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(The Order of the
Vampires Book 1)
by USA Today Bestselling Author Lydia Michaels
Adam Hartzler has always been an honorable immortal, but the fine line between right and wrong begins to blur when he is called to his true mate. If he does not find and claim her soon, he will lose his soul and humanity, transforming into a vile predator controlled by insatiable bloodlust, sentenced to a demonic and tortured eternity as a vampire.
Adam sets out on a quest to hunt his mate and claim her before it is too late. His salvation relies on his destined mate’s surrender, but when she refuses to cooperate, Adam must set aside his morals and do what is needed to survive. Time’s slipping away with his control, and his territorial instincts refuse to let her go.
Annalise Snow awakens on a primitive farm removed from modern civilization and in fear of her life. Her captor is determined to keep her prisoner and believes he is somehow entitled to her future. But she will not surrender easily. When Adam asks for the ultimate sacrifice, she must decide if he lives or dies.
Passion and emotion collide in an explosive meeting of destined souls, but love is never a guarantee, especially when eternity begins with betrayal.
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Excerpt from Original Sin:
“Beautiful, Annalise,” he whispered.
Unlocking his fists, he traced the back of his finger along the soft white expanse of her thigh. Goosebumps prickled her flesh, and a small moan escaped her throat.
“You will know my touch and feel it often.”
Drawing slow whirls over her hip, his fingertip treaded lightly across the elastic of her minimal undergarment. Her skin showed like ivory in the moonlight. Silver pools of blue painted her pale skin. She was a masterpiece. Hard points formed under her shirt as he dragged his exploring finger up her arm. He ached to trace his touch over the turgid tip but refrained.
A soft moan slipped past her plump lips and her legs shifted, her hips burrowing into the mattress. Could she sense his desire?
His need to touch and possess her left him shaken. Withdrawing his caress, his gaze traveled over her torso. Each breath expanded her ribs and lifted her breasts.
His inspection climbed the narrow column of her throat and stilled at her fluttering pulse.
Arousal slammed into him. A bone deep hunger ached inside of him, begging him to claim her. His tongue traced under his fangs as he leaned closer, breathing in her delicate fragrance, feeding off the scent of such a vulnerable offering. So small. So fragile. So in need of a mate. His jaw widened—
He sprang off the bed, startled by the powerful trance she held over him. It was as if she had him under some sort of spell.
Forking a hand through his hair, he paced silently. He wanted her now, consequences be damned. How long would he have to wait? Would it really matter? Their futures were decided. Why not now?
Battling with his conscience, he crouched at the foot of the bed, his greedy stare traveling up her legs. His thumb dragged along the inside of her ankle, gliding upward to her knee and pulling her legs apart. Her scent intensified.
Closing his eyes, he breathed her in. This was his mate, his one and only, his ainsicht.
The beat of her heart seemed to complement his, like the tease and retreat of the ocean waves beating back the banks of the shore. The rush of blood pumping through her veins rattled his concentration. It sung to him, a siren’s call that compelled an answer.
His skin burned like the tongues of a fire, licking at his insides, his burning desires heating his blood to volcanic degrees. He needed to leave. Now.
Taut as a bow, he forced himself away from the bed for her protection. Never had he fought such temptation. Carnal images assaulted him. Her body clinging to his, flesh gliding over flesh. Nails digging into muscle. Fangs piercing skin.
His body throbbed, pleading that he take her and claim what was rightfully his. Heart hammering against his ribs, he staggered back from the bed. His control was
slipping. If he touched her now, he’d break her.
Meet USA Today Bestselling Author Lydia Michaels
Lydia Michaels is the author of over thirty-five novels and the consecutive winner of the 2018 & 2019 Author of the Year Award from Happenings Media, as well as the recipient of the 2014 Best Author Award from the Courier Times. She has been featured in USA Today, Romantic Times Magazine, Love & Lace, and more. As the host and founder of the East Coast Author Convention, the Behind the Keys Author Retreat, and Read Between the Wines, she continues to celebrate her growing love for readers and romance novels around the world.
Lydia is happily married to her childhood sweetheart. Some of her favorite things include the scent of paperback books, listening to her husband play piano, escaping to her coastal home at the Jersey Shore, cheap wine, 80’s pop culture, coffee, and kilts. She hopes to meet you soon at one of her many upcoming events. You can follow Lydia at www.Facebook.com/LydiaMichaels
Interview with Lydia Michaels:
Q: Hi, Lydia! Tell us about your publishing journey. Did you always want to be an author?
LM: I was originally a teacher, but after writing my first novel in 2007, I never looked back. I am a hybrid author, published with Penguin Random House as well as independently published.
Q: What’s your favorite type of paranormal creature and why?
LM: I want to say vampires, but I’m always rooting for their enemies, the wolfs. I’m an Alcide and Jacob girl. But I still love the vamps!
Q: For those who are new to your books, what is the story about?
LM: Amish vampires hiding in plain sight—very traditional views, with high handed, alpha males who are in no way, shape, or form prepared for today’s modern women. So, when they are “called” to their fated mates, things get interesting—and feisty.
Q: Tell us about your heroine. What inspired her quirks and struggles?
LM: Annalise has lost both her parents and is alone in the world, without any belief system for comfort. When Adam comes into her life, she thinks he’s nuts—wouldn’t you? He’s Amish and claiming to be her soul mate. She puts some “stranger danger” distance between them but he turns out to be a Stage 5 Clinger. Next thing she knows, she’s abducted, taken to an Amish farm in the middle of nowhere, and wearing a bonnet. Suffice it to say, she gets a little prickly.
Q: Tell us about your hero. What motivates him?
LM: Adam is an immortal empath who believes everything his elders tell him. When he’s called to his fated mate, he assumes he will hunt her down, bond with her, and live happily ever after, but as one complication spins into an absolute nightmare, he realizes he might have been misled and collecting a mortal woman is not as simple as he thought.
Q: Is any part of your story or the characters based on personal experience?
LM: Only the setting. I grew up outside of Lancaster and frequently visited the area. I love the Amish culture and have always found their primitive ways fascinating. But I’m a modern girl through and through.
Q: What is a typical writing day like for you? What inspires you?
LM: I wake at 4am and write for an hour, then I do some other work tasks and take a walk. After that, it’s back to writing. I’m a full time author and try to write as often as possible. I use the last thirty minutes of each day to market and answer correspondence.
Q: Where can our readers find you? (Social media, website, etc.)
Thanks for chatting with us, Lydia!