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简介:本文档为《Christine Feehan - Dark 17 - Dark Celebrationpdf》,可适用于高等教育领域,主题内容包含DarkCelebrationByChristineFeehanCoverartbyLarryRostantCoverhandletteringby符等。

DarkCelebrationByChristineFeehanCoverartbyLarryRostantCoverhandletteringbyRonZinnCoverdesignbyGeorgeLongVisitourwebsiteatwwwpenguincomABERKLEYBOOKPublishedbyTheBerkleyPublishingGroupAdivisionofPenguinGroup(USA)IncHudsonStreetNewYork,NewYorkThisbookisanoriginalpublicationofTheBerkleyPublishingGroupThisisaworkoffictionNames,characters,places,andincidentseitheraretheproductoftheauthor'simaginationorareusedfictitiously,andanyresemblancetoactualpersons,livingordead,businessestablishments,events,orlocalesisentirelycoincidentalTherecipescontainedinthisbookaretobefollowedexactlyaswrittenThepublisherisnotresponsibleforyourspecifichealthorallergyneedsthatmayrequiremedicalsupervisionThepublisherisnotresponsibleforanyadversereactionstotherecipescontainedinthisbookFurther,thepublisherdoesnothaveanycontroloveranddoesnotassumeanyresponsibilityforauthororthirdpartywebsitesortheircontentCopyrightbyChristineFeehanAllrightsreservedBERKLEYisaregisteredtrademarkofPenguinGroup(USA)IncThe"B"designisatrademarkbelongingtoPenguinGroup(USA)IncFirstedition:SeptemberBerkleyhardcoverISBN:AnapplicationtoregisterthisbookforcataloginghasbeensubmittedtotheLibraryofCongressPrintedInTheUnitedStatesOfAmericaFormybeloveddaughter,Cecilia,whohasalwaysgivenusreasonforcelebration!ForMyReadersBesuretowritetoChristineatChristinechristinefeehancomtogetaFREEexclusivescreensaverandjointhePRIVATEemaillisttoreceiveanannouncementwhenChristine'sbooksarereleasedAcknowledgmentsManythankstoDianeTrudeauforherhelpwiththerecipesCherylWilson,youknowyouareinvaluableDenise,MandaandBrian,thankyouforyourunfailingsupportandalloftheworkyoudotohelpmeputthesebookstogetherDearReaders,Overthepastfewyears,IhavereceivedthousandsoflettersaskingforareunionoftheCarpathiancharactersIresistedtheideaforalongtime,uncertainhowonecouldbringsomanyvividandlargerthanlifecharacterstogetherinthesamebookItseemedadauntingtaskThenoneevening,Iwassittingaroundafireplacetalkingwithsomeauthorfriendsaboutthemesswe'dmadeofthedinnerthatnightWe'drentedahousetogethertowork,andunfortunately,someofuswerealittlelaxonthecookingskills(I'mnotmentioningnameshereorraisingmyhand,butafewofthedisastersdepictedinthisbookactuallydidhappen,sadlyenoughtosay)Wewerelaughingsohard,andtheideaofaChristmaspartywheretheCarpathianscookedfortheirfriendswasbornIpitchedtheideatomyeditorasaspecialthankyougiftbookatChristmastimeformyreadersIwasveryexcitedtohaveafun,lightheartedbooktowriteIwasthrilledwiththeideaofaddingintheDarkDesserts,andsomanywonderfulpeoplefromallovertheworldsentinthemostscrumptiousrecipesTheconceptwascompletelydifferentthananythingI'deverconceivedofwriting,soitwasgoingtobegreatfun!AndthenIsatdownandstartedtowriteit…Firstofall,ithadn'toccurredtomethattherewasnoheroandheroine,andthatIwouldhavetofindawaytotransitioneachchaptersmoothlyAndsecond,andmoreimportant,Idon'twritefunandlightheartedMycharacterstendtotakeoverthebookandrunawaywithit,andthisbookwasnoexceptionNomatterhowhardItried,thebookturnedyes,youguesseditdark