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Tuesday 17 May 2016

☀☄ The Secret Door: Budapest Moon [4] - Stephanie Burkhart

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for The Secret Door, a Paranormal Romance by (, Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc, 180 pages).

This is the fourth book in the Budapest Moon series.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and excerpt below.  Read the first two chapters with Amazon Look Inside.

Author Stephanie Burkhart will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   

Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀), and reviews (✍).

Synopsis | Teaser | The Series | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops


It's 1927 and Lord Zoltan Kristos, Hungary's Minister of the Interior, takes great pains to hide the fact he's a werewolf from the world. Despite his efforts, he's recognized when he goes to the Austrian-Hungarian border to inspect the area for damage from a recent rare earthquake.

Zoltan is accused of stealing Kurt Meklau's witch, Inna, and is recklessly followed to Volturn Manor, a residence belonging to another werewolf family, the Vargas. After a fight with Meklau, Zoltan barely escapes and his adversary is found dead.

Sophia Varga and Tomas Martin find Zoltan. Sophia is determine to attend to Zoltan's injuries and protect her home, but when Kurt's father, Marcus, comes seeking revenge, Sophia is tested like never before. As Zoltan and Sophia work together, attraction and desire flame between them.

Will the secrets Volturn Manor harbors offer Zoltan and Sophia the clues they need to defeat Marcus and give them the opportunity to explore their feelings for one another?

Teaser: Excerpt

     Zoltan stepped into the middle of the area, surveying his surroundings. Sophia placed her candle next to the one on the table.
     "Eat, Lord Kristos, the sunset is approaching," said Rita.
     Zoltan glanced at Sophia, then Rita, accepting the inevitable, and sat at the table.
     "We've got blankets, extra candles, tea, and some food. Rita will help me tonight."
     Sophia sat on the cot next to the glass door.
     Zoltan shoveled the meal into his mouth. "The room is small."
     "It's also safe. Your arm isn't completely healed, and you won't be able to put much weight on it as a wolf."
     For a moment he stared at Sophia intently. "I suppose I'll suffer some discomfort tonight."
     "Some -- I don't doubt you'll be restless, but trust us. I've got some ointment to help."
     Zoltan pushed the empty plate away. "I'm not used to being with humans as a wolf -- only Inna."
     Sophia left the cot and approached him. Stopping before Zoltan, she held out her hand.
     "I'll keep you warm and safe."
     He clasped her fingers tightly, looking up into her eyes. "Let me smell you."
     She nodded. He sniffed her shoulder, then her wrist. Sophia found the gesture very animalistic, yet pleasurable despite herself. Satisfied, he turned to Rita. "The wolf is instinctual. It is hard to focus on human thoughts. I must smell your scent as a human to know you mean no harm to me as a wolf."
     Rita stepped forward, and despite the apprehension on her face, she held out her wrist. Zoltan drew in her scent, then released her hand. He walked over to the glass and placed his hands on the frame, staring out onto the growing shadows.
     "What's wrong?" asked Sophia.
     "The transformation is close. I feel the blood rushing through my veins."
     Sophia steeled her resolve. He stepped away from her and pressed his back against the wall. The candlelight fell across his face, creating stark shadows over his high cheekbones. He looked like the devil come to life. Sweat trickled over his brow. "I'm sorry," he whispered.

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The Series: Budapest Moon

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The Hungarian [1]

Katherine Archibald is in search of a grand adventure.

A young woman in late Victorian England, she wants to open up a book store in London and travel Europe hunting down rare books. Love isn't on her map.

Enter Matthias Duma.

The Hungarian count captures Katherine's attention like no other man before him with his unusual gold-malachite eyes, his exotic features, and his command of the night sky.

After a night of intrigue during Katherine's birthday, she discovers the map does include love in the legend, but will the map lead her to Budapest and the dark, brooding Hungarian she's just met?

[Published 29 April 2010, 314 pages]

The Count's Lair [2]

Count Anton Varga is haunted by the curse of the moon. It tugs on his emotions, ravishing his soul. Anton abhors the beast he must learn to tame if he is to find peace.

Lady Amelia Andrassy is an accomplished pianist, but her life in Budapest has been filled with heartache. When Amelia faints in the Duma's bookstore, it's Anton's strong arms that cradle her fall. His unusual eyes spark with hers, replacing their individual loneliness with the promise of feral passion.

After a two-month separation, Anton is ready to walk into Amelia's life again, but is Amelia ready to fan the spark they shared into a flame?

[Published 30 January 2011, 223 pages]

Danube in Candlelight [3]

Morgan Duma has always known she's different. Her eyes have unusual gold rings around her irises, a trait she's inherited from her father. She's faster and stronger than most. Her endurance and stamina allow her to complete tasks in a quick and efficient fashion. Since she was a little girl, she knew there was only one man for her -- Adam Varga.

Morgan learned to dance in Adam's arms. They grew up playing the piano together. Adam's calm, soothing presence was the perfect compliment to her restless soul. Not only that, he shared her differences down to his feral eyes.

Enter Zoltan Kristos, Hungary's Minister of Reconstruction. He shares those same golden eyes that Morgan possesses. After Zoltan carries her mother out of a blazing fire, Morgan's life takes a turn she doesn't expect. She discovers the reasons for her differences, and questions her very identity. Is Adam strong enough to be the man she needs him to be?

[Published 31 October 2011, 240 pages]

About the Author

Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks. She's also an assistant den leader for her son's Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom.

She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Stephanie Burkhart said...

Thank you so much for having me here today! WHen it comes to the paranormal do you as a reader prefer vampires, werewolves, or witches?
Steph Burkhart
Romance Under the Moonlight

BooksChatter said...

I am a sucker for Vampires ;-)
But I am also equal opportunities :-P