Date Published: 6/7/13
The first two parts are released in one volume
Part 1. Prophecy
Part 2. Keepers of the Key
What will he do if saving his people means destroying the woman he loves?
A millennia-long war between two immortal races is about to come to an end. Long ago, the Vampire Elite began capturing the immortals called the Amiti, attracted by their unique blood properties. Now most Amiti live in underground cells, forced to serve as vampires’ bloodstock. The few surviving free Amiti, preparing a final strike, have declared their Queen a traitor. Her execution makes possible the rise of a new Queen, her young daughter Arianna, who will inherit her mother's mystical powers. Working with the Keepers of the Key, Arianna may be able to eliminate the vampires, once and for all, from the face of the earth.
The new Queen is the last hope to save her dying race and she's ready to fight to the last drop of her blood.
But the King of the Vampires has other plans. What neither expects is the passion that erupts between them.
Vampire Elite is an epic story of a bitter conflict between two immortal races, and the effect of that conflict on everyone living in its grip. The characters are driven to love and betrayal, vengeance and sacrifice in a world without easy black-and-white answers.
Based on an ancient Egyptian legend, packed with action and intrigue, Vampire Elite will pull you into the entrancing world of immortals and open new portals into their hidden universe.
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... a fascinating read and definitely a book for anyone who loves fantasy, romance and of course vampires.
… a spellbinding novel of action, suspense, romance, and conscience ... character development is superb ... the type of book that will make you read all day until you get to the end! It is deliciously addictive!
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Keepers of the Key
Members of the Vampire Elite are about to celebrate the total defeat of their enemies, the Amiti. But the vampires’ victory will not be complete until they eliminate the final Amiti safeguard: the Keepers of the Key.
The Keepers are five Amiti originally named by Hathor, the Egyptian goddess who created the Amiti. Knowing how dangerous life on earth will be for them, Hathor gave five Amiti the ability to unlock the powers of the Egyptian gods by symbolically turning the Key of Life, the Ankh. If the five Amiti Keepers come together and focus their will on the Ankh symbol, visualizing it with the intention of unleashing the powers of the gods, the Key will be turned. The catch is that nobody actually knows what might happen if the powers of gods were to be unlocked: some believe that those powers will be the Amitis’ to command; others believe that turning the Key will unleash total chaos and destruction. The ancient legend about the goddess Sekhmet’s rampage across Egypt and how close she came to totally annihilating life on earth is vivid in both Amitis’ and vampires’ minds. However, the Amiti have reached the breaking point, fearing their own total decimation, and virtually all of them agree that it is time to take this extreme step. And the vampires, of course, will do all they can to stop them.
In the Vampire Elite everyone has their perspective, and to some degree everybody is right; both immortal races are fighting for the survival of their people. The fact that the novel offers no black-and-white answers, no purely evil or purely good choices, means that readers never know which side to take. Beware: it will keep you on your toes.
Excerpt (Simone at the Hunter’s auction)
As the auctioneer spoke, two Sekhmi in eveningwear—a male carrying an elegant dagger and a female a silver tray covered with glass vials—approached the Amiti girl.
“She’s barely eighteen, ladies and gentlemen. That’s a good three years younger than the youngest bloodstock you’ll usually come across. Look at her; she’s stunning, simply stunning, and as you can see, we’ve kept her well conditioned, in excellent health.”
The auctioneer paused as the male Hunter grasped the Amiti’s hand and held it above the tray. The girl showed no resistance, her only display of anxiety the butterfly fluttering of her thick eyelashes. He raised his other hand, and the dagger flashed in the light as with a swift motion he slit the Amiti’s palm. The dark, intoxicating scent of fresh blood filled the room as it poured into the vials.
Simone’s gums began to itch and burn, and she covered her mouth with her hand so no one would see her fangs punching down. It was considered terribly rude to expose one’s fangs in public, even among other vampires. But she needn’t have worried; everyone’s attention was riveted to the stage and the blood flowing from the girl’s wound. The room vibrated with bloodlust and sexual arousal.
The female Sekhmi approached Simone’s table, offering the Royal Pride the first of the blood samples. Knowing that all eyes were on her, Simone forced herself not to hesitate and took a small sip—and was immediately flooded with euphoria.
“For this magnificent specimen, we open the bidding at ten million U.S. dollars,” announced the auctioneer.
Irina Argo is a combined pen name for two authors, Irina Kardos and Jo-An
Irina’s world is dark. She works as a clinical psychologist in a Juvenile Correctional Facility dealing with the extremes of human behavior on a regular basis and takes care of her paralyzed husband who suffered a stroke several years ago. To bring light into her life she writes. Writing has always been her passion. She is originally from Russia where she was employed as a TV journalist.
Jo-An is a Leo, a lioness who has emerged to follow her dream, to someday write a book of her own. She owned a costume shop for 15 years and was able to satisfy and excel in her creative nature. She is an over-achiever and believes that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and ignore the nay-sayers. Her philosophy is based on Shakespeare "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves." She currently resides in California with her 5 cats and 1 husband.