A thousand years of war and history are about to tear open the town of Caroline, and Anna's life. In the age of cell phones and internet searches, one murder after another baffles Caroline's police when the victims are found sucked dry of their blood. Is it some freak killer impersonating a vampire? Is it, as some of the superstitious residents wonder, a real demon of the night?
Paranoia washes over the once-peaceful community. Anna can't stand the sight of the sidelong glances, the new security systems the citizens install, but even she notices the newcomers around town aren't your average tourists. As more people fall victim to the killer, Anna is targeted by paranormal forces outside the bounds of her knowledge. When the Blood Mage strikes, Anna finds herself relying on Wendrick to protect her, though even he cannot stop her from being changed forever.
From Chapter 4. Blood and Fire
""I can see you'd like to speed this up," he replied, shifting forward. Anna broke into the sprint her body had been urging for. She'd done herself a service in wearing flats that night. Down the side street, she could pick out a rhythm as their feet kicked into the pavement, and to her horror, discovered that his was the faster beat. The mouth of an alley that would lead her to Main Street lie just ahead. If Anna could outrun him to within a few blocks of the Taylor Lounge, someone would hear her scream. She fumbled the clasp on her handbag, losing her phone to the sidewalk, then tossed the tiny purse behind her, anything to distract him. At last, she turned the corner into the alley.
After several broken strides, Anna came to a stop and cursed. She had gone the wrong way, forgotten the construction vehicle--too focused on her problems to observe that it blocked this alley."
Who will love this book?
If you enjoy character-driven fiction, fantastic elements in the present day world, romance centered on living, breathing love, and the many twists that come with magical stories and developed histories, this book is for you.
Rachel Francis lives in small town, USA, and loves stories that express imagination. From a young age, she has devoured all things fantasy, which has translated into a love of creating worlds for readers to fall into, to live elsewhere for awhile.