Title: The Guilty Innocent
Series: The Knight of the Darkness Chronicles
Author: D.N. Simmons
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mystery, GLBT, Horror, Multicultural, humor, erotica
Publisher: Rushmore Publishing
Pairings: M/F,M/M,M/F/M The series features straight, gay and bisexual characters. Sexual content is rated Hot and Steamy.
Other Ratings: Mature Audience, Graphic Language and Violence, Strong Sexual Situations and all sort of good things and naughty bits that make for great entertainment. Pages: 282
Word Count: 104481
The Guilty Innocent is the second novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually-charged, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. In this installment, Darian, the gorgeous, charismatic and charming master vampire of Chicago is framed for a crime he didn't commit, but why? His lover, Xavier, Natasha and a few others must travel halfway across the world to find out who and why before time runs out and all hell breaks loose!
Original, sexy and gritty, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won't forget!
Read an excerpt:
Darian casually looked down at the photograph then up toward the detectives. As I listened to the conversation, I could hear the detective identify the man in the picture. His name was Anthony Juliano. Apparently, he was the assistant day manager at Desires Unleashed before Annette took the position. Anthony had been found dead, his body burned. Only a partial skull and a few bone fragments were discovered amidst the ash. The only method in which he had been identified was through dental records. Darian said he didn’t know what had happened to Anthony Juliano. The detectives appeared to become frustrated, Darian was being so compliant, and he was completely relaxed as if he had not one worry in the world. The detectives then accused Darian of murdering Anthony as well as Annette. I would guess they were attempting to get a rise out of him, hoping he would accidentally give something away.
Those two are imbeciles, Xavier growled. When I looked at him, his Lips were pressed tightly together, a frown on his face. He must be incensed ... and worried. Darian is his lover and master; his loyalty is to him. I have to admit, I didn’t enjoy seeing Darian in this situation either. I believed he was being framed by the same person who had killed Annette.
He didn’t do this! Xavier said through clenched teeth. Warren, when can he receive visitors? How long will he be here? he asked, never taking his worried gaze from Darian.
Seven days, this would be day one. We have six days to find the truth, on the seventh day, he’ll have his trial. Warren looked at Xavier and me. We don’t have time to waste. Tomorrow, Darian can have visitors, but not until then.
Oh my God! This situation was getting worse with every passing minute! It was easily turning into one of the worst nights of my life. My heart was heavy with grief and my mind swam with thoughts of justice and revenge. I wanted to go home. I told Warren I wanted to leave and he agreed. As the three of us walked toward the door, Darians lawyer entered the interrogation room, declaring that his client had been more than agreeable and he need not answer any more questions. The two detectives looked at each other and nodded. They both left the room, leaving Darian alone with his lawyer. That was the last thing I saw as I exited the secret room, closing the door behind us.
Warren drove me home. I can come up there with you to keep you company. You don’t have to go through this alone, he said sympathetically. I forced a smile which I could tell didn’t fool Warren, not that I was trying to pretend otherwise. It was very thoughtful of him to offer. I was frightened; I couldn’t understand why someone would kill Annette. Could I be a target also? If I were, a little protection would be in my best interest. Thank you, Warren. I would really appreciate that.He smiled and nodded. I looked at Xavier, who was staring out of the window in deep thought. His elbow rested on the frame, his chin resting on his fingers.
Xavier? I asked. The sound of my voice seemed to bring him out of his thoughts. He looked at me, his eyes were as blank as if he was in a trance, and it unnerved me. I was used to seeing Xavier in better spirits. What are you thinking about?
He took a deep breath then released it. Darian. His eyes panned over both Warren and me. For the time being, he will stay calm and await his seven days but he will not let them kill him. Those two S.U.I.T. detectives aren’t interested in the truth. I watched them tonight; their only concern was the fact that they had bagged a master vampire, Xavier said.
A seemingly untouchable one at that, Warren added. He took my hand and gently squeezed it reassuringly. I was too caught up with what Xavier was saying.
Xavier continued revealing his thoughts. He shook his head gravely. He’ll go rogue. He will kill whoever stands in the way of his freedom. It will be a massacre.
I must have gasped, because both men looked at me. I seemed to be the only one surprised by the idea of Darian killing innocent people to escape death.
Natasha, you must understand, Darian is a master vampire, centuries old. He will not be brought down by this. Going rogue is not something he would want to do. He has worked extremely hard establishing himself here in Chicago, especially after the Exposure, which is why hes being compliant now. However, if push comes to shove, things will get ugly, Xavier said as a matter-of-fact.
D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that's too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls "Itty-bitty". Her hobbies include rollerblading, billiards, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies. She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won "Author of the Month" at Warrior of Words. She was voted "New Voice of Today" at Romance Reviews and "Rising Star" at Love Romance and More.
To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official website and forum at www.dnsimmons.com . D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and wonderful people.
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