Series: Princes of the Underground 1
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: May 18, 2010
In his battle to resist, he found the impossible. His soul.
Christina Astor’s telepathic ability is an asset in her job as a psychiatric social worker. What’s driving her crazy, though, is her elusive, gorgeous landlord. She senses that Saint Sevliss wants her with an all-consuming hunger that’s somehow…different. Just how different becomes all too clear when his dangerous world collides with hers.
For centuries, Saint’s kind have been called vampire and werewolf. Even soulless. But their true nature remains a mystery. Bound by a magical mandate to control his bloodthirsty clone, Teslar, at all costs, Saint will do anything to keep Christina away. She infuses his gray universe with life and color, but his world—and his need—would destroy her.
When an attack reveals the true power of Christina’s gift, one thing is certain—Teslar won’t rest in his underground labyrinth until he possesses her, body and soul…
Contest: In doing research for my first ‘vampire’ novel, I of course had to go back and re-read the classic by Bram Stoker. I was surprised to discover that Dracula was a shapeshifter, a bat, a wolf, etc. I didn’t remember the wolf part, which is actually quite prominent. He’s also a sort of “King” of the wolves. When I went farther in my research, I discovered that the vamprie and wearwolf legend are often intertwined, aspects of each bleeding into the other.
As a result, in Velvet Cataclysm, I made Saint and his followers, the Iniskium, wolf-shifters, for as the chief of the Iniskium Fardusk puts it, the wolf is a noble, revered animal. Teslar–Saint’s vile clone–on the other hand, and his followers, the Scourge revenents, shift into a variety of truly nasty creatures.
Just as an aside, the name of Saint’s mansion and grounds is Whitby, which is a nod to the town in Yorkshire, England where Stoker wrote Dracula.
What was the first vampire novel you ever read? The first movie?