Monday, August 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 97: Dracula in Love

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

While I did finish Dracula by the weekend as planned, I decided I needed a bit of a break before plunging into Dracula in Love. So, aside from a couple short stories in an anthology, I took the weekend off from reading. Sometimes you just have to do it, ya know? Now, having digested the original, I am ready to immerse myself in Dracula in Love, and I'd say it's off to a great start. Tell me these lines from the beginning don't make you shiver!

In the beginning, there was the voice.

That was how it began on that first evening, with a masculine voice calling out to me in my sleep; a disembodied voice slithering into my dreams, a voice of deep timbre and tones, of sensuous growls, and of low, hollow moans—a voice laden with promise and with love.

(pg 5)

From Good Reads:

In this wonderfully transporting novel, award-winning author Karen Essex turns a timeless classic inside out, spinning a haunting, erotic, and suspenseful story of eternal love and possession.

From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula’s eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.

Mina’s version of this gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical journey far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium.

Bram Stoker’s classic novel offered one side of the story, in which Mina had no past and bore no responsibility for the unfolding events. Now, for the first time, the truth of Mina’s personal voyage, and of vampirism itself, is revealed. What this flesh and blood woman has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than the Victorians could have expressed or perhaps even have imagined.

Disclaimer: Copy of book was received from the publisher through a blog giveaway by Jenny Q.


Shelley Munro said...

It sounds as if he'll be hard to resist with a voice like that.

Heather said...


Jennifer said...

Very descriptive and sounds hard to resist.

TBM said...

Slithering into my it.

Here's mine:

SusanB-knits said...

Great teaser! The voice sounds hard to resist. Bet it is interesting to read the story from her point of view.

Anonymous said...

Definitely shiver worthy.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Ooh, I like the descriptions, like the "slithering" voice.

Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Heather said...

Jennifer: Indeed it does!

TBM: Beautiful writing, isn't it?

Susan: Not too far into the book yet, but it is certainly interesting reading hear version of events.

Heather said...

Alice: Indeed!

Laureal-Rain: I am loving the beautifully descriptive language.

Jenny Q said...

This book did have a great opening scene. Good teaser choice!

Lisa said...

That would make me read it! (Sounds like it should be an audiobook!)

My teaser is here.

Mari - Escape In A Book said...

That sounds like one scary yet irresistible dream.

Heather said...

Thanks, Jenny! And thank you for the opportunity to win adn read it!

Lisa: You would need just the right voice to pull off that dream sequence.

Mari: Indeed it does! *wg*