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A Vampire’s Promise by Carla Susan Smith

Carla Susan Smith owes her love of literature to her mother, who, after catching her pre-teen daughter reading by flashlight beneath the bed covers, calmly replaced the romance book she had “borrowed” with one that was far less risqué, and much more appropriate! Though she was encouraged to include different genres in her reading tastes, romance - paranormal romance in particular - has always been her first love.

Born and raised in England, she now calls South Carolina home, where she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband, awesome son, and a canine critique group (if tails aren’t wagging then the story isn’t working!) When not writing, she can usually be found in the kitchen trying out any recipe that calls for rhubarb, working on her latest tapestry project or playing catch-up with her reading list.


Rowan Harper is nothing but a smart-mouthed bookstore clerk with a crappy love life on the night she walks into Rosie’s Bar. Most of the drama in her life is borrowed from her best friend’s adventures. But when she meets Gabriel—tall and movie star gorgeous—everything changes. Never mind that she turns down the drink he offers, or that he brims with secrets she can’t begin to guess at. He ignites a desire in her she never suspected—and shows a fascination with her she can’t explain.

He has no family, no job, no bank account; he knows where she lives and her favorite flower. An aura of mystery cloaks him, even as Rowan grasps for facts, even as she fears an answer that could destroy her happiness. Gabriel can guide her through a wonderland of new sensations. But only if Rowan trusts him enough to follow…

Winner of the OKRWA “Finally a Bride” contest.


Q) What inspired you to write this story?
It’s the vampire story I wanted to read.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
With all the stops and starts, probably about two years. The second book didn’t take quite that long - LOL!

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Knowing that there are other people who actually enjoy reading my work.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
As this was my first experience with editorial revisions, I have to admit it was difficult to see passages marked for deletion! Once I realized, however, that these changes were actually improving my story, I learned to trust my editor. But that’s not to say I agreed with every change my editor wanted - or that they were made!

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
This might have been an easier question if you’d asked me who I wouldn’t want to be! Hmmm, let me see … assuming I’m allowed to choose from any time in history, then I’d have to say Queen Elizabeth I. Being English by birth has a lot to do with my decision of course, but she was such a strong woman I’d love to get inside her head for day.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A bottle of champagne given to us by our realtor when we bought our house over ten years ago!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Well I’m currently working on a third book in this series, which I didn’t know could be a series until my editor told me! How far it goes after that will all depend on reader interest and if I think the characters have more to say. There’s nothing worse than a series continuing when it’s obvious the writer is no longer invested in it.
Other than that, I do have some ideas for a story involving the fae, a really hot demon and a dragon - but not necessarily in the same book!