Thursday, February 6, 2014

First Kiss: Unexpected Truth Fuels Their Desire... @StephBurkhart @KMNbooks @Desert_Breeze #giveaway #firstkiss

CONTEST HAS END! Congratulations to Kathleen for winning a $10 Starbucks Gift Card!
KAREN: In Stephanie Burkhart's Twilight Over Moldavia, Caroline expects Stefan to proclaim his love, but he reveals a chilling secret. However, the truth does not lessen their desires, but fuels it! 

***Giveaway: One lucky reader will receive a $10 Gift Card to Starbucks! Coffee or Tea and good book. Who could ask for more? Read on and find out how to enter the giveaway!


Stefan came to a secret door and opened it. It led out into the gardens near the gardenias. Gas lamps lit the walking path. He directed Caroline away from the lights of the ballroom to a small bench next to the roses and sat beside her. He took both of her hands in his and gazed into her eyes.

"I saw a man in town several days ago. He accosted me." 

Concern grew on her face. "What did he want?"

"He scratched me and licked my blood."

"How awful."

"He told me I was 'pure.' The same man confronted me two years ago when we were promised to each other in Ploesti."

She crossed her arms. "What did he look like?"

"He had yellow eyes. I described his appearance to my father. He said the man is a werewolf."

"A werewolf is after you?" Her voice broke with apprehension.

"I hate to believe it, but I cannot ignore the evidence."

"What did your father say when you told him?"

"He needs more information, but he's convinced the man who attacked me is a wolf." Caroline stood and turned her face toward the sky. Stefan stepped up behind her and 
placed his hands on her shoulders. "I sense worry and fear in you."

"Of course I'm worried."

"For me?"

She turned to face him. "Yes. I wasn't quite expecting this upon our engagement. I thought my intended would tell me how he looked forward to seeing me in person, how absence had made his heart grow fonder, not that he might be hunted by a werewolf."

He curved his fingers around her chin and met her gaze, praying he could drive away her apprehension. "I'm sorry. I wanted to be honest with you. Absence has made my heart grow fonder."

She bit her lower lip and grew silent. Stefan sensed her conflicted emotions. She truly did care for him, but concern tumbled next to her happiness at seeing him again. And he had to talk about werewolves first and not how glad he was to see her again. How clumsy of him.

"Forgive me. I am delighted to see you in person again. You're wearing my necklace."

"I am." Her cheeks reddened. "Do you still have my scarf?"

"It's in my vest pocket. I keep it close to me at all times."

"That warms my heart."

He trailed his fingers down her neck and rested them on her shoulder. Oh, how he could get lost in her sparkling blue eyes. "I'm sorry, but we must speak of the creature."

She nodded.

"He poses a real danger to me. Do you want to postpone our engagement? I can talk to our fathers."
She drew in a deep breath, turned away, and stared at the moon.

"Caroline?" he prompted.

After a moment, she turned to face him, courage glistening in her eyes. "No, don't talk to 
our fathers. Whatever threat the werewolf poses, I'll face it with you."

"Thank you." He wrapped his arms around her. "I do not want to break our engagement." 

He pulled back only far enough to look into her eyes. "I like the woman I've gotten to 
know through the runes. I love your sense of adventure. We have a lot in common, including witchcraft. I feel like I can tell you anything."
She nipped at her lower lip, and the energy between them surged. He tilted his head and drew her close, their mouths awkwardly skirting each other. Her breath, warm and hinting of apricots from the wine she had sipped earlier, ghosted over his cheek. Their lips brushed, and his pulse spiked. Gently, he continued to kiss her with hesitant exploration. She was the first woman he had ever kissed, and her lips were everything he had expected -- and more.

He placed his hands on her waist and tugged her close, pressing her against the length of his body. She put her hands on his shoulders and trailed her fingers along the nape of his neck.

Stefan groaned and increased the intensity of the kiss. Fueled by their mutual desire, his manhood grew hard. He hadn't known that feeling before. He could lose his head to it. 

***Giveaway: One lucky reader will receive a $10 Gift Card to Starbucks! How do you win? Just leave a comment or answer this question: If your intended revealed a secret like Stephan's, would you embrace your future with him or run?

Romanian unification is on the horizon and the spirited Crown Princess of Carpathia, Caroline, would prefer to ride horses and archery to embroidery and dancing. Complicating her life is her recent discovery that she's a witch.
Prince Stefan Sigmaringen travels to Carpathia to meet Caroline. He discovers he has much in common with her. He also learns that a strange man, Timon, has an unnatural interest in him.
Upon Stefan's engagement, he overhears his mother confessing to a horrible secret – she cursed him in order to conceive him and Stefan will become a werewolf when he turns eighteen. There is a condition to overcome the curse, but it will require Stefan to draw on all his inner strength and Caroline, her courage. Can they break the foul enchantment and secure their future or will Stefan give himself over to the lupine curse that haunts his family?

