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Pay it Forward Friday with VAMPIRES OF THE SCARLET ORDER by Author David Lee Summers

Such a Halloween Treat!  

Lots of love, Emily

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My Review 

Vampires of the Scarlet Order

Book 1 By Author David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers Vampire-Scarlet-Order-800x1190Soldiers of fortune and seekers of acceptance is the way I would describe the first book, Vampires of the Scarlet Order by Award Winning Author David Lee Summers.

The novel opens with an introduction to a young man wanting to obtain revenge and suffering from extreme loneliness. In the High Middle Ages, he meets Lord Draco, and is recruited to the Scarlet Order vampire mercenaries. I was entranced with the history.  I felt like I was there.  Fear and honor ran through my fingertips as I read.  It was strange, but the alliance the Church, seemed to almost make sense. A great character and somewhat sad, Lord Draco endeared himself to my soul.

Quickly, I was whisked away from the Middle Ages to the Wild, Wild West in the United States. I felt like the shift happened flawlessly.  The real life characters were written so well, that I thought I was actually getting an eyewitness encounter with Billy the Kid!

Then to Modern Times we come to more characters which emerge and captured my attention. I loved the way Mr. Summers does not “villainize” the vampires. He makes me want to cheer for them and cry for their loneliness and heartbreaks.

Vampires of the Scarlet Order took me on a wild ride from year to year and century to century. I absolutely became enthralled with the characters. Desmond, Lord Draco being my favorite!  Even if you are not a fan of Paranormal, this novel should be on your list.

What got me is that even after reading it, I’m still wondering about the Vampires of the Scarlet Order. I love the cover too, it seems to leap at me!

For this, and so much more, I will have to rate this novel as FIVE STARS and must read for all!

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About

Vampires of the Scarlet Order:

Vampires of the Scarlet Order is an action-adventure novel about an elite cadre of vampire mercenaries who have worked throughout history as pinpoint assassins. Under the command of Desmond, Lord Draco, the Scarlet Order worked for the Spanish Inquisition, Napoleon, and helped to defeat the Ottoman Empire. Now, at the dawn of the 21st century, vampires are too expensive, too untrustworthy, and frankly, too passé for governments to employ any longer. Nanotechnology can be employed to engineer more reliable super soldiers. What’s a vampire got to do for job security?

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Excerpt from

Vampires of the Scarlet Order

From the journals of Dr. Jane Heckman:    Toward a Theory of Vampirism

I have been a vampire for just over a month now and I’m still sorting out what exactly it means to “be a vampire.” I am not aware of any formal, scientific study of vampires. It would appear that we are rare creatures. Classical studies such as Montague Summers’ The Vampire, His Kith and Kin and The Vampire in Europe do little more than survey vampire literature and relate second and third-hand accounts of vampire encounters. More recent studies do little more.

My own field is ballistic and explosive physics, not anthropology, biology or any other field of study that might be more relevant to the study of vampires, which are also known by such names as nosferatu, revenant, vrykolakas and so forth depending on the region of the vampire’s origin. This journal will endeavor to be a first-hand account of my observations. However, since the study of creatures such as vampires is outside my discipline, these notes may lack completeness.

I was born a human but became a vampire through a process of being attacked by a vampire that drank my blood. I, in turn, drank the blood of the attacking vampire. My attacker claims to be a 550-year-old vampire who calls himself Rudolfo.

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sendhil069wk2“For the record, my name is Rudolfo Jésus Juan Ramírez de Córdoba.” Rudolfo’s voice caused me to jump involuntarily.

“How long have you been looking over my shoulder?” I asked huffily laying my pen down.

“Only a few minutes. I saw the title and thought I’d do what I could to clear up any misconceptions you may give your poor readers about me or about vampires in general.” Rudolfo shrugged nonchalantly.

I took a deep breath then let it out slowly. “I’d rather you not stare over my shoulder.”

Rudolfo grinned. “What do I have better to do than watch a beautiful woman work? Besides, it’s interesting.”

I waved my hands at the older vampire. “You could go watch television or something. There’s lots of women to watch there.”

“I hate television,” said Rudolfo, wrinkling his nose. “The stories jump all around. Just as they get interesting, some shill comes on to sell me something I don’t need. It’s very annoying.”

“All right, all right,” I relented. “Get a chair or something, just don’t stand there. It makes me nervous.” I paused for a moment then looked at Rudolfo again, my brow furrowed. “Are you really a vampire named Jésus?”

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” he said, eyes twinkling as he pulled up a chair.

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blackandwhitephotographyfacefemalemirrorreflection-64898a07781698ac7d311da16306a8df_hAs a vampire, I find my outward appearance is very nearly the same as it was when I was human. At the time I became a vampire, I was a woman of 42. Admittedly, some of the changes I record are qualitative: My skin has become smoother and more taut, yet somewhat more pale, taking on something of an alabaster quality. My eye color seems more vivid. My lips seem fuller and a brighter shade of red.

