"They can’t touch you!" What could possibly go wrong at Orlando’s beloved Global Studios Halloween Scream Nights theme park? Cheyenne O’Cuinn’s task is to study fear even though she is the biggest chicken on the planet. In order to carve out a slice of the billion dollar scare industry for her online role-play company, she researches what causes people to run screaming out of haunted attractions.
Determined to face her own fear of Oldhouseophobia, Cheyenne confronts her bloodcurdling obsession - the dreaded haunted house. Her worst nightmare manifested, Cheyenne is brutally attacked and left for dead by a rogue vampire. Splattered across the front page of the Orlando Sentinel, Cheyenne discovers her sisters are missing while she recovers in the hospital.
The ransom call from the kidnapper sets into motion the rabbit hole of a parallel supernatural reality she invades to rescue her family. In a race against the hourglass, Cheyenne confronts a double-agent vampire, a cyberchondriac werewolf, and a mafioso dragon. Can they be trusted to help her, or are they a part of the twisted scheme?
With her sister’s lives on the line, Cheyenne has no choice but to beat the kidnappers at their own game and ensnare them with her own brand of deception.
This is the kind of book that you'll be up all night reading. You won't put it down and the world around you will function in a "you're here, but not quite" sorta way. Since it's the first book in the series, if you want to read the next one, you'll have to wait because they've not put it out yet...
The characters are fun to read and definitely well-shaped enough that I care what happens to them and want to know more. The story itself is fast-paced and makes you want to know what happens next. There is blood... lots and lots of blood.
One of things that struck me as different was their use of QR codes. It was like they were trying to blend two different media outlets- DVDs and paperbacks. I'm still not sure how I feel about that. I love movies and I love books, there should be a certain part of me that squees over having the concepts combined, but instead it rebels... in a snot nose teen brat kind of way, "NO! You cannot combine the two! Are you crazy?" So the jury is out for me on that one.
But this is a good read for those that love the paranormal genre and of course, vampires.
Winner of the 2012 Wicked Women Writer Award, Killion Slade is a married writing & publishing team who met in Second Life and virtually enjoys everything. Mrs. Slade writes and Mr. Slade publishes. Members of the Horror Writers Association and the Paranormal Romance Guild, they story board their characters inside Second Life as their avatars unfold their stories.
Killion's Debut Novel, Exsanguinate, published on December 9, 2013. Exsanguinate is a paranormal urban fantasy thriller series, where a gaming software developer navigates wicked clues inside her own online role playing game to rescue her kidnapped sisters before they become breeders for a dhampir army.
Killion's published short stories can be found in Sirens Call, The Danse Macabre, Cynic Magazine, Bewildering Stories, Midwest Literary Magazine, and in the anthologies Bite from the Heart, Death Sparkles, Roms, Bombs,and Zoms from Evil Girlfriend Media and the upcoming anthology, The Ghoul Saloon from Static Movement.
Killion was honored as a finalist for their "Robbie the Ghoulie" short story at In the Snake Magazine.
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