Sophie Morgan is the titular figure in my first book series which launched in August 2014 with the publication of Relative Strangers: A Modern Vampire Series.
On the face of it, the series is about a post college girl coming to grips with life, romance, work and the fact that vampires exist. Her world unravels and she needs to find a way through. She is flawed. Sometimes her judgement sucks. Other times she rises to the occasion by fighting for her life and making the eminently sensible decision to run. I like to think of the book as a realistic take on what would happen if you found out vampires existed.
But there’s also a little more to the series – it’s about finding out who you really are, where you come from and discovering a sense of belonging. In Relative Strangers a lot of questions are asked. Death in the Family, the second book in the series, answers many of them.
One of the questions I wanted to address in the second book was the question of Sophie’s father. Sophie was raised by her single mother, with the support of her grandparents. All Sophie knows is that she is the product of a holiday romance.
Although Sophie’s father hasn’t been on the scene, he certainly hasn’t lost interest in her mother though, as we see from his excerpt from Death in the Family.
“Julie was beautiful in her sadness. The faint lines, that had started to form around her eyes, reminded him of the laughter he had missed, the private jokes which they should have shared over the years. Her red hair was still fiery but had mellowed to the colour of ancient amber, the freckles on her arms blended from summers in the sun so that her pale skin now had a healthier complexion.
A hunger surged inside him. He ran his fingers through his hair and tugged at it. Julie was a matter of moments away. All he had to do was call her name, knock on the window, rip off the door and announce himself to her, take her in his arms, slip his tongue around hers, press his teeth into her flesh, own her, be with her, climb into her and walk around in her flesh, in her heart, in her soul till they both descended into rapturous madness.
In the flood of hitherto suppressed emotion that washed over him, Kasper forgot himself for a second and lost himself in Julie. In that moment, he was with her, stood next to her, cradling her in his arms as a father, a lover, a son. He wanted to be everything to her, to show her the world.
He didn’t hear the footsteps that quietly crept up from behind him, cushioned by the damp grass and soft soles. Nor did he hear the rustle of coat sleeves as the arm swung back and launched the tyre iron at his skull. The swift thud of metal against flesh was barely audible, as was the gentle plod of footsteps making away with his limp body across the lawn.”
I don’t like giving away too many spoilers but those who have read Relative Strangers will know why Sophie’s father is suddenly on the scene. Death in the Family will be jam packed full of revelations – people aren’t always strangers like you think.
Death in the Family is the second Sophie Morgan vampire book was released in paperback and ebook on Amazon 14th February. To celebrate the release, Relative Strangers will also be FREE to download from Amazon on 28th February.