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Today I’m posting the last sneak peek at the opening chapter of my Civil War vampire romance.

New week I’ll start with the opening of my Civil War romance, The Christmas Ball.

Excerpt:

SweetRedemption_w3850_300Jon sucked in a deep breath, suddenly afraid of what waited inside. “Sir, though I appreciate your help, I really think I should be on my way.”

Arnwolf’s eyes glowed red. Heart pounding, Jon turned to run. The man lifted one thin arm and shoved Jon into the barn.

Jon landed on his knees, the breath knocked out of him. He reached for his revolver, but dropped it when Arnwolf shoved him again.

He tried to rise, but the reverend dropped on top of him, pushing him face down to the hay strewn over the ground. Fetid earth and the sweet scent of hay intermingled. Jon struggled, but wasn’t able to throw off Arnwolf’s hold. Strong arms pushed Jon onto his back. His eyes widened as he was forced to face the man.

The face wasn’t that of the pale minister who’d offered him aid, but a hideous demon’s face. A death’s head. The demon’s mouth opened exposing two sharp fangs. Jon’s stomach clenched, and he nearly gagged from the creature’s foul breath.

He summoned the last of his strength and tried to push Arnwolf off, but he couldn’t budge him. Fangs descended and sank into his throat. His body clenched in the throes of pain that quickly changed into intense pleasure. He slumped to the ground, dazed, as he felt his life drain from him.

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Next installment from the first chapter of my Civil War vampire romance.

Excerpt:
SweetRedemption_w3850_300“Trust me, Captain. If you want to survive, you’ll come with me.”

Arnwolf stood aside as Jon circled the field, going from man to man, searching for any sign of life. The men he examined lay stiff and cold, no breath or pulse.

“You see, Captain. You are the only survivor. If you’ll come with me, I’ll see you to safety before the Rebels come to take you prisoner.”

Numbness settled over Jon as he lifted his pack and followed Arnwolf.
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As they made their way over darkened farmland, Jon tried to make conversation, but the reverend seemed reticent. In the darkness, Jon’s uneasiness grew.

“Reverend, if you please. I believe my camp is back the other way.”

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Another excerpt from first chapter of my Civil War vampire romance novella.

Excerpt:
SweetRedemption_w3850_300“Reverend? Are you an army chaplain?”

“Nein. I’m a civilian visiting from Austria.”

Jon slowly sat up, hoping he wouldn’t be shot down for his efforts, but Reverend Arnwolf continued to stand without harm. Jon pushed his protesting body onto hands and knees, before he cautiously rose to his feet.

He surveyed the ruined field in the eerie light. Bodies lay scattered, a few missing limbs. Blood covered portions of the field. “My men…”

“Are all dead,” Arnwolf said.

“How do you know?”

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With All-Hallows Eve fast approaching, I thought my ‘Monday Inspiration’ post should be about what inspired me to include vampires in my Civil War set romance stories.

I currently have two vampire romances out with the The Wild Rose Press in their ‘Black Rose’ line, set–at least in part–during the Civil War period.

I grew up watching the Dark Shadows daytime soap back in the sixties and early seventies and that show influenced me as a writer. I always wanted to write a vampire story, and did write a few amateur stories as a teen. Of course, these early stories never saw the light of day. 

I read Dracula by Bram Stoker and later, as an adult, Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice, as well as many later romance stories featuring alternate versions of vampires, where writers put their own spin on the old legends that inspired Bram Stoker’s classic. I researched where these creatures first appeared in folklore, so I could finally realize my dream to feature a vampire in my romances.

Early vampire legends didn’t portray them as the beguiling creatures we see in popular modern fiction. Even before the term ‘Vampire’ was coined, stories existed of creatures with abilities and characteristics we equate with vampires. Legends and myths date back to the early Greeks and Romans. These creatures drank the blood of the living to sustain their existence.

The Goddess Hecate’s daughter was said to be a vampire-like creature. Empusa would appear as a beautiful young woman, seducing men so she could feast on their blood. She also drank young children’s blood.

European’s also had legends of vampire-like creatures. But these vampires were said to be half-decomposed and repugnant creatures, nothing like the seductive beings we think of. These vampires were said to be more akin to living corpses, crawling from their graves to find victims. Of course, no living person ever saw these creatures roaming about. It took an unexpected occurrence, like the untimely death of a person or animal to confirm their existence.

When someone died and others started to also die with symptoms like strange bleeding, rumors spread that the newly dead had risen from the grave and was feasting on the living. Corpses would be exhumed and any sign, such as bloating of the body or blood running from the mouth, would be enough to convince the villagers that they had a vampire running amok. The cure for this was to drive a stake through the corpse’s heart to stop his nightly rampages.

