Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Font - Now Available

So it's a little early ... but it's available for Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.  You can also pick up a paperback copy it your fetish is tree-book. ;)

Naya Woods is not what she seems.  Her potent blood gives unstoppable power to Heriolf, vampire king of southeast Georgia, allowing him to kill anyone in his path.  His terrified subjects, led by noble vampire Elisha Midyet, band together to kidnap Naya in hopes of weakening and destroying Heriolf.  Elisha knows the innocent woman in his possession must die for the good of human and vampire alike.  But how do you kill the woman you love?

Length:  Novella (under 50,000 words)
Genre:  Paranormal erotica

Warning:  Sexually explicit scenes and adult language may be offensive to some readers.   This book contains BDSM elements of questionable consent, bondage, and Dom/sub play as well as non-erotic scenes of rape and violence performed by the villain. 


Heriolf looked over his subjects, feeling Naya’s warmth so very close.  She smelled of wooded paths, of autumn leaves, of wilderness.  She’d been exploring the forest that surrounded the mansion again, and it worried him.  She was vulnerable to the human slaves of his enemies, of which he was sure he had many.  But keeping one of Naya’s kind indoors all of the time was an impossibility if he wanted her to remain sane.  And he did like her with her faculties intact, wanted to keep her that way for as long as possible.  Perhaps one day it would be necessary to imprison her, visiting only to take the blood that made him invincible.  Should that day come he would lock her away without a speck of conscience, though he might have a moment of remorse.  Willing fonts were so much better than those that fought him.
Still, the thought his enemies might target Naya nagged at Heriolf.  That he had enemies, he was positive.  Randalf’s disappearance was proof of that.  His dedicated aide had been gone over a month now, and Heriolf felt sure he had been visited by his final death.  But which of these who attended him now had been behind it?  His ability to read minds had not uncovered the traitor in the vampires’ midst.  Even now, as he listened to their thoughts one at a time hoping for a clue, there was no indication of who had taken Randalf.
Instead there were only thoughts of blood and of sex, the inane wanderings of insignificant minds.  So bendable, so easy to terrorize and cajole were the other vampires.  As long as the animal hungers were met, his subjects were as much sheep as the humans they’d once been.  Heriolf’s takeover had been met with barely an outcry, even when he’d destroyed the council members that had once ruled southeast Georgia.  Not when he’d bribed so many into complacency.  And those who had fought against him?  He’d easily overpowered them, Naya’s blood giving him the strength and prior knowledge of those who would defy him.  His rise to supremacy had been almost laughably easy.
But now Randalf was gone, an overt challenge to Heriolf’s rule.  Well, the greed of his subjects remained one of Heriolf’s greatest tools, and he knew well how to use it.
He stood and the room fell silent at once.  Without preamble he announced, “Many of you know my trusted aide Randalf.  He has been missing for over a month now.  I am eager to discover his whereabouts, so if any have heard anything, even just rumors, I am prepared to make it worth your while for sharing information with me.”
He gestured to the whimpering feast, enough for his subjects to glut themselves on.  And they would tonight, drinking and fucking themselves into a thrall.  It wouldn’t end until every last human on the buffet had been raped and sucked dry.  “You will feed at my table for a year, if the information you share makes it so Randalf can be found.”
Excited murmurs rose in the room at this announcement.  Heriolf never lacked for blood, his hunting done by others.  To not have to chance human discovery, to not have to prowl all night long for sustenance at the edges of civilization would indeed be a luxury for most.
Then Heriolf offered what he knew would ultimately out the traitor.  He nodded to Naya.  “And a taste of the sweetest blood of all if someone brings him to me, or those who may have been foolish enough to take him away.”
Louder conversation, excitement lighting many a face.  Despite his attempts to keep Naya’s true importance quiet, rumors had spread.  For the Font’s part, she looked at Heriolf with shocked horror.
He gave her a slight shake of his head, assuring her of his lie.  He would never let another taste even one drop of her blood.  She belonged to him alone.
Mollified, Naya went back to looking aloof.  Later she would chastise him for offering such a thing, and he would apologize and reaffirm how he would forever look after her, keeping her safe as he had for almost twenty years.  His profuse exclamations of contrition would even make her feel a little guilty that she had doubted him for even an instant.  Heriolf had been dancing with Naya for most of her life now, and he knew all the steps.  Leading her was as easy as ruling the vampires.
As for anyone who did give him the information he sought, he would offer a few drops of another’s blood in a cup, some young child snatched from its bed perhaps.  Young ones did taste the best, and who would argue that perhaps it was not Naya’s blood?  No one that wanted to keep his second life going.
