I’m so excited to be participating in the Haunting Savannah boxset. Halloween is my absolute favorite time of the year so when I was given the opportunity to take part in this collection I jumped at the chance.
I started writing my contribution, True Companions, back in 2012. Long time ago! It was one of those books that I kept putting on the back burner for other projects but the plot and the characters were always in my head. I write contemporary romance and very rarely delve into paranormal, although it is my first love as a reader. I’ve always had a thing for vampires (long before Twilight) but I just couldn’t motivate myself to finish writing this book. Until... I saw the call for Haunting Savannah.
I knew the story was a perfect fit. I hope you’ll agree. Here’s a look at the blurb and a sneak peek of what you can expect.
Can two destined souls open their hearts and their bed to a third?
Vampires Maxim Avery and Grant Bellow have been lovers for a century. Companions in the truest sense. While attending an auction where a human woman offers herself to the highest vampire bidder, Grant inadvertently connects with her from across the room. Their interaction so powerful that Maxim has no choice but to secure the human for his soulmate. He’d do anything for him, but at what cost?
Cassie Kelley survived years of being a product of foster care never fitting in where anywhere. After aging out of the system, she falls on hard times. At twenty-three, she finds herself broke, uneducated and nowhere to live. The auction house was supposed to be her saving grace, and things were looking up when not one, but two sexy, charismatic vampires take her home. She quickly realizes her new arrangement may not be what she expected. She’s more of an intrusion or so it would seem.
Cassie wonders if this situation will be like all the other homes she tried when she was a kid. Another place where she doesn’t belong. Grant falls hard for Cassie, realizing she is his human. But how will that work when he’s already found his fate in Maxim?
As October came to a close the nights were growing colder in Savannah. The shelters were filling faster. Not that Cassie Kelley wanted to spend the night in any of them. What choice did she have? With no money or family her options were limited. She was used to getting by on her own, but lately she’d been dealt a harder hand than usual. Losing her job and the room she’d been renting in a matter of weeks were taking a toll on her. She was hungry. But not as hungry as them...
She pulled her hoodie up and shoved her hands in her pockets. The dark, wooded area known as Dead Way, just beneath the dimly lit bridge frightened her, but not as much as those who spent their time under the old bridge. Creatures of the night, immortals, bloodsuckers or just plain old vampires. Society had become used to them. Most vamps kept to themselves. Most humans chose to believe that such types were myths, urban legends, but others embraced their presence. Cassie had always been indifferent to them. She’d never seen one before. Growing up in the foster system, she heard stories of vampires taking kids in. Getting them off the streets and providing them an alternative to the dead end lives most of them faced. She’d never been fortunate enough to have been adopted by either a human or a vampire, so she never cared one way or the other if they had existed. She aged out of the system five years before and hit the streets, surviving, scraping to get by and hoping things would get better. They hadn’t.
As she slowly made her way down the dirt covered path, muffled voices spoke beyond the mist. One time, she told herself. She would try this one time. Vampires needed humans to survive and her blood was just as good as the next. Why shouldn’t she sell it? A chill prickled down her spine when two shadowy figures appeared in the distance.
Just this one time...