23 Apr 2014

Dance Until Dawn by Berni Stevens

Dance Until Dawn by Berni Stevens
"A fun vampire tale with a nice take on being a 21st century vampire. Good fun.” The Bookseller

Do you Believe in Love After Life?
At twenty-five, West-End dancer, Ellie Wakefield should be having the time of her life. The only problem is, since waking up in a three-hundred-year-old vampire’s leaky cellar, Ellie’s been very much dead. And to make matters worse, she’s found that an aversion to blood and a fear of the dark aren’t very helpful – especially when you’re a fledgling vampire.
William James Austen has fallen hard. He’s spent the last year loving Ellie from afar and now he’s finally able to be truthful about who and what he is. As the most powerful vampire in London, he’s used to getting what he wants. But this time, Will might just have bitten off more than he can chew.

I asked author Berni Stevens a couple of questions...

Why do you write about vampires?
I have been fascinated by the folklore of vampires since I first read Dracula when I was fourteen. There’s an old saying that truth is stranger than fiction, and a lot of the early legends are really strange! Legends have existed from as early as the Ancient Greeks and Mesopotamians.
Also, the thought of eternal life– never aging – and preternatural strength are great attributes to add to any story, and are certainly fun to write into a romance. Who wouldn’t feel safe in the arms of an immortal warrior? Although drinking blood and the lack of daylight are a definite down side.

Where did your inspiration come from?
I’ve read many paranormal romances, and right from the very beginning of their popularity in the early 1990s, I wondered why they were all set in America. The answer was simple – all the authors were American! I was inspired simply by that discovery, and I wanted to write a paranormal romance set in London. My hero is an ancient English Duke from the late 1700s, and the object of his desires is a feisty 21st century woman. A recipe for conflict if ever I wrote one ☺

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