Haunted Delphi by Lori Beasley Bradley

~HAUNTED DELPHI by Lori Beasley Bradley~
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Delphi Rubidoux was out of the country when her coven was brought before the High Council of Witches in New Orleans on charges of using the banned Loup Garrou curse, and were subsequently disavowed of their powers. On her return, Delphi finds her island home has been looted by the locals, and is warned her powers will be taken away as well if the Council finds her.

Local fisherman, Branson Grace, thinks all the spooky tales about the island are nothing but folklore, so when he decides to visit, he does so without a thought to the rumors. He stumbles across Delphi and is determined to discover what she’s so afraid of, and also hopes to ease her loneliness.

But Delphi hasn’t been alone. The spirit of Clovis Rubidoux has been watching her for years, as he patiently awaits the return of his beloved wife, Collette, whose spirit he firmly believes is inside Delphi’s body. But his patience ends quickly with Branson’s arrival. The couples’ attraction to each other is obvious, so Clovis knows he must hurry to possess Delphi in order to reunite with his beloved Collette. If he saps Delphi of her strength and takes her life, he’s certain it will free his wife’s spirit and they will be reunited once again.

Will Branson be strong enough to save Delphi; or is the power of the coven–and a ghost on a mission–just too much for one man and one woman to handle?
This paranormal romance is a continuation of the Tales of the Black Bayou Witches and The Legend of the Swamp Witch.


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Your Best Age is Now Blog Tour



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Although we’ve been conditioned to think “middle aged” is practically a four-letter word, the realities of women in midlife today are far different than what our mothers experienced. Women in their 40s, 50s, and even 60s are living younger, vibrant lives. But influenced by our youth-obsessed culture, we fear that when we hit midlife, we stop being relevant and no longer have options—that it’s simply too late for us.

Contradicting long-ingrained beliefs, Robi Ludwig draws on myth-busting data from scientific research and on her experience as a therapist to show midlife is not the beginning of our decline—it is actually a time to pursue our dreams. In Your Best Age Is Now, she offers specific advice on how to change our perception of this next life phase and make the best of it by:

  • Letting go of stress to create a more balanced life;
  • Identifying false thinking that is holding us back;
  • Taking charge of our love life and relationships;
  • Staying relevant in the workplace or starting new, exciting careers;
  • Becoming more spiritual and leading a life of gratitude; and more.

Your Best Age Is Now provides the guidance you need to reject the status quo, become more “you” than ever before, and find the kind of happiness you never thought possible.
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Blurb Review from fellow experts:

“A must-read for any woman who fears her prime is in her past. Ludwig’s practical and perspective-changing advice will help you embrace midlife’s unique opportunities and navigate challenges with ease, so you can live your fullest life yet.”—Holly Phillips, M.D., general internist, author of The Exhaustion Breakthrough, and CBS News medical contributor

“Every woman needs to read this book. Robi Ludwig will convince you that a youthful mindset, plus new adventures and opportunities and even new or deeper love, are all highly possible, no matter what the number on your birth certificate is.”—Bonnie Fuller, president and editor-in-chief of HollywoodLife.com

“Robi Ludwig shows us how to feel ageless, beautiful, and relevant. A superb book that will shift and transform your beliefs about midlife and aging.” —Laura Geller, founder of Laura Geller Beauty and board member of the Cosmetic Executive Women Foundation

“In this revolutionary and riveting book, Robi Ludwig brilliantly helps women break through the disabling myths we’ve been fed about midlife. She redefines it, using science and inspiring stories from her practice, empowering us to enjoy this truly fantastic time of life.”—Lisa Bloom, civil rights attorney, legal analyst for NBC News and Avvo.com, and New York Times bestselling author of Think

“Robi Ludwig nails it! She makes it clear that midlife is the time for wise, effective women to advance the whole damn species! Robi makes us roar!”—Dr. Wendy Walsh, Emmy-nominated former cohost of The Doctors and CNN commentator

Author bio:

headshots 2011 001.jpgRobi Ludwig, Psy.D. is a nationally known psychotherapist, award-winning reporter, and author. She is a relationship contributor for Investigation Discovery Network’s Scorned, and has hosted TLC’s reality show One Week to Save Your Marriage and GSN’s Without Prejudice? Dr. Ludwig is a regular guest on CNN, Fox News, and Headline News, discussing psychological and lifestyle issues as well as the criminal mind. She has appeared on Today, Entertainment Tonight20/20, World News TonightNightlineThe View, Fox and Friends, Steve Harvey, The Wendy Williams Show, and is on the medical board and a contributor for BELLA Magazine. She also writes for the Huffington Post. Dr. Ludwig lives in New York City.


