BY ELIZABETH DONALD
Cerridwen Press, 2006
The dual novel that begins the award-winning Nocturnal Urges vampire mystery series.
NOCTURNAL URGES. It's hard to get a stiff drink in Memphis.
It's the most popular club in the Memphis nightlife. Part legal bordello, part feeding ground for the city's vampires, Nocturnal Urges offers pleasure and pain in one sweet kiss. It's the ultimate addiction: both drug and sex at once. For the vampires, it's the only way to survive in a world where the creatures of the night are a dark underclass, ignored until the humans need another fix.
Into this world comes Isabel Nelson, seeking only a night's pleasure. But after Isabel's lover takes her to try the bite, she cannot stop thinking about Ryan, the dark vampire with whom she shared her lifeblood. Soon Isabel finds herself in a world where passion and love are miles apart, where life and unlife have little meaning - and someone is hunting in the shadows.
A MORE PERFECT UNION.
Some things never die.
Vampires, for one. Samantha Crews has lived a long time in the shadows of Memphis, working at Nocturnal Urges and hiding from the vampires that darken her past.
Det. Anne Freitas is stuck with a new partner, a young woman with a chip on her shoulder the size of Memphis itself. Now she's assigned to investigate a series of threats against congressional candidate Robert Carton, for whom Samantha volunteers.
But Samantha has just fallen in love with Danny Carton, the candidate's son. An idealist, who wants to make life better for humans and vampires alike. Danny offers love, understanding and passion - everything Samantha ever wanted.
But there's a lot Danny doesn't know about Samantha.
He doesn't know she's a vampire. He doesn't know she works at Nocturnal Urges. He doesn't know his own father is one of her clients.
And he doesn't know what's stalking her. In the darkness.
Winner of the Darrell Award; nominated for the Prism Award.
There is much more to this tale than just vamps and sex. There is an against-all-odds deep and caring relationship found in the pages of this story, as well as a suspense-filled "whodunit?" mystery woven into the already-detailed storyline. The underlying theme here is that vamps are people too, and they feel the same wants, desires, jealousies and hatreds that the humans they rely on for sustenance experience. NOCTURNAL URGES is a hot, sexy, edge-of-your-seat-type read that will hold you captive from beginning to surprise ending.
-- Fallen Angel Reviews
Elizabeth Donald's NOCTURNAL URGES has a little for everyone. An old-fashioned whodunit with the violence we've come to expect in any vampire novel; a love affair against the odds; and a vampire with a tortured past. Her characters run the gamut of emotions. The passions contained in this story are hot and will have you hot-blooded... NOCTURNAL URGES is definitely a keeper for those of us who crave vampirotica.
-- Vampire Book Club
NOCTURNE includes the first two books of the Nocturnal Urges vampire series. The story continues with the third novel, ABADDON. These books are out of print in the paperback; once they're gone, they're gone!
This title is offered direct from the author.