Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Last Awakening Book Review by Rachel Firasek

Today I have book two in the Curse of the Phoenix series by Author Rachel Firasek.. A great addition to book one and I recommend you read that one first..


Here is the Cover !! Blurb and my thoughts !!!


For three hundred years, Arabella’s life has been one meaningless death after another. In a cruel twist of fate, Osiris–god of the Underworld–gifts the phoenix her mortality and returns her voodoo magic. If she fails to harness her wayward magic and save a man worthy of a second chance, she’ll forfeit her power and her soul–forever.

Ex-soldier Greyson Meadows desperately wants to be freed from the nightmares and guilt that haunt him after the tragedy that brought him and Ari together. Confronted by the waif of a woman who forces him to face his worst fears, he resists, fighting the need to keep his personal demons hidden instead of setting them free.

When Ari becomes the target of her own magical blunder, it’s not just her life in danger, but now the one of the man she loves.






My thoughts !!

The Last Awakening is the second book in Rachel Firasek's Phoenix series and certainly a wonderful addition.

In The Last Awakening we have Arabella * Ari* who has been sent to save her Marks life. Here Ari finds Greyson Meadows and ex - solider who is a tortured soul, carrying hurt, and guilt like no other. She finds him in a convenience store and this is where Ari will meet her death again. Ari has been doing this for over 300 years,loosing herself to the phonenix time and time again but after seeing Greysons eyes, hurt and damaged soul she decides he needs her. In her plight with Osiris , she is sent back to Earth to save Greysons soul but this may just cost her , her own  soul ?

Wow !!

Rachel has woven her magic throughout this read, two characters with a connection like no other. Deep and dark yet intertwined, both needing someone to heal the hurt and move on with life.

Both Ari and Greyson have Damaged souls inflicting more guilt upon themselves than one could possibly carry. The connection between Ari and Greyson was magnetic; at times you could feel your heart aching for them both and other moments I had the reader in frenzy just to get to the next page. The love was scorching, yet filled with something more than just the loving, it was all wonderfully portrayed with such depth and not just on the physical level. They both needed each other to heal and Rachel has put forth the emotions well in this story.

The storyline is short, but don’t let this deter you, it’s not rushed, very well paced, and everything one could want in this story is present. No gaps, no rushed scenes, it has all been well placed and delivered as if the book was over 500 pages long. !! The depth and connection involved between the characters was well delivered and envisaged, heartfelt moments where you could feel the characters pain and other moments I’m sure you will be grinning from ear to ear. ** wink **

Hot love scenes that will scorch your eyelashes, but also have you sheepishly grinning feeling kind of happy for the characters. This will make more sense when you read the story. Other scenes you will be gripping at your reader - and holding your breath!!

I enjoyed the fact that Rachel has also brought forth characters from her first book - I liked seeing them surface and provide depth also into this story. Friendships and past history bonds Ari and Ice, Turner, Mike and Greyson. A wonderful selection of characters I’m sure you will enjoy. !

I’m sure you will even see a different side to Osiris in this story !! I enjoyed his placement in this story; it gave us more feeling to his character and more depth. It showed us that he did what he did for a reason and really because he cared!! You must read book one then this one to get this!

Rachel balances her stories well with equal amounts of romance, storyline and twists and turns you won’t see coming.

I eagerly await book 3 in this series and recommend this book to all who love romance, heartfelt moments, a little action and smexy scenes! And even maybe a happily ever after!



I rate this book 5  /5 !!!



Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Day Manday Blog Hop !!!!


Well because it Boxing Day in the Land of Oz today !! I have some hunks for you !! Boxing day style !!






HMmm and last but least !! Time to relax



Pop on over to the other blogs participating in the hop to !!!






Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winners from the Jingle Hop Giveaway !!! Are you a winner ?

Big thanks to everyone to popped on over.. The winners of


Plentiful Package

 by Author Melissa Craig are


*** Lotetta / Lyn
and Linda Henderson




Winners of Vampire for Christmas


by Author Felicity Heaton are


Jesscia B
Blackwolf


Ladies you have 48 hrs to respond to my email .. After that new winners will be drawn !!




These will be kindle gifted Via amazon !!


winner where picked by Random org ;)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Manday Blog hop

Welcome to another Manday monday blog hop !! hosted by Felicity Heaton !!



Since its almost Christmas here are a few sweet treats for you !!!



Mabye a walk in the field you may tumble upon this cutey !


Maybe he can stoke your fire with his wood !!






For all who know me they know I love abs baby !!!



Pop on over to the other blog participating in the hop - Indulge !!





Thursday, December 15, 2011

Winner from Felicity Heaton Giveaway is it you ?? Swagaliscious goodies

The winner of Felicity Heaton's swag giveaway is  Dani !!! Congrads... Random org was used to pick the winner !! 



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Heart Of Darkness by Felicty Heaton Book Trailor

Hi Everyone !! Today I have the book trailor for Felicity Heatons latest book Heart Of Darkness ! Here's the cover and the blurb and the trailor ! Check it out !!

Heart of Darkness

Felicity Heaton

A vampire prince on a four hundred year old mission to avenge his murdered sister...

Aleksandr Nemov won’t stop until the last of the vampire hunter’s progeny is wiped from the Earth. Each kill has stolen a piece of his humanity, pushing him towards the black abyss all vampires hold within their hearts. Now he is teetering on the edge, close to devolving into a beast, and time is running out as he tracks the last hunter to Prague. There he finds a beautiful woman who could be his one chance for salvation, but is it already too late for him?

A vampire guard who will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves...

Elise is dedicated to her duty. It’s the only thing she has left. All that changes when she meets Aleksandr in Prague and her master grants him permission to stay at her bloodline’s mansion. She knows all about Aleksandr but none of it prepares her for how she feels when the legendary prince’s hunt becomes one for her heart. Elise battles him with all of her strength but can she stop herself from falling for the handsome hunter? When he reveals the depth of the corruption in his soul, will she have the strength to face the pain in her past and do whatever it takes to save him?







Read an excerpt or find out where to buy: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/ebooks.php?title=Heart%20of%20Darkness

Available in e-book from:
Author's website:
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Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/97624

Felicity Heaton

Paranormal Romances with Passion

Website:
http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/felicityheaton
Blog: http://www.indieparanormalromancebooks.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/feheaton

Author of:
Heart of Darkness -- a heart-wrenching action-packed vampire love story
Forbidden Blood -- a dark vampire romance tale of love, betrayal and revenge
Love Immortal -- action-packed, passionate, and dramatic vampire romance novel
Her Angel -- best selling acclaimed angel romance series
Vampires Realm -- critically acclaimed paranormal romance series
Sons of Lyra & Daughters of Lyra -- best selling science fiction romance series

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Jingle Balls Giveaway hop

Ho Ho Ho Welcome to The Jingle Balls Giveaway hop hosted by Madame D's Boudoir and Satins Bookish Corner ...



The hop will run from December 12th - 17th .. Giveaway is listed below !!


Giveaway  1 will be two  e copies of Plentiful Package by Melissa Craig gifted via myself via Amazon kindle or whichever format you require.  A hot sinfully erotic and exotic read !!



A sexually deprived boss and her HOT sexy Australian kite surf instructor -Andy Zuco.

Andy is saucy, delicious and driving Jenna crazy with her sexual cravings. Set on a beautiful island in the Great Barrier Reef. Makes it hard not to be captivated by his hard six pack abs everyday.

She catches him having sex while on duty, instantly sending tingles radiating throughout her body. She is hungry for him. Her endorphins want to be devoured. The thrill of being caught excites her, until their gazes collide.

Jenna is torn between being his boss or personal play toy. Find out how Jenna deals with Andy and his hard sculptured body. Will she succumb to satisfying her wildest of dreams with the ultimate ladies man.



Second giveaway - A vampire For Christmas by Felicity Heaton also Kindle Gifted via Amazon or whichever format you require.. Two e copies to giveaway !!!  A sexy action filled Christmas read  and of course Vampires whom Im sure you will swoon over !!



It was one last mission. Shannon, a demon hunter with the agency, is looking forward to leaving behind the small town and the vampire she's been stuck with for the past two years. Things are getting complicated fast and she wants out. A fresh start, free of her vampire partner, awaits her if she can survive their final mission and the lonely Christmas holidays.

It was one last mission. Rafe, a vampire doing time with the agency, watches it approach with dread weighing heavily in his stomach. Two years of working with Shannon has been difficult, especially since he started falling for her, but he doesn't want their partnership to end. He has barely a few days to make her face her feelings and stop her from leaving, and he intends to do just that.

When a slimy demon threatens the season of peace and goodwill, it's the chance Rafe has been waiting for and the moment Shannon secretly fears. Rafe's determination to prise open her heart and her own resolve to keep it closed clash as violently as they do with the demon, and threatens to end as messily.

Can Rafe make Shannon see that his love for her is real and that she feels something for him too? Can Shannon face her fears and her past, and stop herself from running away from both? Will a wish on a star bring her what her heart truly desires--a vampire for Christmas?
PLEASE LEAVE ME YOUR EMAIL ADDY OR YOUR COMMENT IS NOT COUNTED. TELLING ME WHAT YOUR HEART TRULY DESIRES FOR CHRISTMAS.. COMP RUNS FOR 5 DAYS WINNERS PICKED BY RANDOM ORG. GOOD LUCK AND CHECK OUT THE OTHER BLOGS IN THE HOP !!