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The Dead Things Series by Martina Mcatee

The Dead Things Series by Martina Mcatee

Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (Dead Things Series Book 1)

51PxhuOXssL.jpg17 year old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special, that she has a supernatural gift like them…they just don’t know exactly what it is.

They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.

As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.

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Dark Dreams and Dead Things: Dead Things Series Book 2

51WRrZXl7hL.jpg17-year-old November Lonergan spent her whole life feeling like an outsider; like she was different. She was right. She’s a reaper like her mother; like her two cousins, Kai and Tristin. The supernatural world believes they are part of a prophecy to save them from an evil known as the Grove. Ember just wants to survive high school and fix the fallout from bringing back her friend.

Old enemies are lurking; waiting for their opportunity to strike but the pack has a new problem. A group of legendary hunters has resurfaced, threatening the reapers and anybody who stands with them. They are making good on their threats too; attacking those closest to the pack.
Their only hope of defeating the Legionaries involves trusting a stranger to perform a dangerous spell to advance Ember and her cousin’s powers. But Ember has a secret; a secret she can’t tell the pack. One that leaves the pack vulnerable.
An attack on pack allies, leaves one member of the group injured and another missing, along with a mysterious girl named Evangeline who may play a bigger part in this than any of them realize. As the Legionaries are closing in, the pack must trust their enemies, enter hostile territories, and play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a psychopath. Their entire plan lynches on a dangerous bargain, but rescuing one member of the pack could mean losing another in their place…possibly forever.

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Author Bio:

e6706-martina.jpgMartina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughter, her best friend, two attack chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. When she isn’t writing young adult books about worlds with reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures she’s reading or watching shows that involve reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Her debut novel Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things released in August of 2015. Her second book in the Dead Things series, Dark Dreams and Dead Things, will release July 15, 2016.

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Enchanted Souls Blitz

Title: Enchanted Souls
Author: Tia Silverthorn Bach
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance
Expected Release Date: October 21st, 2016
Cover Designer: Jo Michaels
Photographer: K Keeton Designs
Models: Alisha Beesley and Tyler Francis
Editor: Jo Michaels of Indie Books Gone Wild
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Two Souls Tethered. An Unbreakable Bond.
A rare occurrence brings the planets into alignment, causing the seals that separate the universes to break. Lost souls search for home while two hearts that were shattered try to find their missing pieces.
When Alyxandria Duvall meets Micah, sparks fly, and their hearts burst into flames. They welcome their daughter not long after; then Micah goes missing under mysterious circumstances, leaving a path of heartache, death, and destruction in his wake. Still, Fate has more in store for them.
Galactic anomalies are propelling their lives toward their destinies. Light years separate them, but their souls gravitate toward one another. Can love overpower the universe’s boundaries?
Tia Silverthorne Bach has been married to her college sweetheart for twenty years, has three beautiful girls, and adores living in the breathtaking state of Colorado. Her daughters were born in Chicago, San Diego, and Baltimore; and she feels fortunate to have called many places home. She believes in fairy tales and happy endings and is an avid reader and rabid grammar hound.
She is an award-winning, multi-genre author and an Editor for Indie Books Gone Wild. From an early age, she escaped into books and believes they can be the source of healing and strength. If she’s not writing, you can find her on the tennis court, at the movies, reading a good book, or spooning Jif peanut butter right out of the jar.
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In the Midst of the Storm

The Mind boggling conclusion to the Ruthless Storm Trilogy. Release date October 14, 2016.

My characters are fictional but crime, murders and serial killers are real. No matter how horrific the crime, non are harmless. Buy In the Midst of the Storm during October and the every cent Elle receives will be donated to victimsofcrime.org to help real victims.




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The thrilling conclusion is filled with suspense!

The cold air chilling her to the bone, she walked swiftly towards her apartment. Her mind cloudy from too many beers. A trail

through the woods surrounding her apartment complex opened up to her left. If she stayed the course of the street-lit sidewalk, it’d take her longer to get home than if she took the path through the woods that led almost directly to her door. Her body shivering, she decided to take the chance and cut through the woods. Really, it was just a small chunk of trees with a well-worn path that most people used for walking their dogs.

Halfway through the shortcut, she heard voices talking. She slowed her pace and listened but assumed it was a couple walking their dog.

“What the hell are you doing?!” yelled a male voice.

