Oct 04

Sexiest Vampire Alive – Gregori and Abby’s Engagement Party – A Special Event by NYT Best Seller Kerrelyn Sparks

“This is Corky Courrant, reporting for Live with the Undead, the most popular show on the Digital Vampire Network.”  She smiles for the camera as she opens a door.  “As you can see, we are now entering Romatech Industries where guests have arrived for the engagement party of Gregori Holstein and Abigail Tucker.”

She pauses to give the camera a forlorn look. “Yes, dear viewers, it is true. Another one of our sexy male vampires is no longer an eligible bachelor.  Gregori Holstein has been ensnared by one of those conniving mortal wenches.  Those hot-blooded human floozies should leave our men alone!”

She marches into the foyer and peers into the ballroom.  “The party appears to be in full swing.  Lots of people invited.  My invitation appears to have been lost in the mail, but I’m sure everyone will be delighted to see us here.  This is the biggest social event of the year in the vampire world, so it is my duty as a professional journalist to cover this event and report back to you, my dear viewers.”

She enters the ballroom and the camera pans over the area, then returns to her as she wrinkles her nose. “Some of the male guests are wearing those ridiculous kilts. But still, it’s not too bad of a party.  I’ve seen worse.  During the Spanish Inquisition.”

She points toward the refreshment table. “I like the ice sculpture of Cupid shooting an arrow.  Did you see the large banner on the wall that says ‘Gregori finally Grows Up!’  And there’s another one—‘The Mighty Gregori has Fallen!’ I suppose his friends are teasing him. Humph. Some friends.  But what would you expect from barbarians who still wear kilts?”

She shudders.  “What is that awful noise?  Quite frankly, I am shocked.  Gregori has always had such marvelous taste in clothes.  I can’t fathom that he would actually like this horrid music. Ah, my cameraman has informed me that it’s called Disco.”
She gestures toward the dance floor. “And there’s Gregori now, dancing with his fiancée.  Hmm, she seems a little short, don’t you think? What on earth does he see in her?” She motions for the cameraman to draw close. “I suspect this is not a love match. I hear Abigail Tucker is actually the daughter of the current American president, so the match may be politically motivated. It would certainly explain why Gregori was so quick to pop the question.”
“Ah, here’s one of the guests approaching us now.” Corky waves over a well-dressed, older woman.   “Would you care to comment for our show, Live with the Undead? Tell me– are you surprised that Gregori Holstein, the most notorious playboy of the vampire world, is getting married?”
Corky appears shocked. “My sources tell me he was quite the horn dog. Wouldn’t you agree?”
“No. He’s my son.”
“Oh. So you must be Radinka Holstein?” Corky glances at the camera. “I had heard that Gregori had a mortal mother, but honestly, I’m surprised she’s still alive.”
“What are you doing here, Ms. Courrant? I personally handled the invitations, and I know you were not invited.”
“An obvious mistake on your part, but I understand mortals are prone to human error.  I’m certain you will want Gregori’s party featured on my show.”
Radinka plants her hands on her hips. “You have some gall showing up here.  It’s because of you and your video that the secret about vampires was broken.  Because of you, my son had to negotiate an agreement with the American government, and then he had to go on a dangerous trip, and he was nearly killed!”
“Ah yes, but then it is also thanks to me that your son met his future bride.” Corky smiles at the camera.  “And there you have it, dear viewers! This engagement party would have never happened if it wasn’t for me!”
Another woman approaches. “Corky Courrant, you have some nerve coming here.”
“Why look, dear viewers, it’s Shanna Draganesti.” Corky presses a hand to her chest. “I can’t help but get a bit nostalgic.  It was in this very room only six years ago that I shocked Shanna with the news that her boyfriend, Roman, was a vampire. And now, they’re happily married with two children!  Thanks to me, of course.  Isn’t it amazing how much power I wield in the vampire world?”
Shanna shakes her head. “You’re not welcome here.”
Corky laughs.  “Is it true, Shanna, that you have joined the ranks of the Undead?  It must have come as a great relief to you to no longer be an inferior human.  Were you afraid your husband would leave you if you didn’t become a vampire?”
Shanna’s eyes narrow. “Have you received your summons to appear in Coven Court next week to answer for your crime of breaking the vampire secret?”
Corky waved a dismissive hand.  “What nonsense.  There is no court on earth that could presume to judge me.”
“I’m calling security.”  Shanna waves at Angus MacKay.
Corky turns to the camera. “And that’s it for our show tonight, dear viewers!  See you tomorrow!”  She and her cameraman teleport away.
And the disco music continues…

Book 12 in the Love at Stake series, Wanted: Undead or Alive, will release March 24, 2012.  For more information, please visit Kerrelyn on her Facebook Author page or her website, www.kerrelynsparks.com
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To be entered to win just leave a comment on this post. Winner will be announced Wednesday, 10/5/11

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Thank you everyone who stopped by Guilty Pleasures and a HUGE THANK YOU to Kerrelyn for the peek into Gregori and Abby’s Engagement Party!  

