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Lance – Hathaway House Book 12 By Dale Mayer


Lance
Hathaway House Book 11
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Dale Mayer

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Welcome to Hathaway House.
Rehab Center. Safe Haven.
Second chance at life and love.

Lance Mayfair sought out Hathaway House at the recommendation of a friend, who told him it was an answer to prayer. Lance knows more about prayers than answers, but, if he can see progress in one particular area of his life and health, it will be worth the effort and the pain. He’ll do anything he can to play music again. It’s all he has left now that his days as a Navy SEAL are over and, with them, any chance of a happy, productive life.

However, the shoulder injury that ended his career pretty much guarantees he’ll never play his beloved instruments ever again.

Unless Hathaway House and Jessica can work a miracle.

Jessica has worked with many patients at Hathaway House, but she connects with Lance in a way she didn’t with any of the others. She can see the need inside him—his desire to create again, to heal through music. And his goal becomes her goal: to see him play music in his soul again.

Only his music isn’t all he wants or needs, and making him happy goes a long way to making her happy, but it’s not enough. Both want and need so much more.

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When Ian sends Lance pictures of his recovery, Lance was sure they had been photoshopped. He couldn’t believe the difference between the man he knew here and the one in the photos. Even Jaden was encouraging hm to go to Hathaway House, both man swore it would make all the difference in the world.

The journey definitely took a toll on him, as has been the case with every one we’ve met in these books so far. It seems to me that Lance is perhaps a little more aware of the things that could hold him back.

His set back comes in the form of anemia and an infection, not a mental one as we’ve seen before. Jessica his nurse has been very watchful of him. She’s drawn to him on a level she doesn’t quite understand. In one of their conversations he mentioned music was a hobby, one he made money from before he went into the service. He also mentioned the guitar as one of the instruments he played.

On one of her trips into town Jessica spots an old guitar, it wasn’t expensive and she has it tuned and leaves it for him while he’s sleeping.

This is a favorite scene.

“Well, that’s hard to believe,” he said. In his wheelchair, he stopped at the coffee station and tried to put some on his tray, but it was already pretty full.

“Not to worry,” Dennis said. “I’ll come behind you and bring you a fresh cup.”

“Only if you’ve got time,” he said, looking back at him.

“I’ll make time,” he said. “It’s coffee after all, and we all need it in the morning.”

Lance smiled and said, “Well, I sure do. I’m definitely a coffee drinker,” he said.

And he slowly pushed his wheelchair outside in the sun. If nothing else he needed the sunshine and some vitamin D. Jessica was right about that. In the morning he wouldn’t burn. He knew it would still take a few days for the antibiotics to kick in fully, but he had to admit to feeling a little bit better. When Dennis arrived with a cup of coffee and a glass of juice, Lance smiled and thanked him.

But Dennis just laughed. “Be prepared for company,” he said, as he turned to leave, seeing Jessica coming with her own plate of food.

“One of the benefits of living and working here,” Lance said, motioning at the food, “is that you get to have the same food that we do.”

“And that’s a huge benefit,” she said. “This is actually fresh orange juice,” she said, picking it up and taking a sip. She studied Lance over the rim of the glass, and he smiled back at her.

“Yes, I feel much better,” he said. “I think I just overdid it yesterday.”

Her gaze still watchful, she nodded. “And who knows if that iron is starting to kick in or not.”

“I doubt if it’s that fast,” he said, “but I did make sure I had lots of dark greens and beef for dinner last night.”

“Good,” she said. “We’ll get you there eventually.”

“I just hadn’t really expected the eventually to start off so dismally,” he said.

“Everybody is different,” she said. “Everybody has to heal on their own.”

“I know,” he said with a smile. “I’m just so grateful everybody came in and out last night, keeping me awake,” he said, rolling his eyes. “But you guys were checking up on me, so I can’t really complain. Speaking of which,” he said, lifting his fork and pointing it at her, “I presume it’s you I have to thank for the guitar.”

Her face beamed into a beautiful smile.

He stared at her, fascinated, because she was one of those people who showed every expression on her face. Whereas he didn’t seem to show any, she was like this open book. “Yes, indeed,” she said. “I remembered what you said, and I was at a secondhand store, so it didn’t cost very much,” she said. “Honestly, getting it tuned cost more than buying the guitar itself.”

“Well, I did run my fingers across the strings,” he confessed. “And it was nice to hear that it was tuned and in good order.”

“Good,” she said. “I never really know if people are doing what they said they’ll do,” she said. “And it’s certainly not my field.”

“Not a problem,” he said, chuckling. “When I go back after breakfast, maybe I’ll try it out.” He flexed his fingers. “I’m not sure I’ll be able to play.”

“It’s worth a try. Do you have sessions today?”

“No, not for a couple days,” he said. “Shane has put me on minor stuff, no heavy-duty workouts until I’m back on my feet again.”

“That’s probably best,” she said. “Much better to take it slow and steady instead of going too far, too fast, only to end up going backward.”

“Exactly,” he said. Just then somebody called her, so she excused herself, and he could see that she would not likely be back.

So, finishing his coffee, he rolled his way back over and filled it up again, tucked it into a little cupholder on the wheelchair, which he thought was one of the best little add-ons to a wheelchair that he’d seen. He slowly made his way back to his room. Once there, he put the coffee cup down, so it was out of the way, then picked up the guitar, trying to adjust his position. He shifted awkwardly up onto the bed, then shifted again so the bed was in a better sitting position, where he could sit with his legs stretched out.

Gently at first, he strummed the guitar. Soon soft gentle musical notes filled the room. He leaned back, closing his eyes, and let the pleasure of hearing the music float through him again, soaking it into his bones. It was such a healing sound for him, and he wondered why he’d never thought to have some musical instrument with him. Mostly because music had been out of the realm of possibility, so he’d just stopped letting it be part of his world. He gently let his fingers play, going from a love song to a country song and back to a ballad. By the time he opened his eyes, several people were in the doorway. He looked at them in surprise, his fingers coming down over the strings to silence them.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “I never gave it a thought, but I shouldn’t be playing inside, should I?”

Dani stepped through the crowd to say, “Maybe not at certain times,” she said, “but, during the day like this, something like that is absolutely beautiful,” she said. “You are very talented.”

He smiled at her. “Thank you,” he said. “And I promise I’ll try not to fill the halls with music all day long.”

“You’re definitely welcome to play inside during the day,” she said. “But, when you want to take it outside, just let us know,” she said. “I’m sure you’ll have quite an audience who will enjoy the music with you.”

He loved that. He loved the freedom to be a part of this. And he really loved the acceptance from those around him.
Dale Mayer. Lance (Kindle Locations 980-986). Valley Publishing Ltd..

Music brings Jessica and Lance closer, but not all the current residents are happy about it. Dani reaches a compromise and sets a schedule for him to play. Shane notices that work would need to be done to enable Lance to continue playing the various instruments he obviously loves and takes on that challenge.

We get to see Stan and Robin from the Vet clinic and the puppies that need to be bottle fed as well as the horses and of course Max the cat that seems to think he owns the place.

There was quite the surprise in this book, for both Hathaway House as a whole and Jessica. One that really shows how very different each and every journey is.

This is another beautiful story of recovery, romance and new beginnings. I truly can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Vampire in Charge – Family Bloods Ties Book 10 By Dale Mayer


Vampire in Charge
Family Blood Ties Book 10
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Dale Mayer

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Teenage vampires Tessa and Cody and human Jared believed they’d stopped the war Old World vampires had waged on humans, intent on setting up underground blood farms to provide them with a never-ending feeding source.

Tessa and Cody looked forward to seeing their love come to fruition and sharing a long, uneventful life together. But, as the hard work the peaceful vampire clans and their allies had undertaken unravels all over again, another startling secret to top all previous secrets comes to light.

How can the three of them know who to trust when literally everyone seems to have something to hide?

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At the end of the last book we saw the epic battle Tessa has with Deanna in her mind. Tessa is not going to tolerate Deanna taking her over, not at all. Now Tessa thinks she has everything figured out, but does she?

