Welcome Carmen Stefanescu with Dracula’s Mistress #Historical #Gothic #Paranormal

Happy Saint Paddy’s Day! On this delightful wearin’ o’ the green day, I’m excited to welcome my dear friend, Carmen Stefanescu, with her brand new release, Dracula’s Mistress. Carmen is wonderful supporter of other authors. If you haven’t already connected, check out her blog, Shadows of the Past, or find her at any of the contact links below.

As a lifelong native of Romania, Carmen is ideally suited to write Dracula’s Mistress, a tale that combines history, horror and light romance in a look at the man who spawned the Dracula legend. Let’s make Carmen feel welcome on her book’s birthday!

Dracula’s Mistress

Book Cover for Dracula's Mistress by Carmen Stefanescu

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Blurb:
From the day that the powerful, brave and merciless Vlad III Basarab, a descendant of the Draculesti family—better known to most people as the infamous vampire Dracula—ascends the throne, he knows only battles, betrayal and intrigue.

Evil grips the town of Targoviste, capital residence of Walachia. The secrets behind the stone walls of the palace are as dark and violent as a winter’s night, as terrifying as the prince’s deeds. Dead bodies, drained of blood and missing their little finger keep appearing in the streets at night.

Lovely, smart, determined, Angela Oltenescu ignores all the aggressive rumors and her mother’s warning regarding Vlad. Will she suffer the consequences of falling in love with a man nicknamed Dracula by his enemies—an infamous creature of the night?

Rich, sly, treacherous,  Marin Craioveanu, a powerful landlord, craves the same woman loved by Vlad. Marin’s hatred toward the prince will make him an ally to Handsome Radu, Vlad’s brother and Sultan’s friend, ready to sell the country to the Ottomans to get rid of his rival.

Dracula’s Mistress will awe legions of fans of Gothic literature, paranormal and historical fiction.

 

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Excerpt:
Angela smiled with fond indulgence and looked at her father. “Prepare for mother’s. . .” She stopped as the words passed her lips, looked over her father’s shoulder, and started violently. The image behind her father made her words freeze on her lips. A sickening sense of horror overpowered her.

The pale light of the moon fell on a man’s face. A man dressed in torn clothes. Some ragged ends of silken thread were still attached to his arms, stretched towards them in begging.

His face, all covered in blood. His eyes were closed. His bluish lips mumbled something Angela couldn’t clearly understand. Slurred words reached her. She thought she heard, “Candle. . . candle. . . pleaaaase. . .” A sickening odor reached Angela’s nostrils. Slowly, the closed eyelids opened revealing two empty sockets instead of eyes.

A low moan of horror escaped her.

“What? What’s wrong?” Grigore asked.

But before he turned his head to see what triggered Angela’s reaction the apparition melted into the darkness.

Angela staggered a little, and then found her balance.

“Nothing,” she answered in a shaken voice. “I thought . . . Nothing, Father.” She pushed the horrible apparition from her mind. Perhaps all the stories about the souls of the young noblemen killed so cruelly here were not just stories.

Grigore shook his head and shrugged. Then reaching out his hand, he helped her climb into the carriage. She was barely able to move as she trembled from head to foot. She shrank back on the bear skin spread inside.

Grigore sat facing her, but looked absorbed by the things that had happened that night.

The neighing of the horses sounded strange to her ears. The sound of a tree branch scraping the roof of the carriage sent Angela’s heart into her mouth.

She leaned forward until her nose was touching the glass of the carriage window. Outside, on the side of the road, she glimpsed again the silhouette of the horrible man, dressed in tattered clothes. She peered into the darkness to see better. There was no doubt.

Author Bio:
Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula  where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

High-school teacher of English and German in her native country, and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression  by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books. Reading was, is and will always be her greatest hobby.

She has dreamed since childhood to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989, and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

Several of her poems were successfully published in a collection of Contemporary English Poems, Muse Whispers vol.1 and Muse Whispers vol.2 by Midnight Edition Publication, in 2001 and 2002.

She likes to blend genres and thus she writes paranormal stories with a smidgen of mystery, history and romance. The reader will find suspense, dark themes, adventure, danger as well as sweet revenge. She calls her stories  “gothic” romance. Her writing focuses on rebirth, past life regression, karmic retribution.

Her first novel, Shadows of the Past, was released in 2012 by Wild Child Publishing, USA, folowed by Till Life Do Us Part released by Solstice Publishing, USA.

Carmen joined the volunteer staff at Marketing For Romance Writers Author blog and is the coordinator of #Thursday13 posts.

Connect with Carmen at the following haunts:
Blog | Website | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Goodreads | Google+ | Amazon | 
Cold Coffee Cafe  

54 thoughts on “Welcome Carmen Stefanescu with Dracula’s Mistress #Historical #Gothic #Paranormal

  1. Having just read Anne Rice’s “Prince Lestat And The Realms of Atlantis” I’m in the mood for more and what could be better than a new release from an Author I have yet to read! I loved the excerpt from ‘Dracula’s Mistress’ and the clip was marvelous. Gothic Romance is such an intriguing blend of genres. Thank you for introducing us to Carmen Stefanescu, Mae Clair. Reblogged with pleasure.

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  2. I loved getting to know more about Carmen, her new book and trailer. I was sold on it immediately! I love these types of stories and I can’t wait to read it.
    Thanks for sharing this with us, Mae.

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    • Vlad the Impaler is much missed nowadays around here as it seems the history is repeating!
      Thank you for the comment and for wanting to read his story!

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    • My pleasure to share! 🙂 I’ve already got my copy too and look forward to reading Carmen’s release. I love the blend of history and the paranormal. Combined with a light touch of romance, I was in line immediately, LOL.
      Thanks so much for visiting and sharing in her release!

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    • Due to Stoker’s book, Vlad remains one of the most known historical figures of Middle Ages, even if as a horrible creature.
      Thank you for the wishes, Staci!

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    • I had no idea Stoker was Irish. Interesting indeed!

      I just finished a book called The Sherlockian that paired him with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in solving a mystery. He was quite the interesting character.:)

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  3. My deepest gratitude, Mae, for your support and kindness! For having me here today with my latest release!
    It’s great to know such friendly people, like you, even if only via cyberspace.

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    • I’m always delighted to host you, Carmen. It’s been a joy connecting with you and getting to know you. I’m looking forward to reading your book and I hope you’re having a spectacular day basking in new release glow 🙂

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    • I wrote this story thinking that Vlad’s story told by a native of his country, bringing much information directly from his country, would be interesting. A hero prince of Walachia, or a monster feeding on the blood of those impaled at his order? That’s for the readers to discover in my story. Thank you, Julie, for adding my book to your list!

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    • Thank you for the comment!
      I am a bit confused. Have you read it?
      Indeed my aim is to show the social, historical, political circumstances of Walachia in those times and why he became the epitome of evil. Yet, there are supernatural happenings and a love story involving Vlad. Fiction, of course.

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