Six Sentence Sunday–Dec 16

 In the Blood Vine series, I explore the theme of nostalgia and what it means to have a home.  In the world of the novels, my vampires have a biological need to dwell in their homeland, and the human Zoey has to confront her own long-buried desire to belong somewhere.  Her arrival at Andre’s home foreshadows this conflict.  

Between two low hills, Zoey caught a glimpse of the beautiful house nestled among the vineyards. Even from the front drive, the Kaštel Estate Winery was enchanting. Textured white stucco walls reached upwards to the roof of Spanish tile. It was a picturesque Mediterranean villa, well suited to a family who’d emigrated from an island in the Adriatic Sea.

As soon as the entire house came into view, its large windows and old-fashioned door called to her invitingly. The white house and orderly flowerbeds were immaculate, but somehow it still looked lived-in, and she couldn’t wait to see inside. She imagined walking up the front steps, and putting her very own key in the lock, and for the first time since she could remember, she wished she had a home, not just a place to sleep and store her things.

In the very next breath, Zoey brushes off the “troublesome” feeling, and goes right back to burying every longing inside her.  I love how stubborn she is–at least as thick headed as the best alpha heroes, Andre included.  

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About amber.belldene

Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book. As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons—an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days. Amber is an Episcopal Priest and student of religion. She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths. Some people think it is strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to her, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco


Six Sentence Sunday–Dec 16 — 11 Comments

  1. Thanks ladies– I guess it’s a good thing I forgot to sign up officially this week! This six-police might have noticed the excerpt is a little long 😉

  2. Lovely! Some of my favorite romances explore this theme of what it means to find “home.” I think it’s one a lot of people can relate to, especially those who live far from their roots (like me!) Great excerpt.

  3. Thanks to everyone for these kind and encouraging comments!

    A.J. I think you’re right, although I didn’t start from that place of universality, nostalgia ended up as a really interesting theme to work with

  4. Hi Ms. Belldene,

    I cant wait for your book to be out. From the excerpt and sysnopsis I cant wait to get my hand on the book. I found you by blogging on Laura Kaye website.

    Good luck with this series.

    Happy Holidays!

    • Sue- thanks so much! I’m excited that you are excited. And please call me Amber! I do really hope you’ll like the book, and thanks for seeking me out from Laura Kaye’s blog. Isn’t she wonderful?

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