Never Ceese: A vampire . . . a werewolf . . . Can Two Who Were Wronged Make It Right?

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A determined werewolf, acting on her long-held wish to free herself of her curse, teams up with a skeptical vampire who can no longer admit that having his curse removed is something he wants. Will Cassie Felts be able to help them as her grandmother implored her to do or will they suffer at the hands of a radical and evil stem cell researcher who want the fame and immortality he believes their blood will give him?

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Sue Dent began publishing in 2005 by self-publishing her debut novel Never Ceese, the first in her Thirsting for Blood Series, after working with professional editor Arlene Robinson. In 2006 Dent secured a traditional publisher. That same year, Never Ceese made the Bram Stoker preliminary ballot for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.

"I highly recommend it and I can't recommend it enough!" wrote Nicholas Grabowsky author of Halloween IV who invited Dent to join him as a guest at the World Horror Convention in Toronto Canada.

A review by horror author W. D. Gagliani of Wolf's Trap appeared at HorrorWorld.com who likened Dent's vampire and werewolf to the characters Felix and Oscar of the television sitcom the Odd Couple by writing, "Can a persnickety vampire and an uncouth werewolf share a Welsh castle without driving each other crazy?" (Cue pipe organ version of The Odd Couple theme.)

And even New York Times Best Selling author and author of Fireproof, Eric Wilson chimed in with a four star review solidifying rumors that Dent's work appealed to readers from a very closed and exclusive market--the evangelical Christian audience. And to drive that point home, without any indication that an award was eminent, Never Ceese was voted #1 Christian Horror at BestHorror.com over authors who in fact write for that audience such as Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti.

Dent's first traditional publisher went under and all copies of Never Ceese were liquidated meaning no money would be made by the author for the sale of any of the remaining inventory. Dent was immediately picked up by another traditional publisher however and penned Forever Richard, the second in her Thirsting for Blood Series. Out of the gate, it earned a resounding review from MaryAnn Boo a reviewer at the British Fantasy Society. "Thought provoking . . . well worth the wait!" The review was printed in Prism the BFS's official magazine and went on to make the 2009 British Fantasy Society long-list. Unfortunately, that publisher went under as well.

In 2009 author and friend Nicholas Grabowsky offered to help Dent out and republished her Thirsting for Blood Series under a two year contract. Dent took him up on his offer and scribed Electric Angel. "Simply Brilliant," came the initial review from Maryann Boo deemed too short to post. So she scribed another review equally as stunning.

Dent moved on after her two year contracts were up with Black Bed Sheet Books, has allowed Nicholas Grabowsky to continue to distribute those editions published under BBS, and has set up her own publishing company. In March 2014, S D Enterprises re-released Electric Angel with a star-studded cover that boasts Grabowsky's original front cover design incorporating Gothic Illusionist Master Ron Fitzgerald as the electrical entity, photo taken by the amazing Jim Sorfleet of SnS Photos and added actor Dave Vescio as the Fritz Anderson, the villain. "Mr. Outrageous" Al Burke portrays Officer John Slayer. Dent will also re-release Never Ceese in August of 2014 with cover model and "scream queen" Melanie Robel gracing the cover. Forever Richard won't be far behind that. Until that time Dent's books can be purchased through her official distributor Black Bed Sheet Books wherever books are sold. Signed copies are available through AuthorSueDent.com.
Dent has attended several cons where she participated in panels and readings of her work. Her recent story Electric Angel earned a book blurb from three-time Bram Stoker finalists Canadian Horror Author Nancy Kilpatrick.

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When it regained full consciousness, the wolf could tell it was no longer a wolf. It heard a dull roar and looked up as a plane flew overhead, low. The stars were no longer visible. Dawn wasn’t far away. Her muscles ached, but there was a lull in activity. Taking advantage seemed the thing to do. Lying on her back, she studied one hand, the other. "One, three," she whispered,improperly enunciating, not really conscious of what she should sound like but trying nonetheless. She stared at individual fingers again. "Aon, trí—no!" She could speak, understood more than one language, knew what language was. It was just too difficult right now to make the words come out, or to think of words. Yipping and barking were all she’d known for so long.

Frustrated, she tried again, but nothing she uttered made any sense to her. She’d take inventory later, when things were clearer in her mind. After all, it wasn’t like she needed to talk to get around. She could always rely on things more familiar to her: her sense of smell and hearing. Yet she realized that these things weren’t as they used to be either. Before, the plane’s drone she’d heard would have bothered her, would have had her howling. As it was now, she barely noticed it.

She had to struggle to pick up her own scent, and couldn’t hear the wolves she’d left behind. She sat up, bothered by how different things were, and raised her head to howl. But her howl became a human cry that filled the woods around her.

The changes taking place now were subtle, and afterward, she had an entirely new perspective on what she had become, as well as what she had been. Now, she understood why she’d stayed the wolf for so long, knew it was the easiest way. At least, until now.

Having the curse was bad enough, especially when she didn't ask for it or want it to begin with. But as long as she didn't curse another, there was the possibility it could be lifted. She knew this because of what Joachim told her. Joachim had taught her much, but Joachim was no more. He had killed another, and his fate was set. She would never forget the tortured look on his face the day he met his demise.

She wouldn’t die like that. She would not die like Joachim. She didn’t want to live forever,knowing she would never see Heaven. Yet, this was her dilemma. While cursed, she couldn’t acknowledge the one thing she knew could ensure her eternal salvation. Having the curse meant that she couldn’t entertain such thoughts. Doing so might kill her, or at the very least, cause great pain. Joachim had warned her of that. Still, she had tried many times, and was making progress. And then, when the voice came, she knew it was time to act on her long-held wish.

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