Well, the sad thing is that I kind of feel like we live in that world now.  I guess I’d write a book.

Q: I loved so many parts of this story! Which part was your favourite to write?

Some of the scenes that were really fun to write had to be cut out.  I had one where Quillion is very agitated because he has to compromise a lot of his beliefs in order to survive.  I had all kinds of internal dialogue about what he was going through that was pretty interesting, but when I revised the book, I decided it all had to go for the sake of brevity.  Sometimes a point is so important to you that you unknowlingly underscore it too many times.  The editing process helps to remove redundant messages that bore your readers.

Q: If you could choose to live the life of one of the characters from your story who would it be?

Quillion, he’s pretty clever and he’s not really inclined to suffer.  However, having said that, I think some pretty tough moments are awaiting him in upcoming books.

Q:  Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Haha, not really.  Although I do leave a lot of notes scattered around.  People tease me because I still use a blackberry...but I need that keyboard.  I find it’s a very useful item for jotting down story ideas.  Touch screens don’t work for me, I become furious if I accidentally hit an incorrect key.

Q: What books/authors have influenced your life?

Lots!  Charles Bukowski, Roald Dahl, Fyodor Dostoevsky, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jack London, Piers Anthony, Douglas Adams, Janet Morris, Chris Morris, A. L. Butcher, Shane Porteous, Teel James Glenn, Douglas R. Brown, R. A. McCandless, Jesse Duckworth, Tom Barczak, Fawkes Paz, Cas Peace...the list goes on and on!

Q: What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

Yes, Harren Press is going to be rereleasing my first published fantasy novel The Bone Sword.  Im also working with Perseid Press on a few more projects.  I always announce things on Heroic Fantasy Writers (you can sign up for my email list there).

Q: Thank you so much for the interview, walter. Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and where everyone can buy your book?

Thank you very much for having me.  All my books are available on Amazon.  You can check out my author page here.  I’m usually interested in generating some more reviews, so anyone who is interested in receiving a review copy of something should write me at: walterrhein@gmail.com.  Thanks again!

To See My Review of The Reader of Acheron go HERE

29 Mar 2014

WW4BB & CC Presents: Claudia Y Burgoa – Promo Post - Where Life Takes You and Getting By

Posted by wiccawitch4 on 1:18:00 pm

Claudia Y Burgoa has two amazing NA releases, Where Life Takes You and Getting By! And I can't wait to tell you more about her and her books!

Release Date: December 1, 2013
BECCA TRENT LIVED HER CHILDHOOD NEXT TO A CRUEL WOMAN—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age. The latter took over her Mom’s role—making Becca’s life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca’s best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple years later, thing ended up in tragedy.
Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, caught between sanity and nightmares. Between therapy, work and her constantly looming past she can’t seem to find room to breathe. The memories of her late step-sister, Lisa, are her closest company.
Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now she’s trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread.

Release Date: February 18th, 2014
When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.
Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.

Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.

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WW4BB Presents: A Review of The Reader of Acheron by Walter Rhein

Posted by wiccawitch4 on 12:06:00 am

Book One of the Slaves of Erafor series: Reading is forbidden, and the penalty for non-compliance is a life of slavery enabled by the forcible administration of a mind rotting drug. Yet, there are those possessed of the will to seek illumination. Kikkan, a former slave on the run, and Quillion, a mercenary and self-taught scholar. Together they seek out a small bad of rebels living in hiding who offer the promise of a better world. Their leader is a mysterious figure known only as The Reader of Acheron.

My Review

The Reader of Acheron by Walter Rhein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazing book!Walter Rhein is such a brilliant author and I was so intrigued by this book! the characters and the story were so creative that I couldn't put it down for a second. The story was real and gripping from beginning to end and his ideas on how reading could be a crime punished by death were both shocking and horrific. I don't ever think I would be able to live in a world were reading wasn't allowed. I would definitely be one who would fight for the right for people to read everywhere. So in this book I wouldn't live very long!...lol

In a world were reading is a death sentence and slavery is the highest order of the day. Kikkan, a slave on the run and Quillion, a mercenary and scholar seek out a band of rebels who will help them create a better world. There leader known only as the Reader of Acheron.

