Happy Hump Day! Today I share an excerpt from Heart of the Vampire (A Redcliffe Novel) as we prepare to enter the spookiest season of the year.
Samhain is fast approaching in Redcliffe, Cornwall, and Jessica Stone must learn about control, power, and the love that she truly feels for her vampire boyfriend and his brother.
“Jessica,” Simon said in a low voice, “What is wrong?”
He glanced to his left, following my gaze, and Danny did the same. Both men clearly saw nothing and returned their attention to me. I watched as Sally stood straight and looked at me with a small smile. She was clearly not solid, but I could recognise her features, the same long blonde hair that she wore in a high ponytail, her pale skin that she would accentuate with fake tanning lotion, and her bright blue eyes that had been both gentle and dangerous when she was alive. And she knew that I could see her.
I staggered back, almost falling onto the sofa, and Simon leaped forward to steady me. I held out my hand to stop him, not wanting to be weak, and I managed to keep my composure, but in the split second that I turned my attention to Simon, the vision of Sally disappeared. She never spoke. She simply vanished.
“Jessica?” Simon said again, hovering uncertainly nearby, “What did you see?”
I swallowed and looked from him to Danny, and then back to the empty space behind the desk. Danny was frowning and looking to his left, rubbing his arm as though he had an itch.
“Didn’t you see her?” I asked.
Both men shook their heads, but Danny’s expression turned from puzzled to knowing as he realised what I must have seen.
“Sally,” he said in a flat voice.
Simon’s head jerked round as he stared at his master in surprise.
“Yes,” I whispered, “I think I just saw a ghost.”
The Redcliffe novels series follow the adventures of bookshop owner Jessica Stone as she meets a man and falls in love, only to discover the hidden werewolf secrets of her close friends. That includes Simon Bunce, manager of the Ship Inn, who turns out to be lieutenant to the Redcliffe werewolf pack, and lover to the wolf alpha Danny Mason. He fights to protect his master from the ethereal animal familiar who threatens to claim their pack. Who knew the Cornish coast could be so deadly?
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