Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Love for Sale/Morgan D'Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody NBtM

Love For Sale:
March Morgan still believes in true love, but her faith in finding her soul mate is slowly vanishing. She’s been married but never in love. So, it is a miracle to find that fantasy exists on the last page of a glossy women’s journal. Mayfair Electronics, Ltd., in black and white, offers Love for Sale. The London firm has engineered sentient androids indistinguishable from humans. She flies to England and meets the man she has been searching for her entire life.

Christian requires no programming to love March at first sight. He’s handsome, cultured…absolutely perfect…and a little different from the other androids. He has an unexpected independent streak. March signs on the dotted line, buying her dream man. They return to Houston, but soon her past and his future threaten their Happily Ever After—indeed their lives.

Morgan D’Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody
The greatest enemy of a vampire is boredom. Four centuries of existence have taught Lord Morgan Gabriel D'Arcy to fear nothing and no one.  Humans and their weapons have little chance against his preternatural speed and arcane powers. Vampires are viral mutations of human DNA. Still, the Vampyre code requires secrecy, and he has learned to hide his nature from the world. The lure of mortality, of a life in the sun, puts Morgan again and again at the mercy of calculating human women though they fail to consider his charm and determination into the equation. However, even grooming a future bride from infancy proves to be fraught with heartbreak. And second chances are not always what they seem unless... you are Morgan. Immortality and beauty, aren’t they grand?

Excerpt from Love for Sale:
Motionless, she watched the parade of beauty, but none of them struck the special chord that would make her heart sing. These men—androids—can be customized, March reminded herself.  Still, it took more than looks to make her fall in love.

Then he strode through the door, and her heart did a double back flip. She inhaled a soft gasp.  He was perfect, no customization needed.  The only programming required was a sense of humor and an intense libido.  Lord, she wanted to touch him, run her fingers through his hair and kiss that luscious mouth.

“Sorry to keep you waiting.”  His voice defined musical and played that special chord she’d dreamed of.  “I was on the phone.”

The Special Editions had gathered around her.  The auburn haired woman whispered a laugh.  “Is there any need for more than one introduction, Ms. Morgan?”

That someone was speaking barely registered.  March didn’t respond.  She was speechless and couldn’t peel her gaze off the most beautiful man she’d ever seen.  His eyes were crystalline blue, his hair wheat colored.  She’d wanted sparks.  She’d gotten fireworks!  No way in hell was she leaving London without him.

Spellbound, March was drawn one step toward perfection, her willful eyes traveling over his body, pausing at his zipper, sliding down his long legs.  The wasted years looped through her memory, regret stinging her eyes.

Melissa squeezed her hand.  “Ah, you like our blond.”  She beckoned.  “Come, Christian.”

In tight jeans and a tux jacket with plaid cummerbund and bow tie, her dream man paused in the light of a crystal and gold chandelier.  His shoulder-length hair shone like silk.  Mischief sparkled in his eyes.  Full lips parted on a smile, his teeth white and even.  March loved a beautiful smile, and everything inside her melted.

Linda, thanks so much for stopping by. Tell us a little about yourself.
How did you get started writing? I wrote short stories and poetry as a teen—dark and angsty stuff—but received some harsh criticism from an editor at the local newspaper and put down my pen for 20 years. I started again during the ‘great vampire revolution’ in the early 90s which saw the emergence of sexy, svelte vampires rather than the horrible Nosferatu type.  My first book Sinners’ Opera was 1000 pages, but of course when I began submitting it, it had to be cut dramatically.  I loved the hero and followed him everywhere!

What was the inspiration for your book?
Since this tour is actually two books, I’ll have to answer twice.

Morgan D’Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody is an anthology of short stories about the hero from Sinners’ Opera. As I said, I loved Morgan and wrote lots and lots about him. He is an English lord, a concert pianist and a vampire.   The inspiration for Sinners’ Opera was the new vampire in romance. In 1992, Morgan won the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award with Cardinal Desires.

Contrary to what my editor for Love For Sale asked, the human-life androids the Japanese are testing were not the inspiration for LFS.  It began life long before the robots hit the news.  The real inspiration was the wonderful Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee.  I have loved this book since I was a young woman and love it still.  Check it and its sequel Metallic Lover out. Many moons ago, Love for Sale won first in a short story contest with the Houston Writers Guild.

What’s a genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
I write pretty much across the genres—whatever strikes my fancy at the time—and this question is hard to answer—until my Muse takes flight again. Currently, I am working on a prequel to Sinners Opera’.

Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? 
I wish I could enjoy Horror, but I can’t.  I wrote one horror story for Halloween but as horror goes it’s mild.

What are you up to now?
As I said, I’m working on the prequel to SO and have approx..100 pages.  The rights to Sinners’ Opera reverted to me in May, and I sent it to my editor at The Wild Rose Press.  I hope she likes it as much as I liked writing it. I don’t have any new releases coming up.  My latest book is Gylded Wings, a dark fantasy about a fallen angel’s quest to find his true destiny.

Alright, now for some random, fun questions. Favorite color? 
Depending on the day and what the color is on.  I like the different shades of pink.

Favorite movie?     
Tough question.  The Libertine.  Johnny Depp delivers this fantastic monologue that I wish I’d written.

Book that inspired you to become an author? 
Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee

You have one superpower. What is it?  

You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?
Edward VIII, Charles II and Morgan D’Arcy, the hero I created and fell in love with.  haha

Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
There are bits of me in each of my characters.  I’d like to think I was like Isabeau, Morgan’s love interest in Morgan D’Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody.

That’s all from me, thanks for taking the time to stop by!
Thank you for letting me be your guest.  I enjoyed my visit!

Don’t forget to visit the other stops on the tour.

Author Bio and Links:
Born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston.  She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.

Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award and the SARA Merritt.  She retired from a career as a retired legal assistant, just joined the Houston BMW Club, and the stars in her crown—two wonderful sons. In a former life, she must have had to walk everywhere because today she is into transportation with fine taste in expensive horses and hot cars! She likes to dress up and host formal dinner parties.

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  1. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win but also for helping us find some terrific books to read. I have a family who loves reading so this helps me out since they all have various genres.

    1. Thanks, James. I have books that span a lot of genres. Look me up on Amazon. I hope your family find one of my books to their liking.

  2. Sound like books I'll enjoy - thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I hope you enjoyed the excerpts. You can listen to audio clips of the two audiobooks at http://wwww.LindaNightingale.com.

  4. Thanks for hosting. Good Luck on your book release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Hi Joseph, thanks for dropping by and taking the time to leave a comment. Audio clips are available on my web site at http://www.LindaNightingale.com!

  5. Victoria, if you'd like to listen to audio clips of the two audiobooks, please visit my web site at http://www.LindaNightingale.com and go to each of the book pages. I hope you enjoy what you hear!