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Pay it Forward Friday with Author Denise K. Rago and IMMORTAL OBSESSION

 Welcome my neighbor, Denise, and her wonderful Vampire Novel on Pay it Forward Friday!

Lots of love, Emily


Immortal Obsession

by Author Denise K. Rago

Immortal Obsession book coverCaught in a civil war among their kind in French Revolution-era Paris, vampires Christian Du Mauré and his closest friend Michel Baptiste say goodbye to their mortal lover, Josette Delacore. Christian learns that he is the father of her daughter Solange, who has been whisked away to London for her safety. Through passing centuries, Christian acts as sentry, protecting his mortal descendants, never meddling in their lives.

In present day Manhattan, Amanda Perretti agrees to meet her vagrant brother Ryan in Central Park. They have no idea that they are the last descendants of Christian and Josette. After witnessing his savage murder, Amanda then sees his fanged murderer lose his head to a mysterious man. Waking up unharmed, Amanda realizes she has entered another realm. Though the police doubt her account of the murder, she vows to find the beautiful stranger who saved her life.

Months later their paths accidentally cross, and while Amanda seeks answers, Christian tries to shield her from an ancient enemy he knows will come to seek revenge. When Michel confesses a dark secret, Christian is still unsure of how to protect Amanda and when he discovers that Amanda’s vampire lover is indeed his enemy, he must decide all of their fates. Amanda finally learns the truth about her lineage and that her blood gives vampires rare powers.  He shares some of his past with her.

Amanda’s vampire lover and Christian fight one another in Central Park. Christian kills his enemy and while celebrating their victory at the local vampire club, Amanda steps outside to make a phone call. Solange and another vampire drag her up to the rooftop. After they attack Amanda, Christian tries rescuing her and receives a fatal stab wound. Amanda forces him to drink her blood to save his life while almost losing her own life.

Later, at home Christian detects two heart beats inside Amanda and realizes she is unaware she is pregnant.


A Little Look inside Immortal Obsession

Steps away from Central Park, among careworn books and paintings, the vampire Christian Du Mauré quietly watches over two modern mortals: Amanda and Ryan Perretti are the last two descendants of a painful affair Christian had more than two centuries ago in Paris France with mortal aristocrat, Josette Delacore. On the eve of revolution, he makes a vow to her, not understanding the consequences of his promise.  When Immortal Obsession begins, Christian’s promise is intact; his young ancestors suspect nothing of their origin.

Amanda’s life is happily predictable: she landed her dream job working for New York’s monolithic Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she unites her fascination with Revolution-era Paris and her abiding love of art. During one late night at work, Amanda is roused by an unexpected phone call. Her brother Ryan urgently needs her help. Against her better judgment, she rushes to meet him in Central Park—and unwittingly becomes entangled in a world she never imagined was real.

wpid-purple-animatedHow did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?

Actually my husband came up with the title. I was agonizing over it when he blurted out ‘how about Immortal Obsession?’  It just made sense because the story revolves around several vampires who each became obsessed with mortal women and have sustained their fascination for them over centuries.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely the vampire Christian Du Mauré as he is based on a man I knew in a past life who I loved then and still feel connected to in this lifetime. Christian is complex. He feels deeply and remains loyal to those he loves despite being a loner.

Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?

Themes of guilt, regret, betrayal and loss run through Immortal Obsession as well as the message that love is timeless and eternal.  The main character, Christian Du Mauré never loses the intense love he feels for his mortal lover or the deep connection to his best friend, despite lies and betrayals by them both.


Bio of Author Denise K. Rago

The Author in Central ParkDenise K Rago lives in New Jersey with her husband. A chance encounter with a mysterious stranger inspired her to begin Immortal Obsession, creating her vampire Christian Du Mauré. The author is an avid reader and blogger, with a passion for art museums, Central Park, the French Revolution and all things vampire.

She puts them all to work in Immortal Obsession as well as the sequel, Blood Tears.

To learn more visit her website at

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Love, Prejudice, Regrets, Birthdays, THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES and Thanks…

Let’s start with the LOVE…

6-1I love my husband. Yes, I know that’s cliché. And also, I really think my hubby is cute in a “Guido-Geeky” way.

My husband is not perfect. I based a lot of Tabbruis, my hero in THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES, after my husband. In my books, Tabbruis is not comfortable in social situations, and neither is my 150+ I.Q. MENSA husband.

However, Tabbruis loves Charmeine and his family so much, he would do anything to make them happy and protected. To be even more of a believable hero, at times Tabbruis lacks the art of finesse with his wife. He makes mistakes. What one of us can say that we don’t? We all go ‘off the reservation’ once in while.

Dealing with PREJUDICE

Ever since I was a toddler, I was taught no one is better than me, and I am no better than anyone else.

glassceilingI have dealt with prejudice on many levels… feeling it, seeing it, and fighting against it.

I had hopes that once I got my MBA, which I worked very hard for, I would get a better job… NOT! I found out the GLASS CEILING above my head has be to broken before I can even get a chance to put my MBA to use. It appears some corporate mentalities don’t want to give educated women a chance. That’s not guff, it’s the ‘Unspoken Prejudice’ of the corporate world. I am struggling to have one corporate executive see my potential and prove myself worthy in the Fortune 500 world.

A lot of REGRETS…

2813_imageI have so many regrets that the light from the ‘Planet Regrets’ can’t reach me.

Who of us don’t?

However, here’s where my hope and love will pull me through. If I pay Student Loans until I am 100 years old, and they give me a bill while I am going to the mortuary, I can’t regret my MBA Education. I am the first in my family to have a Graduate Degree, and that means something. I guess I will be buried with my degree in my casket tucked under my satin pillow.

Now onto dreaded BIRTHDAYS…

Argh! Birthdays suck. It’s mine March 2nd, and I am not at all happy about it…

I don’t feel my age

I don’t relate to my age

I can’t even tell you how I hate being labeled with the damaging prejudice of AGEISM. Especially now that I am trying to break the corporate GLASS CEILING mentality. Birthdays are the minefield of the struggling people of the corporate world.

THANKS and generosity of love…

I am so very thankful for my family, the Esparzas and Guidos. My mother and family taught me wonderful lessons in hospitality, hard work, and ethics, and I am ever thankful.

tumblr_m79qq0bPh81rziwwco1_500I am thankful to my PDMI Publishing family including TC and Nessa and all talented people there for taking such a chance on me and THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES.

I poured my heart out in THE LIGHT-BEARER SERIES… the Tabbruis and Charmeine Hunter family made of Vampires and Angels fighting evil is now a part of my family. I am jubilant that I get to share my heart with the world – literally. I have fans all over the globe now because PDMI took a chance on me.

Last but never forgotten, I am thankful of YOU – My WordPress Blogging Family…

auto from EmilyI love you Jueseppi, Mendy, Kristina, Carly, Wendy, Jolene, David, Paula, Marilyn, Al, Val, Ch’Kara, Mari, Kim, Ella, Seamus, Juliette, Anthony, Laura, Sherry, Kimberly, Rebecca, Jennifer, Daven – AND all of you generous individuals I regularly am addicted to reading your blogs every day.

Lots of love, 



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