Last Keeper’s Daughter
by Rebecca Trogner
Born into old money, Lily Ayres lives at Waverly, her family’s estate situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Paris, Virginia. She is a strange, small, almost mute, young woman who has no idea that her father has given her to the Vampire King Krieger. Walter Ayres is the King’s Keeper and part of a secret society of historians who unearth, preserve, and attempt to understand relics of long forgotten civilizations.
Lily has never felt comfortable in the human world, but after she suspiciously falls down a flight of stone steps, and is healed and claimed by Krieger, she realizes there is another world. In this Other Realm she feels a sense of belonging, and begins to untwine the mysterious event which left her mentally and psychologically damaged. When Walter disappears in England, Lily works with human and supernatural beings to uncover his whereabouts. With each new discovery, she is pulled deeper into the vortex of magic, intrigue, and dark desires that permeates the supernatural world. The revelations revealed unfold a story of deception and betrayal that threaten to tear the thin veil between the supernatural and human world asunder.
Last Keeper’s Daughter
She remembered telling him that she could take care of herself. That she wasn’t an orphan to be passed off to a relative. She hadn’t meant the words. She wanted to see him again, but she was afraid he wouldn’t come. Too many hopes and dreams had been crushed in her short lifespan for her to be optimistic.
He had laughed. The sound of it was deep and rich and filled the room.
“Look me in the eyes when speaking to me,” his mesmerizing voice commanded.
Minutes passed, and she defiantly continued to stare at his shirt pocket. And then, in an instant, he was directly in front of her. His quick movement caused a breeze to rustle through her thick hair. How could anything move so fast?
“Lily,” he said, “that was an order.”
The way he said her name caused her to shiver. Slowly, she let her gaze flow up his neck, taking in the line of his jaw, and settling on his blue-gray eyes.
He inhaled again as he looked down at her. “How very extraordinary you are,” he said.
Lily could not have agreed more. There were no erratic movements with him, no sudden shifts of mood, or conflicting body language. He was in total control of himself in a way she’d never experienced in another person. She felt almost languid as he turned and went back to stand by the fireplace. He continued to weave the intricate tale of his world, and her place within it. Never once did she doubt the validity of what he said.
Rebecca Trogner lives in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, and frequently crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains that were the inspiration for Krieger’s home. She always dreamed of being a writer, but got sidetracked by the day-to-day adventures of life. With the encouragement of her family, she has finished her first novel and is currently writing the next book in The Last Keeper’s Daughter series. Rebecca lives with her husband and stepson, and a rescue dog named Giblet. To find out more about the author visit www.rebeccatrogner.com.