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Love, Relics and Vampires – The Avebury Legacy

Vampires and romance seem to go hand in glove as one of the most popular genres available in modern fiction, be it written or in moving pictures. You only have to search for ‘love and vampires’ on Google to have loads of hits, 10 Vampire Stories That Are More Romantic Than Twilight: Breaking Dawn being only one of them.

I enjoy a good vampire romance myself, but I also enjoy vampires to be the evil lurking in the dark. Dracula is a great example of a crossover between the two extremes and one of my favourite vampire stories, at least in movie form.

Quentin Tarantino - Dusk Till DawnWhen I wrote The Avebury Legacy the one thing I was absolutely sure of was that the vampires had to be nasty. I was thinking Salem’s Lot, John Carpenter’s Vampires and From Dusk till Dawn when I imagined these vampires, not Twilight, Vampire Diaries or Anita Blake. My vampires in this book are no longer human with human needs. They are killing machines who live for the hunt and for blood. They live in communal groups with an alpha and their spawn; the alpha being the brains and her creations acting more like mindless worker bees than humans.

This is the fate which awaits my protagonists, Nate and Lexie, if they cannot find a cure for the vampirism infecting them. Usually immediately fatal, turning humans into vampires in hours, Lexie’s magic has slowed down the change, giving them at least a chance. However, her purification ritual won’t last forever and so they need to find the relics from the ancient Avebury ritual which may hold a cure.

This is where the love comes into my tale. I am a romantic at heart, I admit it, and while I do enjoy fiction that has no romantic relationships in it at all, I love an undercurrent of love as well.

The evolution of Nate and Lexie’s relationship within The Avebury Legacy is important to the plot. It is part of the progression of their condition as they lose more of their humanity. Their connection helps them to hold on and keep their vampire natures at bay and yet sometimes that connection is what threatens to overwhelm them. This is not a love conquers all book, but it does have an element of love can help people stay strong when all seems lost.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day We extended the offer to the 6th, The Avebury Legacy is 99c for ONE MORE week only. Please see the bottom of the post for links. Thank you for reading and I will leave you with a question:

Do you prefer your vampires sexy and romantic, or slathering and evil, or a mixture of the two?


SALE extended to 6th March

SPECIAL OFFER – Enjoy a Vampire Valentine and get The Avebury Legacy FOR ONLY 99c from Valentine’s Day (14th) – must end 20th Feb 2015 Extended AGAIN by popular demand until 6th March 2015

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*(Smashwords and Nook definitely have the price update from the 1st, it may take a day or two for the other sites to trickle through).

The Avebury Legacy in Cover Wars and 99c SALE

This week The Avebury Legacy is up in Cover Wars over at Author Shout and I would be really grateful for a little help with the voting please :).

All you have to do is click here to go to the post, tick a radio box next to The Avebury Legacy and then click submit. You can vote once a day until Sunday.

Many Thanks to all who vote.

99c eBook SALE – The Avebury Legacy

The book is also ON SALE for a limited time only for 99c ($2.99) (everywhere except Nook at the moment).

 

Nate was hunting a vampire when he first bumped into Lexie, a witch infected by a vampire bite. When Lexie used blood magic to save him from certain death, she passed on the infection to Nate. For a time Lexie’s magic has been able to keep them both partially human as they continue to protect ignorant humanity from the vampire threat, but that magic is now starting to fail.

There are legends that the ancient Avebury ritual designed to destroy Morigan of Leyland, the most powerful vampire ever known, may hold the key to the cure they need, but to perform it Nate and Lexie require the four relics from the original ritual. Enlisting the help of veteran hunter, Brian Hawker, who has his own reasons for finding the relics, they must search across continents before it is too late.

In their way are vampire nuns, a crystal cave, shape changers, a labyrinthine catacomb, mummified monks and even librarians. However, their greatest foe is Dahlia, undead sister of Morigan, who will stop at nothing to retrieve the relics for herself and to claim Morigan’s power. If Dahlia reaches any of the relics before them, Nate and Lexie face a fate worse than death, losing their humanity to the blood lust.

Phone Home (Vampires: The New Age, Flash Fiction)

The Avebury Legacy by Natasha Duncan-DrakeThe Avebury Legacy (Vampires: The New Age #1) is a dark fantasy novel full of excitement, action, a touch of romance and some really nasty vampires. I like to think of it as like Tomb Raider with vampires and way more magic.

You can read the first page of the book over at BooksGoSocial.com and/or you can check out the whole first chapter at The Avebury Legacy’s book listing on this site:  Wittegen Press, or use the look inside functionality over at Amazon or download the 20% sample at Smashwords. There are also sample options on all sites where the book is listed that offer that service, so you can try before you buy on which ever device you like to read.

The story below is set between the 1st and 2nd chapters of the book, but you don’t need to have read it to understand it. In fact, I hope the fic will entice you to try out the novel. Thank you very much for reading, comments are always welcome. Enjoy! (If you would like to know more about Nate, I have written a blog post all about him over at my personal blog).

Phone Home

by Natasha Duncan-Drake

“Laven residence,” came the familiar tones of his mother’s telephone voice.

