A Snappy Supernatural Tale of Forbidden Lust in Victorian England
Today's Spooktacular Spotlight Author is Catherine Green
She's brought us some lovely vampires to chat about today.
Lord Gregory Stockton is a powerful and respected businessman embracing the modern era of the Victorian industrial revolution. He has a grand and beautiful manor house complete with a repertoire of servants, and his young wife is charming, attractive, and the perfect lady to his gentleman. The only thing they lack is an heir to the family estate. Lord Gregory knows he can never produce a child, for he is a vampire, although his wife and servants know nothing of his secrets. There are other ways to provide heirs for his estate, however, and Lord Gregory has noticed the romantic attraction between his wife and the young stable hand Marcus Scott. He hatches a plan to bring the would-be lovers together, and then cruelly tear them apart as he continues to build his empire and secure his power base in the south of England. The humans are pawns in the vampire’s game of lust, love and control.
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Gregory sat upright, perfectly composed, and with his long slender hands folded on the desk in front of him.
“I have decided to make a few changes among my staff, Marcus.” he said, “I am in need of a personal butler to assist me with the running of my estate. I need a man with discretion, loyalty, intelligence, and above all, the desire to care for the inhabitants of this house, most notably my wife when I am away with my business commitments.”
Marcus’ heart leaped into his throat but he quickly regained his composure, hoping that Lord Stockton hadn’t noticed his involuntary movement. Gregory could clearly hear the increased heart beat, and he smelt the sudden fear emanating from the young servant. Yes, this would make for a most interesting game. And the strong young blood flowing in those veins would surely be invigorating.
Gregory smiled but it didn’t reach his eyes, and then he continued in the same commanding tone.
“I believe that you are the man for this job Marcus.” he said, “You are educated and eager to learn, and I will teach you what is necessary to command the household while I am away. It is a most generous employment opportunity, and I am sure you will not disappoint. We can make arrangements for you to move into the house and have your own rooms within three days.”
Marcus shifted in his seat, swallowed nervously, and was pleased when his voice managed to remain steady as he replied.
“I am most grateful for your generosity my Lord,” he said slowly, “and of course I cannot refuse such an offer. But I am confused. May I ask why you chose me for this position, and not one of your other gentleman servants?”
Lord Stockton rose from his seat and walked slowly around the desk so he stood behind Marcus, resting his hands on the younger man’s shoulders, as if he were a father reassuring his son.
“I chose you Marcus because you are young and impressionable, and I want a good life for you,” he said smoothly, “Your parents have served me well, and continue to do so, and they will be very proud to see their only son achieve such a respectable position. I feel that you will obey me and that you will prove to be a loyal and trustworthy servant.”
There is a whole lot more to this story... How about a whole series worth?
Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel) by Catherine Green
Love Hurts is about a young woman who runs a bookshop in Cornwall with her best friend. She falls in love with a local police detective and later discovers that he is a vampire, and that his identical twin brother is a werewolf. She is dragged into their complicated and dangerous lives, to her detriment, where secrets are told and lives are lost...
Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel) by Catherine Green
Love Kills is book 2 in the developing Redcliffe series. In the quiet Cornish seaside town of Redcliffe, Jessica Stone recovers from an horrific werewolf attack and comes to terms with revelations that her lover, Jack Mason, is a vampire, his brother, Danny, the werewolf pack leader, and her best friend, Simon, is a werewolf. Add to that her discovery that she is a witch, and life is suddenly a whole lot harder than it used to be. Jessica has to fight for her own life and Jack’s when faced with his jealous vampire master who wants her old lover back. But things are never easy, and a vampire master is not so easy to defeat…
Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel) by Catherine Green
Life has changed forever in Redcliffe, Cornwall. Jessica Stone used to be a normal, happy human. Now she is an angry, conflicted and confused witch. It all happened when she met Detective Jack Mason and his identical twin brother Danny. Jessica almost died twice, fell into a love triangle, and she became a murderer. Now she faces the ultimate challenge as she continues the fight to save the man she loves, while simultaneously struggling with her lust for his werewolf brother and their vampire friend. Can she survive, or will love finally end her life completely?
A Little Facetime With The Author
K.S. Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself.
Hello Katie and thank you for having me! Um, well, I am a paranormal romance writer and recently gave birth to my second child, a daughter. Her older sister is 2 and we have a lively Staffordshire Bull Terrier X dog, so you can imagine our household is a little chaotic at times! Oh, and I must mention my hardworking husband who spends a lot of time out at work doing overtime to fund my writing and ghost hunting habit…I am a solitary witch and shaman in training, but the spiritual work takes a back seat to my writing and mothering at the moment.
K.S. Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?
Probably not. Like all writers I tend to get engrossed in a project to the point where I forget about everyday life. One day, for example, I took the dog for a walk and spent the whole time ‘reading’ a section of my work in progress in my mind. I was so distracted by it that I didn’t see my neighbour’s hanging basket outside their house until I ran head first into it as I walked down our street of terraced houses. Whoops!
K.S. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?
I had dreams of being a novelist when I was a child, but back then I didn’t think I would ever achieve it. To me an author was some mysterious, glamorous and eccentric person that I could never be. Still, I embraced creative writing challenges at school and college, wrote regular personal diaries and short stories that were never shared with other people, and my Redcliffe novels slowly begun to take shape.
K.S. What genre do you write?
Primarily I write paranormal romance and urban fantasy, although my new novel is historical as well.
K.S. What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?
My favourite author is Laurell K Hamilton, because she pushes the boundaries of expected paranormal story writing, and I love her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series of books. However, it was L.J. Smith who set me on my writing path when I read her Nightworld books as a teenager. They were the first contemporary paranormal stories I came across, and in small-town England in the late 1990s I found it very exciting that people actually wrote and read these stories commercially. After that I discovered Laurell K Hamilton and Anne Rice, and it spiraled from there.
K.S. What does your family think of your writing?
My mum is extremely proud, since she was the one who introduced me to books in the first place. My dad is a little uneasy about my subject matter, but he is proud nonetheless, and the same is true for my husband I believe. None of them are particularly keen on paranormal stories, but will support me and they know it has been an obsession since childhood. Surprisingly my grandparents and older in-laws really enjoy reading my books, and they are eager to hear all about my projects whenever we visit.
K.S. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book/s?
It is actually really easy to get published. It is not so easy to be seen by a wider audience.
K.S. What inspires you?
The personal achievement and satisfaction of creating a lasting legacy. I thoroughly enjoy meeting my characters and sharing their stories, and inspiration comes from places including coastal Cornwall and rugged Scotland. The characters are inspired by people I meet and have met in daily life.
K.S. Where can we buy your novels?
All my books are available in both paperback and eBook formats, and you can find buy links on my author blog, my Amazon pages both UK and US, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones, Bookstrand, and via the publishers Chances Press and Mirador.
K.S. Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?
Yes, several! Here they are:
K.S. Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers?
Just do it! If you have a burning desire to write and publish a novel or collection of stories then go ahead. There is always somebody who wants to read your work and who will enjoy it. Do not let fear of failure put you off, but also be aware of the work involved post-production. Research the industry, learn on the job, do some additional training if you are able and feel it is appropriate.