!OnceIcalledmyeditorandwarnedherthatthebookhadtakenonitsownlifeandIwasn'tgoingtobedeliveringthatlightheartedbook,IsimplyaccepteditandallowedthecharactersfreereinTheytookover,andDarkCelebrationbecameahugepartoftherichtapestrythatmakesuptheCarpathianworldIhadfunrevisitingthecharactersandfindingouthowtheyweredoingtogetherandwhattheirliveswerelikeascouplesaswellaswhattheCarpathiansocietywaslikeasawholeThebookturnedintosomethingveryunexpected,butinallhonesty,Ithoroughlyenjoyedmyselfwritingit,andIcertainlyhopeyouhavejustasmuchfunreadingitWhenIwrite,thecharactersdefinitelydictatethestory,soseveralwereveryforthcomingwhileothershungbackalittlemorethanIwouldhavelikedAllinall,intheendIthinkwecaughtaglimpseofoldfriendsandwhattheirlivesaretogetherIfoundmyselfsmilingalotwhilewritingitandhopeyouhavethesamereactionreadingit!Warmestregards,ChristineChapterStarsglitteredacrossthenightskyandthemoonspilledlight,illuminatingthetreesbelowandturningleavesaglisteningsilverAfemaleowlskimmedthecanopy,dippedlowertospeedthroughthelabyrinthoftreesbeforerisingagainjustintimetoavoidathickbranchAsecond,largerowlchasedherinawidecircleabovetheforestsurroundingaclearingwherealargetwostorystonehousesatThefemaleplummetedtowardthesteeproof,talonsextendedtowardthechimney,pulledupatthelastheartstoppingsecondtoraceawayfromthemale,wingsflappingnoiselessly,thewindrifflingiridescentfeathersRaven!MikhailDubrinskywarnedhislifematesharplyThatwasfartoocloseItwasexhilaratingRaven,youaregoingtogettiredTherewasasoftwarninggrowlinMikhail'svoice,asifawolflurkedinsidethebodyoftheowlHerlaughterbubbledup,softandwarminhismindastheytelepathicallycommunicatedI'mnotanewbieanymore,Mikhail,andafteralltheseyears,IthinkIcanhandleflyingIloveitIt'smyfavoritethingtodoAreyouevergoingtogetoverbeingoverprotectiveIdonotthinkitisoverprotectivetowatchoverthewomanofmyheartandsoulYoualwaysoverdoitwhenyouflyAndyouriskmuchmorethanyoushouldThatmayhavebeentrue,butRavenwasn'tgoingtoadmititOnceinthebodyofabird,shewantedtostaythatwayforlongperiodsoftimeIfeelsofreeFromthemomentofherconversionhumantoCarpathiantheonethingthathadintriguedandfilledherwithjoyaboveallelseinhernewlifewastheabilitytoflyShecouldsoarhighaboveearthandseemilesofbeautifulforest,coollakesandariotofwildflowersBeautyalwayssurroundedherwhenshetooktheformofanowl,makingherforget,atleastforafewmoments,theabsolutewonderandresponsibilityofbeinglifematetotheprinceoftheCarpathianpeopleTherewasasmallsilenceRaven,doyounotfeelfreedomwhenyouarewithmeIhavenevercagedyou,althoughattimesIfeltitwouldbethesafestthingtodoThefemaleowlcircledbacktowardthemaletopositionherselfjustunderhisleftwingOfcoursenot,sillyDon'tyouloveflyingThewindliftingyourbodywhiletheterrainbelowappearssomagicalTherewasthatwhisperofloveinhervoiceinhermindMikhailhadcometodependonthesteadinesstheabsolutesteadfastnessofherloveItissoIfyoueveraredespairingofmynature,IwouldwantyoutoletmeknowIfeelyoursadnesssometimes,mylove,theacheinyourheartDon't,MikhailIt'snotbecauseofyouOrbecauseofusLikeanywomanwhohasfoundhertruelifemate,IwantchildrenIcantcomplainWehaveourdaughter,Savannah,soprecioustobothofusandmuchmorethanmanyotherofourwomenaregiftedwithIfweneverhaveanother,IhavebeenluckyenoughtohaveonechildaswellastheonlymanwhocouldevermakemehappyYouandSavannahareenoughformeMikhailwishedtheywerehome,wherehecouldpullherintohisarmsandkisshersoundlyHeachedwithloveforhermorethanhecaredtoadmit,andhecouldhearandfeelthedesireinhertoholdachildinherarmsItwashisgreatestfailurenotonlyinhisdutytohislifemate,butalsoinhisdutytohispeopleAfterhundredsofyears,hestillcouldn'tprotecthispeoplefromtheirgreatestthreatnotvampiresorthemage,notmodernsociety,noteventhelackofemotioninthemalesaftertwohundredyearsandtheeverpresentdarknesscreepingintotheirsoulsHecouldn'tprotectthemfromwhathewasbeginningtobelievemightbetheveryextinctionoftheirspeciesMikhailRavenwhisperedhisnameinhismindAsoftsoundofutterloveandcompassionYouwillfindtheanswersforourpeopleYou'veaccomplishedsomuchalreadybybringingsuchgreatmindstogetherinanefforttosolvethisproblemAndthreebabieshavesurvivedinthelastfewyearsWekeptSavannahFrancescaandGabrielhaveTamara,andnowthereisCorrineandDayan'schild,JenniferThreegirls,myloveThereisyethopeMikhailwassilent,wantingtoroarhisdespairtotheheavensThreefemalechildrenwhensomanyofthemenofhisspecieswerewithouthopeTosurvive,tomaintainhonor,theyhadnochoicebuttofindtheonewomanwhowouldcompletetheirsoulbringlighttotheirdarknessWithoutawoman,theyhadnothingbutanendless,barrenexistenceThat'snotso,RavenobjectedManyhavefoundtheirlifematesamongmypeopleAhandful,RavenWhycantIfindtheanswerwhenIhavesuchgreatmindsworkingontheproblemWeneedwomenandchildrenorourkindwillceasetoexistAftertheassassinationattemptonhislife,morethananythingelse,MikhailfearedtheirenemieswouldrealizejusthowfragiletheCarpathianracehadbecomeWithsomanyagainstthem,itwouldonlytakeonetorealizewherethetruevulnerabilityoftheCarpathianracelaytheabsenceofwomenandchildrenSofarallthestrikeshadbeendirectedagainstthemen,butsoonerorlatertheirenemieswouldrealizethattokillthespecies,theyhadonlytokillthewomenandchildrenThethoughtofRaven,hisbelovedlifemate,orhispreciousdaughter,Savannah,asatargetwasalmostmorethanhecouldbearbutitwasinevitableTheenemyhadjoinedtogetherwiththedarkmageandhadfoundawaytohidetheirpresence,makingthemdoublydangerousNolongercouldtheCarpathiansrelyontheirabilitytoreadmindsandsenseathreatTheymustbemorevigilantthaneverEvennowMikhailscannedtheforestbelowthemwarily,unabletorelaxcompletelyMikhailYouhaveclosedyourmindtomineHeforcedhisthoughtsbacktotheirconversationItwasbadenoughthathecouldnotconsolehislifemateoverlosingachild,letalonestayontrackwithsuchanimportanttopicYouhavelivedwithusonlyfiftyyearsandalreadyyouhavesufferedthelossofachildCanyouimaginethegreatsorrowinahundredyearstwohundredOurwomencannotsuffertheselosseswithoutsevererepercussionsSheabelievessheandGaryaremuchclosertofindingtheanswersGabrielleisnowhelpingaswell,RavenremindedhimGarywashumanandGabriellehadbeenRecently,tosaveherlife,Gabriellehadundergonetheconversion,butshehadworkedtirelesslyevenbeforethechangetoaidSheainfindingoutwhyCarpathianwomensufferedsomanymiscarriagesWithallthetrainingSheahadasahumandoctorandhernaturalabilitiesasaCarpathianhealer,sheisanamazingresourcetoourpeopleShehasworkedwithGabrielle,Garyand,ofcourse,GregoritofindtheanswerastowhyourwomencannolongersuccessfullycarrychildrenThefewbabiesbornrarelysurvivedthefirstyearRavenwasgratefulshehadhadamiscarriageandbeensparedtheterriblegriefofgivingbirth,holdingherchildforayearandthenlosingitSheahasalreadydiscoveredsomuchShewillunlockthismysteryMikhailbelievedSheamightbetheonetoperformsuchamiracleShehadalreadyprovedhertenacityandcourageinbringinghisbrotherJacquesbackfromthebrinkofinsanity,butMikhailalsofearedtheanswerswouldcometoolateforhispeopleTheirenemieswerebandingtogether,closinginandstrikingoftenWorse,itseemedtheiroldestandcrudestenemymightstillbealiveXavier,thepowerfuldarkmage,andhisgrandson,Razvan,wereaidingtheundeadwithancientknowledgeRavenbrokeawayfromhimtoflywithherusualabandonfartooclosetothecanopyoftreesHisheartnearlystopped,andittooktremendousdisciplinetokeepfromorderingherbacktohissidewhereshewouldbesafeHecouldn'timprisonheranymorethananyoftheotherCarpathianmalescouldtheirlifemates,buttheneedanddesirewerethere,beatingathimwithruthlesstemptationMikhailputonaburstofspeed,catchinguptothewomanwhocompletedhissoul,hissharpeyesscanningtheterrainbelowastheyflewtogetherHecouldfeelhappinessradiatingfromherandithelpedtoeasetheburdensinhisheartYoudoknow,mylove,Ravencalledteasingly,thatyouhavetoplaySantaClausattheChristmaspartyforallthechildrenMikhaillosttheimagethatofanowlinhismindforthefirsttimeinhundredsofyearsHisbodyplummetedthirtyfeet,nearlyhittingthetopofatreebeforeherecoveredfromhisshockEvenwithintheowl'sbody,heshudderedYoumayridyourselfofthatnotionatonceRavenspiraleddowntowardtheirhome,herbodygracefulinflight,landingontwofeetonthewalkwayleadingtotheirporchassheshiftedintohernaturalformMikhailfollowedher,shiftingashelandeddirectlyinfrontofher,haltingherescapeThelinesandplanesofhisfacehardenedintoafiercelookmeanttointimidateThisconversationisnotoverHecouldn'tpreventthehorrifiedreactionrunningthroughhisbody"Therearethingsyoushouldneveraskamantodo"Ravenrolledhereyes"ThechildrenwillbeexpectingStNicktomakeanappearanceThisisourfirstbigChristmasparty,thefirstrealone,andthewomenhaveagreedtocook,sothemenhavetodotheirpartYouhavetodoit,Mikhail""Idonotthinkso,"herepliedHisexpressioncoulddauntthemostdangerousofvampiresorvampirehunters,butcertainlydidnotseemtohavethedesiredeffectonhislifemateRavenmerelyhuffedoutherbreathathim,exasperated"Don'tbesuchababyHumanmendoitallthetimewithabsolutelynofear""Iamnotafraid"Hereyebrowshotup,theonethatalwaysintriguedhim,butthistimeshelookedsuspiciouslyasifshemightbelaughingathim"Oh,yes,youareYoulookterrifiedandpale""I'mpalebecauseI'veexpendedenergyflyingwithoutfirsttakingsustenanceIamtheprinceoftheCarpathianpeople,notSantaClaus""That'snotanexcuseAstheleaderofourpeople,itisyourdutytoplaythepartofStNickIt'stradition""NotCarpathiantraditionItisnotdignified,Raven"MikhailswepthisblackhairtothenapeofhisneckandsecureditwithathinstripofleatherHisblackeyesglitteredather,makingeveryattempttointimidateherintosubmissionSheburstoutlaughing,completelyunsympatheticandcertainlynotscared"Toughluck,hotshotIt'syourjobCarpathiantraditionornot,youpromisedmewe'dhaveabigChristmaspartyforeveryoneOurpeoplehavecomefromtheUnitedStates,SouthAmericaandseveralothercountriestoparticipateinourcelebrationWecannotpossiblydisappointthem""Itwillnotbedisappointingtodothisridiculousthing"Herlaughterdeepenedintoarich,appealingsoundthatplayeddownhisspineandmadehisstomachdoafunnylittleflipOnlyRavencoulddothattohimOnlyRavencouldmakehimwanttodoanythingonEarthtopleaseher"Trustme,Mikhail,theentireCarpathianracewillbedisappointediftheydonotseeyouplayingtheroleofSantaClaus"Shestrokedhisfacewithherfingertips"Anicewhitebeard"Herhandrandownhischesttohishard,flatstomach"Aniceroundbelly…""Youaren'tatallamusing"Butshewas,anditwastakingeverythinghehadnottosmileather"YoupromisedmeyouwoulddoeverythingtomakeourfirstChristmasgatheringasuccess""IwasnotthinkingatthetimeYouweredistractingme,"hegrumbled"WasI"Ravenasked,blinkinginnocently"Ican'tremember"MikhailwrappedhisarmsaroundRavenandpulledherintohisbodyNibblingonherneck,hetastedherpulse,feltheransweringexcitementandknewitwouldalwaysbethiswaybetweenthemRavenHethoughthecouldn'tlovehermore,yeteachdaytheemotiongrewstrongeruntilhefelthewasburstingwithitSometimes,whenshewasn'tlooking,hecouldfeelbloodredtearswellingupinhiseyesWhowouldbelievethepowerfulprinceoftheCarpathianpeoplewouldbesoenamoredofawomanHehadbeenbornwiththeritualwordsofbindingimprintedonhisbrainashadeveryothermaleofhiskindIthadbeenashocktodiscovernotonlythatahumanwomancouldbecomehislifemate,butthatshecouldbesuccessfullyturnedtohisspeciesMorethanthecompleteamazementofallofthatwastheoverwhelmingloveandhungerhefeltforher,thatitgrewstrongerwitheverymomenttheysharedtogetherLookingathercouldstealthebreathfromhisbody"Youalwayssmellsogood"Ravenreachedbacktocirclehisneckwithherarm,dragginghisheadclosersoshecouldkisshimThemomenthislipstouchedhers,fireexplodedinhisgutandspreadlow,racingthroughhissystemuntilhisbloodthickenedandhispulsepoundedHepressedhisbodyclosersoshecouldfeeltheevidenceofhisdesireShelaughedsoftly"YoualwaysmakemeforgetwhatI'mdoingI'msupposedtobecookingtheturkeyIt'sbeenaverylongtimeandIhavetomakecertainIdon'tmakeanymistakesWe'veinvitedtheOstojicsandanyguestsstayingattheinnEventhoughwecan'teatit,weneedhumanfoodforthemandsinceitwasmyidea,Icouldn'tverywellpassonthemostimportantitemonourdinnermenu""Yes,youcould"Mikhail'svoicesuddenlyturnedslyRavenwhirledaroundtostudyherlifemate'salltooinnocentexpression"Whatareyouupto,Mikhail""I'mpassingonthedutyofbeingjollyoldStNick"Ravenputbothhandsonherhipsandtiltedherhead,narrowinghereyes"You'reuptosomethingvery,verybadIcanfeelyourlaughterWhatissoamusing""IthasjustoccurredtomethatIhaveasoninlaw"Aslow,answeringgrinspreadoverRaven'sfaceevenasshegaspedinshock,onehandflyingtoherthroat"Youwouldn'tNotGregoriHe'llscareallthechildrenHecouldn'tlookjollyifhetried""Welethimtakeourdaughterfromus,"Mikhailsaid"Ithinkashisfatherinlawhewillhaveahardtimeturningmedown""AndyousayIhaveawickedsenseofhumor,"Ravenaccused"WheredoyouthinkIgotit"Mikhailnuzzledherneck,hisvoiceahuskywhisperThefamiliaransweringtingleofexcitementshotdownherspineRavenlovedthewayMikhail'severytouchseemedsointimate"He'llneverdoitNotinamillionyearsandyou'llstillhaveto,butI'dlovetoseehisfacewhenyouask""Ihavenointentionofasking,"Mikhailsaid,straighteningtohisfullheight"I'mhisprinceaswellashisfatherinlawandheismysecondincommandandsoninlawItishisdutytodothe

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