Saturday, October 13, 2007

Coming October 19 from Aspen Mountain

Chronicles of the Cursed: Blood Red
By Aline de Chevigny
Coming October 19, 2007 from Aspen Mountain Press


Mikael De Wohlf better known to his kind as Cerberus Gnosis, became the head of his clan with the simple act of killing his Sire. That act alone gained him the power and respect he needed to take control of all the ruling houses and reshape the clans to help them survive in this day and age. His reputation painted him as a ruthless killer and terrified everyone who knew him, everyone but her. Everyone but his Bella, his obsession.
Annabella Micelli knew exactly who he was and wasn’t afraid of him one bit. To her dismay she found herself attracted to him and couldn’t get him out of her mind. As keeper for his clan she had insights into the Vampire world that other humans would never have and could never know of.
Will Mikael be able win over the one person that could help him attain his goals, or ruin the one chance he had at happiness?

Excerpt #2 : Unedited

Mikael’s free hand slid from her shoulder up her neck with a soft loving touch. His knuckles gently caressed her cheek, pulling a soft moan from her lips. “One word, Bella, that’s all it takes.”
If her voice had been working she would have told him yes in an instant. But she couldn’t speak, she could only feel, and she wanted more. She leaned into his touch, rubbing her cheek against his knuckles.
He growled and leaned in close to her ear. His hard muscled chest brushed up against her back. “Say it, Bella, just say the word. Say Yes!” His hot breath warmed her neck; his fangs lightly brushed her skin as he spoke.
“Yes.” She hissed on an exhaled breath, her body burning for more of his touch.
Mikael howled in triumph. The sound brought goose bumps breaking out over her entire body. Heat spread between her legs in anticipation of what he would do to her. Cold air suddenly touched her skin where he had just been. He’d stepped away from her and retreated to the door of the study. Disappointment overcame her as she realized his intentions. “No!”
“The sun rises, mi Bella. We will continue the dance this evening at sunset. Be here in the study when I wake, and I will fulfill all of your fantasies and mine.”
“And if I refuse to be your plaything, Mikael? You’ve been ignoring me for weeks.”
She shivered at the sound of his deep throaty laugh. “Then I will come to you. You’ve given me your assent, Annabella, you cannot rescind the offer now. You are mine forever. ‘Till tonight, beloved.”
Annabella watched transfixed as he left the room, anger welling up inside her. “How dare he play with me! He was aware of dawn approaching, I’m sure of it.” Fury overrode her common sense. “I’ll teach him to treat me like one of his common Caitiffs!”
Stacking her papers in a pile, she shoved them angrily into her briefcase. “I may as well go to the office and get some work done.” She stormed out of the study and headed for the front door.
Warm hands enveloped her from behind. Her hand fell away from the door handle and a sharp cry of fear rose in her throat. “Shhh, mi Bella, I just wished to leave you with a parting gift. Seal our bargain with a kiss, if you will.”
Warm lips traveled along her neck, up behind her ear. She felt his teeth gently nipping her skin, never once drawing blood. The sensations overwhelmed her and her body went limp in his arms. Her anger forgotten for the moment, she reveled in his touch. Annabella cursed in frustration and turned in his arms, her mouth searching for his. The desire to feel his lips against hers coursed through her like lightning. She could feel the moment Mikael gave in to her demanding kiss; his body shook with the effort of keeping his fangs retracted.
She pulled away from the kiss gasping for breath. Victory surged through her: she’d made him lose control. Her father had explained this feeling to her. He’d told her it was a once in a lifetime experience that would make all other triumphs pale in comparison, but would be well worth the victory. She knew what would happen next, or what should happen if Mikael was being truthful about what he wished from her.
His fangs extended, he exposed her neck and leaned in to seal the bargain. Warmth flooded through her as his fangs sank into her flesh. Desire, hot and untamed, raged through her body. He took only a sip and then his tongue gently licked the wounds closed, making her shiver with want for more. She knew in that instant that he had her. She would be waiting for him at sunset as he’d ordered.

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