5 Stars, Long and Short Book Reviews (Nominated for Book of the Month, FEB 2012)
Twilight Over Moldavia is even better than the first book in the series. It is an excellent story filled with just the right balance of romance, magic, and danger.

5 Hearts, Sizzling Hot Book Reviews
The twisting story line will keep your nose in the book until you have finished. Stephanie's ability to add suspense and mystery to romances gives her stories all the more depth. If you love werewolf stories, romances, or a good book,I recommend Twilight Over Moldavia.

About the Author:

Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks.  She's also an assistant den leader for her son's Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.


Kathleen Rice Adams said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like lots of European werewolf lore in this one! Legends and lore are endlessly fascinating. :-)

As for addictions to coffee and chocolate.... I think there's a law mandating all writers be addicted to those substances. I know I am! :-D

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


So glad you could join us. Love your historical werewolves/witches series! Readers, you don't want to miss this one.

Love coffee! I'm off to have a cup now. lol

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, this sounds really good. Great book cover!

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Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips


Love paranormal stories! Werewolves in Europe! Can't wait!

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Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm assuming their engagement and marriage is arranged just from their responses to each other. Even though the hero is starts off with the threat to him by a werewolf instead of the love talk his betrothed espected, I admired his forthrightness in telling her about the danger. He gave her a chance to change her mind. It's actually a very romantic scene.
I've read several of your books and enjoyed them thoroughly. Your real life adventures in Europe really helps bring a richness to your stories.
All the best you, Stephanie. I wish you continued success.

Jacqueline Seewald said... Best Blogger Tips


Congrats on the great reviews! Wishing you much success.

Stephanie Burkhart said... Best Blogger Tips

I love a good European werewolf tale. hehe. If it wasnt for coffee & chocolate, I'd be a walking zombie.


Thanks so much for having me here today. :) I working on my 1st cup now - French Roast.

TO ALL - What kind of coffee do you like to drink? I'd love to hear. There's got to be more than French roast.

Steph Burkhart

Stephanie Burkhart said... Best Blogger Tips

Jenifier Ranieri is the cover artist. She really has a good "eye" when it comes to covers.

I figured you couldn't get more "paranormal" than Romania, where the book is set.

You nailed it. It's an arranged marriage. Stefan is very upfront and honest. It's almost his undoing. Thank you so much for reading and enjoying my stories. I've read several of yours and I've enjoyed them, too. Especially "The Violin."

Thank you much.

joye said... Best Blogger Tips

5626Wolves have always fascinated me so this is one book I will read. It sounds really good

Debra St. John said... Best Blogger Tips

Oooh, nice excerpt. And wow, what great reviews for the story. This sounds like a must read!

Ella M Kaye said... Best Blogger Tips

Well, I'm pretty adventurous, but I'm not so sure I'd risk marrying a possibly soon-to-be werewolf! Nice excerpt. :-)

Margaret Tanner said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Steph,
That excerpt was amazing. Mm marrying a "maybe" werewolf, I am not so sure I could do that, but it sure gives an interesting slant on the story.



Melissa Keir said... Best Blogger Tips

You know I love this series. If a man who I loved told me this, I would fight by his side! Love is more important than any threat.

Thanks Stephanie!

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Diane Craver said... Best Blogger Tips

Great excerpt, Stephanie! I felt their emotions so well from your dialogue and descriptive words. I've read your other werewolf stories and they were wonderful!

Stephanie Burkhart said... Best Blogger Tips

@joye Thanks for stopping by, Joye. Being a werewolf is always a fascinating dynamic to explore.

Stephanie Burkhart said... Best Blogger Tips

@Debra St. John Thanks for stopping by. There's a lot of "classic" elements in the story - dark spooky country and a devilish villian.


Linda Andrews said... Best Blogger Tips

I love werewolf stories. Now I'm conflicted do I have to hope Stefan becomes a werwolf or that he doesn't.

What country is Moldavia based upon?

Stephanie Burkhart said... Best Blogger Tips

@Margaret TannerI agree - it's a very interesting slant!

Stephanie Burkhart said... Best Blogger Tips

@Melissa KeirMelissa, you are so sweet. :) I agree - love can overcome anything. Even a curse if you give it a chance.


Stephanie Burkhart said... Best Blogger Tips

@Diane CraverDiane, thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad you've enjoyed my stories.Writing Twilight was one of my favorites!


rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

It depends! I may run ;)

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

maybe embrace it

bn100candag at hotmail dot com

Stephanie Burkhart said... Best Blogger Tips

Kathleen, Congrats! I pulled your name out of the hate to receive the gift card. Can you send me an email at and I'll set that up for you.