UK edition Reissue
November 25, 2008
Dorchester
ISBN-10: 0843961880
ISBN-13: 978-0843961881



Argeneau Family Tree
Notte Family Tree

Audiobook
Brilliance Audio
May 29, 2010
Order audiobook at Amazon.com

 

A romance you can sink your teeth into...

SWM - "Lucern." Successful biographer of family, books recently categorized as "paranormal romance." Something of a recluse. Hates crowds, aggressive women. Doesn't like sunbathing, garlicky dinners or religious symbols. Likes old-fashioned values; spicy Mexican dishes; warm, nice-smelling neck; and plump red lips. Stronger than ten men and can vanish in the blink of an eye. Currently unaware he's seeking a woman to share eternity.

SWF - "Kate C. Leever." Newest editor of Romance at Roundhouse Publishing. Perky, fun. Has recently discovered a legacy author just dying to be broken out. In fact, her career could take off from it. (The tall, dark, handsome writer just needs to be taken to several romance conventions and introduced to his fans . . . and stopped from acting so strange in public.) Dislikes "difficult, rude, obnoxious, pig-headed writers." Currently she's met the man of her wildest dreams.

OH, DEAR.


When I sat down to write Lucern's story, I couldn't think of anything less likely than a grumpy, six hundred year old vampire who wrote romances. And then, I couldn't think of anything more amusing than dumping him in the midst of a romance conference full of some two thousand rabid female romance fans. So that's exactly what I did. I laughed so hard writing this book. Believe me, there was more than one person who looked at me with worry as I scribbled and chuckled away in restaurants and coffee shops.


Prologue

January 30th

Dear Mr. Argeneau;

I hope this letters gets to you, finds you well, and that you had a happy holiday season. This is the second communication I’ve sent you. The first was mailed just before Christmas. No doubt it was lost in the holiday confusion. I did attempt to contact you by telephone, unfortunately the contact information we have doesn’t include your phone number, and it is apparently unlisted.

As to the reason for writing; I am pleased to inform you that the Vampire series you write under the name Luke Amirault is quite popular with readers, much more so than we ever expected. There has even been a great deal of interest in a possible book signing tour. So many stores have contacted us regarding this possibility that I thought I should contact you and find out if and when you would be interested in undertaking such an endeavor.

Please contact this office with your phone number and your response.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Kate C. Leever
Editor
Roundhouse publishing Co. Inc.
New York, New York

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April 1st,

Dear Ms Leever,

No.

Sincerely,
Lucern Argeneau
Toronto, Ontario

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April 11th

Dear Mr Argeneau,

I received your letter this morning and while I gather you are not interested in a book signing tour, I feel I should stress just how deep the interest in your books are. Your popularity is growing rapidly. Several publications have written requesting an interview. I don’t think I need explain how helpful this publicity would be.

As to a book signing tour, not only have we had phone calls regarding this, but a highly successful bookstore chain with outlets in both Canada and the United States has even announced that it would be willing to foot the bill to have you visit their larger stores. They would arrange and pay for your flights, put you up in hotels at each stop, and supply a car and driver to collect you from the airport, see you to the hotel, then to the signing and back. This is no small offer and I urge you to consider it carefully.

As mail from here to Toronto appears to be quite slow - though your return letters seem to take the usual ten days - I am sending this back overnight express. I would appreciate your immediate response and please remember to include your phone number this time.

Sincerely,
Kate C. Leever
Editor
Roundhouse Publishing Co. Inc.
New York, New York

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June 15th

Dear Ms Leever,

No.

Sincerely,
Lucern Argeneau
Toronto, Ontario

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June 26th

Dear Mr. Argeneau,

Once again you have forgotten to include your phone number. That being the case, I would first ask that you please call the office at once and speak to either myself, or, if I should happen to be out of the office when you call, my assistant Ashley. You may call collect if necessary, but I would really like to talk to you myself because I feel sure that you may not realize how popular you have become, or how important and necessary contact with your readers can be.

I do not know if you’re aware of it, but fan sites are springing up all over the internet and we receive tons of mail daily for you which will be boxed and forwarded to you separate from this letter. I have mentioned the requests for a book signing tour in previous letters, but should tell you now that they are reaching unmanageable proportions. It seems almost every book store around the world would love to have you visit and are sure the signing would be a major success. While you could not possibly hit every store, we think that one store in every major city would be manageable.

I would also like to urge you to consider giving an interview or two and am including the letters we have received from various publications regarding this. As you will notice, these requests come from more than just romance publications. Your popularity has gone mainstream as is reflected by the fact that various newspapers and literary magazines are also requesting interviews. We have even had interest from a couple of the morning news show. While the news shows would have to be in person, the newspaper and magazine interviews need not be, they could be managed either over the phone or even the internet if you are on it. Are you on the internet? If so, I would also like your email address and would encourage you to get Windows Messenger or something similar so that I could speak to you over the internet. Several of my writers have Messenger and we find it quite convenient and much quicker than normal mail.

There is much more I would like to discuss with you. Please remember to contact this office as soon as possible, collect if necessary. Again I am sending this overnight express.

Sincerely,
Kate C. Leever
Editor
Roundhouse Publishing Co. Inc.
New York, New York

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August 1st

Dear Ms Leever,

No.

Sincerely,
Lucern Argeneau
Toronto, Ontario

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