Site Meter Vamps and Scamps: Bled Dry

Friday, February 02, 2007

Bled Dry

I’ve avoided posting the back cover copy for BLED DRY because I think it gives away a bit more of the plot than I wanted to before BIT THE JACKPOT hit the shelves, but I’m sure some of you have guessed what’s going on with Brittany and Corbin anyway. I left some pretty hefty clues. ;-) The back cover copy is going up on my website this weekend, but I thought I’d post it here first, with a very short excerpt below it. BLED DRY is a May release, the third in my Vegas Vampires series.

Only in Vegas can a one-night stand with a vampire beat the odds-from the national bestselling author of Bit the Jackpot and High Stakes...

Hooking up with a vampire has its risks-but getting pregnant usually isn't one of them. Tell that to Brittany Baldizzi, who finds herself in the family way with no father in sight. After their one night of passion, vampire Corbin Jean Michel Atelier disappeared off the face of the earth-or at least off the Vegas strip...

Corbin is a vampire with a cause, secretly trying to find a cure for his condition. But when he finds out Brittany is pregnant with his child, Corbin can't keep his parental instincts from trumping his bloodsucking ones. Even when showing his hand could cost him the woman he can't help but love...

By Erin McCarthy

“Well, it’s not the flu.”

Brittany Baldizzi watched her general practitioner tuck her hair behind her ear as she stepped back into the room. Perched on the edge of the examination table, Brittany was seriously confused. “An ulcer then? I’ve felt this awful nausea for weeks.”

Not an ulcer.” Dr. Hopkins smiled. “You’re pregnant.”

“Excuse me?” The room went stark white and a buzzing rang in Brittany’s ears. “Pregnant? I can’t be pregnant!”

There was no way. It wasn’t possible.

“Have you been practicing abstinence?” Dr. Hopkins asked with a rueful shrug.

“Yes, I’ve been totally abstinent.” How in the hell could she be pregnant?

Dr. Hopkins raised her eyebrows. “Really?”

Okay, so that wasn’t completely true. “Well, mostly. I’ve only had sex once in the last six months.” But that had been with Corbin Atelier, and that didn’t count because he was a vampire.

“Once is all it takes.”

Normally. When you were having sex with regular, mortal men. “But…” Brittany rubbed her head. “He can’t have children.” She didn’t think. Of course, he had never really said he couldn’t have children. But neither had he suggested birth control.

“I’m sorry this is such a shock, Brittany, but obviously he can have children, because you are definitely pregnant.”

“Well, I had no idea.” That vampires had sperm.

Which was a stupid assumption on her part. After all, hadn’t her brother-in-law sworn to her up, down, and sideways that her own biological father had to be a vampire? But she hadn’t put two and two together when she and Corbin had been talking that night.

Though to be to totally honest, it wasn’t like she and Corbin had devoted a whole lot of time to conversation when he had climbed in her bedroom window and asked for blood. She’d given him her blood and her body, and now he had given her a baby.

Holy crap.

It really would have been nice if he had warned her his boys could still swim.

By the way, if you’re going to the Romantic Times convention this year, I just found out that Bled Dry will definitely be at the book fair, even though it’s a May book. Berkley gave permission for the early release. Yay! :)


Amy S. said...

Great excerpt! Can't wait to read it!

Ann M. said...

“Well, I had no idea.” That vampires had sperm.

It really would have been nice if he had warned her his boys could still swim.

Loved the excerpt. I love your sense of humor. Can't wait. Is it May yet?

Kelley said...

Everything you write is great. I can't wait for Bled Dry. Love your vamps. Remember, you're the first paranormal romance I've ever read and you got me hooked. LOL.

This is off the Bled Dry subject but I wanted to mention it. I just did a re-read of Houston We Have a Problem. I knew I loved the book the first time I read it but I forgot home much I enjoyed it until I did the re-read. Its one of my favorite books!! Love Houston. Love the humor. You have a special talent for bringing a smile to my face!!

Anyway, May can't get here fast enough. Did I hear your doing a fourth vamp book?

Dannyfiredragon said...


I loved the first book of the series, but unfortunately I wasn't able to get the second one so far. But I bet it is as good as the first one and the thrid sounds also great!

Judy F said...

Oh I can't wait to read this book. SOunds great Erin.

Cryna said...

Erin, this sounds like so much fun.......I look forward to reading it........

Diana said...

Ooh, the excerpt definitely left me wanting to read more of Bled Dry. I can't wait until May. I've loved Brittany and Corbin's relationship ever since the first book.

Jodi said...

I think I need to get the vampire books!

Erin McCarthy said...

Okay, having trouble with the new blogger, so if this shows up twice, sorry!

Glad you all like the excerpt, even if it's short. I don't want to give too much away too soon, and I think this one sets a give tone for how the story will be. :)

Kelley, thanks for taking a chance on my vamps, and I'm so glad you still enjoy Houston... he's a fav hero of mine.

Yes, there is a fourth book in the Vegas Vampires series, SUCKER BET, out in December. It is Gwenna's story (Donatelli's ex-wife and Ethan's sister).

By the way, if you haven't read any of these books yet, they really are best read in order. :)

Bookstoredeb said...

Hi Erin. I've loved everything I have read by you, especially the Vegas Vamps series. So far I've only read the first one but have the second on order and you can bet I will be snagging the third one the day it hits the shelves. I'm adding this series to our newly expanded romance section in the bookstore I work for.

I wish I was able to attend RT. I went to the RWA conference last year and totally loved it, but between bills and just starting a new job, it isn't an option right now. Have enough fun for all of us!

Kris said...

This sounds great, I can't wait!!!! I love this series.

Stacy~ said...

Erin, I adore your vamps. Don't think I'm going to RT (sniffle) though.

I'm excited about all the stuff you're writing, and glad to see there's more on the way. You are so great at capturing the funny and sexy side of things all at the same time. You rock.

Kort said...

OMG!!! I LOVED your book! "Bled Dry" is an awsome book! I haven't read your first one yet, but i can't wait! I also can't wait until your next big hit! You're awsome Erin!