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Welcome to the Darkness


L.M. Justus - 2013
    The attacker who slaughters his family and destroys their home turns out to be a vampire, a creature Reed had considered a myth. Now a vampire himself, but with the unique ability to walk in sunlight, Reed struggles in the dark underworld he didn’t even know existed. His only two allies in his fight to stay alive are his reluctant mentor, Nathaniel, a vampire with over two hundred years’ worth of emotional baggage, and Sarah, a rookie cop with a secret ability of her own. Together, Reed and his companions face a harrowing, cross-country journey before stumbling into a plot which could mean the end of everything for humans and vampires alike.

Persistence of Memory / Token of Darkness


Amelia Atwater-Rhodes - 2011
    But Erin has more to worry about than passing AP Chemistry or making friends. In times of stress, she has always been overcome by her alter ego, Shevaun, whose violent behaviour wreaks havoc on those around her. Erin can never remember anything about those episodes, and she’s grateful to have been spared them for a while.But when a protective friend comes back into Erin’s life, he insists that Shevaun is a vampire who actually exists apart from Erin. Shevaun has dangerous allies, like the handsome witch Adjila - and they’re determined to sever Shevaun’s connection to Erin once and for all.In TOKEN OF DARKNESS, Cooper Blake has everything going for him - until he wakes after a car accident with his football career in ruins and a mysterious, attractive girl by his side. Cooper doesn’t know how Samantha got there or why he can see her; all he knows is that she’s a ghost, and the shadows that surround her seem intent on destroying her.No one from Cooper’s old life would understand what he can barely grasp himself . . . But Delilah, the captain of the cheerleading squad, has secrets of her own, like her ability to see beyond the physical world, and her tangled history with Brent, a loner from a neighbouring school who can hear strangers’ most intimate thoughs. Delilah and Brent know that Cooper is in more trouble than he realises, and that Samantha may not be as innocent as she has led Cooper to believe. But the only way to figure out where Samantha came from will put them all in more danger than they ever dreamed possible.

Reapers--Thirteen Brothers


Shim Simplina (Tsubame)
    It's just an ordinary town after all-except for the fact that it's located near Centralia, a ghost town filled with bottomless pits that appear from nowhere. Determined to survive being the new girl in school, Aramis develops a strategy for her not to get hurt: don't get too close to anybody. But once she meets Vincent, an arrogant young boy with piercing silver eyes, everything changes. When he seemingly rescues her from a mysterious drowning incident, she is suddenly thrust into the thrilling and terrifying world of the Reapers. Now she is caught between Vincent and his father, Death himself, as they engage in a tug-of-war battle for her soul. Will she survive the experience? Or will Death claim her for his own?

Resurrected (Vampire Legacy, #1) Excerpt


Morgan Rice - 2012
    This file contains Part One of the book only, which is 20,000 words.In RESURRECTED (Book #1 of the Vampire Legacy), 16 year old Scarlet Paine finds herself changing in mysterious ways. She is becoming sensitive to light, able to read peoples’ thoughts, and is faster and stronger than she’s ever been. She doesn’t understand what’s happening to her, and tries to ignore it. But she can only dismiss it for so long.Caitlin Paine, her mom, knows too well what’s happening to her daughter. She underwent the same transformation to vampire once, centuries ago. But now, in the present day, as a mere human, she has no memory of it. All she has is the journal she found in the attic—her mysterious vampire journal—telling of her exploits in another time and place, and of the vampire race being eradicated. But was there one exception to the rule? Could it be that Scarlet, her daughter, is the last remaining vampire on earth?As Scarlet tries to fight who she’s becoming, she also tries to fight her intense feelings for Blake, a boy in her grade who she has a crush on. She can’t tell, though, if he’s into her, and with the big Halloween dance just days away, the pressure is on. She would do anything for Blake to ask her. But Vivian, the meanest of the popular girls, is also on Blake’s radar, and she’ll do anything to make Blake hers—and to make Scarlet’s life a living hell.Luckily Scarlet has her own clique of friends to back her up, including her best friends Maria and Jasmin. They, too, have guy troubles—but it isn’t until Sage appears, the mysterious new boy, that her friends become obsessed. Scarlet finds herself attracted to him, too—and is surprised when it is her, of all the girls in the school, that he pays attention to. But her mind is set on Blake, at least for now, and she continues to hope he’ll ask her to the dance.Just when it seems that Scarlet has what she wants, her body changes. Soon it may be impossible for her to be near her fellow humans. Soon, she may have to choose between her desire to live and her desire for love.Book #2 in the series, CRAVED (Book #2 of the Vampire Legacy), is now also available.“Grabbed my attention from the beginning and did not let go….This story is an amazing adventure that is fast paced and action packed from the very beginning. There is not a dull moment to be found.”--Paranormal Romance Guild {regarding Turned}“A great plot, and this especially was the kind of book you will have trouble putting down at night. The ending was a cliffhanger that was so spectacular that you will immediately want to buy the next book, just to see what happens.”--The Dallas Examiner {regarding Loved}“Morgan Rice proves herself again to be an extremely talented storyteller….This would appeal to a wide range of audiences, including younger fans of the vampire/fantasy genre. It ended with an unexpected cliffhanger that leaves you shocked.”--The Romance Reviews {regarding Loved}Morgan Rice is the #1 Bestselling author of THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, an eight-book series which has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated into six languages. Morgan is also author of ARENA ONE, the first book in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic action-thriller trilogy.

