Dark Wine

Dark Wine

by Beth Tashery Shannon

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ISBN-13: 9781937356385
Publisher: BearCat Press
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Beth Tashery Shannon worked with the Egypt Exploration Society's excavations at el-Amarna and contributed to Amarna Reports IV and meetings of the American Research Center in Egypt. Her experimental short fiction has appeared in Pushcart Prize III and IX, Chicago Review, and TriQuarterly Review. Her story in Pleasures: Women Write Erotica (Doubleday) was a basis for an ABC TV movie. Coincidentally, in 2009, Twilight actor Edi Gathegi performed her prose poem "Bons" with WordTheatre. Her novel Tanglevine was published in 2012 by BearCat Press, as was The Sun and Stars, a murder mystery set in the court of Henry VIII, under the pseudonym Elizabeth Adair. Shannon's literary criticism includes an essay on Salome in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Oscar Wilde (MLA Press). She has taught university creative writing at the University of Oregon and Transylvania University and edited fiction for a publishing house. Besides writing fiction, she freelances as a graphics artist, editor and consultant on Egyptian antiquities. She is a volunteer tour guide for Old Friends, a retirement facility for Thoroughbreds.

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Dark Wine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very different and enjoyable vampire romance. Awesome storytelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story definitely veered away from the typical vampire romance. Geoffrey is a true monster, and loving Catherine doesn't change that, as you see happen in so many books of this genre. Their relationship is complex and the choices they make to remain together are really the crux of the story. The other characters, while developed, are side notes. I was apprehensive when I first started reading as the story takes place in the 1980's. But the author does such an excellent job of immersing you her desert oasis, that the era seems almost irrelevant. This was catagorized as erotica, but I think if you are looking specifically for that genre you will be dissapointed. While there are sex scenes, I wouldn't consider them a predominate part of the book.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Dark Wine, Beth Tashery Shannon Genre: Literature/Fiction (Adult), Women's Fiction Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews A step away from my usual HEA romances. Lured in by the Vampire tag – I do love those – it turned out to be very different to what I expected, and yet a deliciously satisfying read. I felt for Catherine, given up ( temporarily at least ) her career and dreams to help husband Terry follow his. They have an “open” marriage, a concept I know people have, but which I just can’t see as working well....don’t see how you keep emotions like jealousy out, that’s just a personal view of course. Neither have had another partner for years, but when she sees Geoffrey there’s something that sparks between them and she’s tempted. Terry seems to be always busy at work, their plans to do so much, visit the ruins and the Pyramids have fallen to nothing, he simply doesn’t have time. If they hadn’t a open marriage I’d see her giving in to her attraction to Geoffrey in a different light, but its happened before for them both so.... This time though she keeps it to herself. Why? Maybe she just doesn’t want to share it – I get the feeling she’s a bit disappointed in, resentful of Terry for giving up all their plans so easily, even though she understands the stresses he’s under. Maybe its the warnings from different sources about Geoffrey, nothing tangible, but a kind of air of mystery, of being involved in illegal or immoral dealings – no-one can really come up with any proof, but it seems few people actually like him. Catherine gets drawn in though, he tries to turn her away, but the pull between them is too much. When we learn more about him its a really sad issue, and although he’s needed to do what he’s done I couldn’t help feeling really sorry for him. He didn’t choose it, has no way out, faces a dire future, and though he loves Catherine he knows what will happen if she stays. Its a real pull at the emotions story, no HEA, one that really saddened me for both of them. There’s a lot of questions posed, a lot of moral and ethical dilemmas...I loved the setting too, I felt right there with them, hearing the muezzins calling people to prayer, the bustle and vivacity of the markets, the quiet solitude of the pyramids. Perfect setting for the air of mystery that pervades the whole book. Of course I love my HEA, but for Catherine and Geoffrey it simply isn’t possible. Stars: Stars: Five, a great read, incredibly sad and moving. ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers