It’s February and Valentine’s Day is around the corner. That means we want to get all romantic – OK, more than usual. As such, today is the first in a series of guest posts this month featuring character love letters. We asked paranormal romance authors to let their hero or heroine talk to their love in the old school fashion for us to read
This first character love letter comes from author Denise K. Rago and features characters from her paranormal romance Immortal Obsession (get a copy from Amazon). The book features a tortured vampire with an undying love. (Yes, we know, you love the tortured ones…and the puns.)
With that, we’ll turn it over to Denise.
CHRISTIAN’S LOVE LETTER TO JOSETTE
By Denise K. Rago
Against the backdrop of Pre-Revolution Paris, immortal Christian Du Mauré falls in love with a young, aristocrat, Josette Delacore, whom he meets one night strolling along the Pont Neuf with her lover, another vampire named Gaétan. Unable to resist one another, Josette runs into Christian’s arms and so begins their three year love affair that culminates on a hot July night in 1790, as Paris burns and Christian flees, leaving Josette to her fate. Centuries later, settled among his ancient books and antiques in Manhattan, living steps away from Central Park, Christian still pines for Josette, the woman he realizes will love forever.
3 March 1989
In these moments before the approaching dawn, as the darkness envelopes me in its cold embrace, I think of you. As I drift into nothingness, I can feel your arms around me and I wonder if we will ever meet again. Will you ever forgive me my youth, my arrogance and my self-imposed morality that cost me you? I was so young, yet all I knew is that I loved you deeply and so completely and that you haunt my thoughts and dreams to this day.
Time is strange. It is constant and ceaseless. It flows like a rushing river from place to place, never lingering too long, picking us up and carrying us along as if we were leaves or twigs, floating on the waters’ surface. Time moves forward and yet we can only make sense of it by looking back – a curse for us immortals who have centuries to reflect back on our mistakes. I still ask myself, how could I have let you go? I thought that interfering in your life was not my role and I had no place in the mortal world, but I was wrong, Jo.
I should have taken you with me that night. As Paris burned, and my heart ached for you, I chose to say goodbye and I have tried to never look back, to not allow myself to regret leaving you behind, but in this I have failed miserably. You haunt my nights Josette as you will forever.
I find myself here now, in 21st century New York City, a place you could never imagine; living with Michel. Does he dream of you as I do? Is his soul torn in two as mine has been over leaving you behind? He loved you Josette, yet even now it is hard to be angry with you.
It’s strange, but I feel you here with me, in me. I do know that my love for you has carried me through time, from that spring evening we met until this moment. Your love is what has sustained me Jo, not the blood I need to survive, but your beautiful smile, warm laughter, dark eyes and the memories of us. Mostly the memories of us.
I am still in awe over your power to captivate me and in this regard, time stands still, my love remains constant and as I fall into darkness I still feel you here with me.
Hold me tight, please.
Denise K. Rago is a paranormal romance author whose first novel, Immortal Obsession, was published in September 2010. You can reach Denise on her website, where you can also read an excerpt of her book – part love story, thriller, vampire romance and paranormal romp that takes place in Revolution-era Paris and modern-day New York.
Denise has kindly offered one Vampire Book Club reader a signed copy of her novel Immortal Obsession. Leave a meaningful comment on this post by Feb. 21, 2011, and we’ll pick one person at random to win a copy of the book. Make sure you include a valid email address, so we can contact you.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER, VIKI, AND THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!