Monday, July 18, 2011

Public Scandal and the Risks of Desire

Desire Exposed to the Public Eye

Falling in love is a good thing, or so we generally believe. Desire motivates us, charges our lives, and the fulfillment of it is an ultimate goal. But what happens when someone’s desire falls out of the norm, when the person he or she loves poses an ethical quandary? Worse, what happens when that person is a public official whose life is open to scrutiny and subject to society’s expectations?

In Beside the Darker Shore (Patricia J. Esposito, Eternal Press, 2011) Boston’s peaceful community of vampires is thriving. Blood sales are up, blood taxes support a thriving new nightlife, neighborhoods have been refurbished, and deaths by vampires have plummeted. The conscientious and ethical Governor David Gedden is assured reelection.

However, the blood addict, Stephen Salando has returned from exile with one unalterable plan: to turn the good governor into a vampire. Stephen is an immortal dhampir, whose beauty obliterates reason, who rouses in David a fierce desire he’s ignored his whole life.

What might the ethical Governor David Gedden give up for one man’s exquisite beauty? What does he owe his public? For David to have Stephen, he must ally with the community's archrival. To have him, he must become a potential killer himself. What does he owe himself for a chance at love?

Patricia J. Esposito has been a writer of edgy paranormal fiction for most of her life, but always knew she had a romantic heart. Her most recent fiction and poetry reflect that enduring quest for love and joy beneath the human struggle. She’s had numerous stories and poems published in anthologies, such as Apparitions and Lights of Love, and magazines, including Rose and Thorn, Karamu, Not One of Us, Hungur, Sounds of the Night, Midnight Street, Byline, and Clean Sheets. Her fiction has received honorable mentions in “year’s best” anthologies and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Long-time married to the “boy-next-door,” she has two daughters and works at home as a copy editor, when she’s not off exploring the intoxicating realms of the imagination and chasing the muse.


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