Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spotlight & $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway ~ The Vampire's Passion by Monica Knightley

The enigmatic, ethereally handsome, aristocratic Gabriel Augustine, professor of Nineteenth Century English Literature at St. Giles College in Oxford, England, is a man with many secrets. And it is not his vampiric nature that is his most deeply held secret. Though few know he is vampire, not human, none know the horror that has haunted him throughout his long existence. He has spent centuries attempting to atone for his greatest sin.
Claire Seymour needs to forget her past. She is ready to embark on any journey that will move her away from the pain that has been her constant companion since discovering her fiancé with her best friend. Four weeks at the University of Oxford in a class on her favorite author, Jane Austen, seems like a good place to start.
Neither is prepared for the other.

The following scene takes place as Claire is attempting to come to grips with Gabriel’s revelation that he is a vampire.
I was surprised over how much my sentiments had changed since yesterday. Yesterday, I still had visions of Gabriel and the bloody throat of the woman playing on an endless loop in my brain. I hadn’t been able to wrap my mind around the term “vampire.” I felt such repulsion. But, to be honest with myself, even while I was repulsed I was also very much attracted. In fact, the most upsetting, confusing aspect of my reactions to the revelation that Gabriel was a vampire, a monster, had been my simultaneous attraction and repulsion. Surely, it was those warring reactions that led to some of the dreams I’d had last night.
But today, after spending time with Gabriel, listening to everything he had to say I no longer felt repulsed. But, why? Everything he told me was terrifying, straight from a nightmare. I should still be disgusted. Nothing he said should have changed that. However, it wasn’t what he said, it was how he said it. I had first become aware of this while still in the office. He had been so kind, such a gentleman. All his concerns were for me, my feelings, and my sensitivities. He could have simply said good-bye to me last night and left me to deal with things however I managed to. But he didn’t. Instead, he had wanted to help me and had done so in such a thoughtful and gentle manner. Every word he spoke had been tender, and quiet, and solicitous. His eyes had never wavered from my face, watching me for my every reaction. He had understood exactly how I felt, and honored my feelings while trying to help me come to grips with his vampirism. Gabriel Augustine, Vampire. Gabriel Augustine, Gentleman.

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The Vampire’s Passion is Monica Knightley’s debut novel. Like the heroine in this book, Monica is an anglophile, and finds her way to England as often as possible. When not writing adult and young adult paranormal and historical novels, she teaches elementary school where she enjoys sharing her love of reading and writing. Monica loves life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where the weather often encourages curling up with a good book. She counts her husband and family, a good strong cup of tea, red wine, long walks, and books and more books among the things she can’t live without.

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Monica will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during her The Vampire’s Passion Blog Tour.  BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITH YOUR COMMENT.  You can find all of Monica’s tour stops here.

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of the tour.

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  2. Thank you for having me on your blog!

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    1. You're welcome. The book sounds interesting.

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  3. Love the vampire stories, this sounds really interesting. Thanks!
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    1. Hi Chavonne.

      I agree. The book does sound interesting. Thank you for stopping by.

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    2. Hi Chavonne and Kim,

      The world can always use more intriguing, intelligent, sexy vampires! Gabriel certainly fits that bill!

      Thank you for the comments. :-)

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    3. I haven't read many vampire books, but the ones I've read that pretty much describes them.

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    4. Yes indeed! Though, Gabriel Augustine is more gentleman than monster...which makes for a delightfully sexy mix.

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  4. I really do love the idea of this book. I love vampires and of course, steamyness so yes, I think this will be a winner for me. Awesome post today!
    rushtond123@hotmail.co.uk

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    1. So glad you like the post, and I hope you enjoy the book! Thank you!

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  5. The book sounds very intriguing.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. This sounds like a unique and sensitive vampire story. I think I will really enjoy it.

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    1. Yes, it definitely is a more sensitive vampire story than many others. I hope you enjoy it!

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    2. Yes, it definitely is a more sensitive vampire story than many others. I hope you enjoy it!

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  7. Hi Kim,

    You've been a great hostess--thank you so much!! I also appreciate the support on Twitter! An all-around good experience. :-) Now I'm off to the maternity ward waiting room to await the birth of my FIRST GRANDCHILD!!

    Monica

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and checking in.

      Congratulations!!!!

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  8. Sounds wonderful! I've always been fascinated by anything to do with vampires. Thank you for the chance!

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the book, Amanda. If you get a chance to pick it up and read, please stop back by and let me know what you thought of it.

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway!

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  10. This sounds like a great read.Hope you are having an awesome week.
    flanagan@mebtel.net

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    1. Hi Wanda.

      Thank for checking out the book. Have a good weekend.

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  11. I like the sound of this.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi Mary.

      You like the sound of a lot of books, like me. How much do you read? Oh and thanks for stopping by again.

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  12. Hi Kim!

    It's a GIRL!! (They didn't want to know ahead of time.) Name is Willa, for my daughter-in-law's favorite author, Willa Cather. Beautiful, of course! Everyone is beaming with joy.

    Monica

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    1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

      I love the idea of naming her after an author. I wish I was as into books as I am now. My kids would have some awesome names!!!

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  13. Thank you for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. The blurb sounds great and love the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

    clintmar(at)grm(dot)net

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    1. Hi Marcy.

      Thank you for stopping by. Totally agree with you, the blurb and excerpt sound really good.

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