“Blood Secrets (initially titled Beauty Like the Night) introduces Deirdre Griffin, her ‘life’ and her loves. She walks the night streets of Manhattan virtually undetected, searching for companionship and others of her kind. Deirdre finds love with Detective Mitchell Greer, and at the same time discovers and takes her revenge against the vampire who transformed her…” (from Karen E. Taylor’s website)
“When she is not tracking down the vampire who converted her, Deidre Griffin, a civilized vampire, spends her days as a Manhattan dress designer and her nights feeding on the blood of humans at the Ballroom of Romance.” (summary from Amazon.com)
Paperback Info: ISBN 0786012439, Pinnacle Books, 1994
“Bitter Blood (oginally titled Beauty More Than Bitterness) is a continuation of Deirdre’s story but can be read as a stand-alone novel. She travels from England back to Manhattan to save (or destroy) the life of the human she loves.” (from Karen E. Taylor’s website)
“Renegade vampire Deirdre Griffin returns to New York to take on an evil group of vampires seeking revenge for the death of their leader and using Deirdre’s own former lover, Detective Mitch Greer, as bait.” (summary from Amazon.com)
Paperback Info: ISBN 0786012420, Pinnacle Books, 1995
“Blood Ties, (originally titled Beauty For Earth Too Dear) ‘finishes’ the saga of Deirdre and Mitch. At the request of The Cadre, the international organization of vampires, they are called back to the city to deal with a rogue vampire.” (from Karen E. Taylor’s website)
“Deirdre returns with her lover, Detective Mitch Greer, to track down a vampire who is killing off New York’s undead.” (summary from Amazon.com)
Order Info: ISBN 0786012412, Pinnacle Books, 1995
Blood of My Blood
“A mother haunted by a decades-old mistake. A daughter seeks revenge. In a bloody game of retribution that races from the wilds of Maine to the gothic, fantastical streets of New Orleans and the vampire underworld of Manhattan, the hunter becomes the hunted…” (from book cover)
Order Info: ISBN 078601153X, Pinnacle Books, 2000
The Vampire Vivienne
“Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Vivienne Courbet, and I’ve been a vampire since 1719. Let me assure you that I don’t look a day over twenty-nine. You’re probably more familiar with my blood sister, Deirdre Griffin, but she’s on holiday right now so I thought I’d take center stage and tell you my life story. Recently I was appointed figurehead of the Cadre, a vampire fellowship in Manhattan, and my duties haven’t demanded much — until now. You see, war has been declared against the Cadre, and a close friend of mine was among the first fatalities. I must out an end to this rebellion before I lose anyone else.
My handsome human lover, Dr. John Samuels, will assist me in my efforts — and anything else I should need. As of yet, I’m unsure if our enemies are human or vampire. But when I find out, I vow that blood will be spilled…” (from karentaylor.com)
Order Info: ISBN 0786012064, Pinnacle Books
“My name is Deirdre Griffin. When you’ve led a vampire’s existence for as long as I have — attempting to satiate an unquenchable thirst while hostile beings seek your destruction — you’re grateful for a place to call home. Manhattan was my home, and home to those like myself in the Cadre until a group of Immortals known as the Others targeted us for extinction.
It has been three years since my lover Mitch and I fled New York, but the Others have been relentless in their pursuit. With very little money or patience left, we’ve opened shop in the seaside town of Whitby with The Black Rose — a pub rip for tourist dollars — and tourist blood.
I know this is only a temporary respite…as the Others close in yet again, our situation grows more desperate. But there may be a way out. Mitch believes a human mother and her mute child are the key to thwarting our enemies. I can see he is drawn to the pair, and I intend to uncover the reason for Mitch’s strange attraction. In what could be our final hours, my instincts may be the only thing that can save us. Whatever the outcome, I’m not going down without a fight…the bloodier the better.” (from karenetaylor.com)
Order Info: ISBN 0786014717, Pinnacle Books, 2002
Blood Red Dawn
“For Deirdre Griffin and her lover, Mitch, the prospect of immortality is bearable — as long as they can spend everlasting life together. At their English seaside pub, The Black Rose, they charge tourists by the pint (of blood). But when Deirdre goes missing, everything changes. The only clue left behind is a syringe that may have contained a paralytic drug engineered to affect vampires. Even worse, Deirdre isn’t in the best of health. Her blood is undergoing a metamorphosis that could cure her vampirism, but may also have the side effect of killing her. There is a chance to reverse the change except for one glitch — she’s pregnant.
Who is powerful enough to overpower Deirdre and why? The desperate search for his mate will take Mitch across the ocean to New Orleans, the haunted city that was once Deirdre’s home, and that hides secrets both sacred and profane in the dark shadows of its mossy cemeteries and crumbling mansions. Human or vampire, whoever took Deirdre has also jeopardized the life of Mitch’s unborn child — the last link he has to his humanity. And should harm befall either of them, he’ll take his revenge in blood…” (from karenetaylor.com)
Paperback Info: ISBN 0786014725, Pinnacle Books, 2004