Rhia has found Seth, but he’s unconscious. With Ian and Wendy at her side and Jared keeping an eye on Seth the battles begin. They have one more thing to accomplish, find the new batch of humans, specifically Clarissa. Jared won’t leave until he finds her and knows she’s going to be safe. In another part of this unholy place, Goran has entered with the human army. In their hurry to be heroes, they rushed into a trap and they are all out cold. Well all but Goran, he’s fighting the attackers and Serus is on his way to help.

Cody and Tessa find they need to get the current Council members up and functioning in order to vote out the retired members who had been woken. Those elders coming back into power is not an option, they need to be stopped. That’s when the discover an anomaly. Terry claims to be a deceased Councilman’s son, but Tessa senses something wrong with him. Something too innocent for his age, too unaware, very likely a clone. Leaving Terry with Jameson they step outside for some air only to discover the attack they were waiting for was coming.

This is a favorite scene.

Tessa stood in the open doorway, watching as the wave of vamps approached. They were minutes out. She knew everyone was scurrying to safety below. It was like a bad movie. She should be slamming the doors shut, but all she could think about was that there had to be a better way.

Sure, David had gone to get the gas and that was a great idea – if the gas gave a shit who got caught up in its spray.

No, there were rumblings in the back of her head that were not clear enough to understand. She thought it might be both Deanna and Hortran screaming at her to run. If she died – they died. And that wasn’t what they wanted either.

Back inside, she shut down the double doors and raced up to the apartment at the top. Beast stayed with her. She’d lost Cody, who was helping to search the upstairs and make sure everyone was down safe below.

Everyone but her.

And why is that, Cody asked in her head. Why is it that everyone is going below and you’re going up.

I can’t help but think that if everyone is below and they blow up the building up, everyone dies.

What? He cried out in alarm. We’re deliberately sending them below to safety.

Then someone, Sian maybe, needs to lead everyone through to the tunnels. In case the building does go down.

She could hear his thoughts spin.

Okay, I’ll send everyone forward. If this is going in that direction, it is better to be safe. We do have a lot of injured here though that can’t be moved.

I know she said softly. And that’s maybe what they are counting on.

Motre is searching the various floors and sending everyone below. David has the gas hooked up, but he needs me here so you can tell me when they get into the building.

I can do that.

Are they close?

One hundred meters, less.

Give me the countdown as I’m now standing right beside him.

She watched, knowing the timing was everything. The ground was black as they ran toward the Hall.

Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. Five.

Several men started to scramble up the stairs, a feral look of hate on their faces. She lifted her gaze to the horizon.

Flyers!

Dozens of flyers.

What? Cody roared. Damn it, Tessa, get out of there. It’s not safe.

I’m as safe as anyone at this moment, she said.

No, you’re not. His voice roared through her head.

Three. Men started to pour into the Hall.

Two. She could see the back end of the black wave. They were almost all inside.

As the last tumbled through the double doors, she dropped down to the front entrance and shut the doors then screamed, One!

And she jumped to the windowsill on the first floor and climbed her way up to where Beast waited for her. Did it work? She watched from the apartment deck, knowing the flyers were approaching. She had already chosen a hiding spot out on the deck, up between the rafters. She moved into position. She didn’t know how fast the gas would take effect or if it was even the killing kind.

She hoped so.

Having to skewer all those men would be horrific and emotionally deadly.

But there were dozens of flyers landing around her now. So far, no one had seen her. Beast was inside the apartment and the doors were wide open.

They should see him as one of them.

He was, after all, their creation.

But not all creations were thankful for the master’s handiwork. Beast wanted to rip their heads off – he was just waiting for the chance.

She’d happily give it to him, but on her terms. Not a wild bite fest.

Beast snarled.

The vamp closest to him snorted. “They made some really ugly specimens, didn’t they?”

As if understanding, the tempo of Beast’s snarl deepened. The vamp snorted and walked past. “Good thing they are on our side.”

“Still, don’t trust them,” another flyer said. “They creep me out.”

“Not to worry. The specimens die after a few days. They’re a weapon with a short life term.”

Tessa sucked back her breath. Beast was going to die? On his own? No, her mind screamed. That wasn’t fair.

She’d come to love that dog…wolf…whatever it was. He had heart. And he was different. She could relate to both of those. And she’d do her damnedest to save him. If possible.

But it would have to wait until they got through this mess. If they got through.

She took a deep breath and locked her arms, making them stronger to keep her in position above the men.

She slipped into her mind and powered up all that energy that she’d accessed before. She could sense Hortran’s approval and Deanna’s frustration.

They were both waiting for her to do something, but she knew she had to be in the right space mentally to make this natural and…easy.

She’d been running hot when she’d walked through the hallway and wiped out all the enemy. Then it had happened naturally. But right now she hadn’t been fighting, wasn’t on alert, and…was more tired than she remembered being in a long time.

Therein lay the problem.

Digging deep, she spread her energy outward, thin yet vibrant. She stretched far and wide, connecting to the ceiling, the walls. Where she connected physically, she blended on an energetic level. Then spread out more. Inside the wood, inside the metals, through the air to each of the men below. As she reached for them, she released a deep sigh and released her breath, then flicked each of the flyers in the heart.

One by one, they fell.

Like dominos.

“Whoa, Jake?” One man on the rooftop raced inside. “What’s wrong?”

Tessa continued to stretch, to float through the air, intent on sprawling to the skies, feeling a weightlessness in her inner being. She was connected, to nature, to the inanimate objects, the animate objects. Beast lay down on the floor below her. She was careful to connect in a loving way. When he rolled over onto his back, she caressed his belly. His tongue lolled to the side. She pulled down and gave him a warm hug then carried on to the other side where a half dozen flyers were staring down over the rooftop, oblivious to the silent attack behind them. She swept out a long strand of energy and sent bolts into their hearts. One by one, silent and lethal, they dropped to the rooftop. Dead.

From her hiding position, she searched for signs of life. And found her rooftop empty. She started to lower herself down when something stopped her. She froze, her senses tingling.

Cody was approaching.

Where are you? he asked.

Can you see me?

I can…I see something. It’s me.

I’m here, there, and everywhere.

I see a rooftop littered with bodies. Are you hurt? he asked in a sharp voice.

No, she said softly. I’m fine.

He landed. She could feel his arrival like a ripple into her energy field as he was absorbed into them, one of her. Part of her. One with her. As always.

She slowly unhooked herself from the roof and stretched, feeling herself, soul, heart moving outward.

Calm. Controlled. Endless.

“Hey,” Cody stood in front of her. “You sure you’re okay?”

She gave him a sweet smile. “I feel great. Do you know how everyone is down below?”

“I doubt anyone is left alive,” he admitted. “I just hope our people are safe.”

“They feel like they are. I can sense life way below us,” she said in a low tone as she walked to the edge of the roof. She felt odd. Spacey. Not bad, but light. Connected to the universe around her. And it was so damn special.

“We need to go to the source of where they came from. Are you up for that?”

She closed her eyes and turned in the direction the wave of vampires had come from. The energy was thick and dark but very easy to track.

“Let’s go,” And she dropped over the roof to the ground several stories below.

“Wait,” Cody roared. “You can’t fly.”

Cody flew over the edge to the vast space below, his heart hammering in shock. She’d just jumped over. For a glider, that was a crazy ass distance. For anyone else, it was suicide.

“Tessa?”

Her laughter floated toward him. He shook his head. His own knees were crying out at the landing she had coming up.

He flew lower, faster, intent on swooping down and grabbing her before she hit hard, only to find she was floating down gently. She landed softly then called up to Beast, “Jump.”

And in shock, Cody watched as Beast jumped off the rooftop apartment with a complete lack of fear. Cody flew up, snagged him mid-fall, and lowered the massive animal to the ground.

“You didn’t expect him to land softly, did you?” Cody asked, turning to study Tessa. She had a distant look in her eye. “Or did you learn to fly in a way that not even I can? And then have the dog fly with you.”

“I don’t know what I expected. I just know that it was all going to be fine. And it was.” She smiled. “He might have landed okay, I might have saved him, but neither instance had a chance to happen as you stepped in and changed it.”
Mayer, Dale. Vampire in Charge (Family Blood Ties Series Book 10) (Kindle Locations 1218-1289). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

That wasn’t the end though, Tessa and Cody follow the energy from the army they just destroyed to the source.

