About the Book

Original Publication Date: December 28, 2004

Setting: Modern New Orleans

Hail Glorious Reader:

Rome ruled the world and my family ruled Rome. I was born the noble son of a legendary Roman Senator. I walked through the ancient world as a general, a god, and through an act of brutal betrayal, I bound myself to a goddess so that I could protect mankind from the evil scourge that haunts it.

Now I find myself dating said scourge. I’m not exactly sure how it happened. One minute I was in my element, killing vampires and the next thing I knew a self-styled vampire slayer had stabbed me.

Tabitha Devereaux is unlike any woman I have ever known. A human, she has trained herself to fight vampires every bit as capably as any immortal. Idiosyncratic and off-beat, shes is the total antithesis to everything I find desirable...

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The Hero: Valerius

  The son of a Roman Senator, Valerius became a Roman general by age 22. He led conquests throughout Greece, Gaul and Britannia. For a most obvious reason, he doesn't play well with most Dark-Hunters and it is imperative we keep him far away from Kyrian, Kell, Zarek and Zoe. Val is truly ostracized from the rest of his brethren. Retta has tried from time to time to bring him more into the DH circle, but the older Dark-Hunters refuse...

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The Heroine: Tabitha

The twin sister of Amanda, Tabby is something else. The only question is what? She walks to her own beat and takes nothing from anyone. She is the baddest human who stalks the night. Her powers include: Intuition, psychometry and empathy which Acheron taught her to dampen for her own sanity. However, it can still be overwhelming for her. She lashes out in anger when that happens. She is also a Daimon magnet because of her powers which is what...

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  • Artemis

  • Nick DH (Spoiler Alert)

  • Kell

  • Acheron

  • Adarian

  • Kyrian

  • Marissa

  • Mina

  • Nick (Squire)

  • NJ

  • Otto

  • Petra

  • Selena

  • Simi

  • Stryker

  • Tad

  • Talon

  • Tate

  • The Fates

  • Tiyana

  • Trina

  • Urian

  • Valerius

  • Vane

  • Wulf

  • Zarek

  • Zoe

  • Zeus

  • Amanda Hunter

  • Apollo

  • Astrid

  • Bill

  • Bob

  • Bride

  • Cherise

  • Eric

  • Eros

  • Esperetta

  • Grace

  • Janice

  • Jean-Luc

  • Julian

  • Karma

  • Kassim

  • Katra

  • Kyl Poitiers (Dark-Hunter)

  • Tabitha

  • Apollymi

  • Sanctuary

  • (A)SK Sherrilyn

  • Marla

  • Rogue

  • Apollymi's Mirror

  • Hellhounds

  • Chthonian

  • Dark-Hunter

  • Dream-Hunter

  • Were-Hunter

The Story Behind The Story

When Sherri first told her editor she was writing Val's story, her editor had a fit. Since Valerius was less than loved by everyone familiar with the series, she thought Sherri would kill the series. Sherri asked her to trust her. In the end, it's another fan favorite.

In the original version of Seize the Night, the body count was so high that her editor pointed out that New Orleans would have called in the National Guard. So Sherri tweaked the body count a bit--it's still a good bloodbath though.

One of the favorite characters in the book is Marla/Marlon. Sherri rarely draws from her personal life for any part of her books, but Marla is one of the few who was an actual person in Sherri's life. An old college friend, Marla is the one who introduced her to the wonderful world of corsets and Fifi Mahoney's.

Another bit of irony, the book was published on the...

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Hear it from the Fans

Just curious why are you making Val and Tab's story again?

Darius Maximus III, November 19, 2015

    Sherri isn't. The publisher is rereleasing it as a collector's edition hardback for Christmas. They have been doing that for years now.

    Carl, MB Staff, November 20, 2015

OMG NICK!!!!!! He will always be my fave character!!!!

Nick/Lover, April 19, 2015

I'm so glad your publisher let you write this story!! Val is one of those characters you hate so much you love them. This is definitely one of my favorite dark-hunter books.

Kendra, January 13, 2015

Oh my gods, Nick in this book!! I read the CON series before this and now it makes more sense. I literally bawled!!!

Emily, September 4, 2014

Before reading this, Kyrian was my favorite. After, I think Valerius is my new favorite- even though I hate Romans. I ended up liking Kyrian less; Valerius is nothing like his grandfather and Kyrian shouldn't take his hatred out on him.

Jake, March 18, 2014

this is one of my favorite books. I Love Val

valkyrie, November 23, 2013

"What has crawled up your butt and died?" - Tabitha I love this book. I love their story! Thanks for sharing your gift Ms. SK =)

Shunrui, December 13, 2011

THIS is my favorite book of the entire series. Tabitha and Valerius are true Yin and Yang. I love them together!

Pisces228, November 13, 2011

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