Saturday, February 27, 2010

Win a Free Copy of Her Dark Desires

Hey There ~ Would you like to know how you can pick up a free copy of my first release? Simply mosey on over to Midnight Moon Cafe where my featurette is. Leave a comment before Wednesday March 3rd, and you could be picked at random. It's that simple. ; )


http://www.midnightmooncafe.blogspot.com/2010/02/her-dark-desires-by-charisma-knight.html

~Soul Seduction to be Released March 19th~

Blurb:



Patience is a virtue—especially if you’re waiting for your soul mate’s rebirth.

Vampire Angelus Cronen loved, lusted for and inevitably lost his true soul mate over two centuries ago. She was the beautiful slave, Vivienne, who set his body on fire and branded her name on his soul. He was told to have patience during the long years that separated him from her resurrection. His lust only grew to have her in his arms again. His dark soul's deepest desire was to bring her spirit once more under his control.

First he has to conquer the dark side of his spirit, the beast within who can and will destroy his soul mate with the least provocation.

Seduction can lead him to a love meant to last an eternity or cause him to murder her.



Excerpt:



Shifting uncomfortably in the lawn chair, his mind drifted to the time when he had taken over his parents’ antique business. Then his brother Aidan was to be his partner. However, it was Bartholomew, Vivienne’s uncle who had aided Angelus in maintaining the business. He entrusted Bartholomew with his life, including his dark transition. The old memories made him feel as though they took place only yesterday. Inhaling deeply, he sensed a domestic dispute between lovers flow to him on the crisp autumn wind. In the woods off the Severn River shores, he felt the agonizing pain of a stray cat, hit by a car just moments ago. Tuning everything out, Angelus sought to clear his mind until explicit images of Vivienne and her client invaded his thoughts again.

Growling, his eyes shone a deep red and his fist smashed onto the glass table, shattering it. God, how he wished he could end it all at this very moment. What the hell did she think she was doing? If he could travel back to the condominium, he would kill them both for sure. More memories of the past returned, flooding his tortured mind.

He recalled that fateful night, when he’d awakened from his shallow grave. The estate, left in total disarray, was abandoned, with the exception of bones sporadically littering Cronen Estate. A strong feeling of helplessness engulfed him as his mind fought hard to recall the fate laid on his shoulders. It had been years since he departed the estate for the hunting trip.

Damn near an eternity had passed before she’d been reborn. It wasn’t until her birth, thirty-eight years ago when he had discovered her intimately familiar soul. He silently watched her from the shadows on and off for years, desperately holding on to the belief their strong connection forged in Louisiana would be resurrected in the present. The wait was long and unbearable for Angelus, as it was forbidden for him to approach her, until now; a hefty price for him to pay for becoming weak and indulging in flesh and blood centuries ago, almost costing him his very soul. He was given another chance.

”I curse you fate. Vile trickster that you are,” he seethed softly. Nothing, not even the dark predator residing in his soul could stop the painful images of her clients having their way with her.

“Vivienne.”

Images from his past replayed within the tortured walls of his mind.

* * * * *

“But I’m twenty years her senior Bartholomew, the same age as you.” Angelus stated, running his hand through his jet black hair.

“Do you know how many men I’ve had to chase away from that chit over the years?” Bartholomew returned with a laugh. “Those others were interested in her for one reason. It’s different for you and she, and I give you my blessings. I know she’s safe with you.” Bartholomew confessed. “You are meant to be together.”

“What do you mean Bartholomew?” Angelus asked.

“Vivienne is your soul mate, the one you are destined to be with for all eternity,” the man said as he gathered his belongings from under the willow tree. “It’s about time you approach her.”

“Bartholomew, have you been dabbling in witchcraft again?” Angelus raised a brow, knowing the man came from a strong line of witches.

“I know what I see in my visions Angelus, and I take them seriously,” Bartholomew told him, as the two walked into the house.