She jumped and on instinct plastered herself against a large tree and scanned the area. Hoping she was fully camouflaged by the thick trunk. She peeked her head around it and spotted two young men. One had jeans sagging past his buttocks and a red jacket. The other wore all black and he held a glinting silver object. Her mind flashed back to the shining object and black eyes that chased her within her nightmares. She breathed deeply, trying to stay calm, and considered her options. The last time she’d run through woods didn’t fare well for her and she ended up in a coma for a week.

Running was out of the question. Going forward was out of the question. She felt the cool metal of the pendant against her chest and remembered its soothing qualities. Taking a deep breath, she

crouched, using the trees for cover and squat-walked towards the next tree. She couldn’t avoid the piles of leaves littering the ground, but hoped her steps were gentle enough the guys would consider them an animal.

The voices moved closer to her and she went into near panic mode. Breathe, breathe. They’re probably just smoking pot and mean no harm, she soothed herself, but the feeling in her gut sent shivers of horror flying through her body. Bad memories resurfaced and she saw his face, the monster, Evan’s face. She closed her eyes, attempting to gather her courage.

Leaves rustled beneath their pounding footsteps, growing closer with each one. No longer able to control her fear, she took her chances and ran.

“Who’s there?” called one of the men, as Eilida sprinted through the woods. Not watching where she was going, she ran smack into broad shoulders and a rock hard abdomen. Waves of horror shuddered throughout her body.

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It’s sexy!

He wanted to make all the bad in her life disappear and he wanted her. The vibes bouncing off Eilida suggested she desired him just as much. Setting his plate on the table, he turned to face her and cupped her face in his hand. Then he brought his lips to hers. His

sexual hunger matched by hers.

When they released the kiss, she set her plate beside his and brought her body closer to his, melting in his arms. Their mouths met again as their hands explored the other’s assets. His hand lingering on her perky breasts as he lifted her shirt and drew his tongue closer to them for a taste.

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Inferno Blurb Reveal

Title: Inferno
Author: Stacey Rourke
Genre: Teen Fantasy
Expected Release Date: Dec. 5th, 2016
Cover Designer: KC Designs
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
With the death of a hero, a dark force has risen. A hellhound is loose on the Rhodes Campus, building its pack with a bloody body count.
Any hope for salvation rests in the fiery hands of dashing Irishman, Caleb, with his power over the elements.
Fighting to save a dear friend from the internal monster consuming him, Caleb finds the love of his life a target for the vicious attacks.
How far will he go to save Celeste from the destiny ravenous to claim her?
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel 
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 
Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.
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Burned by Fire Blog Tour

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Burned by Fire (Blood & Magic #3)

by Danielle Annett

Release Date: September 27th 2016

Genre: Romance, Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Vampire, Werewolves, Fantasy, Shapeshifters





Aria’s pyrokinetic ability has always been hard to control, and being pulled in so many directions, isn’t making it any easier. Now she has to help Inarus, a foe turned friend who is being targeted by the Human Alliance Corporation—the very organization he once worked for.

But the HAC has more than just Inarus in their sights. Aria finds herself going deep into enemy territory to save a witchling child with never before seen powers, that the HAC has kidnapped to further their own ends.

Aria has been hired to save a child once before, and she failed. That failure has haunted her even to this day and she won’t let herself fail again. With the HAC closing in, and complications between herself and the Pack rising, Aria has no choice but to succeed. A child’s life is on the line and Aria will risk everything to save that life.

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I really enjoyed this book! I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the first two books but I think I just might. The story was fast paced and easy to get into and enjoy. I loved the concept and the characters, mainly Inarus.
I loved how real the characters felt and had no problem liking Aria. She was definitely a fun kickbutt fighter!
I definitely can’t wait to see what happens next in this exciting fantasy world full of all kinds of interesting paranormal beings.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Kissed By Fire: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25236851-kissed-by-fire

Burned by Fire: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29974352-burned-by-fire

About the Author:

Danielle.jpgDanielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and blogger. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.

Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.

You can learn more about Danielle on her website at http://www.danielle-annett.com or follow on on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDaniel… and on twitter @Danielle_Annett.


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West Cover Reveal


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Sexy, alluring, ruthless, and oh so complicated.
West is the known as “charming” dark dweller with a slow southern accent that can charm any woman. But after being held prisoner and tortured by a cruel seelie queen, West’s past comes back to haunt him. The truth of what happened on the light side, goes deeper than anyone knows.
Struggling with his demons, he battles the very essence of what he is. A Dark Dweller. When the unseelie king sends him to Ireland to uncover an object, his entire world takes a dangerous turn.
The one thing you don’t do is steal from a demon king… not if you want to live.

