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The Deepest Hunger.

Tessa Noble is a vampire who will do anything to reach the safety of her brother in New Orleans-even if it means traveling with her nemesis, Rene Morin. A ruthless, brooding, yet startlingly sexy vampire, Rene seems to take pleasure in finding fault with Tessa’s every move. As they travel, Rene feeds along the way, while Tessa struggles to resist the impulse to nourish herself.

Feeds The Darkest Needs.

Once in the storm-ravaged city of his birth, Rene’s defenses begin to unravel, and Tessa is drawn to his more vulnerable side. Starving and spent with need, Tessa finally allows herself to feed off of Rene’s own body, deepening the sensual attraction they share. Yet neither can afford to succumb to this desire. For Tessa and Rene are being followed-and a single misstep will put them at the mercy of forces more dark and powerful than even they can fight. If they are caught, the ecstasy of their newfound love will be matched only by the agony of its loss.

I have no idea where this year has gone. It seems like only yesterday, my trip to San Francisco for the RWA conference was a distant adventure to look forward to, along with the almost simultaneous birthdays of my beloved daughter and my book, “Dark Thirst,” the first in my vampire-romance series, The Brethren. It’s now Labor Day weekend. My trip to California is long since over (and very much enjoyed!) and I’m getting ready to mark the release of Book Two in The Brethren Series, “Dark Hunger” on Tuesday, September 2.

It doesn’t seem possible. I can still remember writing this book, sitting in front of my keyboard, crafting out scenes, watching my characters — Tessa Noble Davenant and Rene Morin, both vampires — blossom and grow on the pages before my eyes. They were fun to write — Tessa’s strong-willed and stubborn while Rene is smart-mouthed and sullen. The love-hate dynamic that’s the hallmark of their relationship softens as the story unfolds and as they get to know each other. As with most of my characters, I have missed them since I typed “The End.” Even though that doesn’t seem that long ago.

I have spent much of the day today trying to decide how I’d like to work a week’s worth of blogging here at Novel Thoughts, and decided to use this chance to introduce you all (or “y’all” as we say here in Kentucky) to Tessa and Rene. For all of its cross-country adventure, action and suspense, at its heart, “Dark Hunger” is really a character study, as two people with a lot of carefully guarded secrets and deep-seeded insecurities learn to trust, befriend and eventually love each other. Before I can do that, though, I’d probably better start by introducing you to the book.

In “Dark Hunger,” Tessa Noble-Davenant will do anything to protect her brother, Brandon, even if that means traveling across the country with Rene Morin. A cynical, brooding, yet startling sexy vampire, Rene seems to take pleasure in finding fault with Tessa’s every move. Despite this, a sensual attraction begins to develop between the two, one to which neither can afford to succumb. Rene and Tessa are being followed — and a single misstep will put them at the mercy of forces more dark and powerful than they can even imagine…

“Dark Hunger” picks up almost immediately where “Dark Thirst” leaves off, and while it’s not necessary for you to read “Dark Thirst” first, it doesn’t hurt. Therefore, all week long, I’m going to be giving away a signed copy of “Dark Thirst” each and every day. All you have to do to be eligible to win is post a question to me here in the comments section. Each day I’ll pick one name at random and award a copy of the book, so be sure to either check back or include your email address in your post so I can contact you!

You’ll find excerpts of both books, plus my promotional video for The Brethren Series and more at my website, www.sarareinke.com, I’ve also got three FREE ebooks there you can download, a monthly contest with some fabulous prizes and more! I’m looking forward to hanging out here all week and hope you’ll join me as I celebrate the launch of “Dark Hunger.”

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