What would you do if the one you loved was turned into a monster?
Melrose Durante brings order. As founder of the Houses of the Dead, he tirelessly opposes the vampires, and provides refuge for the Blood Kind, those like himself who fight against the blood curse that leads to vampirism. His medical breakthroughs have brought many back from the vampire path. After thousands of years, the Blood Kind finally has the upper hand.
Until a vampire attacks Melrose’s family, then begs for asylum. To his friends she’s Lucy, a disturbed young woman prone to incoherent rants, warning of an imminent attack by vampire leader, Conan. But to Melrose she’s something more.
His lost wife, Jane.
One thing is clear – time is running out. In five days Conan will attack Quebec City, killing or enslaving all in his way. If Melrose cannot unlock his wife’s tormented mind, even his immortal wisdom may not be enough to save Quebec City, the Blood Kind, and the Houses of the Dead.
Blood Mercy: Thicker Than Water is now available for pre-order! We’re pleased to offer our first publication from Asylum Press, our supernatural suspense/horror imprint. Blood Mercy: Thicker Than Water is the first in a series of novellas created by Janeen Ippolito and Julia Busko. These stories explore a world very similar to ours, with one important difference: people walk the earth cursed with a deadly illness that can only be cured by blood. Some choose donated transfusions and try to live normal lives. Others choose to take blood by force, seeing their illness as a reason to strike back and claim power.
The Blood Mercy series contains a number of provocative questions:
~What would you do if the one you loved was turned into a monster?
~Would you want to have an increased lifespan if it meant you had an incurable illness that could kill you at any moment?
~What if vampirism were a choice?
We at UUP like big, complicated questions, and we’d love for bloggers to join in exploring any of these questions (or related ideas) in blog posts as part of a tour around our release date of October 29! Please comment below if you’re ready to take the vampire myth in new directions.
Also, we had originally offered Blood Mercy: Thicker Than Water as an online exclusive and had faithful readers along the journey. If any readers would like a free eCopy of the finished novella (sans illustrations) so you can learn how the story ends, please comment below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing from you!