date: October 2015
(Previously published by
The Wild Rose
Press in 2010 as
A frightened woman
must unlock her memories if she's to survive the deadly company of her
An anonymous note forces Gwen on a mission to
remember an ancient family secret that may be hidden in her long abandoned
childhood home. When she asks her handsome neighbor, John, to accompany
her, she’s not expecting much, except possibly help if she falls through
any rotten floors.
Unfortunately, that's her first mistake.
John is a vampire, and her house is not exactly
empty. Secrets—and the dead—won’t always stay buried, and John’s
extraordinary strength and determination may be all that can withstand
what awaits them in the shadows...
may mean survival, but will they help her resist her vampire protector?
In this very brief
passage, Gwen and John are exploring her abandoned, childhood home.
To their dismay, they discover it is not as empty as they expected…
As she fumbled with a gun, another
figure filled the doorway. Its eyes gleamed seductively silver in the
wavering light. Then it blinked, its face registering shock. The vampire
took a step back.
“John?” she called.
A quick glance to her right revealed
him standing near the bed, holding his blade in his hand. The metal was
stained and dark.
Clicking more rounds into place, she
studied the doorway. The vampire in the hallway seemed to stare past her
shoulder. Then, inexplicably, it melted away into the shadows filling the
“Gwen, come here—toward me,” John said.
His voice was oddly calm and overlaid with that false, brittle heartiness
police adopt when trying to talk a suicidal jumper down from the ledge.
He stared over her shoulder as he slid
his sword into his belt.
An intense, frigid wave cascaded down
Her fingers fumbled over the curved
trigger guard. Her joints ached with cold. She could scarcely feel the
smooth metal trigger.
Jesus Christ in Heaven, what is
Holding out his hand, he said, “Right
now! For God’s sake, Gwen, don’t look back. Just come toward me.