Meeting up again with her family, Ian, Wendy, Goran and Jared, they reiterate the need for them to return to Council Hall before the elders take back control. Goran and Jared find Clarissa, attached to machines and unconscious like all the other humans they found there. Jared won’t leave her side, not this time.

It’s at Council Hall that things get even more tense and intriguing as this book begins to wrap everything up. Deanna and Hortran leave a very interesting legacy for the council to discover as well.

Another action-paced, suspenseful read with a touch of romance. The perfect ending to this series.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Vampire In Control – Family Blood Ties Book 9 by Dale Mayer


Vampire in Control
Family Blood Ties Book 9
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Could life get any worse? Teenage vampire Tessa isn’t so sure it can. She’s caught in a web of Deanna’s cruel making, forced into an alternate reality she isn’t sure where she fits into or how to escape.

The love of her life Cody sees their lives deteriorating as he struggles to save her from secrets that, like poison, have festered. When the truth comes to light, there will be hell to pay, and he knows only that he has to be there when it does.

In a maze of lies and deceit, the path to a safe haven is shrouded, how close they are to the door is impossible to see from any distance. Survival may depend on newly awakened powers Tessa isn’t sure she possesses and, if she does, can even control.

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A the end of the last book we finally learn Bart’s secrets and see his true self. That’s also when Cody and Tessa realize Deanna is a bigger problem than they thought. Jared, Ian and Wendy get attacked in the Council Hall basement, you know that’s not good.

Tessa needs to take total control back, but she’s not exactly sure how to do that and be sure Deanna can never her take over again. The whole Deanna thing is messing with Cody, he loves Tessa but he’s having a lot of trouble with that whole takeover thing.

Rhea discovers she hadn’t yet sent Seth away, and when she’s about to hide out to hitch a ride to the blood farm, she discovers Ian, Wendy and Jared in the back of the van. Jared does manage to send a text out before he can’t move anymore. Rhia knows has to somehow protect them and find Seth.

Serus is recovering from being stabbed by Bart, that he lived at all was all Tessa and her new ability to manipulate energy. Of course he isn’t going to stay down, Rhia’s his wife, Seth is his son, one way or another he wants to get to them both.

David finally finds Jewel and when he hears about the ambush where Jared’s phone led Tessa, Cody and Motre, he believes it’s an attempt to get everyone away from Council Hall.

Sending their father’s back to the Council Hall, Cody and Tessa with Motre decide to go the long way there. Through the tunnel from the hospital to the Hall. Traveling through the tunnel they make a startling discovery of yet another form of experiments the blood farms have been doing. Dogs or wolf-dog hybrids trained to attack, they die with silver too. In largest of these animals Tessa saw enough light to cure him.

This is a favorite scene.

And Cody realized something else. This strong beautiful woman in front of him was still the gentle, caring Tessa that had gone after her own people to save a friend. And now that she’d come up against a dog that had been abused by the enemy and turned against her, she was still trying to save it.

“You can’t save it,” Motre cried out in frustration. “We just killed the rest of these evil bastards.”

“I can see its energy. It was bigger than the others. They gave him the same amount of drugs as the others instead of basing it on body weight.”

Cody shook his head, trying to understand. “So he’s not turned?”

“He’s been turned into this, but the original dog is still in there.”

“Dog or wolf?” Motre snapped. “Even if you could fix him, he’s still going to be dangerous as hell.”

“Maybe and maybe not,” Tessa said quietly. “What if I could heal him?”

And she lay down on the cement floor in front of the dog.

Both Motre and Cody jumped forward to protect her, but she held up her hand. The dog stopped bristling and snarling. He walked over slowly to stand over her.

With his breath caught in the back of his throat, Cody could barely stand still when the dog, calmer, not so killerish looking, whimpered whimpered and lay down beside her.

And laid its head on her ribs.

“Holy crap,” Motre whispered.

Cody watched as she gently reached out a hand and stroked the dog’s fur and seemed to continue the stroke out into the air. And he understood. She was moving the darkness away from the animal. Cleaning it of the damaging poison that had turned it into a killer. The dog slowly turned less black and more silvery gray as Tessa worked. The animal whimpered several times while she worked.

Just when Cody figured that Motre was going to say something about being short on time, Tessa laid a hand on the back of the dog’s neck and slowly sat up. The dog’s head slid down to her lap, but he made no move to stand up and leave. Or to stop her. Sitting, Tessa checked out the dog’s energy a little further. “I think he’ll be okay now.”

“Think?” Motre scoffed. “The penalty is high if you’re wrong.”

“Not really. Just a bite. And I’ll heal.”

Talking quietly to the dog, she carefully stood up. The dog stood up with her, apparently not willing to be separated. Cody stared down at the huge dog and wondered what had happened to it. “What could they have done that turned these dogs into killers? And surely there would have been easier weapons. Although it is hard to imagine one with greater shock value.”

“It’s the genetic experiments and drugs,” she said quietly. “They are growing some, snatching others off the streets, and perverting them into this. But this guy appears to be slowly recovering. I wonder if he wasn’t as badly treated or hadn’t been under their control for very long that I could still see the essence of who he was.”

“Well, how about you shoo him away and let’s get moving?”

The dog slowly turned his massive head to stare at Motre, a horrific growl sliding out the back of his throat.

Whoa.

Motre hastily shifted back several steps. Tessa casually reached down one hand and placed it on the dog’s head. He subsided instantly.

Cody stared at Tess. “Did you just tell it to stop that?”

“Sure. He’s well-trained.”

Motre snorted. “That’s what you call it?”

She smiled. “He’s less certain of you because he can feel your fear.”

“And can you feel his fear?” Cody asked curiously. “He’s huge and dangerous if you can’t control him.”

“I don’t know that I can control him, but I can communicate with him somewhat.”

“If he goes after me, I will kill him,” Motre snapped.

“If he goes after you, it will be because he’s afraid that you’ll go after him and he’s only defending himself.”

This was an interesting twist. “What are you going to do with him?” Cody asked. “I’m not sure you can keep him as a pet. He’s hardly pet material. Look at the size of him. His head is almost at your waist. The jaws on that thing…” He left the sentence unfinished. The other dogs hadn’t been quite so big or so bad-looking or as mean-looking. But they’d been deadly. And they’d been killed. He had no idea what to do with the dog now. And would it even die the same way as the others had? “Why did the dogs die by silver? That makes no sense.”

“It’s the genetic material they injected into the dogs,” she said. “Vampire blood. Makes them hungry for more, and yet is affected by silver and sunlight the same as we are. They are trying to make these animals perfect so they can replicate them. I’d say these were the first ones tested, so they don’t know how the injections work on them yet.”

“The spikes should have made them bleed out as any normal injury would to a dog, not explode like vampires though.”

“I’m wondering if they didn’t switch the blood in their veins with vampire blood,” she said quietly, staring down at the massive dog beside her. He seemed content to wait for her to make the next move. He wasn’t exactly sure yet, but he suspected she had gained a pet.

“Can we go now?” Motre strode in the direction the dogs had come from. “I’d like to make sure there are no more of those psycho animals to scare the bejesus out of everyone at the Council Hall.”

“Good point.” Tessa walked to the door. The dog remained sitting where she’d left him. Cody watched and wondered. Tessa got to the door, turned back to the dog, and raised an eyebrow. She looked at him and said, “Well?”

And the dog loped toward her like an obedient puppy—only ten times the size.

Jesus. Could this day get any weirder?
Mayer, Dale. Family Blood Ties: Books 7-9 (pp. 589-592). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Serus takes command unwilling at Council Hall while Goran leads the human army to where they believe the entrance to the blood farm is.

A tower room holds some interesting clues and Tessa gets an idea of who might be in charge. The elders who were council members are called in by Jameson causing quite the uproar. Fearing a vote that could take them all back to the dark ages Sian and the others work to find all the council members still alive.

It’s become a battle of not only the enhanced vampires, but also time as this book springs surprise after surprise on us.

