Sunday, January 12, 2020

WeWriWa: This Kiss, This Kiss . . . MIDNIGHT KISS on SALE!


One question started it all . . . “Have you ever considered writing a vampire romance?” This was back in very, very early 1990 when Anne Rice hit big with her dark antihero and the market was wide open in romance. I was meeting with my Zebra editor (Love you, John S!) at a conference where we were discussing my ongoing historical contract and were looking for other avenues to absorb my prolific output. Vampires? I promised I’d consider it and went up to my room to put my feet up. Vampire . . . romance. My horror movie dark side sunk its teeth in and within the hour, I gave him a call back to let him know I had an outline for a three-book series. Silence. Then a stunned request that I send it to him. It was in the mail before he got on the plane. MIDNIGHT KISS was the first in that trio (finally expanding to 8), historically set in Regency London, MIDNIGHT TEMPTATION in post-revolution France and MIDNIGHT SURRENDER in Turn of the Century New York, following Louis Radman and his undead family as they try to evade sworn enemies and find a way to exist in a changing world. Here’s an excerpt from MIDNIGHT KISS . . . 

It was dangerous folly for him to hold her, yet he couldn’t resist. So warm and sweet, so filled with pulsing life, she nestled into him like a trusting kitten, shivering weakly, clinging with surprising strength. 

He lowered his face into the untidy spill of her dark hair, nuzzling those glossy tresses, nudging without real purpose until he found himself at her vulnerably bared throat. He pressed his mouth against it, feeling the beat of life beckoning seductively until his eyes rolled and drifted shut and his hunger rose, cleverly disguised as pas­sion.

A week, a long, torturous week since he’d last drawn nourishment. His insides burned with a glassy fire, that searing heat, gnawing for want of satisfaction. And the cure was here, offered so sweetly.

The need was too strong, too immediate. The mon­ster within roared to life, an exquisite pain shooting through his gums, lancing all the way up to his cheekbones as the changes began that would allow him to sate a hunger so fierce it was like madness. There was no hope of halting it until Arabella sighed, blissfully unaware of her precarious situation, her hand touching shyly to the back of his head, stroking gently through his hair and re­markably, inexplicably, the beast in him was tamed in an instant.


I still love this book, though it may seem dated by today’s PNR market (I’m unapologetically dated, too, tho still pretty hip for an old gal!! That hasn’t been replaced – yet.). It opened a new otherworld of options for me writing under my own name, leading to my current shapeshifter series that I’m elbow deep in second round edits bringing it to a conclusion.


   

MIDNIGHT KISS is currently on sale for just $0.99. Hope you’ll be tempted to take a look, and that it will entice you enough to continue through the series into modern day. And it all started with a kiss. 


I’m at a four-day Writing Weekend with two of my critique partners. Four days of writing . . . sigh. And an ulterior purpose – discussing a potential vacay to Ireland. Hmmm, I wonder if those kind of books are popular? 

Happy Weekend, fellow Warriors. I’ll be on the road but promise to visit all of you. I’ve been remiss lately due to the holidays. And, as always, Happy Writing!!


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18 comments:

  1. A snippet certainly filled with wonderful tension and conflict! Sounds like a great series! (I think I will be tempted to grab this one!) Great snippet, Nancy!

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  2. Great description in this snippet! I can really sense his struggle.

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  3. So love has conquered even a vampire's bloodlust? Interesting.

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    1. It conquers all where romance is concerned. (At least, that's the rumor!).

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  4. It's always fun to see what comes of being given a writing challenge or a prompt! Not bad to end up with a series and all that came in its wake...a very vampire-y excerpt, well done.

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    1. I LOVE to plot almost more than I love to write. Probably because it doesn't take as long to complete!

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  5. Love the tension in this, and his internal conflict - the last sentence says a great deal about his relationship with her.

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    1. The relationship he's trying to avoid having with her . . .

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  6. Hope you have a great writing retreat. And a vacation to Ireland sounds great.

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    1. It was wonderful! Airline tickets purchased. I'm committed now!

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  7. That conflict--oh, the agony--is just perfect!

    I love when you reminisce, by the way. :-)

    Glad the retreat was fun. Enjoy Ireland!

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  8. I am jealous of your writing getaway! My writing group has been planning to do one again but the logistics haven't been in our favour.

    I have to admit I'm not a big fan of vampires but I loved the excerpt. The writing style really suits the time period and it flows beautifully.

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  9. Very nice. Love the addition of pain in the transformation. Thought for sure that he was going to feed.

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  10. Nice snippet! I enjoy writing about vampires. Unfortunately, they've kind of been done to death. I'm always looking for some sort of twist when I write about them. I like the fact that the beast was tamed by his feelings for his potential prey.

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