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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?
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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.
I read a lot of paranormal romance books, and while many are predictable, some have enjoyable twists that just make the book unique. Roman Draganesti is an appealing male lead vampire. He is aloof, ancient, and bored, and while that is not unusual for a vampire romance novel, the trouble he gets himself into is. Shanna also is a likeable female lead, who is a strong, independent woman who finds herself caught between what initially appears to be one bad situation and definitely a worse situation. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Roman’s answer to his tooth problem, and of course how he broke his tooth in the first place. And the neat twists Sparks adds to the vampire world is interesting. It is of course, sexy and hot. If you like paranormal romances, this is a good one. Not exceptional, but fun…and that is the point of most of these books – to be fun, enjoyable reads.
Review by Rhonda at Vampire Romance Books
Kian MacTiernan is a fantastic beginning to the Vampires of the Chesapeake series. Kian and Darcy are the type of characters that you care for immediately. I really like the way the author started the story off with Kian and Darcy’s individual histories before jumping into the story of them together. Knowing their history upfront made the story much deeper because you know what they both went through before meeting each other and you can understand their behavior without a lot of “flash backs” to explain it all.