Walter Rhein really went all out when creating this book. He wrote a masterpiece of fiction, and I am honoured that he asked me to review it! This book has changed me forever and I know it will change all others who read it too!

I highly recommend this book! it is truly amazing and a total life changer! TBR Today

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Author Bio

Walter Rhein is the author of Beyond Birkie Fever, The Bone Sword, and The Reader of Acheron. He blogs at StreetsOfLima.com and HeroicFantasyWriters.com. He can be reached for questions or comments at: walterrhein@gmail.com.

See My Interview with the author Walter Rhein HERE

28 Mar 2014

WW4BB & LRT Presents: A Review of Chaysing Dreams by Jalpa Williby

Posted by wiccawitch4 on 12:30:00 am

Life…secrecy, deceit, danger…No, no! Run, escape! 

“Run!” Her inner voice is shouting. She has to run faster! She’s about to get caught! No, no! She has to get away. Please, she must escape! “Run faster!”

As long as Tess Sanoby can remember, she has always had the same nightmares, where the girl in her dreams is running for her life with an unknown force chasing her. Each time, right before the girl is caught, Tess awakens, shaken with fear and confusion. Who is the girl? What do these dreams mean?

Getting through the growing pains of high school with her best friends Jack and Kylie, and then being accepted into her dream college, Tess is excited to start her life of independence. There, she meets the mysterious trainer and mentor, Chris, and she instantly feels a strong connection with him. Unfortunately, Chris wants nothing to do with her. Although Chris continues to give her the cold shoulder, his overprotectiveness and the occasional slips of sensitivity confuse Tess. Not understanding Chris or their relationship, she is on a constant emotional roller coaster with him. Could her best friends be the stable force that she desperately needs? 

Unfortunately for Tess, the more she tries to connect the missing pieces of her life, the more obscure her past and future appear to her. To make matters worse, she realizes she has fallen hard for a man who may be her worst enemy. As passion ignites between the two, she can’t help but surrender her heart and soul to him. 

Tess is unexpectedly exposed to a world of secrecy, deceit, and danger, causing her to be running for her life, chased by the unknown. Can Tess escape and save not only herself, but also her loved ones? Or, will she be caught, leaving her no choice but to face her worst nightmare?

Chaysing Dreams is the ultimate love story, full of suspense, friendship, betrayal, tragedy, and sacrifice. In this epic tale, you will laugh and cry with Tess--a story full of twists and turns, keeping you guessing until the end.

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Chaysing Dreams by Jalpa Williby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

this was an Amazing book! Jalpa is a incredible writer with a wonderful and intriguing sense of what it takes to hook her readers. I was hooked right from the start with Tess's wild dreams as I am sure everyone else was!

As long as Tess Sanoby can remember, she has always had the same nightmares, where the girl in her dreams is running for her life with an unknown force chasing her. Each time, right before the girl is caught, Tess awakens, shaken with fear and confusion. Who is the girl? What do these dreams mean?

Tess is unexpectedly exposed to a world of secrecy, deceit, and danger, causing her to be running for her life, chased by the unknown. Can Tess escape and save not only herself, but also her loved ones? Or, will she be caught, leaving her no choice but to face her worst nightmare?

Jalpa Williby couldn't have done a better job on this if she tried and her characters were awesome! my fav being tess, she was a great character and Jalpa wrote her so well! Jalpa Williby has such a great imagination and left us in suspense time and time again in this book that I can't wait for the next one!

I totally recommend this one! TBR it today!

