Feb 8 2013 2:30pm

First Look: Vampires Gone Wild Anthology (February 12, 2013)

Vampires Gone Wild by Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista, and Kim FalconerKerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista, Kim Falconer
Vampires Gone Wild
Avon Impulse / February 12, 2013 / $2.99 digital 

Vampires Gone Wild brings together four paranormal romance novellas by Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista, and Kim Falconer, authors and bloggers at Supernatural Underground.

Kerrelyn Sparks's demure Pamela and sexy vampire sidekick battle the Malcontents in “V is for Vampwoman.” Kim Falconer's aqueous San Francisco vampires in “Blood and Water” want nothing from “landers” — unless it's dinner, but that's until Stellan meets Angelina. Pamela Palmer carries readers to Vamp City in “A Forever Love” where trapped Lukas pines for his lost love. When she appears, Lukas will fight to keep her alive. It's been a hundred years since Valiance has dated; all is great until they're attacked, but quiet Esme will shock Valiance in Amanda Arista's “First Dates Are from Hell.”

Sometimes vampires bring death and destruction—and sometimes they just want to sparkle in the sunlight. In the anthology Vampires Gone Wild, these vampires just want to relax, let their hair down, and maybe meet a nice girl.  Vampires can do a nice normal date, right?...or maybe not.

For centuries, Lady Pamela has always chosen the safe path. After losing her vampire husband, she chose the quiet life of a vampire harem, and whenever danger came to call, Lady Pamela always knew the most comfortable place to hide out until the trouble was over. In “V is for Vampwoman,” Pam has had enough of her cowardly lifestyle. She has decided to become “Vampwoman” and fight the malcontents along with her vampire brethren.

When Pam shows up uninvited to help catch malcontents selling human slaves, the guys feel she will be more of a hindrance than help. Mikhail has been watching Lady Pamela for decades now and believes she is like a butterfly: absolutely beautiful but delicate and flighty. He doesn’t want anyone losing their head trying to protect the little princess from danger. With no formal training, but a stylish utility belt that would make Batman jealous, can Pam turn around centuries of being a pampered princess and fight side by side with her Viking warrior?

Elizabeth Bryant thought she found “A Forever Love” until two years ago, when Lukas Olsson left her one night and just never came back. She thought they were so happy together, so she pretends to herself that Lukas is a secret agent who had to leave on a mission. Why else would he just disappear without a word?  But he is not the only one disappearing; almost 20 people in the last few weeks have vanished into thin air. Lizzy wants to know what happened to them.—at least she did until she too walked through the thinning barrier between Washington, D.C. and Washington, V.C.  Vamp City might be set up like the Washington she knows, but with the abandoned buildings, it looks more like an abandoned Old West town. Certainly this scary world is the last place she would think to find Lukas—her Lukas—running around. As the magic that created Vamp City started to falter two years ago, vampires like Lukas have became trapped there, no longer able to cross freely between the worlds. As food (human blood) in the Vamp City has grown scarce in the last two years, Lizzy is in mortal danger.  Now Lukas is trying to find a way to get them both back to Lizzy’s world since he’s two years late for their date.

Valiance is a vampire and a bit of loner. After his Clave abandoned him, Valiance has been “adopted” by the local shifter Prima. Although Val is brave and works hard, Violet can’t seem to convince Valiance to get a life. In “First Dates are from Hell,” Valiance wants to take Violet’s advice. After decades alone, he decides to ask the pretty sales clerk, Esme, he just met last week out for coffee. Esme is a bit of a loner too—it seems like no one ever notices her or remembers her so she is thrilled when the handsome, quiet man she helped last week comes back to the store asking for her. Everything was going so well until they were attacked in the parking lot. Val told her to run but she didn’t want to leave him. That is until they pulled out swords—SWORDS! Esme has no idea what is happening but she knows she can’t abandon this sweet, gentle man to vicious killers wielding age old weaponry. As far as first dates go, this one is topping her list as the worst, but if she doesn’t help Val they won’t get a chance at a second. 

In “Blood and Water,” Mar are mermen underwater and vampires on land.  Humans are about to build a bridge in the Golden Gate Bay—a bridge that would destroy the Mar’s underwater world in the Bay. Stellan is on a mission to find out more about this Bridge before his father lets his fears destroy the humans. Fate lends a hand when he saves the beautiful Angelina from drowning. Angelina’s father is the main architect on the bridge project. When Stellan is distracted from his mission by tours of the City with the lovely Angelina, the punishment on San Francisco might just be of epic proportions.

…and you thought your last date sucked.

Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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