Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Hungarian, Paranormal Romance by Stephanie Burkhart


What I love about paranormal romance is that it blends my two loves – paranormal and romance. Growing up in the 1970's, I used to watch "Creature Double Feature" on Saturdays and I got hooked on vampires, werewolves, and zombies. As a teenager, I discovered Victoria Holt and her brand of gothic romance with spooky manors, and dark secrets. Drawing on these two influences, I brought them together for my novel, "The Hungarian," Book 1 in the Budapest Moon series.

WHY BUDAPEST?
In 1997, I was in the U.S. Army and deployed to Taszur, Hungary from JUL – OCT 1997. During that deployment, I had an opportunity to visit Budapest and I fell in love with the city. Budapest is a gem. Its architecture was preserved by the Iron Curtain of the Cold War. Budapest was the one place I've been to that made me believe werewolves and witches could exist. With it's exotic locale, dominant buildings, and Hungarian pride, it became the setting of my Budapest Moon series.

THE CHARACTERS

Hungarian Count Matthias Duma harbors a dark secret - he's a werewolf. Every full moon, Matthias transforms into a beast. Matthais is tormented by this condition and has no intention of ever falling in love again.

Enter Katherine Archibald. The young woman lives vicariously through her books, but when she meets Matthias, he challenges all her sensibilities. Mysterious, yet charming, she dares to break the battlements around his heart.

What I enjoyed about writing "The Hungarian" was bringing out the humanity in the characters. Matthias must learn to trust, and Katherine must learn to believe.

THE SHORT STORY

The novel was inspired by my short story, "The Wolf's Kiss," which won an Honorable Mention in the 2007 Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Contest in Romance.

BLURB:

Katherine Archibald is in search of a grand adventure. A young woman in late Victorian England, she wants to open up a book store in London and travel Europe hunting down rare books. Love isn't on her map.

Enter Matthias Duma. The Hungarian count captures Katherine's attention like no other man before him with his unusual gold-malachite eyes, his exotic features, and his command of the night sky.

After a night of intrigue during Katherine's birthday, she discovers the map does include love in the legend, but will the map lead her to Budapest and the dark, brooding Hungarian she's just met?

ENJOY THIS EXCERPT:
The door squeaked open and Katherine peeked over the top of her book. A tall, muscular man walked in wearing a white button-down shirt and holding his blazer. He paused, as if surprised to find her, and then walked toward the window, his stride easy. He moved with wolf-like prowess, his long legs taking cool, calculated steps as his unusual eyes surveyed her. Katherine bit the inside of her lip, returning his measured perusal with one of her own. His silence was unnerving, yet intriguing.

His eyes drew her to him -- malachite green with a gold ring around the iris. Dynamic. Expressive. Even now, as he looked at her, they softened and grew translucent. He stopped in front of the window and casually threw his blazer onto a nearby chair as if he owned the room.

"Hello," he said.
"Hello."
"You're staring."

"I am? I thought you were staring at me."
He chuckled. "Perhaps I was admiring you."

"Me?"
"Who else is here?"

Katherine pursed her lips as her insides warmed from the deep silkiness of his voice. He smiled and walked to her chair, slowly gliding around it, tracing his finger over the leather headrest, skirting her curly hair.

"What's your name?" he asked.

"And who is inquiring?" She tried to sound cool and composed, but she had to fight the nervous temptation to play with her hands.

"Romeo, perhaps?"
"Then my name is Juliet."

A teasing smile graced his lips as he walked out from behind her chair and glanced at a bookshelf before turning to look at her again.

"Would you fall for Tristan?"
"Only if my name were Isolde."

He walked over to a wooden table near the window and ran his long finger over a clay mock-up of Excalibur lodged in a stone. "What do you think of Arthur? Do you think it suits me?"
"Only Guinevere would believe your name was Arthur."

He crossed his arms, his eyes sparkling in the sunlight. "Would you believe my name was Matthias?"

"I might, if--"
"If what?"
"If I knew more about you."

BOOK TRAILER ON YOU TUBE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZwaF8hAdow

REVIEWS:
Happily Ever After Reviews, 5 Cups
"This is an excellent book and I think fans of both the paranormal and historical romances will really, really enjoy it."

Reader's Favorites, 5 Stars
"This book is extremely entertaining. The plot is sensual and romantic."

Coffee Time Romance, 3 Cups
"Ms. Burkhart tells this tale in such a voice that we can practically feel the waves of emotions both characters are feeling coming off the pages."


BUY LINKS:

AMAZON KINDLE:
http://www.amazon.com/Budapest-Moon-Book-One-ebook/dp/B003K15NG2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1317406212&sr=1-1

BARNES & NOBLE NOOK:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/budapest-moon-book-one-stephanie-burkhart/1029789952?ean=9781936000654&itm=4&usri=stephanie%2bburkhart

SONY EBOOKS
http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/stephanie-burkhart/the-hungarian/_/R-400000000000000233152

ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS:
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-budapestmoonbookonethehungarian-427260-139.html

PUBLISHER'S BUY LINK:
stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-87/%3Ci%3EBudapest-Moon-Book-One%3C-fdsh-i%3E-cln-/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:

Maria said...

Intriguing excerpt, I like the give and take in their dialogue

Thanks for sharing

StephB said...

Thanks for popping in, Maria.
Smiles
Steph

June M. said...

I too love Paranormal Romances. And those pictures of Budapest are beautiful. Thank you for the excerpt.
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