And if someone suggested he was due a draught straight from the Font herself?  Let the fools only try to sip from her and they will know a final death too horrible to be contemplated.
Naya was his.  Heriolf wasted no conscience on the ethics of double-crossing those who presumed too much.
* * * *
            It was a battle to keep the grim smile off Elisha’s face.  Randalf had gone to his final death as soon as he’d given up all he knew of the Font.  Considering how he’d helped Heriolf kill so many, including Elisha’s sire, it was justice long overdue.
            As Heriolf’s ice-brittle gaze swept in his direction, Elisha concentrated on muddying his thoughts.  He pushed forth false deliberations of how ironic it would be to eat at Heriolf’s table since the king killed his sire, how lucky he was he didn’t have to pay for his sire’s treachery against the mighty ruler.  Perhaps he could find a way to ingratiate himself with Heriolf?  Take the missing Randalf’s place?
Heriolf’s gaze went elsewhere, and Elisha relaxed.  He felt dirty from the false ruminations he’d put forth, for the pretended ill thoughts of his maker, the wise council member Thaddeus.  Had Elisha loved his birth father so much?  He thought perhaps not.  Thaddeus had rescued Elisha from a life of pain and torment, a life of neverending sorrow.  He had owed his sire so much, and the elder vampire’s final death had taken away all chances to repay the debt, save one.
You will be avenged, my maker, Elisha thought.  Or I will go to my final death attempting it.
A long, spare vampire stepped to Heriolf’s side for a brief word.  Elisha decided Lyndon, who’d been turned barely fifty years prior, must be Randalf’s replacement.
After a quick consultation, Lyndon called to the congregation.  “We will begin the ceremony.  Let the new subjects of our master Heriolf step forward to swear their fealty.”
About thirty vampires moved forward towards the seated self-proclaimed king.  Elisha wasn’t interested in any of the supplicants hoping to join the Savannah vampires.  He watched the stone-faced Naya, letting Lyndon’s nasal tones wash over him. 
“You who have joined King Heriolf’s realm this last year have drawn numbers.  Let the first step forward and beg the master’s favor.”
The first vampire, a very new member of the undead judging from the extravagance of his multicolored tattoos, took a step forward and knelt on one knee before Heriolf.  “I come from the northeast region where vampires are bid to stay hidden and feed upon the blood of animals.  The leaders there have forgotten our supremacy over the human cattle, upon which we should feed on exclusively.  King Heriolf, you are known to keep to the old ways, where a vampire hunts his prey with pride and feeds well until it dies.  I swear unto you my loyalty until final death turns my body to ash.”
He looked ridiculous to Elisha with his black eye makeup and lipstick and all those garish tattoos, but his speech showed an educated mind.  Too bad he wasted such pretty words on a lout like Heriolf.  The old Norseman puffed up like a toad with self-importance, no doubt fed by the flattery.
His gravelly voice boomed.  “You are welcome on my lands to live as a vampire was meant to.  I welcome you and bid you to feast at my table.” 
With an exaggerated sweep of one huge hand, Heriolf indicated the bound humans.  The vampire stood, bowed deeply to the master vampire, and stalked over to the row of naked bodies lying on the floor.  He immediately yanked up a young, comely woman who screamed around her gag.  She struggled uselessly, her wrists tied tightly behind her back, as the vampire took her to a nearby banquet table and laid her upon it.
As Heriolf’s newest subject bit into her neck, he freed his penis from black leather pants.  He raped her as he drank her life, drawing blood with fang and cock.  The watching company cheered him on as he took what Heriolf claimed was the vampire’s due. 
The poor girl had probably been snatched from a college campus or during a night stroll on the beach.  As far as Heriolf was concerned humans were cattle, creatures existing solely for the pleasure of vampires.  He had little concern that the growing predations on the local population would be noticed, putting the vampires of southeast Georgia in danger of discovery.
Not to mention the destruction of innocent lives was just plain wrong.
As the girl’s struggles weakened and her screams faded, Elisha stole a glance at Naya.  Her pale blond head had turned from the disgusting display, and her tiny fists were clenched.  Heriolf whispered to her, and she shook her head.
Another burst of cheers from the vampires brought Elisha’s attention back to the feeding.  The newly welcomed vampire rose from his now dead meal and joined the crowd as his victim fell from the table to the floor like a boneless rag doll.  Human servants, thin, gray-skinned beings, scurried to remove her.
Lyndon grinned like a game show host.  “Let us have the next candidate.”
