Life Lessons from a Vampire
By Will Ludlam
(transcribed by Susannah Sandlin)
Okay, so I’m a vampire, right? I’m not the oldest vampire on the block, being a whippersnapper at sixty, give or take a year or two. But I’ve learned some stuff over the course of my life.
Being third in command in the town of Penton behind two four-century-old vampires has been an education in itself. Aidan? He’s like the kindly uncle who encourages you, gives you moral support, and is there to bail you out of trouble. Mirren? Well, he’s like the crotchety old hermit uncle who lives up on the mountain and will kick you down the hill if he takes a notion to do so, but then he’ll help you up.
So here are the Life Lessons I’ve learned as the newest master vampire in Penton.
FATHER DOESN’T KNOW BEST. I mean, seriously. Have you met my father? His name is Matthias and he is a sociopathic nutcase. I’m being kind. He’s worse than that. Matthias was turned vampire at his own request when I was twenty. When I was twenty-two he turned me just so he’d have a fawning acolyte lapping at his heels for eternity. Um. No. Sorry, Dad. Didn’t work out that way, did it? For decades, I stayed on the run, then finally met Aidan and settled down in Penton. Loving the ladies. Living my eternal life. And then who should show up one day but Dear Old Dad. Game on, old man.
OPPOSITES DON’T ATTRACT. I used to think they did. I mean, look at Glory and Mirren. Jeez-Louise, those two are the oil and water of the vampire world. But then I met Randa, and she sort of changed my outlook on this whole love business. We are so much alike that we drive each other crazy. Both of us needs to have the last word. Neither of us likes to admit we’re wrong (of course, I never am). We’re both smartasses (but I’m better at it). But she does have beautiful hair.
REVENGE IS BEST SERVED WARM. Yeah, I know the old saying is that you can think through your nefarious vendetta better if you wait a while and don’t act in the heat of the moment. But I’m more of a “the creepazoid is right in front of me—why not do him in now” kind of guy. You know, instant gratification can’t be overrated.
YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD VAMPIRE DOWN. Well, yeah, you can. I have three words for you. Well, actually one single word and one compound word: silver-laced rope. We use it a lot in Penton. We occasionally have to tie members of our community to beds in order to drain out their blood and replace it. Sometimes, a certain someone (ahem, Glory) needs to tie another certain someone (ahem, Mirren) to the bed. And damned if it didn’t get used on me recently when Aidan tied my leg to a board. I was unconscious at the time, or it never would’ve happened.
THE GOOD OLD DAYS WEREN’T THAT GREAT. I mean, sure, back in the old days human blood hadn’t turned poisonous to vampires so there was a more plentiful food supply. But before Aidan formed this little vampire utopia in an isolated corner of Alabama, we had to go out and hunt our feeders. The Vampire Tribunal, which sets laws for the vampire world, was filled with bureaucrats and toad-sucking….oh, wait. It still is. Did I mention my father?
Penton Vampire Legacy, Book 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Date of Publication: February 5, 2013
Number of pages: 328
Word Count: approx. 88,000
The bloody war between the Vampire Tribunal and the defiant scathe of Penton, Alabama, rages on, forcing its residents and their bonded humans to retreat into the underground fortress of last resort: Omega. There, Will Ludlam is charged with the care of Penton's humans, though he longs to fight alongside his vampire brethren. He knows the risks: as the renegade son of the Tribunal's vicious leader, Will's capture could doom the resistance.
Yet he is determined to prove his worth to his adopted scathe, to his vengeful father and to former US Army officer Randa Thomas, his beautiful, reluctant partner. Randa has little faith that a former member of the vampire elite has what it takes to fight a war. But as their enemies descend upon Omega, Will's polished charm and Randa's guarded heart finally give way to the warrior within.
Fans of Susannah Sandlin's Penton Legacy are sure to devour this long-awaited third installment of the steamy paranormal series.
The Penton Legacy, Book 2
By Susannah Sandlin
Release date: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Montlake Romance
With the vampire world on the brink of civil war over the scarcity of untainted human blood, battle lines are being drawn between the once peaceful vampire and human enclave of Penton, Alabama, and the powerful Vampire Tribunal.
A Scottish gallowglass warrior turned vampire in the early 17th century, Mirren Kincaid once served the Tribunal as its most creative and ruthless executioner—a time when he was known as the Slayer. But when assigned a killing he found questionable, Mirren abandoned the Tribunal’s political machinations and disappeared—only to resurface two centuries later as the protector and second-in-command of Penton. Now the Tribunal wants him back on their side—or dead.
To break their rogue agent, they capture Glory Cummings, the descendant of a shaman, and send her to restore Mirren’s bloodthirsty nature. But instead of a monster, Glory sees a man burdened by the weight of his past. Could her magic touch—meant by the tribunal to bring out a violent killer—actually help Mirren break his bonds and discover the love he doesn’t believe he deserves?
It’s a town under siege, a powerful warrior in a battle with his past, and one woman who can make the earth move—literally—as the Penton Legacy continues.
Book One Penton Legacy series
By Susannah Sandlin
Following a worldwide pandemic whose vaccine left human blood deadly to vampires, the vampire community is on the verge of starvation and panic. Some have fanned into rural areas, where the vaccine was less prevalent, and are taking unsuspecting humans as blood slaves. Others are simply starving, which for a vampire is worse than death—a raging hunger in a creature too weak to feed.
Immune to these struggles—at first—is Penton, a tiny community in rural Chambers County, Alabama, an abandoned cotton mill town that has been repopulated by charismatic vampire Aidan Murphy, his scathe of 50 vampires, and their willingly bonded humans. Aidan has recruited his people carefully, believing in a peaceful community where the humans are respected and the vampires retain a bit of their humanity.
But an unresolved family feud and the paranoia of the Vampire Tribunal descend on Penton in the form of Aidan’s brother, Owen Murphy. Owen has been issued a death warrant that can only be commuted if he destroys Penton—and Aidan, against whom he’s held a grudge since both were turned vampire in 17th-century Ireland. Owen begins a systematic attack on the town, first killing its doctor, then attacking one of Aidan’s own human familiars
To protect his people, Aidan is forced to go against his principles and kidnap an unvaccinated human doctor—and finds himself falling in love for the first time since the death of his wife in Ireland centuries ago.
Dr. Krystal Harris, forced into a world she never knew existed, must face up to her own abusive past to learn if the feelings she’s developing for her kidnapper are real—or just a warped, supernatural kind of Stockholm Syndrome in which she’s allowing herself to become a victim yet again.
Susannah Sandlin’s REDEMPTION is the first in the Penton Legacy series. Book two, ABSOLUTION, will be out September 18, and book three, OMEGA, on December 18.
Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night. A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch and the horror fantasy of Stephen King. (Um…it is fantasy, right?) The combination of Howatch and King probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana.
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