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About the author

Jalpa Williby was born in India and immigrated to the United States at the tender age of eight. A voracious reader, Williby’s adolescence was marked by a promising academic career. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois, Williby went on to earn Masters in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Her passion for helping her patients led her to a specialty in neuroscience, focusing on children and adults with neurological impairments. Juggling her time as a wife, a mother, and working full-time, her love for books never subsided. Williby introduces her debut novel, Chaysing Dreams, as she writes with her heart and soul, her passion flowing through every page.
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27 Mar 2014

WW4BB & BRT Presents: A Review & Giveaway of Forget Me Not By Stacey Nash

Posted by wiccawitch4 on 12:10:00 am

Title: Forget Me Not
Series: Collective #1

Author: Stacey Nash

Genre/Age Range: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Publisher: Entranced Publishing

Release Date: February 17, 2014

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Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. When the brooch and the pendant are worn together they're no longer pretty pieces of jewelry -- they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewelry's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device -- and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One.

She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends’ lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt. 

Fiction is Fact. Know the Truth.

My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

loved this book! Stacey Nash is an amazing writer who puts a lot of heart and soul into her writing. I was captivated from the very first page and I couldn't put the book down for a second.

Anamae is a young girl who discovers a secret entwined in her family's past. This leads to all kinds of trouble as you can imagine and chaos ensues. Anamae and her friend Will do all they can to stop the Collective, a group that want to take over, by joining the resistance. But will it be enough?

I loved the characters and the storyline of this book! I couldn't get enough! Stacey Nash is a brilliant writter and I can't wait to read more!

About the Author

Stacey Nash writes adventure filled stories for Young Adults in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. When her head isn’t stuck in a fictional world, she calls the Hunter Valley of New South Wales home. It is an area nestled between mountains and vineyards, full of history and culture that all comes together to create an abundance of writing inspiration. Stacey loves nothing more than spending her days being a stay at home mum with the flexibility of writing when inspiration strikes.

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WW4BB & RABT Presents: Firefly Hollow - WEEK BLITZ By T. L. Haddix

Posted by wiccawitch4 on 12:09:00 am

Firefly Hollow - WEEK BLITZBy T. L. Haddix

Romance w/ Light Paranormal Elements
Date Published: 9/23/2012

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The mysterious recluse…

Owen Campbell holds himself apart from other people. Badly scarred from emotional wounds that have never healed, he doesn’t expect to find true love or happiness. He remains isolated in a prison of his own making, determined to not let anyone close enough to hurt him again. But his willpower is shaken to the core when Sarah Browning enters his world.

The girl next door…

Sarah Jane Browning is three years into her college degree when a call from home changes everything. Back at the family homestead in the heart of Appalachia, she’s forced to reevaluate her hopes and dreams for the future.

Distraction from her heartache comes in the form of her parents’ neighbor. Whispers about “odd Owen Campbell” abound in their small community, and Sarah’s curiosity is aroused. When she breaks the rules and trespasses onto his land, what she finds is beyond her wildest imaginings.

As Sarah struggles to overcome tragedy and loss, her burgeoning relationship with Owen is sorely tested. Will love conquer all, or will the secrets from Owen’s past tear them apart forever?


Checking back over her shoulder after a few steps, Sarah frowned when the deer continued to mimic her path. Dismissing the incident as the curiosity of a wild young deer that hadn’t yet learned humans were the enemy, she let her mind drift. Before long, she heard the sound of water trickling rapidly over rocks, and as she rounded a curve, she saw a small stream curving through the mountainside. The branch of water cut into a shallow hollow, one side protected by a higher ledge of earth that was full of mountain laurel.

Sarah stopped to take in the sight and drew in a cleansing breath. As she looked around, she realized the deer had followed her and stopped a short distance away. The bench of land it stood on converged with the deer path alongside the stream.

If Sarah hadn’t known better, she would have sworn the deer wore a look of consternation. The animal bent its head to nibble at some greenery on the ground, but kept its eyes on her. It almost seemed to glance between her and the water, as though weighing the danger of coming closer for a drink.

“Maybe if I turn away, you’ll feel bolder.” The deer path crossed the branch at a narrow point, and she decided to go a bit further. The water cascaded down a small waterfall above the narrow point, pooling in a shallow area that would be the perfect spot for a thirsty deer to get a cooling drink. Hopping across the water, Sarah followed the trail. To her surprise, the path didn’t continue to the flat bench on the other side of the small ridge, but climbed up and around the rocky outcropping. Curious, she climbed the incline. The sight took her breath away, and for a moment, she didn’t believe what was in front of her was real.

