Charleston Past Midnight: Christine Edwards begins a New Erotic Vampire Series Set in the South

charleston_midnightCalla never believed in love, let alone vampires. That is about to change.

Charleston Past Midnight ($13.95/208 pages/ISBN: 978-1-60381-556-7), is a paranormal erotic romance about a young woman in Charleston who falls for a vampire with a conscience and battles an ancient, seemingly invincible evil.

Charleston Past Midnight is the first book in the Past Midnight series, which will continue with Savannah Past Midnight.

5 Smoking Guns (Brilliant): “Christine Edwards makes vampires wickedly sexy as only she can in Charleston Past Midnight! Severin Beauvais is the ultimate vampire hero with his dominant streak and barely controlled passion while Calla is his true equal with her strong determination and intelligence. Her story goes right for the jugular and only lets up to send you reeling once again. Then add Christine’s very own brand of blood and sex and I can’t imagine a better way to spend Halloween….”  Read more….

—Agents of Romance

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Charleston Past Midnight has some super sexy old-school vampires and an intriguing love story. I loved the supporting characters — Case, Kiana, Ambrose, and Alina. I would love to read stories with them as main characters in the future. I liked the support system that Severin and his family of vampires have — it helped lighten the mood at times. I look forward to reading more books in this series.”  Read more ….

—Miranda Owen, Fresh Fiction

“There is just the right amount of romance, action, mystery, suspense and of course lots of smoking hot sex scenes to make this book a great read. It was quick and entertaining and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a good erotic paranormal romance with a twist.”  Read more….

—Cocktails and Books

“Anyone who reads my blog posts and checks out the reviews I do would realize that I just love Christine Edwards’ books! Charleston Past Midnight was no exception…. Calla & Severin are just as hot as any of her other characters I have read. I also liked the fact that Severin was a tad bit vulnerable (yes, a vampire) in his feelings for Calla, again, something we don’t usually see in Christine Edwards stories. This book was another fantastic read and I hope to see some more from the secondary characters in the future!”  Read more ….

—I am a Book Addict and Proud of It Blog

5 Stars: “Oh wow! I loved this book. The chemistry between Severin and Calla was through the roof…. I loved how Severin was classy and sophisticated but had a dominant personality on top of it. Calla is strong willed and determined. She is a tough country girl with a strong heart…. If you’re looking for a good read, with a good story, then this is it.”  Read more ….

—Write from the Heart

5 Stars:  “This is the first paranormal for Ms. Edwards and it surpassed every expectation that I could have had for this sexy sizzling vampire romance…. You can’t go wrong with Christine Edwards. When you pick up one of her stories you are immediately transported to a place where the men love hard and the women can’t help but submit in the sexiest and most passionate way to these perfect dominant heroes.”  Read more….

—Nichole’s Sizzling Pages

“This woman has a way with alpha males that always smacks me stupid and she writes some of the hottest sex scenes around; and that just ADDS to the already amazing journey she takes us on. There is definitely never a dull moment, the book takes off right from the word GO and doesn’t let up until the very end, and we are always left salivating for more. Anytime I’m looking for an intense, sex-filled, dominating story; Christine Edwards is one of the first names that comes to mind.”  Read more ….

—Bookworm Betties

“There is just the right amount of romance, action, mystery, suspense and of course lots of smoking hot sex scenes to make this book a great read. It was quick and entertaining and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a good erotic paranormal romance with a twist.”  Read more….

—Elizabeth Haney, Cocktails and Books

“Severin, an Alpha to rule all alphas is not human, he’s also a vampire. Not your typical b movie hide in the shadows and rip your throat out type of vamp, but your romance novel, use his fangs to rip your panties off kind of Vampire. And does he ever! This book takes 50 shades into the paranormal genre and creates a whole new type of paranormal romance….”  Read more ….

—Mac’s Book Blog

“This was a great fast paced read full of action, vampire lore and lots of hot steamy moments for sure. Christine Edwards absolutely knows how to write the perfect dominant man. If you haven’t had a chance to read her other books, you are missing out, and you need to immediately go and give one a try. You will not be disappointed!”  Read more ….

—Steph’s Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews

“A nice Halloween read that is quick, hot and uncomplicated!”  Read more ….

—Scandalous Book Blog

“The chemistry between them is virtually off the hooks and we feel like we are there.” —Janette, Sassy Girl Books

“I really enjoyed this story. Finding your one true love, overcoming incredible odds, building your own family, honor and sexy times with vampires- count me in.” —Evette, Sassy Girl Books  Read more….

“I love how [Edwards] integrated the vampire storyline and makes it relevant to the entirety of the plot without coming across as hokey.  And in her writing style I have come to repeatedly enjoy, the alpha male and feisty female lead do not disappoint.  They have sizzling chemistry from the get go, but they also have intelligence and chivalry. This is another great book by the author and I’ll keep reading them every time.”  Read more ….

—Smut and Bonbons

“Overall this was a quick erotic, romantic and engaging paranormal read and for someone who does not get to read much paranormal, it was a refreshing change. A solid four star read.”  Read more….

