Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NIGHTLORD LOVER Vampires of New Hope

RELEASE DAY!!!  I'm so excited about the release of NIGHTLORD LOVER, book one in my vampire series. I'm tentatively calling it Vampires of New Hope because the stories will be set in New Hope, Pennsylvania. It's a historic colonial town on the Delaware River with many old buildings, houses, shops and restaurants. Some houses date back in the 1700s. It's also know as one of the most haunted towns in the world.


In this story, I have a hitchhiking ghost, and it's based on the true ghost story. While staying at a Bed and Breakfast in an old Victorian house, I learned about a hidden tunnel that ran from the basement to a trapdoor in the floor of a gazebo across the yard (see photo below). It was once part of the Underground Railroad that was used to rescue slaves and help them escape to freedom. I thought what if there were a maze of these tunnels beneath this village? That way vampires could use them to travel during the day? In my story there is also one that crosses beneath the Delaware River. Across the river is where a council of vampire slayers live in peace as long a the vampires don't cross into their territory and don't harm any mortals. And that uneasy alliance is about to be threatened.

A warrior vampire, Garrick, and a sorcerer vampire, Ramon with special powers, want to claim Larissa as their crimson swan--a mortal blood donor with benefits--but they want a willing swan. They're fiercely protective of her from those immortals who would claim her against her will. When the peaceful alliance between vampire slayers and vampires is threatened, Larissa finds herself in the crossfire between mortals and immortals, and torn between two vampire lovers.

BTW the stone on the book cover does has some significance in the book. But it wouldn't be fair to give that away.

Below are some photos taken from the area around New Hope, PA that gave me inspiration for the story and series.

Hidden tunnel beneath the gazebo
Similar to the house where I imagine the vampires live
Under bridge where Larissa meets rebel vampires, next to canal
Logan Inn, outside bar/restaurant where Larissa and Garrick spend time. It's also haunted in real life.
Towpath during the day

Title: Nightlord Lover
Author: Kathy Kulig
Series: Book one in a new erotic vampires series
Genre: Erotic Vampire romance/ménage
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Release Date: July 23rd 2014
Edition: eBook

Buy: Ellora's Cave
Available soon at most retailers: Amazon | Barnes and Noble and more.

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BLURB for Nightlord Lover: Warrior vampire Garrick Labar guards the secrets of the Guild. His comrade--vampire and sorcerer Ramon Travere--enforces the uneasy alliance between mortals and immortals. When Larissa Devine moves into town, both Garrick and Ramon are mesmerized and enraptured by her. They crave to claim her as their crimson swan and lover. But a new arrival is fair game and if they don’t claim her first, a band of renegades will.

Larissa finds a blistering-hot ménage with her protectors too intoxicating to resist. The immortals can’t deny their sexual attraction for her and sense her blood pulsing hot and furious when they’re close. Erotic desires thrust her into a world of danger and seduction. When the renegade vampires attempt to destroy a hundred years of peace, Larissa is caught in the crossfire. Eternal love and carnal nights can be her future if she survives.


Larissa donned her coat, grabbed a shopping sack and headed onto the crowded streets. It was dark, early evening, and the sidewalks were still packed. She couldn’t help but think about Garrick’s warning about the towpath and ghost. It was a short cut to the store and she didn’t want to leave Jordan alone for long. Not that she didn’t trust Jordan, but she was new and might not be able to answer a customer’s question. As she stood by the entrance of the path, two joggers ran across the parking lot and onto the towpath. See? If it was safe enough for them, why not her?
Deciding to ignore Garrick’s warning, she followed the joggers  and speed–walked toward the bridge. The trail was peaceful, a great place to jog and not so isolated that she felt unsafe. The sounds of traffic and Christmas music in the distance comforted her. The joggers passed the bridge and were out of sight. Stuffing her hands in her coat pocket, she hurried along the grassy path.
Under the bridge, she rushed up the steps leading to the street. Her hands shook when she entered the small grocery store. She refused to get spooked by superstitions. She picked up coffee, milk, yogurt and fresh berries. The fruit was way over priced for this time of year but she needed a taste of summer. Then she stopped at the wine store for a bottle of merlot. She hoped by inviting Jordan for dinner, she might find out what she knew about the town and its mysterious people like Garrick, Ramon and Kashia. On the way home, she took the canal towpath again, refusing to allow a legend to spook her.
Something tugged on her hair and she jumped, almost dropping her shopping sack. Laughing, she gripped onto her bag and marched under the bridge. She was scaring herself for no reason.
This time a shadow crossed her path.
“You will be my crimson slave,” a man’s voice whispered close to her ear. She felt his breath, felt the touch of his hand on her shoulder. Crying out, Larissa spun around but no one was there.
She glanced up and down the path and saw no one running away. To one side was a wall leading up to the bridge. Even a tall person couldn’t leap to the top. The only other way off the path was to jump into the canal. She would’ve heard a splash if the man was crazy enough to do that in this weather. Was it the ghost, or something else?
Her body chilled then flashed with heat. A shiver raised goose bumps over her skin. If it was a ghost then she had nothing to fear. A ghost couldn’t harm her, only frighten her if she let it.
The shadow and a breeze sped passed her and Larissa was slammed against the cold stone wall. All the air rushed out of her lungs and she gasped for a breath to scream.
The weight of a muscular body pressed her against the wall as hands moved up her hips and waist. Oh God, she was going to be raped or murdered or both. With all her strength she tried to kick, tried to swing her arms to fight, but she was paralyzed.
Her pulse thundered in her head. Finally she found the courage to open her eyes and face her attacker. The Goth guy who was on her balcony. “You.”
“Yes, little one. I’m claiming you. Taking what’s rightfully mine.” His scorching gaze moved down her length, kicking up her heartbeat and heating her skin. Despite the violence, she felt woozy, sensually achy, his touch tempting. Her head leaned back and rested against the stone, the fight and fear being replaced by erotic desire.
What was wrong with her? “What are you doing?” she murmured.

“Wait and see.” His booted foot shoved her feet apart. A muscular thigh eased between her legs. The buttons of her coat opened and cold air chilled her body. Fear rose to the surface again. She shuddered as his mouth glided over her neck, teeth scraping her skin. “This might hurt a little. It’ll be over quick,” he said.

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