I’m starting the final book in this series. I am so very thankful this is a completed series.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Vampire in Crisis – Family Blood Ties Book 8 By Dale Mayer


Vampire in Crisis
Family Blood Ties Book 8
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When teenage vampire Tessa’s existence exploded in sheer pandemonium and she was forced to figure out how to survive Deanna’s dark inheritance, she comes out the other side seeing more, hearing more, understanding more about herself and the world around her. But more isn’t always better.

Tessa’s boyfriend and protector Cody doesn’t like what’s happening to the girl he loves. She’s been through hell, and she has yet to emerge fully from the flames. Even as she tells him she has to face the darkness alone, he’s determined to stand steadfastly by her side…whether she wants him there or not.

Human teen Jared can’t believe all the trouble he’s found himself in lately. Every trail he’s followed seems to lead straight into a whole different nest of misfortune. He thought he’d escaped the worst, avoided further woe, but once a friend goes missing, he has no choice but to seek help – and then the person he confides in disappears, too. He no longer knows where to turn. In the past, Tessa and Cody were always there for him. Now everything’s changed – were they still?

The vampire world Tessa comes from has never appeared ready for her before. But the new-and-improved Tessa seems to be poised to take the world as everyone knows it by storm…

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If you haven’t read the other’s in this series, STOP. Read them in order or they won’t make sense.

When we left Tessa, she was with Deanna and Hortran as they are dying. With the declaration she’s The One, Hortran initiates the process to transfer all of Deanna’s memories and knowledge. He also added his own, making a true overload of information. However it’s Hortran’s that was critical to her survival. It’s all about the energy and we’ve already seen what Tessa can do with that. Unfortunately she’s unconscious at the moment with a lot of people worried about her.

In the meantime, Jared and Clarissa recruit Taz to help them find Tobias. Taz sends them off to school knowing the process will take a while.

This is a favorite scene as Tessa wakes, I really love Cody.

She shook her head, trying to sort out the impressions running through her mind. Before there’d have been no need to sort, but now her head was stuffed and she couldn’t think. It was getting worse every minute.

“Stop,” she snapped. “Clear out. I want my thoughts and mine alone.”

There was a slight snicker in her mind.

She lit up.

Cody!

Hey sweetheart, are you done rambling through that mess in there? Have you sorted yourself out?

His warm caring tone slipped down the path of her thoughts, brightening her world.

She laughed in delight. I wasn’t to begin with, but I think I’m slowly understanding how it works. She quickly explained the little bit she had figured out. From the odd silence, she knew he didn’t quite get it.

It’s okay. I know it all sounds crazy, but it’s improving, she said comfortably.

If you say so. He hesitated then asked in a low voice, Are you ready to come back?

Come back?

She didn’t understand the question. What do you mean? I haven’t gone anywhere.

No, but you’re unconscious and there are some very worried people out here.

Unconscious. She digested that. Then how come I can communicate with you?

I don’t know, but I’m glad you can.

Me too. She paused, thinking about all she’d seen. Did you see my eyes open up a while ago?

Yes, he said in surprise. I called you, but you closed your eyes and drifted off again. It was weird, like you were caught in some strange half-awake, half-asleep state.

When I first opened my eyes, there was just a crazy kaleidoscope of color. It was hard to look so I slammed them shut again.

Ah, and now?

The concern in his voice made her wonder how long she’d been out.

I’ll try again, she said.

Yes, please. Your father is here and he’s very worried.

Oh no. She hadn’t considered that other people might be there waiting for her to surface. How horrible it must seem for those waiting.

Sorry, she whispered.  I didn’t mean to stay away for so long.

No worries, but we’d love to have you come back.

Tessa let out a deep heavy sigh that seemed to come from a long ways inside – and released it.

As she let the last of the air out, she opened her eyes.

The color was still there. The vibrancy was still there but it was softer, less obnoxious – prettier.

Still different than what she was used to, but better in a way.

Then she caught sight of faces mixed into the colors. One in particular – her father.

Then she understood – the colors came from the individual people around her.

She could see them clearer than ever and the colors were more distinct than before, but they were still just the energy of the people around her.

Her father.

And Cody. She tilted her head upward, smiled at his worried face, and said, “Hey.”
Mayer, Dale. Family Blood Ties: Books 7-9 (pp. 265-267). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

This whole thing brings a new level to the fore. We still have people and vampires disappearing, Sian and Wendy are still working with the data from the blood farm. Rhia needs to figure out what happened with Seth. Jewel is at Council Hall recuperating. David and all the others are still at the Vampire Hospital. They need to finish what they started here, releasing the prisoners and getting rid of all the bad guys.

What we know about the bad guys, they are enhanced physically, they have improved weaponry and they smell horrible when staked. On another level, they consider humans to be animals, they were cloning vampires, Goran took those out when his oldest son was killed. The higher ups want Goran, Serus, Cody and Tessa’s DNA. They’ve been unsuccessful at their attempts so far.

Now Rhia’s about to do the unthinkable, Clarissa is taken, Tessa has more than one battle to fight, Jared turns to the vampires for help again, and Bart the little weasel shows up again too.

That’s only the beginning…fast-paced and exciting, as more answers are found and the trail to the blood farm bosses narrows.

I’m just going to keep reading, I really need to know what happens next!

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Vampire in Chaos – Family Blood Ties Book 7 By Dale Mayer


Vampire in Chaos
Family Blood Ties Book 8
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Teenage vampire Tessa hasn’t had a chance to take a deep breath with her boyfriend Cody after the war the two of them and their human friend Jared prevented when her life again plummets into chaos.

Her father is missing, Goran is in a coma, her mother seems about to go off the deep end, and David has also disappeared, seemingly of his own volition. With her world plunged into fresh madness, Tessa finds herself leading the charge once again.

On the run, Jared has no choice but to seek out the peaceful vampires he relied on in the past despite that he’s not sure if he’s welcome amongst them anymore. But Tessa is the only one who can find the answers he seeks, the only one who can figure out what’s going on…preferably before their enemy strikes again.

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This book opens right where we left off with Serus, Tessa and Cody going to meet up with David to find Jewel.

Unfortunately instead of meeting up immediately with Motre and Ian, David goes down a stairwell finding far more than he bargained for.

Serus mades the decision to find David before meeting up with the others, that when he disappears and Cody and Tessa are right behind him.
As Tessa and Cody figure out their next step, the are approached by an ancient. He tells them there is another exit, but they need to follow him, quietly to avoid letting others know where they are. This is going to open up a whole new angle to all of this.

Jared is pleasantly surprised when Clarissa and Aaron show up at the home to see Tobias. They only have two hours to visit and Jared joins them after exchanging phone numbers with Clarissa. Jared still has some problems with the people in control of the home and doesn’t want to go into foster care.

Back at Council Hall Wendy is restless even though she’s still weak from her accident. Sian enlists her help with cross-referencing the data from Gloria’s laptop. Rhia is also there and is still recuperating from the drugs she was given and the injury inflicted by Tessa in self defense.

Goran almost kills the doctor who injected him with something to shock his system back to the living instead of the limbo-like coma he was in. To say he wasn’t happy is an understatement. He also wasn’t going to stay down for long and poor Sian has to deal with that. He meets up with Ian and Motre to clear the floors of the Vampire Hospital.

We meet two very significant players in this book. Dianna a powerful vampire and council member. Although she doesn’t attend the council anymore, she is still considered an active member. Her protector is a Ghost, that’s the name given to vampires who can seemingly disappear and reappear at will, they are said to be able to kill without even touching. These two are very old and near their end of life, they need Tessa to fulfill a need for them. Crazy stuff here.

This is a favorite scene when Cody and Tessa meet up with Serus and David.

David turned from the vamp in disgust. His father could deal with him. He was more concerned with finding his sister. And there was no sign of her.

He walked around to the other side when he heard murmured voices.

“Shh,” he hissed to his father. Serus immediately froze, every inch alert. He grabbed the other vampire by the back of his neck in warning, leaving no doubt what his fate would be should he displease Serus.

David slipped back into the shadows, straining to hear the conversation, the tone of the voices. And then he knew. He smiled. “Tessa?” he called out. “Is that you?”