—Foxylutely Reviews, UK

“I love Calla. She’s fierce, mouthy, and will sacrifice anything for the short list of people she loves. She had a rough childhood, forced to grow up entirely too fast, and because of that she’s determined to become something more than the white trash she was growing up. But sometimes fate has different plans and her future changes suddenly after meeting Severin.”  Read more….

—Hines and Bigham

“Hot, hot, hot that is a good way to describe this story. From the first page to the last, this book is involves you in nonstop action and some very hot lovemaking!…. I like the way the chapters flip back and forth between the past and the future. Calla and Severin are the perfect couple and it is nice to see that they both are wanting each other and there is not much of the usual vampire angst against turning a human nor is Calla in constant fear from her attraction to Severin. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down once I started it.”  Read more….

—Author Groupies.com

“Awesome. And original. In this flooded market, I want the awesome and the original. Charleston Past Midnight was the right blend of romance, action, and witty banter. And the secondary characters were great additions to the story. So much so that I hope there’s gonna be more of them in future books. Whatever the case, I will be reading it. Christine Edwards does it all for me!”  Read more….

—Mandy, Raw Books Online

Christine has published five other novels with Fanny Press: Claimed in Canada, Naughty in Norway, Nabbed in New Zealand, Captured in Croatia, and Nordic Lessons.

How much fight does one woman have inside?

Calla Hart has never relied on anyone. The fierce West Virginian learned the hard way to be self-sufficient, that is until she is viciously attacked late one night by two thugs. Her luck turns when, still fighting for her life, she is rescued from her attackers by a preternaturally strong stranger. She is stunned to discover that Severin Beauvais is not your typical alpha male hero. Although her pre-med student mind vehemently resists the notion, Calla must soon accept that he is a vampire, one who has stalked the historic grounds of Charleston, South Carolina, since the mid-eighteenth century. Their desire for each other is intense, yet as much as she’d like to envision happily ever after with Severin, too much stands in their way. Aside from her fragile mortality, there is Severin’s extremely dominant personality coupled with his unending feud with the ancient Russian vampire Valdon, who has so far proved invincible. And Valdon has set his sights on Calla ….

When it comes down to the wire, what would you sacrifice for the love of your life?

Says Christine, “If you crave history and culture then Charleston, SC, is absolutely your go-to city. The charms of its architecturally diverse streets cloaked in mystery have drawn visitors from around the world for centuries. So I could think of no more perfect setting for my first paranormal romance. Narrow, cobblestoned streets coupled with vast, oak-lined plantations are a writer’s virtual playground. I’ve had the privilege of living in Charleston for a decade.”

Christine Edwards grew up in the Deep South on Hilton Head Island, SC. At an early age she developed a passion for the arts that led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Christine has a special place in her heart for reading and writing erotic tales. Her main focus is on loving, multi-faceted relationships involving intense alpha males and feisty heroines. She adores snow skiing, traveling the world, and spending time with her amazing family. Christine currently resides in the sleepy coastal town of Beaufort, SC. Click here to find Christine online.

Keep reading for an excerpt:

Afrojack’s “Take Over Control” is thumping hard from several enormous speakers set up on either side of the elevated DJ station. The glistening bodies sway and grind against one another in reckless abandon as the beat pumps through the June air.

“Here you go, Calla.” Kiana struggles to shimmy sideways through the dense crowd impatiently trying to place their drink orders. She hands over one of two frosty lavendertinis, my absolute favorite drink.

I grin at her, leaning in to shout over the throbbing bass, “Thanks. Next round is on me. I just spied a place for us over by the railing. Let’s head on over.”

It’s a feat of balance to cut our way through the chaos without spilling our cocktails yet somehow we manage. Our hips sway with the sexy rhythm as we sip on our martinis and observe the eye candy that abounds tonight.

Kiana’s eyes gleam as she leans into me and says, “Wonder when they’ll start falling into the pool tonight.”

I barely stifle a laugh as I glance over for a glimpse of the long, zero edge pool that’s now almost blocked out by hundreds of legs. It’s inevitable. Someone always gets completely blitzed and falls in. The doorman usually has to wade in and haul their drunken asses out before escorting them to the exit. Normally it happens several times as the liquor begins to flow. I think the idea of jumping into a cool pool of illuminated water is just too irresistible for some intoxicated brains to resist.

“Oh, from the looks of it, any minute.”

My attention shifts as several partiers make space for a group of massive men. There are five of them, all dressed in very fashionable dark clothing. Without trying, they radiate dangerous sex appeal, and even well on their way to being drunk, people are giving them ample space.

Intrigued, I scan the men, who all look like hired killers. The tallest one’s arctic eyes ensnare mine, nearly stopping my heart cold. In an instant and without warning, the vision takes over me and I see myself being held high in the air. His strong hand is locked around my throat, my legs dangling and kicking desperately below me as my terrified screams ring through the night. He smiles at me and squeezes harder, silencing my cries as malice burns in his spine-chilling eyes. Vampire.

My glass drops to the ground, shattering the vision in an instant as my eyes focus once again on the light haired Russian looking vampire who is now staring at me with a completely different expression on his face. It’s one of total surprise swiftly replaced by calculated intensity, so powerful that I begin to tremble. Oh God, he knows!

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