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Is it too late for vampires?

Hi all.

Stella isn't the only one who has missed the odd post. And I know this is a bit late, but hopefully it'll make it out to all in time.

It's hard to believe it's already the end of November...and even harder to think that just a year ago I was celebrating my first month as a published author. In that short period, I've released eleven books, my latest appearing just a couple of weeks ago. I still can't believe it. I look back and it feels as if I've always been here, yet I know how truly lucky I am. I've had some fabulous editors and some great companies to work with. And that's what makes this coming holiday season even better. I get to be thankful for all the new people that have come into my life.

As December looms and we all get ready for a new year, I'd like to take a moment and chat about my latest release with TEB...the second book in my vampire series—Twice Bitten. It seems fitting that my last release with TEB in 2010 is the next in line to the first book I released with them in 2009—Sacred Talisman. Both of these books are very special to me as they are my vision of vampires. And who doesn't love a sexy vamp?

Now for me, vampires are old school. They have no reflections, they burn in sunlight and above all, they are the epitome of desire. Brooding and dark, they offer their counterparts everything they secretly desire, but never thought they could have. They are the perfect mix of good and evil, and my two new leading men are no exceptions. Here's the blurb...

Twice bitten…once saved.

Despising the sight of blood isn’t a desirable quality for a vampire, never mind an Enforcer, a vampire sworn to protect a sacred talisman from those seeking its power. Couple that with a twin brother who can feel and taste your every sensation and immortality feels more like a curse. Too bad Gabe and Mathias’ troubles have just begun.

When the guardian of their talisman literally falls into their lap, they discover the draw of the pendant goes much deeper than just their pledge. It rekindles their sexual desires, and they’ll use all their vampire tricks to lure Ripley into their bed, and into their withered hearts.

But when Ripley discovers the truth, her life and the fate of the talisman are put to the test. Can the men earn back her trust or will this sunset be their last?

A quick excerpt for you....

“Congratulations, Mathias. I think you got her.”

Mathias scowled at his brother as he morphed back into his human form, kneeling beside the woman crumpled on the floor. “She surprised me. I only grabbed at her to stop her from getting hurt.”

“You might want to work on your technique.”

Mathias shook his head, brushing a handful of auburn hair back from the woman’s face. He didn’t need to check for a pulse. He could sense her blood beating just below the surface of her honey-coloured skin, the rhythm erratic, but strong. “What the hell is she doing here? I thought Sirus said no one used this room anymore.”

“Just another reason we can’t trust the man.” Gabe dug through her purse, holding up a set of keys. “She had a key.”

“Now what?”

“We either leave her on the floor, or do the more noble gesture and lay her across the couch.” Gabe knelt down beside him. “You know how I feel about a damsel in distress.”

Mathias smiled. They’d been vampires for five centuries, yet Gabe still saw himself as the gallant knight. Hell, Mathias wouldn’t be surprised if the pretty little damsel had a black belt in karate with more moves than the dancers upstairs.

He nodded, lifting her limp body off the worn carpet before shifting over to the couch. Her hair fell in a puddle on the dark leather as he laid her across the cushions, her head still bowed towards her chest. He squinted when Gabe flicked on the lights, bathing the room in a harsh glow.

“I know. We don’t need the light, but I doubt our little pixie is going to want to wake up still encased in shadows.” A sly smile tilted Gabe’s lips. “I think you scared ten years off the poor girl.”

“You didn’t help by slamming the door shut with your face all fanged out.” Mathias blew out a long breath, taking a closer look at the woman.

She was small compared to them, with lush, full lips and a heart-shaped face. Her nose accentuated the perfect symmetry of her features and he couldn’t help but wonder what colour her eyes were. He’d been too preoccupied trying to make sense of her presence to notice, and now all he could see were closed lids brimming with thick, dark lashes.

Mathias traced his fingertip along her cheek. “She’s not wearing any makeup. I thought all women in this century wore that stuff?”

Gabe shrugged, motioning at Mathias to make room as he dipped the couch with his weight. Mathias shuffled back, lifting the woman’s legs across his as Gabe settled at her side. A small tremor moved through his fingers when his hand slipped on her boot, sliding up her calf and across her skin.

