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Category Archives: Heart of Darkness
Today’s tease comes from the book Heart of Darkness, which is one of my stand alone vampire romance novels, and another of my favourite books. Read on for this Tuesday’s tease… where Aleksandr, the vampire hero, returns to the heroine, Elise, after a dangerous battle against a vampire hunter…
When she moved back a step, Aleksandr was looking up at her, his grey eyes brighter now and full of awareness. She smiled at him, wanting to alleviate the strain in his eyes, and resisted her desire to stroke his cheek.
â€œYou will be well with rest.â€ She looked towards the dark blue pillows. â€œCome.â€
She took hold of his left arm and helped him lie down. His gaze remained on her as she removed his boots and placed them at the foot of his bed. The medical supplies would come soon and she didnâ€™t want Aleksandr conscious when she tended to him. It was better that he slept through it.
Elise swallowed her trembling heart and looked at her wrist.
She had to give Aleksandr the deep healing sleep he needed, and there was only one way of doing it.
It would cross a line though, and would establish something between them that she feared. No one had ever bitten her, so she had never practiced how to block her feelings and memories from those who were taking her blood. She was afraid of what Aleksandr might see. She knew the technique to use to block him and to send him to sleep rather than rousing his lust as sharing her blood with him usually would, but she wasnâ€™t sure whether it would work, and if it did, whether she could hold it long enough.
Elise removed her black coat and uniform jacket, and placed them down on the foot of the bed. She sat beside him, conscious of his gaze on her, and rolled up her white shirtsleeves. She offered her right wrist to him. His eyes widened at it and then he frowned at her.
â€œTake it,â€ she whispered, silently begging him to do it soon before she lost her nerve. Allowing him to bite her was dangerous, especially when he needed blood to heal. Even a small amount would weaken her. If she couldnâ€™t stop him from feeding, he could kill her. It was that thrill of dancing with death that had many addicted to sharing blood, and to the drinker it was the dizzying rush of lust. It had never fascinated her as it did so many others, but with Aleksandr, she could see the strange sort of appeal it had. She wanted to feel his fangs in her, even when this was only about healing him and nothing to do with finding pleasure. â€œYou must feed to heal and I will send you into a deep sleep. I will give you the rest you need.â€
It’s time for Snippet Saturday! Each week has a theme or is author’s choice. This week the theme is Smooth Operator – Hero with moves.
This week my snippet comes from one of my stand alone vampire romance novels, Heart of Darkness. It’s a bit of a big one today but that’s because I wanted to capture enough of the story to set the scene too, and Aleksandr deserves a nice long excerpt to show just how determined he is to make Elise see beyond his rank of prince and the rumours about him, to the vampire he is beneath.
Elise cursed the name of Aleksandr Nemov for the hundredth time that night, and it was barely two hours after sundown. It transpired that he had only danced with her at the ball. Now everywhere she went the ladies of the house whispered and glared at her. Even the guards were merciless in their teasing. She had gone to see Andrej to find some comfort but he had been so caustic that she had immediately left.
She hurried across the landscaped garden to the grey two storey square building at the back of the estate that acted as the garrison. It was past time to report in for duty. Hopefully, Commander Piotr would forgive her this small fault in exchange for the fact that she had followed his orders and ruined her life by dancing with Aleksandr Nemov.
Elise strode through the building, her focus so fixed on thinking of a way to gain a solo mission so she could patrol the city in glorious solitude and keeping her head down to avoid the snide taunts of her comrades that she didnâ€™t notice the danger until it was too late.
The moment she saw Aleksandr, she turned and tried to escape her commanderâ€™s office.
â€œElise,â€ Commander Piotr said and she froze, cursing Aleksandr again.
â€œReporting for duty, Sir.â€ Elise saluted her commander and then Ladislav where he sat perched on the end of her commanderâ€™s oak desk dressed in a long black winter coat and pinstripe suit. She ignored Aleksandr.
â€œYou are to show me the city tonight.â€
Her gaze shot to Aleksandr. He smiled at her, all charm and sweetness.
It’s time for Snippet Saturday! Each week has a theme or is author’s choice. This week the theme is Author’s Choice.
