Sinners’ Opera

For almost four hundred years, I’ve witnessed miracles of technology and the political wars that reshaped the world’s destiny.  I’ve seen much to hate and a great deal worthy of forgiveness.  I was born May 29, 1632, the only son of the Earl of St. Averil and his Lady Ilsabeth de Gueraint D’Arcy.  He died at the Battle of Naseby fighting with Charles I.  My mother died alone in 1685.  By that time, an unnaturally long youth had forced me to fake my own death for the first time.  I watched from afar, unable to attend her funeral.

Yesterday, I was a celebrated pianist.  I learned my art on the harpsichord from an Austrian genius named Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Later, I studied with Liszt, Ravel and Debussy.  From the Duke of Newcastle then the Frenchman de la Gueriniere, I learned classical horsemanship.

Tonight, I am a wanted man.  Mortal justice would hang me for a crime I did not commit.  My brethren wish to destroy me for a crime I committed with willful intent.

It all began in December, a brief six months ago.  Actually, my saga began in 1659 before the restoration of Charles II, but that’s another story…

This is our story—Isabeau’s and mine—our Folie à deux.

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Morgan D’Arcy is an English lord, a classical pianist, and a vampire. He has everything except what he desires most—Isabeau. As the Angel Gabriel he’s steered her life and career choice, preparing her to become Lady D’Arcy. Many forces oppose Morgan’s daring plan—not the least of which is Vampyre law.

Isabeau Gervase is a brilliant geneticist Though she no longer believes in angels, she sees a ticket to a Nobel Prize in Gabriel’s secrets—secrets that have led her to a startling conclusion. Gabriel isn’t human, and she fully intends to identify the species she named the Angel Genome. Morgan is ready to come back into Isabeau’s life, but this time as a man not an angel. Will he outsmart his enemies, protect his beloved and escape death himself? For the first time in eternity, the clock is ticking.

AMAZING 12-minute excerpt podcast:  Read by Ex-Royal Air Force officer and very British gentleman, John Macrae-Hall.  Drop by and be entertained and engaged by John’s voice!

AMAZON:  5 Star Review:

Cocktails and Books:  Sinner’s Opera is poetic and beautiful -a love story that touches as deeply as some of the most romantic classics. The story is sophisticated in nature, bringing with it a rich and tasteful air of sensuality. Its unique take on the all too familiar vampire novel is a welcome change, adding uncharted territory to a popular genre in need of some new ideas. The characters are brilliantly penned, every detail of their being painted like a beautiful picture, exposing their strengths, weaknesses and emotion. The main character of the book, Morgan, is a vampire that’s waited centuries for his one true love, the stunning Isabeau. He struggles to keep her safe from his dark enemies and from himself,
as he fights his thirst for the blood that runs through her veins. He’d risk everything to keep her safe – including his heart and his life.

This story drips with romance, wit and charm. It is addictive, exciting and grips you from the very first page to the very last. Morgan and Isabeau are characters that could be placed in the same category as some of the most famous couples in romance history – Romeo and his Juliet, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy – and their romance plays out like one of Beethoven’s famous love letters.

As a sucker for anything that rings classical romance, this one drew me in and captured me. It ended with the hint of a sequel (and hopefully beyond). If that comes to pass, I can honestly say that I’ll be first in line on release day.

Author Beth Trissel:  A riveting concert pianist and former Royalist fighting for the ill-fated English King Charles 1st, Morgan D’Arcy is a class act and the most arresting vampire I’ve ever encountered in literature or films. His sophistication soars above others in his league. What am I saying? There are none in his league. Morgan’s arrogant
veneer–actually, he is rather proud of his mesmerizing appeal–conceals a powerful love for the intoxicating woman he’s waited centuries to have and to
hold. But not bite. And therein lies the tremendous struggle. His hunger for the life giving flow running through Isabeau’s lovely veins is an ever-present
temptation he must resist. Nor is Morgan without enemies in his dark world who would gladly see this formidable rival fall from the heady heights he’s achieved
and rob him of the beautiful Isabeau. Can he safeguard her from them, from himself? Or forfeit all? A far greater battle faces Morgan than preserving a
king, and the stakes are higher. The cost if he fails, his heart. And his life, but what is life without Isabeau?

Fascinating, gripping, and seamlessly penned, Author Linda Nightingale introduces us to the unforgettable Morgan D’Arcy in his debut novel fittingly entitled Sinner’s Opera. I eagerly await my next encounter with Morgan. This novel begs for a sequel, or two, as do I.  – Author Beth Trissel

..a fascinating journey through the psyche…

Sinners’ Opera is a beautifully written love story with vivid imagery, dry humor, sarcastic wit, and sensuous love scenes. The descriptions of Charleston bring that city to life. It’s also a fascinating journey through the psyche of a man who’s lived through the centuries but is now willing to die for the woman he loves and to bring his kind into the light of the mortal’s world.

And thereby hangs this tale of love, deception, murder, and revenge.”  — New York Journal of Books


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