1. Kiki @ Madame D's Boudoir 9. Heaven Liegh Eldeen 17. Roxanne Rhoads
2. sue @ Satin's Bookish Corner 10. Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears 18. Vanessa @ the Jeep Diva
3. Liz @ Fictional Candy 11. Riverina Romantics 19. Annie Marie
4. Vanes Mate 12. Lucy Felthouse 20. Other Worlds & Realities
5. katrina whittaker 13. Queentutt's World of Escapism 21. Sara
6. Page Flipperz 14. Natasha Blackthorne 22. SER's Awesomness
7. Katy @ Missy Vixon' s 15. Shari @ Seduced By The Book 23. Casey Crow
8. Paranormal Wastelands 16. Close Encounters with the Night Kind

If my linky is not posted correctly please go to Madame D's Bouidor for the list  link here

Friday, December 9, 2011

Author Interview - John Smith - Delayed Flight & Giveaway !

Id Like to Welcome John Smith to Page Flipperz today where we get a little insight into his life as an author and some questions Im sure you all didnt know !!.


I write under two name John J. Smith and pen name Jonathan Black. Why do I do this? I've been told when a reader sees my work they have an expectation, hence the two names. I have won several awards under each name.
I've been called a prolific Fiction writer. I enjoy writing romance and mainstream as John and paranormal and paranormal romance as Jonathan.
Several of my novels have been converted or rewritten into screenplays; for which I've also have won several awards.
I reside in Plano, a suburb of Dallas, Texas.

This biography was provided by the author or their representative. (( taken from Amazon author page )
Where do you live -

I live in Plano Texas, which is a suburb of Dallas. I have two Shih Tzu dogs (Charley and Benny) and one Persian cat (Woody). Single, no children. I work an incredible amount of hours, which is very hard to maintain a relationship. Hopefully one day I’ll meet someone who is understanding that with today’s economy we often have to make choices and sacrifices we’re not happy with, but if I want to put kibbles in the bowl :)
How long have you been writing and what inspired you to write Delayed flight !



I’ve been writing for quite some time but just became serious about it over the last five years. Writing has always been a passion for me and I write as often as possible. I’ve had friends and family say that I should try to publish, which was an influence in being published. It is something that is so dear to me I hesitate to turn it into a business. I cannot imagine not writing.
I was in an airport during a snow storm and I watched a couple talking, obviously they had not seen each other in quite some time and it looked as if he wanted to pick up where they left off but I don’t believe she did, she looked angry. As I eavesdropped on the conversation (I know, not good, but sometimes the best material is right in front of you) I could tell she was upset and there was no way that relationship would pick up. I then felt sorry for both of them and thought, I wonder what would happen if they were thrown together into a situation where they had to see each other, what would be the outcome? Would he continue to pursue her? Would she change her mind? Could they even pick up from where they left off or would it be better to start anew. What would happen if there was a secret that she didn’t want him to know? Since I love reading and have a passion for writing, and really enjoy love stories, I knew I had to write this.


Do you have a muze someone who inspires you to write ?


I used to, my grandmother; she was one of the one who pushed for me to publish. She’s since moved on.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?


Writing. Seriously. I work so many hours with my day job that any free moment is spent dreaming and writing.

What are you currenlty working on ?

Actually I’m finishing the edits for a mainstream novel, Anopheles, more of an outside force that brings two people closer together. I’m also working on the idea and outline on a new novel, Camille. This will be a love story. Inspired by a friend of mine who is an author and after 83 years (yes, old enough to be my mother, plus a couple years) she decided to tell me one day about her past and well, I see it as a wonderful love story. She finally gave me permission to use a portion of her past and along with a little embellishment I think Camille will be a wonderful love story. I hope to have that done before year end of 2012.

Your future plans with writing what would you like to achieve ?

 
I would love to write full time and hope to do so in the future.


How many books have your written .. And what genres do you enjoy writing.


2 Novels (Delayed Flight and Finding Katie, love stories) and 1 Novella (Deadly Affairs, crime mystery/love story, which will be released this month) under John J. Smith.
1 Short story collection (Aberrant Endings, paranormal) and 1 novel (A Wrongful Wish, paranormal romance, which will also be released this month) under Jonathan Black (my friends laugh and say that’s the dark side of John – I love writing love stories but occasionally I like to move into the paranormal for fun).

Some fun questions.


Tea- coffee - poison of choice?
  Coffee! Definitely coffee. Strong, a half of tsp of sugar and a splash of half and half. Mmmmmm.

Fav writing spot.
 1) My home office, and 2) on the sofa with the boys. Benny wants to walk on the keyboard from time to time but mostly I’ll have one on each side and Woody on the back of the sofa. Nice.

Favourtie Movie ?
 As Good as it Gets
Fav  book?
Nicholas Sparks, The Wedding. I absolutely loved that book and have actually read it several times. I love the fact that a man would admit his mistakes and then do the right thing.


