Title: Vampire in Distress
Author: Dale Mayer
Publisher: Valley Publishing
Series: Family Blood Ties, #2
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Action, Adventure, Mystery / Thriller, Romance
Length: 68k words
Note: This is Book 2 in the Family Blood Ties series and picks up exactly where Book I left off.
When Tessa rallies friends and family to find her missing date, they uncover a secret…and start a war that causes ripples in all aspects of their lives.
A vampire with throwback human genes. Sixteen-year-old Tessa finds more than just her friend in this journey…she also finds herself in need of rescue … Imprisoned, she has to find a way to escape and reunite with her family before this war takes out those she loves.
The youngest of his ancient line. Eighteen-year-old Cody descends from flyer vampires wants Tessa back at his side where she belongs – even as he struggles with conflicting emotions about his best friend’s kid sister…
A human determined to protect his people. Seventeen year-old Jared thought his life was over then he finds out that his rescuers are vampires…how can he trust them? And then he finds out the truth about Tessa…and that she’s been taken, too…
Three brave souls struggle as war breaks out around them…a war that shows them no mercy.
"Do you not know others in the Council or on committees we can trust? Are all the elders untrustworthy?"
Shocked silence surrounded her.
She closed her eyes and groaned softly. The fragile egos of the elders. "I didn’t mean that the way it sounded." She tried again. "I’m trying to understand why you don’t trust more people."
"We have elders we trust with many issues. This problem, however…well, it divided the Council when it happened before. It’s looking to do the same again, on a much larger scale."
Rubbing the back of her neck, Tessa stared at the two men. "Surely there has to be someone you trust to take control. Or you can bring in many someones. You suggested the Council, then switched to the enforcers. Why?"
"I don’t know," Serus muttered, "I started thinking about the members who’d been pro blood farming decades ago."
"It is an ancient problem," she said. "Then bring in young blood. Ones who don’t have the same prejudices and beliefs. My generation."
Both men snorted, and Goran said, "We’re not bringing in children to do a man’s job."
"Why not?" She snapped at him. "I dare you to say that to Cody, Ian, or David."
"That’s different. They’re men."
Even Serus winced and closed his eyes as if waiting for Tessa to strike Goran a mortal blow.
"I’ll ignore that comment, thank you," Tessa said stiffly. Once again, she realized, they’d had a group of vampires together and nothing had gotten done. They’d talked themselves into circles without achieving anything. Pulling out her cell phone, she texted David, repeating her words aloud as she typed. "Who can we contact to help? Dad suggests the Council and the enforcers, and yet has admitted both are problematic."
"Who are you texting?" Serus stared down at the phone in her hand suspiciously.
She smothered a smile. "David."
"David? Why not your mother?"
"Because I figure she’s your age and will have the same prejudiced suggestions you do." She shot him a wry glance. "Am I wrong?"
He grimaced. "Probably not."
The wind picked up, chilling them as she waited to hear back.
The longer she waited, the more worried she became. Finally, she looked at her father. "Do we know if our group is still safe? That the people you called in haven’t overpowered our people and locked them up?"
"Don’t say that. Rh
ia would have let us know." Serus’s face took on a grim look. "I would know if she were in trouble."
The cell phone jingled, relieving Tessa’s anxiety, and she hurriedly read David’s text.
"He suggests we bring in the media," she said, studying the mixed feelings crossing both men’s faces. "Hmm. What do you think of that idea? Or do you consider that another age old prejudice?"
Goran’s snort left no doubt about his opinion. "The media can’t be trusted at the best of times. This isn’t going to be any different."
"Don’t you know anyone who’s honest? Someone from before? Who, whether you liked them or not, you respected?"
5 stars! Amazing read!
“This book picked up where Vampire in Denial ended, and notched it up a dozen steps. In the last book, Tessa started out worrying that she didn’t fit in anywhere. In this book, she’s worried that she and her friends will stay alive. And even more. They’ve discovered something evil going on. Something that will shake up the vamp and human worlds. Something that’s too big for them. But when Tessa calls in reinforcements, things get even weirder.
I’m almost afraid to say anything that will give away the plot. So I’ll just say that the end was really satisfying… and then it left me gasping. This entire story has twists and turns that stopped my breath and kept me clicking to the next page. I didn’t want to stop reading. I love it too that we get to see into Cody and Jared’s minds. Both of them are great, but I’m in the Cody camp. I’m super eager for the next book!” (E.S. Rose)
5 stars! Wonderful Sequel
“Just when we think Tessa is safe and there will be a resolution to the Tessa/Cody/Jared triangle, we’re blindsided by more problems for these characters. Ms. Mayer leaves us with the ultimate cliffhanger so that we are all anxiously awaiting the next book to find out what happens!
I am a high school teacher and originally grabbed the first book in the series to see if it would appeal to some of my students. However, I was quickly hooked! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these books. They have romance, action, mystery…something for everyone.” (BJ35)
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Dale Mayer is a prolific multi-published writer. She’s best known for Tuesday’s Child, Hide’n Go Seek, her romantic suspense novels that was one of the final four in the Kensington Brava/Romantic Times contest this last year. Besides her romantic suspense/thrillers, Dale also writes paranormal romance and crossover young adult books in several different genres. To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print format as well.