Coming November 27, 2010 from Mojocastle Press.... Just Another Paranormal Christmas
My story, "The Unexpected Guests," will be featured in this anthology's pages. This anthology will be benefiting the Armed Forces Children Education Fund, Inc. Find out more about this organization at http://www.afcef.org/. Kayden McLeod, author of Deadly Fetishes, will also be in this anthology. Read about her story here.
Damian’s Christmas party is the last place Sarah ever thought she’d find trouble…
Werewolf Sarah Vargas returns to South Carolina to attend a Christmas party thrown by Damian, born vampire and Lord of Charleston. She quickly discovers that The Council - an elite group of vampires - are attending. They are bringing with them two members of the Du'Rah, the vampire's elders. The Du'Rah are pretending to attend Damian's party so that they can initiate him into their ranks, however they have a more sinister plan. Will Sarah be able to save Damian from the true death and still celebrate the holiday season?
“Not only is it an honor to have the Du’Rah attend Damian’s event, it’s a danger,” T.D. said. She had sat upright on the bed and had her hand resting on the butt of her gun.
“Damian told me what happened at the last party they attended,” Sarah said. “No survivors.”
“They don’t attend parties to have a good time,” T.D. said. “They do it to take out competition.”
Jared and Sarah turned towards the witch. “What?”
T.D. nodded. “To become a Du’Rah is a very high honor, one gained only through age. There is no task to complete. You could live in a cave your whole life and still get inducted into the Du’Rah. They attend the galas of those chosen for the honor, and then find a reason to be displeased with them. The music wasn’t right. They didn’t have a Du’Rah’s favorite blood. The costumes offended a member. With displeasure comes death.”
“Then why are they attending Damian’s Christmas party?” asked Jared. “I mean, yes he was alive when Rome fell but there has to be vamps older than that.”
“There are,” said T.D. after a moment. “But Damian’s an interesting creature. He wasn’t born during Roman times Jared. Not only has he been a vampire longer than you can fathom, but he was born into vampirism. He has known no other life. The Du’Rah must feel threatened by this.”
“He’s been chosen to become a Du’Rah,” stated Sarah.
“We might as well been given a death sentence.”