There was a shocked silence followed by a shout of joy and running feet. He’d barely turned to the sound when Tessa bolted from the shadows and launched herself into his arms.

“There you are,” she cried. “We’ve been so worried.”

We? David looked over his sister’s shoulders to see Cody sauntering toward him, a big grin on his face.

Tessa backed up slightly and spun to the side after hearing something. She gasped in shock. “Dad!” She launched herself into their father’s arms. David could only shake his head. A couple of weeks ago, this would never have happened. It was a good thing to see.

Cody walked closer. “What the hell happened to you?”

David winced. “Yeah, I wasn’t sure what was down here, and instead of meeting Motre and Ian up top, I decided to make a quick trip down.”

Cody shook his head. “And you never said a word.”

“The reception down here is crappy. No one can send or receive properly. It takes like ten minutes to send out a message if you’re lucky.”

Cody nodded. “I haven’t tried honestly. Been a little too busy.” David watched Cody’s gaze narrow as he studied Serus and the vamp he was holding onto. “Who’s the extra?”

“Who knows? He’s trying to save his skin by offering us information.”

“Hmmm.” Serus stepped closer. “Cody, what took you so long?” His grin flashed deep and wide.

“Good to see you didn’t smash like a bug on your landing, sir. As Tessa was afraid you’d done.”

Serus gave her a startled look then laughed uproariously.

“Well, you didn’t answer when I called,” she said, flushing. “I was afraid you were seriously hurt or dead even.”

As he laughed louder, she added, “Obviously I knew you hadn’t died when we got here,” she said in exasperation, “But you were nowhere to be found.”

Still grinning, Serus reached back to tug the stranger forward. “That’s because we found this guy’s buddies. Only they weren’t very friendly.”

“But I am,” the stranger said. “Lamar is my name.”

David snorted. “Whatever. Let’s move. I’ve wasted enough time down here.” He looked up the long stairwell above him and groaned. “It’s going to take forever to get up here.”

“Wait,” Tessa said. “The Ghost is supposed to show us another way.”

“So was Lamar.” Serus shook his new friend hard. Then he stopped, glanced over at Tessa, and said, “A Ghost? Did you see one?”

Lamar cried out in fear as if the Ghost was going to come and get him personally.

“Yes,” Tessa said, “And Deanna.”

Excitedly, with Cody interjecting when she missed a point, she told them what had happened to them.

David, still standing on the second stair, stared down at her. “Really? So that really old vampire we found already dying was her husband?” At her nod, he whispered, “Holy crap.”

“She immediately knew it would have been Tyson that had attacked him.”

When his father was quiet, too quiet, David glanced over at Serus to see him staring at Tessa, a really odd look on his face.

“And Deanna talked to you?”

Tessa nodded. “Yes.” When he didn’t say anything, she asked, “Why?”

He shook his head in wonderment. “She doesn’t speak with many, and even then she only speaks with the elders.”

“There were no elders there.” Tessa shrugged. “Besides, she seemed to think I have some of her genetics in my blood.”

Serus frowned. “Some, but I doubt much. You must have caught her on a good day. She is one of the most powerful vamps of all time, and very cranky.”

“She’s also dying,” Tessa said.

“But is she?” Cody glanced over at her. “She’s old, but do you really think she’s dying?” His voice said he was doubtful.

David wished he’d seen her. Met her. She was a legend in her own right. “She likely still has another century or two left in her,” he scoffed.

Tessa stared at him. “No, I’d say days.”

“And you’d know this how?” Serus asked.

Silence.

“I don’t know. Something about her energy. It didn’t look…right?” She shrugged. “Not sure how to explain it. But it’s like the energy was fading. Not black like the energy of the enhanced, I saw no sign of that, more like a dying out. As if she was done. Inside and out.”

“She doesn’t want to live now that her husband is gone, that’s for sure, but I wouldn’t count her out,” Cody said.

“No, I’m not,” Tessa said. “She has something she wants to do. Something she needs to do, and it’s not revenge, but when she’s done, I suspect she will die.”

“She’s a tough old bird.” Serus snorted. “It will take a lot to kill her off.”

“Maybe,” Tessa admitted. “Her Ghost was as ancient a being as I’ve ever seen, too.”

“And that’s a second very odd fact,” Serus said, “I’m not sure I’ve seen a Ghost in many a century.”

“I never have,” David said.

“I got the impression they were rare now,” Cody said.

“And I got the impression he was in fact the last one.” Tessa said. “He’s supposed to meet us outside. Show us the headquarters the humans involved in the blood farm used. But…” she looked around. “I’m not sure where he is.”

The stranger started to shake. “If a Ghost is coming, I don’t want to be anywhere around here.”

“And why is that?” Serus growled, squeezing the man’s neck.

“He’ll kill me,” the vamp cried.

“So will my father,” David said calmly, “So what’s the difference?”

The man started to shriek loudly. Serus sighed and shifted his grip. Instantly the vamp went limp and silent.

“Should have done that in the first place,” he muttered. He glanced over at David. “Let’s go, son, you can lead off.”

Out of the darkness came a long hollow cry. “No. You must not go up there.”
Mayer, Dale. Family Blood Ties: Books 7-9 (pp. 98-102). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

A lot happens in this book, more from Deanna and her ghost, Rhia has memory issues, Tobias disappears from the home where Jared is staying, and that’s just a few things.

I have to say, I really wish these folks would all stay together. Every time someone goes astray something happens and it’s not in any way good.

Lots of action, more questions than answers, as Tessa learns more about her Vampire powers and her relationship with Cody continues to grow.

I’m reading this in the book bundle Family Blood Ties Books 7-9 so I’m just going to keep on reading.

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She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

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Killer In The Kiwis – Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 11 By Dale Mayer


Killer in the Kiwis
Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 12
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Riches to rags. …
Chaos again. …
Winning is important,
… at least for some!

Doreen is overwhelmed with joy when she sees all the volunteers who show up to help get her deck addition built. Most of the men are cops, friends of Corporal Mack Moreau’s, and are happy to help Mack’s special friend and the lady who has helped solve so many crimes for them with a spot of home renovation.

But before the deck improvement can be finished, duty calls, and the cops are called away on a case. Another gray-haired lady has dropped dead. Yet another heart attack victim is added to the long line of previous ones. And, of course, neither of these recently deceased women had a heart condition that would explain their sudden demise.

With her animals at her side, Doreen is determined to figure out what the ladies had in common, plus why and how kiwis keep popping up in this case. As she digs into the ladies’ lives, the things Doreen discover are shocking, … but not as shocking as the answer is to this riddle …

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I started laughing almost from the start of this book when Doreen challenges Mack to figure out his case in forty eight hours before she sticks her nose into it. Of course she’s going to need a cold case to tie into it.

The deck becomes a project in this one and Doreen realizes she’s got a lot of supporters, not only in Mack’s co-workers and friends but also in others that would be supplying things for the deck.

This is a favorite scene.

“Oh my,” she said. There was a bit of a ping, but the roof itself didn’t budge. She shook her head. “I wouldn’t even have thought of that.”

“Maybe not. None of this is salvageable. The wood’s done,” he said, showing her the cracks in the wood.

She nodded. “So, does all this railing and stuff go?”

“It all has to go,” he said. “I thought we’d make a pile on the far side by the fence where the other materials are, but separate, so we can haul it out later.”

She frowned as she thought about it and then pointed over by the shed. “But won’t it have nails and stuff? If so, then let’s put it over there, away from the driveway and the people traffic.”

He nodded and said, “Good enough.” And then he started grabbing wood and moving the old stuff over.

She stood and stared. “Am I supposed to knock this down then?” she asked.

“Sure.” He came back with a sledgehammer in his hand and with two very light taps, the entire railing appeared to disintegrate. “Let’s move this first,” he said. “Then we’ll start taking off the floorboards.”

She quickly jumped in to grab little bits of railing, some of it still attached to the top of the railing, and the others basically dangling, and got it all carried over to the side. All three of the animals were outside with them, sitting close by and watching. When they returned to her deck, he said, “Now the steps.”

She groaned and said, “I was hoping we could leave that to get in and out.”

