by K.M. Smith
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Adam is the resident vampire in a small college town in Michigan. It’s the same scenario every night: wander campus, snag a co-ed for dinner, get home before dawn. Rinse. Repeat–until an irresistible new professor appears. From the shadows, he follows her every footstep, lurking, until he witnesses a tragic accident. As life drains from the object of his desire, he is faced with an impossible choice: Should he intervene or not?
22 years later, Alice Peterson is well on her way to graduating from college. Her life and goals are set, and her future is bright. But Alice meets Adam and a tempestuous wind portends a different fate. Thrust into a world she thought to be fictitious, Alice must rely on wit, cunning and newfound powers if she hopes to survive. Adam will do what he must to keep Alice from learning too much about her past, including the unthinkable.
No good deed goes unpunished as familial bonds are pushed to their limit and new relationships are tested. Filled with action and bloodlust-fueled drama, read on to unlock the mystery when Alice reaches her Turning Point.
It had been a long, hot summer and pickings had been slim. Too much daylight meant not enough drunken co-eds. Shorter nights made dealing with the Hunger easier, but there would come a time when the balance would shift. Rarely satiated, often malnourished, the cycle of Hunger pervaded a vampire’s psyche and would drive one to rashness, belligerence, and sometimes, insanity. Adam was heading toward belligerence.
It was time to break his fast.
At eleven p.m., he set out. The late hour provided anonymity, yet much of the sloppy debauchery was, thankfully, yet to come. The students had returned and Cascarelli’s (‘Relli’s as it was known locally), the only bar in the sleepy college town of Albion, Michigan, was hopping. Fresh faces, bright young minds, and tight bodies converged, forming an energy that was infectious and permeated the air for blocks in all directions. Fingers tingling, Adam absorbed the ambient zest and vigor he needed to complete his mission. His steps quickened the more he thought about the night ahead. The week before fall semester was always his favorite. The promise of a fresh start pushed spirits higher than at any other time, except maybe the week before spring break, but March in Michigan could be so dreary. Arriving at ‘Relli’s, he inhaled deeply. The summer had been so long.
Loud music, grungy smells and sweaty bodies pressing together awaited him on the other side of the door. Butterflies fluttered through his insides as he rubbed his hands together. Pausing to adjust his stance and set his face to appear human, he pushed open the door and stepped over the threshold. Before his boot hit the floor, one intoxicating scent slammed into him. A woman.
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About the Author
K.M. Smith has been around the world and currently resides in Texas. Writing is her passion, and writing about vampires and people with different supernatural abilities makes her giddy. Growing up in Michigan and spending time in several parts of the world has provided her with unique perspectives and innumerable opportunities for storytelling. K.M. is married to a wonderful and understanding man, and she is the mother of two children who test her knowledge of life and push her limits of caffeine intake daily. She is a bit of a dabbler and jumps headfirst into any endeavor she takes on (like writing a book and turning it into a series). When not at her desk, she can be found smashing her way through the tennis courts in the suburbs of Houston. Occasionally, she can be found writing at her blog kristynotkirsty.com.