Hello and welcome to the Hump Day Hook. I am preparing for publication of my fourth novel later this year, and so here is an excerpt from The Darkness of Love. This story is set in Victorian England, and is a tale of vampire tricks, power games and lusty encounters…
Amelia smiled and gestured to Gregory as she spoke.
“My good friend, Lord Stockton,” she said, “requires sustenance, Martha.”
The maid nodded and turned towards Gregory awaiting her instructions. She kept her head down, trying to be as inconspicuous as possible. Gregory sat up straight in a smooth, fluid motion, and he fixed his intense gaze on the young maid.
“Come closer, child,” he said, “let me see your face.”
Martha moved slowly closer to the sofa, clearly nervous but too frightened to object. She stood still, trembling slightly, as Gregory cupped a finger under her chin and raised her face to his. She stood transfixed by his hypnotic gaze, her arms falling loosely to her sides. Amelia moved to stand beside the maid, watching Gregory.
He gently tilted Martha’s head to one side, revealing the unblemished, delicate line of her youthful neck, and the beating veins beneath her skin. He opened his mouth, revealing fangs, and slowly moved in to bite the maid. She cried out, her body stiffened, and then she fell limp in his arms, swooning with shock as he drank her blood. Amelia raised the girl’s arm, revealed her wrist, and broke her skin, licking the blood sensuously, fixing her eyes on Gregory as she fed. The two vampires watched each other as they sucked the rich, warm blood of the helpless servant.
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