(Actual Engagement Party Scene written by Kerrelyn Sparks, photos added by D)



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  1. mrs z

    OMG. How funny. Corky never changes. This was brilliant. Enjoyed reading it. Kerrelyn Sparks series is on my continued TBR list. If there ever was an engagement party I would picture it to look just like this.

  2. June M.

    I really think someone ought to stake Corky! I am sure they will have lots of volunteers. I loved Gregori’s book, just like all the series, and can not wait until the next book. This series is definitely an auto buy for me.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  3. Naughty D'

    lol..June =) Thanks mrs z!!! I am glad you enjoyed it. Love at Stake became an auto buy for me when I first read HTMAMV, at the time there were already about 6 books out so I RAN to B&N and bought what they had in stock and had them order me the rest =)

  4. Robin Kaye

    Love the post. I’m going to have to pick up the book! Can’t wait to read it. Off to tweet about it!

  5. Naughty D'

    Thanks for stopping by Robin and for the tweets!!! Can’t wait for your next Domestic Gods book to come out!!!

    For any of you who love the humor in Kerrelyn’s books, you should try Robin’s, her’s aren’t paranormal, but they never fail to make me laugh and the smexin’ makes me fan myself =)

  6. Kerrelyn Sparks

    I love the photos you added, D!! Thank you so much!

  7. Naughty D'

    Kerrelyn – You are so welcome!! I had fun looking for them =) This is such a fun series!!!

  8. Kelly N.

    Such a cute post! Going to curl up with my Kindle in a bit to finish your short story before I read your new book, Thank you Kerrelyn!

  9. alainala

    thats awesome.. i see her beating a hasty retreat! thanks for the hilarious story!

    alainala@hotmail DOT ca

  10. NoraA

    This series has been an entertaining winner since book 1. I’ve enjoyed every single one of them. Thank you so much for telling their stories.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. Chenoa Carson

    some really needs to get that cory under control! lol. I would like to see shanna really break bad on her!

  12. Kimmi

    LOL. I am so surpirsed Corky had the nerve to show up knowing how the Vamps don’t like her after what she did. I can’t stop laughing now. XD After what she said to Radinka about Gregori being a horn-dog. And Gregori got Abby to dance to Disco music with him!:D

  13. Gabby

    Don’t know much about that Corky lady but I already don’t like her, if you couldn’t tell I’m very behind in the series. I hope to rectify that very soon though!

    The post was pretty good though!


  14. lynnie

    I had completely lost interest in reading a few years ago, recently a friend introduced me to this series. Read all of them in three weeks! Thank you for waking up my imagination again

  15. Debbie

    Thanks for such a great interview and a great book. I can’t wait to read Phinias’s book he just cracks me up and it was soo nice to see a side of Gregori that you hadn’t seen before.

    Hopefully somehow Corky will be controled and things will get better within the Vampire world.
    Thanks Kerrelyn.


    i love this post !!!

  17. WildAboutBones

    Thanks for the invite to the engagement party!
    Corky gets no more Chocoblood or Blardonnay shipments!
    Loved the book! You can check out my ARC Review of it at http://www.bittenbyparanormalromance.com/2011/09/arc-review-sexiest-vampire-alive-by.html over on BittenByParanormalRomance.com or on Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/162407530
    Can’t wait for the next book to come out.

    Thanks for the offer of the giveaway. I’d love to win!
    WildAboutBones {at} gmail {dot} com

  18. Wyntir

    This is a great party. I am so glad Radinka and Shanna kicked Corky out. Too bad they didn’t have her arrested, she isn’t a newscaster, she’s just a nosey troublemaker. 😛
    Nice to see Abby dancing with Gregori. I am glad they’re happy.