A female vampire moved forward, her bobbed brunette hair and flapper-styled dress suggesting she last drew breath during the Roaring ‘20’s.  Her white kid gloves were spotless.  She took several steps forward, closing the distance to Heriolf.  He smiled at her, but Elisha noticed how sharp his ice-chip eyes became. 
She offered a curtsey.  “Glorious King Heriolf, I come to you in all humility to—”
“To murder me and take my place.”  Heriolf laughed into the shocked silence.  “I hear your thoughts, fool.  Have you not been told of my powers?  Of my absolute omnipotence?”
The female vampire didn’t wait to hear more.  She sprang at Heriolf, a silver blade in her gloved hand.  She was fast.  Heriolf was faster.
The Norseman seized the flapper in mid-air and ripped her in half at the waist as if tearing a sheet of paper.  He flung the two parts to the marble floor.  Blood sprayed, and Naya ducked the splatter by crouching behind Heriolf’s chair. 
His massive bare chest covered in the twitching vampire’s blood, Heriolf roared at the assembled.  “I am not only your master, I am your god!  Who else will challenge me?”
No one spoke.  No one moved.  Elisha caught Sebastian’s gaze with his own.  Moving carefully, he knelt and bowed his head.  Everyone around him immediately followed suit, and less than a second later, every vampire, except the ones standing guard near Heriolf and Naya, had gone to their knees.
There were a few moments of utter silence as the congregation awaited the tyrant’s next reaction.  Heriolf had been known to go into murderous rages, killing off a dozen vampires at one go just because they were unlucky enough to be at hand when he lost his temper.   
Nothing can be as still as a vampire.  Even their hair was motionless, refusing to acknowledge the occasional errant breeze.
Heriolf’s voice rolled through the room like distant thunder.  “Clean this up and continue the ceremony.”
Human servants scurried out from the next room once more, collecting the two halves of the vampire.  She twitched, too stunned to mount a defense before they tossed her into the mammoth fireplace.  While other human servants quickly wiped blood from the floor, all were silent to listen to the would-be killer scream as the flames ate into her.  Fortunately, she went up quickly and died within a minute or two.
His 100-watt smile dimmed to about 40, Lyndon still managed to speak smoothly.  “Let us have the next candidate.”
The ceremony resumed.  Now on edge because of the failed attack, everyone’s nervous attention focused like lasers on the candidates presenting themselves.  Heriolf and his guards were as wary as everyone else, and Elisha took the opportunity to ease himself to the very back of the crowd.  He gained the dark hall of the manor with no one the wiser.
His vampire-enhanced eyesight pierced the gloom with ease.  He passed closed doorways on his way to the foyer, where the stairway led up to the second floor.
No one challenged him.  His co-conspirators had cleared the way for him, and he silently mounted the marble stairs with the hand-carved polished wooden rails.  Even his clothes did not rustle with movement.  Vampires learned quickly how to mask all sound from their passage.  All Elisha heard was the continuing drone of voices from the hall, and the very, very distant traffic that one never seemed to escape in this day and age.  The twisted trail that led to Heriolf’s abode was hidden from the roads by an overgrowth of palmettos and the rampant kudzu that blanketed old pines and oaks.  Most had forgotten the once popular Seward mansion even existed, and death waited for those intrepid historians who sought it out.
Once in the second floor’s hallway, Elisha headed to the door at the end where flickering light seeped around its borders, keeping an eye on the closed doors he passed.  He barely noted the archaic but still deadly weapons that served as decorations on the walls:  a mace, swords, shields, a brutal double-bladed axe.  Heriolf may have well carried all these arms in his Viking career before being reborn as a vampire.
The lit room beckoned:  Naya’s chamber.  Elisha opened the door cautiously, ready for an attack.  But no, his fellow rebels had indeed sought out and removed the vampires who guarded Naya more closely than Heriolf himself.  The only thing that rushed out at him was the soft, sweet scent of young human woman.  Elisha inhaled appreciatively.  The living always smelled of warm vitality, and the remnants of Naya’s aroma was richer than most.  It made him wonder, as they all had these past weeks, what made her so special among humans.
It would not do to be caught hanging about outside her room, the light from it casting him in silhouette for all to see and report to Heriolf.  He stepped into the room and closed the door behind him.
Alone in Naya’s bedchamber, Elisha looked around to get a feel for his enemy’s secret weapon.
There was a four poster canopied bed, the wood ornately carved, the curtains sheer.  A bedside table held a water pitcher and glass as well as the flickering hurricane lamp that cast dancing shadows on the light blue flowered wallpaper.  There was a vanity with a mirror, the reddish-brown wood polished to a high gloss.  Her hairbrush was made of ivory.  A few of her blond strands wound in the bristles.   There was little in the way of makeup; only two tubes of lipstick and one of mascara.  Elisha found himself nodding with approval at the Font’s apparent disdain for heavy makeup. 
