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What might the ethical Governor David Gedden give up for one man's exquisite beauty? It's terrifying to consider when the man is a destructive blood prostitute and David is responsible for the state's peaceful vampire community. Blood sales in Boston are up, blood taxes support a thriving new nightlife, neighborhoods have been refurbished, and deaths by vampires have plummeted. David is assured reelection. However, the blood addict Stephen Salando has returned from exile with one unalterable plan: to turn the good governor into a vampire. Stephen is an immortal dhampir, whose beauty obliterates reason, who rouses in David a fierce desire he's ignored his whole life. For David to have Stephen, he must ally with the community's archrival. To have him, he must become a potential killer himself.
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Patricia Esposito is a freelance editor, the mother of two daughters, and long-time married to "the boy next door." Her fiction and poetry have appeared in the anthologies Apparitions and Lights of Love, as well as numerous speculative and literary publications, including Scarlet Literary Magazine, Rose and Thorn, Karamu, Not One of Us, Hungur, Midnight Street, Byline, and Clean Sheets. Her fiction has received honorable mentions in Ellen Datlow's The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror as well as a Pushcart Prize nomination. Beside the Darker Shore is her first novel.Review:
"Beside the Darker Shore is different. It is not your usual vampire tale. There is no sex in the book, per se, but it is one of the most powerfully sensual books I have read. When humans offer their blood to vampires, the eroticism of the bloodletting has no need for sex...While there are villains, they are not the stereotypical villains of vampire novels...For the pain each of these men brings to the other, it is hard to dislike any of them. Each is fighting for what he believes...these are characters that have not left my mind since I finished the book." Shelia, Two Lips Reviews
"Here is the most unusual and original vampire novel I've ever read--I know of nothing else like it, and I've read numerous novels in this genre...The story is so complex, you'll have to roll with it and take up the details by osmosis...The writing style is also unorthodox, with a narrative so rich in detail, words often seem to dance off the page. When it works, it's deeply evocative--I'm reminded of Poppy Z. Brite on steroids! ...You know how there are books that lull you to sleep? This one flips your brain's 'on' switch!" Aricia Gavriel GLBT Bookshelf, 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description Caliburn Press, 2011. Condition: New. Amanda Kelsey (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1615724168