Today’s guest chocolate is indie author Amy Rachiele. Known primarily for her Mobster novels (Mobster’s Girl, Mobster’s Angel, etc.) she’s recently branched out into paranormal/historical. She joins us today to talk about her latest book – Sybrina. Welcome Amy!
What is so fascinating about Vampires?
The ideology surrounding vampires has existed for hundreds of years. The thread of the vampire continues to captivate readers. From Stoker to Rice to Meyer, the existence of vampires continues to find its way into stories, novels, and movies.
Sybrina is a cross genre novel that twists romance, action/adventure, and vampires into a historical piece. It is told in alternate first-person point of view by the main characters, Sybrina and Elijah. The entire story takes place on a clipper ship in 1866. The culminating question the book poses is without change and the stages of life, would existence be bland and not worth living?
I envision Sybrina as savvy, strong-willed, and smart—a contemporary for the era. Elijah, the vampire hero, encompasses the contemplative immortal, struggling to let go of his past and find his way in a world he cannot leave. The antagonist, Vadim, is a vampire that is suffering from a malady of the mind that comes from the long years that immortality offers.
I anticipate this to be the first book in a series that will touch on other elements in vampire mythology. Researching the extensive lore of the vampire uncovered an unbelievable amount of superstitions and tales. Through Sybrina, I am weaving them together into a story of my own, piecing together the shards of history that compile the timeless legends of the vampire.
“May I kiss you, Miss Sybrina?”
Darkening irises show me the fire that burns under her skin. She wants me, just as much as I want her. Her entire body stiffens except her head, which nods very subtly yes. I reach out my arm to caress her around the waist, hauling her close to me. I stare into her eyes that are distinctly thirsty with need, using my hand to tip her head up and lean down, pressing my lips to hers. My need is triumphant, reveling in the sensation, kicking away the blandness that tortures my spirit and replaced by sweet berries in springtime. A flood of core memories stabs at the vibrancy awakened in me. The touching and kissing become ravenous, stronger than bloodlust. Sybrina is wild with passion… for me. My hold tightens and my hands roam, wanting more. It is a feverish awareness that in all my long years I have never experienced.
An alarm whirrs in the deep recess of my mind. Sybrina is fighting against me. The cloud of passion pops like a boil. Audible now is her struggle to be free of me.
Fleeing for her life, Sybrina leaves behind everything to escape the dark
and ominous creature that killed her family.
She stows aboard a clipper ship and poses as her dead brother, Paul. The year is 1866,
an age in which science is a man’s field.
Can she solve the mystery of the creature that exsanguinates its victims before it claims her?
Amy Rachiele is a military spouse and brat who spent many years volunteering and on staff for the Army National Guard and Department of Veteran Affairs with Family Support, Family Readiness, as well as, Families of the Fallen. Amy devoted 10 years to teaching English to at-risk students in the Providence School System. She holds a Master’s degree from Rhode Island College in English and Secondary Education. Amy published book one in the Mobster Series, Mobster’s Girl, in 2012, and has continued to self-publish since. Her novels have climbed to the bestseller lists nationally and internationally on Amazon.com for romantic suspense and family saga. She is an active member of New England Independent Writers and has volunteered her time at her local library facilitating a writer’s group in the hope of inspiring other writers. Amy hosts a public access cable show called Book Talk. Besides writing, she enjoys scrapbooking, sewing, and traveling. Amy lives in Massachusetts with her son and husband.
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