Claire is a woman running away from her past.
When a mesmerizing stranger walks into the jazz club where she works one evening, she instantly knows he is a vampire. From that moment her life collides with the London Circle and at first she thinks becoming a vampire will be her second chance. A new start.
The thing is, she can’t leave her past behind because she won’t forgive herself or trust anyone with her secrets.
Her vampire master, Parker, is a cold, enigmatic man who lies with a smile, imparts wisdom with a sarcastic brutality and hoards his own secret past.
Andre, another master in the London Circle, is Parker’s archrival and Claire’s secret desire. When they realize their fascination is mutual, they embark upon a two-month, whirlwind affair. But it is not simply sexual, it’s emotional. It’s everything Claire wants, but still she holds back. Until everything crashes around her,, and the only one who can pick up the pieces is her.
Claire is a ticking time bomb. She has psychic abilities other vampires don’t possess, and they are slowly driving her insane. She has one way out – love. But is she strong enough to take what Andre offers her?
The idea for this novel began with a dream of a rose garden, a blond vampire, and a mortal woman who recognized what he was. Instead of cringing with fear, she begged him to Turn her. I started writing the morning after this dream and haven’t stopped since. That was seven years ago.
I haven’t been writing *this* novel that long. The original Circle spanned eight novels and about three years of my life. I shared my writing with a select few people on Live Journal and then entered NaNoWriMo in 2010. I wrote a book about wolf shifters which turned into a series. All my attention was focused on them until this year when I decided to take a look back at my Circle.
My original novels were not salvageable. But the ideas – the themes – inside them were. I took one of the most compelling plot lines – the rivalry between Parker and Andre – and wrote a new book. The original heroine was scrapped and Claire was born.
Claire has many things in common with her predecessor, but she has developed her own voice and distinct character. Her relationship with Andre is pure magic.
I hope you decide to journey with Claire and Andre on their journey. The gift of love is not just for mortals – vampires need it just as much. Maybe more.