Born into old money, Lily Ayres lives at Waverly, her family’s estate situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Paris, Virginia. She is a strange, small, almost mute, young woman who has no idea that her father has given her to the Vampire King Krieger. Walter Ayres is the King’s Keeper and part of a secret society of historians who unearth, preserve, and attempt to understand relics of long forgotten civilizations.
Lily has never felt comfortable in the human world, but after she suspiciously falls down a flight of stone steps, and is healed and claimed by Krieger, she realizes there is another world. In this Other Realm she feels a sense of belonging, and begins to untwine the mysterious event which left her mentally and psychologically damaged. When Walter disappears in England, Lily works with human and supernatural beings to uncover his whereabouts. With each new discovery, she is pulled deeper into the vortex of magic, intrigue, and dark desires that permeates the supernatural world. The revelations revealed unfold a story of deception and betrayal that threaten to tear the thin veil between the supernatural and human world asunder.
He tilted her head back and opened her mouth enough that his blood dripped down her throat. With each drop he felt the small stirring of her being take root inside him.
The older a vampire, the more potent their blood. His blood was over two thousand years old, and could heal almost any human wound. Gently, he stroked her hair, watching as her breathing became easier. He pushed the broken bone back into place while she was unconscious.
She drank more blood than was necessary, her small hand had wrapped around his wrist, not wanting him to pull away. He would need to feed soon. Careful not to awaken her, he slid off the sofa. “Sleep well, little one.”
Merlin opened the door enough to ask, “Can I get you anything?”
Krieger waved him inside the room. “No.”
Merlin shook his head. “I didn’t foresee any of this.”
“You worry too much.”
“Arrogance.” Merlin walked to stand by the fire. “Your blood will live on, even if she does not. What will happen if she falls into the wrong hands? She could be drained of blood and yours with it.”
“You’re enjoying this too much,” Krieger’s voice was cold.
Merlin smiled. “Yes I am, but did I not warn you there is always a price to be paid?” He grabbed the poker, stabbing at the fire. “You must ready yourself.”
“I grant you, bonding is rare.” His fingers, thick and adept at killing, delicately separated a tress of her hair. He caught himself and looked at Merlin.
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Rebecca Trogner lives in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, and frequently crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains that were the inspiration for Krieger’s home. She always dreamed of being a writer, but got sidetracked by the day-to-day adventures of life. With the encouragement of her family, she has finished her first novel and is currently writing the next book in The Last Keeper’s Daughter series. Rebecca lives with her husband and stepson, and a rescue dog named Giblet. To find out more about the author visit www.rebeccatrogner.com.