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Margaret L. Carter Dame Onyx

Heat in the Night

Vampires don’t fall in love with each other. When a female enters one of her rare heat periods, she chooses a mate for a night or two of raw sex to satisfy their mutual lust and possibly conceive a child. But young vampire Ingrid, brought up by human foster parents, has absorbed human notions about love and romance. When she begins her first estrus, she gets thrown together with her dear friend Bron, who can’t stand to let any other vampire have her first. Realizing she has fallen in love with Bron, Ingrid embarks on a night of wild passion, determined to keep him from learning her shameful secret—that one night will leave her with a yearning for love that would baffle and repel most of her kind.

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Heat in the Night

Marked for life by reading DRACULA at the age of twelve, Margaret L. Carter has specialized throughout her career in fantasy and the supernatural, especially vampires. Earning degrees in English from the College of William and Mary, the University of Hawaii, and the University of California (Irvine), she wrote her dissertation on the Gothic novel. Her first novel was SHADOW OF THE BEAST (available now from Amber Quill Press). Margaret's vampire novels include DARK CHANGELING (2000 EPPIE award winner in horror, available from Hard Shell Word Factory), CHILD OF TWILIGHT (its sequel, 2004 EPPIE award finalist in horror, Hard Shell), and CRIMSON DREAMS (Amber Quill).

Combining her focus on relationships and getting inside the mind of the "monster" with her lifelong devotion to horror and fantasy, she has branched into paranormal romance with SEALED IN BLOOD and FROM THE DARK PLACES (Amber Quill) and her short story collection HEART'S DESIRES AND DARK EMBRACES (Amber Quill). She has several stories published by erotic romance publishers Ellora's Cave and Amber Quill Press/Amber Heat. Margaret's erotic werewolf romance novella, Allure of the Beast, is now available along with Wizard’s Trap; Weird Wedding Guest, the sequel to Tentacles of Love; Song from the Abyss (a 2012 EPIC Award finalist in the novella category), which is also included in the LOVE NOTES ANTHOLOGY; Bear Hugs; Calling Back Love; and Heat in the Night. Her novella Foxfire was a 2011 EPIC eBook Award finalist! Available now are new erotic paranormal romance collections: NIGHT FLAMES and ARDENT BLOOD. Also available in her Vanishing Breed Universe is a new novel, PASSION IN THE BLOOD.

Margaret's scholarly work on vampirism in literature includes THE VAMPIRE IN LITERATURE: A CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY and DIFFERENT BLOOD: THE VAMPIRE AS ALIEN, as well as a number of articles. Her newest is an essay titled “Slayer as Monster in BLOOD+ and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER” in SPEAKING OF MONSTERS: A TERATOLOGICAL ANTHOLOGY. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and small press publications. With her husband, retired Navy Captain Leslie Roy Carter, she has the fantasy novels WILD SORCERESS, BESIEGED ADEPT, and ROGUE MAGESS, Books 1-3 in her Aetria Trilogy from Amber Quill Press. Newly available is the prequel to the Aetria Trilogy, LEGACY OF MAGIC. Other releases from Margaret include: PRINCE OF THE HOLLOW HILLS; Foxfire, Lion's Bower; LOVE UNLEASHED; Heart Diamond, and Sweeter Than Wine from Ellora's Cave; Blood Hostage, WINDWALKER'S MATE; and Mad Magic in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress XXVI. Newly released is Margaret’s first Dame collection, DAME ONYX TREASURES: Love Among the Monsters, with her Jewels of the Quill anthology contributions and five bonus stories, available in trade paperback and electronic formats from Whiskey Creek Press.

Access files for Margaret’s fiction at her newsletter: (you must be registered and signed in to access them) including a timeline of the stories and novels in her Vanishing Breed vampire universe, in internal chronological order; a checklist, by issue, of all the authors interviewed in THE VAMPIRE’S CRYPT; and the contents of DAYMARES FROM THE CRYPT, a short chapbook of horror and fantasy verse, much of it vampire-themed, which Margaret self-published in 1981 and reissued in Kindle format in October 2012. She’s added three bonus poems written later. To receive the poetry file, email Margaret at To receive free PDFs of any issues of Margaret's discontinued fanzine, THE VAMPIRE'S CRYPT, send her an e-mail requesting the desired issue. Contents of all the zines are listed on her website here:

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