She still sounded as English as the day they had emigrated and he doubted anything would ever change that.

“Hi, Mum,” he replied.

He’d never picked up the American ‘mom’ pronunciation, even thought he’d lived in the US so long. Some things had been hardwired into his brain after nine years growing up in England and it always seemed to please his mother for some reason. It always reminded him of those formative years and invariably brought back his accent so it was a bewildering mixture of English and American. He never did it with anyone else, just his family.

“Nate, how lovely to hear from you,” she said. She sounded happy, but a little cross at the same time, one of her specialities. “You realise you forgot your father’s birthday?”

“I know, I know, I’m sorry, work was crazy,” he apologised; he had been tracking an alpha and a spawn at the time and had totally failed to remember the family anniversary while trying not to die. “Tell him to check his email, I’ve sent something through.”

“I’m sure he’ll forgive you,” she told him, “especially if it’s anything to do with fishing. I don’t know what it is with you two and blood sports.”

Nate found himself smiling; the conversation always went along the same lines. When he had visited home once, soon after taking up vampire hunting, she had found a small stash of his weapons he had carelessly left in the back of his car, so she was convinced he liked hunting big game. He had shot the odd deer in his time, but only so he could eat it. Occasionally hunting the undead took him way off the beaten track.

“He throws back all the fish, Mum,” he said, “I don’t think you can really call it a blood sport.”

“And have you killed anything lately?”

“Nothing that wasn’t trying to kill me, promise,” he replied.

“Nathaniel,” his mother’s stern tone came back.

“No, really, I told you, I gave that up, it was only a phase,” he said. “I haven’t killed anything with a heartbeat in over a year.”

Both statements were technically true. There was no way he was ever letting his parents know what horrors lurked in the dark. He had made sure their house was warded against vampires the first time he had visited after he had discovered the creatures existed and they were never going to find out the truth. He hunted vampires so no one else had to find out like he had, covered in the blood of his best friend.

“And how’s the job?” his mother asked.

His parents thought he was a business consultant with a huge firm that kept him constantly travelling all over North America. It was kind of true, if you allowed that the business was burning vampires or chopping off their heads or staking them out in the sun. He wasn’t exactly employed by a firm, but Macintyre could be looked on as the C.E.O. of a company with a hell of a lot of contracting specialists.

“Going really well,” he replied. “I just landed a huge account in Canada. I’m heading up there today to close the deal. Should end up with a great bonus, so expect a big hamper next Christmas.”

“I’d prefer you instead,” was the instant response, “and you know you can come home before that anytime.”

He hadn’t been home since he was infected.

“And I will try, I promise,” he said, even though he was lying through his teeth.

Glancing over, he looked at his red vampire eyes in the mirror on the other side of the motel bed. There was no way he was going home until he and Lexie found the cure.

“Look,” he lied again, “they’ll be calling my flight soon so I have to go. Give my love to Dad and Georgie.”

“Call again soon, Nate,” his mother replied, “I love you.”

“Love you too, Mum, sorry, gotta go,” he said and pulled the phone away from his ear.

He hated lying to his family, but they were better out of the world he lived in.

“Everything okay?” Lexie asked as she came out of the bathroom.

He smiled a little sadly and nodded. At least he still had phone calls; Lexie hadn’t even spoken to her parents since she was attacked and left with the vampire curse. He really hoped they would find answers in Canada, because they were running out of time. The last thing he wanted for his mother was for her to have to bury an empty coffin and never know what really happened to him. If he died a hunter at least Macintyre would make sure his parents got his ashes, or at least something pretending to be his ashes. If he died a monster he’d just disappear. That was the way his world worked.


This story was inspired by the prompt for this week’s Drabble Cascade over at FB3X:

Flickering Light (A Vampires: TNA Drabble) DC83 – ‘wick’

Drabble CascadeThis is a Nate Laven drabble – a story of exactly 100 words to go with my series Vampires: The New Age. It is short and sweet and I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you very much for visiting today.

Flickering Light (A Vampires: TNA Drabble)

by Natasha Duncan-Drake

Nate’s torch was in a hundred pieces and so a candle he had found was his only available light. When it went out with a small puff of smoke, he glared at the slightly glowing wick in betrayal.

Luckily his reflexes kicked in. Dropping the useless wax, he fell down onto one knee and brought his sword around in a swift arc. Spawn really were predictable and there was a satisfying scream as blade met flesh. Pulling a flare from his belt, he lit it and ran; he wasn’t stupid enough to stick around to see if it was dead.

~*~

Vampires: The New Age

Vampires: The New Age is a collection of books which detail what happens when the line between hunters and vampires becomes more than a little blurred and old legends and relics are needed again in the modern world.

When you’re a vampire hunter infected with vampirism your life expectancy is short. Nate’s a hunter and Lexie’s a witch and they have less than six months before Lexie’s magic can no longer delay the symptoms and keep them at least partially human.

N.B. If you are willing to give The Avebury Legacy and honest review you can get The Beginning absolutely free. See The Avebury Legacy listing for more details.