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Fantasy

Publisher:  WoodWitchDame Publications ISBN-10:  0982410298 Type: 
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595

Copyright:  2004 ISBN-13:  9780982410295
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Melanie Nowak - Author of the Venomous Vampire series ALMOST HUMAN

ALMOST HUMAN - The First Trilogy - 3-in-1 Edition:
In this paranormal fantasy, chapters alternate between a vampire and a young woman, as they join an ensemble cast to navigate difficulties of addiction and desire; perils of zombies and vampires; and struggles with abuse, morality and... college.

ALMOST HUMAN - The First Trilogy - 3-in-1 Edition:
In this paranormal fantasy, chapters alternate between a vampire and a young woman, as they join an ensemble cast to navigate difficulties of addiction and desire; perils of zombies and vampires; and struggles with abuse, morality and... college.

Volume 1 - Fatal Infatuation:
Felicity views going away to college as an opportunity to mature into a confident young woman, but her new beginning turns out to be more of an adventure than she bargains for when she finds that her school is plagued by vampires!
Cain is an elder vampire who displays quiet confidence even as he struggles to overcome sins of his past. Surprisingly, he found that in losing his life he gained his faith and a purpose.
His mission: find the hostile vampires that inhabit this small college town, and educate them to live in peace with humans. Their leader, Sindy, is a wicked temptress who has set her sights on Felicity's new friend Ben. She will be difficult to control, but after meeting Felicity, Cain's most difficult task lies in controlling himself.

Volume 2 - Lost Reflections:
Felicity has helped her friends to escape the venomous vixen Sindy, but cannot divine the motives of Cain, the vampire who captured first her gratitude, and then her heart.
She finds the historical account of Cain’s past enthralling and frightening. Now she must determine whether the addictive venom in Cain’s kiss is clouding her judgment, and if his thirst for her blood is a driving force too strong for their love to conquer.
It’s difficult to contemplate such questions while under the attack of a vengeful vampire and his zombie slaves. Felicity’s heart has already been lost to Cain; will she lose her life as well?

Volume 3 - Evolving Ecstasy:
The relationship between Cain and Felicity has crested to a peak that leaves them unsure whether to step back from each other for safety, or jump into a future united in death. Felicity is unlike any human Cain has known before. She treats him as an equal; a man worthy of friendship, respect and even… love. She embodies qualities of gentleness and loving trust that he has never found among his own kind. This makes her far more desirable to him than any creature of darkness could ever be.
The venom of Cain’s bite could protect Felicity from hostile vampires, but it would give him a measure of psychic control over her as well. Would Felicity only accept becoming a vampire, due to his addictive venom, coupled with the foolishness of a young girl in love?
Perhaps there is a brighter future for her in the human world. Is Cain’s desire for Felicity’s love worth the loss of her life?

Excerpt
Almost Human - Volume 1: Fatal Infatuation - by Melanie Nowak

Prologue

Cain

“Tommy’s Place”
A little bar, in a small town, Upstate New York
A Friday night in early June

Cain surveyed the few patrons of the bar with a practiced eye. They were much as he had expected; mostly kids, barely of age. They were probably taking summer classes at the local college. There would surely be more come September. A few older men who looked to be regulars were sitting at the bar, engaged in easy conversation with the bartender. No one was particularly worth his notice; not a killer among them.

Until... she arrived. Yes, surprisingly enough, this young teenage girl was the one he had been waiting for. She was heavily made up, perhaps to try and disguise her age, but still quite intriguing and attractive. She had no trouble entering the establishment, the doorman seemed to find her bewitching as well.

She made her way to the bar, walking with a measured stride and an air of aloofness which told those around her, that she considered them beneath her attentions. The man who followed behind her gave a glare of warning to any who seemed to find her worth more than passing notice. Once at the bar, her companion ordered drinks for them both as she scanned the room.

Her eyes fell upon Cain and he instantly knew that he’d piqued her curiosity. She obviously intended to grace him with her presence. The man she was with seemed none too pleased when she made it known that she wanted him to wait at the bar. She hushed him with an artful smile and a kiss, which left him grudgingly pacified. Good, Cain was hoping to make her acquaintance privately. She approached.

