His past holds a secret…
Arie Cush has a secret that he thought he’d left behind. When his past follows him to Chicago he must protect someone that reminds him of all the painful memories he’s tried so hard to forget. But when every touch from her sets his heart and body on fire—he finds it hard to maintain his aloof façade.
That becomes her nightmare.
Holly Ellis has secrets of her own. An encounter with the handsome stranger who frequents her coffee shop reveals a vampire with baggage. Even though it might be more than she bargained for, she can’t resist the one person who understands her. But her life is in danger and a supernatural threat could reveal the underground world of vampires to humankind in this Gothic Cinderella re-telling.
Inside Scoop: This story contains bondage, anal play, a M/F primary romance with mild F/F situations.
Warning: This book is fictitious. The bdsm portrayed in this story does not portray the lifestyle. Vampires will be vampires. They don’t exactly stop to discuss a scene, pain thresholds, and there is no aftercare involved. Trust is an intrinsic part of the lifestyle. Use due diligence and research before deciding to make fiction into reality.
Heat Level: This book is a steamy romance. It’s the development of a romantic relationship that contains more explicit language and sex. The sex is not an inherent part of the story, character growth, or relationship development, and if removed you still have an amazing plot.
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.”
–Holy Bible: King James Version
I never guessed that I could die with a sea of faces surrounding me, all cheering for my death. A woman wearing a jacket dress made of brocade only laughed louder when blood splattered the low square neckline. Where is Arie? I scanned the crowded club but all I could see were pale faces, some half covered by masks.
My time had come and I prayed she would finish me off quickly. The warm trickle of blood ran down my neck and chest, saturating the corset bustier of my gown. It seemed like a shame to ruin such a pretty dress. Strangely, I felt relieved the bodice was black and not a light color that would show a stain.
The fear of dying or more accurately, the fear of not existing, scared me stiff. Perhaps if I had satisfied this existential anxiety with faith I wouldn’t jump from panic to ambivalence. I should be angry at everyone who simply watched. They must think the gruesome display is part of the entertainment for tonight. After the bloody burlesque show I could hardly blame them.
Holly, I gave you the chance to leave. The telepathic transference hardly seemed relevant at this point. I knew if I’d never gone to the Hellfire Club, I wouldn’t be facing death now. Still, if my death meant the killings would stop it seemed justifiable.
“No!” I could barely hear Arie scream above the cheering voices clamoring for attention. The constant drone defies my effort to form coherent thoughts. I looked up and could see him on the balcony. When I blinked he had disappeared into the throng. I could feel the blood continue to trickle down my neck as she drained me. Dizziness threatened to pull me under. The audience applauded her brutality. I crumpled at her feet, looking up at her smile as thin as paper.
Blood. So much blood. My blood.
I didn’t want this to be the story of my death but this part is only a fragment of a narrative as old as time. Its voices fill the shadows with whispers of legend. We are told that the damned cease to exist and those absolved from sin are given eternal life. The damned can never be saved. They walk the earth in an eternal hell. I fear it will be my curse if death doesn't claim me instead
About the Author:
A.C. James—author of erotic paranormal romance and erotica featuring bdsm. Wife, mother, sushi lover, and storyteller extraordinaire. She resides in northeast Pennsylvania drinking large vats of coffee while taming two toddlers by day and writing by night.
1.What is one of your favorite Myths/legends to write about?
Well my earliest memories are of my grandmother reading Brother’s Grimm stories to me. I love fairy tales but I have plans next year for re-telling Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
2.If you could live back in time, what time period would you choose and why?
I’m not sure I’d want to go back in time to live in a particular time period. Not unless I could wear an invisible cloak while visiting ;) I’m too much of a sissy and do better behind my keyboard.
3.Have you ever come across a song that might fit the theme of one of your books?
Probably anything Euro-Gothic would be a good fit for the Ever After series.
4.Do you remember what you felt when you had your first kiss?
I could fib to you and say that it was memorable for all the right reasons. After all, I do write romance. But if I’m being completely honest it was memorable because it was wet and slobbery—kind of like kissing a German Shepard that smoked cigarettes ;)
5.What was the most creative pick up line you've ever used on someone or someone used on you?
I think the most creative pick-up was when someone played a song for me at an open mic.
6.When writing do you have a playlist of music you like to listen to? What are a couple songs on it?
Hrmmm… Actually… http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Cursed+and+Eternal+Ever+After/88954388
7.What do you do when you think nobody is watching?
I sing very off-key 80s songs or early 90s alternative rock very loudly in my minivan.
8.What was your favorite childhood book?
I used to love the Choose Your Own Adventure series and just like every other kid that read them I had to read each option to fulfill my idle curiosity.
9.What is your favorite addition to chocolate?
10. What does your husband/significant other say about your writing erotic stories? What about your family and/or do they read your books?
My husband has never read anything that I’ve written. I had this discussion at a book signing once. A horror author said that his wife didn’t read anything he wrote either because she didn’t want to know all the creepy thoughts running through his head. I’d like to think my husband doesn’t read what I write because he doesn’t want to know just how steamy I can get ;) My father has been a big supporter of my writing and is always proud of my creativity no matter how spicy it gets.
11. Besides your own, what is one of your favorite series to keep up with?
I’m always reading Tiffany Reisz. Whenever she has a new book come out, I read it. I read a lot of Joey W. Hill.
12. What do you think you would be doing if you weren't writing?
If I wasn’t writing I’d probably be freelancing web design from home.
13. Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy doing?
I read way too many blogs. I wish I could say I had time for knitting or TV or gardening or cooking. Well that’s not true… I’m proficient at cooking but I don’t find it relaxing. I’m a complete brown thumb. I tend to kill things. My husband and I curl up to watch the Walking Dead. We’re so romantic. It’s hysterical. I hate being scared but I love scary stuff. It’s a catch 22.
14. What is something you do to de-stress?
15. We all know about muses...what do you think inspires you to allow your creative juices flowing?
Sometimes just recharging or taking a break—a hot bath, a glass of wine, those fifteen blessed minutes of silence when I can write without kids climbing all over me. ;)
Ten E-book Copies of Eternal Ever After
10 Fun Facts (things the fans don't know)
Uhmmm… How about five?
My husband says I snore—I don’t believe him.
I don’t like brussel sprouts.
Or cooked spinach. I like it raw though.
I’m really clumsy—inexplicably Bella Swan clumsy. Ok, maybe it’s the flat feet.
Oh, yeah. There’s that…I have collapsible arches. My mom made me take ballet on account of that and the clumsiness but it didn’t help either. I can plié—just forget about the spotting ;)
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