He went to the black walnut armoire and opened it.  It was full of dresses, all long and made of light, almost gossamer fabric.  It was a rainbow of pastels, all suited to flatter her fair skin and pale hair.
Elisha went to the bed and drew back the thin veil of the curtain.  A mountain of soft pillows awaited the head that rested there.  Before he thought about what he was doing, he bent over and inhaled her scent.
So fresh and electric, yet somehow subtle too.  She smelled of the woods, of nature, of life.  It aroused him, and for the first time Elisha wondered if Heriolf had visited the pleasure of Naya’s bed.  He thought of the lovely creature lying here, her long slender body naked, her thighs parting to admit a man…
Elisha made himself stop.  He was to steal her from this place, to take her away so that Heriolf could no longer add her power to his.    The woman was a means to an end, no more.  Elisha vowed he would only taste her blood to verify she provided Heriolf’s strength.  He had no interest in her otherwise.

Countdown to The Font - Excerpt 4

He sat up and shrugged the shirt from his broad shoulders.  Moonlight through the trees gave her enough light to appreciate the ruggedness of his torso.  Her hands moved all over him, seeking to devour him through touch alone.  Elisha was beautiful.
Naya circled his nipples with her fingertips, feeling how they grew rigid under her attention.  She rose to capture one in her mouth, sucking gently and flicking its tip with her tongue.  A slight exhale from Elisha let her know he enjoyed the sensation.
Her hands slid down to tug at his belt.   Then the snap of his jeans was pulled loose, his zipper lowered.  Hooking his thumbs into his waistband, Elisha stood again and pushed his pants down, pausing to kick off his cowboy boots before finally revealing himself to her.
Naya’s gaze filled with the naked vampire standing over her.  Like his upper body, his legs bore the muscles of someone who had known hard physical work.  Between the thick thighs was a dark curly triangle of hair from which his manhood stood at eager attention.  She shivered in anticipatory delight.  He had filled her with it before, and she was eager for him to do so again.
Heriolf often strode about bare-chested, and his legs strained the fabric of his trousers.  He was much more muscular than Elisha.  Naya thought the vampire lord’s body looked almost comically exaggerated compared to the man who stood here in the moonlight.  Elisha was not delicate by any means but he was more finely made, a feast for the eyes as well as the body.
“Perfect,” Naya breathed. 
He smiled and kneeled next to her.  “Your turn,” he said.
Elisha lifted her dress up and over her head.  Naya was grateful the capricious southern weather had turned warm again, only the slightest coolness wafting across her skin to make her nipples pebble.  Elisha’s calloused fingers tightened the sensitive nubs further.
“You are lovely, Naya,” he whispered.  “Heriolf was mad to let you be.”
His head ducked down, and he filled his mouth with one soft mound.   Naya couldn’t help but cry out to feel the rough silk of his tongue rub over her flesh.  His fangs dimpled her pliant skin as he suckled, but he was careful to not bite. 
Elisha pulled back as he sucked hard, drawing her breast taut as he slowly released it.  Then his tongue flicked over the very tip several times, coaxing high-pitched whimpers from her throat.  His attention moved to the other breast, teasing it as ruthlessly as the first.
He laid her flat to the ground once more, gathering her tiny wrists in one hand to pin over her head.  Elisha’s weight settled over her, making her immobile as he continued the sweet assault on her breasts.  While his mouth nipped and licked and sucked one, his free hand caressed and traced and gently pinched the other.  Pleasure swirled wildly where his touch went, and Naya moaned her enjoyment.  Being held down and made utterly vulnerable as he ravished her increased the thrill.
“Now that I have the time and senses to enjoy you properly, that is exactly what I’m going to do,” he said, a mischievous glint in his eyes as he looked up at her.
Naya could only shiver at the note of threat in his tone.  She trembled as his hand left her breast to skate down her ribcage, over the tiny swell of her belly, and down to stroke the softness of her pubic curls.
There he paused, letting his fingertips swirl through the hair of her mound, close to where she was aching and wet.  He neared trembling flesh without touching her where she wanted him most.  She moved a little, trying to gain contact with that light, teasing touch.
“No, Naya.  I want you to give yourself completely to me.”  His gentle voice belied the command of his words.
“You can have me,” she promised.  “All of me.”
“I don’t want just your body.  I want your obedience.  I want your surrender.”