My senses also seem to be improved. I can hear fainter sounds and see more distant objects. Looking up at the night sky, I am able to distinguish the rings of Saturn, something well beyond normal human ability. I should emphasize that my vision does not seem to magnify objects. I simply seem to have improved resolution, as though there are more rods and cones in my eyes. Perhaps an eye test with a qualified optometrist would be in order.

I appear to have acquired the ability to sense the thoughts of others and to project my own thoughts into the minds of others. Though various studies have been made, I know of no study that has definitively demonstrated the existence of telepathy in humans. I also know of no satisfactory hypothesis describing a mechanism for telepathy. Perhaps further study of this ability with vampires would yield better results than it has with humans.

I have become stronger. It is much easier for me to load my crossbow than before I became a vampire. I can now easily subdue and feed upon human males that I estimate to be two and a half times my weight. Because I was neither a violent person nor the subject of an attack prior to becoming a vampire, I do not know what I was capable of as a human. However, I strongly suspect I was not capable of such a feat of physical prowess.

More quantitatively: My canine teeth now extend approximately 0.125 inches below the neighboring teeth. In spite of what is shown in many vampire movies, my canine teeth do not retract, they are fixed much like those of a dog.

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“What an unflattering comparison,” muttered Rudolfo.

Turning around, I scowled at him. “What do you mean? Dogs have long canine teeth. It’s a reasonable comparison.”

“So do cats,” he said, grinning wistfully, displaying his own fangs. “And I would say you have feline grace and charm.”

“If you don’t stop interrupting, you’ll see what a bitch I can be,” I growled.

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Bio of Author David Lee Summers

David Lee SummersDavid Lee Summers is the author of eight novels and numerous short stories and poems.  His writing spans a wide range of the imaginative from science fiction to fantasy to horror.

David’s novels include The Solar Sea, which was selected as a Flamingnet Young Adult Top Choice, Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order, which tells the story of a band of vampire mercenaries who fight evil, and Lightning Wolves, which is a wild west steampunk adventure.  His short stories and poems have appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Realms of Fantasy, Cemetery Dance, and Apocalypse 13.

In 2010, he was nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award. 

In addition to writing, David edits the quarterly science fiction and fantasy magazine Tales of the Talisman and has edited three science fiction anthologies: A Kepler’s Dozen, Space Pirates and Space Horrors

When not working with the written word, David operates telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory.  Learn more about David at www.davidleesummers.com

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Our races are sworn enemies of each other…

From MACTUS, 2nd Book in The Light-Bearer Series

tumblr_m5dzodppYc1r08eawo1_500“Our races are sworn enemies of each other. The Blood-Hunters and Light-Bearers are ancient rivals. However, Tab and I have a special relationship. We are not enemies. We are connected by love.” Charmeine explained to Shane.

Tabbruis looked at her with surprise and his lips curled with a smile.

Charmeine hung her head thinking maybe she shouldn’t have said it, but it was how she felt. She turned and gazed in his eyes. “Yes, I said love and meant it, Tab.”

glowing-handsSmiling wide now, Tabbruis lovingly took her hand, kissed it, and enfolded his hands over hers. White sparks encircled their hands.

Then Tabbruis looked at Shane and pulled a hand away. His heart became heavy with what he was about to say. “It is true. My race is called Blood-Hunters or Elders. The Elders are run by an Elder Council. They have a prison secured by Elder Temple Guards. We are supposed to track, hunt and kill Light-Bearers. They are the only threat we have on Earth. Since Charleen is a Light-Bearer, she was probably going to be captured and sent to the Elder Temple to be put to death on the Altar of Judgment.”

Charmeine realized what danger she had been in. Her body shuttered thinking about it.

Shane’s mouth hung open in disbelief.

“Furthermore, the Elder Council monitors and polices the Blood-Hunters to make sure they do not cross the line with Humans. It is a horrible thing. I loathe this war between our races. However, I cannot and will not hurt her. I want to protect and love her always.” He kissed her hand again.

imagesCAGAPA85“What in the Hell are you talking about, man?” Shane uttered.

Tabbruis hung his head in disgust. “I have no words to tell you how this angers me. To be with her is to be condemned by my race, the Blood-Hunters.” He looked at her with pure love in his eyes, “But it seems little price to pay to love her.”

She welled in tears. They fell across her checks as he swept them away.

Tabbruis grabbed her sparking hand and cupped it close to his heart.

“I knew you two were crazy for each other, but I had no idea.” Shane put his head in his hands. “I guess I believe you. But Man, this is a trip. In all the years I have known Char, she has never lied to me. I’m shocked. This is really out there.” He ran his hand over his half-shaven beard and sighed, “But nothing else can explain your blood loss and the way you are healed today, Tab.”

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Shane is shocked!

What would you say if your best friend said they were a Supernatural?

I’m awed because Tabbruis and Charmeine know they can be put to death for loving each other.

Forbidden Love…

Lots of love, Emily


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