“Nope, not happening,” he said. And, in two swipes, the steps were gone.

he stared and gasped. “Wow,” she said. “What was holding all this together?”

“A prayer,” he said jokingly. “It’s a damn good thing we’re doing it this weekend, as the bottom of the boards are all completely rotten.”

“I could have fallen through at any time.”

“Absolutely,” he said. And, within half an hour, the entire deck structure and steps had all been hauled off to the side of her shed. She stood at the open space from the ground to her open kitchen door and smiled. “I can’t quite jump up there,” she said.

“You shouldn’t try either,” he said. He brought over three of the cinder blocks and plunked them down, one single one on its long side, then two atop each other behind that first one, so she could use those as temporary steps.

She smiled and said, “I can almost make that.”

Just then a shout came from the front.

“Is that for me or for you?”

“Well, in this instance, I’d say both,” he said with a big grin.

She raised her eyebrows. “What are you up to you?”

He shook his head and said, “You’ll see.”

She waited, and, all of a sudden, a group of men came around the corner. Arnold and Chester, Dan, Tommy, and even the captain. She stared at Mack in surprise. “Hey,” she said. “Are you guys here to help?” she asked hopefully.

They all had big grins on their faces. “We figured we might owe you a little bit of assistance,” the captain said, rubbing his hands together. “So, what are we building?”

After that, the entire group became this big happy family, but she hated to say it, with her on the outside. Still. Since she didn’t know how to build a deck or what the procedure was or how to start, she kept finding herself in the way. Finally Mack, at one point in time, picked her up and plunked her on the cinder blocks at the doorstep and said, “Sit.” She dropped her butt onto the kitchen threshold and glared at him. He smiled and said, “Let us figure this out first.”

And, sure enough, all the other cinder blocks were set down in the backyard. They were having lots of discussions about how to measure and lay them, with Mack even changing a few of his plans, with the other guys making suggestions about how to maximize the boards if they made the deck a little bit longer and wider. And then not all the boards would have to be cut. She loved that idea, and they had ten-footers and eight-footers and, if they just rotated them, then maybe they wouldn’t waste any of the wood.

But what surprised her was the time frame required to get those cinder blocks down into the ground and then level. They had all kinds of stuff, from shovels to rakes, but nobody had mentioned the tarps.

“Mack?” she called out.

Distracted, he looked up to her and asked, “What?”

“Remember the tarps?” she asked anxiously.

He looked at her, down on the ground, and then nodded. “Where are they?”

She scrambled to her feet, then dashed inside to the kitchen and headed through to the garage. She returned a moment later with the two big tarps and handed them off. Mack grabbed them and opened them up, then gave her the packaging. And, with the men’s help, they opened the tarps, spread them down, and used the corners of the cinder blocks to keep the edges anchored.

The guys heartily approved. “What’s the matter? Don’t you weed down here?” one of them teased.

“Not really,” she said drily. “This will help slow them down a little bit.”

“But you also have to consider,” the captain said in that deep voice of his, “that these tarps will stop the rain from going into the ground.”

She frowned at that. “So I’m not sure what’s the best thing to do then,” she said.

“Well, the tarp is great if you had a way for the water to go through it. But, if you don’t, we’ll need to punch some holes because you don’t want the water sitting here and getting stagnant,” he said.

“Agreed,” she said, still frowning. “So let’s figure this out.”

“We could if we had some coffee,” Mack said.

She glared at him. “Is that your way of telling me to leave you alone?”

He chuckled, his laughter infectious, bright, and loud. Everybody stopped and stared at him.

Doreen figured it was to see how she took being laughed at. Mack was always teasing her. It was just not evident to these guys yet.

Mack shook his head. “If I thought getting you to make coffee would keep you out of trouble,” he said, “we would have cheerfully delivered you coffee every day to have you butt out of our lives.”

She promptly put her hands on her hips, then glared at him and said, “Mack Moreau. You behave yourself. I’ve been a big help.”

“You have, indeed,” he said. “You’ve also been a big pain in the butt.”

At that, all the men laughed. She nodded and said, “Okay, you’ve got me there. Because of that, I’ll go put on coffee.”
Dale Mayer. Killer in the Kiwis (Kindle Locations 567-620). Valley Publishing.

It’s her Nan who manages to get Doreen involved in Mack’s current case. Mainly because the victim is her friend. Although conflicted Doreen and her pets find their way to where the guys are investigating.

Not quite as many pet antics in this one although they are most definitely present and accounted for. Mugs, Goliath, and Thaddeus are a lot of fun. I really loved when Doreen calls Mack to task when Thaddeus starts swearing a blue streak.

In spite of the mystery Doreen takes on, this book is full of laughter, tears, friends and that ever growing relationship with Mack.

I really can’t wait for the next book in this series, the lead in left me speechless.

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She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

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Vampire in Conflict – Family Blood Ties Book 6 By Dale Mayer


Vampire in Conflict
Family Blood Ties Book6
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With the blood farm an Old World faction of vampires had been developing to enslave the human race as a perpetual feeding source destroyed and those behind the evil plot either dead, caught or on the run, life returns to normal for teenage vampire Tessa.

After the war she and her family and friends narrowly intercepted, getting back into the groove of daily life proves to be impossible. She’s different, as are all the people around her. Even the world itself feels off to her. If she ever really knew where she fit in, she’s lost that sense of belonging after so much has happened to make existence in this place a little darker, a little colder.

Her only source of light is Cody, a vampire who’s become more than her boyfriend. Cody is her soul-mate and the connection they share makes life – one lived together – more precious than it’s ever been before.

Healing isn’t any easier for the human Jared, who’d fought the war beside Tessa and Cody. Everywhere he goes, he seems to trip over dead bodies and people who can’t seem to recover. Ian and Jewel are a mess, and David wants to help Jewel more than anything…even if it means undertaking something even he knows will violently shatter this newfound peace that’s barely begun to settle.

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After the collapse of Moltere’s Mountain destroying the blood farm, there was brief celebration before ambulances take both vampires and humans to their respective hospitals. Among those, vampires Ian and Jewel and Tessa’s humans friends Catherine and Jill.

For Tessa, her family and friends, the duties vary, the ancients and council members have much work to do to prevent any rebuild. Plus there is the fact we know their are other blood farms.

Tessa returns to the human school, although with many doubts running through her head. Cody speaks up in her mind and makes her smile, even before she sees Jared. With no sign of her friends at school and no one at home at Catherine’s house, Tessa heads to the human hospital. She’s sitting with Catherine when she’s hit from behind.

Cody is with his father and Tessa’s parents when that pain brings him to his knees letting him know something is wrong with Tessa.

This is a favorite scene.

Serus walked into hospital and almost threw up. The smell. Rot. Antiseptic. Pain. Anger. Grief. Dominating all the rest was that insidious aroma of fear. He hated even being in the vicinity of it no matter what the reason. It was only when he saw the features on the first human that he realized with Rhia at his side and Goran and Cody behind him, they must have looked a fierce sight.

The mass of humans took one look, cried out, and the sea of people parted. Actually, they pretty near ran in the opposite direction screaming. He rolled his eyes. “We’re not going to get much help from anyone here.”

“We need to find Taz,” Rhia said as she slowly turned around, trying to find someone recognizable in the shifting wall of humans.

“Taz,” Goran bellowed. “You here?”

Serus shook his head at his friend’s bullish but effective methods.

“Yes. Hello.” Taz rushed through the crowd toward them. “Goran, you’re looking better.”

Taz grinned at Cody. “I bet you’re not flying yet, are you?”

Cody shook his head. “Need to heal a little longer. Tomorrow I should be good to go.”

“Taz,” Rhia said anxiously. “Any sign of Tessa?”

His worried gaze shifted back to Rhia. “No, not yet.”

He motioned toward a wall of elevators behind him. “I can take you to where she said she’d be going, but I checked the area over and she wasn’t there.”

Serus said, “We’ll be checking for ourselves.”

Taz nodded. “And I’ll be going with you. Some of those people have been traumatized. I don’t want your presence to set them off even more.” He waved a hand at the crowd standing in clusters, watching from what they hoped was a safe distance.

“Good. Let’s go. The sooner we find her, the sooner we’ll be gone.”

