HOLIDAY BITES: A Collection of Vampire Paranormal Romances
By New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Michele Bardsley
CHRISTMAS FOR EVE
It’s Christmas Eve, and Eve is ready to give her boyfriend her heart along with her presents. And Steven has a surprise for her, too… you see, he’s not exactly mortal. Or alive.
CANDY FOR VALENTINE
After a painful divorce, Val doesn’t believe in love or happily-ever-after. And she sure as hell doesn’t believe in vampires. Michael gave up trying to find a woman who can handle his true identity and his particular appetites. But then he finds Valentine gift-wrapped in his hotel room…
TREATS FOR TRIXIE
At the Halloween weekend party hosted by famous author Steven Jones, Marcus spies the lovely Trixie and decides to seduce her. However, Trixie is not easily swayed by charm or good looks or even paranormal glamour. Will falling for a vampire be a treat … or a trick?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to write fun, sexy reads about vampires finding their mates on the holidays. In addition to this collection of vampire holiday fun, also have two other stories in the series, Fireworks for July and Thanks for Gabby.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The original story, Christmas for Eve, came about because I was writing a paranormal holiday tale and I thought it would be fun if the hero was a romance writer. The other two stories in the collection grew from that idea, a literary agent in Treats for Trixie and a publicist in Candy for Valentine.
“Hello, darling.” Steven lay on the bed wearing a ragged pair of jeans and nothing else. He held a page in one hand and a blue pencil in the other. A pile of papers covered his lap. “Are those the copy edits for Swelter, Too?” she asked. Her mood lifted instantly. As the author’s girlfriend, she’d gotten to read the sequel to Adora’s most popular erotic romance. She loved Swelter, but the sequel, which continued the story of the three lovers, Derina, Robert, and Warick, was hotter and better than the first one. She couldn’t wait to hold the published book in her hands.
“Yes, it’s Swelter, Too … the novel I wrote for you, my biggest fan.”
“Funny how you wrote it before you met me.” She crawled onto the bed and nuzzled his shoulder. “How was your day?”
“Better than yours, I suspect.”
Didn’t you say you were going to visit Val?”
“Yeah.” She sighed. “I’m really worried about her. I think she’s using her blog as an excuse to lock herself away from the world.”
Steven put down the page and the pencil, moved the manuscript onto the nightstand, and then drew her into his embrace. “She bought Midnight Mask,” said Eve. “Even if she enjoys it, I don’t think she’ll say anything nice. She used to love to read romance novels. Now, she takes pleasure in ripping ’em apart.”
“We all have our pleasures, darling.”
Eve sat up and looked at him. His eyes were gold-green—tiger eyes. He was gorgeous. Nearly six feet tall, he was lean and muscled. He had longish tawny hair and face that belonged in GQ. He listened to her rant, his expression one of comfort and concern. His fingers sifted through her hair. “I love the new style. Did you add red highlights?”
“Yes. You notice everything.”
“I can’t stop looking at you.” He cradled her face and nibbled on her bottom lip. He pressed her into the bed and slowly unbuttoned her blouse. “Let me love you.”
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