I’m excited to have Cera duBois guest hosting on my blog today. Be sure to read through to the end as Cera has lots of goodies to give away! Welcome, Cera.
Thank you so much for having me today.
I’d like to share the first installment of my series of short stories, entitled The Vampire Encounters. As I hop around the internet these next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a part of each story. The story has four parts, with each part broken into two—except the last, it’s broken up into three sections. So, come follow me, as I interview (Ann Rice style) the four vampires from A Hunter’s Angel…
Although all of them could be read separately, if you would like to read them all I will also be putting them on my website. Or, if you’d like to follow along, you can find the link to the other parts on my book tour page.
The Vampire Encounters
PART 1—Ian McHenry
“So, there you have it.” Grace Wallace pushed her long auburn hair from her face in an elegant movement of her hand. She sat across from me in the booth of my favorite restaurant. “Will you tell our story?”
Whoa! Vampires and werewolves exist!
“I—crap. I mean there’s no one else who’d you rather tell this story?” I could think of at least a half dozen other writers out there. Damn good ones.
“Nope.” Grace smiled a little, picked up her water glass, and sipped. “C’mon. Tell me you don’t think this would be a great story. Good vampires versus bad vampires. I can see the tag line already. Black Dagger Brotherhood meets CSI.”
“Ah…” I looked down at my notes. It was a classic love story. Grace and the vampire Ian McHenry, who just happens to also be a vampire hunter. He’s the tortured hero fighting for all that is right while fighting the evil within, she’s the kick-ass heroine who could be his savior as well as the cause for his damnation . The villain as evil as the demon who created the vampires to begin with. And all of it happening in what could have been my little hometown in the mountains of West Central Pennsylvania. Wrapped up in the ageless question of will good really win over evil in the happily-ever-after.
I raised my head and nodded. “Oh, what the hell. I’ll do it.”
She reached across the table and grabbed my hand. Squeezed a little. “Good. And thank you, Ms duBois. I think you should meet with Ian. I know the perfect place. How about Wednesday evening at nine p.m.?”
I become a bobble head with all the nodding. “Yeah, sure.”
I left the restaurant in total shock with one thought screaming in my mind—
Vampires and werewolves lived among us mere humans.
I couldn’t stop looking at each person I met. Is that good-looking guy over there with the sunglasses a vampire? Is that bearded man a werewolf?
As I remembered my encounter with Grace two days ago, I began to wonder if I really needed to meet with her vampire hero. Panic set in. I paced the posh room Grace rented for the interview. When the knock sounded on the door, I jumped so high I twisted my ankle on my high heel.
I put my hand over my heart, hobbled to the door, and opened it.
Holy hell, the man on the other side wasn’t just handsome; he was freaking gorgeous. Curling thick, black hair hung to his collar, and his eyes were so blue they mesmerized. He wasn’t super tall, only about six feet, but his shoulders were broad and strained against the leather of his jacket. He held out his hand, and when he smiled, I nearly swooned.
Oh, God, what a voice! Deep, rich, and very, very Irish. No trace of Transylvania I-vant-to- drink- your-blooood at all. Good.
I mentally shook myself and took his hand. “Mr. McHenry… Ah…please come in.”
He came over the threshold and looked around the room before meeting my staring gaze again. “You’re in shock.”
I blinked and quickly moved toward the couches. My face burned as if I’d stepped in a blast furnace. “Wouldn’t you be if you’d meet something you’d always thought was just a myth?”
“Touché.” He paused as if waiting for me to do something. “Where would you like to start?”
“Oh… I’ve set everything up over here.” I directed him to the couch. The old tape recorder I found in the basement set on the coffee table and I had a notebook, too. “Would you like something to drink?”
He raised a brow, and I took a step back. When he smiled that killer smile, his teeth flashed very white. “No, thank you. Unless you have some red wine.”
I looked around and noticed the wine bottle setting on the sideboard. After pouring each of us a glass, I handed him one. “Grace thought of everything.”
