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Released: March 2017
ISBN: 9781370697526
ASIN: B01MYBQUUZ
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A VAMPIRE'S TALE
Author: Maya Tyler
Length: Novel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Price: $3.99

The best laid plans…

Marisa Clements was never satisfied writing the ‘gossip column’ in the local paper and she quit her job to follow her dream of writing fiction. Floundering in an unforgiving industry, she wrote about vampires, a popular subject she considered fascinating but as real as unicorns, to pay the rent.

Corgan was tired of human misconceptions about vampires and ‘living’ as a vampire. He planned to tell Marisa his story and end his existence. It was no coincidence Corgan selected Marisa to write his story. With the ability to see the future, he knew she would be a major part of it. He knew if they met, she would help him die, but in doing so, she’d be doomed to the same fate. Once they met, their futures would be irrevocably intertwined.

Corgan began to care for Marisa and finally revealed the truth to her. He admitted his quest to atone for his past sins had put her in grave danger from a nest of revenge-seeking vampires. Corgan must claim her for her own protection. But claiming her is not enough, he must ask for help from his wizard friends and his maker in order to destroy his enemy or Marisa will never be safe.

Excerpt
Under the cover of dusk, the city lights came alive. Her view, slightly obstructed by the rickety fire escape, did not keep her from seeing the flashing neon signs lining the street below.

That’s it. She’d wasted hours on this novel, immediately deleting every word she typed. The cursor blinked mockingly on the otherwise blank page of her document. Write something. Anything.

With her apartment now shrouded in darkness, intermittently illuminated by the street lights, Marisa Clements lit the white pillar candle on her desk. Its orange flame cast long shadows against the wall. So I can see what I’m not writing. An eclectic mix of music serenaded her from the neighborhood, a reminder of Lincoln Park’s active nightlife, a distinct contrast to her quiet Friday night at home.

The candle flickered and a cold shiver travelled down her spine. Then it came to her. Fingers poised over the keyboard, she typed.

And his eyes glowed with unholy flames.

She squirmed in her chair. Marisa could see the dark stranger, clad in black, standing before her like a real being. He blended with the shadows, the dim room serving as apt camouflage, except for his eyes. They bore straight through her.

What do you mean “like a real being”?

She jumped in her seat. Yikes. A little too real. Alone in her apartment, the voice could only be a figment of her imagination. She shivered with anticipation as her fingers flew over the keys of her beloved laptop. This would be her best story yet. To hell with all the non-believers—her wealthy, socialite parents who’d disowned her when she’d left business school, and the “so-called” friends who told her to get a real job. This was a real job… It paid the bills, after all. Sort of. It paid the minimum balance on her credit card.

Why did people choose the mundane office job—she shuddered—plastering themselves to a desk from nine-to-five? Sitting at a desk to write was completely different. No boss, no stress… No money, if she didn't get her head out of the clouds and back to her latest vamp.

He didn't have a name yet, but he had a face. A dark, mysterious face with a century's worth of secrets. Secrets he would tell her, only her, if she would listen.

Marisa took a deep, calming breath. “I’m listening.” She closed her eyes, waiting. A cool breeze shifted her hair and her eyes popped open. The old floorboards creaked, and she spun her chair around. “Who's there?” The candle blew out. “What the—”

Time—and her heartbeat—stood still. Paranoia set in, the consequence of writing too many vampire stories. She must've left a window open. Or something. She re-lit the candle and turned her attention back to her laptop, staring at the last words she'd typed.

Corgan Halton.

She didn't remember typing that.

“Corgan Halton.” She said the name slowly. “I like that.” She'd written a dozen vampire stories and this would be her best name yet. It had an old-worldly feel to it. Like a real name. She'd better look it up to make sure it wasn't a real name; she didn’t need a lawsuit. Did people sue for name infringement?

“Okay, Corgan Halton. Are you real?” She typed the name into a search engine.

“As real as you are.” The distinctive male voice resonated in the otherwise quiet room.

Marisa froze. She didn't dare turn around. It was her overactive imagination at play. There was no one there. She hoped. Maybe one of her friends? Is this a joke?

“Not a joke, Marisa.”

Gasping, she stood and spun around toward the sound of his voice.

As he stepped out of the shadows, she took in the man before her. Pale with black, curly hair, dressed in an impeccable suit. Dark and intimidating, he stood in her living room, shrinking the already small space.