Taz pushed a button and they waited for the elevator to reach them. The one on the left opened first. Serus was stepping toward it when Tessa, blood dripping down the side of her face, stumbled out.

Rhia cried.

Serus growled.

Goran howled.

Cody moved. And caught her before she hit the floor.
Mayer, Dale. Family Blood Ties: Books 4-6: A Family Blood Ties collection (pp. 549-551). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

From Tessa being attacked at the hospital, to Jared tripping over bodies and overhearing conversations, this book takes us on another journey into relationships, fear, chaos, and of course plenty of action.

Now I have to start the next one, the bundles are a great way to read these books!

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She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Vampire in Defiance – Family Blood Ties Book 5 By Dale Mayer


Vampire in Defiance
Family Blood Ties Book 5
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Moltere’s Mountain is on the verse of collapse with teenage vampire Tessa, her friends and family still inside. Tessa vows not to go down without a fight, nor to leave anyone behind. In a race to save everyone, time runs out…

Grounded with an injured wing, Cody wants the girl he loves to flee with him while they still can. But, in order to do that, they would need to abandon friends and family who are missing. Even as he fears the worst, the decision he doesn’t want to be the one to make is taken from him.

Human teenager Jared has led an army into the mountain only to realize that the allies he’s enlisted to help him against Old World vampires intent on enslaving the human race as a feeding source view the annihilation of all vampires – not just the bad ones – as the only recourse to put an end to the war. Fearing Tessa and Cody and their family and friends will be destroyed by the unstoppable army he’s gathered, Jared isn’t sure how to keep the land- mine he inadvertently created from blowing up in his face and taking out everyone he cares about in the process.

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I know this is later than I usually post but I sort of had to binge read a bit. Posting his one now and the next book later today.

When we left Tessa and Cody they had gotten buried, whether from an earthquake or a bomb is yet unknown. Goran and Serus dig them out, they’re injured and like everyone else, exhausted.

Jared had come back to the mines with soldiers, however once he realizes they are out to kill all the vampires he knows he has to save Tessa, her family and friends regardless of the cost to himself.

In the meantime, Rhia and Wendy have come back to the mines to find the others. Only they run into the other half of the soldiers. The soldiers aren’t happy to see them and a phone call to the human council ensues.

When Jared finds Tessa and the gang, they had already evaded the soldiers who thought they were already dead and found more disturbing evidence of the cloning.

This is a favorite scene.

“You can’t keep doing this,” Cody growled behind her. “You have to eat.”

She knew that. She’d come back here to look for clean blood and had found nothing clean about this place. Just more evidence of the nastiness of some vampires. In the background, she could hear Goran and Serus talking. Cody’s name popped up several times. She looked over at him, but he seemed oblivious.

It wasn’t her business, but it was impossible to avoid hearing parts of the conversation. Something about Cody needing Goran. Needed his father. Not this broken man. Goran had lost one son and he didn’t need to lose them both to this nightmare.

She gasped. This had been hard on Cody, but she didn’t think it was that bad.

I’m not. Your father is using that line to make my father calm down, see sense. I’m fine, he comforted her silently.

Thank God. She squeezed his hand. He had me wondering there for a moment.

No worries. I’m fine. No, I don’t like what Tyson did, and I’m scared for my father. Cody pulled her closer into his embrace, dropping a kiss on the top of her head. He didn’t deserve this. He’s really strong, but inside he’s more puppy dog than you might believe.

She spun around to stare at him in shock. No one would ever call Goran a puppy dog. An injured wolf, maybe. But he never gets out of that predator status. He makes the council members cringe, she muttered.

Cody laughed. True. But it stopped you from worrying.

She laughed, loving the lightness voice. Maybe he really was okay.

I said I was, didn’t I?

She flushed. I wonder if I’m ever going to get used to this.

You and me both.

She cast another glance back at the men still talking, only this time her father had his arm around Goran’s shoulders and was leading him back toward them.

“Looks like they are finished.”

“And here I thought you were finished.”

The shockingly familiar voice sounded behind her, startling her. She spun around to stare dumbfounded at David. And standing beside him was…Jared.

“Oh my God, Jared.” She raced over to him and threw herself into his arms. She’d been so worried that he hadn’t made it out of the blood farm.

He hugged her tight and laughed. “It’s so good to see you. I was so afraid you’d died when that blast went off.” He pulled back to stare down at her, a sloppy grin on his face.

She beamed up at him as she stepped back, his arms falling away. “We survived. And you did too, obviously. What are you doing back here. I sent you out with all the techs and Taz to keep you safe.” She frowned and looked behind him. “And speaking of Taz, is he here?”

Jared shook his head. “No, he’s not. He’s supposed to be coming with another medical team to see if anyone can be saved from the warehouse.” His face sagged. “I’m afraid they are all dead.”

“Oh no,” she cried.

“But we don’t know that,” cautioned David. “So let’s not jump to conclusions.”

Tessa studied Jared’s face. Worry and fatigue had given him a worn haggard appearance. How horrible to have just found his father and now to lose him all over again. Although in truth, his father was barely a step up on the ladder of the life.

And that’s something we also don’t know. So no panicking yet please.

She snorted. Who’s panicking?

At Jared’s odd look and the flashes of amusement in David’s gaze, she realized what she must look like talking to Cody in her head. She linked arms with him. “Sorry. Have you come with help?”

Jared winced. “I thought I did. But honestly, I’m not sure the term ‘help’ is correct.” He started to explain, but David stopped him.

“Hang on. We need to get the elders over here to hear this.”

David walked toward the busted window that separated the two rooms and called out. The elders were already on their way, but once they saw Jared they came running.

By the time Jared finished explaining, they were stone faced.

“We saw the group you’re talking about.” Serus said. “They came into the other room while everyone was passed out. They assumed the group was dead and left.”

“But they left wishing they had come upon us earlier so they could kill us,” growled Goran, his gaze hard and

It was that look that bothered Tessa the most. He appeared to have crossed some sort of invisible line. She just didn’t know if that was a good thing or a bad thing.

She desperately wanted to get out of this place but knew they had other people they had to be wary of. And how did that work?

Her stomach growled loudly. Aggressively. Cody glared at her. She sighed and looked away, catching sight of Jared’s concerned face. She flushed. “Sorry. I haven’t eaten since…well…forever.”

“Tessa?” Jared scrounged in his pockets and drew out several granola bars. He held them out. “Do you want these?”

Her eyes lit up and she snatched them out of his hands. “Yes,” she said gleefully. “I do.” She ripped opened the first one and downed it in a few bites. She opened the second one and ate it more slowly.

“Lucky save,” David said jokingly.
Mayer, Dale. Family Blood Ties: Books 4-6: A Family Blood Ties collection (pp. 327-330). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Jared explains what he heard from the soldiers as well as giving Tessa granola bars. I still think it’s hysterical that a vampire can’t stand blood.

Now instead of just getting out they continue to look for Seth and Tessa’s friends from school. They find more than that and things get a bit crazy.

Rhia has her own challenges to get through as she searches with Wendy for her family and friends.

Lots of surprises in this one. I love how the relationships in the book develop and the link Cody and Tessa share is a hoot at times. The ending however is just WOW! This is one of those times I am very glad I bought bundles and had to finish the next book before I wrote this.

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She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

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Vampire In Deceit – Family Blood Ties Book 4 by Dale Mayer


Vampire in Deceit
Family Blood Ties Book 4
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This book ends on a cliffhanger.Hurt and hurting, Tessa wages war against her own as she tries to protect those she loves and save those that can’t save themselves.

Ravaged by the constant attacks, afraid for her friends and family, Tessa is driven to the ends of her reserved as she strives to beat back the never ending wave of war. Thankfully she’s never alone…inside or out.

Kidnapped and injured, Cody struggles to escape and find the girl whose connection to his heart, mind and soul Is growing by the moment. The chances of them all surviving this chaos are slim…but he just knows he can’t live without her.

Jared is determined to help his father and friends. He can’t leave them alone to their fate, even when his own life becomes endangered…again. Only this time, he has allies on his side… Or does he?

