Today, I thought I’d share with you an exclusive preview from Death in the Family, the second in the Sophie Morgan Vampire Series. You will see a few more in the coming weeks, as we ramp up to its release on Valentines Day.
When you read these excerpts, regular readers are likely to recognise some of the characters. I’m not going to spoil it for new readers though! You’ll have to wait and see who turns up and what they want….
On that note, I thought I’d share with you an exclusive excerpt from Death in the Family which features some new characters….
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 artifacts. 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.”
If you like what you’ve read, why not pick up the first book in the series in the meantime. ‘Relative Strangers: A Modern Vampire Story’ is available on Amazon now. It is also FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.