Today I welcome Helen Treharne who is on bog tour this week with Rave Reviews Book Club of which I’m a VIP member. Take it away Helen!
There’s been a ‘Death in the Family’ – The second book in the offbeat ‘Sophie Morgan Vampire Series’
First of all, thanks to P. H. Solmon for hosting me today. It’s great to spend a little time with them, along with all the other great authors that sometimes hang out here.
I‘ve spent a lot of time in recent months talking about the Sophie Morgan Vampire Series. The first book, Relative Strangers, which was released in August, has really taken off. I’m delighted with the response. One of the things that I’ve been told by reviewers if that is a solid start to the series and they are looking forward to the second one. Woo hoo! Well, your wait is almost over. Death in the Family, number two in the series, will be released on the 14th February, and can be pre-ordered at Amazon US and Amazon UK.
In the second book, we meet a few new characters, as well as some old ones. Naturally, 23 year old Sophie is still our lead, and I’m delighted to say that seventeenth century vampire Charles Ferrers, also sees his fair share of action. But this book also expands the vampire society which I established in book one. We even meet some new faces.
Here’s a peak at some of the new vamps you’ll be introduced to….
“Onan Sadik marched through the corridors of the Istanbul headquarters of Alexander Industries. He had built a successful career there over the century, initially as a human, then as a vampire once he had shown his true worth. Joining the company had been a significant gamble. If it hadn’t worked out, he would most certainly be dead, or confined forever to a low-level role with no prospects and low pay. Members of his family had worked for the corporation for centuries. He knew what he was getting into and it had been worth it. He had been fifteen and on the streets when he had been picked up for food. Twenty years of feeding vampires in return for shelter, an education and eventually wealth had all paid off. He had worked his way up to Senior Vice President, a position he had held for fifteen years, dispatching his duties with an expertise and commitment with which few could compete.
Sadik had a seat at the big table with the president of the corporation, the one person with direct access to Alexander, head of the family. He had not been seen in public for centuries although all those descended from him felt his presence when they visited the country estate in Ephesus. Few were called, but those who had risen within the ranks of the family were invited to visit occasionally. It was there that this terrible business had started. His opposite number, Vice President Oskam, had admittedly been serving as a senior official and advisor to the family for much longer than Sadik, generations in fact, but that clearly did not guarantee his continued loyalty.
Oskam had made a bid for power, framing Sadik for the theft of a number of exhibits in Alexander’s extensive private collection of historic artefacts. Sadik was considerably quicker witted and influential than Oskam had given him credit for. The plot was quickly revealed and Oskam executed. Regrettably, the old fool had made inadequate arrangements for protecting the booty and the items had been stolen from his home while he was being thoroughly interrogated.
Although regrettable, the events had shone a spotlight on Sadik, highlighting to others that he was not to be messed with. People quaked a little as he marched passed them. Eyes were averted. Subordinates appeared to work a little harder than before, even those that were vampires.
Security opened the doors to the meeting room and he entered. “The president has been expecting you,” the broader of the two guards said.
Adara Constantinou stood, arms folded, looking out of the glazed wall to the streets of Istanbul’s business district. She was a formidable force of nature; a keen-eyed, hard-headed vampire who liked to feed on the failures of her business enemies as much as she did on young, fresh prey. She was level-headed, cool, and sharp as a knife. Her olive skin, strong limbs and dark, wavy hair, gave her the appearance of a healthy, athletic woman in her forties. Her nails were short and neat, her hazel eyes bright. The pale grey suit had a sheen that amplified her colouring and the dazzling whiteness of the shirt beneath it.
“They seem so small,” she said.
“Yes, Adara. We were all that small once.”
Those who have read Relative Strangers might be thinking – Istanbul? Byzantines? Well, I don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say that in Death in the Family an estranged father, a new man, an old man, and an ancient manuscript are not her only problems!
Death in the Family is the second Sophie Morgan vampire book and will be available from Amazon 14th February – the perfect valentine gift for the vampire slayer in your life! It is available for pre-order now. To celebrate the release, Relative Strangers will also be FREE to download from Amazon on 14th February.
Helen Treharne is the creator of the developing “Sophie Morgan Vampire Series” as well as short stories and other prose. Helen lives with her husband, three cats, an entrenched tea addiction and an increasing collection of stringed instruments. When she’s not writing she spends her time daytime hours working in communications and volunteers for a feline welfare charity. She also runs a very successful book blog, reviewing and promoting the work of other indie authors. She also can’t stop purchasing stationery. She can be found at her blog, Facebook page and on Twitter
Great job Helen. I hope everyone will take some time and browse more of Helen’s work via her links.
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