The rocky outcropping the water cascaded down was a sort of natural dam. On its other side, a large pool of water had collected. Fifteen feet across and nearly that wide again going in the opposite direction, the pool was surrounded by sloping granite on all sides except the front, where the water dropped over the edge. The water was blue-green, going from light aqua to deeper cobalt, and the banks of rock and earth protected it on all sides.

On the opposite side, a craggy granite cliff rose about ten feet out of the water, overhanging slightly to form a shallow cave. The mountain seemed to curve around the pool and, mesmerized, Sarah continued around, crossing the branch once more at a point above the pool. From there, she was able to climb on top of the granite boulder that created the cliff. Easing to the edge, she carefully sat down, her legs dangling over the side.

When the curious deer appeared at the edge of the pool below, Sarah laughed. The deer gave a small jerk at the sound, eyeing her warily.

“I’m sorry.” She felt utterly insane, carrying on a conversation with a deer, but it had followed her like a curious puppy. Sarah realized that keeping quiet would feel even more absurd. “It’s so beautiful here. I had no idea any place like this existed.” She looked around, noticing that the trees didn’t arch out over the pool the way she thought they would have.

“I’ll bet it’s really hot here in the summer, and that water feels so good and cool. Or does the pool dry up, I wonder?”

For a while, she just sat, braced back on her hands, her face lifted to the sky. The peace imbued in the place washed over her. When she felt ready, she let herself remember Kathy’s words to Paul, and their laughter. The memory made Sarah sad and still made her cringe with embarrassment, but she realized that she didn’t feel quite as angry about it as she had.

“Thank you, God, for letting me hear that today. At least I don’t have to face Paul until Monday,” she said to the sky. “And… and maybe, if that’s what he likes, then maybe he’s not as special as I thought he was. Let him have his buxom girls. At least I don’t look like a milk cow, unlike someone I could name.”

A snort came from below, and Sarah jumped. She’d forgotten the deer. Looking down, she saw that it had moved to the edge of the exposed granite and settled down on a soft patch of leaves.

“What are you snorting at?”

When the deer shook its head, Sarah laughed. Even though she knew it was probably batting away flies with its ears, the deer acted almost human.

She glanced down at her watch and was shocked when she saw the time. She was going to have to run in order to make it home in time for supper. With a muted curse that she’d heard her father say when he hit his thumb with the hammer, she scrambled to her feet and looked around. Another bench ran down from the side of the boulder opposite where she’d come up and fell naturally into the one the deer had been on when she’d first seen it.

“That saves me a little time.” With one last look at the deer, which had gotten to its feet when Sarah did, she headed down the bench. “I’ll come back someday,” she promised over her shoulder. “Try to not get shot or anything.”

For a day that had gone so badly, she thought as she ran, things had turned out to be okay.

* * *

For a long time after the girl had gone, Owen stood on the edge of the pool, looking after her. With his enhanced hearing, he could follow her progress down the trail and back onto Browning land.

He didn’t know what to think. He’d never encountered another human in all the time he’d been exploring the woods. His parents had seen to that over the years; no one dared come onto Campbell property without his father’s permission. Now that the property belonged to Owen, he guessed he was the one who’d have to do something about trespassers.

He bent his neck, taking another sip from the water. As the girl had guessed, it was cool and delightful.

Owen sighed, a sound that came out in deer form much as it did when he was human. The pool was one of his favorite places to roam, one of his safe places. If the girl came back as she promised, he didn’t know what it would mean for him. He couldn’t risk being caught, and he wasn’t willing to give up his solitude. If the girl threatened that… he hated the thought of having to go to her parents, but if it came to that, he’d do it.

