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Born To Bite

Diana Cosby, Erica Ridley, Hannah Howell

ISBN 9780758273437
Publish Date 8/28/2012
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Kensington, Fantasy, Paranormal

Darkly handsome and dangerously sexy, these voracious vampires are out for blood—and bound for eternal love…

Dark Secret by Hannah Howell

Alone in the world, Murdina Dunbar sets out in search of the only family she has left—and finds an ally in the mysterious Sir Gillanders Baldwin. Something about her sexy protector stirs her blood. Soon, not even the whispers that he’s a dangerous demon can keep her from his bed….

Never Been Bitten by Erica Ridley

Rumored to be a vampire, the rakish Mr. Macane is ravishing all the ladies of the ton! Yet, Miss Elspeth Ramsay cannot bring herself to tremble in his presence. But once Ellie feels the touch of his teeth at her throat, she finds herself biting him back! Surely this sudden bloodlust can only mean danger for her family—and her heart….

Highland Vampire by Diana Cosby

As King of the Highland Coven, vampire Aedan MacGregor knows that falling for the fey Rowan Campbell could destroy her. But one taste of her healing blood and he craves her like no other. Dare claim her as his own, knowing he might lose her forever?

Prologue

Spring 1514

Scotland

The two crosses were simple, the letters carved into the wood neat but obviously done by an untrained hand. It would not be long before the words were stolen away by the wind and rain. A shiver went through Murdina Dunbar, and she knew it had nothing to do with the bite of chill in the wind. Her aunt and uncle had been buried in unconsecrated ground.

Murdina sighed and fought the urge to weep. It was not so much grief that caused the sting of tears in her eyes as it was a crushing disappointment. She had traveled so far to find her aunt and uncle, hoped for a cousin or two as well. Every step of the way she had prayed that she would soon be part of a family again. Instead, she found herself still alone. Utterly alone.

“If ye be looking for their demon spawn, ye are too late. She and that bairn she hid are gone.”

Demon spawn? Murdina turned to look at the man who had spoken to her, annoyed with herself for being so lost in self-pity she had not heard his approach. He was short, filthy, and had a belly that revealed he ate too well far too often. The intuition that had cursed her for her whole life immediately marked him as ignorant and brutal.

“What do ye mean by demon spawn, sir?” she asked, and knew her anger over his words had seeped into her tone, for his muddy brown eyes narrowed with wary malice.

“The mother was a witch, aye? What else could she have been with all her potions and love of the night, eh?” He scratched his belly. “We took care of the lassie’s witch of a mother, but no one wanted to hurt the lass, too. She was a healer like her mother, and we didnae want to be left with no healer at all, did we? Then wee Adeline, their demon spawn, took in that cursed bairn. Wheesht, there was nay denying that the bairn was Satan’s own. Anne herself said so when she tried to be rid of the bairn that demon had begotten on her, but the lass saved it. We tried to get rid of the lad ourselves after that, but she ran off with him. Young Adeline guarded that lad as if he were her own.”

Good for her, Murdina thought, proud of her cousin. “Where did she run to?”

“Why do ye care? Ye are weel shed of the likes of her.” He looked her over. “Though, now that I get a good look at you, I see ye have the look of her and her fool da. All that cursed red hair, too. Blood will tell, aye?”

“Will it? Then ye will be verra pleased to learn that I dinnae intend to linger here. As soon as ye tell me where Adeline went, I will leave.”

“Dinnae ken where she went, do I? Some of our men chased her, but they didnae return. Another lot of fools went out ahunting for her, and they did stop here for a wee while. One of their men was hurt. They said the lass had taken up with one of those demons one hears tales of. MacNachtons the mon called them. One of them demons was helping the lass protect the bairn, and they were all headed toward the far hills,” he said and nodded, pointing toward the north.

Murdina sighed, picked up the reins of her sturdy pony, and started to walk in the direction he had waved his short, dirty finger in.

“ ’Tis said no one returns from those hills,” he called after her.

“I certainly willnae be returning, whether I go to those hills or nay.”

Her heart was choked with grief and sympathy for her cousin. Poor Adeline, Murdina thought, although she was pleased to discover she had a cousin and the cousin’s name. Adeline was as alone as she was, however. All her cousin had was a bairn that fools like that filthy man behind her wanted to kill. Her cousin would need help to protect the child, she decided. The man marked as a demon by superstitious fools might not have stayed with Adeline. All Murdina had to do now was find her cousin.

