Last Keeper’s Daughter
by Rebecca Trogner
Born into old money, Lily Ayres lives at Waverly, her family’s estate situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Paris, Virginia. She is a strange, small, almost mute, young woman who has no idea that her father has given her to the Vampire King Krieger. Walter Ayres is the King’s Keeper and part of a secret society of historians who unearth, preserve, and attempt to understand relics of long forgotten civilizations.
Lily has never felt comfortable in the human world, but after she suspiciously falls down a flight of stone steps, and is healed and claimed by Krieger, she realizes there is another world. In this Other Realm she feels a sense of belonging, and begins to untwine the mysterious event which left her mentally and psychologically damaged. When Walter disappears in England, Lily works with human and supernatural beings to uncover his whereabouts. With each new discovery, she is pulled deeper into the vortex of magic, intrigue, and dark desires that permeates the supernatural world. The revelations revealed unfold a story of deception and betrayal that threaten to tear the thin veil between the supernatural and human world asunder.
Walter’s plea was unnecessary as she had no intention of going back to her room. The stranger was the largest man she’d ever seen, tall and broad with muscles defining his immense frame. His body language screamed impatience. Hands jammed into his pockets, weight rocked back on his heels, eyes squarely fixed on her.Lily walked down the steps, tracking behind Walter so that she was mostly hidden from view. At the bottom, she remained behind Walter until he moved to the side. Krieger was very still. His only movement was to tilt his head back slightly while taking in a deep breath. It struck her as a very animalistic gesture.Then the unimaginable happened. He slowly reached out his hand to her, and without thought she placed her hand in his.“Lily,” he said. He looked down at her hand in his for a long moment. She felt like he was making a decision. When he looked up, his eyes had softened, and he walked with her to Walter’s library. She didn’t like his library, cold and closed and reeking of cigar smoke. Animals hung on the walls from Grandfather Randolph’s safaris. As a young boy Walter had taken up taxidermy and prepared them to please his father.Krieger let go of her hand and went to stand in front of the stone fireplace, resuming his earlier posture except now his hands were behind his back. She felt the awkwardness of the situation without herself feeling awkward.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Rebecca Trogner lives in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, and frequently crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains that were the inspiration for Krieger’s home. She always dreamed of being a writer, but got sidetracked by the day-to-day adventures of life. With the encouragement of her family, she has finished her first novel and is currently writing the next book in The Last Keeper’s Daughter series. Rebecca lives with her husband and stepson, and a rescue dog named Giblet. To find out more about the author visit www.rebeccatrogner.com.
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