Exactly as she’d imagined. She conjured him from her imagination? No… This is not happening.

She rubbed her unbelieving eyes. There couldn't actually be anyone there. When did she last eat? Did low blood sugar cause hallucinations?

He smiled at her, and the temperature in the room dropped several degrees.

“Who are you?” she demanded.

“Corgan Halton.” He gave a courtly bow. “At your service.”

No… She stared at him in shocked silence. It isn't possible.

“I assure you, my dear, it's entirely possible.”

“Do you read minds, too?” She held her breath and waited for his reply.

“You tell me. You're the vampire expert.”

Vampire? He’s a vampire?
What the reviewers are saying
a deep and progressive tale of love between our intrepid heroine Marisa and the enigmatic vampire ...
. . . this book was reminiscent of Interview with a Vampire, a tiny smidge of Misery (you’ll get the reference once you read it), a little bit Twilight mixed with a whole lot of originality, romance and drama, with the intimate scenes being softer and more fade to black than vampire books often portray . . . It is very well written, both in the characterisation . . . and the different paranormal aspects, it felt fresh and different from any vampire book I’ve read . . . It was interesting and the main heroine Marisa was intelligent, witty and engaging . . . (Corgan) was mysterious, beautiful inside and out and facing his past brought Marisa into his life . . . This is my first time reading Maya’s work and from reading this one I would certainly read another one of her books. ~ Nicole McCurdy, Amazon

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An action packed paranormal romance
. . . I was pleasantly surprised . . . “A Vampire’s Tale” was less about the “romance” and more about Corgan’s life and his mission to tell his story to this exceptional human. More of a paranormal or urban action fantasy the story moved quickly; so quickly in fact that I devoured this book in less than a day. The romance was there, but did not resemble the mold that I had come to abhor in years past. Even the intimate scenes were done in such a way that was tasteful and didn’t have me fanning myself and thinking that I accidentally missed an X on the cover. So, much as Corgan made Marisa believe that true vampires do exist, Maya Tyler has managed to show this jaded romance skeptic that there is still such a thing as a sweet love story. Four well deserved stars. If Ms. Tyler’s other stories are anything like “A Vampire’s Tale” I may become a repeat reader. ~ JennyT, Amazon

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. . . was pleasantly surprised. The story flowed and was insightful . . . The book moves swiftly through the story . . . I enjoyed the premises of the book. The characters were well descript and plentiful. The romance was steady and not too much or too mushy. The plot worked well and was imaginative. The story of the vampire/human relationship was well thought out and detailed without being farcical. ~ BeckieG, Goodreads

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. . . wonderful! Fanastic! An easy read for any bookworm, the author did a great job with characterization and making the story flow with every scene. I particularly enjoyed how well she wrote great dialogue to help the story move along. ~ Ash Scott, Amazon

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This novel is a paranormal romance unlike any other I have read before . . . This book is quite a specimen because it's worth isn't just in the romance development but in the stories behind our hero and heorine. I highly recommend this novel to those searching for something much fulfilling, interesting and enchanting than your typical romance. ~ Steph Destiny, Amazon

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A great plot, good character interaction, and plenty of action. Steady paced and will keep you interested. I feel the story could use more description and more emotional involvement. ~ Rebecca Larsen, Goodreads

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A tale of surprises, love, the paranormal, the power of true love's connection and the danger that protecting your loved one can bring . . . their story was a sweet one. Definitely high on the romance and HEA factor, but with surprises around every corner to keep you on your toes. ~ TDCbookreviews, Goodreads

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I was pleasantly surprised.
As I read through, it became more apparent that, “A Vampire’s Tale” was less about the “romance” and more about Corgan’s life and his mission to tell his story to this exceptional human. More of a paranormal or urban action fantasy the story moved quickly; so quickly in fact that I devoured this book in less than a day. The romance was there, but did not resemble the mold that I had come to abhor in years past. Even the intimate scenes were done in such a way that was tasteful and didn’t have me fanning myself and thinking that I accidentally missed an X on the cover. So, much as Corgan made Marisa believe that true vampires do exist, Maya Tyler has managed to show this jaded romance skeptic that there is still such a thing as a sweet love story. Four well deserved stars. If Ms. Tyler’s other stories are anything like “A Vampire’s Tale” I may become a repeat reader. ~ Jennly Reads blog

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. . . filled with fantasy, romance and action . . . the story was well written and plotted. ~ Cathy Geha, Goodreads

 

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