The Guilty Innocent (Knights of the Darkness Chronicles #2)
By D.N. Simmons Editions: ebook, paperback Published: Published August 22nd 2012 by Rushmore Publishing (first published August 24th 2005) Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy / Horror, Paranormal Romance, GLBT, Multicultural, Mystery/Thriller
The Guilty Innocent is the second novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually-charged, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles.
In this installment, Darian, the gorgeous, charismatic and charming master vampire of Chicago is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, but why? His lover, Xavier, Natasha and a few others must travel halfway across the world to find out who and why before time runs out and all hell breaks loose!
Original, sexy and gritty, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won’t forget!
~ Bewitching BT
Hello to all who have come to see the real creative genius behind the wonderful Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. Oh, you thought it was D.N. Simmons? Think again! It’s me, her Muse and my name is Nicole. Now, all of this time D.N.’s been going on and on about how she’s wanted to write a vampire series so original, it’ll blow your mind. So controversial, it’ll leave you with thought-provoking questions and so entertaining, it’ll have you missing work and sleep trying to see what will happen next. That’s what the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles is, but she’s not the creator of it, I am. Had it not been for me giving her all the right ideas to create a series absent restraints such as one main character or sexual orientation, she would have never written amazing characters like Darian or Warren or Natasha. No, she’d still be looking at a blank computer screen with only the words “Chapter One” typed on it.
This series is ground-breaking and entertaining and it’s all because of me. But do I ever get a ‘thank you’? Nooooo. When she does Author Guest Spots or interviews, does she ever mention me? No. Does she ever mention that I’m the one who gave her each unique plot idea that you can’t find in ANY other paranormal/UF book or series? NO! I tell you, it’s not easy sitting here listening to her blab about how she just wanted to offer the readers something different and riveting, and not get any… what do people call them… yes ‘shout –outs’ to her partner in all of this, me.
Oh and did I mention that it was me who came up with the idea for those beautiful book covers? Oh yeah, that was me, D.N. couldn’t have come up with them on her own. And let me tell you another thing… I—Oh crap, D.N. got loose and she’s coming. I’ve got to go, but at least now you know that truth. See ya later!
Author’s Muse’s Note: To see how this plays out between D.N. and I, follow us on this Guilty Innocent Tour and meet the characters of the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles, read interviews, reviews and fun posts like these. 😀
“Darian released the little green button and settled comfortably into his
chair. When he heard the door open then close, he knew it was Annette. He
could smell the blood underneath her skin and feel her pulse beating fast
making her body heat rise. Ah yes, Darian loved the heat. Slowly, he
turned his chair around to face her. He thought she was beautiful indeed.
He could not understand why he had not met her personally before. He would
have to have a small talk with Xavier.
He entrusted all of the hiring of the staff to Xavier. He knew Xavier
would have the right eye for such beauty. He was sure that Xavier had
already bedded Miss Balfour. If he had not, then it was his loss and
Darian’s gain. It was one of the aspects of their relationship Darian
enjoyed most of all. They had to have an open sexual relationship. He
would not have it any other way. Sex was one of Darian’s favorite
pastimes. He enjoyed the feeling of hot, sweaty bodies beneath him or
behind him. Enjoyed the sensation of heat and ecstasy as it increased
until it spilled over their bodies in that one final moment when time
He gazed at her caramel colored skin, admiring the smoothness of it. He
wanted to feel that smoothness with his fingertips. He liked her permed,
straight hair, how it framed her slender oval shaped face. Her lips
attracted him as well; he loved how full and luscious they were.
He was a lover of both men and women and cherished all of the individual
qualities each offered. His mind raced to what he wanted to do with her
before the night was out. A wicked smile spread across his lips, exposing
his dimples, making him look both innocent and guilty.
He looked at her entire appearance, mentally calculating the quickest way
to remove her clothing based on hooks, zippers, snaps, etc. She was
dressed in a leopard print bra top and a black satin skirt with a leopard
print hem and was wearing a pair of black heels. Darian admired the way
the outfit enveloped her. It was no doubt an outfit designed for the game
of seduction. And his club was the perfect place to wear such an ensemble.
Desires Unleashed was exactly what the name stated, and that was what
Darian wanted. Whether you had a lust for sex or blood, you could sate
your hunger there.
“Miss Balfour, I’ve called you into my office tonight because I have some
good news. You see, I’ve been going through my employee records and
reviewing some of my best staff.”
He looked in her direction and smiled. He rose from his chair and glided
around the desk. All of his movements were as smooth as satin. His body
never looked clumsy, never once. He leaned against the corner of his desk
in front of Annette. He held her open file in his hand as he looked down
at her over the edge of the file and smiled. His eyes sparkled as his
smile warmed her. He slid halfway onto the corner of his desk and
pretended to look over her information. He had already memorized her file
before she came into his office, but now, he was keeping up appearances.
“It says here that you’ve never been late and only absent one time since
you started working here.”
He paused and leaned in closer to her.
“Most impressive,” he whispered seductively.
His forest-green eyes peered into the chocolate brown of hers. She felt
his aura pelting her, making a heat rise from between her legs. She fought
the urge to squirm in her seat. She could smell his cologne, as if he
needed any. She was willing to bet he was just as good in bed as he looked
and that was saying a lot. She found herself imagining what his strong
hands would feel like caressing her skin. She wanted to feel the heat of
his mouth on her, and the weight of his body against hers. She had the
desire to press her hand to her chest, and, in an exaggerated southern
belle accent, say ‘Why sir, I’m just a southern belle and we southern gals
don’t do things like- ooooohh, Oh My!’ She mentally shook her head. She
wanted to focus on what he was saying to her, even though it was proving
to be more difficult with each passing second.
“Did you hear what I said?” Darian asked, humor hidden in his smile.
He knew damn well she had not heard a word he’d said; it was just how he
planned it. She didn’t need to hear what he was saying. She only needed to
know that he was paying her attention, that she had his favor for the
evening. She should be so blessed.
“Oh, yeah … Um …,”
She took a deep breath and let it out. This was bad.
“No. I’m sorry. I didn’t catch the … Um … last thing you said.”
She was hoping he would not think badly of her. Nothing was worse than
being condemned as an airhead. Well, there were worse things, but at this
point airhead was the one she was worried about. He had obviously called
her into his luxurious office for a reason. From the rumors she heard
circulating around the club, no one got to see the owner’s office unless
they were getting fired or a special promotion. She was hoping it was the
Darian’s chuckle vibrated deep in his throat. He decided to cut to the chase.”
About the Author & Links:
D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that’s too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls “Itty-bitty”. Her hobbies include rollerblading, billiards, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies.
She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won “Author of the Month” at Warrior of Words. She was voted “New Voice of Today” at Romance Reviews and “Rising Star” at Love Romance and More.
To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official website and forum at www.dnsimmons.com D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and wonderful people.