“She’s one very special woman.” He lifted the glass to his lips.
As the uncomfortable silence stretched, I settled on the chair and Ian sat down on the sofa. I turned on the tape recorder and set my glass on the coffee table beside it. “Why don’t we get started? Let’s start with you telling me about yourself. When were you born and where?
Ian leaned back. “I was born Ian Henry Chamberlain on June 21, 1573, on my father’s estate in Killkenny, Ireland.”
“Your father was a duke, correct?”
He sipped the wine. “An English earl. I was the second son. I have an older brother.”
“Shane.” I shivered. Grace had told me all about the vampire.
He shifted and set his wine glass on the end table. “Yes. I’ve been chasing him for over a century.”
“You were turned at the same time?”
“Yes, but he doesn’t follow the same code I do.”
I leaned forward. “Tell me about your turn. How did it happen?”
“That was a long time ago.” He glanced away and shifted his weight. “The year was 1603. King James had just taken the throne.”
“Grace mentioned you were in the army. Were you a knight?”
“Yes, Queen Elizabeth knighted me not long before she died. I was a colonel in her army in Ireland during what is known today as the Nine Years War between England and Ireland.” He stood and went over to the window. Without looking at me, he told me his story…
To find out more about A Hunter’s Angel check out my website for a schedule of my blog stops during the book tour. I will be presenting a series of short stories called The Vampire Encounters. Follow me as I interview Ian McHenry, Master Vampire Lucas Pomeroy, Vivian van Dyke Pomeroy, and have a scary run-in with Shane Chamberlain. Hope to see you along the way.
A Hunter’s Angel
by Cera duBois
The serial killer stalking Clayton, Pennsylvania, isn’t all that has Chief of Police Grace Wallace worried. For a year, she’s tried to forget Special Agent Ian McHenry and now he’s the expert the FBI sent to catch the killer. She can’t stay away from him, but something primal is telling her to run to save much more than just her heart.
Despite the strict code of ethics Ian vowed to follow as a vampire hunter, he craves Grace’s blood above all others. If he chooses to stay, Ian risks losing his chance at divine forgiveness.
But if he leaves Grace unprotected from the evil he’s hunted for over a century, he loses more than just his soul…
About the Author:
Cera duBois has a strong belief in never giving up on your dreams… Although Cera was unable to read due to dyslexia and a learning disability until she was in the fourth grade, she always had a story to tell. She wrote her first novel in eleventh grade when she had to keep a journal for her academic English class.
Since her life was far from exciting growing up as a farm girl in West Central Pennsylvania, she decided to rely on her imagination to give her something to write about. Over the course of the school year, she wrote a tangled romance set in the Deep South during the Civil War.
Becoming an author was her ultimate dream. Despite holding a BS in secondary social studies education from Penn State University, she currently works full-time as a medical secretary.
A mother of a teenage son and pre-teen daughter, she lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband of nearly 20 years. If she isn’t sitting in a quiet corner with her laptop, warm days will find her in the English garden surrounding her house. Cera loves to read and is interested in history, romance, science fiction and the paranormal.
She also writes contemporary Westerns under her real name of Sara Walter Ellwood.
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And now for the contest:
Please leave a comment and your email address to be eligible. (Sorry, only USA and Canada residents are eligible for any prize that needs to be mailed. Non-residents and residents of USA are eligible for free PDF copy.)
*One Lucky Poster will win either a custom-made pair of angel wing earrings, charm bracelet, or necklace (check out my website for photos).
*Two others will get a PDF copy of Bloodwine. (for info on this short story check out my website)
*1st Stalker Prize: Every Poster will be entered into a drawing for a chance at a $5 gift certificate from The Wild Rose Press (four to be given away)—drawing to happen on September 1.
*2nd Stalker Prize: Every Poster will also be entered into a drawing of a $25 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice)—drawing to happen on September 1.