The family of fangs from the Arnhem Knights of New York series and the Vampires in Manhattan Series are all here to have fun with you. I’m giving away one print copy of Vampire King of New York to one lucky commenter that can convince me to pick them. (In the event, they have this book, I can substitute with a Kindle ebook of one of my other books.)
Want a little taste? King Max went out to dinner with his son, David, Laura (David’s wife), and Evelyn (Laura’s human sister.) They are walking out of the restaurant. Vampires don’t like to involve themselves in the affairs of humanity unless it can’t be helped.
A woman screamed. It came from around the corner.
Evelyn ran toward the sound, but Max caught her by the arm and pulled her back. “We’ve got to help.”
“No. David, take a look and see what’s going on.”
David nodded to Max and became invisible. He reappeared a minute later. “A man and woman are being mugged in the alleyway.”
“Aren’t you going to do something?” Evelyn looked to Max. “You can’t just stand there and do nothing.”
One moment Max was sighing. In the next, he vanished, quick as a blink, leaving no trace that he had ever been there. Metal crashed on metal in the alleyway. All three rushed to peek around the corner.
Max held the robber up above him, the man struggling, his feet dangling in the air. “You are going to sleep. Tomorrow when you wake, you will go out and get a job. You will forget everything about tonight and will never steal again.”
When he put the man down, the thief collapsed and curled into a ball on the ground snoring.
The woman knelt beside the unconscious man on the ground. She held him and cried. Evelyn could see the shine of moonlight on his blood.
Max leaned over the man for several minutes. Evelyn could not see what he was doing. Then he changed his focus to the woman.
“We’re going to get you and your husband into a cab to get him to the hospital. Here is his wallet. You are not going to remember me.”
He carried the man and the wife followed. David held Laura and Evelyn in the shadows against the wall. Max walked right into the street and a cab stopped. He put the couple in the taxi, gave directions to the driver, and paid him. Max stepped onto the curb and the cab sped off.
“What’s going to happen to them?”
“They’re going to the hospital and won’t remember anything about me. Neither will the driver.”
“Will the man die?” Evelyn asked.
“What did you do?”
Max smirked and nodded to David. “It’s time we went home.” He steered their little group towards his limo, and they climbed in. This was the first time he didn’t answer one of her questions, and she took note. She would ask again later.
Laura rested her head against David’s shoulder.
Evelyn sat a distance from Max. Leaning against the door, she gazed at the legendary vampire of New York. David sometimes referred to Max as his father, but Evelyn wasn’t sure what that meant. Even after living with them for a year, there was a lot about vampires she still didn’t know.
“Why won’t you tell me what you did to that man to save him?” she asked.
“It’s all right, David.” He turned his body to directly face her. “Evelyn, are you sure you want to know?”
“Yes, I really do. David and Laura don’t share their secrets.”
“Good for them. But I can see we’re going to be friends.”
“I hope so.”
“That means I can trust you to keep my secrets.” Max gazed into her eyes and she shivered.
“I introduced some of my saliva into his wounds, so he would heal. He won’t become a vampire if that’s what you’re thinking but he will still need the care of the hospital. The healing won’t happen quickly for him. The man was critically injured.”
“He would have died if you hadn’t?”
“Will you show me how it’s done?”
He raised his hand to his mouth, and she grabbed it. “No, I mean on a human.”
Taking her hand in his, his fingers became claws. One claw made a quick jab at her forefinger.
“Sorry to have to hurt you, but this experiment does require an injury.”
Max held her finger and licked the wound. He put her finger in his mouth like a lollipop and sucked. Then he released it reluctantly, as if he couldn’t let her go.
Oh! Evelyn thought she was going to faint. He could suck all her fingers, suck anything else he liked for that matter. Oh, my God, he had her feeling reckless and wild with abandon. She glanced down, unwilling to give him any peek at her feelings. Evelyn remembered how naïve she’d been when she met her late husband.
As she watched the fold of separated skin on her finger knit itself back together, every thought of the past evaporated. “That’s amazing.” Disappointment set in when the limo stopped. They had arrived at David’s apartment building.
Laura and David went in first leaving her with Max in the hallway of the building. He shuffled his feet like a small boy and then gave her the most incredible smile. He leaned over her with one arm against the door.
“Evelyn, I was wondering if you would honor me by being my guest at the opera Thursday night. They’re performing La Boheme.”
Everything about him made her nervous and giddy and not very clear-headed. “Yes. I mean no. Max, I don’t really know you.”
“You know more about me than most people. Please, come to the opera with me. I’d feel stupid being all alone and dressed up in a tux without the benefit of your lovely presence whispering beside me.”
How to win? Convince me I should pick you for a print copy of Vampire King of New York.
Susan Hanniford Crowley
Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance