Title: Vampire in Denial
Author: Dale Mayer
Publisher: Valley Publishing
Series: Family Blood Ties, #1
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Action, Adventure, Mystery / Thriller, Romance
Length: 68k words
Blood doesn’t just make her who she is…it also makes her what she is.
Like being a sixteen-year-old vampire isn’t hard enough, Tessa’s throwback human genes make her an outcast among her relatives. But try as she might, she can’t get a handle on the vampire lifestyle and all the…blood.
Turning her back on the vamp world, she embraces the human teenage lifestyle–high school, peer pressure and finding a boyfriend. Jared manages to stir something in her blood. He’s smart and fun and oh, so cute. But Tessa’s dream of a having the perfect boyfriend turns into a nightmare when vampires attack the movie theatre and kidnap her date.
Once again, Tessa finds herself torn between the human world and the vampire one. Will blood own out? Can she make peace with who she is as well as what?
Vampire in Denial by Dale Mayer is a fresh take on a beloved classic – the vampire. Her vampire heroine, Tessa, is actually half-human thanks to some genetic fluke that only happens every so many generations. She’s also a teen. . . Can you not already see the potential for not fitting in? She’s not really a vampire, per se, and so the vamps shun her. She’s not really a human either.
Sadly, or not depending on how you see it, one of Tessa’s human friends is kidnapped. She, of course, wants to rescue him but the other vampires make fun of her – they do not bother with such things, humans being beneath them and all.
Being only half, no one thinks she can really stand up to the rogue vampires, but, for those who remember being a teen or who have teens themselves, what happens when you tell a teen they ‘can’t’ do something? Yep, that’s right. She sets of to do it herself and prove them all wrong AND save the human.
I loved watching her develop and come into her powers, powers she didn’t know she had, and learn to switch between her two halves. It was fascinating! Also, she was more teen than vamp – not super cool or swauve – so it was great to watch her find herself and learn her reality, even if she is a bit unusual. 😉
It’s very soap opera episode-esk in how it goes back and forth between the character and with how the book ends (cliff-hanger, much?).
If you love vampire stories, then Vampire in Denial is a must read!
No, Cody had some serious skills, at least according to David. It would take a lot for someone to get the drop on him.
He just didn’t have much class. Turning around, Tessa watched Cody land in front of her. His graceful controlled landing made her instantly jealous.
"There’s no sign of anything unusual going on."
"No, of course not. Why would there be? It’s not like they’re going to advertise that they’ve kidnapped humans." She studied the huge stone mansion. "The captives are most likely to be downstairs."
"Whoa. You’re not going into the house. If you’re determined to take this further, we go back to our parents and let them go to the council. They will determine the best course of action."
Tessa stared at him in disbelief. Everything about the night had taken on a surreal appearance. She was here, where Jared was being held, with someone who could actually help her and he wanted to go for their parents. No knight riding
to the rescue here.
Then he’d been raised by the old belief that vampires don’t go against vampires – without just cause. She didn’t think she could come up with enough evidence to prove her case.
She snagged his arm, willing him to listen. "We have to at least see if they are here."
"No Tessa." He shook his head, his vampire eyes glowing with terrible heat. "That’s enough. This isn’t a kid’s game. This is vampire business."
"And who’s going to believe me? No one. I’m not like you. My word doesn’t mean anything to the others. If you don’t see that Jared’s been taken and kept as a captive yourself, you won’t be able to convince them either."
He shook his head.
Fine. She’d go in alone. Turning away, she headed to the back of the house. "Go back home. I don’t need you."
"What the…" He raced behind her. "Tessa stop. You can’t go inside there. You’re not allowed."
"And they’re allowed to take humans?" She snorted. "I don’t think so." The moon slid out from behind the clouds. Off to the left, a set of stairs cut down to a narrow wooden door. Probably the cellar. Perfect. She picked up her pace, reaching for the knob in seconds. She bolted though the unlocked door before Cody could drag her back out. Down a narrow hallway, she fled through another door that led to a wide open space. Empty space. Damn it. Could the prisoners have been moved already? How? There hadn’t enough time for that.
"There, are you satisfied now?"
She spun around at the sound of Cody’s voice. "No." She walked the perimeter of the room. At the far end, the room curved down and around. At the far end, her nostrils flared. Her weird knowing sense kicking in. Animal. Death. Fear. Pain.
This area had been used as housing for animals during the cold winter months. Horses, most likely. Ancient farm smells permeated the air. Hay. Manure. Blood.
"What’s the matter?" Cody whispered.
She looked at him. "Can’t you smell it?"
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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.
5 stars! Original YA vampire story.
“Vampire in Denial by Dale Mayer is a delightfully different addition to the teen vamp paranormal genre. Can’t wait for the sequel.” (
5 stars! Do love.
“This is the first book I’ve read from Dale Mayer and I’m sure going to be reading more because this is my new favorite vampire romance book since Twilight!” (PrincessZelda))
5 stars! Another exciting series from Dale Mayer
“Oh, book! You were so FUN! I was getting all tense and worried about how poor Tessa was going to prove herself and it was exciting and I desperately wanted her to realize that her tangled up feelings about a certain someone were not all brotherly. But, but…why did you leave me hanging on such a cliffhanger?!?! I MUST KNOW what’s going to happen to her!
In most ways, Tessa is an average teenage girl. Her parents don’t really understand her, she feels like she’s caught between two worlds and she’s not sure if the boy she likes likes her back. The fact that she’s a vampire who’s literally caught between two worlds doesn’t change any of that. Her parents really don’t have a clue how hard it is for her, a genetic throwback, and no one in her family understands that how the full-blood vampires treat her like a stupid little girl.
All in all, this was a fun, fast read with a girl who definitely came into her own as the story progressed. I thought Cody and his slow revelations about Tessa were adorable. I like how her mother rose up to defend Tessa once things were brought to her attention. I like that Tessa wasn’t willing to abandon a friend, even if he was "only human".
I can only guess as to where the next book in this story is heading but I’m DYING to read it now. DYING, Dale Mayer. DYING!” (Kelly Rubidoux)
4 Stars! Exciting first installment in a new YA vampire series!
“This book managed to stand out amongst the plethora of vampire novels out there. I liked how vampires had different abilities and how some of them, like Tessa, seemed more human than vampire (i.e. could be out in the daylight, didn’t crave blood). It added a bunch of new dimensions to the world and I’m liking where the series is going.
This really was a great read. I was entirely able to relate with Tessa and enjoyed watching her change throughout the story. Just a warning, the author leaves us with one heck of a cliffhanger, so I can only hope that the next book comes out soon!” (Jamie “Bookerella”)