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.
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Lily studied the man’s face. There was something important here. Something she should be able to remember, but couldn’t. It was right at the edge of her mind. She concentrated harder, forcing the neurons of her brain to connect, willing herself to remember. She could remember everything, why was this different? She strained harder, pressing deeper, and then, in a searing flash of recognition she remembered everything.
“Who is he?” Jo sat down next to Lily.
Lily flinched at the nearness. She hated to be touched, and even through Jo was her dearest friend, she couldn’t help but move closer to the arm of the couch as she handed Jo the picture.
Jo turned the picture from side to side. “Handsome,” she said and turned it over. “Ah, his name must be Krieger. See, it’s written on the back. There aren’t any dates, though. He must have died a long time ago. His clothes are eighteen hundreds or so.”
Yes, that was his name. Lily remembered every detail. The way she didn’t struggle or protest when he touched her, but slipped her hand into his. His voice, cool as a mountain stream, had washed over her as he’d explained what he was and the role of her family.
Jo’s voice jolted her back. “Lily. Are you okay?”
Her breathing grew short and shallow, and she willed herself to calm down before she hyperventilated. She had to escape and think this over. Snatching the picture back from Jo, she got up and bolted for the back door. She didn’t stop to count the floor boards, or to anticipate the bell above the door, or to scan who was in the parking lot.
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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