* * * * *

Feeling as though a heavy burden had been lifted from his shoulders, Angelus watched her for the remainder of the day. Once the moon rose, he broached the subject with Vivienne. She was cleaning his bedchamber when he quietly strolled in. His throat became dry, and he ran a hand nervously through his hair. Why had he waited so long to approach her? He wondered.

“Master,” she said in a low, seductive voice. Her gaze fell to the floor.

“Call me Angelus, Vivienne,” he said, slowly approaching the object of his desire. “How many times have I asked you not to call me master? You are on the same level as I. Other than our skin color, there is no difference. We both have needs, and desires.” Angelus’ voice turned husky.

“Maybe I like to call you master,” Vivienne said boldly, convincing Angelus she wasn’t as innocent as he’d suspected. He couldn’t help but notice her breathing became labored as his stare became trained on the rise and fall of her chest.

Gently, taking his index finger and tilting her head to look at him, a warm smile formed upon his lips. On this night, he would have her. How he craved her beautiful bronzed skin and tantalizing thighs wrapped around his waist. His sweet dark angel drove him crazy. Sitting in the chair, next to the bed, he pulled her onto his lap.

Her five-foot six-inch frame and voluptuous build rendered him breathless whenever he fantasized about her. Her tantalizing brown eyes set against the rich dark brown skin and her thick, curly black hair, seductively framing her bewitching features and falling well past her shoulders, was enough to make him hard as steel.

He wanted to slap himself silly for not approaching her sooner, for thinking Bartholomew would have a problem with the coupling. Suddenly he realized, she wanted this moment as much as he did. “Vivienne, I must have a word with you,” Angelus said, becoming lost within her eyes. He loved how she observed every inch of him, her appreciative gaze sparking a yearning deep within his soul.

“Talk to me Angelus, I’m listening,” Vivienne murmured, her gaze locking with his. She approached him, running her fingers through his hair.

“Why have you avoided me all these years?” Angelus asked.

“I might ask the same of you Angelus,” Vivienne challenged.

“Surely you knew I wanted to be with you,” he murmured, his heart skipping a beat. Her skin was smooth, like silk, he noticed as he gently grabbed her hand. Pulling her close to him, Angelus studied her face. There was more than lust shining in her dark features. It was her gaze that held him in rapt attention. The eyes were the windows to the soul, and her soul was telling him she loved him. Boldly, she sat on his lap, completely shedding that aura of shyness he so loved about her.


**END EXCERPT**


To be released March 19th through Eirelander Publishing



Daywalker is Available


Daywalker has been released and is now available at Sugar and Spice Press. This is the first of a two part story that I hope you will enjoy.




Blurb:


Plagued by dreams of a bloodthirsty vampire, Egyptian daywalker Akaisha soon discovers the man to be as real as her father, the Pharaoh. Abducted from her home, Akaisha discovers she must quickly adapt to her new surroundings or suffer her demise.

Realizing the necessity of obtaining a special daywalker to protect his coven during daylight hours, Lord Daegan travels to ancient Egypt with the assistance of his magus, claiming Akaisha for his own.

When in proximity of Daegan, Akaisha causes him to develop emotions, eventually melting away years of darkness. With every meeting, Daegan senses a familiar presence the Egyptian daywalker exudes.

Forty years of deception lie within the walls of Castle Daegan. With Akaisha's help, Daegan discovers hidden truths, reopening unsavory wounds deep within.


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Excerpt

Below Castle Daegan, within one of the deepest tunnels known only to male elders, Valaris, Daegan, and Komin held a meeting. Werewolves who were entrusted to guard vampires of other covens during the day mercilessly slayed them as they slept.

"It is an outrage!" Daegan stormed. "I want those beasts destroyed; even those that guard our castle. We do not need their protection any longer. I should have killed them long ago."

"You will not put the werewolves here at Castle Daegan to death!" Komin bellowed. "Have you not forgotten Michael and his family? They have never meant you harm, and have served us well for many centuries."

