Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dracula's Mistress

Our blogging bud Carmen Stefanesco has a new release. Knowing Carmen it will be filled with all sorts of fun, hair-raising factoids.  Can’t wait to read this one. And... wait for it....it's only .99¢
Below is an excerpt. 
Warning: Better read with the lights on.

Dracula’s Mistress
Angela smiled with fond indulgence and looked at her father. “Prepare for mother’s. . .” She
stopped as the words passed her lips, looked over her father’s shoulder, and started violently. The image behind her father made her words freeze on her lips. A sickening sense of dread overpowered her.
The pale light of the moon fell on a man’s face. A man dressed in torn clothes. Some ragged ends of silken thread were still attached to his arms, stretched towards them in begging.
His face, all covered in blood. His eyes were closed. His bluish lips mumbled something Angela couldn’t clearly understand. Slurred words reached her. She thought she heard, “Candle. . . candle. . . pleaaaase. . .” A sickening odor reached Angela’s nostrils. Slowly, the closed eyelids opened revealing two empty sockets instead of eyes.
A low moan of horror escaped her.
“What? What’s wrong?” Grigore asked.
But before he turned his head to see what triggered Angela’s reaction the apparition melted into the darkness.
Angela staggered a little, and then found her balance.
“Nothing,” she answered in a shaken voice. “I thought . . . Nothing, Father.” She pushed the horrible apparition from her mind. Perhaps all the stories about the souls of the young noblemen killed so cruelly here were not just stories.
Grigore shook his head and shrugged. Then reaching out his hand, he helped her climb into the carriage. She was barely able to move as she trembled from head to foot. She shrank back on the bear skin spread inside.
Grigore sat facing her, but looked absorbed by the things that had happened that night.
The neighing of the horses sounded strange to her ears. The sound of a tree branch scraping the roof of the carriage sent Angela’s heart into her mouth.
She leaned forward until her nose was touching the glass of the carriage window. Outside, on the side of the road, she glimpsed again the silhouette of the horrible man, dressed in tattered clothes. She peered into the darkness to see better. There was no doubt. The same specter. With begging hands stretched towards her. She covered her mouth with her hand to suppress a cry. And then she shook her head and passed a hand over her eyes and dared to look out again.
There was nobody in sight. A dark cloud had settled over the moon. All that met her eyes was the deep darkness. Her heart hammered as she gripped her fan harder, almost crushing the fragile spikes. Sweat collected at the base of her neck despite the cool evening. With a trembling hand, she covered the window of the carriage with the small curtain and leaned back on the carriage pillow. To fight the panic yammering in her head, Angela forced Vlad’s face back into her mind.
All through the rest of the journey home, the thought of Vlad’s enthralling smile and dark, intent eyes never left her.
From the day that the powerful, brave and merciless Vlad III Basarab, a descendant of the Draculesti family—better known to most people as the infamous vampire Dracula—ascends the throne, he knows only battles, betrayal and intrigue.
Evil grips the town of Targoviste, capital residence of Walachia. The secrets behind the stone walls of the palace are as dark and violent as a winter’s night, as terrifying as the prince’s deeds. Dead bodies, drained of blood and missing their little finger keep appearing in the streets at night.
Lovely, smart, determined, Angela Oltenescu ignores all the aggressive rumors and her mother’s warning regarding Vlad. Will she suffer the consequences of falling in love with a man nicknamed Dracula by his enemies—an infamous creature of the night?
Rich, sly, treacherous,  Marin Craioveanu, a powerful landlord, craves the same woman loved by Vlad. Marin's hatred toward the prince will make him an ally to Handsome Radu, Vlad’s brother and Sultan’s friend, ready to sell the country to the Ottomans to get rid of his rival.
Dracula’s Mistress will awe legions of fans of Gothic literature, paranormal and historical fiction.
Author Bio and links
Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count
Dracula  where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble - the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.
High-school teacher of English and German in her native country, and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression  by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books. Reading was, is and will always be her greatest hobby.
Author Carmen Stefanescu's Links
Trailer Dracula’s Mistress
Buy link


Valerie-Jael said...

Oooooh, sounds creepy and scary....Hugs, Valerie

Elephant's Child said...

Definitely dark. Which is as it should be.

kaykuala said...

