Claudette Melanson writes & edits in
Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband Ron and four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper,Â Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of PennsylvaniaÂ with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. She’s wished to be a VampireÂ since age five. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since thereÂ are many, many books living inside her head.
In her spare time she enjoys watching JapaneseÂ Anime and reading vampire stories….along with other great fiction. She isÂ also very interested in good health and is an advocate of Ketogenic eating,Â using whole and natural foods. Her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee,
cashew flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut orÂ cashew flours.
Future dreams include writing many more booksÂ and spending more time with her son Jacob. Her biggest dream is to makeÂ Universal Halloween Horror Nights a yearly event with hubby and son. A RabbitÂ Rescue fanatic, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save manyÂ innocent lives.
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The 3rd book in the 1st of several
trilogies featuring Maura & her family!Â
Maura has never felt so alone in her lifeâ€¦norÂ has her existence ever been so overshadowed by perilâ€¦Â
Not only do both her parentsâ€”her distant but lovingÂ mother and recently- returned fatherâ€”remain absent from her life, but due to
the hideous error in judgement executed in collusion with her best friend,Â Valdamir, and adoptive sister, Susie, Maura has been cut off from the pairâ€™sÂ friendship and support, forbidden by both her father and the fallout from theÂ dire outcome to see either of them. The heartbreak she suffers, brought on byÂ the weight of these estrangements, is only intensified by the continued mysteriousÂ absence of her supernaturally-destined mate, Ronâ€¦whose disappearance delivers
grave consequences Maura would have never dreamed possibleâ€¦
Despised by her vampire cousin, Aldiva, for reasons
Maura cannot yet comprehend, the young changeling will be forced to guard herÂ back with every step, as she comes to realize this member of her vampire familyÂ would love nothing more than to bring about her demise. Aldivaâ€™s wrath callsÂ forth other members from both Vancouver covens, forcing them to rush to Mauraâ€™sÂ aidâ€”even though her father, their king, has expressly forbidden the otherÂ vampires to initiate contact with his daughter. Will her extended family on
Vancouver Island obey, abandoning Maura to her doom, or will they instead rebelÂ against Maxwellâ€™s wishes in order to save her life?Â
In addition to the menace personified in her
unsolicited enemy, the unlikely vampire princess will find herself drowning asÂ she is pulled down into the depths of a far more devastating crisisâ€¦one whichÂ may condemn her to a fate she considers much more undesirable than death. ButÂ in order to tear herself free from the deadly pull which is drawing her under,
Maura must enlist the help of her preternatural family, exposing her newfoundÂ friends to a danger none of them have ever had the misfortune to face before.Â Can she be saved or will the riptide drag Maura underâ€¦along with those sheÂ loves the mostâ€¦Â
In this third and final book of The Maura DeLuca
Trilogy, the first of several trilogies to come, the reader will delve evenÂ deeper into the secrets guarded by Mauraâ€™s father, the mystery of Ronâ€™s role inÂ her life and the identities of the mysterious Vancouver Island Coven membersÂ who have, up until now, remained hidden in the shadows. This trilogy rounds out
the segment of Mauraâ€™s life during which she discovers she is a member of TheÂ Bornâ€”a human destined to complete her transformation into a vampire! ThisÂ series of young adult fantasy novels has been enjoyed by readers of nearly
every age and are found by them to be dramatically different from any otherÂ vampire books they have read in the past. Discover a magical world filled withÂ fae, angels, elves, pixies and other enchanting creatures in addition to twoÂ families made up of some of the most likeable vampiresâ€”for the most partâ€”to ever
Millicent rested an elbow on the kitchen counter and watched me pour water and sprinkle grounds with an intense concentration she found comical. â€œAre you going to have some?â€ I asked, peering out of the corner of my eye at her as I pushed the brew button.
â€œUnlike your father, I am not in the habit of sipping at long-lost beverages. If I took anything to drink while visiting, My Dear, it would be you.â€
I gasped before I could squash my alarm. She loved to come out with statements rife with shock-value just so she could laugh at my reactions. Although she did this often, I still hadnâ€™t learned to quell my startled expressions, placing myself again and again at the mercy of her dark humorâ€”a fitting element of her unique personality.
I tried to beat her at her own game. â€œAbsolutely.â€ I affixed a warm smile in place and lifted my wrist to her. â€œJust a sip, okay?â€
She called my bluff. â€œOh! I was hoping you would grant me permission someday! You do smell delightful.â€ Millicent did take a sip of me, albeit a tiny one, but it earned her another deer-in-headlights-of-a-very-large-truck expression from me.
â€œMmmmmmâ€¦â€ She licked her lips before throwing back her head and filling the kitchen with her dusky laughter. â€œSeriously, though, you taste very nearly like him.â€
I took that as a compliment.
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