Hanging his head low, Daegan knew Komin spoke the truth. Michael and his family befriended Biele and Daegan long ago. The werewolf was loyal, and would fight by Daegan's side if necessary, even against fellow werewolves existing outside Castle Daegan.

"Daegan, listen to me," Valaris growled. "Have you not forgotten the very subject that fueled these revolts? Had you not taken a werewolf for a bride, we would not be in this position."

"To whom do you think you are speaking, Valaris?" Daegan stood, ready to do battle with his own brother. Komin intervened between the two larger vampires. "What the hell difference does that make? Against my better judgment, I tried sending her away, Valaris. Why the hell are we discussing something that happened forty years ago? I never avenged her death. The fiend who killed her, I cannot find!"

"Some people label you a fiend, Daegan," Komin uttered quietly.

"Do not vex me, Komin," Daegan snarled. "Or else…"

"Or else what Daegan? You think you are in control, but you aren't. Something far more powerful dwells within these walls. Have you been able to locate your magus, or has he suddenly turned against us as well?"

"Some say you killed Biele, Daegan," Valaris stated coolly, raising a brow to his brother. Daegan charged Valaris, knocking him against the wall of the tunnel, biting his brother's shoulder, allowing blood to spill everywhere.

"Never mention Biele's name again, Valaris, or I promise, the next time, my bite will rip your throat out!" Daegan hissed venomously.

"Gentlemen, I assure you, it will do no good to battle amongst ourselves. Daegan, this matter must be handled quickly. You know exactly what fueled the fire for the recent happenings."

Eyes glowing red, Daegan turned, punching the wall, shattering two large bricks. "Utter treachery lurks within these castle walls!" Daegan hissed. "I can feel it! Someone plots against me!"

Valaris sat up, eyes fixated on Daegan, spewing hatred for his brother.

"Perhaps I should have let you embrace the dawn, brother. You are leading this coven into damnation. You lacked leadership years ago, and even more so now."

"Cool your tongue, Valaris!" Komin demanded. "Leave us now."

Eyes glowing, Valaris turned on his heel, exiting the small room, returning to the entrance of the tunnel.

"There is no doubt there are traitors within these walls, Daegan," Komin said calmly. "The act that was committed forty years ago simply added more fuel to the fire."

"Daegan, you have the acquired the daywalker, Akaisha. I suggest you use her wisely. The wolves outside of Castle Daegan are not to be trusted, I can tell you this much." Komin insisted. "Where is your magus?"

"I don't know, Komin! It is like he disappeared into thin air, along with the black crystal we used to bring forth Akaisha to our time! Komin, I did not kill Biele. I loved her too much. She was my life!"

"I understand that, Daegan, but tongues have began to wag. Suspicion arose long ago, and even more so now, since werewolves have started to revolt," Komin calmly confessed. "Old ghosts have been invoked."

"Why now, after all these years?" Daegan asked.

"I've asked myself that for quite some time, Daegan," Komin murmured softly, crossing his arms. "You are feared, perhaps by the wrong side. I suggest you find your magus, or someone who possesses the gift of foresight."

Leaving the tunnel together, Komin and Daegan discussed other endless possibilities regarding the revolts. Business dealings could have fallen through; perhaps one of the female vampires had it in for Daegan, for not taking them as his bride. Try as he may, Daegan could not find a rational solution to this problem.

Once in the privacy of his bedchambers, he paced the floors. Since coming into contact with Akaisha, he experienced a familiar presence. He actually experienced happiness for the first time in years. Just thinking of the wench made his lips curl into a smile.

Cursing himself, he forced the similarities out of his mind. Akaisha was only there to aid his coven and sate his large sexual appetite, but damn her, she was placing other thoughts within his head. A part of him wanted to hold and protect her, for her to hold and protect him from the madness that surrounded him.

Sensing dawn approaching, Daegan locked his chamber doors, submitting to a deep vampiric sleep. Immediately, he began to dream.

