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Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2nd Ann. Halloween Extravaganza! Interview & Giveaway with Dale Mayer

Today's Guest post is Dale Mayer! Welcome Dale!

mail (800×1200)Hi everyone!
I adore Halloween!  And one of the best matches for a Halloween theme is vampires.  And have I got a vampire for you.  Her name is Tessa, she's sixteen years old, and she's not impressed with her vampire genes.  Or maybe it's her
throwback human genes she's struggling with.  Either way, she's a misfit trying to fit into at least one of her two worlds and not doing very well in either – until she's at the movies with her human friends and one special one, is kidnapped by a group of rogue vampires.
This is the trigger.  The impetus that sets Tessa up to fight in a war she didn't ask for, but once started she's not going to back down from.  In the process she rallies her vampire family and friends to help her get her human friend back.
Vampire in Denial is 50,000 words, and a full on 200 pages of action with a surprise hook ending.
Blood doesn't just make her who she also makes her what she is.

Like being a sixteen-year-old vampire isn't hard enough, Tessa's throwback human genes make her an outcast among her relatives. But try as she might, she can't get a handle on the vampire lifestyle and all the...blood.

Turning her back on the vamp world, she embraces the human teenage lifestyle—high school, peer pressure and finding a boyfriend. Jared manages to stir something in her blood. He's smart and fun and oh, so cute. But Tessa's dream of a having the perfect boyfriend turns into a nightmare when vampires attack the movie theatre and kidnap her date. 

Once again, Tessa finds herself torn between the human world and the vampire one. Will blood own out? Can she make peace with who she is as well as what?

Here's an excerpt
Tessa hunkered down low to the ground, hidden by the long line of poplars edging the property as Cody went in for a closer look. She’d protested being left behind until Cody pulled the mom card on her. That he’d never be able to explain to her mom why he’d let her accompany him. She couldn't argue that.
The longer she’d studied the house, the stronger her sense of knowing grew. Jared was here. Somewhere on the property. Looking around, she realized the easy answer was to check out the sheds and outbuilding while she waited for Cody to return.
Silently, she slipped inside the first outbuilding. Empty. She circled it anyway and looked for stairs, hidden doors, or rooms. Then she moved onto the next building. This one appeared to be a storage unit. Boxes and containers filled every square inch or so it appeared. She studied the level of dust and the jammed boxes. Everything appeared deserted. Forgotten. She couldn’t sense anything bigger than a mouse.
Back out in the night, the dogs still slept and Cody had yet to return. What if he couldn’t?
No, Cody had some serious skills, at least according to David. It would take a lot for someone to get the drop on him.
He just didn’t have much class. Turning around, Tessa watched Cody land in front of her. His graceful controlled landing made her instantly jealous.
"There’s no sign of anything unusual going on."
"No, of course not. Why would there be? It’s not like they’re going to advertise that they've kidnapped humans." She studied the huge stone mansion. "The captives are most likely to be downstairs," she said slowly, eyeing the lowest level.
"Whoa. You're not going into the house. If you’re determined to take this further, we go back to our parents and let them go to the council. They will determine the best course of action."
Tessa stared at him in disbelief. Everything about the night had taken on a surreal appearance. She was here, where Jared was being held, with someone who could actually help her and he wanted to go for their parents. No knight riding to the rescue here.
Then he'd been raised by the old belief that vampires don't go against vampires – without just cause. She didn’t think she could come up with enough evidence to prove her case.
She snagged his arm, willing him to listen. "We have to at least see if they are here."
"No. No way." He pulled away and turned prepared to leave.
"No Tessa." He shook his head, his vampire eyes glowing with terrible heat. "That’s enough. This isn’t a kid’s game. This is vampire business."
"And who’s going to believe me? No one. I’m not like you. My word doesn’t mean anything to the others. If you don’t see that Jared’s been taken and kept as a captive yourself, you won’t be able to convince them either."
He shook his head.
Fine. She'd go in alone. Turning away, she headed to the back of the house. "Go back home. I don’t need you."
"What the…" He raced behind her. "Tessa stop. You can’t go inside there. You’re not allowed."
"And they’re allowed to take humans?" She snorted. "I don’t think so." The moon slid out from behind the clouds highlighting the lower level of the house. Off to the left, a set of stairs cut down to a narrow wooden door. Probably the cellar. Perfect. She picked up the pace reaching for the knob in seconds. She bolted though the unlocked door, before Cody could drag her back out. Down a narrow hallway, she fled through another door that led to a wide open space. Empty space. Damn it. Could the prisoners have been moved already? How? There hadn't enough time for that.
"There, are you satisfied now?"
She spun around at the sound of Cody’s voice. "No." She walked the perimeter of the room. At the far end, the room curved down and around. This place was huge. At the far end, her nostrils flared. Her weird knowing sense kicking in. Animal. Death. Fear. Pain.
This area had been used as housing for animals during the cold winter months. Horses, most likely. Ancient farm smells permeated the air. Hay. Manure. Blood.
"What’s the matter?" Cody whispered.
She looked at him. "Can’t you smell it?"
"Smell what?"
"Death. Pain. And an overwhelming fear."
"I can’t sense any of that. What are you talking about?"
Tessa looked at him strangely. "Not even with your vampire senses?"
"Hell, no.  And neither can you."
Flicking her hair behind her, she said, amusement lighting her face, "And that's where you're wrong!"

Dale Mayer
www.dalemayer.comAmazon author page
Turn the page, I dare you! 

And now for our giveaway!
Dale has offered one lucky winner a chance to win an e-book copy of Vampire in Denial

Giveaway is open until November 16th
To enter, fill out the form below


katsrus said...

Love vampires. your book sounds really good.
Sue B

Barbara E. said...

Vampire in Denial sounds like a fantastic story and I'm looking forward to reading it. I love lots of action and it sounds like this book has plenty.

Dale Mayer said...

Hi Sue,

Thanks for stopping by. Vampire in Denial is actually my son's and my daughter's favorite book of all of mine!

Dale Mayer said...

Hi Barbara,

Vampire in Denial is action from the very beginning! It doesn't let up - even at the end of the book! Good luck in the draw!

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Oh, wow! I can't believe how quickly I was caught up in this story. Going on my wishlist as of this moment.

蓁子chingz said...

This looks a great read!
Would love to have it :)
Thanks for this giveaway~

BlackWolf said...

this book sounds great!!

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