Christmas in July

Welcome to this stop on the Christmas in July Blog Hop. I live in Southern New Mexico and at this time of year, I’m longing for a break from the heat. Of course, presents are welcome any time of the year! I’m giving away a special prize package of vampiric delights. I’ll tell you what they are and how to enter at the end of the post. If you leave a comment with your Christmas in July wish, you’ll be entered to win one of two special prizes from the Blog Hop sponsors. Be sure to include your email address so Books to Go Now can contact you if you win! The two prizes are:

First Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon Gift Card.
Second Grand Prize: A $25 Amazon Gift Card.

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Giving a present is a simple and touching way to show how much you care for someone you love. In my novel Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order, the vampire Lord Draco destroyed one of the holiest of books and tries to redeem himself by seeking lost knowledge. He falls in love with the vampire Alexandra who prizes freedom above all else. In this scene set in the year 1067, we see how Alexandra shows her true feelings for Draco.


I was out for a walk along the ramparts of my castle in February 1067. The air was cold and brisk, and the wind blew, making me feel alive. The sky above was clear and dotted with more stars than I could count. I treasured these long nights of winter because I had time to take a leisurely walk, hunt when I needed to, and yet could settle in my library for long periods.

As I strolled along the ramparts, I heard the sound of hooves
clopping against rocks and wood creaking. Someone was driving a
wagon to my door. Every now and again, a traveler would stop by, seeking shelter. I would oblige them. Little did they know, I often took some blood in exchange – it saved me the trouble of going out to hunt. The next day, they would go away, complaining of a sore neck or thigh, but generally, grateful for a night’s rest that did not require precautions against bandits.

When the wagon cleared the tree line, I was surprised to see that it was driven by a woman, not a man. She drove the wagon with an air of confidence, and I took note of her long, black hair, pale-olive skin, and full, rounded breasts – apparent even with the coat she wore. I smiled and nodded, glad to see Alexandra again.

I met her at the castle’s gate. “Few manage to get a wagon up this road.”

“Few is not the same as none.” Alexandra wore a sly grin. “If the occasional human can manage it, I certainly can.”

“It is a delight to see you again.” I took her in my arms. We kissed and my tongue delighted in the taste of her. We parted after a delicious moment. “What prompted you to drive all the way up here?”

She stepped over to the wagon and threw back the canvas tarp
that covered a cargo of scrolls and books.

“You’ve been busy.” I picked one of them up and scanned it,
then looked up at the two horses that pulled the wagon. “Those are strong horses to bring this much paper up the steep trail to the castle.”

“They’re expensive, and I stole them just so I could bring these books to you.”

“Alexandra, I do believe I love you,” I declared.


Of course, who could resist a wagon-load of books? This certainly would be my Christmas in July wish, especially if I had all the time a vampire possessed to read such a collection!

Although I can’t quite give you a wagon-load of books, I can send you some great summer reading. I have assembled a prize package that includes the following:

  • A copy of Blood Sampler, which is a collection of short vampire fiction by Lee Clark Zumpe and myself.
  • Issue 13 of Hungur magazine, which features my story “Luftgeist.” Learn what Draco was doing aboard the Hindenburg during it’s fateful last flight.
  • Issue 66 of Cemetery Dance, which features my story “The Vrykolakas and the Cobbler’s Wife”, a bittersweet tale of vampires and lost loves set in early 20th century Greece.
Blood Sampler
Hungur 13
Cemetery Dance 66

This entire package is a $20 value. Just click the Rafflecopter link to enter!

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Don’t forget to tell me your Christmas in July wish and leave your email address so you can be entered to win the grand prizes!

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57 thoughts on “Christmas in July

  1. Kyla Patton says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! My Christmas in July wish is for less stormy-rainy weather this summer. Kyla Patton- kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

  2. Sharon Kleve says:

    Thank you for participating in the BTGN Blog Hop!

  3. Thanks for the giveway.
    giovannivalentino(at)Verizon(dot)net

  4. cewtnk says:

    My laptop back!! Its in the shop…but I could go for a waginload of books anyday….lol!!!

    Nikki
    viajeradelmar@aol.com

  5. Joy F says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  6. Um, I’ll keep this short and sweet. Gerard Butler.

    blueshedevil32(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. My Christmas wish in July is for my kids to learn how to clean house. 🙂 Thank you! heather1974 at gmail dot com

  8. donnas1 says:

    thanks for the hop!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  9. My July Christmas wish is for cooler temperatures! Thanks for offering such a generous gift pack.
    Kimberly Comeau
    casey 4 4 6 at hot mail dot com

  10. tfs93 says:

    My July Christmas wish is for more books

    videoclimber(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. celina k says:

    I wish it were much, much cooler.

    dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

  12. JanD says:

    I wish for less surprise thunderstorms.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  13. tinakohrman says:

    My Christmas in July wish is for a surprise laptop. Thank you for the giveaway!

    Tina Kohrman
    tinabrownsv(at)aol(dot)com

  14. Cassandra Hicks says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    dixiedukegurl2 AT yahoo DOT com

  15. bn100 says:

    tv
    Thanks for participating
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  16. JOYE says:

    My wish for Christmas in July is to get to go to San Diego soon. I live in the Phoenix area and we have been having sweltering temps. So to go to the beach and cool off-wow that would be a great gift.

  17. I wish for a better weather and someone magical to come and repair my kitchen! 😀
    swordlily_girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  18. This July, I’m wishing for an in-ground pool, so I have a cool place to go when the temps get ridiculous, like they’ve been doing on a daily basis this year.
    drainbamaged.gyzmo@gmail.com

  19. Eva Millien says:

    Thanks for sharing your post. My July Christmas wish is to win lots of books to go in my new huge personal library. Thanks for sharing the awesome giveaways. evamillien at gmail dot com

  20. Satchmo says:

    Love the variety of the prizes!

    supersatchmo at myopera dot com

  21. Mer says:

    Thanks for the excerpt! Sounds like there’s potential for a really long term relationship.

    My wish is for some time to attack my massive to read pile. So many books, so little time!

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  22. jmesparza821 says:

    Thanks for being a part of this FAB blog hop.

    My Christmas in July wish is for my mom to feel healthier.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

  23. Jaclyn says:

    My Christmas in July wish is to come up with the money to be able to afford to get my kids the swing set they want so badly.

    jag1(at)Comcast(dot)net

  24. Tiffany Drew says:

    My Christmas in July wish is just for the rest of my summer to be peaceful and relaxing 🙂 Thank you!

    jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

  25. I am hoping Santa brings my motorcycle this year. A purple one would be nice.

    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  26. elizabeth Inglee-richards says:

    Wow a wagon load of books would be a huge gift!

    elizabethingleerichards at gmail.com

  27. Hi! For me, it would be meeting my niece. Shes almost 3 months old. Ive never met her and the pictures i have of her are through friends. My sister married into a “well-to-do” family and she cut everyone in her family off. It breaks my heart. Id love to be able to meet my niece, just once. Thank you for the fun hop and giveaway! 🙂
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  28. Congratulations to Kathryn Merkel who won the gift package of books. Thanks to everyone who dropped by during the blog hop. It was fun to meet new friends, making it really seem like a festive holiday time! Hope you’ll all drop by from time to time and see what the Scarlet Order vampires are up to!

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