Anthologies are a great way to discover new authors and personally, I know I should read them more often. Today’s guests, Diana Cosby and Erica Ridley, are both featured in the anthology BORN TO BITE that’s hitting the shelves later this month. They both have a passion for vampire tales, so the bestselling authors have joined forces to create a fun vampire tale using their heroes from their respective stories in the anthology.
A Summer Camp Short Story
by Diana Cosby and Erica Ridley
Shielded by the brush on the cool summer night, Mártainn Macane—known as Cain—glanced at Aedan MacGregor, Laird of the Highland Vampire Coven. “The traitor is among those around the campfire. Now to determine which one.”
“As if whoever responsible will admit his guilt?” Aedan asked.
“Nay, he’d deny it like the coward he is,” Cain replied, “but the treachery must end. Each day that passes, shared knowledge of the vampire warrior code exposes a new weakness and another of our vampire warriors is killed.”
The full moon slid from behind the midnight sky like an omen. Silvery fingers of light swept the land, toyed with the rise of flames at the campfire.
“Bloody hell,” Aedan breathed. “Count how many vampire children surround the fire.”
Cain scanned the group. “Only twelve. Young Scáth is missing. The betrayer has slipped away to meet with whoever he is passing our secrets.”
“Before we trail Scáth,” Aedan said, “let us be seen by those around the campfire. If anyone else is involved, their actions will expose their guilt.”
In silence, Cain and Aedan stepped from their shield of leaves.
Connell McKinn, the son of a vampire warrior and bard, was leaning forward with the mastery of a seasoned story teller. “Dead,” he breathed, his fierce gaze pausing on his ensnared audience. “A stake shoved through his chest with the moonlight illuminating the kill as if druid-cast!”
One of the younger vampires gasped, another glanced toward the forest as if seeking the vampire murderer.
Connell stilled. With a slow turn, he glanced toward them. He stood and bowed. “Sir knights.” The remainder of the vampire youths scrambled to their feet and followed the bard’s example.
A tremble of leaves to the far side of the camp caught Cain’s attention. “Come out of hiding!”
“Scáth was but out to find a fairy,” Griogair, son of the smithy, said with a defensive tone. “We saw one in the woods.”
“Bedamned,” Aedan whispered. “Mayhap both are involved.”
Anger stormed Cain’s face. “Scáth, show yourself!”
The rustle of brush fractured the night a second before the young vampire stepped into the clearing.
“Where do you claim to see this fairy?” Cain demanded.
The young vampire hesitated, then glanced toward Griogair. “Beneath a leaf.”
“A lie.” Aedan stalked closer. “The fey are nae small. I know this as my wife is from the Otherworld.” A gasp shuddered through the group. “To whom do you betray us?”
Scáth stumbled back, trembling.
“I’ll have the truth,” Aedan demanded. “Griogair, do not continue to protect him.”
“Wait,” Scáth said, swallowing hard. “The blame is mine. He knows naught of what I’ve done.”
Confusion swept Griogair’s face. “What are you talking about?”
Cain caught Scáth’s arm. “Murder.”
Scáth jumped. “I murdered no one! I was merely… telling tales.”
Eyes hard, Aedan pried a telltale bit of parchment from the vampire youth’s clenched fingers. “Betraying our secrets is more than a tale, but an act of treason. A betrayal for which you shall now regret.”
As the two vampire warriors disappeared into the shadows with their prisoner, a new campfire tale was born…
Here’s the scoop on BORN TO BITE, which will be release, August 28th, 2012!
Darkly handsome and dangerously sexy, these voracious vampires are out for blood—and bound for eternal love…
Dark Secret by Hannah Howell
Alone in the world, Murdina Dunbar sets out in search of the only family she has left—and finds an ally in the mysterious Sir Gillanders Baldwin. Something about her sexy protector stirs her blood. Soon, not even the whispers that he’s a dangerous demon can keep her from his bed….
Never Been Bitten by Erica Ridley
Rumored to be a vampire, the rakish Mr. Macane is ravishing all the ladies of the ton! Yet, Miss Elspeth Ramsay cannot bring herself to tremble in his presence. But once Ellie feels the touch of his teeth at her throat, she finds herself biting him back! Surely this sudden bloodlust can only mean danger for her family—and her heart….
Highland Vampire by Diana Cosby
As King of the Highland Coven, vampire Aedan MacGregor knows that falling for the fey Rowan Campbell could destroy her. But one taste of her healing blood and he craves her like no other. Dare claim her as his own, knowing he might lose her forever?
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