by Sarah Dearly
from BLOOD BATH & BEYOND,
the first in the Immortality Bites Mysteries series
by Michelle Rowen
My name is Sarah Dearly and I’m a vampire. But relax, I’m a nice one. (Well, usually.)
I had a fairly recent transition to the fanged way of life thanks (?) to what I like to refer to a “blind date from hell” who decided he wanted to date me for all eternity. He’s history now—literally. Right after I was bitten, I met some vampire hunters, the ones not adorably played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. If you’re a vampire, you should definitely avoid vampire hunters and their wooden stakes. But I think that goes without saying.
Fleeing from those nasty hunters, I met the master vampire (another way of saying he’s really, really old, but he doesn’t look it) of my dreams, Thierry. Very recently, Thierry took a job with the (shadowy and mysterious) vampire council which means he needs to be constantly traveling the world and helping vampires in need (other than me) when they get into sticky situations—and yeah, we’re talking disappearances, murders…mysteries of all shapes and sizes. Given the choice to never see the man I love again by breaking our engagement or tagging along with him as his sassy and sarcastic sidekick, I chose door #2.
I’ve always had a knack for getting into trouble, and that’s not changing any time soon. To think, less than a year ago I was a normal 28-year-old human chick with a totally and boringly normal life. And now I’m traveling all over the place and usually diving head-long into danger. In my world (which is your world too, you just don’t know it!) there are loads of vampires, werewolves, wizards, witches, ghosts, shapeshifters, and magic galore waiting just around the corner. Serial killers come in both the human and non-human variety. Quite honestly, I’d be thrilled to avoid that sort of thing, but I think that’s an impossibility. Thierry constantly worries that I’m going to get myself killed, but…um, so far so good. I’m not quite the naïve pushover he first met that fateful night when I got bit. I’ve learned a lot over the months that have passed and even though I’m still a magnet for trouble, I’m a survivor. Also, if there’s one thing I won’t stand for it’s letting someone I care about get hurt. I will jump in with both feet (high heels or not) to save them. If that gets me in trouble, then so be it!
Being a vampire has come with a lot of difficulties and dangers, but looking back I know I wouldn’t want it any other way. And I am seriously pumped to look toward my future fangtastic adventures with Thierry.
I see other Killer Characters have provided recipes to readers. Since I don’t eat solid food I will share my drink recipe. No blood or fangs required.
1.5 ounces tequila
2 dashes grenadine syrup
Mix tequila and orange juice in a highball glass over ice. Tilt glass and pour in some grenadine so it sits at bottom and looks all pretty and sunrise-like. Garnish with cherries and orange slices. Which I also can’t eat, thanks for rubbing it in.
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To learn more about Sarah Dearly and her author Michelle Rowen, please visit www.michellerowen.com. Both have a Twitter account too – check out @michellerowen or @sarahdearly!