Professor James opens his Welshire Coven vault and presents the earliest manuscript from the fantastical archive, but the 13th century was not a happy time for scorned vampire mistress Ann. She leaves the then young Vampire Family and its cheating patriarch Antonio Welshire behind to travel across Britain in search of, well, she doesn’t know what. Desire? Belonging? When Ann encounters a handsome and wayward Viking named Eric, however, her dead heart is rekindled. Can Ann accept her true vampiric nature or will her dark desires conflict with her Nordic lover and their high seas adventure?
This man was handsome. He was worn in the face from battle, yes, but fair, with no blood upon his cropped beard. Ruthless and careful in his skill he was, surely, but nonetheless sexual and charming. Why had he killed his own warrior? This was no small question, but it was somehow trivial to me. For the first time in a great while, I was thinking as a woman, not a vampire, and I wanted this strong man to know me as such. As my blood desires faded, I felt my eyes calm and my fangs dull. The warrior noticed these changes with a smile, for he was no more afraid of me than I was of him.
“You are not like the women of this realm, are you?” His speech was softer than his brutish companion, more distinct and learned, but firm.
“No.” I held my tone in his air. Antonio had no room for me. I was not his wife. This strange man, however, in his foreign armor from his embellished ship—I knew he was my equal.
“Are you of the old ways? A witch as some say inhabits this land?” His eyes were upon me, as if he knew the answers to what he asked.
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Kristin Battestella writes for her hometown newspaper The Cumberland County Reminder in New Jersey and has been writing non fiction, speculative fiction, dark fantasy, paranormal, and horror for fifteen years. She enjoys being at home with her family, collecting records, and creating web pages in her spare time. Along with numerous sports articles, online reviews (Her review of the film 300 earned 11,000 hits and crashed the Fire Fox News server!), and fiction work; Kristin's first eBook was published in 2005. She is a member of EPIC, the Friends of the Mount Laurel Library, and has her eyes set on joining the Online Film Critics Society. Kristin's first full-length work The Vampire Family has been re-released with Eternal Press; and in addition to numerous reviews, interviews, chats, and blog appearances, Kristin recently attended the Philadelphia and Collingswood Book Festivals.
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