The war unites humans and vamps as the war ratchets higher to a survival of the fittest…but the people most deeply involved cant take much more. And then they find out the worst…

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At the end of the last book, Jared finds his father among the humans in the blood farm, he knows at this point his Uncle and Aunt are behind everything. He was definitely sold to these vampires, just like his father.

After a major battle, Tessa discovers Cody has been taken. Now they have to find him.Tessa and her family and friends seem to have opened a hornets nest of enhanced vampires, battle rage throughout this book. Most disturbing are the council links to the blood farm. So many connections make things so much more difficult.

Jared is with Taz when the lights go out in their section of the blood farm, that’s totally not good.

Tessa is finally able to hear Cody in her mind, and finds they are in the same area, having survived some serious battles.

This is a favorite scene.

Cody stepped out carefully into the cavern. He’d been caught in this place once. He didn’t plan on it happening again. But Tessa was somewhere close.

He searched the skies. Nothing moved. Absolutely nothing. Hoping his wing was up to it, he jumped lightly into the air and up onto the roof of one of the partially finished rooms. So far so good. His muscles ached with the movement, but the wing was functional. It would heal the rest of the way soon enough.

Staring into the massive room, he realized it was silent and empty.

He frowned. Tessa? Where are you?

Here.

She sounded like she was standing right beside him, and yet he couldn’t see her.

Then she laughed.

He spun around to find her standing behind him, grinning wildly.

Cody opened his arms.

She launched herself into them.

He hugged her close then picked her up and spun her around. When he lowered her to her feet, she giggled and tried to step back, only he tugged her forward and squeezed hard. When she protested, he pulled back slightly.

Damn, she looked good.

Thank you.

Heat suffused his face. Okay, this is embarrassing.

Her smile faltered. But is it okay?

He grinned. Yeah. Besides, it’s not like we know how this started or what to do about it. For all we know, it will stop just as suddenly as it started.

Tessa nodded. True. I just wonder what it all means.

I don’t care. It’s special. You’re special, and I’m glad we can talk this way.

He watched her eyes widen then start to warm, a light glow shining from within. He felt happy and sappy and so not like himself.

And then he realized the two of them were alone. Like really alone. Tucked up high in the shadows above the main room. There was no one around see them.

He couldn’t resist.

He lowered his head.

And kissed her.
Mayer, Dale. Family Blood Ties: Books 4-6: A Family Blood Ties collection (pp. 67-68). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Now regardless of the attraction and the mind speak between Cody and Tessa there is much going on.

The Human council is almost as useless as the Vampire one, talk, talk, talk, no action. Of course that’s gonna have to change.

More insight into the contents of the computer Serus hid with Rhia, so many questions and not a whole lot of answers.

However there is much more to this, and the heartbreak it causes not only Rhia because of Seth, but also Goran and Cody as they begin to understand the depths of the project Tyson, Goran’s eldest son is involved in.

I love the way the suspense builds with plenty of action even as the romance between Cody and Tessa takes hold. Of course there is the requisite cliffhanger.

It’s okay though, I bought the collections and it is a completed series.

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She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

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Vampire in Design – Family Blood Ties Book 3 By Dale Mayer


Vampire in Design
Family Blood Ties Book 3
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Tessa and her friends were supposed to be on their way home. On their way to safety. Instead she wakes up alone, with her friends kidnapped. Targeted and hunted, Tessa goes on the attack, desperate to find her friends and family. But her attackers want her throwback genes and will do anything to have her locked down in their lab.

Caught in a dangerous maze, Cody is torn between helping his fellow captives and finding Tessa. He’s young to have the connection that’s growing between him and his best friend’s sister. But any future they might have is in jeopardy if they can’t stop the blood farm from taking over the humans…and his people.

Jared is free at last, but he can’t stop thinking about what he went through at the blood farm and those who helped him. Then he finds out something personal that so horrifying, he has to act…even if it means walking back into the place he swore to never return.

These three need to be strong… the war is far from over…and they are right in the middle of it.

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When we left Tessa she was heading home with David, Jewel, Ian Cody and the counsel member their father trusted. She didn’t know him or the driver. She falls asleep and when she wakes, she’s alone in the car. There’s no sign of anyone and there is really nowhere to hide then she remembers something she saw when she first awoke. Not a jet stream but their energy.

While Tessa is trying to find her brother and friends, Jared gets some visitors, the police of course and his Aunt. He’s pretty sure his Uncle sold him to the blood farm but he’d have to prove it.

Jewel and Cody wake from the drugs first and manage to get free of their bindings. The other two wake while they are untying them. In a typical mistake the room they are in isn’t locked so they start looking for Tessa. What find is more vampires including the Counselman who was with them all drugged but the Counselman is on a different type of machine.

Serus and Goran realizing the kids are missing AGAIN, head back to the blood farm, they also need to find Taz.

In the meantime Tessa gets closer to where the guys and Jewel are being held, and having some interesting thoughts.

This is a favorite scene.

“Oomph!” Smash. Tumble. Groan. Tessa cried out in panic as her legs pumped hard, trying to keep her on her feet as the force propelled her forward.

“Ah, shit.” Again, she wasn’t thinking. She should have landed and lifted off immediately. And then suddenly she found herself airborne again…and how she soared! The energetic force propelled her way further than she could have guessed.

“Yes!” she laughed as her jump crossed half the field and removed much of the force from her fall. She landed, a little hard, but immediately lifted off again and soared another amazing amazing distance. Finally, she could slow enough to land and walk a few feet before finally coming to a dead stop.

She took several more steps, then crouched to rest and catch her breath. That had been a rush. Not one she really wanted to repeat any time soon, but if that’s how fliers felt every time they flew…wow. What an incredible feeling.

With her nerves steady again and her breathing more or less normal, Tessa walked toward the small village off to the left.

She slipped behind the first set of trees and surveyed the cluster of buildings. The windows were covered to almost black. So, it was a vampire holding.

Where the hell was she, anyway? And how come there were so many vampire holdings hidden away? The very concept of a hidden holding made her think again of the assholes who had been screwing her life up

There was no sign of anyone out of the buildings. But the windows were a dead giveaway.

Time was running out. It was getting harder to see the trail and, with the sunlight, the rest of the energy would be even harder to see. She jumped to the top of the nearest tree, picked out her next spot and glided across, keeping as low a profile as possible. Now, if she could land as smoothly as her father, she’d barely disturb the trees. Instead, the tops swayed and shook with her erratic movements. It took time, but she eventually worked her way around the small village to the far side. And then she found the house where the energy stream dissipated.

So, whoever had been at the vehicle had landed here. She studied the area, searching for any other energy patterns but found none. If the vamps had come here, they were either still here or had left by a different method.

Shifting her gaze slightly, she could barely see the shimmer of other energies melting into the mix. Cody’s shone – weak, but threaded through the stream.

Her heart lightened.

He was here. She could sense him. Her gaze widened as she realized the truth of that. She couldn’t actually hear him or see him, but there was a feeling of connectedness. She closed her eyes and focused as hard as she could. Cody?

There was nothing except…maybe a warming warming sensation. But then, maybe there wasn’t either.

She didn’t dare worry about all the reasons why Cody might not be able to answer her. If she did, the fear would drop her to her knees.

She shivered in the tree. Why didn’t she have a cell phone? Well, she did, but…the damn battery was dead. She needed to be able to call her father at least. Did he have any idea that they were missing yet? And what about her mother? Had those damn drugs left her system yet?

Still, it was David, Jewel, Ian, and Cody who worried her the most right now. They’d been with her when they’d left the blood farm. They should be with her now. She was damn tired of waking up alone.

Her eyes widened. And then she grinned.

And didn’t that bring up a whole slew of possibilities? Damn Cody for taking over her thoughts and stirring up her hormones. She’d believed Jared was the love of her life until Cody flew in and stole a piece of her heart – or maybe the whole thing.
Mayer, Dale. Vampire in Design (Family Blood Ties Book 3) (pp. 51-54). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

There are so many things going on from so many different angles. You just won’t be able to stop reading.

Jared gets involved again, more information on who’s doing what to who and some interesting weapons come to light.

Plenty of action, some tears and yes, a cliffhanger. Off to read the next one!

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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