mariejohnstonWith: Marie Johnston

It makes sense that if I got all four of my children’s names from TV or movies, I get character inspiration from the same places. And I can tell what I was watching when I first wrote Rourke’s character.


Does anyone watch Lucifer? The actor who plays Lucifer perfects the smoldering gaze. And that hair! Put those two things together with his swagger and it’s s-e-x-y.


Now Rourke doesn’t have the cocky, playful personality that Lucifer has, but I tried my hardest to portray those intense, dark eyes. Imagine my delight when cruising stock photos I came across one almost identical to the image I had of Rourke. It graces the cover, thanks to the fabulous P and N Graphics, and I never tire of looking at it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!



Grace Otto was a vampire child adopted by humans and raised in a secluded but loving environment. When she stumbles across their murders, she comes face to face with Rourke, the male who’s haunted her nightmares, who might have killed her birth family. It’s not long before she realizes the mysterious male is not the one responsible for her parents’ demise, but their pasts are irrevocably linked and she’s forced to leave the human world to find out how.

Around Grace, Rourke dares to think of a better future, one that can overwrite his traumatic history. Until she unwittingly commits an act of betrayal that threatens her and their entire species. To save Grace, Rourke will need to hunt down the demons of their past.



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Marie Johnston lives in the upper-Midwest with her husband, four kids, and an old cat. Deciding to trade in her lab coat for a laptop, she’s writing down all the tales she’s been making up in her head for years. An avid reader of paranormal romance, these are the stories hanging out and waiting to be told between the demands of work, home, and the endless chauffeuring that comes with children.