The night is young with the rain abating and a sullen gray hovers over the trees in Central Park. It’s a lovely night for a party. I’m waiting for some unique guests. I’m so glad you could come. On such a night you should not be alone. You need reliable protection. There is no one more reliable in my mind than the Arnhem Knights.
Please, make yourself comfortable. The musicians are arriving and setting up. The buffet table is a feast of delights. The best from Fillet Mignon to Peking Duck. Appetizers like shrimp cocktails and those strange mummy finger like things. I don’t know what they are.
There’s a champagne fountain. A chocolate one too! Oh, there’s a blood fountain for those with particular tastes.
Did I leave out the cakes and pies and pastries? If there is something we don’t have, by all means, ask for it. The staff is here to please.
I am your Hostess, Susan Hanniford Crowley. Our Host, the Vampire King of New York, will be arriving fashionably late. So why don’t I introduce you to some of our other guests.
Ah, here she is. This is the delightful Regina O’Malley.
Reggie pulls nervously at the red bun set high on the back of her head like a ballet dancer and with her hands flattens down her pale blue silk gown. “Susan, it’s great to be here.”
“Where is that shapeshifter hunk that usually follows you?”
“Gregor will be here any moment. Certain stock options came his way.”
The room grew quiet.
Laughing, I bring Reggie over to the buffet table. “Tell me later, dear. Did you bring something to share with everyone?”
Smiling in her charming elven way, Reggie said, “I did. It’s an excerpt from the book – When Love Survives.”
“I’m late!” Reggie stared at the alarm clock. “I can’t believe this is happening to me!”
Pulling her wet, red hair into a sophisticated bun, she ran down the stairs of her apartment
building. She never liked her hair.
The postman slipped the mail into the boxes. “Hey you, Regina O’Malley?”
She stopped. Crap! I’m going to lose the best internship in the city and maybe a chance of a
great job when I graduate. “Yes.”
He handed her an envelope from Alaska. Read Immediately was written in large letters, so
she ripped it open.
We can’t get through on your cell, and your father and I have been worried sick.
We’re sending our love and protection.
We’ve held off telling you this, but it’s time you know. Remember how you always made a joke that your father was a leprechaun and your
mother an elf? Well, sweetheart, I hope you’re sitting down, because it’s true.
Call us as soon as you can. We have a lot to tell you. We love you, and please, be careful.
Mom’s letters were always strange but this one took the cake. If what her mother said was true, it explained all the weirdness in Reggie’s life. Giggling nervously, as she usually did to cope, she folded up the letter and put it in her pocket before rushing out the door.
Damn! The bus is at the corner.
Reggie ran. It pulled away from the curb into traffic. She screamed, but it didn’t stop. Why would it? The city drowned out her screams. That was life in New York. You screamed and mostly people didn’t notice. Exasperated, she looked at her watch. Damn, I want that job. She
flagged a cab.
The cost from Brooklyn to Manhattan would be a mint, but an internship with a good brokerage house was worth its weight in gold. Reggie tried to think happy thoughts. That’s what her mom had taught her. And when she got home, she’d have to find that cell phone.
The ride was nerve-wracking. Her mind kept dwelling on things she couldn’t change. She thought the pale gray suit would make the best impression. Maybe she should have worn the pink, low-cut crepe blouse instead and not this blue, silk one. Reggie lifted her fingers to her
mouth and immediately put them down again. The last thing she wanted to do was waste a perfect manicure. Oh, God, Mr. Holmut is going to be so angry. Her academic advisor at NYU had worked hard getting this paid internship for her.
The cab stopped and it wasn’t for a light. They were in Manhattan. Reggie looked around to see if she could figure out her location. The World Trade Center was only four blocks around that corner at the most. After paying the man, she leaped out of the cab. She was almost there, pausing only to catch her breath in front of the coffee shop before the corner.
A tall man opened the door, pulled her inside, and shut the door behind her.
Who is this mysterious man?
Reggie opens her mouth, and I hush her. “Don’t tell. Keep them guessing. Now it’s time to talk about the contest.”
CONTEST! CONTEST! CONTEST!
For the Contest: To enter, say “I love vampires” and tell me why. Include your name and email. I will post at least once (sometimes twice) a day. Every post you commenton, increases your chances of winning. I will do a random drawing from the posts.
The winner gets their choice: one Kindle ebook from the list below, or a signed print copy of Vampire Princess of New York.
The contest ends when the party does! The Winner will be announced on Nov. 1st.
Good Luck and come on over to the buffet table. There’s so many people I’d love you to meet.
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
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