The Oath - Caroline

As mentioned in a previous post, as I go along writing my Promise Me series, I release stand alone novellas with characters from the series as a “jumping on point” for readers who wish to try out the series before committing. “The Oath” is an excerpt from my first Promise Me Series book, Promise Me, and will be out later this week!

Blurb: Within weeks, vampire Danial Racklan has captivated young widow Sarelle and drawn her deep into his dark, dangerous world. Confessing his love, Danial has asked for Sarelle’s Oath, a formal binding between vampire and human lovers. But while a promise of everlasting love sounds like Heaven to most young women, Sarelle has agonized over the decision for months, unsure of taking the final step of Oathing to Danial. Yet this Christmas Eve, Sar impulsively decides to speak the vow that will change her life for all time.

Excerpt:“I have something for you,” he said.

“Look under the tree.” “Really, Danial, you give me too much as it is—”

“Shh,” he said, holding his finger to my lips. “I’ll get it.” He got up and retrieved a gift bag from the tree’s base. “Open it.”

I opened the package and took out a beautiful black velvet robe. As I slipped it on over my nightgown, I felt something in the pocket. It was a red velvet box, containing a pair of stunning gold earring studs in the shape of fox heads. I fingered the choker at my neck with the same symbol: the gold fox head, ruby eyes glinting. “They’re beautiful,” I said, giving him a kiss. “Thank you.”

“Put them on.”

I removed my earrings I had on, and slipped on the others.

“They look lovely. See for yourself.”

Looking at myself in the bathroom mirror a moment later, I thought it might be too much. Between the scars, the choker, and the foxhead earrings, I felt like I had a sign on my forehead that said “Danial’s” in huge letters. The ruby eyes winked at me in the light as I moved my head to make them flash and sparkle. “They’re beautiful.”

“I’m glad you like them,” he called from the great room.

I paused before the mirror. This was it, the moment I’d planned on telling him I would swear to be his. Like before, my uncertainties arose. I couldn’t ever leave him if I did. Not ever. Was I that sure? Words my friend Kat had spoken earlier came back to me. Why haven’t you told him you’ll marry him? Are you crazy? You love him; he loves you; he’s rich; and he’s gorgeous! How can you even have to think about it? I went to the bedroom door. Danial waited for me, the strong lines of his face relaxed in a happy smile as he studied the tree. His freshly cut hair feathered back except for a loose wave that fell over his forehead. I loved him so much my chest ached. It was now or never, the perfect moment to pledge to be his forever. Kat was right; things weren’t going to get any better. If I didn’t do it, I’d wonder the rest of my life what it could have been like with him, what I missed out on by not taking the chance.




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