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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

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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.

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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.

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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 www.denisekrago.com

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I thought the description said… romance?

HuntingHeroesIf you know me at all… you know that I am an avid reader. I read and listen to books every day without fail.

Even on the day I had my operation, I was reading hooked up to a morphine pump in the hospital room.

tumblr_inline_n7wwnlD2jK1qfqrsnYou know that I am a lover of Paranormal Romance, especially in the vampiric vein, so to speak.

Nothing gets my heart beating faster than a tall, dark vampire hero!

freedomOkay, before I get started with my post, I know those of you will vehemently disagree with me.

So, for the record, let me state this…

I definitely don’t begrudge anyone their 50 Shades of Grey.

That is not my vexation or angst.

My chagrin is that I have a policy to read a book cover to cover. The past several books I have started on my blessed Kindle, I have had to put down because the writing bothered me.

The story troubled me so much that this morning, after I closed my Kindle on yet another book characterized as a romance, I wanted to write why my coveted policy is being abandoned.

romanceI thought romance was attraction, friendship, wooing, a little intrigue, heroism (both hero and heroines) and danger in the mix, but most of all, in the end it was about… LOVE!

However, what I believe to be romance is not the case in all books classified as romance.

I feel some romance novels are based or about meanness, possession, domination, callousness… and then – oh by the way – I love you, if you obey me?

exsqueeze meWhat the heck? Exsqueeze me? Baking Powder? (borrowed phrases from one of my fav movies, Wayne’s World.)

This is my way of stating that I feel in my heart that romance is not a one-way street – my way or the highway, so to speak.

However, romance is different for all of us – some want friendship and romance that turns into love, and some want dominance and chains that melt into love.

Hmm, I was curious and looked to the definition of romance.This is what Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary stated:

d6a10d4a_zpsa33c67c2a (1) : a medieval tale based on legend, chivalric love and adventure, or the supernatural (2) : a prose narrative treating imaginary characters involved in events remote in time or place and usually heroic, adventurous, or mysterious (3) : a love story especially in the form of a novel

b : a class of such literature

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/romance

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am vexed – the books I have shut off my Kindle all have romance in the description. I am not saying that they are wrong.

I will just have to do more research before hitting the “Buy it in 1-click” button on Amazon. No one’s fault but my own.

I’m curious…

what’s your definition of romance?

Lots of love,

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