Yes, it’s Romance Week on Goodreads!
And who doesn’t like some romance in their lives? I have copied some romantic excerpts from both my novels onto my Goodreads page, but for those of you who are not Goodreads members (I’m not sure if you can read Goodreads stuff if you’re not) or just lazy (;P) I have copied them here too. I hope you get all romantic now…
Excerpt from Succedaneum – Living Like A Vampire
I found my way back to the foyer and was glad to find that the drone had fallen asleep whilst on duty. Outside the sun was still shining, I blinked heavily and I hesitated to go outside.
I can’t do this anymore…
I so wanted to go away, get in a car and leave all this shit behind me. I wanted to feel the sun on my face and just drive, I didn’t care where to. True, I wanted to find Caleb, but it was more than that. I wanted normality, I wanted the boredom of going to work every day, I wanted laughing children around me, and I wanted to visit my parents and my sisters.
“Please don’t go,” I heard a quiet voice say behind me all of a sudden. I turned around and saw Charlie standing there. “You’ll expose us all,” he added.
The stupidity of what I had just contemplated then hit me, I let my bag fall to the floor and I dropped onto the couch next to me and started crying. Charlie quickly came over, sat next to me and put his arms around me. I put my head on his shoulder and cried until there were no more tears coming. Charlie unlocked our embrace and looked at me.
“Look, if you are so sure about him, I will help you find Caleb.”
“Would you do that for me?” I asked as I grabbed his hands.
“Of course, Kate, I would do anything for you. I thought you knew that by now.”
I smiled at him. Even though I had been so angry at him, I was so glad to have Charlie in my life. He was the rock that I could cling to while the turbulent torrent of chaos that surrounded me was trying to grab me, trying to drown me.
He noticed the bump on my forehead and gently touched it. “You want some ice on that?” he asked with the sweetest voice.
“No, it’s okay,” I said, and all of a sudden I was extremely tired again. I put my feet up on the couch and leaned against his body.
Charlie didn’t react immediately, but then decided that I would probably be okay with him putting his arms around me and we sat there together until the sun had gone down.
Excerpt from Succedaneum – Raising A Vampire
But he only kissed my neck. Then his lips stroked my skin, his fangs dragging. His breath was warm an arousing me. He licked my skin, trailing my jugular all the way up and then he sucked my earlobe as he pulled my hair. I put my arms and legs around him, pulling him even closer, pressing him to sensitive parts of me. His caresses were like a typhoon, wrecking me like a house built of straw. I was nothing against his power.
All of a sudden I had to cry. I felt wonderful and awful at the same time. Thoughts of John and Charlie were jumping up involuntarily. I didn’t want to betray Charlie, but I wanted Caleb so much right there and then. But Caleb’s hands on my body reminded me of John’s and made me feel dirty. This was so unfair, there was just no way to feel good about this any which way I turned it.
“Caleb, I can’t do this,” I said as I took his face in my hands and made him focus on my eyes. “I love Charlie too much.”
His eyes filled with tears too. “I have waited for you for ten years, Kate…” he said under his breath.
“But I can’t be with you, can’t you see that?” I urged him to understand. “I have a partner and a daughter. I love them both dearly and I can’t just leave that all behind me…” I rested my head against his and tears fell from my eyes.
We stayed like that for a little while, both breathing heavily. Then all of a sudden he let go of me and walked out of the bathroom. He didn’t look back and I hadn’t been able to see his face. I had no idea what state of mind he was in now.
I quickly jumped off the benchtop and ran back to Sue’s room. She was still sleeping soundly. I sat down beside her bed, hid my face in my arms and wept silently.
Copyrighted by Jacky Dahlhaus