We're gettin' a little giveaway crazy this week! VampChix has another great book to offer our readers, this time AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, new out in bookstores just last week, as offered by her publisher to one lucky commenter.
More than two decades strong, the Saint-Germain cycle is one of the most compelling works of dark fantasy and horror of our age. Historically accurate, often involving key events or figures from throughout world history, these deeply emotional novels have a devoted readership. Each novel is written as a stand-alone and they are not chronologically consecutive, so readers may enter the saga with any book and move backward or forward in time as they choose, from Pharaonic Egypt to Paris in the 1700s, from the fall of the Roman Empire to World War II Europe.
In An Embarrassment of Riches, the vampire Count finds himself a virtual prisoner in the Court of Kunigunde in Bohemia in the 1200s. Rakoczy Ferncsi, as Saint-Germain is known, passes his days making jewels to delight Queen Kunigunde and trying not to become involved in the Court's intrigues. In this, the vampire fails. Handsome, apparently wealthy, and obviously unmarried, he soon finds himself being sexually blackmailed by Rozsa, an ambitious lady-in-waiting. If he does not satisfy her, she will denounce him to the priests and he'll be burned at the stake, resulting in his True Death. Despite his care, the vampire makes more than one enemy at the Bohemian Court, and by the end of An Embarrassment of Riches, the Count can see only one road to freedom...through death.
To enter, comment on your favorite time period to read about, and why. Do you prefer historical or contemporary vampire novels? [Winners for all contests this week will be announced on Saturday; still time to enter Kerrelyn Sparks' and the Christine Feehan giveaways, as well, by commenting on those days.]