    Kerrelyn, I can’t wait for your next book. I will probably have to reread your series a few times til then. 🙂

  19. Scorpio1974

    Great post and thanks so much for this generous giveaway opportunity too!!! =)
    I have been wanting to read this series for a while now! I hope I get the chance to finally start it! =)
    Thank you again for the chance to enter!!!!
    Good luck to everyone!

    Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)

  20. Wyntir

    I forgot to leave my email. I loved this, thanks Kerrelyn and Naughty D’.

    Angie Burger angistar@verizon.net

  21. Amy

    I absolutely loved the post! I’ve read the first few Love At Stake books so I have to catch up with the series. I love the sexy paranormal romance blended with the light humor. Yay for Gregori and Abby!


  22. Kristina B

    Thanks so much for the party invite!! Can’t wait for the next book!

  23. Cylver

    That Corky is a piece of work! The nerve of her, taking credit for getting Abby and Gregori together, not to mention Roman and Shanna!
    Great story! Great party! Wish I could be there for real!

  24. Sebrina

    I remember when I first found this series. I read the first book and then immediately bought the rest of the series for my Kindle. I don’t think I put that Kindle down til I had read them all. Loved the pictures btw, and, I believe someone needs to b*@ch slap Corky!
    Thank you for the chance to win the signed start of it all.
    GFC: Sebrina C

  25. Cylver

    Oops! Forgot to leave my Email too!

  26. Anonymous

    Oooo! I SO Love when Corky get put in her place…though it never keeps her down for long. 🙁 But we really wouldn’t want her any other way, would we. hehe! Do we get to see her comupance in vamp court? 😀

    DragonStar1974 )AT( aol.com

  27. Judy DV

    This is a great site!
    Thanks for invitation to the party. I was wanting to find a stake and head Corky’s way but…

    Looking forward to the Love Doctor falling in love come March. I added the date and name on my blog!

  28. swisecarver2836

    I can’t read this. The book finally came into the library and I’m stopping on my way home to get. The engagement party was awesome, I loved it. I have read every book that you have written, and will continue read them. Its about time somebody puts Corky in her place.

  29. Beccie

    LOL I loved the party. I think Gregori is too in love with Abby to care about his friends teasing him though =) can’t wait for the next one.

  30. lindamacq7

    I LOVE this series!!! I love the humor and of course the sexy guys in kilts!!! I have hard copies of the whole series and I am adding all of them to my Nook. Love you Kerrelyn, keep writing!

    A Big Fan!

  31. jackie downs

    i just love this series it is wonderful and i hope one day courky gets hers she is a nag. looking forward to your next book.

  32. Jessie

    What a fun scene! I hate Corky. Someone needs to stake her ass. =)

  33. Anonymous

    Woohoo! Gregori’s story is out…I can’t wait to read this. Very fun post! I just love this series…please keep them coming!


  34. Eileen

    Funny post today! Haven’t read it yet but I plan to soon. This is one of my favorites series. Thanks for the chance to win a good book.


  35. Anonymous

    Engagement Party short story is excellent. I can’t wait for your next book. Everytime you mention Gregori liking disco music. It reminds me of a teacher I had in junior High, who like to be called Disco Doyle. LOL!

    Lisa W.

  36. Anonymous

    Clink the glasses of Blardonnay! I love the pics of the Highlanders too. Thanks for the invitation to the party, Radinka; don’t forget me when the wedding invitations go out:).
    Holly Hill
    Lewisville, TX

  37. Adaiah

    LOL! Love the party. That Corky is a hot mess! Gregori’s mother handled the situation with style and grace. Best wishes to Gregori and Abby! Let the disco music continue! Do I hear the Bee Gees singing in the backgroud? LOL

  38. Lisa

    Raising my glass to Gregori and Abby and toasting to your love. Wishing you two to being as fun and always full of unexpected twists and turns with humor and passion as the ones who found true love before you. I can’t wait to read your story in “Sexiest Vampire Alive”.

  39. Angie M

    That was awesome! I hope Corky gets her butt kicked in court! What a great party with the kilts and the disco. Thanks for the invite, Radinka!

  40. AmyB

    Great Party! I can’t wait for the next book!


  41. Naughty D'

    THANK you everyone for all your comments!!! LONG before I started reviewing, I was a big time fan of Kerrelyn’s, I can’t get enough of the Love at Stake series!!!

  42. Kristi K

    Too cute. Loved the book.

