Scarlet Desire: Covet

Title: Scarlet Desire: Covet
Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: Aug. 14 2015
Contributors: Tina Marie Traverse (Author), Ida Jansson (Cover Design), Michelle Browne (Editor)
Pages: 344
ISBN13: 978-1516879847

Hiding in an isolated Newfoundland outport, Scarlett Winters is the living bearer of the secret of immortality. Sebastian Sinclair, vampire, and stealer of souls might be her only hope to escape a deadly power struggle. But can she trust him? Caught between sacrificing her morals and betrayal by those she trusted, Scarlett will risk everything to escape...unless she dies trying.

Heavy breathing drawn through clenched teeth echoes in the barren room. The air grows bitter as I sense a presence beside me. Icy breath tingles my neck, and goosebumps pepper my skin. A phantom hand grazes my arm.

“Red, sweetheart, time to get up and get ready for school,” my father whispers, using his nickname for me. I rise from my slumber and reach to give Daddy a kiss on the forehead. My lips feel strangely wet. Pressing my fingers to my mouth, they come away slick with blood.

“What’s the matter, Red?”

Dad’s voice is tomb-soft, barely above a murmur. Blood from a large hole in his forehead drips down the centre of his face. The air seems to electrify as phantasmal fingers trace my cheek, lifeless eyes boring into mine, accusing.


“Why did you do it? I loved you.”
“Daddy, I didn’t do anything.”
“You did. Look.”
The cold, hard steel of a gun rests in my hand, my fingers curled around the trigger. Gore drips from its tip, sprinkling the black lettering of a note. A shriek slithers its way up from the frigid pit of my stomach, choking me until I have no other choice. I set it free.

The sweat clings to me like a wet blanket as I scrub the rug. No matter how hard I clean, there is no removing the reminder of the horror of two days ago.

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