Vampire Novels Revamped
by Z.A. Maxfield
Hi! I’m Z.A. Maxfield, better known as ZAM. Many thanks to The Blogger Girls for helping me celebrate my latest release, Deep Desire, book one of The Deep Series.
One of the most delicious aspects of writing Notturno, the book that has now been reprinted as Deep Desire, was creating the excerpts of the priceless, centuries old manuscript that becomes the prize in a battle of wits between document expert Adin Tredeger and vampire Donte Fedelta.
Donte used the journal to record his private thoughts about his boyhood lover, the angelic, innocent young Auselmo. When writing those, I took my cue from letters written in history by famous lovers, gay and straight, and I tried to give them a ring of authenticity, but also to make them accessible to 21st century romance readers.
Here’s one such excerpt, exclusively here:
I am in the snow today, my Auselmo, its whiteness and silence like the death I feel when you are not within my reach. Today I have chosen to draw the journey home to take my place after my brothers died. Do you recall? I know you must. We endured the ride and the endless chattering of the women, playing word games and kissing with our eyes. I remember seeing you ride your horse, the stubborn one I always called Affligere for the way it chased you and stole your hats. We slipped away in the night and clumsily tugged each other into spending.
The way you kissed me…
There were more stars in the sky that summer, Auselmo, because you placed them there for me every time you smiled. The closer we got to San Sepolcro, and home, the sicker I felt in the pit of my stomach.
I knew then, as you know now, that our life together—those pleasant idylls in the herb gardens of the monastery—was over. My family had a woman waiting for me. She was older, promised originally to my brother, who passed. I couldn’t bear to tell you, to see the stars in the sky wink out one by one with your unhappiness. Forgive me, Auselmo.
That was when I noticed the guard, the dark one with the scar over his eye, watching us. In return, I watched him, and one night got an eyeful of the most amazing thing I’d ever seen. I never told you, love, but I paid him for information, and he let me watch him with his lover. The things they did with their bodies both appalled and inflamed me, and I knew—I thought I knew—that if I could have one night like that with you, I would go to Renata and my family uncomplaining.
Was I ever that foolish? Please, my lover, never answer that, for you, with your beauty and your innocence, could never have understood my dark desire for you in those days.
These books have been edited. They’ve been retitled. There are new, cool covers. They’ll be available simultaneously in ebook and print.
Vampire novels. Revamped.
Here’s your New Title Cheat Sheet
Original title – New Title
Notturno – Deep Desire coming Feb. 3 2015
Vigil – Deep Deception coming July
Matins – Deep Deliverance coming December
About Deep Desire
There’s no leverage like seduction…until love takes a bite of his plans.
As the Indiana Jones of historical erotica, there is no document existing—or just rumored to exist—Adin Tredeger can’t unearth. Why he would risk the biggest coup of his career to join the mile-high club is beyond him. But the disarming, dark-eyed man who somehow enters Adin’s locked airplane washroom has him completely nude and coming apart. All without a whimper of protest.
From that moment, Adin and Donte Fedelta engage in an international battle of wit and cunning. The prize—a priceless, 500-year-old journal with illustrations so erotic it could make the Marquis de Sade blush.
Yet Donte’s desire for the journal goes far beyond simple possession. The undead nobleman wrote it. And he’s not above using every trick in his otherworldly arsenal—including seduction—to get it back.
Chemistry draws them together even as fortune tugs them apart. But when a third party joins the chase, they must unite to fight an enemy with a deadly goal—to erase Donte from history.
This book is a rerelease of a previously published book, with substantial rewrites.
About Z.A. Maxfield
Z.A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.
If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”
ZAM will be running two giveaways for this tour! At the end of the tour, she will draw a winner from the comments section of each blog to win a copy of Deep Desire!
There is also a tour-wide Rafflecoptor where readers can enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. The giveaway begins February 2, 2015 and ends February 10, 2015. To enter, just leave a comment and click the link below!