Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Count's Lair, paranormal romance, Book 2, Budapest Moon by Stephanie Burkhart


"The Count's Lair" is Book 2 of the Budapest Moon series and picks up 6 weeks after where "The Hungarian" left off. Count Anton Varga, Duma's foil in "The Hungarian," has found a certain amount of peace in his heart and actively pursues the beautiful and talented pianist, Lady Amelia Andrassy. Both Anton and Amelia have to overcome inner conflicts and open their hearts up to love. It doesn't help Amelia that Anton has a dubious reputation - and that he has a secret. Will love help her to accept him for what he is – werewolf and all?

THE CHARACTERS

Anton dares to believe in love which opens his heart to many different emotions. His biggest obstacle is trusting in love.

Amelia must believe in the unbelievable to find true happiness. Both Anton and Amelia's resolve is tested time and again throughout the novel as the werewolf, Marcus, haunts Anton's every move.

The novel was my NaNoWriMo project for 2009. That year was my first year in participating in NaNoWriMo. It was a crazy, wild month, let me tell you. Thankfully, I was a winner coming in at over 56,000 words by the end of the month. Just recently, "The Count's Lair" was a silver award winner in the Reader's Favorites 2011 Romance: Sci-Fi/Fantasy category.

BOOK TRAILER ON YOU TUBE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaiYNNpETok


BLURB:
Count Anton Varga is haunted by the curse of the moon. It tugs on his emotions, ravishing his soul. Anton abhors the beast he must learn to tame if he is to find peace. 



Lady Amelia Andrássy is an accomplished pianist, but her life in Budapest had been filled with heartache. When Amelia faints in the Duma's bookstore, it's Anton's strong arms that cradle her fall. His unusual indigo eyes spark with hers, replacing their individual loneliness with the promise of feral passion. 



After a two month separation, Anton is ready to walk into Amelia's life again, but is Amelia ready to fan the spark they shared into a flame? 


REVIEWS:

LONG & SHORT REVIEWS, 5 Stars, Fennel
"Want a recipe for a great story? Take an awesome writer like Ms. Burkhart, stir in her intimate knowledge of Hungary, her innate ability to create wonderful characters, a book-full of suspense, mystery and passion and you get a book you can’t put down."

READER'S FAVORITES, 5 Stars
The Count’s Lair is filled with suspense, mystery, passion, and the paranormal.

PEN & MUSE REVIEWS:
Those who love paranormal romance with a dash of suspense and mystery will fall in love with The Count’s Lair.

ENJOY THIS EXCERPT:
Count Varga looked like a tamed jackal. His hair was wind-tussled, and his overcoat accented his muscled physique. His scarf hung casually over his shoulders, too, as if it were just for show. She was completely disarmed by his full red lips, more vulnerable to his presence than she would have thought. Anton draped the cloak over her shoulders and snapped the front clasp. Sparks of warmth jumped off him, saturating her body. His smoldering sapphire eyes found hers. She adored his attention.

Bryant handed her a pair of gloves, her hat, and her scarf. She hung the scarf around her neck and put on her hat.

"Are you ready?" Anton asked.

She nodded, and he escorted her to his auto. The cold winter air nipped at her cheeks. It was only the first week of December, but Anton hadn't joked about the temperature.

They got in the back seat of his auto, and the driver took off. The auto was warm. Amelia put her gloves in her lap.

"Some people have set up a tent in the middle of the market and are selling goulash and warm apple wine. Do you mind having lunch there? I thought we'd take in the market's ambience."

"Not at all."

"I've missed you." He turned in the seat to look at her.

She smiled. "I've missed you, too."

"Did you get your invitation to the noble's ball?" he asked.

"Yes. I got it today."
"May I escort you?"

"I would like that," she replied. She'd like it a lot. Too much for her own good, but she wasn't prepared to admit that to him just yet. He already had unsettled her. It was exciting to be in the presence of a man so confident and secure. The last few weeks with Mikel, she'd thought he had avoided her because of the success of her piano concerts.

BUY LINKS:
AMAZON KINDLE:
http://www.amazon.com/Budapest-Moon-Book-Two-ebook/dp/B004LLIEMK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317535160&sr=8-1

BARNES & NOBLE NOOK:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/budapest-moon-book-two-the-counts-lair-stephanie-burkhart/1029218357?ean=9781612520186&itm=5&usri=stephanie%2bburkhart

SONY EBOOK STORE:
http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/stephanie-burkhart/the-count-s-lair/_/R-400000000000000337165

ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS:
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-budapestmoonbooktwothecount039slair-513164-139.html

PUBLISHER'S BUY LINK:
http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-142/Stephanie-Burkhart-Budapest-Moon/Detail.bok


FIND ME ON THE WEB AT:
WEBSITE:
http://www.stephanieburkhart.com

TWITTER:
http://twitter.com/StephBurkhart

FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephanie-Burkhart-Author/149938795021166

GOOD READS:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4031660.Stephanie_Burkhart

3 comments:

daydrmzzz said...

Wow what great reviews! Already on my TBR list :)
Dawn
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Jen B. said...

I have never heard of this series. Thanks for the blurb and the posting. I'll have to add it to my wish list.
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StephB said...

Daydrmzzz and JenB thanks for popping in.
Smiles
Steph