Vampire Narcissa Csintalan is in a New Orleans bar, waiting on her tardy sister Elena, when she develops a raging fang-on for the bar's sinfully sexy, butch bass player. The bite marks on the songbird's neck put her at the top of Cissy's must-feed list.
Butterfly Baudelaire has sworn off strays, but the blonde coming on to her has a killer pair of fangs and looks like she knows how to use 'em. Butterfly's not banking on the bite Cissy takes out of her heart--or the fact that more than her well-spanked bottom is in danger from her vampire lover.
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November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Bitten in the Big Easy by Paisley Smith
Flipping open her cell phone, Narcissa shot her sister a text. Am here. Where r u?
She looked around the bar once more, just to make certain Elena wasn't already here scoping out prey. Two guys, obviously tourists, sat under a television, watching a baseball game. Another man removed a business card from among the thousands thumb-tacked to the wall. Blandly curious, Narcissa focused until the words on the card converged into clear view. Madame LaVeux's Escort Service. "Everybody's looking for something," she muttered aloud as her gaze paused on a caf� au lait-skinned beauty sitting alone at a table.
Immediately, Narcissa's attention riveted to the woman's luscious pair of tits straining to be contained in a tight tank, with cleavage up to her chin and dark, suckable nipples visible through the mass of corkscrew curls meandering around the swollen mounds. Curvy and succulent, the woman stared back, her eyes glimmering gold in the spotlight coming from the area where the band played.
Narcissa gave her a smile and lifted her glass in silent salute. The unsmiling woman gave her one knowing nod. But she wouldn't be Narcissa's dessert. The Creole babe was exactly Elena's type. Narcissa couldn't help but shimmer with smug pleasure. Wouldn't her sister be thrilled that she'd saved one for her--for once?
But there was something about the woman that--
"Our bass player's gonna sing the last one," a voice rang out over the crowd. "Give it up for Butterfly Baudelaire!"
Narcissa's attention flicked to where a four-member band moved about on a small raised platform. The group's bass player, a black-haired hottie, changed places with the lead singer, sidling up to the microphone then checking the knobs on her instrument. Wearing a black tank that showed off her squared shoulders and muscular, half-sleeve-tattooed arms, and a pair of shiny tight pants that fit her long, lean legs like a snake's skin, everything about this little Butterfly called to Narcissa.
Now, this one is my type.
Wide belts draped around the girl's boyishly narrow hips. A super-short haircut and black combat boots completed the butch beauty's ensemble.
"Two, three, four!" She counted the band off with authority as her fingers plucked the bass strings, kicking off the first measures of a heart-thumping, bluesy song. Butterfly practically caressed the mic with her lips, leaning her head to one side so that her black bangs fell across her eyes, before opening her mouth to sing. Her voice rang out, raw and sexy, as gritty as Bourbon Street itself.
Intrigued, Narcissa watched, propping one elbow on the bar and crossing her legs so that her knees aimed at the sultry singer. And then Butterfly's stare lifted and pinned Narcissa, unfurling through the vampire like the intoxicating warmth of the absinthe flowing into her body. Like blood.
Just the thought of disappearing into a darkened corner with this lip-smackingly Sapphic songbird made Narcissa's barely there panties dampen. And not just that. Now she had a raging fang-on.
A trickle of perspiration trailed down the side of Butterfly's face and Narcissa licked her lips at the thought of letting her tongue follow that salty trace right down to--
Narcissa peered, drawing the wounds into focus. The mark was days old, the purplish indentations where teeth had pressed into Butterfly's ivory skin barely visible, but there nonetheless. Instinctively, Narcissa's tongue touched the point of one of her fangs.
She ought to retract them, to look away from the provocative spectacle on the stage. But she didn't want to. Besides, this new New Orleans belonged to Anne Rice and Charlaine Harris and their multitudes of vampire aficionado fans. A high percentage of the people traipsing up and down Bourbon Street sported fangs, albeit fake ones.
No. If the little Butterfly liked to be nibbled on, then Narcissa was not about to be shy about the fact that she possessed the proper equipment with which to do it.