Religious symbols—crosses and rosaries—as well as holy water and garlic, were said to repel a vampire.

In 1897, author Bram Stoker took these legends and wove them into his tale, Dracula. In Stoker’s story, Dracula was seductive and powerful. Women immediately would fall under his spell. This classic novel changed the image of the vampire for all time.

Today, although we know vampires are only the stuff of fiction, we see them as emotional and sentimental creatures who truly hate the demon forces that compel them to harm others.

For more info on vampires, visit these sites: http://halloweenexpress.com/history-of-vampires.php

http://www.history.com/videos/vampire-myths#vampire-myths

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Second sneak peek from first chapter of my vampire romance novella.

Excerpt:
SweetRedemption_w3850_300Jon glanced up and chuckled. “It’s the northern lights. We don’t usually see them hereabouts.”

Nathan swallowed. “The Rebs shot me down. But I can’t feel nothin’.”

“It’s the cold, son. Do you know where you were hit?”

Nathan raised his arm, then awkwardly dropped it to his chest. “Here, Captain.”

Jon peered closely at the spot and nearly gagged. The lad’s coat and shirt were nothing but rags. His chest was ripped open, frozen blood crusting over him and pooling on the ground. How did he not feel pain? He was amazed the boy still drew breath.

Nathan wasn’t Catholic, but the lad was a Christian, and Jon couldn’t ignore his plight. He’d never make it off this field. Although he lacked holy water and oil, and it had been awhile, he still recalled the Latin rites he’d learned when he was in the seminary.

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With Halloween fast approaching, I decided it was time to switch to my throwback vampire novella. Here’s the opening paragraphs of my 2009 release, Sweet Redemption.

Excerpt:
Fredericksburg, Virginia
December 13, 1862

Cold. So cold.

SweetRedemption_w3850_300Flat on his stomach, Jonathan Hackett wormed his way across the darkened battlefield, not daring to raise his head. The stench of black powder surrounded him as Confederate soldiers continued to fire, keeping he and the soldiers with him pinned.

Hands clenched, Jon dragged himself along on his elbows over the hard, frigid ground. He’d been trapped out here, unable to get caps and rounds, water or food. Once darkness had fallen, he’d tried to assist the men with him off the field, but the Rebels continued to fire on them long after the sun had set.

Jon halted at a body lying prone across his path. The soldier groaned. Squinting, Jon moved close to study the face. One of the young privates serving under him. Nathan Connor.

“Son, are you wounded?” Jon whispered.

Nathan opened his eyes and stared at the lights above them. “Is that heaven, sir?”

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Happy Halloween!

For your Halloween reading pleasure, my ‘Wednesday Excerpts’ post will feature a story that includes my favorite creature of the night, the vampire.

Excerpt from vampire romance novella, Sweet Redemption:

Maddie stared into the eyes of the strange, hypnotic man. Was she dreaming again?

Captain Hackett’s voice broke through her stupor.

Oh, God! What’s happening? She lifted her arms and pushed against the powerful grasp that held her hostage.

A horrible, putrid smell emanated from him. Her breath came out in gasps. Turning her head toward the captain, her eyes widened. He bared his teeth, exposing two wicked-looking fangs. She stared into eyes that glowed red as her heartbeat raced. Was she having another nightmare? Growling, he launched himself at the monster still holding her.

“You are starting to show the signs, Jon,” the oily voice gloated. “I’ll make you what I am. Give you my power. All you have to is give yourself completely to me.”

Maddie was thrust aside. She cowered, in a corner of the foyer, her head spinning. This wasn’t happening. The two combatants hissed and bared their horrible fangs, circling and lunging at each other. She pushed her hands against both ears, trying to block out the terrible grunts and hisses.

She sat frozen for a minute, until the monster lifted Jon and threw him into the table by the staircase. She jumped back as her porcelain vase shattered at her feet. Glancing up, she caught a flash of silver around the captain’s neck. The crucifix!

“Captain!” Could she still get through to him? “Use the crucifix.”

The captain halted, then yanked the chain, pulling the crucifix before him. He shoved it into the creature’s face.

The odor of burning flesh drove Maddie’s gaze to the monster’s charred cheek. He screeched and backed out the open doorway.

“I’ll return for both of you,” he hissed.

Jon jumped to the doorway, stuck his head out, then hissed and covered his face, as he backed away from the door.

Maddie took a deep breath to calm her racing pulse. Slowly rising, she moved around Jon, with a cautious eye upon him, to the door. A rosy glow lit the sky. She saw no sign of the monster and slammed the door, then secured the lock.

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