The Daughters of Saturn
Idalita Wright Raso
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Date of Publication: 02/23/2016
Number of pages: 371
Word Count: 93,774
Cover Artist: Idalita Wright Raso
Blood is the seat of the soul...
Vampire horror set in medieval Spain. Felipe de Hayos, the son of a wealthy statesman is forced by his parents to marry a mysterious Moorish woman named, Lilith Al-Salameh. But Lilith is hiding a dark secret. She is actually Saturn's Immortal High Priestess and has plans to transform Felipe into an immortal, like herself.
However, Lilith’s plans are dashed when a family friend and her daughter, Zaybeth Castile come to live at the de Hayos estate. It is love at first sight for Felipe and Zaybeth. Learning of her husband’s betrayal, Lilith plots the lover’s destruction. She calls upon the Daughters of Saturn to aid her in performing a forbidden ritual, opening the Eye of Saturn—cursing Felipe into a vampire and Zaybeth into the only one who can kill him.
22 October. The de Hayos estate.
Still in shock, Zaybeth felt the thudding of her heart and a wave of nausea deep in the pit of stomach as she stood in the courtyard with the de Hayos family. Nervously, she twirled her hair. Why was it necessary for her to meet Lilith? She and her mother were not family. The pain in her heart was already unbearable, now she would have to endure meeting the very woman who had destroyed her happiness. Zaybeth so desperately wanted to run and hide in her bedroom.
I will never forgive Felipe for this.
Overwrought by sadness and jealousy, Zaybeth wasn’t sure how she would react to meeting Lilith.
Would she make a scene and tell Lilith that she and Felipe were in love? Or, would she keep her mouth shut and just grin and bear it.
More likely the latter. She gave a sigh.
Lilith and her parents arrived in a lavish, jeweled-encrusted, gold-laden carriage. They were accompanied by a vast entourage of servants, guards, and horses. Zaybeth’s eyes followed Felipe as he walked to the carriage, carrying two bouquets of flowers. One made entirely of red roses, and the other was a colorful bouquet of wild flowers mixed with pink roses.
Servants opened the carriage door and released the step, while Eduardo helped Nashiema out of the carriage. Zaybeth considered the visitors from her standpoint.
Nashiema was an attractive, woman—slightly older and shorter than Francisca. She had olive skin and was dressed in colorful, layers of beaded-jeweled, silk shawls and a flowing dress. She wore a sheer, silk red headdress that had ornate jewels decorating it. Eye of Saturn: The Daughters of Saturn Felipe bowed.
“Ahlan wa sahlan,” (Welcome) he said, handing Nashiema the bouquet of wild flowers and pink roses. Next, Abraham exited the carriage. He greeted Felipe with an affectionate hug.
Abraham had a much darker complexion than his wife, although lighter than most Moors. He had an overgrown bushy beard and mustache that hid most of his face. And like his wife, Abraham was also dressed in a colorful silk robe that was tied with a gold-colored sash. His head was covered with a white turban.
Zaybeth braced herself as Lilith stepped out of the carriage.
“Felipe, I may I present my lovely daughter, Lilith,” Abraham said.
Felipe turned and bowed. He kissed Lilith’s hand and presented her with the large bouquet of red roses.
Zaybeth’s eyes burned on Lilith. She was much taller than Zaybeth had expected, almost as tall as Felipe. Lilith’s olive complexion made it almost impossible for her to hide her Moorish ancestry. She had long, straight, silky, black hair that went down to the top of her buttocks, and was topped with a ruby and pearl gold circlet headpiece. Unlike her parents, Lilith was not dressed in the traditional Moorish attire. Instead, she wore an empire-style, rich red and gold brocade dress, which accentuated her small, delicate waist, slender hips, and voluptuous breasts.
Lilith greeted Felipe with the perfect smile, exposing her high cheekbones. As much as Zaybeth hated to admit it, Lilith was absolutely beautiful.
Zaybeth could do nothing more than grit her teeth and smile politely, as she watched Felipe and Lilith stroll arm-in-arm to meet his parents. Tomás and Francisca greeted their soon to be daughter-in-law with warm hugs and kisses. Next, Felipe introduced Lilith and her parents to his brother.
Zaybeth could see fear mounting in Felipe’s eyes, as he and Lilith approached. Felipe hesitated for a moment, clearing his throat.
“Lilith, I would like for you to meet our houseguests. This is my mother’s oldest and dearest friend, Señora Maria Rivera Castile and her daughter, Señorita Zaybeth Castile Rivera.”
Zaybeth’s heart pounded as she watched Lilith and her mother exchange greetings. Now it was her turn.
“It’s very nice to meet you, Zaybeth,” Lilith said.
As Lilith drew near, Zaybeth could smell the sweet aroma of jasmine and the earthy scent of patchouli. Zaybeth’s body stiffened as Lilith hugged her. A chill caught Zaybeth by surprise. It was followed by a sharp pain, shooting through her temples.
Ghoulish images of winged demons flashed before Zaybeth’s mind’s eye. She blinked back at Lilith and swore her face had distorted, making her appear almost inhuman. It was as if another being was living inside of Lilith’s body. Zaybeth’s blood ran cold. She felt dizzy. Clumsily, Zaybeth reached for Nashiema’s hand to shake it, missing it entirely. Zaybeth’s body lunged face forward into Abraham, who broke her fall.
During dinner in the great hall, Zaybeth kept her head down low, nervously twirling her hair. She gave a long sigh as she grew tired of all the fuss Francisca and everyone was making over Lilith.
Francisca’s excessive outpouring of affection spilled over into her giving Lilith a gift box, containing a lace wedding veil.
Zaybeth rolled her eyes.
“Lilith, you simply must wear it. My mother made this veil for my wedding day.”
“Thank you, Francisca. It would be an honor to wear this on my wedding day. Isn’t it beautiful, Felipe?”
The very sight of Felipe and Lilith discussing their wedding plans made Zaybeth want to scream like a raving lunatic. Her dream of someday marrying Felipe was shattered. Tears formed at the rims of her eyes. Zaybeth stood abruptly, barely giving the men enough time to stand before leaving the table.
Idalita Wright Raso grew up in Ohio. She is an established news reporter and photojournalist and has worked for the Lake County Gazette in Jefferson, Ohio.
Currently Idalita is contracted with Solstice Publishing. Eye of Saturn: The Daughters of Saturn Book One is her debut novel.
Idalita has a deep interest in astronomy, mythology, science fiction, the occult, and horror. Her love for writing came after reading Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Her love for vampires came the moment she read Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”
The Eye of Saturn is a four part series. Currently Idalita is working on book two, which she hopes to release spring 2018.
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