Your ideal Holiday destinaton.
 My sisters. She lives out in the country, and although I’m really a city boy, it’s great to go out there and just enjoy the peacefulness. This past week was great. Fav flavour of ice cream Uh, very hard question. I have a massive sweet tooth and ice cream is my favorite dessert. I guess Butter Pecan would be at the top of the list, but mostly anything with chocolate.


What makes you laugh ?
I have a weird (but kind) sense of humor, so a lot of things make me laugh. Love watching a good comedy or reading something funny. But more or less anything that is light, if that makes sense.

What is your pet hate ! 
Rudeness. It’s so easy to be courteous and no effort to be kind. I get exasperated when I meet or see someone who is blatantly rude.


Your fav author 
  I’d have to say Nicholas Sparks. I’ve read all of his work and have either enjoyed or really liked it. I read a lot and have several favorites but he is one who I will buy without reading the blurb.
Thanks John ........ for stopping by and nows its GIVEAWAY TIME - JOHN HAS DONATED A PRINT COPY TO  A US OR CANADA.IN READER . AND E BOOK TO OTHER INTERNATIONAL READERS..
How do you determine whether to buy a book or note - aka - the cover - blurb or word of mouth. Comp will run for one week and random org will choose a winner GOOD LUCK !!
DELAYED FLIGHT CAN BE BROUGHT DIRECT VIA AMAZON HERE E FORMAT
For my review for Delayed FLight please check post from previous day !! I throughly enjoyed this story and recomend to all who love a contempory romance !!





Thursday, December 8, 2011

Delayed FLight by John Smith Book Review

I had the pleasure of Being involved in the


Where today I have my book review for John Smith's Latest Release Delayed Flight.


BLURB ..... Veronica, a widow from an abusive marriage, is looking forward to having a wonderful visit with her daughter, Jeri. It had been a year since Jeri moved away to college and Veronica cannot think of anywhere else she would rather be than spend a peaceful Christmas with Jeri.
Jared thought his day had already gone badly when his hiring proposal for consultants was put on hold. Now he finds himself stranded in a blizzard and discovers his rental car has a flat.To add insult upon injury, the keys are locked in the trunk!
When Veronica sees Jared walk into the airport terminal and takes a seat across from her, she can feel her emotions run amok bouncing somewhere between loathing and love. He was the man, whom she had loved and yet he had walked out on her. Jared on the other hand wants to do everything in his power to heal her wounds. In the deepest region of his heart, he wants to start over.
On icy roads, and deep in thought, Jeri’s is suddenly involved in a serious accident, and as Veronica rushes through the halls of the hospital, in search to find answers, she stumbles upon Jared. It is then Veronica realizes at that their present has brought them together shrouded in the events of their past while the doctors feverishly work to save her daughter’s life.


My review.

I wont go into alot of detail as far as the storyline goes, the blurb above describes it well.

Veronica and Jared have crossed paths again after 20 years, to find themselves at an airport still heartbroken,   and with unanswered questions -  but also  realizing they still loved each other. Twenty years have passed hearts are still fragile  as  Veronica and Jared didn't part on good terms, but it seems that fate has once again brought them together.

John Smith has created such a heartfelt romance with that added bit of suspense that  I truly love in my reads !!!!  Characters with such depth - and  a love story that will make you heart aflutter !! For all those who get emotionally involved in there  reads, get the tissues ready in this one. I found myself sniffling into the early hours of the morning, grinning and sighing contented with the overall storyline and ending, it truly had me hooked from beginning to end.

John put forth all background information into Veronica and Jared's past life, piecing together the story as it went. Giving the reader insight into the past and also some truth as well to give both characters answers to questions lingering. Suspense and intrigue kept me friskily reading along, to find out how the storyline panned out. I was hooked from the very first pages. 

Wonderfully created characters with definition and depth, very realistic in life. The reality of life, love and heartache but also forgiveness.

 All chapters and storyline flowed smoothly . Giving us a  storyline that will string you along, pull at your heartstrings and also have you sighing in content.

 An enjoyable read I just couldn't put down !!

Recommended for all who enjoy romance with suspense and intrigue that will truly pull you into the pages.


 1/2 stars !!


John Smith can be found at his website Here

Delayed Flight can be purchased through Amazon Here

Pop by tomorrow and find out how you can enter to win an ecopy or print copy (** Us and Canada only* for print.) I'll have John Smith at my blog giving us a little insight into himself  !!



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Vampire For Christmas - Felicity Heaton and Winter Warmers & Giveaway

Id like to Welcome Felicity Heaton to Page Flipperz today we have A Vampire for Christmas excerpt , giveaway  and Also Felicitys Winter Warmers - Great to add to your reader or gift for Christmas these specials only run for a limited time. So snaffle them up .....  




