Please welcome my special guest blogger, the terrific Tea Trelawny! Take it away, Tea!
Did you ever wonder what vampires do when they’re not imbibing their favorite beverage or sleeping the day away? If ‘real’ vampires are anything like the ones in the books we read, they do just about anything they like. If you’re a regular reader on this site, then you know that Suzan Harden’s sexy vampire hero Duncan St. James is suspected to be a mobster in her book Zombie Love (Bloodlines). In Kerrelyn Spark’s Love at Stake series, the vampires pursue many occupations from security specialists to genetic scientists and television stars. Robin Badillo’s heroine Raven Prince in her Blood Hunter series is unemployed as she runs from vampire hunters in the series opener.
In my new Moon Racers erotic romance series, the vampires race motorcycles in between seductions. The first book, Start Your Engines, features Rory Shaw, a young man turned into a vampire as he was dying from injuries sustained in a terrible motorcycle crash. Horrified when he nearly kills the first woman upon whom he feeds, he allows his lover Cherry Lee to believe that he did die in the crash. But Cherry discovers he’s alive and she is determined to win back her man. Fearing he will accidentally kill her, Rory tries to resist her advances. But Cherry uses her erotic charms to seduce him and help him learn to trust himself, even as other vampires in the series may not be such honorable characters.
Detectives, doctors, deep sea divers…today’s vampire heroes and heroines can be just about anything they want. But no matter how ‘regular’ they are, in romance novels, vampires remain seductive and attractive. They intrigue our imaginations and help us, as readers, to feel a little less regular ourselves.
Start Your Engines, Book One of the Moon Racers, the erotic vampire series by Téa Trelawny
Rory caught her wrist before she could hit him again. In spite of how much he wanted her at that moment, he gave her a shake—gently, mindful of his increased strength. One wrong jerk and he’d snap her delicate bones.
Still holding her wrist, he leaned close to her and said, “Calm down, Cherry.”
“I will not calm down.” She tried to pull her arm free. “I want answers.”
A shadow fell over Rory’s face.
“Perhaps I can be of assistance.”
Rory looked up. Damon stood barely two feet away, watching Cherry with that look of hunger in his eyes once more.
Whispers swirled through Rory’s mind. He had lowered his guard and the inner thoughts of others were sweeping into his head. His gaze shifted and he saw that they had drawn a crowd of onlookers.
He pulled Cherry close to his side as he faced Damon. “I think you helped plenty seven months ago.”
Damon’s lips curled upward, parting just enough to reveal his incisors. His canines remained hidden. But not for long, Rory feared. He pulled Cherry closer.
“I just thought Cherry might want to hear the truth,” Damon said, folding his arms over his chest.
“I’ll be the one to explain the truth to her.”
Rory felt her shudder. Like other humans, she could sense something was wrong with Damon…and with him. But she didn’t want to accept what her primitive instincts were telling her.
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Suzan's Note: Since Tea and I are critique partners, I got to read Start Your Engines before anyone else. This is one hot story, and I'm already nagging Tea to finish the tale of Rory's cousin Cameron.