  43. Pat Cochran

    Best Wishes for a loooong life to the
    happy couple! As for that Corky, what a terrible person!

    Party on, all you lovely people!!

    Pat Cochran

  44. Beach

    As always I totally love your book! Is it possible to love each new one more than the last! Well I guess my true Fav is your first book, because it hooked me right away and I am still hooked! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent!!

  45. mommy0306

    I love this series. Thank you for the giveaway and engagement party. Best wishes to the happy couple. 🙂

    Terri m

  46. Katie Dalton

    baaaaahahahaha That was super fun! Loved it. Don’t enter me just wanted to stop by for the free cake AND to dance with Dougal. *sigh*

    Now off to catch that bouquet!

  47. Lori Meyer

    Loved the interview but someone should have kicked Corky’s ***! That’s okay her day’s coming I’m sure. Our good guys get their happy ending anyways. Love the series! Keep them coming! :)=

  48. Sue

    Loved the book. Love the whole series and have addicted a friend to the series too.

    really looking forward to the next book!

    they can’t come fast enough.

    Corky is a piece of work. so happy Gregory found his partner. Wish i could be there to congratulate the couple! Sue M.

  49. KurvyK

    D and Kerrelyn–What a fun post. I loved it.
    I agree with KS, I liked the pictures, made it seem real, OK I know their fictional vampires, but you know I mean. 🙂

    I really enjoyed it!!!

  50. Anonymous

    Thanks for the invite to Gregori and Abby’s engagement party… Nice pictures of the guy’s in their Kilt’s.
    Man would love to stake that Corky what a bitch she is.

  51. Pcav

    Addicted to your wonderful group of hot vamps! Keep em coming, pleeeaasse!!!

  52. Anonymous

    Oh, it sounds like a wonderful series and I have no idea how I’ve missed it!


  53. Anonymous

    Loved the book! Cant wait for the next one. Thanks Kerrelyn for the wonderful series

  54. Eurika

    Wow. Thank you for this great party! hehe


  55. Charla85

    Wow! This is awesome! What a great party, so glad I was invited!


  56. Teresa K.

    What a great post with Corky but someone needs to put her in her place. She really needs to pay for what she has done to the Vampire race. I can’t wait to see her get her comeuppence.
    This was a great engagement party. I can’t wait to see my Lazlo meet his woman. I’m volunteering. He’s good looking, smart and eccentric. He just needs the right woman to bring his Alpha or Beta out. And I’m the right woman, lol.
    Kerry you have another great hit book on your hands and I wish I could be there to have you sign my books. I hope we will see you in New Orleans next year around Halloween. Thank you for all the great stories you give us. I wish you much happiness and success with all your writing.

    I had to come home so I could post this, I tried several times today while at work and it wouldn’t let me post. So here it is now.
    Teresa K.

  57. mk

    I absolutely love this series!

  58. Meshanna Burno

    This is one of my favorite series. As with all her other books Loved Sexiest Vampire Alive!

  59. janhvi

    I love this series!Thanks for this amazing post!It looks like a lot of fun!:)

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  60. Stephanie

    Love this series!! My mother and I both read it and we’ve hooked other friends on it. Gregori’s book was outstanding, and I could so see this being his engagement party. I can’t wait till the next one is released!!


  61. Anonymous

    I look forward to the next book in this very hot and steamy series – a book is either on my night stand or in my TBR pile. (rszatz@aol.com) Keep on writing!:) I can’t wait to see which character is next to fall in love <3

  62. Naughty D'

    THANK YOU TO Kerrelyn for the great Engagement Party! Thank you everyone who commented. It has been a blast =) Check back frequently we have some great things planned for the next couple of months. Including more Awesome Author interviews and give aways!!!

  63. Naughty D'

    and the Winner is…..DRUM ROLL PLEASE……….
    Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)

    CONGRATULATIONS Valerie, please email D with where to send your autographed copy of How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire.

  64. TriMomF

    That was so great!! Thanks for posting this!! It was such a great story!

  65. khareen Jamon

    I hope “Corky bitch” will not come back in the party to ruin the night again! She’s hopeless bi tch!

    By the way…I so love it, and thanks a lot to Kerrelyn she was so genius to make such a good story. She’s the best ever. I love you Kerrelyn Sparks.

  66. Jacki C.

    that was one of the most entertaining book reviews I have ever read. Corky definately needs to be hung out to dry or die.


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