Prince Răzvan: Thank you for joining us for lunch! There is everything imaginable to eat. Please, choose a table and take off your coat. Tell the waiter what you would enjoy. There is, of course, tea and coffee, but I always have a little champagne at lunch to heighten the senses.
Susan: Thank you. So it’s no problem if I order steak and lobster.
Prince Răzvan: No problem at all, my dear.
Susan: What are you going to eat? I hope I’m not on the menu.
Prince Răzvan (chuckles): No, you’re not. I live by the same laws that my father instituted for the vampires of New York. No biting humans. I will also have the steak and lobster.
Susan: Your father?
Prince Răzvan: I am referring to my vampire father King Maximillion Vander Meer of New York. He found me dying on the battlefield in what is now Romania over a thousand years ago and made me a vampire and his son.
Susan: You live primarily in Romania? How are things different than in New York?
Prince Răzvan: Yes, Romania is my home. Our culture is very old and revered. My country was a battleground in World War II. Our king was forced to abdicate, and General Ion Antonescu seized power, allying Romania with Nazi Germany. Terrible things happened, yet the resistance was heroic and would not be defeated. I was proud to be in their number. The toll on all Romanians was great. It was a terrifying time. People became heroes. Others betrayed. You had to decide how much you loved your country, your town, your family and friends. Would you fight for them? Would you die for them? (He rises from his seat.) Please, pardon. I must go and greet more guests.
Susan: I see the Prince is kissing hands. His manners are impeccable. He has intense but kind eyes. While you’re getting your seat for lunch, consider entering the contest here for his life’s story. I see the Prince is kissing hands. His manners are impeccable.
The contest here is for one Kindle copy of The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars. All you have to do is tell me why you want it in the comment box. The contest is for the USA only and ends when The Romance Studio’s party ends. The winner will be listed here the day after the party ends! I am sharing a little peek.
Night fell with the snow. Vampire Prince Răzvan stood at a crossroads in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania.
On that cold wintry night in 1938, something unseen spoke to his heart, and he led his companions into the forest. A flash of silver in the dark! A whisper to his heart so soft it ached!
Then he saw the gypsy encampment in the deep woods and knew they would take refuge there for the rest of the night. At first, she hid behind the others. But when she peeked out, his heart was lost gazing into the exotic blue eyes of the raven-haired beauty. He felt the excitement rushing through her blood like wine, making her reckless and wild.
She should have been afraid of him. His dark visions of the future should have terrified her. Still, she remained spellbound by his gaze and would not turn away.
While the others slept, two hearts stood in the snow hidden behind a tree, watched by the stars.
But it would not stay night forever.
Do you need to know what happens? The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars is available at:
Good luck with the contests! Now to tackle my lunch. Bon Appétit!
Susan Hanniford Crowley