He pulled his hand back, looking up at Gabe. Being twins, they’d always shared a special connection, but their abilities had grown since their resurrection. He knew Gabe had felt the vibration, surely as if the man had been the one to touch her.

“What was that?” Gabe ran a single finger along the girl’s leg until he brushed her flesh.

Another tremor filled the air, prickling the hair on the back of Mathias’ neck. He shook his head, shifting his gaze to the woman’s face when an electrical charge seemed to fill the air.

“Maybe she’s wearing something?”

“This isn’t human, Mathias. Whatever’s going on here is beyond their realm.”

Gabe moved his hand to her jacket, pulling the zipper down an inch at a time, as if he expected something to jump out at him. Mathias followed the slow progression, snagging his lower lip when the bottom popped open, exposing a strip of vivid green.

“I wonder if her eyes match her sweater?”

Mathias turned to Gabe, not sure he’d heard the man correctly. After a century of abstinence, Mathias hadn’t expected the comment. He drew his brow together, shifting his gaze between the vixen on the couch and the gleam glimmering to life in his brother’s eyes. “I guess that means you feel it too.”

“I don’t feel anything. I was just noting how green her sweater was.”

“No, you were wondering what shade her eyes were, which is totally different.” Mathias sat back, cocking his head over to one side. “Go ahead and lie to yourself. I can sense the truth. You’re as affected by this… this…pixie, as you called her, as much as I am.”

Mathias reached down and grazed a hand across his cock, feeling the damn thing stir to life. He closed his eyes, feeling his brother’s confusion mix with his. How many times had they taken a woman into their bed only to leave in frustration?

“Something’s wrong.” Gabe glanced at the door. “Maybe Alexander is behind this.”

“He left too close to sunrise. And I doubt even fifty-proof sunscreen would keep his cold-hearted ass alive.”

“Not funny. Maybe we should…”

Gabe’s voice trailed off as a faint flicker of blue flashed beneath the green fabric, sending a cold wave through the air. Mathias reached for the source just as Gabe pulled her coat open, revealing the deep V of her shirt and the soft creamy swell of her breasts. More blood surged to Mathias’ shaft as he trailed his fingers up her stomach, stopping below the sensual hollow between her breasts. His brother’s fingers joined his as they dipped into her shirt, skimming over a smooth vial of glass.

Mathias’ mouth gaped open, his fangs at the ready, when the room exploded into a pulse of blue light. Power surged through his body, knocking him across the couch. He hit the armrest and shuddered to a halt, wincing when Gabe crashed against the far wall. Mathias levered up, watching the tiny pendant fade from a brilliant blue into a deep sapphire, before finally winking out. He clenched his jaw, his gaze falling to his brother.

Gabe pushed to his feet, bracing some of his weight against the wall as he stared back, his brown hair wild around his face.

“Bloody hell,” said Mathias.

Gabe nodded. “If not now, it soon will be.”

I've also been fortunate enough to have had Night Owl Romance review my book. I received a rave review for Sacred Talisman from them the day Twice Bitten released and the reviewer was kind enough to offer to read Twice Bitten for me. Here's what NOR had to say...

Kris Norris follows up with a fantastic second installment to her Dark Prophecy Series as we meet Enforcers Gabe and Mathias. These twin brothers are more different than alike yet they are connected through their immortal bond. Mathias is a fun-loving almost impish, yet sexy and sensual hero who balances his brother Gabe's dark and brooding appeal. They complement each other and I don't think I would be able to choose between them and Ripley is so lucky she doesn't have to...The sensual scenes were well choreographed and with every touch or caress the reader learns a little more about each of the three major players. It was nice to revisit some of the characters from the first book and I look forward to meeting others in the upcoming adventures and seeing how many more talismans there are and how many other sexy vampires have been created to protect them.

I couldn't be more thrilled with how my first year as a published author has gone. I've had some great reviews and even better... I've made some new friends. I wish everyone a happy holiday season. Please take care and I'll see you before the end of the year.

Romancing adventure at a time.


Justine Elyot said...

Happy Christmas, Kris, and congrats on the ace review. I love the idea of a vampire who hates the sight of blood, heh.

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