It’s fantastic to be back here at Page Flipperz with the wonderful Kat! Today I’m here as part of the final leg of my Paranormal Pandemonium 2011 Blog Tour which is all about my amazing Winter Warmers book deals and will feature the books in the offer.





My Winter Warmers deals run until January 15th 2012 and there are plenty of fantastic reads to choose from, all priced between $0.99 and $2.99 and in a range of lengths between novella and long novels, and a variety of paranormal romance sub-genres including sinful angels, sexy vampires, seductive werewolves, and even a super-hot demon and sassy witch pairing. What better way to pass a chilly winter or relax in the sunshine if you're down under, than curled up in the arms of some paranormal heroes, letting yourself be swept along in their romance and adventures?






Click the pic above for direct link to Winter Warmer Deals or try here > Winter Warmer Deals


It’s that time of year again. The trees and decorations are going up in homes around the world. The stores are full of seasonal madness and Christmas lights are everywhere in our towns and cities. The weather is turning colder (if you’re up here in the chilly northern hemisphere) and winter is embracing us. I love this time of year. I love everything about it, from fairy lights to tacky decorations that crowd the gardens and exteriors of overzealous homeowners, from the prospect of a white Christmas to clear blue skies on a crisp day. I get excited when Starbucks change to the red cups with the winter scenes on them and bring in the holiday flavoured drinks.



There’s nothing better in this world than curling up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate and a silly seasonal movie... or a hot hero. The holidays are always a time when I try to put down my tools and relax, and I don’t always succeed. In fact, I haven’t managed to succeed at all since becoming a writer six years ago. This year I’m determined to spend time relaxing and reading all the fantastic books that are waiting on my TBR pile.



To me, the holidays are about more than the sparkle though. Everyone believes that Christmas is getting more commercial, and I’m not denying that because I don’t like seeing Christmas advertising and presents in the shops around September, but I think they miss the point of the holidays. For me, it’s not about religion. It’s bigger than that now. It has become a global celebration. For me, the holidays are about getting to spend time with my family and about putting smiles on their faces. I love to see the happiness that giving a gift can evoke and I think that’s why I wrote Vampire for Christmas last year, so I could warm hearts and put smiles on the faces of my readers.



As a paranormal romance author, it’s often difficult to get Christmas into a story. Vampires don’t generally put much stock in God or anything about the season. I could have written a werewolf story and had more luck with the protagonists, or an angel story, but vampires are my biggest love, so I wanted to write a seasonal story involving one as the hero. The key to it was having a human heroine, someone who would celebrate the occasion, although she has some good reasons not to. There are also traditions around Christmas that you don’t need faith to enjoy. Such as mistletoe... and the hero definitely tries to take advantage of that one. I wanted to keep it light, warm and funny, to fit the season, even though there’s a more serious side to the story too. It became a balancing act and an exploration of how a vampire would handle the season, especially if the woman he loved was human. The story is about the hero endeavouring to bring a smile to the heroine’s face, to give her back the love she used to feel around Christmas, and to make her face her own feelings so she will accept his and so neither will be alone during the holidays ever again.



So, Christmas is all about the warmth and the happiness that sharing time with our loved ones brings us, even if you are a vampire. It’s all about the smiles you can put on your loved ones faces, and I hope this story gives readers something to smile about this coming holiday too.






EXCERPT

His favourite prey.



Rafe stood on the lawn, his dark eyes following her from room to room in her large house. Shannon disappeared from view on the top floor only to reappear in the living room. He couldn’t see much through the open curtains but his senses made up for what he lacked in vision. He tracked her with them, focusing until the dark world around him drifted into the distance and there was only her.



She was muttering.



A smile tugged at his lips.



How many times had he told her not to mutter?



She reappeared and stood in the middle of the living room, tying her long fair hair up into a ponytail, her gaze on the television. The twinkling lights hanging around the room cast a myriad of colours, turning the scene from warm to cold and back again. She looked pale tonight. Had she been getting enough sleep? They had last worked together two weeks ago and she hadn’t seemed herself. He had tried to ask her what was wrong, but had failed to find his voice, instead leaving her to mull over whatever was bothering her in silence.



Rafe had killed the vampire that night. She hadn’t even noticed it. He’d had to report it to the agency. In a toss up between her being angry with him for telling her superiors about her dangerous lack of concentration and her being safe, the latter would always win with him.



She smiled.



His chest ached.



He hadn’t seen her smile in a long time. He stood in silence, unmoving, absorbing this rare beauty before him. She was a goddess when she smiled, and it always tugged at his insides, luring him to her. She turned towards the window and her smile slowly faded, her expression turning distant.



What was she thinking in there?



She couldn’t see him. Human eyes weren’t sharp enough to pick him out in the shadows of the tall trees on her lawn. The lights in the room would steal what little night-vision she had. He could observe her from the darkness without fear, could watch her and think over the things that plagued him every night.



