By Lia Davis
Hi! Lia here and I’m standing outside the Wyman’s house. They have graciously asked me to come over for holiday cocktails. Of course this also gives me a change to get in an interview before hand. *wink*
For those of you haven’t meet the Wymans, let me give you a brief low down.
Darian Wyman was a widowed vampire with an adult daughter, Katrina, who still lives at home—it’s common among vampire clans to have their children stay at home until mated.
Emalee Black was a human who wasn’t so human. Her “not so human” part had made her hide away inside a witch’s coven, far away from the paranormal communities who thought she could be a threat.
The two of them were lonely and sought some excitement in their lives. What better way to find it than a 1Night Stand?
Here the blurb for their story, Ravished Before Sunrise.
Born with the unusual ability to see what truly lies in the shadows, Emalee Black is stuck between two worlds, the paranormal and the human. Neither one accepts or understands her and she's forced to live a quiet, boring life in hiding. When her best friend mentions 1Night Stand dating service, Ema chooses a role-playing adventure straight out of her romantic fantasies. She's to hunt her very own vampire and have her wicked way him.
Vampire Darian Wyman is surprised when his daughter signs him up for a one-night stand with an exclusive matching agency. At first he's appalled by the idea, but as he reads the details of the date he becomes intrigued. For one night he will get away from the life he has long grown tired of to be hunted and captured by a would-be huntress. But he has plans of his own for his little vixen.
However, when Darian discovers the truth about Ema's inhuman abilities, the date could end before it gets started.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Now let’s get started with that interview:
I rang the doorbell to the large, stone-faced mansion and waited. It wasn’t my first visit to Darian and Emalee’s home, but each time I’m here, I can’t help but take in the beauty of it.
All it needed was a few gargoyles perched along the roof and it’d be prefect.
The door opened and I smiled at Katrina, Darian’s daughter. Her straight black hair hung loose around her shoulders, accenting her ice blues eyes. She smiled back. “I’d told father he should get a few gargoyles.”
Shoot. I forgot Kat can read minds. “I might put a buzz in his ear as well.”
Kat laughed and stepped aside. “Please come in. Ema will be down in a moment.”
Sighing, Kat nodded. “Father was called into the work. One of the clients are freaking out about something.”
“Ah,” I said and walked into the living room.
The biggest indoor tree I’ve ever seen sat in the far corner decorated in red, gold, and silver. Scanning the room, I noticed that almost every inch of the place had garland and lights either wrapped around it or draped over it.
Kat laugh softly. “Ema loves Yule. We had a blast decorating.”
I turned to Ema’s voice and smiled. Her red hair was pulled back in a ponytail and she wore a light green sweater that matched her eyes and faded blue jeans. When she reached me, she drew me into a tight hug. “It’s been too long.”
“I know. Sorry.”
Ema waved off my apology, took my hand, and pulled me to the sofa. She sat, tugging me with her. I studied her for a moment and my heart warmed. She was happy and very much in love. I could tell by the way her green eyes sparkled and her skin held an almost magical glow to it. Well, not quite a glow, more like an otherworldly shimmer.
I heard it was like that when one is mated to the vampire.
“How is that vampire of yours?”
Ema’s cheeks turned pink. “He’s wonderful.”
Kat sighed. “I’ll just go up to my office now. You two have fun.”
Ema and I waved bye as Kat jogged up the stairs.
“She’s been working too hard,” Ema said with a sad note in her tone.
“She should take a vacation.”
With a sigh, Ema said, “That’s what I told her, but she is as stubborn as her father.”
I nodded. Darian was pretty stubborn and I can totally see that trait in Kat. “So, this is the second Yule you’ve spend with Darian. Any new traditions you started?”
“Well, we celebrate twice since Darian has Christian roots from when he was human. We spend Winter Solstice with coven and we spend Christmas day together with Kat watching the parade, old movies, and have friends over for dinner.” Ema paused to think. “That’s it. Just enjoy the holidays with friends and family.”
“That sounds nice.”
Ema smiled. “It is. Oh! Look at the time. What you like to help me get the appetizers ready? Darian should be back soon.”
“Sure.” I rose and followed her to the kitchen, which was almost as big as the living room.
Ema buzzed around the kitchen, humming while she pulled out items from the cabinets then the refrigerator. I smiled, not able to stop myself. Her happiness was just so infectious. It’s amazing how one night changed her whole life.
About the Author:
Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, and a self-employed romance author. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers.
An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing and designing are stress relievers that allow her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.
Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.
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What are your family traditions during the holidays?