Gina Capelli is approaching 30 and still a virgin. Well technically anyway, since vibrators don't count as lovers. She's always been a bit shy around men, and being a bit overweight hasn't helped at all. Men just don't see past the appearance to the fabulous woman she is underneath. Although her friends say she's vibrant, full of life and pulsing energy, and cute.
Cute. Yuk. She hates being cute. She wants to be vampy, alluring, mysterious. And that's exactly what she's going to be. A huge fan of BITE ME, the nighttime soap opera about vampires, she's decided to treat herself to an early birthday present and attend the convention in Las Vegas.
She wins a contest that gifts her with a ticket to the black tie ball showcasing the new season of BITE ME. Bound and determined that she's going to get laid tonight, she decides the first guy who approaches her is 'the one'. And wouldn't it be nice if it could be Deacon Black, the sexy star of BITE ME. Of course, hot, desirable vampire was just a role Deacon played on television.
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November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Bite Me by Jaci Burton
Gina Capelli had waited an eternity to meet a vampire. Tonight her dream was finally going to come true.
Of course, her dream of a happily-ever-after involving a stud from the world of the undead would be even more satisfying if she were to meet a real vampire. But since they didn't exist, she'd have to satisfy herself with the people who played them on television.
After all, where had her butt been planted every Wednesday night for the past five years? In front of the television, of course, watching Bite Me, the nighttime soap opera about the lives of the rich, famous, gorgeous and fangy. It's where she lived all her fantasies. She devoured the weekly episodes like the vampires did their prey.
Now she finally understood those Star Trek conventions, how all those fans hungrily satisfied their desire to live the space life by getting as close to the stars as possible. And in doing so, met up with other people like themselves who understood that they weren't really odd, just devoted.
So what if her friends had thought her insane? She'd seen the advertisement for the annual convention and figured it was now or never.
Besides, this month was her birthday. The big birthday, the one she'd been dreading. She was damn well going to celebrate like crazy. And hopefully kill two birds with one stone in the process.
What a great thirtieth birthday present! So here she was in bright and glitzy Las Vegas, intending to finally rid herself of her unwanted virginity. Since the Bite Me television show was having their annual fan convention here, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to give herself a birthday treat. And while she was here, she might as well find someone willing to help her out with the virginity problem.
Her virginity was just a technicality anyway. Years of vibrators had long ago taken care of whatever barrier had been there. But an actual man inside her? She hadn't experienced that.
This weekend, she would. Come hell or high water, she'd find a man willing to make love to her, even if she had to sell her soul to the devil to do it.
So maybe she wasn't a movie star. And maybe she did carry around a few extra pounds. She was simply voluptuous, that's all. And if a man wanted a woman with some flesh he could actually hold on to, then she was his gal.
Gina brushed her hand over the velvet gown and turned once again to examine herself in the mirror. She shook her head, unable to believe the transformation.
She was certainly on her way to living out her fantasy. She'd just planned to attend the convention, hoping to get a peek at the beautiful people she drooled over each week.
Then she'd entered the drawing. Filled out the form with all her personal information and a little paragraph about why she wanted to win. And then, shocker of all shockers, they'd called her name. She'd nearly fainted on the convention hall floor today when she heard her name over the loudspeaker.
For the first time in her life, she had won something. She was the grand prize winner in the Bite Me fan contest. She'd thought there'd be no way to get into the private black-tie ball tonight, but winning the contest changed that.
The entire day had been like a dream come true. Starting with a massage, then a hairstyle followed by a makeover. As if that wasn't enough of a treat, she'd been sent to a premiere couturier to the stars to choose a dress for tonight. A damn designer dress! To top it off, after she was buffed and puffed and poufed and primped, a limo had arrived to escort her to the hotel. The culmination would be a front row table at the Bite Me invitation-only party with the cast and crew.
Gina felt like Cinderella. And now, standing in the ladies room outside the ballroom, nervous butterflies pounding away at her stomach, she glanced in the mirror and for the first time in her life actually felt like the enchanted princess.
The red velvet gown hugged her curves, accentuated her cleavage and, with its off-the shoulder sleeves, made her look damn sexy.
And damn sexy was not how she typically described herself.
She was a secretary in a law office. She wore pantsuits, not ball gowns. And she never, ever, got dressed up to go out.
Not like she ever had much opportunity anyway. Guys just didn't go for her. She didn't know why, and had long ago given up worrying about it.
But she damn well would not spend the rest of her life as a virgin.
Tonight she'd change that. Surely somewhere in that ballroom where a few hundred people gathered, there'd be one man who wanted to take her for a ride on the magic carpet mattress.
She smoothed back her hair, pleased with the way the stylist had curled her long, raven tresses in sexy little waves. And the makeup that accentuated her violet eyes. For a frumpy, fat Italian girl, she didn't look too bad.
"Okay, Gina. Can't hide in the bathroom all night. Get out there and find yourself a man."