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I’ve been searching for my image of Nikolaus Schild and thus far have come up empty handed. In my trilogy, Vampires of the Chesapeake, Nik is the eldest of the three immortals: Kian MacTiernan, Rees Morgan, and Nikolaus Schild. He’s also the cockiest, most creative, rebellious, and chivalrous of the three. When I first envisioned him, I immediately saw the concert violinist, David Garrett; a young, charismatic, talented musician. But finding David’s doppelganger proved difficult and challenging.
Here’s the Gold Standard by which I measured my future image for Nikolaus Schild:
In order to take his place on the final cover in the trilogy and be considered as Nik, the model had to look arrogant, rebellious without being tattooed from head to toe, and these days, that’s difficult to find. I wanted him to have a slightly Nordic appearance and look rugged, not baby-faced. After all, Nik is 1400 years old, he’s seen battle, reigned as a prince over Frankish territories, and survived the psychedelic sixties and seventies! He doesn’t apologize for being a vampire, relishes it, in fact, and tends to say what’s on his mind.
So, here is my newest image for my Nikolaus Schild:
What do you think? Is he Nik?
To help visualize when writing, I sometimes find images that most closely match what I imagine my characters to look like or to be wearing. In this case, Donella Fitzpatrick, from Vampires of the Chesapeake book 3, is attending Nikolaus’ performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Which dress do you prefer? The Chiffon or the Satin and lace? Which shoes? Since it’s December during the performance, I opted to give Donnie a stole. Would that work over either dress?
The image of Natalie Portman is how I imagine Donnie to look, except Donella has light gray eyes. So, what do you think? What should Donnie wear?
The Viagra I ordered to reinvigorate your romance scenes should be here before week’s end, and the bottle of Jameson is for our author in case the Viagra doesn’t get here on time.
Nikolaus/MC of Vampires of the Chesapeake
I have neglected my friendship with my sexy eldest vampire. We haven’t been communicating effectively, and I’m not solely to blame. He wouldn’t talk to me, wouldn’t visit me. But NANO forced my hand and like Adele’s lyrics in Someone Like You said:
I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited but I couldn’t stay away I couldn’t fight it. I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded that for me, it isn’t over.
And so I intruded on his privacy, stalking him, spying on him, probing him with questions. It’s November, and that’s National Novel Writing Month. Thankfully, he eventually came around, and now, we’re on more than speaking terms. He’s let me in again, and I have full discussions about who he’s dating, how his sex life is going, you know, the sordid little details that must make up a paranormal romance novel.
Donnie even came out of hiding this month to reintroduce herself. She’s as sassy as ever and
seems to have found a bit of self esteem because she’s bossing the Boss Man around and they are having a grand old time…except it has to end. That’s what Nik believes. You know how it is? It can’t be sunshine and roses all the time and well, the happy couple are bound to encounter some hurdles. I’m concerned that he might stop talking to me again when I give Donnie full permission to push his buttons, however, and that will put my relationship with Nik on a perilous path.
But, if he won’t cooperate, maybe Donnie will. She certainly isn’t shying away from seducing Nik after I gave her a wink and nod. I think she might make this temporary cooling off period nearly impossible for him. It’s what he thinks he wants. He’s forgotten that rules are made to broken. And I’m going to help her break them.
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Ireland – 1654
Kian MacTiernan’s jaw pulsed as he squeezed his eyes shut and bowed his head, letting his shoulder-length hair fall forward, hiding his pained expression. He fisted his hands, and the rope tying his wrists together behind his back burned his skin. The chain around his ankles kept him from running. He could do nothing.
That morning’s breakfast rose into his throat, burning all the way up, leaving a bitter taste in his mouth. His wife stood less than four feet from him, tied at the hands and feet as he was. He no longer heard his wife’s cries because his thundering heart drowned out everything else, but he could see her yelling, calling to him. He saw her mouth moving, her face streaked with tears, and her body twisting to free itself from her captor’s clutch.
“Let her go!” he bellowed.
His mouth was his only weapon, and a powerless one at that. He wanted to destroy, to maim, to break limbs. The blood coursing through his veins heated his face. He lunged forward, but the rope tied around his neck went taut, yanking him backward and onto the wet ground.
The English bastard at the end of the tether laughed deeply. “Where do ye think ye’re going?” The Englishman hauled the lead straight up. His metallic gray eyes twinkled with enjoyment as he looked down at Kian.
Kian gagged and his eyes bulged as the rope squeezed his throat. He stumbled to his knees, easing the tension around his neck. Once on his feet, he glared at his captors. Someday he would kill these devils, he thought.
First off, I love Lynsay Sands as a writer. I read her paranormal romance and her historical fiction. She has great character development and wonderful dialogue. However, a few years ago, I put down her Argeneau series, sadly, as I read a few that didn’t measure up to her usual standard. So, when I downloaded One Lucky Vampire, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be the original Lynsay Sands style. Lucky for me, it was classic Sands.
Sands introduces the reader to Jake, who was also known as Stephano, before he had a tantrum and ran out on his family, after becoming immortal. Let’s just say, he had some issues with being turned. The matriarch, Marguerite Argeneau, who apparently looks spectacular for a 700 year old, invites Stephano…er, Jake, out for dinner to discuss an important matter. Marguerite is notorious for getting her family into complex situations and for playing matchmaker. Jake has been avoiding family for many decades, probably because he didn’t want to get involved in anything. So, it is with some reluctance that he agrees to meet her.
During dinner, Marguerite explains that she has a job for him to do. Jake works as a bodyguard and she is in need of his skills. She tells him a mortal, Nicole Phillips, is in danger but denies that anyone is trying to intentionally hurt her. Of course, Marguerite has a plan, she always has a plan. She wants Jake to work as Nicole’s cook and housekeeper. Needless to say, Jake is a bit taken aback by her ploy. He doesn’t cook. Yet, Marguerite has a way of getting what she wants and Jake soon relents.
In the meantime, Nicole is counting down the days until her divorce is final. Her soon-to-be ex-husband, Rodolfo, was a manipulative, gold-digging, mentally abusive, jerk! Nicole is a successful artist who keeps strange hours and finds little time to tend house. Reluctantly, she accepts Marguerite’s offer to find her in-house help – on a two week trial basis. When Marguerite arrives with Nicole’s new employee, Nicole is surprised but unnerved that her new housekeeper is a man – a gorgeous man.
Both Jake and Nicole are well-defined, well developed characters. Jake is newly turned and so he is adjusting to life as a vampire, and Nicole is a woman the reader can relate to. As in most of Sands’ novels, there is always a subplot running below the surface of the romance novel. It’s not overly predictable, which I found refreshing. Usually I can figure out ‘who dunnit’, but this one kept me guessing for quite a while.
The chemistry between Jake and Nicole is sizzling, and I wanted them to hurry up – get together! I loved the way Sands finally rolled out the love scene. It was like a passion bomb went off! I also enjoy her books because the old characters we have grown to love, make appearances, without taking over the story. And one of my favorite things about her books, besides her characters and great dialogue, is she doesn’t leave you hanging! Her books are good enough that she doesn’t need to string you along – forcing you to buy book two, three, four in order to get closure. When you read her book, you get a beginning, a middle, and an end.
This book brought me back to the Argeneua series. I loved the early books and became addicted to them. One Lucky Vampire has me jonesing for the next book. It encompassed everything I grew to love about her writing and this series. I hope she never grows tired of writing them