By Tima Maria Lacoba
Release date: August 7th, 2013
What’s a girl to do when she learns she’s descended from a vampire? Being unable to age is only the beginning…
Laura Dantonville is a Primary school teacher with one wish—to marry her boyfriend, Detective Matt Sommers. When her aunt Judy reveals a frightening family secret that explains her rare genetic mutation, it threatens to propel her into a dark underworld where her true family waits.
Laura’s future with Matt hangs in the balance.
Alec Munro never wanted to become guardian to a Dantonville regardless that her blood is coveted by his vampire-kind. But his sire, Lucien Lebrettan, gave him no choice. Now he’s faced with not only protecting the girl, but fathering a child with her in order to end his servitude—and a centuries-old curse.
… which some among his kind will do anything to prevent.
He got up from his chair and circled me where I sat. It was such a gracious, fluid movement, so like a predator, that for a moment I understood what a gazelle must feel like when stalked by a panther. A second later his hands were on the arms of my chair and he was leaning toward me, his eyes pale as near-luminescent orbs, the pupils narrowed into the vertical slits of a serpent.
I gasped and froze in my seat.
‘This is what I am and have been for nearly a century. Satisfied that I’ve been telling you the truth?’ His voice was like honey over ice; both seductive and cruel at the same time.
After the initial shock I gathered together my courage, for strangely enough, there was something about his close proximity that excited me.
‘If that’s all it is,’ I said, trying to keep the tremor, which had little to do with fear, out of my voice. ‘Then it’s not that scary.’
His eyes widened, even in that form. ‘You want to see more?’ He straightened up, ran his hand through his hair and went to lean against the wall behind me.
‘It gets worse?’ I swivelled around in my chair to face him.
‘Oh yes,’ he warned.
Ever since I was a child I was incredibly curious—wanting to know how everything worked, where things came from, how, why? I drove my parents crazy. I should have outgrown it by now, but hadn’t.
‘Show me!’ I said and hopped out of my chair to stand in front of him.
Alec appeared to be fighting some inner battle, for his eyes changed back into human form and then narrowed again as I watched. ‘If I do, you must not show fear. Do you understand, Laura?’
Before I could answer, a low growl escaped his lips and I found myself pinned against the wall, my hands held securely above my head. Long pointed fangs slid down from his upper jaw. I didn’t have to touch them to know they’d be razor sharp as well.
‘Scary enough for you?’ His voice hissed down at me. ‘Never bait a vampire, darling, it could prove fatal!’
If only I’d bitten my tongue earlier. My body began to tremble and I wanted nothing more than to break free from his powerful grip. The pressure of his hands on my wrists was starting to hurt. His alien eyes bored into mine, while his cool breath fanned my face and the fear which he warned me about, took hold. His nostrils flared and he leaned down toward my throat where I felt the merest brush of his fangs against my skin.
**Oh my God!! This excerpt reminds me of several books turned into movies/ tv series. And it makes me want to read it. It did the trick!
My name is Tima Maria Lacoba and this is my first novel.
For the last seventeen years I’ve taught English and History in a high school in southern Sydney. Before taking up teaching I was a practicing archaeologist, working on several digs around the world. Unfortunately, steady contracts in this field were hard to obtain, hence my gravitation to teaching. It was fantastic being able to teach my field to Year Eleven and Twelve students and then take them on overseas excursions to visit the amazing sites they’ve only seen in books.
Two years ago I resigned and surrendered to the itch of writing. After a many years of reading and correcting my students’ creative writing tasks and essays, I decided it was time to write my own. I couldn’t hold it in any longer.