Eerie and perhaps lots of 'dripping' blood along the way.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Carmen!

Unknown said...

Well, not a S. King type be sure. Strong on historical circumstances alongside a love story.

Unknown said...

Yes, you are right. I call it a "Gothic romance."

Unknown said...

You guessed it right. It can't be otherwise as we speak here about the man also nicknamed "the Impaler."

Unknown said...

Thank you, Alex! I had a lot of "adventures"along the time with the manuscript - FOUR long years. On the verge of being released, my publisher closed the doors and I had to search for another one.
I finally was accepted by City Lights Press and here I am, at last.

Out on the prairie said...

An intriguing tale, I hope that it works well for you.

Jeanie said...

Three cheers for Carmen! Congratulations and here's to success!

Sharon said...


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

From reading Carmen's comments above, it looks like she has had a long road to the release of this book. So happy she now has it in print. Good luck with this book, and thanks, Sandra for helping her along the way.

Barbara said...

I’m a bit of a scaredy cat so I made sure to read this in daylight! Hope your week is going well x

Unknown said...

Thank you! I hope it, too!
I also hope that historical romance fans won't be disappointed reading it.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the cheers and wishes!
Vlad's and Angela's story goes against the grain, so to speak.

Unknown said...

It is in Kindle and print, though I doubt nowadays people read it as a print one.
Thank you for the support! Yes, Sandra is a great buddyy. I'm so happy we met via cyberspace.

Unknown said...

So am I, but it doesn't stop me reading one of my favorite authors - Stephen King! Like you I make sure I read his stories in daylight.
Thank you for reading the post and leaving a comment!
Have a lovely week!

Unknown said...

Thank you!
(Sorry, I don't know how to include smilies. I am on blogger.)

Jamie Ghione said...

This sounds like an interesting read.

JFM said...

Creepy, scary, dark and beautiful...sounds like my cup of tea ;}


Unknown said...

I am glad you find it interesting, Jamie.
Thank you for checking my post!

Unknown said...

Exactly - creepy, dark and hopefully you'll find it beautiful.
Thank you, from Dracula's country!

Unknown said...

Thank you, Sandra, for hosting my latest release!
You have such awesome followers.

Pat Hatt said...

Sure sounds like the creep factor is there. Congrats!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

best best fishes carmen & heerz two a bazillion dollarz in sales !!! de food servizz gurl will chex thiz out; herz big inta dracula stuff ☺☺♥♥

Unknown said...

Creep- factor can't miss, for sure. It's Dracula after all, isn't it?
Pretty thanks!

Unknown said...

Many thanks, da tabbies!
From your mouth to God's ears!

Sandra Cox said...

They're the best!

Truedessa said...

Congrats Carmen!

Birgit said...

OK-That freaked me out with the eyes. This means it is well written...to me anyways. Hope you are well Sandra. I have had a bad weekend and am still not good but I hope tomorrow is better. As Scarlette said "Tomorrow is another day" :)

RO said...

I used to read vampire love stories all the time, but haven't for a while. This story sounds really interesting, though. Hugs...

Marcie said...

Looks pretty good! Spooky... but good!

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks for supporting, Carmen, True.

Sandra Cox said...

I sure wish you felt better. Hope tomorrow is indeed a better day.

Sandra Cox said...

It does, doesn't it, Ro?

Sandra Cox said...

Indeed it does, Marcie:)

Unknown said...

Thank you!
I hope readers will enjoy Vlad's story.

Unknown said...

All my positive thoughts go your way, Birgit!
I know how it is. I also had a not so good time, lately.
I am glad you liked the cover. I did, too. And I dare say it's well written.

Unknown said...

I hope you'll enjoy this different take of Vlad's story, RO.
Thank you for the comment!

Unknown said...

Thank you, Marci! Spooky, indeed.

nashvillecats2 said...

Sounds creepy but am sure it will be a good read.


Unknown said...

Fans of Gothic, paranormal and historical romance will enjoy it, I hope. Thank you for the comment!

Magic Love Crow said...

Congrats Carmen!! This book looks like an excellent read! Dark, creepy and beautiful! Love the sound of it!

Lowcarb team member said...

Spooky read ... many will love this!

All the best Jan