“Hi there.” Her casual toned hardly seemed in accordance with her lofty attitude. “You here alone?” she asked, as she eyed him appraisingly.

“I am. I find myself alone more than not these days.” She would be quite fetching, without all the paint. Her long, straight hair had been tinted the deepest black. She was scantily dressed to show off her fine, lithe body to its utmost advantage. A little more blatantly than he found necessary, but effective all the same. She definitely had his interest. “I see you’re not lacking for company though,” he added, with a nod towards the bar.

She gave a little shrug of dismissal. “He’s not exactly living up to my expectations.”

“Perhaps I could help you do better,” he offered, inviting her to join him with a gesture towards an empty chair.

“Perhaps.” She said it with an amused lilt, teasing him. He wondered if she understood the meaning he’d actually intended. “I’m Sindy.” She drew the chair close to him as she sat and he gave her his name, Cain. “I dig the accent. Funny, when I think of old English dudes, I usually picture them all stodgy. You know, like with a pipe and tweed coat or something. But you’re actually kind of hot.” It was so strange to hear her speaking like an immature teenager when she had the presence of a queen.

He smiled. “Thanks, I guess I’ll take that as a compliment. It’s true I am older than I look, but I’d like to think of myself as anything but stodgy. I don’t smoke, and I hate tweed.”

She grinned and peered at him seductively from behind her long lashes. “Planning on staying in town for a while?”

“I don’t know... I might. I’m actually here on business.”
“Is that so? Well, I’m more of a pleasure seeker myself. Maybe I could show you around. Bet we’d have fun.” Unwelcome images of the blood soaked ‘fun’ she might enjoy invaded his mind as he sought to give her an unconcerned smile.

“I was hoping you’d offer. I would like to get to know you better, if you don’t think your friend would mind.” He gave another meaningful glance towards the bar. Her former companion looked as though he were barely restraining himself from coming over.

“Don’t worry about Ernest. He may not look like much, but I’ve got him wrapped around my little finger. Why don’t I ditch him for now, and we could take a midnight stroll?”
“I thought you’d never ask.”


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Chapter 1 - Firsts

Felicity

The DownTime Cafe and Bookstore
Upstate New York
A Saturday in early September

Felicity approached the store with a stomach full of butterflies. It was her first day at her new job. She wasn’t used to ‘firsts’. Back home everything had always been pretty much the same. In such a small town, nothing changed much. You always knew what to expect and who you were dealing with. Even when she’d started working at the Quickie Mart after school, it was a place and people she had known her whole life. Going away to college had sounded like a great idea. She’d been so jealous when her older brother Edmund had gone off to school in Syracuse and she was more than happy to get away from the two younger brothers she was left with at home.

It would be an adventure! And it was; but there were so many people, and she didn’t know a single one. She didn’t even have a roommate. The lady at the desk had made a big deal about how she was so lucky that there was low enrollment this semester, and Felicity would have her own dorm room. Secretly she had been kind of disappointed. It would have been nice to have had an ‘instant friend’. Popularity was something she had never aspired to. She had always been far too shy. All of her new classes, new professors, new books and ideas. It was a little overwhelming. Now, the new job.

Her parents were paying her tuition, but she had to pay for her own books and half of her living expenses. That was the deal. At least she was here; having to work wasn’t so bad, especially since her grades didn’t exactly warrant a scholarship. Books were expensive, and she had seen this place when she first came to enroll. She had applied for the job right then and there. Good thing too, so many college kids meant stiff competition for a nice job like this. That is, if it’s as nice as it seemed. Only one way to find out.

Before entering, she paused to check her reflection in the glass of the door. She wore a knee length denim skirt with a blue and white striped tailored shirt, opened a bit to reveal a light blue tank top underneath. She hadn’t really wanted to wear the tank, but she was afraid that if she couldn’t leave the top few buttons of the shirt open, it would pull too tightly across her chest. Her friend Deidre was always telling her how lucky she was to have a full and curvy figure, but to Felicity it was usually just something to be self conscious over. She tugged down her skirt a little and hoped she didn’t look too casual.