His words were confusing her.  Wasn’t she already his prisoner, subject to his demands?  “I’m giving myself to you.  What more can I offer?”
He smiled, her benevolent captor.  “For this bit of time, while we are together like this, I want you to give up your will to me.  I wish for you to forget your wants in deference to mine.”
“I don’t understand, Elisha.”
“Your only responsibility is to let go.  You will submit to my authority and do all I ask.  You do not have to think of how to please me, because your service will do that.  Can you obey me, Naya?”
Naya considered his words carefully, a difficult task considering he was still stroking her mound, coming so teasingly close to her most sensitive flesh but denying that precious contact.  She wanted him.  Her body begged for him.  And it really didn’t matter how it happened, as long as she could have him.
“Whatever you wish, Elisha.  I’ll do what you tell me to,” she agreed.
He smiled, and the expression made his handsome face almost ethereal with beauty.  Naya’s breath caught.  His kiss warmed her from head to toe.
Elisha leaned away to fuss with his cloak.  He drew out the rope he’d taken from the train museum.  When he began to wrap a length of it around Naya’s wrists, she pulled back with a protest.
“Elisha, what—”
“I thought you would obey me, Naya.  I wish to bind you to help you concede to my wishes.”  He looked down at her patiently.
There was no threat in his posture or expression.  Naya swallowed hard.  “What if I don’t like what you’re doing?  What if it’s something that really upsets me?”  She couldn’t imagine what he might do to her that would get such a reaction, but giving herself over to the point where she was actually physically helpless made her nervous.
“Then tell me to stop.  I won’t force anything on you that you don’t want.”  He punctuated the promise with a tender kiss on her lips.  “There’s been enough taking without your permission, Naya.”
            She couldn’t deny how delicious sex with Elisha had been, and she’d been helpless in truth during those encounters.  The first time he’d been overwhelmed by the potency of her blood; the second, it had been the insane hunger and need of a just-wakened vampire.  If Naya was honest, she had to admit the powerlessness she’d felt in his arms had been part of the attraction.  Now he was offering her the opportunity to simulate that vulnerability while having the ability to stop the encounter.
            “You’ll really stop if I say to?”
            “You have my word.”
            She shivered a little, realizing how much she wanted him.  Enough to become utterly defenseless.  But he could rape her or kill her at any time as it was.  What difference would being tied up truly make? 
            “All right, Elisha.”  She shivered again.
            He kissed her again, as sweetly as one could hope from a solicitous lover.  “You’ll be fine, Naya.  I will not harm you.”
            She held still as he bound her wrists together.  Then he stretched the cord to a thin pine tree a foot away, tying it off around the trunk.  Elisha came back and stood over her.
            “You are beautiful, Naya, tied helpless for my pleasure.”  His eyes on her were avid and bright in the light of the full moon.  He knelt down, spreading her legs so they straddled his thighs. 
Naya was suddenly very aware of her sex being open, that he was seeing her most intimate parts.  She was utterly exposed to him, with no way to hide.  She instinctively pulled at the rope, wanting to cover herself against the vampire sight she knew penetrated the shadows so well.  Elisha could see at night as clearly as she did in the daylight. 
“You will remain open to me,” he said quietly.  “Stop trying to close your legs, Naya.”
She was pressing against his thighs she realized, attempting to shield her too vulnerable sex from his view.  She drew a deep breath and made herself relax.
“Much better,” he said, and his approval warmed her as his kiss had.  “Now remain absolutely still.”
Naya had never known how difficult remaining motionless could be until his fingers began tracing her nether lips with a light, teasing touch.  She seized at the sensation, everything below the waist spasming in reaction.  Her hips jerked.
“Naya,” came Elisha’s deep voice, the tone disapproving.  “You said you’d obey.  Now do not move.”
She’d heard Heriolf utter profane phrases that she thought might fit this occasion just fine.  Don’t move indeed!  And how was she to accomplish that when his fingers were so talented?  When he was touching places that brought darts of excruciating pleasure driving her insides to bubble and roil?
Naya bit her lips together and concentrated on keeping her hips still.  She couldn’t do anything about the trembling that suffused her body, not when Elisha was so carefully tracing every fold, every petal of her womanhood.
She could feel honey flowing from her, making those tormenting fingers slide easily over her flesh.  She peered at Elisha, wondering what he was thinking as he played with her.
Their eyes met, and he deliberately withdrew his hand to slowly suck her juices from his fingers.  The groan that came from Naya was embarrassingly loud.
“I agree,” he said, one corner of his mouth lifting as he reached to fondle her anew.  “It’s not just your blood that is delicious.”