Suz deMello – May 2014

demelloblue0514Suz DeMello

London, 1816

The social season promises both sex and danger for Torquil Kilburn and Andrew MacReiver, Highland heirs arrived in London to seek brides. The Scotsmen must negotiate the complicated morés of high society to woo and win an exquisite debutante and her passionate, unconventional mother while keeping their vampire heritage a secret.

But evil stalks the ballroom at Almack’s, the streets of Piccadilly, the drawing rooms of the ton. Headless bodies have been found drained of their blood, for another vampire haunts the streets of London, murdering noblemen. As he draws ever closer, Tor and Andrew must fight not only for love, but for their lives.

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Reviews for Rakes in Tartan

I was blown away… fascinating…different…unexpected…
Patricia Wheeler, BDSM Book Reviews

Four stars…vivid…gripping…
Susan Foulkes



Excerpt from Chapter One, Rakes in Tartan

Vauxhall Gardens, London, June 1816

Torquil Kilburn pursued the whore down the dim walkway. Her long skirts should have hampered her stride, but she’d immodestly lifted them, showing not merely a bit of ankle but much of her calf. So she didn’t merely hurry but sprinted, heightening his enjoyment of the game. Behind him, he could hear “Slow down, mon!” from his friend Andrew MacReiver, but Tor ignored the plea. He was too intent on capturing his prey.

The path ended at a wall fronted by a hedge. Still ahead of him, the woman turned, her shoulders set in an attitude of defiance.

Tor took out a guinea and held it high so it glittered gold in the faint moonlight sifting through the trees. He tossed it down the whore’s cleavage. “Kneel,” he said.

She dropped to her knees.

He strode forward, deliberately treading on her skirts, trapping her in place. “Open me breeches and take me in yer mouth.”

She complied, engulfing him to the root, her full, plump lips stretched to accommodate his thick rod. As she pulled out, her teeth scraped his shaft, startling him. He grabbed her hair and twisted it in his fist. “Stop that.”

She looked up at him, her eyes glittering even in the dim light. Her lids dropped, shuttering her expression. She began to suckle him properly while he used her long, dark tresses to control her.

After a few sucks, Tor began to relax. He was barely conscious of Andrew, who arrived, took stock of the situation and opened his breeches to caress his cock. Close to coming, Tor threw back his head and closed his eyes as the whore’s wet, silken mouth pleasured him.

A tiny stab of pain hauled him out of his ecstatic haze. Had she bitten him? “Rach air muin! What the fuck are ye doin’?”

Lifting her head from her task, she laughed up at him while continuing to pump his shaft with one delicate fist. “Just having a bit of fun, my lord.” Her accent was subtle, unrecognizable.

He glared down. “Do that again, lassie, and it may be the last thing ye do.” His voice was a low growl.

She huffed but, bending her head, sucked harder. Pleasure blasted through his body, obliterating any memory of the little bite. He groaned as rapture suffused him, heating and weakening his limbs, and he came, spurting into her mouth.

He let her go and sagged against the hedge. Andrew gave his dick one final hard jerk. The arching jet of his spend shone in the ambient light, drenching the whore’s face and décolletage. Tor’s cock, though limp, twitched in response.

She stood, cleaned herself with her shawl, then gave him a jaunty smile before walking off.

“Wait!” Andrew called after her. “When may we see ye again?”

She turned. Moonlight glinted on her shining dark hair. “I imagine such fine young gentlemen will encounter me sooner than you’d think.” Her voice was unexpectedly low and cultured.

She left and Andrew stared at Tor. “What do ye suppose she meant by that?”

He shrugged and buttoned his breeches. “She’s playing some game which is not of interest to me. One slut is very like the next. Why do ye wish to see her again?”

“She seemed to have uncommon oral talents. She swallowed every drop of yer spend, Tor. Who else does that?”

“Other hungry whores.”

Andrew laughed and followed Tor as they left.


