I think the wait for ONE
BITE PER NIGHT has been even more nail-bitingly tense than it was for my
debut novel, BITE ME, YOUR
GRACE. Though the pub date for my debut novel was a long 18 months after I
signed the contract, everything in preparation for turning a humble word
document into a book happened on schedule.
This one, on the other hand, was like the proverbial "bratty" child that comes
after birthing a "perfect angel." A marketing decision which caused unexpected
changes in the manuscript, coupled with two personal emergencies, and other
marketing decisions caused my release date to be delayed twice. The cover even
Despite the fact that I just compared this book to a bratty kid, this one is
actually my favorite. I've never before fallen in love with one of my own
heroes. :) Anyway, finally all of the book-making process is complete and ONE BITE PER NIGHT will hit
the shelves on August 5th!
To celebrate, I finally get to tell you about the book, show off the cover, and
give you a teaser excerpt.
I'm also going to give away a copy of the first book, BITE ME, YOUR GRACE to one
“Vincent Tremayne, the reclusive “Devil Earl,” has been manipulated into
taking rambunctious Lydia Price as his ward. As Lord Vampire of Cornwall.
Vincent has more important things to do than bring out an unruly debutante.
American-born Lydia Price doesn’t care for the stuffy strictures of the ton,
and is unimpressed with her foppish suitors. She dreams of studying with the
talented but scandalous British portrait painter, Sir Thomas Lawrence. But just
when it seems her dreams will come true, Lydia is plunged into Vincent’s dark
world and finds herself caught between the life she’d known and a future she
never could have imagined.”
“Good evening, Lydia,” Deveril called as he crested the hill. “How is the
A shiver ran down her body. He only said her name when they were alone… as if
they shared an intimate secret. Lydia set down her palette and brush and pulled
the folds of her cloak tighter. “It is going as well as it could be, with so few
hours to capture the dusk. What is your Christian name?” she blurted as she
removed the canvas from the easel. “I’ve known you for a week and I feel I am at
“It is Vincent,” he replied in an odd tone. “I didn’t realize you were unaware.”
“Vincent.” She tasted the word. Now she knew what name to invoke in her dreams.
“That is quite a name for a devil. Do you truly steal milk from cows at night
and change into a sea monster during the full moon, devouring hapless fishermen
along the way?”
Deveril stiffened and his eyes turned glacial. “Emma has been carrying tales, I
see.” Rage deepened his voice to a feral growl. “How dare she try to frighten
you after I gave her shelter and employment when your grandmother sacked her? By
God, I shall—”
“It was not Emma, my lord. It was her sister who said these things.” Her face
burned with guilt as she confessed her indiscretion. “I was in the passage,
eavesdropping… Emma then assured her sister that you are not a monster.”
Although she believes you are somewhat cracked.
Then, his words struck her. He’d employed Emma after Lady Morley dismissed her.
Lydia’s heart warmed at his kind gesture.
Vincent continued to glower. “Perhaps I shall have to find a new scullery maid.”
Lydia shook her head. “I do not think so, for you would only encounter the same
problem with the next one. I understand the rumors are wide-spread.” She
attempted to make light of it as she packed away her painting supplies. “You
should be flattered to be such a part of local lore. Perhaps one day ‘The Devil
Earl’ will be as popular as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’”
“I do not believe I’ve heard that one before.” The hostility left his
countenance and he leaned against the great oak tree. “Would you tell it to me?”
“Of course.” Relief washed over her. She had not caused Emma or Beth to lose
Taking a deep breath, she recited the tale. Lydia took extra care to insert
appropriate drama when the giant arrived. “Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum, I smell the blood
of an Englishman.” She stomped toward Vincent. “Be he live or be he dead, I’ll
grind his bones to make my bread!”
When she finished, Vincent applauded. “Now I must add storytelling to your list
of accomplishments. We should return to the castle and meet the dressmakers.”
“Not yet, my lord.” Lydia stopped him, unwilling to relinquish the evening’s
beauty and his company. “Now you must tell me a story.”
He sighed and nodded. “Very well.” Vincent stepped away from the tree and began.
“A young girl was told to bring a basket of food and herbs to her grandmother,
who was ill.”
Lydia had heard this tale, yet the way Vincent told it with his melodious voice
and sinister narrative had her listening with anticipation. She watched
entranced as he adopted the persona of the wolf, stalking around the tree like a
As Vincent neared the end of the story, he stepped closer to her. “‘What big
eyes you have,’ said the girl. ‘The better to see you with,’ the wolf replied.”
Lydia sucked in a breath as he circled her, eyes glittering with savage hunger.
She could almost believe he was the wolf. Her knees trembled as he
“‘What big teeth you have,’ the girl said next. To which the wolf answered, ‘the
better to eat you with.’” Vincent snarled and seized her shoulders.
Heat flared low in her body at his touch. Lydia shivered as she looked up at
him. A trick of the moonlight made his teeth appear sharp and deadly. A gasp
tore from her throat as he lunged forward. For a moment it seemed he was going
to bite her.
She wanted him to.
Instead his lips caressed her neck as he whispered, “Then the wolf swallowed her
Liquid tremors wracked her form. She reached up to cling to his shoulders, to
beg for more. Vincent stepped back, leaving her to grasp at the air.
Shielding her embarrassment at her reaction, she managed a small giggle. He’d
only been telling a story, after all. “In the version my mother told me, the
girl got away.”
“Yes, that would be best.” His voice sounded rough. “She should get
Yay! Count down time for One Bite Per Nite!! Wonderful excerpt! Thanks and Congratulations! (Glenda Martillotti 11:21pm April 10)
If I read your book, it would be the first time that I read anything of this genre. I must say that I was really surprised after reading the excerpt from your book. I got swept away after reading it, and wished that I had the book in front of me, so that I could see how the story unfolded. The covers of both books are beautifully done, and I can see why you're so proud of them!! Congratulations!! (Peggy Roberson 9:59am April 11)
Wow! I am touched! Thanks, Glenda and Peggy! (Brooklyn Ann 10:37am April 11)
Congrats on the first book and now getting the second one done.. It must be a relief for you. As for comparing it to a "bratty kid" now that just made me want to read it more. Best wishes on your books.. (Tina Ullrich 11:49pm April 11)
I can not wait to get this book for my daughter! She loves this kind of novel and yours sounds very appealing! (Linda Barrier 10:26am April 12)
The book sounds great. Thanks for the excerpt. (Pam Howell 10:39am April 12)
the book sounds really good thanks (Denise Smith 12:08pm April 12)