* * * *

Available now at Sugar and Spice Press

http://www.sugarnspicepress.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=23

Amira Press contracted Just an Average Vampire

I'm excited to announce a new story. The contract was presented to me on Friday, I'm just a tad bit late posting the news. ; ) Anyway, I'm excited to start edits on this project. I have completed all contracts and submitted them to the publisher.

This story is more along the lines of gentle romance. Yup, I wanted to show my softer nature in my writing. Actually, this story sort of hits close to home. You will discover there are some real life capabilities mixed in with the paranormal, so-- I truly hope you enjoy.

I will keep you posted, have a pleasant afternoon.

Here is a blurb to wet your appetite:

After discovering the courage to divorce her abusive husband, Trina Jones rises from her ashes like the legendary Phoenix. Strong-willed and determined, she rebuilds her independence. After her divorce, a string of bad luck sets her back tremendously. Faced with eviction and repossession, Trina becomes frustrated. To make matters worse, she is laid off from her job. 
 
Vampire Cecil McKagan graciously accepts Trina into his home once he discovers her hardship. The bond between them ultimately strengthens, and the pair become lovers. However, past negativities threaten to tear the couple apart...


CK

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Join me tonight in chat @ 9 pm EST

Hello there. I'll be over in the chat room tonight at Talking Two Lips' Yahoo group. Stop by and see what my devious mind is up to. I enjoy a good chat and may even share a little of my wips.

Looking forward to seeing you.

TalkingTwoLips-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


Ciao

Upcoming Releases for March

I just received my errata today from my editor, Lee from Eirelander Publishing. I'm very excited and have learned so much. There is so much more I need to learn, and I'm looking forward to it. Lee has been very patient and I appreciate everything she does as an editor for authors at Eirelander.

Soul Seduction will be released March 19th. I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting this release for quite some time now. The story has greatly improved since I submitted it back in July 09. I've made a few wrong turns during the editing process, but Lee promptly put me on the correct path. Now, I apply all that she has taught me to my wips. My goal is to see a drastic change in my writing style. It comes with time and effort, and writing on a daily basis. I try to write a page or chapter everyday. Also, I think I have kicked the habit of pulling all-nighters while writing. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither is a good story.

Another upcoming release is Daywalker. I submitted the last edits over one week ago and contemplate the release to be some time during March as I do not have an exact date. There is a sequel to this story which will take place in ancient Egypt. I have decided to work a few Egyptian gods and goddesses into this one. I truly want to share a few ideas with this story, but don't want to ruin it since the first book isn't even out yet. I can assure you, this will be an interesting read. Once you complete Daywalker you will learn that Daegan and Akaisha must battle the forces of evil that threaten their love for one another and Akaisha's family. ; )  Now, that's all I'm saying. 

Ciao

Current Releases Now Available on Amazon for Kindle

I just discovered Her Dark Desires and The BeastWithin are on Amazon. lol It looks like Her Dark Desires has been there since 01/30, just goes to show you that I need to purchase more paperback books! I have so many ebooks on flash drives that are in my TBR pile. I don't have a Kindle, but usually read my ebooks via my Crackberry. Hey, it works! lol Below are the links to purchase my current releases.


Amazon Links

http://www.amazon.com/The-Beast-Within-ebook/dp/B003980BVI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266797383&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Her-Dark-Desires-ebook/dp/B0036DEBUS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1266798361&sr=1-1

I hope you enjoy.

In the meantime, I plan to update my website, http://charismaknight.webs.com/. I have brainstormed a few more story ideas on gods and goddesses. Currently working on a few blurbs to post for some wips I have. My only gripe is, yeah, you guessed it! Not enough time. That is the only thing you may ever see me complain about!


Ciao for now.


CK

Thursday, February 4, 2010

~Dark Diva Reviews Red Carpet Day~

Hello - I hope everyone is staying warm. If not, come join me over at Dark Diva Reviews to read a scorching excerpt from Soul Seduction; to be released March 19th through Eirelander Publishing.



http://ddrreviews.blogspot.com/2010/02/red-carpet-day-charisma-knight.html