* * * * *

Andrew MacReiver surveyed Almack’s and gave silent thanks to whatever gods existed, for the usual throng of shallow London misses had been supplemented by more interesting fare. An older woman, her hair powdered in a bygone style, fluttered her fan, snapped it shut and tapped it firmly in dismissal against the chest of a youth wearing a uniform Andrew did not recognize. She had an aura of command he liked, and he wondered if he’d have the chance to bend her to his will. With luck she’d be a widow in need of entertainment. He approached, noting her gloved left hand did not reveal any evidence of a wedding ring. Fair game, he thought.

He edged closer then stopped short when he recognized her. Not her face, which was powdered, but her generous décolletage…the same chest he’d painted with his spend just the night before.

After several moments spent in utter shock, he remembered to breathe. What was a bawd doing at Almack’s? He glanced around, spying the usual denizens of the place. Lord Alvanley chatted with Maria Sefton while Beeston, a fellow Andrew had known at Oxford, danced with a pretty redhead. What if they knew that these august halls had been infiltrated by a one-guinea whore?


About the author

Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s worked for Total-E-Bound, Liquid Silver Books and Ai Press, where she is currently Managing Editor. She also takes private clients.

Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.

A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.

–Find her books at

–For editing services, email her at

–Befriend her on Facebook:, and visit her group page at

–She tweets her reading picks @ReadThis4fun and @Suzdemello



–Her current blog is


Suz deMello/Sue Swift’s books and stories

As Suz deMello


The Highland Vampires series

Temptation in Tartan

Ellora’s Cave, June 2012

Dark paranormal erotic romance


Desire in Tartan

Ellora’s Cave, July 2013

Dark paranormal erotic romance


Bridling His Vampire (short story)

Ellora’s Cave, May 2014

Short story; dark paranormal erotic romance


Rakes in Tartan

Ellora’s Cave, April 2014

Dark paranormal erotic romance


Highland Vampire (short story)

Harlequin Spice Briefs, October 2010

Dark paranormal erotic romance


Other fiction by Suz deMello


“Gypsy Witch” (short story)

Ellora’s Cave, 2013

Contemporary paranormal erotic romance


The Queen’s Quest (novel)

Ellora’s Cave, 2014

Futuristic erotic romance


Seducing the Hermit (novel)

Ellora’s Cave, 2011

Contemporary light erotic romance


Sherlock’s Scandal (short story)

Ellora’s Cave, June-July 2014

Historical fan-fic, erotic romance


The Wilder Brother (novel)

Ellora’s Cave, 2011

Contemporary humorous erotic romance


Blood is Thicker… (short story)

Ellora’s Cave, 2014

Contemporary paranormal erotic romance/RS


“For My Master” (short story)

Ellora’s Cave, 2013

Contemporary BDSM/RS erotic romance


Phoenix and Dragon (novel)

Ellora’s Cave, 2011

Contemporary BDSM/RS erotic romance


“First and Last” (short story)

In anthology, White Hot Holidays

Ellora’s Cave

Futuristic erotica


Kinky Toes (short story)

Ellora’s Cave, June-July 2014

Contemporary erotic romance


Non-fiction by Suz deMello


Write This, Not That!

Nonfiction writing treatise

Self-pubbed on Amazon, Feb 2013


As Sue Swift:

Lord Devere’s Ward

Etopia Press 2012

Regency-era romantic suspense


Big Girls Don’t Cry

Etopia Press 2011

Contemporary sweet romance


Sherry, Baby

Etopia Press 2012

Contemporary romantic suspense


Walk Like A Man

Etopia Press 2012

Contemporary romance


Fashion Victim

Five Star Expressions 2011

Romantic suspense



Ellora’s Cave Blush (formerly Cerridwen Press), October 2009

Romantic suspense


Spy Game

Etopia Press, 2012

Romantic suspense


“The Romantical Groom” (short story)

Amazon shorts, 2007

Regency satire


Engaged to the Sheik

Silhouette Romance, 2005

Contemporary romance


In the Sheikh’s Arms

Silhouette Romance, 2003

Contemporary romance


The Ranger and the Rescue

Silhouette Romance, 2002

Contemporary romantic suspense


His Baby, Her Heart

Silhouette Romance, 2001

Contemporary Romance


Interview with Holly Hewson

HH: Suz, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Rakes in Tartan and it is part of your Highland Vampires series. What can you tell us about this series?