T.L. Haddix

T.L. Haddix was born in Hazard, Kentucky, a small town in the center of the Appalachian coal fields. Taught to read by her grandmother, T.L. has had a life-long love affair with books, devouring whatever she could get her hands on. From childhood favorites such as the Trixie Belden series and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books, to her current favorites from authors like Tami Hoag, Alex Kava, J.A. Jance and Lisa Kleypas (among many others), T.L. still finds refuge in the written word.

“Growing up, I wanted to be everything – astronaut, police officer, doctor, teacher, reporter, psychologist – there was no clear choice for me. I wanted to do it all. Becoming a writer has allowed me to do just that, because I can live vicariously through my characters.”

A resident of eastern Kentucky, T.L. is hard at work on her next book, when she isn’t chasing after her three cat-children with her husband.

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26 Mar 2014

WW4BB & IFB Tours Presents: A Review of Naomi Grim by Tiffany Nicole Smith

Posted by wiccawitch4 on 12:15:00 am

Series: The Silver Scythe Chronicles #1
Release date: September 29th 2013
Publisher: Twisted Spice Publications
Purchase: Amazon

Collect lifestones from humans after they die.

Rebellious, sixteen-year-old Naomi craves a normal life, but unfortunately, she’s a Grim by birth. That’s right, she sees dead people and hoards their living essence in a stone. Not a fun occupation.

In order to be good at her job, she must live among human teenagers for weeks at a time. But Naomi soon becomes attached to the kids she’s been assigned to watch over. And knowing that these teens are gonna die under less than ideal circumstances, she has the opportunity to prevent their deaths from occurring. Only one big problem—interfering with death is the worst crime a Grim can commit. If she intervenes, she’ll put herself and her family in danger.

Naomi must make the hardest choice of her career, go against the sacred covenant or watch her new friends walk blindly to their deaths.

Only one thing is for certain—Naomi has a grim knack for finding trouble and she’s about to break all the rules...

My Review

Naomi Grim (Complete Novel) by Tiffany Nicole Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazing Story! I am a BIG fan of Reaper stories and when I saw this I was drawn in by it all the cover is awesome and the storyline is so catchy. I loved every min of reading it! the story was unique, intrequing and different then all the other Grim reaper stroies I have read before, and I loved every min of it!

Naomi Grim would give anything to live the life of a normal teenage girl, but she can't, she is a Grim, a reaper of the dead. She was born into this life and there is no escaping it, she is destined to hoard a persons living essence in a stone to add years to her own life.Not a fun occupation.

forced to live life among humans for weeks and sometimes months at a time Naomi finds herself becoming attached to humans and doesn't want them to die, unfortunately not taking their lifestones is the worst crime a Grim can ever commit. Will she dare to loose it all for the sake of some humans?

Tiffany Nicole Smith is an incredible author! I was so intrigued by her characters and by her story! She caught me up right away. her characters were immediately intriguing and engaging and you started to root for them right from the start.

A definite must read!

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Tiffany Nicole Smith resides in South Florida where she enjoys teaching as well as writing middle grade and young adult fiction. Tiffany enjoys reading and watching horror, action, and fantasy movies—all of which inspire new story ideas. Be on the lookout for upcoming releases.


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25 Mar 2014

WW4BB & RABT Presents: Sexual Appetites of Vampires - PROMO Blitz By Donna Fletcher

Posted by wiccawitch4 on 12:11:00 am

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Sexual Appetites of Vampires - PROMO BlitzBy Donna Fletcher

Paranormal Romance
Date Published: February 25, 2014

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Lara Bennett intends to only take a few minutes of Michael Valaine’s time. But then she only has a few minutes since a snowstorm is about to hit the area. She’ll interview him, ask him a few questions about his family’s strange heritage and be on her way before the first snowflake falls.

Things don’t go as planned for Lara. First, Michael Valaine is a drop-dead gorgeous man and second, and most importantly, he claims to be a vampire. She assumes he’s either annoyed with her for her impromptu interview or he’s crazy, either way she wants out of his home and away from him.

A blinding snowstorm stops her from leaving and she’s faced with the prospect of riding it out with either a crazy man or a vampire. That is until Michael’s eyes begin to glow red, his lips draw back in a snarl, and his fangs descend.

