A Vampire Valentine?
Ahh Valentine’s Day. A time when bunches of fragrant flowers flourish everywhere the eyes turn and greeting card aisles fill with mortified men who look longingly at the “funny” cards even as they reach for the “mushy” ones. Tiny pastel colored candies boast cutesy phrases like “I ♥ you” and, for me, bring back childhood memories of painstakingly constructing Valentines using construction paper, crayons and glue. Popular treats that normally aren’t pink or red suddenly become so. As I watch men congregate around chocolate candy displays to ponder whether they should buy the rectangular box with the big red bow or the heart-shaped one, I can’t help but wonder how the immortals in my new Immortal Guardians series might approach the holiday.
The vampires in my series certainly wouldn’t celebrate it. The virus that infects them and lends them their vampiric qualities -- increased strength, speed and accelerated healing -- damages their brains and rapidly drives them mad. So the most they would do is take advantage of couples’ distraction on the holiday and prey upon them. Immortals are infected with the same virus, but possess advanced DNA that mutates it and protects them from the virus’s more corrosive aspects. Nevertheless, most would ignore Valentine’s Day as they tend to eschew immortal/human relationships. (Such never end well.) So they would probably spend the night as they usually do: hunting vampires.
A year ago Roland Warbrook, the immortal hero of Darkness Dawns -- the first book in the Immortal Guardians series -- would have sneered at Valentine’s Day. And he, too, would have spent the night hunting. Having twice been brutally betrayed by women he loved, nearly losing his life both times, he hasn’t pursued a romantic relationship in centuries. Then Sarah Bingham plows into his life, rescues him from vampires and minions bent on his destruction and . . . everything changes. Suddenly he’s laughing again. Teasing and being teased. Battling an insatiable curiosity about her coupled with a fierce desire as he succumbs to that elusive emotion love.
Now Roland is seriously rusty when it comes to interpersonal relationships of any kind. But he has two things going for him: his desire to keep Sarah safe and his desire to please her. So I suspect Roland would spend weeks puzzling over what he should do to make her Valentine’s Day a special one.
He’s an excellent cook, so a candlelit dinner would be first on the list, boasting all of her favorite foods in warrior-sized quantities. A box of her favorite organic chocolates would follow. Because Sarah is a plant lover, Roland would forgo the dozen roses and instead present her with a dozen rose bushes or, better yet, exotic flowering plants he spent months coaxing from seed. He might even sheepishly offer her a greeting card it took him hours to choose . . . a radical change from previous Valentine’s Days and one his fellow immortals wouldn’t believe even if they witnessed it firsthand, considering his irascible reputation. Roland is, after all, most often described as antisocial.
If you’d like to see how Roland and Sarah meet, an excerpt is available on my website: http://www.DianneDuvall.com
Darkness Dawns Blurb
In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts . . . where passion can last forever, if you're willing to pay the price . . .
Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control . . .
In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible -- when it mean forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect.
Question: What paranormal romance hero would you most like to see attempt to woo his heroine on Valentine’s Day?
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