The Vampire’s Passion by Monica Knightley – Spotlight and Giveaway

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5_22 Cover_THE VAMPIRE'S PASSIONThe enigmatic, ethereally handsome, aristocratic Gabriel Augustine, professor of Nineteenth Century English Literature at St. Giles College in Oxford, England, is a man with many secrets. And it is not his vampiric nature that is his most deeply held secret. Though few know he is vampire, not human, none know the horror that has haunted him throughout his long existence. He has spent centuries attempting to atone for his greatest sin.

Claire Seymour needs to forget her past. She is ready to embark on any journey that will move her away from the pain that has been her constant companion since discovering her fiancé with her best friend. Four weeks at the University of Oxford in a class on her favorite author, Jane Austen, seems like a good place to start.

Neither is prepared for the other.

Enjoy the following excerpts:

The following scene takes place after Claire has happened upon Gabriel while he’s in the middle of committing a heinous act.

“What the hell?” I tried to begin again. “Your mouth, her throat, the, the, oh god, the blood!”

Again in the low, throaty voice he answered, “I was getting sustenance.” His eyes never wavered from mine, even as he answered for the horror I had just witnessed.

“Sustenance,” the word rolled around in my mouth, like I had never heard it before, had no meaning to attach to it. I repeated it, my brows drawn together while I looked into his eyes, “Sustenance”.

“That which nourishes,” Gabriel helped.

“Yes, I know. But I can’t put that word together with what I saw.” I saw the image in my mind again and felt the bile begin to rise once more. I looked down at the hand that still held me, and he loosened the grip, ever so slightly.

For several moments neither of us spoke. Without looking at his face I knew his eyes were on me, could feel them. Suddenly cold, very, very cold, I shivered. Gabriel reached back into the pack and took out my sweater, placing it around my shoulders. I risked a look at him.

Slowly, quietly, never taking my eyes from his face I said, “Blood . . . nourishes… you . . . You… were… taking… drinking . . . her . . . blood . . . from . . . her . . . throat. Oh god, oh god, oh god. What are you?”

Gabriel moved his face closer to mine and nearly whispered, “Not human.”

About the Author: 5_22 vampire AuthorPicThe Vampire’s Passion is Monica Knightley’s debut novel. Like the heroine in this book, Monica is an anglophile, and finds her way to England as often as possible. When not writing adult and young adult paranormal and historical novels, she teaches elementary school where she enjoys sharing her love of reading and writing. Monica loves life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where the weather often encourages curling up with a good book. She counts her husband and family, a good strong cup of tea, red wine, long walks, and books and more books among the things she can’t live without.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. This book look looks really good. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Thank you for having me on your site!

  4. Rita Wray says:

    The book sounds very intriguing.

  5. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Sounds awesome, thanks for the chance!

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  7. laurie g says:

    The book sounds very intriguing.

  8. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and commented today. I’m afraid I was a little AWOL today–I became a grandma in the wee hours of the morning so was busy with the VERY HAPPY family! I should be back on track for tomorrow’s tour stop.


  9. I can’t wait to dive into this book it sounds great.

  10. Mary Preston says:

    A very interesting story line.


  11. Thomas Murphy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  12. Marcy Meyer says:

    The blurb sounds great and love the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway chance!


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