Chloe returns to her childhood home after her aunt passes away to claim a cabin in the mountains that has been passed down through the family for generations. Chloe hopes to finally pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a writer, but she’s rattled by some rumors in town that her cabin is haunted. The rumors are confirmed when she finds a beautifully hand written note critiquing her latest novel in progress. Thinking that this is an intruder, she takes extra measures to secure her home. But the letters keep coming. One night, she meets her ghost and realizes that he is all too real. And he wants more than just her company. He wants her blood.

Gavin has lived in the basement of the humble cabin for centuries, a silent observer to the lives of the people who have come and gone. Left alone in the world and cursed with an insatiable thirst for the lifeblood of living creatures, Gavin channeled his energy into the one thing that has given him relief – writing. When a new occupant comes to the cabin and he discovers that they share the same passions, he can no longer hide in the darkness.

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Passions has been a stretch for me because I don’t particularly care for vampires and this will be the only novel I ever write where the main conflict includes a vampire. I have vampires featured in other books, but they aren’t in the lime light like Gavin is.

The inspiration for such a story came from some deep-rooted desire to be a full-time, stay at home writer. That, and I’d love to own a cabin out in the middle of the woods that I could spend the weekends in while I write away from the distractions. Not only that, but I had this creepy scene in my head of a girl sleeping and a man watching over her late at night. But, this wasn’t in a perverted way. He was protecting her as he had always done ever since she was a child. I expanded that idea and wondered “What if this guy was immortal some way, like a vampire, and he knew her because he lived in the attic or basement or something?” And there were planted the seeds that grew into this challenging novel. I hope I have done the two characters justice and not stepped on any toes of vampire lovers out there.