The Girl Behind The Wall


Judith Berens - 2019
    That is, until she’s accidentally woken up by a father and daughter on a vacation. Cars? Cell phones? What’s an Instagram? How can Craig and Alexis explain the world? No one said educating a teenage vampire would be easy. First they have to figure out how to get her back to the United States without anyone figuring out she’s not quite human. Public school should be interesting. Cheerleading tryouts, driving lessons, skilled fighter and fangs? Time to pull some strings, get Vicki to the United States and start her education into modern life as a teenage vampire. Join Vicki, Craig, and Alexis on a journey that will change their lives - in The Girl Behind the Wall.

Vampire Soul: A Heartblaze Novel


Shay Roberts - 2015
    Prepare yourself for a truly innovative, richly detailed, adrenaline-fueled adventure!“My name is Emma. Today I got some shocking news. I was a vampire in my past life! And not just any vampire, I was a famous vampire with a lot of enemies. Turns out those enemies are still alive, still pissed off, and hunting me down as I speak.”"One of the most unique books I have ever read." – David D ★★★★★"Written in a briskly cinematic style." – Kattomic Book Blog ★★★★★"This emotionally engaging page-turner was devoured." – Dreamer J ★★★★★READING ORDERThere are three separate trilogies set in the Heartblaze world. You can start with any of them, but if you want to read all three sets, the recommended order is:Tyler's SagaEmma's SagaAsh's SagaAUTHOR Q&AHow would you describe this series?The books are fast-paced paranormal/urban fantasy thrillers with both action and romance. When I began writing this series, I set out to create something for readers who enjoy a thought-provoking book. Heartblaze books are told from the point of view of multiple characters and take place in the present-day as well as the past. These books are not for people looking for light and fluffy reading, nor for readers completely unfamiliar with the genre.Is this series appropriate for all ages?No. The series is written for adults, young adults, and mature teens.What types of creatures are in the novel?Quite a number: vampires, werewolves, werebears, ghosts, witches, and fae. All of them are portrayed in new ways. For example, the werewolves are shifters who channel animal spirits from the distant past. The fae have their own unique language that plays a role in some of the books. It’s a functional language that I spent a year developing!

The Soul's Mark Series Boxed Set


Ashley Stoyanoff - 2014
    After searching for his soulmate for nearly a century, and now that Amelia's here, Mitchell's not letting her go. As their newly formed soul's bond wreaks havoc with their emotions, Amelia unlocks her painful past, uncovering a powerful secret. Caught in the middle of a deadly game of revenge, she quickly learns YOU CANNOT RUN FROM DESTINY. Waking Dreams: Eric had a history, a life before Amelia Caldwell arrived on the scene. Yet there was something familiar about her, an attraction that was destined not to be fulfilled because she was marked for his father. One day he was a simple rancher, the next in a world beyond his wildest imagination--dreaming of a girl he knew he couldn't live without. The Soul's Mark: HUNTED: After a shaky start, Amelia and Mitchell are finally getting along. But the tranquillity is short-lived when an unexpected reunion with Mitchell's ex-girlfriend and Eric's mysterious dreams adds tension to their new life and threatens their blissful home. Danger becomes inevitable when vampires and humans turn up dead, and the killer is heading straight for their front door! The Soul's Mark: BROKEN: Willowberg doesn't take kindly to unexpected guests; the vampire hunters are no exception. When turmoil breaks out between the vampires and humans, Amelia must fight not only for her and her family's freedom, but also for the town's humans. Forced to face a fate decided by a power much closer to her than she ever imagined, will she find the strength to mend what has been broken? The Soul's Mark: CHANGED: Amelia and Mitchell have a predicament on their hands--Amelia is now a vampire, and Mitchell is a human with a very bad cold. All hell breaks loose when they encounter an unexpected resistance and an unexplained deadline from the spirits. Amelia soon realizes this is a fight she can't win alone and in order to save Mitchell, he needs to change--again--but will he survive?

Psyched


Juli Caldwell - 2013
    At least, she thinks she does. Forget that the most popular girl in school hates her guts and will stop at nothing to embarrass her. Forget that her little brother is tormented by the ghosts and demons she sees all the time. Forget that her mom is a con artist who pretends to be psychic to make some cash. Forget that her dad is hiding a secret than can destroy everything she knows about herself. Nope, she's got this one...until that one awful day when she nearly loses it all. With ghost-hunting hottie Vance, a guy who stumbled into her life at the worst possible moment, Aisi must search for the messages hidden in visions and memories to protect her family. Maybe, just maybe, they can reclaim what she thought was lost forever.

First Light - An Unauthorized Sequel to the Twilight Saga


Jean Rush - 2011
    “There is love, but there is anger too. The opposing thoughts are intertwined and... confused.”I nodded, but couldn’t find any words to drown out my beating heart. Its alarming pace was all I could focus on. It didn’t matter now anyway. He was dead, as I soon would be. I wasn’t scared, as I had accepted my fate. I was going to die because I had trusted him. It was a stupid mistake to come here with him, to come here for him. I had acted rebelliously and would now pay for that mistake with my life.“Renesmee, it is natural for our kind to feed on humans. Everything strong in this world feeds on the weak. It is your ways which are unnatural.” He was trying to convince me, even now.“Are we going to kill her?” Felix asked, coldly and impatiently.Aro clasped his hands together in thought.

Inevitable


Jason Letts - 2011
    When eighteen-year-old Nathan Wheeler sacrifices himself to provide for his orphaned sister, this entrancing spirit goes back to when the death of his mother forced him to quit college and attempts to make his life better before his inevitable death. But for all she knows about the future, assuming human form is not as easy as she thought it would be, and getting close to Nathan comes with consequences she could never expect.

Blood of Gold


B.V. Larson - 2010
     Her high school counselor came from Hell. Literally... Haley learns she has a unique gift. She normally lives her life escaping notice, but now two gorgeous strangers are interested in her. Very interested. Seth is the best-looking young man she (or anyone else) has ever met. Every girl in school is after him and the competition turns strangely vicious. She soon realizes that he is not fully bound to this world. Although they both feel the mutual attraction, there’s something holding him back... The second stranger is equally attractive, but more frightening. When she is with him, she somehow loses her self-control. To say more would give away too much, but Las Vegas will never be the same... Blood of Gold is the first novel of the Seeker Series, stories of paranormal romance and suspense. The book is 90,000 words long, 380 pages in print form...

Crazy Ex-Ghoulfriend


Angela Roquet - 2013
    That is, until she wraps her car around a tree and bites the dust. Just when things settle down and Janie thinks that she might have a shot at going to prom with the boy next door, Miss Popular comes back from the grave, and she's one crazy ex-ghoulfriend.

Deadgirl


B.C. Johnson - 2012
    . .Lucy Day, 15 years old, is murdered on her very first date. Not one to take that kind of thing lying down, she awakens a day later with a seemingly human body and more than a little confusion. Lucy tries to return to her normal life, but the afterlife keeps getting in the way.Zack, her crush-maybe-boyfriend, isn't exactly excited that she ditched him on their first date. Oh, and Abraham -- Lucy’s personal Grim Reaper -- begins hunting her, dead-set on righting the error that dropped her back into the spongy flesh of a living girl. Lucy must put her mangled life back together, escape re-death, and learn to control her burgeoning powers while staying one step ahead of Abraham.But when she learns the devastating price of coming back from the dead, Lucy is forced to make the hardest decision of her re-life — can she really sacrifice her loved ones to stay out of the grave?

Bella Notte


Jesse Kimmel-Freeman - 2011
    Werewolves? Check. Death prophecy to hang over your head? Double check. Seventeen year old Emma Hutchinson struggles to find her place in the world she has been born to as she tries to decide whether she should be with Michael, the boy she has been dreaming about since she was three or if she belongs with Dominic, her betrothed.

Reckoning


Molly M. Hall - 2012
    I found out it can kill you."Seventeen-year-old Kat Matheson has never revealed the dark secret that sets her apart from everyone else: She can see and hear the dead. Until now, she has been able to ignore the strange apparitions and whispering voices. But it may not be that simple anymore. Haunted by eerie visions and increasingly frightening nightmares, Kat begins to fear she may be the target of a dark and ominous force from beyond the grave. Complicating matters is the arrival of her new neighbor, a young man she instinctively distrusts but is inexplicably drawn to. Gorgeous and mysterious, he seems to hold a disturbing knowledge of her long-held secrets.As she desperately tries to maintain control, events take an unexpected and violent turn. Discovering that nothing is what it seems and that her psychic abilities may involve far more than just communing with the dead, Kat may be forced to confront her worst fears and the powerful curse that controls her destiny.