Lara’s about to find out, firsthand, the information she came looking for...exactly what is the sexual appetites of vampires?


Lara had met plenty of people who believed themselves a creature of the night. Some were just plain nuts while others played at it. She wasn’t sure if Michael Valaine fell into either category. And that was even more frightening.

            “The need for sex can border on complete madness when a vampire is in need of it.”

            Madness. Now there was something she could agree with. Michael Valaine was stark raving mad.

            “But that type of aching hunger, a need to devour, is what vampires try to keep at bay for it comes with consequences. So we keep ourselves well satisfied with sex with willing human women of which there is an abundant supply.”

            Lara finally had it. “You’ve got to be kidding me. You really expect me to believe this bullshit. I get it. You’re annoyed with me for showing up unexpected, and so you decide to play a little game with me. See if I frighten easily. Well, you chose the wrong woman, buddy. But I do have to thank you for giving me some great material for the book. Now I’m leaving and will never darken your already dark doorstep again.”

            “What were you expecting to find when you came here?” he asked accusingly.

            His dark eyes grew so intense that Lara thought they glowed black. “Certainly not a grown man who claims he’s a vampire.”

            “So you’re upset because you meet a vampire who can answer your questions about sex?”

            Lara rolled her eyes. “Really? You’re going to continue to claim that you’re a vampire. A blood-sucking, unearthly creature that is ravenous when it comes to sex.”

            “I thought you came for the truth.”

            “The truth would be nice, but it seems that you are intent on continuing your little game. I, however, do not wish to play.”

            That sly smile of his surfaced again. “I guarantee that you would enjoy playing with me, Lara.”

            “That’s it, I’m leaving.”

            Michael stood. “I’ll see you to the door.”

            “Not necessary, I know the way out,” she said, buttoning up her jacket.

            “Just because I am a vampire doesn’t mean I’m not a gentleman,” he said and stepped aside for her to pass.             

“A gentlemen vampire, now there’s an oxymoron if ever I heard one,” Lara said as she scooted past him, eager to get out of the house and as far away from Michael Alexandru Valaine that she could get.

A phone’s jarring ring startled Lara as she entered the foyer and made her way to the front door.

Michael picked up the phone on the side table behind the vase of a beautiful winter flora arrangement. “Michael Valaine. I see. No, not to worry I will see to the matter. Thank you for calling and see that you take care in this storm. I hear that it is to last at least two days. Good. I’m glad to hear that. My regards to your family.”

He sounded so civilized and so normal that Lara grew more annoyed. Why had he treated her in such a ridiculous fashion? Why hadn’t he simply told her that he wasn’t interested in speaking with her and send her on her way?

 He approached her slowly, almost predatorily. And she was damn glad she was leaving.

 He stopped next to the door, taking hold of the handle. “That was Martha. She has calls for her bed & breakfast forwarded to her sister’s place when she’s not there. Your car service called and cancelled. The snow has already started and with predictions worse than they first thought, they won’t endanger their driver or you. It looks like you’ll be my guest for the duration.”

“Hell no! I’ll find someplace to stay, but it won’t be with you,” she said and shoved his hand off the door to swing it open. Her heart dropped along with her mouth at the sight of the blizzard-like conditions. She could barely make out what was in front of her, since the snow was falling so heavily.

Michael pulled the door closed and turned the lock. The click sounded so final, as if a jailer was locking her in and there would be no escape. She was trapped with a sexy hunk of a man who thought himself a vampire. It sounded more like the setting of a romance novel than real life. But she was no swooning heroine.

She looked Michael Valaine straight in those dark eyes of his and felt like a fool saying, “Tell me you’ve been playing me and that you’re no vampire.”

“Oh, sweetheart, if only I could.”

His eyes began to glow red, his lips curled back, fangs dropped down, and Lara fainted.

 Donna Fletcher

Donna Fletcher is a USA Today Best Selling author of over thirty romance novels.

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