The feelings.



During the day, Rafe could almost pretend they didn’t exist. The sun stole the world from him and his emotions with it, leaving him in a deathly slumber. At night, when he came to her, when he saw her again, everything returned, and each time it came back stronger.



He knew that Shannon didn’t like working with him, and the past two years had been difficult for them both at times, especially at the start, but it didn’t stop him from feeling something for her. They had been through so much together, so many fights for their lives, so many long nights passed in quiet company when no demons showed up, and so many long conversations when her guard slipped. When they had first been assigned to each other, he had wanted out of the deal straight away, but now he almost looked forward to the times they were required to work together.



His dead heart called him a liar.



He didn’t almost look forward to it at all. He waited for it. Yearned, in fact.



Rafe sighed and leaned back against the broad rough trunk of the pine tree.



It was no use anyway.



Come the New Year, the agency would separate them and relocate them at opposite ends of the country.



He stared at her. She swept a few rogue strands of golden hair back, tucking them into her messy ponytail, and laughed at something. The light from the television flickered across her face. Rafe smiled at the same time as she did. The sight of her chased the winter chill from his body.



He was going to miss her.



His little vampire hunter.



He had never wanted a partner, but she had changed that. Now, he didn’t want any partner except her.



Shannon smiled again and zipped up her red jumper, until the tall collar of it covered her neck. She pushed shorter lengths of her hair behind her ears and then looked out of the window again, and he felt as though she was looking right at him. She was so beautiful when she was unaware of him. Naturally so too. No trace of make-up touched her oval face. No kohl to highlight the depths of her green eyes, or lipstick to enhance the sensual swell of her coral lips. Everything about her was natural, right down to her curvy shape. He had tended to her wounds a few times before, each time battling his desire as he swept his fingers over her soft skin and laid eyes on the toned body she hid beneath her clothes. She trembled for him sometimes and refused to look at him whenever she did, and he was convinced that her shivers weren’t born of fear. He was convinced that part of her was attracted to him too. Her gaze shifted and settled on something partially obscured by the pale curtains.



He frowned and tried to make out what it was.



Ragged dark shape that tapered upwards. Shiny coloured lights. Glittering orbs. Tufted strings of foil.



A Christmas tree.



It surprised him that she celebrated the occasion. He had thought she would be indifferent to such human things since she was a demon hunter, but there she was, standing in a room bathed in twinkling lights, tinsel and festive trimmings. The entire street was alive with flashing reindeers, singing Santas, and fake snow on roofs. No decoration touched the outside of her two storey home, but it was different on the inside.



Rafe studied her as she adjusted a bauble on the tree. He might have been talking about her. The exterior she showed to him and others was different to how she was on the inside. He knew that best at times like these when he was watching her from the shadows. This was the real her, the one she hid beneath her armour and would never let him see. This was his only way of seeing the side of her that he wished she would show to him, and he couldn’t help himself.



He told himself that it wasn’t stalking. It was observing. It was hunting. It was having the chance to see the woman he wanted her to be around him and taking it.



Shannon moved away from the tree, towards the back of the house, her hips swaying in her snug blue jeans. His gaze slipped to her backside and he growled, desire spearing him in the gut. He loved the way she walked even when she thought no one was watching. There was something sexy about it, alluring. He cocked his head to one side and fought the urge that rose inside him.



It was useless.



She would never be his.



She had looked at him differently sometimes, almost as if he was human, but those moments rarely lasted. The barriers were swift to come back up, protecting her heart before he could reach out and capture it. During their past few hunts, he had struggled with the right words, trying to form them into a semblance of order and put his feelings in a way that she wouldn’t reject outright, in a way that would make her see that his emotions were real and that he would never harm her. He had never found the perfect moment though, or the perfect words.



And time was running out.



The ticking clock made him reckless. It didn’t matter anymore if she rejected him. He couldn’t let the chance slip through his fingers again. It was now or never.



This was their last mission together.



He wouldn’t leave without trying to make her see what he felt for her.



Shannon came out of the back room, her jacket in her left hand, and stopped in front of the Christmas tree again. She touched the same bauble she had before but this time her expression changed, turning troubled and distant. What was on her mind? Rafe had seen that look before, normally when she was lost in her thoughts, like the time he had reported to her superiors. They had told him not to worry about it and that they would speak with her. He wanted to be the one to speak to her about it. He wanted to know why she had joined the agency. She was young, barely over thirty, and she had never mentioned her family. Did her reason for hunting demons have something to do with them? Did it have anything to do with vampires?



He only hunted his own kind because the agency had him by the balls on several murder cases. He was a vampire. All of his species were susceptible to temptation and he was far from saintly. He had fought his addiction though and had come out the other side a better vampire for it. A stronger vampire because of it. He didn’t kill anymore. He could control that side of him now, and maybe it was time he made the agency realise that and made them let him go.



