N. J. Walters
What is it about the darkness that both attracts and repels us? Even the most mundane of settings is rendered spookier, more forbidding, and almost unidentifiable when the sun sinks below the horizon and the light fades.
As kids, I’m sure most of us scurried in and out of the dark basement at night, mistaking boxes and furniture for monsters. We might play there during the daytime, but once the lights were turned out it became another place altogether, a dark, foreboding place.
As adults, many of us are drawn to the darkness—or rather to what it represents, what it hides. It’s the very unknown that pulls us closer, making us want to know what secrets it hides. It taps into our deepest fears and tests our courage. It’s sensual and seductive, taking us out of our everyday life and into the unknown. I believe that’s why so many readers gobble up paranormal romances as fast as they turn up online and in the bookstores.
One of the most written about creatures that inhabits the darkness is the vampire. They rule the night, powerful and inhuman, needing blood to survive. Sensual. Seductive. Powerful. Elemental. Primitive. They follow a code of honor that is their own, not one of human making. Romance authors love writing about the tortured hero and who is more tortured than a vampire? Even if he embraces what he is, he is destined to be lonely, to be reviled and hunted by others.
Being a reader who loves vampire tales and an author with a huge imagination, I had to write my own vampire series, and thus the Dalakis brothers were born. These are three vampire brothers who manage to find love, in spite of many difficulties in their path.
It all began with Harker’s Journey when I took the story of Jonathan Harker from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and brought it into the future. Here we find Johanna Harker making a journey to Transylvania to visit her financial firm’s biggest client—Cristofor Dalakis. She has no idea he’s a vampire, or that he’s been part of her life for a long time.
Next came Lucian’s Delight and Stefan’s Salvation and I thought the series would be done. But a new threat appeared to the entire Dalakis family and Eternal Brothers was born. Now this forth book in the series is available in print.
BLURB: ETERNAL BROTHERS
The Dalakis brothers are rich, powerful men, but they have secrets—the kind that men kill to protect. Ex-cop Zane York has watched them for several years and has returned to New Orleans to resume his investigation. He has to know if his suspicions are true—are the Dalakis brothers murderous vampires?
Reporter Sophia Daring has had many tough assignments in her life, but nothing has prepared her for the late-night phone call, which leads her to the cemetery and to the body of a dead woman. The murderer drained all the blood from his victim’s body and the clues point straight to the Dalakis family.
The attraction between Zane and Sophia is instantaneous and explosive. But Zane has secrets of his own and questions that need answering. Are the Dalakis family the villains or are they being framed for murder? As Zane and Sophia investigate the grisly string of deaths, they discover that the murderer may not be the family’s only enemy…and a secret from the past may bring the deadliest threat yet.
But that wasn’t the end of the series about the Dalakis family. I had one more story to write and did so with Endless Chase, bringing the series full circle by returning to Transylvania. Now their saga is done. But who knows, maybe I’ll delve into the world of the dark vampire again some day.
What are some of your favorite vampire series?
N.J. has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
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