Friday, September 9, 2016

Morgan D'Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody by Linda Nightingale

Morgan D’Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody
By Linda Nightingale
From The Wild Rose Press
Cover Artist:  Debbie Taylor
Editor:  Callie Lynn Wolfe

Tagline:   A titled lord, concert pianist, and … vampire, Morgan D’Arcy has everything he wants…except what he most desires…the woman of his dreams—the search is on.

Rating:  Spicy
Digital Price:  $3.99
Print Price:  $13.99

The greatest enemy of a vampire is boredom. Four centuries of existence have taught Lord Morgan Gabriel D'Arcy to fear nothing and no one. Humans and their weapons have little chance against his preternatural speed and arcane powers. Vampires are viral mutations of human DNA. Still, the Vampyre code requires secrecy, and he has learned to hide his nature from the world. The lure of mortality, of a life in the sun, puts Morgan again and again at the mercy of calculating human women though they fail to consider his charm and determination into the equation. However, even grooming a future bride from infancy proves to be fraught with heartbreak. And second chances are not always what they seem unless... you are Morgan. Immortality and beauty, aren’t they grand?
“…Morgan…is a tour de force of egotism, wit, sensuality, and talent…” ~Author Toni V. Sweeney
“Morgan D’Arcy is a class act and the most arresting vampire I’ve ever encountered in literature or films.” ~Historical and Paranormal Romance Author Beth Trissel

Snow built castles on the windowsills.  Wispy flakes swirled in the night air.  I stood at the mullioned window with my back to the Chief Councilor of the ruling body of the Vampyre.  The pure white silence of a snowy night echoed in the room.  A fire crackled in the fireplace, but cold seeped through the stone walls.
At midnight, Lucien St. Albans had arrived with shocking news.
Royal Oak wasn’t on the beaten path.  The castle perched on a hill above a small village on the Devon coast.  From my bedroom window, I could see the ocean.  Lucien had driven his new motorcar hard to tell me that there was no such thing as forever.  He was pale and drawn, worried.  I’d never seen the Chief Councilor rattled.  Lucien St. Alban’s self control was legendary.  The emotion in his black eyes was fear, and a shudder chased over me.
“I drove straight from an emergency meeting of Les Elus,” he announced without preamble.  “We are all in jeopardy.”
In a small principality between France and Spain, an epidemic of anthrax ravaged the countryside.  Not only human villagers died in Andorra.  Two vampires had perished.
Grief for Daphne and guilt for her suicide had wearied my spirit.  “Why send me?  I’m not a scientist.”
“Dear God, Morgan, I wouldn’t send you into danger.”  Behind me, Lucien’s reflection appeared in the window.  He rested his hands on my shoulders.  “One of our scientists plans to travel to Andorra immediately and investigate.   He believes the bacteria secretes an endotoxin that is a reverse mutagen.  When infected, the disease progresses at a phenomenal rate.  The victim reverts to mortal, and the body disintegrates to ash.”
A thrill pierced my lethargy.  Dead vampires presented an intriguing mystery.  Members of our select society should not perish to a disease fatal to humans, or very few others of the Grim Reaper’s tricks.  It was time for me to stop lurking in Death’s shadow.  My grief for Daphne was useless to her corpse.  She was quite simply and forever gone.  Reverse mutagen.  The mere idea sent a shiver of excitement over me.  If the Vampyre Effect could be undone, then the possibility of returning to human existed.

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A surprise for you:

This recipe makes a cool starter in the heat, and is elegant enough to serve at a dinner party Morgan might attend. You can meet him in Morgan D’Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody. He’s a world-renowned concert pianist, an English lord…and a fatally handsome and charming vampire.

Butter for frying
1 small onion, peeled & finely chopped
2 cucumbers, peeled, halved, seeded and chopped
1 Tablespoon Flour
1 Pint Hot Milk
½ Chicken Stock
Salt & Ground white pepper
½ Teaspoon/Grated Nutmeg
To Finish:  Few Drops Green Food Coloring
1/4 Pint fresh cream
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint
Melt butter in saucepan. Add the onion and cucumbers, cover and cook gently for 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove the pan from the heat & gradually stir in the hot milk. Add the stock. Return the pan to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Lower the heat, half cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes.

Puree the soup.  The soup should be the consistency of thick cream.  Cool, then chill in the fridge until quite cold. Add green food coloring, mixing well.  Pour into chilled serving bowls, swirl with cream and top with chopped mint.

While you enjoy the soup here is a beautiful video:

About Linda Nightingale:

Born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston.  She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.

Linda won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award and the SARA.  She has two wonderful sons, is a retired legal assistant, member of the Houston Symphony League, and enjoys events with her car club (in her snazzy convertible).  She owns a piano she can’t play without the remote(it has a player system).  She loves to dress up and host formal dinner parties.

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I hope you had a good time learning about Linda's new release. Fee free to comment below.

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  1. Thanks for having Morgan and me on your lovely blog. I hope people will ask him questions. This will be fun Friday. And a very happy weekend to all.

    1. You're always welcome on my blog, Linda. Congratulations on your release day. I wish you all the luck in the world.

  2. Congrats Linda! Book and soup both sound delicious. Best of luck with sales. :)

    1. Thanks Joanne for the well wishes. The soup is delicious. I would like to think the book is too. :-)

  3. Yummy on both accounts. Perfect vampire look - has the appeal.