Topic: Welcome!

Hi everyone,

I hope you stay awhile and enjoy reading my novel in progress.

I have been writing it on and off for over 15 years, I am the worst of procrastinators so in this Covid-19 lock down I am dusting it down and getting back into writing it again.

To help, you might like to see the plot outline below. Any questions, thoughts, suggestions and ideas are very, very welcome. And, if you would like me to read and comment on your work don't hesitate to ask.

The Countess Monique Dubois - Plot Synopsis

SYNOPSIS - Spoilers Included

1476.  VLAD TEPES a vampire king rains terror on Eastern Europe. The Catholic Church worried by his murderous reign demand action from a group of Vampire ELDERS. TEPES, his family and his advisor GREGOR are assassinated, but a sympathizer amongst the ELDERS saves TEPES’s and GREGOR’s remains and spirits away GREGOR’s human bastard, a baby a girl he names ADELE.
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1497. ADELE is raised in a Paris orphanage and then a fashionable bordello. At 21 she is initiated as a Vampyre by ELIZABET a business colleague of the Elder traitor. We learn that ELIZABET has double-crossed the ELDER by initiating ADELE, and ADELE’s blood has a strange effect on anyone who drinks it. ELIZABET is TEPES’s Mother, and a Succubus.

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2011.  ADELE meets up with an old friend, COUNTESS MONIQUE DUBOIS an aristocratic vampire, at a high society Vampyre wedding in Paris. We begin an insight into the Countesses life, her circle of friends and ADELE.

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LORD HORATIO RALSTON is murdered by TOBIAS FLINT whilst on a quest to find the bodies of TEPES and GREGOR. FLINT, a human vampire slayer and leader of a fanatical secret society is bent on the destruction of the vampire race. RALSTON’S son LEMURE, receives journals and notebooks after his Father’s death. It is clear he was murdered. He takes up his father’s quest to find the bodies and at his Father’s funeral, tries to illicit help from MONIQUE DUBIOS a friend of his father’s. LEMURE explains the peril he believes the Vampyre world is in, and tells her that FRANCIS, her husband was murdered on the way to Vietnam. MONIQUE is upset at the thought FRANCIS was murdered, and their first meeting ends in acrimony.

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LEMURE invites MONIQUE for a weekend at his Country Estate to smooth over their first meeting. One thing leads to another and by the end of the weekend MONIQUE is taken with LEMURE, but still not convinced of the peril he speaks of. She rejects his offer of joining him on the quest.

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LEMURE takes the letters and notebooks and shows them to another of his Father’s friends, DR RHIANNON JONES an eminent British archaeologist at the British Museum who worked with LORD RALSTON on the quest. She is human. LEMURE invites her to join him and CHARLOTTE, his African maid on his quest.

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The ELDER (VOSS) uses TOBIAS FLINT to kill the vampires he needs removing for his plans to work. FLINT receives large payments for carrying out the ELDER’s instructions.

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A well-publicized massacre of Vampyres in a private night-club, and her time with LEMURE persuades MONIQUE to visit her mentor, VOSS, one of the original ELDERS at the meeting with the Catholic Church in 1476. VOSS calms her fears and raises the possibility that inconsolable grief is the sole inspiration for LEMURE’s beliefs. He will raise LEMURE’s behaviour at the extra-ordinary VAMPYRE COUNCIL when it meets in Las Vegas at year-end.

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The unexplained murder of two vampires, WILSON and CHARLOTTE both known to MONIQUE convinces her that LEMURE is right. However, he has already left to complete his Father’s quest and is somewhere in Eastern Europe, and despite attempts, cannot be contacted.

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At WILSON’s funeral, FLINT and his human brethren attack the Vampyre mourners. He has instructions from the ELDER to kidnap ADELE, MONIQUE, ANASTASIA, and several of MONIQUE’s friends. The others are slaughtered.

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ADELE is hidden away by COUNT  TURLEMAINE and farmed. Her blood has incredible healing and rejuvenating properties and TURLEMAINE has been promised eternal youth if he helps. The ELDER believes enough of her blood will raise TEPES and GREGOR.

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MONIQUE escapes but is re-captured by VOSS who confirms he is the ELDER traitor. He gives MONIQUE to FLINT to kill. LEMURE arrives in time to save MONIQUE and the other Vampires. MONIQUE meets RHIANNON and realises LEMURE IS in love with her. LEMURE recounts his journey in Europe to the rescued vampires and explains they found the bodies of TEPES and GREGOR and have placed them safely in the vaults at the British Museum. However, there is a problem. With the bodies they found a third, ELIZABET, the woman who initiated ADELE. LEMURE unwittingly wakes her and she escapes from the British Museum.

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After leaving MONIQUE to FLINT, VOSS takes the Orient Express to Rome after hearing of a chamber used for blood sacrifice has been found. ELIZABET finds him on the train and they agree to help each other. VOSS has ADELE, and ELIZABET knows where the bodies are.

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LEMURE believes they must inform the Council of Ancients about the bodies and VOSS’s duplicity. The Gathering takes place in Las Vegas in five days time. While LEMURE goes to Las Vegas, MONIQUE agrees to try and find ADELE and rescue her.

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Unbeknown to VOSS, FLINT’s brother decides to suicide bomb the Gathering as revenge for his cousin’s death at the hands of Vampyres. The bomb explodes while LEMURE and DR JONES wait to address the Elders. DR JONES dies in LEMURE’s arms, refusing his offer of life as a Vampyre. She admits to being a Catholic spy. Devastated LEMURE leaves his wallet and belongings next to a pile of burning bodies allowing him to disappear and appear dead.


Ending...For now!