Rafe shook his head at the way he sounded. Childish. Petulant. Everything that a vampire his age shouldn’t be. And why? Because he didn’t want to leave her. He didn’t want to be reassigned to someone else, or sent off to work alone. He wanted to stay here, with Shannon, where he belonged.



She tugged her short black wool jacket on and Rafe knew it was time to make a move. She was expecting him and he had never been late before.



He moved further back into the shadows on her front garden when she approached the window. She didn’t see him. She closed the curtains, hiding her from view, and he resorted to tracking her with his senses again.



A car passed along the street behind him. The sound of carol singers drifted on the chill breeze. Rafe looked up at the crisp night sky and the twinkling stars. Christmas. He couldn’t remember if he had ever celebrated it.



He had forgotten so much about his former life on becoming a vampire.



His gaze dropped and stuck on something on her porch.



Mistletoe.



Rafe raised an eyebrow and then smiled as he left his hiding place and walked towards the front door.



Some traditions he definitely remembered from his life as a human.



* * * *



There was a knock at the door. Shannon knew from the impatient clip it had who would be waiting on the porch, and she took her time because of it. It wouldn’t look good if she rushed to answer it. The last time she had opened the door within a minute, because she had been passing it at the time, Rafe had teased her the whole night about how she had been waiting for him on the other side, desperate to go out with him again, and how attracted to him she was.



Total crap of course.



She wouldn’t be attracted to him if he was the last man on Earth. Shannon smiled to herself. He wasn’t even a man. She would have to be down to the last vampire too before she would ever consider him in that way.



Shannon slipped a stake into the inside pocket of her thick black wool jacket and another into the back pocket of her dark jeans. It was always a good idea to be well armed when out on a hunt. She wasn’t about to let the holiday season lure her into a false sense of security. Wretched demonkind didn’t celebrate the occasion, and some of her busiest times had been over the Christmas period. Besides, the stakes weren’t just for use on the bad vampires. Sometimes she considered using them on the apparently good vampires too.



Shannon opened the door.



Rafe stood on the other side, six feet plus of dark handsome devil perfectly capable of pushing every right button in a woman.



At least, every woman except her.



The left side of his sensual mouth tugged into a half smile that revealed the tip of a canine and his deep brown eyes slid up towards the porch ceiling. Her eyes followed out of curiosity.



Mistletoe.



Her gaze snapped back to him. He had to be kidding. He stared at her, dark eyes locked on hers in a silent challenge, and rocked expectantly on his heels. He clasped his hands behind his bottom, the action dragging his long black coat back too, revealing the athletic physique that his dark shirt failed to hide.



Shannon stepped backwards into the safety of her house.



Rafe frowned.



She could almost hear what he was thinking, could read it in his eyes. She didn’t care if he thought she was rude because she had never invited him into her home. She had neglected to do so for good reason. It was handy at times like these when he was making her heart jitter and pulse race.



She was not going to kiss him.



There were a million reasons why, but she settled on the safety aspect because her heart couldn’t overrule that one.



If she abided by tradition and kissed him, she would be placing herself firmly within his grasp, and that was a place she didn’t want to be. What would start as a harmless festive kiss would end as a bloodbath with his fangs in her throat. Just the thought of it happening shook her deep inside, dredging up memories best left forgotten and pain she had fought to erase. She would never let anything like that happen again.



Never.



Rafe continued to stare, his dark gaze cool but demanding.



Sometimes, Shannon wished the agency hadn’t paired them together. She had never wanted to work with one of nature’s freaks. She just wanted to kill them and get revenge for what they had done to her and her family.



“Never going to happen.” Shannon pushed past him, slammed the door behind her, and locked it. She didn’t break her stride. Before he could respond, she was at the end of her garden path and walking towards the centre of town.



She didn’t hear him move. One moment he wasn’t there, and the next he was keeping pace beside her.  Her heart leapt at his sudden appearance.



“I told you not to do that.” She drew her hand away from her back pocket. It had jumped to the stake on instinct. One of these days, he was going to surprise her and she was going to give him a nasty surprise of her own.



“No need for that.” He appeared on the other side of her, his hand slipping over hers and easing it away from the stake. He smiled at her, his cool fingers lingering against hers. “There is a no staking your partner policy at the agency, remember?”



Shannon snatched her hand back and wished she didn’t remember. It was the only thing stopping her from killing him. A quiet voice at the back of her mind whispered that it wasn’t the only reason she couldn’t bring herself to stake him. She shooed it away.



“So, where are we heading?” Rafe’s deep voice swept around her, bathing her in warmth she tried to deny, and she kept her gaze fixed ahead. If she pretended he wasn’t there, she might just make it through the next few hours, and then she was home free. It was one last mission.



For some reason, that caused a dull ache to settle inside her.



She had thought she would be happy. She should be happy. No more working with the enemy. They were reassigning her to warmer climes and a partner-free role. She had proven herself worthy of working alone, just as she had wanted from the start of her career with the agency, and she was finally getting that wish.



So why wasn’t she happy?



“Town,” Shannon said distractedly, frowning at the pavement and trying to piece together an answer to her own question. There had to be a reason and it couldn’t be the vampire walking beside her. She had grown used to him. That’s all it was. He had become a sort of friend. The only person she actually spoke to apart from her handler and a few people at the agency, and she had never told them a thing about herself. She had never talked them, not as she had to Rafe. Shannon cursed herself. She should have kept her distance and not gotten involved, just as she had planned, but two years was too long to work with someone without saying anything to them.



Rafe had slipped in unnoticed, had passed the first of her defences and somehow got her talking one night, and since then, she couldn’t stop her mouth sometimes. Sometimes it all became too much and she had to speak to someone, and he was always there, willing to listen to her silly troubles and doubts about her ability to hunt, her skill, and her future with the agency.



And he always reassured her, and made her feel better.



“Anywhere particular in town?” Rafe said and her attention snapped back to him. She stared up at him, still half lost in her thoughts, and found herself looking straight into his eyes. Windows to the soul. Rafe’s hid nothing from her. They betrayed everything that he was feeling, and sometimes it frightened her.



Not when he was showing his vampire side. His pale eyes didn’t scare her or the malice that she saw in them, the hunger for violence and bloodshed. It was this side of him that scared her. The gentle side. The one who looked at her with warmth and undeniable affection.



“Are you feeling alright?” He cocked his head to one side, his gaze holding hers, sparkling with tender concern.



Shannon forced her eyes down to the pavement and studied the cracks as she walked, unable to bring her voice above a whisper.



“I’m fine.”



There was a long pause, full of expectation and unspoken things.



Sometimes, when this feeling washed over her, she had a sense that he wanted to say something to her. He never had though, and she often found herself wondering what it was he couldn’t put a voice to.



“So, where are we going? Into town, or beyond town... perhaps you called me all the way out here on a freezing cold night just to make me go gift shopping with you. If that is the case, I have to say it is in poor taste, as I am a vampire... I do not celebrate Christmas as you do.”



“I don’t.” Shannon wished she could take those two words back. They were going to cause questions that she didn’t want to answer. She glanced at Rafe, briefly making eye contact, and then looked away to her right, her gaze eating the streetlamp lit grass and shrubs that she walked past. He sighed but said nothing. She waited a moment longer, afraid that he might just be building up to it, and then released the breath she had been holding. “The report states that there was a demon sighting in the local cemetery just outside the town centre.”



“Cemetery?” Rafe sounded positively disgusted.



She glanced at him again. He looked it too. He seemed to take it as a personal affront whenever they had to hunt demons in places like old churches, cemeteries and disused factories.



“Some demons have no taste.”



Shannon smiled. “Speak for yourself.”



He frowned at her but it didn’t stick. It melted into a smile that threatened to steal her breath and she averted her gaze again. What was she doing? Her heart skittered about in her throat and she knew he would be listening to it, and he would know that he was affecting her. She could do this.



It was just one more mission.



And then she would be able to escape these feelings.



She was not going to fall for him.



He was a vampire. She was a hunter.



Her gaze snuck back to him, studying his noble profile, and her heart thudded hard against her chest.



There was no love more forbidden than this.





I hope you’ve all enjoyed this introduction to Vampire for Christmas, and my thoughts on the holiday season. If you’d like to learn more about the book, the offers I have on this holiday season, or myself, then read on...



Vampire for Christmas




It was one last mission. Shannon, a demon hunter with the agency, is looking forward to leaving behind the small town and the vampire she’s been stuck with for the past two years. Things are getting complicated fast and she wants out. A fresh start, free of her vampire partner, awaits her if she can survive their final mission and the lonely Christmas holidays.

It was one last mission. Rafe, a vampire doing time with the agency, watches it approach with dread weighing heavily in his stomach. Two years of working with Shannon has been difficult, especially since he started falling for her, but he doesn’t want their partnership to end. He has barely a few days to make her face her feelings and stop her from leaving, and he intends to do just that.

When a slimy demon threatens the season of peace and goodwill, it’s the chance Rafe has been waiting for and the moment Shannon secretly fears. Rafe’s determination to prise open her heart and her own resolve to keep it closed clash as violently as they do with the demon, and threatens to end as messily.

Can Rafe make Shannon see that his love for her is real and that she feels something for him too? Can Shannon face her fears and her past, and stop herself from running away from both? Will a wish on a star bring her what her heart truly desires—a vampire for Christmas?


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