For my snippet this week, I decided to choose a scene from my vampire romance book, Heart of Darkness, which features one of my favourite heroes, Aleksandr, a vampire prince on a mission of vengeance against hunters.
Aleksandr ran his thumb along her jaw and looked deep into her eyes.
â€œSeeing you in danger… I have never felt such fear… and then hearing you say that you desired to hunt, that you would place your mouth on another man and take his blood into you, drove me insane with a need to kill.â€
Elise was silent. She wasnâ€™t sure what she could say.
Her eyes slowly widened when he undid the buttons of his coat and removed it, dropping it down on the dry ground at their feet, and then unbuttoned his white shirt.
He bore his throat to her, tilting his chin up, and the sight of it sent hunger crashing through her.
It was unmarked. She had never noticed it before but now she couldnâ€™t fail to. His pulse beat slowly but strongly, each minute marked by a tick just below the curve of his jaw that enticed her into biting him. She counted five before she found the strength to tear her eyes away and look into his again.
â€œI have fed well recently,â€ he whispered, keeping his chin up. â€œTake my blood.â€
Elise wasnâ€™t sure how to respond. He was still healing and needed the strength his blood gave him. She couldnâ€™t take it and weaken him. Even though sense told her to refuse him, the larger part of her begged her to taste him, to sink her fangs into his throat and feel the thrill of his blood in her veins.
Today’s tease comes from the book Heart of Darkness, which is a stand alone vampire romance novel, and a book that features one of my favourite heroes, the vampire prince Aleksandr. I’ve shared a tease from this book before, and now I’m going to share one of my favourite moments in the book… and if Aleksandr doesn’t melt you, I don’t know who can!
Sensual Sunday is brought to you today by Heart of Darkness, which is a stand alone vampire romance novel, and a book that features one of my favourite heroes, the vampire prince Aleksandr. Sensual Sunday’s always feature a hot excerpt from one of my paranormal romance books. Read on for this Sunday’s sensual snippet…
It’s time for Snippet Saturday! Each week has a theme or is author’s choice. This week the theme is I Need A Hero.
This week my snippet comes from Heart of Darkness, which a stand alone vampire romance novel, and one of my favourite stories.
I don’t seem to be able to get my snippets to short scenes this month. It’s another long one and a scene I really like in the book. Aleksandr, a vampire prince and a skilled hunter on a mission of vengeance, has tracked his prey to Prague, where he meets a beautiful female vampire guard, Elise, and begins a different sort of hunt, one for her. Elise isn’t interested in becoming another of Aleksandr’s legendary conquests but whenever they’re alone together, she finds it hard to deny her attraction to him…
Today’s tease comes from the book Heart of Darkness, which is a stand alone vampire romance novel, and a book that features one of my favourite heroes, the vampire prince Aleksandr.
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I’m really excited to announce that my stand alone vampire romance novel, Heart of Darkness, has been chosen as a finalist in the Paranormal Romance category at the EPIC Ebook Awards 2013! I’m totally thrilled about this as I have a soft spot for Heart of Darkness and the rakish yet damaged hero Aleksandr. I won’t know until next year whether the book has won the category, but I’m just excited that it was selected as a finalist.
If you haven’t read the book yet, then here’s a little excerpt from it and the blurb so you can see what it’s all about… you can also download an extended excerpt from the book in PDF format: http://www.felicityheaton.com/long-excerpts/heartofdarkness-heatonF.pdf
Heart of Darkness
A vampire prince on a four hundred year old mission to avenge his murdered sister…
Aleksandr Nemov wonâ€™t stop until the last of the vampire hunterâ€™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. Itâ€™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 bloodlineâ€™s mansion. She knows all about Aleksandr but none of it prepares her for how she feels when the legendary princeâ€™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?
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Sensual Saturday is brought to you today by Heart of Darkness, one of my stand alone vampire romance novels which is currently a finalist in the paranormal romance category of the EPIC Ebook Awards 2013. Sensual Saturday’s always feature a hot excerpt from one of my paranormal romance books. Read on for this Saturday’s sensual snippet… it’s a bit of a long one today… less of a snippet, more of a chapter!