What is it that makes readers love romance? While the rest of the publishing world was languishing, even after Harry Potter and Twilight, romance and all its genres were thriving. I think it’s because in today’s world, people want an escape. Let’s admit it: life can be tough at times. The boss can be difficult (that’s putting it mildly, right?), there are bills to pay, issues with the kids, and many other things each of us has to deal with every day. How wonderful it is that there’s a fantasy world to escape to right at our fingertips. Whether it be on an ereader or with a paperback, a romance lets the reader leave the daily grind behind for just a bit and find that world where they can be swept off their feet.
For some people who don’t read romance, the idea of a seductive vampire like I write in the Sons of Navarus series seems too far fetched, but how different is it to read about a vampire hero than anyone else doing everything he can to win the woman he loves? True, they have sharper teeth, but my heroes are like any others in romance. They fall in love, make mistakes, try to find a way to make things right, and hopefully, if the Happily Ever After gods make it possible, they find true love in the end.
They’re like anyone else in life—just trying to find those moments in life that take their breath away and that they’ll remember forever. Here’s a taste of Vasilije, the hero of the first book in the Sons of Navarus series, Blood Avenged, and the woman he loves, Sasa, as they deal with the real issues of their life together:
“Sasa, I’m your sire. I protect you. I give you what you need. No one else. In this, I won’t allow any argument.”
“Even if it hurts me?”
His voice betrayed the merest hint of kindness now. “Do you think it’s a coincidence that I came back here just as you were feeding from him? I felt your need. I returned because you needed me.”
Sasa swallowed hard to rid herself of the lump that had formed in her throat. She’d been such a fool! She’d never even considered the possibility that he’d felt her hunger or cared. With sadness, she realized he’d been the sire he’d promised to be from the first night he made her vampire.
“I’m sorry, Vasilije. I didn’t…I didn’t think.”
She couldn’t stand the gulf between them any longer. Wrapping her arms around him, she rested her head on his chest, hopeful that he felt the sadness inside her.
His hand touched her hair and he held her close. “Sasa, I’m the one who made you. How could you ever think I’d be able to let you suffer?”
Sorrow consumed her, and she let the tears flow that she’d held back since she’d watched him leave that night. Against his chest, she sobbed, “I thought you didn’t care. I didn’t know. First, you bring your vampires here and I know they…you…” Sasa stammered, unable to say the words. “Then you left without even saying goodbye. I thought you didn’t care.”
Kissing the top of her head, he whispered, “Don’t ever believe I don’t care. I’d be lost without you, Sasa. I wouldn’t want to go on if you weren’t with me. There would be nothing for me without you.”
Looking up, she smiled through her tears. “I’m sorry.”
Vasilije bent his head down to kiss her and for the first time since he’d returned, she felt like the man she’d fallen in love with all those nights ago was truly there. He cradled her face tenderly and stared into her eyes with that look that never failed to make her knees weak.
“I need to remember you haven’t been a vampire for long. But never doubt how much you mean to me, Sasa. In the middle of this civil war with the Archons, I need you with me. I can fight without you, kill without you, but I can’t live without you.”
When he kissed her again, the passion that had been there between them when they’d first found one another was there once more, as strong as ever. His lips pressed against hers, demanding the desire she so wanted to share with him. The sensual being who had seduced her simply by being himself was there again in every kiss and every touch.
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Thanks so much for having me here today to talk romance at Romancing The Book! For more information on the Sons of Navarus series, readers can visit my website at www.gabriellebisset.com for excerpts, buy links, character profiles, swag (romance trading cards), and free desktop wallpapers to bring those delicious Sons to your computer. And look for Blood Prophecy coming soon!
Vampire Dreams Revamped (Sons of Navarus Prequel)
Blood Avenged (Sons of Navarus #1)
Blood Betrayed (Sons of Navarus #2)
Longing (A Sons of Navarus Short Story)
Blood Spirit (Sons of Navarus #3)
The Deepest Cut (A Sons of Navarus Short Story)
Blood Prophecy (Sons of Navarus #4) COMING THIS SPRING!