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By Lorelei Bell
Then those flecks of ocean fell on me. His smile grew broader as he rose—and kept rising. I suddenly had to revise my first assumption—he was impossibly tall, possibly seven foot tall, with a powerful chest, as though he had swung a broadsword at some point in his very distant past, or, as a hunter, carried a huge carcass home on his shoulders when he was a living man. As an undead, he was possibly the largest vampire I'd ever seen. Even without his superhuman powers, he could throw any one of us across the room. ~ Vampire Ascending
I never quite understood my own attraction to vampires, or certain evil—or thought of as evil—creatures such as vampires, werewolves and whatnot. However I've read somewhere that we have this strange attraction for such things, possibly for the most part we are curious, more than anything. But I've had an obsession for vampires since my teens when I watched old horror classics of “Dracula” on TV late at night. I didn't quite agree that Dracula, or vampires in general, should have been the heavy, or villain. I thought, “Why couldn't Dracula get the woman of his desires? Why couldn't he fulfill his love or lust just like anyone else?”
So, later, when I began to pen my stories, I strove to give my vampires personalities, make them seem like regular people, not those you read about even now, where they seem to have no emotions or feelings, have no interest in love, or are devoid of emotion. Also, I asked myself, why do they have to be “dead” or “undead”? My vampires actually do have a heartbeat (but it's rather slow), and want to be involved with someone, perhaps even those of their own ilk.
In my book, Vampire Ascending, you will find that my vampires are more multi-dimensional, and have more than blood drinking on their mind. Sometimes it's sex, but, hey, there are other things that occupy their minds, like ruling the North American Vampire Association.
My heroine, Sabrina Strong, had to learn quickly how to keep from becoming a victim, and that proved to be a trying beginning for her, fraught with a myriad of dangers. Those vampires who she must trust may become her worst enemies. Like seven-foot tall, over 1,000 year old Viking, Bjorn Tremayne, owner/CEO of Tremayne Towers in Chicago who hires her to find the murderer of his life-long mate Leticia, who is ultimately attracted to her sanguinely as well as sexually. And then there is Nicolas who becomes Sabrina's romantic interest . . . but can she really trust him?
When it came to creating my story, and my heroine in this series, I chose not to go with the kick-ass chick who went after vampires, demons or whatnot (as in Karen Chance, Keri Arthur, and Kim Harris novels), right from the start. I wanted to develop a reluctant hero, Sabrina Strong—a sometimes quirky twenty-one year old Touch Clairvoyant—throughout the series.
Sabrina Strong is a Touch Clairvoyant who knows a secret. She knows her mother was turned into a vampire when she was ten. Now that she is grown up, a powerful magnate in the Chicago business world hires her to reveal the identity of who ruthlessly murdered vampires in his ultra-modern stronghold of a hotel.
Sabrina is not thrilled about the aspect working for vampires, but she needs the money, and she wants to find the gorgeous and mysterious vampire who has been turning up in her dreams. Is he the one who bit her when she was ten, marked her for his own, and turned her mother so long ago?
Little does Sabrina know that her whole life is about to change as her best friend becomes a victim, too and Sabrina is the only one who can find her. Her friend's fate intensifies the desperate need to find the murderer and, consequently, brings her into contact with a rogue vampire, Vasyl—who looks very much like her dream-vampire.
Sabrina is quickly immersed in romantic trysts and dangerous situations involving scheming vampires, shift changers, and werewolves.
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“Vampire Ascending is an action-packed plot full of surprise. Bell delivers a well written and satisfying story that will leave the reader wanting more.” ~ Copperhill Media
“A truly extraordinary vampire tale . . . something to sink your teeth into . . .” ~ Reader Views
“Bell . . . delves into the gritty, violent, dark and sexual world of Anne Rice's vampires . . . a breath of fresh air . . .” ~Tony Martin, Northern Star
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