I’m thrilled to be here today to share my latest Vampire Warrior Kings story, Taken by the Vampire King. This book is about a dying vampire king and the human woman he believes can save him. There are a lot of clichés about the idea that love can conquer all. In this book, that is true in the most tangible sense, because love conquers death itself.
That’s right. Both my supposedly immortal vampire and the human who he hopes can save him are dying. Henrik has a mysterious and never-before-seen disease that keeps blood from nourishing him. No matter how often he drinks, no matter how many Proffered – virgin women trained to serve the vampire warrior class – he claims, he cannot find the sustenance he requires to maintain his humanity and his immortality. He is starving and aging and devolving into a raging creature, and there’s not a thing he can do about it—talk about tortured! Kaira has CML, a form of leukemia that leaves her weakened, sore, and feverish – and there’s no cure. She refuses to let that stop her from pursuing her dream of having her photographs published, and that brings her to a juried competition in Tromso, Norway, home of the annual Nordlysfestivalen – the festival celebrating the end of the Polar Winter and return of the sun.
On the first night of the gallery show displaying all of the competing photographs, Kaira is attacked by Soul Eaters, evil vampires who steal human souls by drinking through the last beat of the heart and then devouring it, too. Henrik saves her. And then he can’t stop himself from drinking from her, too.
Here’s what happens next:
“His eyes,” she said to herself. The pale ice color was gone, a bright, piercing blue in its place, like a cloudless sky on the most beautiful, spring day. Totally captivating.
“Henrik,” Jakob rasped. “Your eyes have changed.”
Confusion played over Henrik’s aggressive expression.
“Jesus, brother, your face—the cuts have all healed.” His voice was awash in wonder.
“I’ll be damned,” the third vampire said.
Henrik paused and ran his hand over his cheek, his lips, his neck. His azure eyes went wide.
Kaira glanced between the three of them, unsure what explained their sudden change in demeanor. All the aggression and tension flowed out of them.
“How?” Henrik said. “It takes me days to heal…”
His words hung on the night air for a long moment, and then three pairs of preternatural eyes turned toward her.
What happens next? You’ll just have to read Taken by the Vampire King to see! But rest assured that love really does have the power to conquer death…
Who is your favorite tortured vampire hero?
Thanks for reading!
About Taken by the Vampire King :
Henrik Magnusson is supposed to be immortal, but a mysterious ailment leaves the vampire king near death, and not even the blood of the Proffered, human virgins trained to serve the elite, can sustain him. Then he rescues a beautiful young woman from his enemies, and is filled with blood lust and desire he hasn’t felt for centuries.
Photographer Kaira Sorenson’s life takes a nightmare turn when she’s attacked by blood-thirsty creatures—and saved by a vampire. She should be afraid of Henrik, but she can’t deny her intense attraction to this regal, enigmatic being—nor the fact that her blood may be his only salvation. Now she must decide if she’s willing to be his forever…
About Laura Kaye:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.