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Jasmine Cresswell's PRINCE OF THE NIGHT

The first time I went out on a date with the man who eventually became my husband, we went to the movies. I no longer remember the exact name of the epic we saw, but it must have been something along the lines of "Invasion of the Killer Bees from Hell."

I managed to survive half an hour or so of ominous buzzing, farm animals dying excruciating deaths, and the townsfolk listening anxiously to reports of deadly bee swarms approaching. But the instant an advance attack squad of hungry bees stung and killed the heroine's newborn baby, I gave up any attempt to be polite. I stood up, tugged on my date's hand, and informed him that we were out of there.

My husband, whose own taste runs to gritty realism, can never claim that he didn't know right up front that my two major requirements for any form of entertainment are (1) no suffering children and (2) a happy ending. These rules haven't changed much over the years, so it isn't at all surprising that reading and writing romances has always been one of my favorite ways to spend time. What a wonderful genre this is for those of us who are addicted to happily-ever-afters!

Despite my insistence on happy endings, during the last couple of years I've found myself wanting to explore the darker side of love in the books I write. The legends about vampire lovers and their human victims inspired a particular fascination. But much as I wanted to write a story that dealt with these myths of deadly passion, I wasn't willing to fudge the ending. And how do you write a story about vampires that doesn't tackle the central core of the legend, namely that vampires must kill humans in order to survive?

Prince Of The Night, to be published this month by Topaz, is the result of some six months of wrestling with the problem of how to write a romance with a vampire hero that truly ends happily for both the vampire hero and his human heroine.

I hope you will agree with me that Dakon, Count of Albion, and leader of the Italian freedom fighters, is a vampire almost worth dying for. Fortunately, Cordelia Hope, my intrepid British heroine, doesn't have to die -- even though she and the Count fall passionately in love. Instead, Cordelia proves to a disbelieving Dakon that in the best of all possible worlds, love truly can conquer all.

Jasmine Cresswell is the author of more than forty published novels. Recent titles include Desires & Deceptions, from Mira Books, and Rakes & Rascals, from Harlequin.

Write to Jasmine at: P.O. Box 1177, Avon, CO 81620.

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