By: Stephanie Burkhart
Ah, what visuals Stoker's classic inspires! Stoker is the grandfather of paranormal romance, but interestingly, he'd never been to Romania, which is part of the setting for his famous novel. In his day, Stoker was a well known writer and playwright. Stoker lived in England, but traveled often to the United States where he was invited to the White House twice by Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
Dracula, the novel, was published as a hardcover in 1897 by Archibald Constable and Co. Interestingly, it was titled "The Un-dead" up until the very last minute when the title was changed to Dracula. The novel was well received by the critics of the day. Stoker's influences for the novel included modeling the "well" mannered Count after his acting buddy, Henry Irving, Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, and the crypts at St. Michan's Church in Dublin. He spent several years researching European folklore including reading Emily Gerard's 1885 essay "Transylvania Superstitions."
What do Stoker's Dracula and Burkhart's latest release, The Wolf's Torment have in common? Romania.
Romania is a land were superstitions carry a lot of weight. Gypsy witches still wander the land and being a witch is a profession in modern day Romania. You can find the castles that the real life Dracula, Vlad Dracul, built. If you look in the right place, you'll discover that Romania is a land where you might dare to believe the supernatural comes to life when the sun sets.
Blurb: Mihai Sigmaringen, Crown Prince of Moldavia has a secret – he's a witch. But can he protect his wife from the werewolf who wants her for his own?
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Book Trailer link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzHE2spBeeU
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