As she looked toward the distant hills, she hesitated and shivered, but quickly stiffened her spine. The hills were shrouded in a heavy mist despite the fact that it was a bright, sunny day. It made her uneasy, but she shook off the tickle of fear that tried to take root in her heart. If she had to track her cousin into those ominous mists, she would do so. Now that she knew she had family left, she would allow nothing to stop her from finding Adeline. Not even wild, frightening talk of demons.

About Diana Cosby:

Diana Cosby, a retired Navy Chief, is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense. Books in her award winning MacGruder Brothers series are translated in five languages. Diana has spoken at the Library of Congress, Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC, and appeared in Woman’s Day, on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happy Ever After,” MSN.com, Atlantic County Women Magazine, and Texoma Living Magazine. After her career in the Navy, Diana dove into her passion – writing romance novels. With 34 moves behind her, she was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people she’s met throughout the world. Diana looks forward to the years of writing ahead and meeting the amazing people who will share this journey. Visit dianacosby.com.

About Erica Ridley:

New York Times bestselling author Erica Ridley learned to read when she was four, which was about the same time she decided to be a writer when she grew up. Now, Erica writes Regency-set historical romances. Since becoming active in the writing community, all of her manuscripts have finaled in or won various RWA chapter contests. Erica is also the webmistress of her local writing chapter. When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest. Readers can visit her website at ericaridley.com.

About Hannah Howell:

Hannah D. Howell is a highly regarded and prolific romance writer. Since Amber Flame, her first historical romance, was released in February 1988, she has published 25 novels and short stories, with more on the way. Her writing has been repeatedly recognized for its excellence and has "made Waldenbooks Romance Bestseller list a time or two" as well as was nominated twice by Romantic Times for Best Medieval Romance (Promised Passion and Elfking's Lady). She has also won Romantic Times' Best British Isles Historical Romance for Beauty and the Beast; and, in 1991-92 she received Romantic Times' Career Achievement Award for Historical Storyteller of the Year.

Hannah was born and raised in Massachusetts (the maternal side of her family has been there since the 1630's). She has been married to her husband Stephen for 28 years, who she met in England while visiting relatives, and decided to import him. They have two sons Samuel, 27, and Keir, 24. She is addicted to crocheting, reads and plays piano, attempts to garden, and collects things like dolls, faerie and cat figurines, and music boxes. She also seems to collect cats, as she now has four of them, Clousseau, Banshee, Spooky, and Oliver Cromwell.


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A Taste of Love! (Monday, October 15, 2012)
Reviewer: Kathy Jund

Born to Bite is a collaboration of three short stories containing a Vampire flavor that will certainly set you into a deliciously Halloween mindset! These stories of love composed by best selling author Hannah Howell, Diana Cosby and Erica Ridley and will leave you wanting more from each of them. In Hannah Howell’s “Dark Secret”, Murdina Dunbar finds herself on a lonely journey to find the last of her family, a cousin she has never met a woman travelling alone with no money must not only seek shelter but the means in which to finance her travels. Taking a position as a maid in the holdings of a Laird in the area Murdina believes her cousin was last known to live, she will bide her time while secretly gathering information that may point her in the right direction. The sudden appearance of a mysterious nobleman and Murdina’s press to service into seeing to his all is worldly needs, may soon prove to ensnare her as an unwitting pawn in an unexplained web of deception. In Diana Cosby’s “Highland Vampire”, Rowan Campbell in a literal run for her life from the villagers who wish to put her to death, certain she is a witch stumbles in the darkness upon a lone form within a circle of stone. Her extra sensitive mind appears drawn by some unseen force as she tries to flee back to safety within the forest. A voice in her head holds her captive and she has no choice but to move ahead where she soon discovers is the ever still body of a naked man. Fearing discovery, as the villagers are ever close behind, Rowan hears the words of promise that protection will be given if she but assists the stranger in her midst. Questioning what nature of man lies before her and the circumstances that have placed him in this position are not enough to keep her from extending her arms and reaching for him. In Erica Ridley’s “Never Been Bitten”, Ms. Elspeth Ramsay calmly scrutinizes from a far corner the guests attending the lavish ball before her. Elspeth is not at this High Society party as an invited guest, but as a woman with a job to do. Unbeknownst to the people around her who happen to take no notice of the inconspicuous Elspeth, is a woman who makes a living watching and reporting her observations to those who commission her. As expected, her quarry soon arrives and Elspeth will see for herself if the elusive and extraordinarily handsome Martainn Macane, also known throughout the Ton as “Lord Lovenip” is in fact the vampire her benefactress believes he is. As Martainn’s impossibly bright sea-green eyes gaze across the crowded room to stare directly at her, Elspeth wonders if this time she has taken on an assignment that may be her undoing! These stories are sure to provoke thoughts of decadence.


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