A huge thank you to The Minding Spot for having me here today!
I’m here today to promote Broken Promise, the second book in my paranormal romance Promise Me series.
There are several pieces of jewelry in my Promise Me series that reoccur throughout the series. Foremost of the symbols in Promise Me is the choker, a necklace made of either silver or gold with a pendant that bears a symbol signifying a particular vampire. It marks a human as belonging to that vampire—being in a committed relationship with one, as in being hands off to all other vampires. I wanted something similar to the wedding ring that would be singular to vampires. And where would a symbol of relationship be more apt than around the throat, the usual place for a vampire to bite? Human woman Sarelle receives a choker from her vampire lover Danial as a gesture of protection in Promise Me. Only later, she finds out that the choker is not something she can remove; imbued with Danial’s blood, only he can remove it once he puts in on her. Thus is revealed the dark side to these beautiful necklaces, which some vampires refer to as “collars”; these chokers are such that the wearing of one does not always imply or indicate a conscious past choice by the humans that wear them.
The pendant on Sarelle’s choker is a foxhead with ruby eyes: Danial Racklan’s symbol. The fox had been Danial’s symbol since his mortal days (he wears a foxhead ring on his ring finger, with rubies for eyes, which matches Sarelle’s choker). Red is Danial’s favorite color, so it makes sense that the gemstones in both his ring and her choker are red. Blood of course is red, which made it a suitable choice for a vampire.
The second piece of jewelry that Danial gives to Sar is a diamond engagement ring in a tension setting. I picked this style of ring as it looks inherently magical. Yes, the diamond is held in place with purely physical means that are meant to last a lifetime. Still, these style rings never fail to make me look twice!
In addition to the choker, Danial gives Sarelle a pair of foxhead earrings as a Christmas gift, which match her choker. While they do not have any mystical properties, it is another way in which Danial wants to demonstrate his ownership of Sar, to show he possesses her as his and his alone.
All this comes to a head in the beginning of Broken Promise. After a huge fight, Sar leaves Danial to take some time to herself, and determine if a relationship with a vampire is the best plan for her life….and if the jewelry she so willingly accepted is something she’ll wear for eternity.
Shocked at Danial’s betrayal, Sarelle returns to her old home to consider her options. Yet even as Sar plans a reconciliation with Danial, Terian arrives, confessing his desire. When Theo witnesses Terian and Sar kiss, he angrily confronts Sar, leading to startling consequences. Will Sar’s heart choose Danial, Terian,…or Theo?
Excerpt from Broken Promise:
Danial followed me. “Sar,” he said hesitantly.
I turned reluctantly to face him. “Danial, say whatever you have to say and get out,” I said wearily. “I’m exhausted.”
“I love you,” he said, his eyes tearing.
“I know you do,” I said evenly, meeting his gaze with my own, before turning from him to start washing the dishes.
I felt him behind me in an instant, and put down the dish I’d been holding before I dropped it. His hands rested on my shoulders, and then slid down my arms, enfolding me as he pulled me close. His hands were cool, as they had been the first time we embraced.
How many nights had I longed to be back in his arms? How many nights had I wished he would come to me like this, and tell me he loved me? Almost every night since we parted. But it didn’t change anything between us.
“I was wrong, Sar. I was wrong to do what I did.” He leaned his head on my shoulder, holding me. “I want you to know, I didn’t have sex with her. I left her, after talking to you. Please forgive me, for the things I said to you that night,” he whispered into my ear. “Please forgive me, my Oathed One.”
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