By: Jeanne C. Stein
Publisher: ARe Books
January 1, 2016
Word Count: 17,000
Cover Artist: Erin Dameron Hill
Saving her family means saving the world.
Vampire Anna Strong should be enjoying life with her new husband, Frey, but she’s too devastated by the loss of her mother to focus on much else. That is, until her niece’s best friend is kidnapped, and Anna leaps into action.
Angry citizens blame the recent rash of kidnappings on France’s immigrant population and threaten retribution that could upset the economy of the entire nation. If Anna is going to save the girl and her family vineyard, she’ll need the help of one of the oldest vampires in existence—her good friend Vlad.
Vlad and Anna set out to solve the kidnappings and save Southern France, but they soon discover the stakes are higher than they imagined. If they fail, it could be the end of the world as they know it.
For a short story, this vampy one packs a verbal punch. Plenty of action, some plots twists and a few turns you won't see coming. It's a good taste of what's to come and really gives the reader a chance to find out if this saga is one they might like. I sure did!
This installment could have turned into a whole book and maybe it will in future! But for now, the political nature of the story and hints of possible romantic tension to come really sucked me in. Great writing and a sold grasp on storytelling from an author who made the most of her pages.
I see tons of potential with this one and will certainly be reading more in the future!
Getting 4 and 1/2 Sheep
About the Author:
Jeanne C. Stein is the award winning, national bestselling author of the Urban Fantasy series The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. Anna Strong was named one of Paranormal Fantasy’s Top ten Ass-Kicking Heroines by Barnes and Nobles’s reviewer, Paul Goat Allen in 2013. Jeanne also has numerous short story credits, including the novella Blood Debt from the New York Times bestselling anthology Hexed and, most recently, The Wolf’s Paw in the bestselling anthology, Nightmares Unhinged.
Jeanne lives in Denver, CO and is active in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (where she was honored by winning the Writer of the Year award in 2008 and was nominated again in 2011.) Her newest venture, The Fallen Siren Series, is paranormal romance written in collaboration with Samantha Sommersby under the pseudonym S. J. Harper. The first book in that series, Cursed, debuted in 2013. A prequel novella, Captured, is available free and the second book in the series, Reckoning, was released October 7, 2014. Novella 2.5, Forsaken, is available at all online stores.
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