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Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books, travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.
She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. She volunteers helping animals and is eco-friendly. She feels all animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.
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Sidetracked in Silver City Honey Beaulieu – Man Hunter Book 2 Spotlight

#NewRelease #Sequel #GoodRead #Amazon

“I’ve been waiting for you.” He swung his feet to the floor and stood. “I’m Marshal Larry Bauer. You’re under arrest for violating the gun ordinance.”

Well, hell…


Honey Beaulieu, the heroine you always wanted to be!

Wanted: Boyce McNitt, $500, Last seen in Winnemucca, Nevada

That money would sure help buy the farm Honey needs, and she plans to capture McNitt and claim the bounty.

She’s Determined

But Mama’s in jail! Honey has to do some fast talking to head out of Fry Pan Gulch to chase after Boyd McNitt….

She Defies the Odds

Honey’s not about to let the handsome deputy U.S. marshal, an obnoxious ghost, or her own stubborn mule get in her way.

She’s Daring

Sam’s in trouble! Honey’s good with a gun but how many men can she best?

Don’t miss the second installment of Honey Beaulieu – Man Hunter!

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Kinship Blitz

Title: Kinship One and Two
Author: Caroline A.Gill
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Expected Release Date: Oct. 28th, 2016
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Valen Kildrake has a problem:
Vampires are real,
and they are very, very hungry.
Armed with ancient spells, weapons of pure silver, holy water, and deep-dish pizza,
Valen hunts down the monsters who feed on humans,
confronting death in battle after battle.
But he is only one man against a horde.
Worse, his enemies are getting smarter and bolder.
What will he do when a new force of unknown power appears?
Who can he trust when other hunters hide secrets of their own?
Clever and greedy, vampires are slowly winning the ancient war against
the razor-sharp blades of the trained warriors of Mars Alator.
One by one, skilled Hunters are being torn to shreds by fangs and claws.
Valen fights on, determined to honor his father’s memory,
vowing to destroy as many leeches as he can before the inevitable end.
Soon, no one will be left to stop the overwhelming tide of leeches.
Something has to change.
Who will defend humanity if the last vampire hunters fall?
When a mysterious woman crosses his path of destruction,
Valen must decide between honor and hope, between life and death.
And so must she.
And what they choose will change the war.
Kinship 2: The Unpredictable Life of A Vampire Hunter

Kinship, Book Two: The Unpredictable Life of a Vampire Hunter

Vampires are here.
Hungry, they strike from the shadows…
Only human blood will feed the monsters, stealing away lives, emptying the cities.
Very few men and women are left to stop the massing horde: the Hunters of Mars Alator.
If it takes his very last breath, Valen Kildrake will track down every last monster, destroy every nest, rescue any survivors, fight, slash, and burn anything in his path.
Valen refuses to fail even as other Hunters die in the centuries-old conflict.
Trained since childhood to fight the leeches, Valen Kildrake hunted alone
until he met the mysterious Adelinde.
Together, on the run, the two vampire hunters must learn to work together.
Secrets define them both.
Secrets that can destroy everything.
When faced with the choice, will Valen’s pride let Adelinde in?
Together, can they find a pathway to save humanity
from the bloodlust of the growing vampire horde?
Caroline A. Gill loves eight things in this world: Five oddball children, One husband, and chocolate. A graduate of UCLA, BFA, and Northern Illinois University, MFA, MA, in Fine Art and Art History, Caroline realized that knowledge is personal and so are dreams. And it is the dreams of extraordinary people that enchant her. A story is only worth telling if the ending is new and the journey is an exploration. Find your own voice. Tell the story you have, the one you know best, as only you can. In the words of Firefly: Be SHINY.
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Chapter Three
Not Bothered
41902 Fruit Heights Lane:

One hand held seething silver daggers.
Cautiously, he used the other to clutch the loose railing. The wooden stairs creaked, like in one of those B movies Hollywood cranked out. Each plank protested the hunter’s weight like a mewling kitten, insistent and sharp.
It was a little past high noon, pleasantly warm in Illinois, well on its way to another day of humid hell.
With every step, Valen searched the plastered ceiling. Counter-attacks often happened. As old as the wood in this wobbly Victorian was, Valen counted it lucky the planks bore his weight at all.
Forty pounds of Kevlar fabric overcoat made each stair step a symphony. Thirteen more. Creak. Twelve, twelve more. They know I am here. They know someone is coming. That’s alright, I guess. So instead of continuing in stealth, Valen started whistling loudly.
Tromping up the remaining stairs, he launched into a rendition of the ballad of Clementine. “Oh, my darling, Oh, my darling, Oh my–” There was a lot of enthusiasm in his bellow, much more than necessary. Grabbing the rope pull, the Hunter pushed open the attic door. As it swung upward, Valen was struck by the warmth of the insulated room. Heat got in, nothing got out. It perfectly explained the missing tenants.
Popping his head up through the attic opening, Valen continued to sing. “Darlin’, Clementine. You were gone and–” Something stirred in the corner. Just out of the edge of his eyesight, the movement was so slight, no normal human would have noticed it. And they would have attributed it to cockroaches and rats if they did. ‘Would have been a big mistake, a fat one. Valen was human enough, but trained to watch the tiny movements in the corners.
He acted the fool, but noticed everything.
“Oh, hell, what’s the rest of that song? Johnny?” he called down the stairwell as if there was another person in the house. ‘Cause how foolish it would be to go hunting vampires without backup? I mean, no one half-sane would do that. Right? Valen laughed at his own stupid pride. “Oh, yeah,” he mumbled to himself, climbing a quarter way up the narrow entry point, “I remember it now: ‘You were lost and gone forever, dreadful sorry Clemen–tiiiiii-ne.” And that last note, he held out there like a poor man begging.
Dying cats sounded better.
Another movement to his right. He made a show of scratching his head and then pulling up his jeans.
His voice stayed low and calm, by every sign another tradesman come to repair a leaking roof or a downed wire. Launching into the second verse wasn’t very nice. If you were fixin’ to kill someone, there’s noble, great or scary music to send them onto the great beyond. A repairman yodeling off-key some old ballad? Well, it just wasn’t a kindness. Luckily, Valen wasn’t interested in kindness. Not for leeches.
A rotting smell filled the space, more obvious with every breath he took. The stench mixed with the peculiar sweetness that only leeches gave off. Again, confirmation of the missing tenants’ desiccated corpses stuffed in some wall cavity in these cramped rooms.
Reaching down for his flashlight, Valen knew their moves before they did.
Fangs flew at his face. Scary close, more teeth than a shark and twice as hungry, the vampire launched straight at his throat. Valen’s voice did not falter in the slightest as his wrist pulled up from below the floor level, daggers in hand.
An explosion of dust and teeth hit his face, the vampire dissolving moments before Valen was consumed. Eerie quiet fell over the sauna-like attic, except for the repairman’s horrid rendition of a hundred-year-old ballad. “Ruby lips above the water, blowing bubbles, soft and fine; But alas, I was no swimmer– ” The floor boards didn’t even creak, the vampires weighed that little. No, it was the movement of the air across his cheek that warned Valen of the next monster.
Almost too late, Valen sat at the opening of the attic, spinning in a half-circle, his aim as pure as his singing voice was rotten. Silver daggers flew. Vampires exploded, teeth rattled to the dust-covered wooden beams like a hard rain on the window, like tears from angels.
For a few minutes, Valen sat there, listening to the muggy dark.
Satisfied, he covered his face with a handkerchief so the stale dust of destroyed leeches didn’t choke him. With his flashlight out in earnest, the Hunter checked the crawlspaces, searching for one, two, three, five and…seven missing bodies. They were all there, down to the golden retriever.
A long time ago, when he was new to the life, when he was young and the terrors that thumped in the night were exciting, Valen used to make necklaces with the fallen teeth. Now though…now he couldn’t do that. Not since Dad. Not since–then. A snarl lifted the corner of his mouth as the light of the torch set off a sparkle in the damn things. He could barely look at them, rows of tiny tombstones. Death had formed each one. They cost too much to play with lightly.
An image of his dad laughing flashed across his imagination, as Valen turned and stomped down the rickety ladder.
As he went, Valen sang along with the melody, “In my dreams she still doth haunt me, robed in garments, soaked in brine. Though in life I used to hug her, now she’s dead, I’ll draw the line.” By the time the Hunter made the broken front door, his energetic voice echoed across the neighborhood.
Valen sang a song no one even remembered. Only the three kids out skateboarding turned their heads to stare as he walked past. People just didn’t care much anymore. In fact, the neighborhood had grown accustomed to the unexplained screeching and screams that came from the creaky architectural gem at 41902 Fruit Heights Lane.
Silence moved in, on gossamer wings.

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