What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? VAMPYRIE brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility.
Phoebe Angelina Delaney is a reluctant genius and compassionate hothead. She finds herself in a pitch-dark underground and doesn’t remember how she got there. Did she drink too much alcohol and wander off in a stupor, or was she kidnapped by a malicious element determined to make her life a living hell? Sir Michael Alan David is a vampire – an enigma, charismatic and mysterious, who weaves in and out of Phoebe’s life. Does he intend to use his title as a ruse to draw her closer to an unearthly fate, or is he a cloak-and-dagger knight in shining armor? Too many secrets have been kept for too long. Phoebe must unravel the mystery in order to survive. Two major characters from the author’s first novel, PLATEAU, join forces with Phoebe to battle the demons in VAMPYRIE.
I was hooked from the first paragraph. Phoebe has an indomitable spirit. I was rooting for her throughout her quest and her ordeals. As the tension built, I found myself riveted to the page . . . and then the next page and the next. I read this book in two days. I could barely put it down when outside forces demanded my attention. There is also an underlying metaphysical angle to the narrative that only enhanced the pleasure I experienced while reading this wonderful, wonderful story. —Andrew Joyce, Author of Yellow Hair and Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer
Excerpt from VAMPYRIE
Phoebe had no sooner regained composure when an arm whisked across her shoulders and a hand covered her mouth. Alarmed, she grabbed the wrist and wrenched her body as she tried to pull away. But the arm held her firmly in place. She tried to kick but couldn’t move her legs. She felt paralyzed from the waist down. She tried to scream, but the hand over her mouth pressed with such force that she almost asphyxiated herself trying.
As she wiggled and squirmed in a vain attempt to free herself, a masterful yet genteel voice whispered, “Be very still. We must let them pass in quiet, lest we be discovered.”
Lest we be? Who talks like that in this day and age? Terror had nothing on Phoebe’s sharp, critical mind. As her curiosity piqued, she began to calm down . . . All was quiet for several minutes. Her curiosity waned in the stillness as he relaxed his hold. Then a foul odor crept into the air and his grip tightened. A few yards up ahead, shadowy figures carrying torches glided across the corridor in total silence. Her gasp would have betrayed their presence if his hand hadn’t been covering her mouth. As the last figure melted into the darkness, she relaxed a little and leaned back into the body supporting her. But her repose was short-lived.
Is there any hope for humankind? Will love prevail over fear? A young tribal female is unaware she holds the answers to these questions. W’Hyani was born strong and willful and the Keeper of the Crystal Heart. Her mettle is tested by the cosmic forces that shaped her destiny. She comes face-to-face with fear in a battle that would shrink the will of the most daring warrior. The fate of all beings in the Universe depends on her defeating the bloodthirsty gondrah and unlocking the mystery of the Great Mosaic of Life.
PLATEAU offers hope with its underlying message: We must keep our hearts open and act from love instead of reacting from fear; we must practice gratitude and compassion within every moment and with every breath, so that we might help elevate the human species to a higher consciousness and facilitate personal and global peace. Within this vision – this practice – the human species will continue into the Golden Age of Enlightenment.
I highly recommend PLATEAU, a book of quality, mystery, and adventure. It eloquently suggests an alternative to the 2012 doomsday prophecies,through the coming-of-age story of a fifteen-year-old tribal female. It lifts us to a higher consciousness, challenging us to overcome fear through love and gratitude. —Lynn V. Andrews, Author of The Medicine Woman Series
Plateau is a book based on principle and integrity. The tribal ethos and humor of the E’Ghali ardently lead the reader through the teachings, mishaps, and adventures of the characters to reveal the mystery held secret for centuries. It is well-written and a pleasure to read. —Joan Baez, Singer-Songwriter
Excerpt from PLATEAU
For a moment she was stunned. Swinging high in mid-air, she was out of breath and out of control. Holding bow and arrow in one hand, with the other hand she pulled her stone knife from the sheath around her waist, determined to hack off the creature’s legs. But instantly she realized this would seal her own doom; the fall would be far too inordinate for her to survive. Not wanting this horrific beast to occasion her death, she momentarily considered thrusting the knife into her own heart. But shock quickly gave way to reason, and she shoved the knife back into its sheath. She let the bow slide up her arm and reached behind to thrust the arrow into her quiver. She then swung herself around and grabbed hold of the creature’s legs. The gondrah let go a blaring screech and did whatever it could to break W’Hyani’s grip. It repeatedly swooped high then quickly dove low, like a turbulent, undulant wave. It flung its mighty tail side to side in swift oscillation. It rendered rapid upside-down-to-right-side-up spins, over and over until W’Hyani’s head reeled. It snapped its left wing downward and pointed it directly to the ground far below, then rapidly turned one hundred and eighty degrees and snapped its left wing toward the heavens. But the more the creature tried to break W’Hyani’s hold, the tighter it became. W’Hyani screamed at the beast, “Ahkahcha Yoteh!” “Ahkahcha Yoteh!” but soon realized the next move was hers. She let go the gondrah’s legs, swung herself back around, snatched an arrow from her quiver and steadied it in her bow, then waited for an opportune moment to strike.
Gabby is an only child who is about to become big sister to quadruplets! How will she handle this? Her parents decide on a unique approach to introduce her to and help her accept this awesome experience. Follow Gabby as she learns all about babies and the joy of loving.
This book was inspired by the birth of quadruplets and is ethically as well as traditionally educational.
This is a delightful story about an only child who is about to have four new siblings. Tina Frisco has written this story in a way that would be helpful to any household with a new (or multiple new) little ones on the way. The way the parents prepare Gabby to meet each child is insightful and shows a great method for involving the child with the new siblings. The fact that this story is based on a real family makes it even more appealing. This book is beautifully illustrated. I loved that Tina included pictures of the family this story is about. Entertaining and educational with great parenting tips. —Jan Sikes, Author of Til Death Do Us Part and Discovery