Her long wavy auburn hair had been pulled back from her face to be held behind with a clip. She’d worn only the usual spare make up that she preferred. A little eyeliner to help bring out the green of her eyes, a hint of blush to her cheeks and some light peach lipstick. After a last glance at her reflection, she resolved not to be shy, to project a confident attitude and hopefully make it through the day without making any embarrassing mistakes. She took a deep breath and opened the door.



Professional Reviews

Good Choice Reading Review – (ALMOST HUMAN - The First Trilogy)
It has been weeks since I read this book and I am still thinking about it and recommending it to everyone. I just cannot get it out of my head!

What I liked the most about this book was that the world and characters Melanie Nowak created were very believable. Some of the things in this book happens in real life on daily basis, of course not the vampires, but school, work, life in general. So it was very easy to relate to her characters and be pulled into the town as if you were living there as well. It was not hard at all to feel like you were there at every scene just watching it all play out.

There were scenes that actually gave me goosebumps, and some that turned my cheeks red. I never had a book make my whole body tingle from just reading a scene. The scene was written so well that I felt every single emotion they were feeling towards each other. It was just perfect in every way!


Everything in this book just went together perfectly. From the first page until the very last. Honestly, there were so many times I thought I knew what was going to happen and was shocked when it went in a whole different direction. This book was well written and has a little bit of everything. You'll cry a little, laugh a little, scream a little and be in shock from time to time. I definitely recommend this book.

Reviewed by Damaris (Dee) Cardinali
Reviewer, GoodChoiceReading.blogspot.com


ALMOST HUMAN - The First Trilogy - review by Untamed Books
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made you feel like you were a part of what was going on. The characters were awesome!! I have always liked the books that made your really hate a character through a good portion of the book and then really like them at the end. I won't spoil this for anyone and tell you who that character was for me but I thought all of the main characters were awesome!! I also like to judge a book on how well the descriptions of the characters and the scenes are. No disappointment there, the book played through my head like a movie. The book was both well written and flowed well! I can't wait to read the next one!! This is a great book, don't miss out!!
Reviewed by Amber May Bradley
Head Reviewer – UntamedBookReviews.com


Bitten By Books review – (ALMOST HUMAN - The First Trilogy)
Almost Human: The First Trilogy collects the stories “Fatal Infatuation”, “Lost Reflections”, and “Evolving Ecstasy”. The tale revolves around a vampire named Cain who has been around awhile and has found happiness with a young college student named Felicity Snow. Each books starts immediately after the events of the previous story.


The story begins with us meeting Felicity Snow who has just left home for the first time to attend a college in upstate New York. Felicity has just gotten a job at the Downtime Café and Bookstore and meets the café manager, Ben, on her first shift. We are also introduced to a wide array of characters that will be featured throughout all three novels. The secondary characters were very well written with one of Ben’s friends, Alyson, being one of my favorites. Ben is written as a possible love interest in the first book and becomes instant friends with the new employee Felicity. Felicity finds our eternal vampire Cain early on.

Cain is originally from Britain but has been traveling for many years when we are introduced to him. He has come to town to track down a group of vampires who have been leaving dead bodies all around town. He has spent years helping other vampires find ways to feed without having to kill humans. Cain never stays long but has been searching for someone to spend eternity with. He finally meets up with the group led by a recently turned vampire named Sindy. He sees Felicity and has an immediate attraction to her. Ben, who has had dealings with vampires before, wants Felicity to steer clear but runs into trouble with Sindy and her group of vampires.

I really enjoyed Almost Human with the characters being richly written in a way to help you relate with all of them. The second book, Lost Reflections, is my favorite of the three with most of Cain’s backstory being fleshed out in this volume. Also, the ending of this book makes you want to start the third immediately. The romance between Cain and Felicity doesn’t feel forced like so many other books in this genre. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about a guy falling in love with girl in a story which just happens to have vampires in it.

Reviewed by Rocky Shields
Reviewer – BittenByBooks.com


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