Suz: This series has been an unexpected pleasure, and great fun to write. I never set out to write anything like this! But in retrospect, it seems like a natural progression. I enjoy writing historicals, and a series about Scottish vampires occurred to me after the success of the first story, Highland Vampire. That is a contemporary from Spice Briefs, and after I sold that, I wondered if I could capitalize on that story. Futuristic vamps didn’t appeal to me, so I decided to write prequels.

When finished, the series will consist of seven stories. They’re not being written in chronological order, though. The stories available now are 18th century, 19th century and contemporary. I’m planning a medieval and a steampunk as well.

HH: What can you tell us about earlier books in the series?

Suz: Temptation in Tartan follows the romance of Kieran, Laird Kilburn and his Sassenach wife, Lady Lydia, as they guide the clan through the dangerous days following the Highlanders’ disastrous defeat at Culloden Moor. Desire in Tartan is about Dugald Kilburn, Kieran’s cousin and “right-hand man,” as he falls for the Kilburn children’s governess.

HH: How does Rakes in Tartan continue it?

Suz: Rakes is set in Regency London several decades later. We learn that the clan has prospered to the extent that its scion, Tor, has graduated from Oxford and is now attending the social season to find a wife, like any other proper British nobleman.

HH: What do you like best about your heroine and why will readers identify with her?

Suz:  There are actually two heroines in Rakes as there are two heroes—Andrew MacReiver, Tor’s best friend and the heir to Clan MacReiver’s lairdship, attended Oxford with Tor. They live in the same mansion and pursue the same goal: suitable brides.

The women they find are related but as different as Hedy Lamarr and a virginal Juliet. Dagmar, grevinne Draugursdatter, is a widowed Norse noblewoman and Huldra, her ward, are the women Tor and Andrew fall for.

Readers will identify with Huldra’s hesitance—she was jilted rather brutally, and fears to fall in love again. Dagmar, bold and passionate, doesn’t hesitate to break rules. She loves her freedom, but finds herself loving Andrew as well. We’ve all struggled with that dichotomy.

HH: What do you like best about Torquil and Andrew and why will readers love them?

Suz: They’re so different from each other, perfect companions as they enjoy the London social scene. Tor is as upright and honorable, but Andrew is an unabashed rake.

HH: What can you tell us about the books to come in this series?

Suz: Not a lot—I rarely discuss works in progress. I can tell you that Bridling his Vampire, a short story, will be published on May 30th. It’s set a few years after Desire concludes. I’m writing a medieval now and planning to write a steampunk-set story as well.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

Suz: I don’t have any firm plans after this series in written. I’m slow, and don’t believe that I’ll be done before the end of next year. I could be wrong though. Promotions and marketing take a lot of my writing time, unfortunately.

HH:  What appearances will you make this year – online or in person?

Suz: I rarely make personal appearances but if someone wants to invite me, the answer will likely be yes. I will probably show up for this year’s Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, in September. I maintain an active online presence—anyone and everyone is welcome to connect with me on FB, Twitter or Pinterest. Or just shoot me an email.

HH: What do you do when you aren’t writing?

Suz: I take care of my elderly mother, do a lot of hot yoga, and socialize.

HH: Where can readers find you online?

Suz: Here are some links:


–For editing services, email Suzie at

–Befriend her on Facebook:, and visit her group page at

–She tweets her reading picks @ReadThis4fun and @Suzdemello



–Her current blog is

One Comment

  1. Suz deMello
    May 24, 2014 @ 17:39:00

    Thanks for the opportunity!


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