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Cover Copyright ©2013
Trace Edward Zaber
Passion In The Blood
by Margaret L. Carter
ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-421-2 (Electronic)
ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-877-7 (Paperback)
Twin sisters Cordelia and Miranda know nothing about the mother who abandoned them soon after their birth. When their father dies and Miranda insists on tracking down their mother, the sisters discover the dark heritage in their bloodline. Their mother is a vampire, and from her they have inherited certain psychic powers. When Miranda disappears, Cordelia has to seek help from Karl, an old family friend. Unknown to her, Karl, a vampire, has been watching over her family for generations. He loved a distant ancestor of theirs, and Cordelia bears a compelling resemblance to his lost love.
A would-be vampire slayer has kidnapped Miranda to strike at Karl through the family he has vowed to protect. At the same time, their mother’s brother, who scorns humanity as an inferior species, has his own agenda for his half-human, half-vampire nieces. Karl and Cordelia must join forces to save her sister. In the process, they form a blood bond that leads to deeper intimacy than either one expected. Cordelia struggles with both her dawning love for Karl and the exhilaration and terror of embracing her inhuman side.
Dark Fantasy / Vampire / Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel (42k words / 120 paperback pages)
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...As soon as Karl strolled into the foyer with Thor beside him, he picked up Cordelia’s scent. Smoothing his rain-dampened hair with one hand, he paused to consider his next move.
What was she doing here? How had she gotten in? A moment’s thought answered that question. She must have used the spare key he’d left with Gary Torrance and not bothered to retrieve after the professor’s death. It had never occurred to Karl that either of his old friend’s daughters would have any motive to trespass on his property. Examining his own reaction, he was surprised to realize he felt worse than annoyed. Her betrayal of trust hurt. He shook his head with a rueful smile. He must have spent too many years associating with ephemerals if he could succumb to such a human emotion.
How had she made it past the dog? Rubbing the Great Dane’s ears, Karl whispered, “What’s wrong with you? Falling down on the job?” Thor knew Cordelia too well to attack her, but he should have put up a convincingly scary show of barking.
Karl bared his teeth in exasperation. This outrage made the second home invasion inflicted on him in the past two weeks. The other intruder had disabled Thor with a tranquilizer dart. Luckily, the dog hadn’t suffered any lasting harm. Karl wondered whether he should get an alarm system installed after all. No, his reason for doing without one remained valid. An alarm would summon police, who would violate his privacy and might endanger his secret. Damn it, he’d picked this neighborhood, in the less densely developed southern part of the county, for its tranquil reputation.
He heard Cordelia moving around in the office. She probably thought she was being stealthy. In a barely audible murmur, he ordered the dog to lie down. He then glided to the closed door.
Her honey and vanilla scent, with floral undertones from her soap and bath powder, filtered through the door and insinuated itself into his brain. He couldn’t help parting his lips to taste her on the air. His mouth watered. Ever since she’d blossomed into womanhood, he’d thirsted to sip her nectar. Rationing his contacts with her hadn’t weakened the craving. During her father’s lifetime, he’d kept his hands off her out of respect for the professor. Counting an ephemeral as a friend wouldn’t allow him to treat the man’s daughter as prey or pet. Now that her father was gone, Karl’s other motive for holding her at arm’s length hadn’t changed. He didn’t want her to become overly curious about his peculiarities. Too soon, he would have to increase his apparent age or withdraw from her life altogether.
The prospect upset him more than he liked to admit. All the more reason to fight the attraction. She appealed to him a little too much for his peace of mind. Never again would he take the risk of intimacy with a human female.
When he opened the office door, her heartbeat pounded in his ears. Along with her shallow, fast breathing, the sound made his own heart race in anticipation. She stood next to the window, trying to use the drapes for camouflage like a rabbit freezing under the gaze of a fox. The enticingly rosy glow of her aura dimmed with fear. She faded into shadow...
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