A novel of sex, blood, and rock 'n' roll.


Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin is trying to live the straight life, even if it means finding a (shudder!) real job. She takes an internship at a local radio station, whose late-night time-warp format features 1940s blues, 60s psychedelia, 80s Goth, and more, all with an uncannily authentic flair. Ciara soon discovers how the DJs maintain their cred: they’re vampires, stuck forever in the eras in which they were turned.

Ciara’s first instinct, as always, is to cut and run. But communications giant Skywave wants to buy WMMP and turn it into just another hit-playing clone. Without the station—and the link it provides to their original Life Times—the vampires would “fade,” becoming little more than mindless ghosts of the past. Suddenly a routine corporate takeover becomes a matter of life and un-death.

To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new friends, Ciara re-brands the station as “WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll.” In the ultimate con, she hides the DJs’ vampire nature in plain sight, disguising the bloody truth as a marketing gimmick. WVMP becomes the hottest thing around—next to Ciara’s complicated affair with grunge vamp Shane McAllister. But the “gimmick” enrages a posse of ancient and powerful vampires who aren’t so eager to be brought into the light. Soon the stakes are higher—and the perils graver—than any con game Ciara’s ever played…

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"Rock 'n'Roll history, with a new twist of vampire lore will have you singing I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
Reviewed by Beth Senters
Posted April 30, 2008

In Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready, former con artist Ciara Griffin takes an intern position at the local radio station. Her job is to bring more money into the station so they will not be bought out by the media giant Sky Wave. However, when she accepted Read more...

"an enjoyable trip in urban fantasy"
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted June 20, 2008

Ciara Griffin is wary when she starts her job at WMMP as Marketing intern. The station will be sold to Skyware conglomerate unless ad revenue picks up. Inspired when she learns that the DJ's are vampires, Ciara promotes the station as WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock and Roll, exploiting Read more...


Wicked Game
(WVMP Radio: Book 1)
by Jeri Smith-Ready

Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books)
May 1, 2008
Available: May 13, 2008
ISBN #141655176X
EAN #9781416551768
384 pages
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Jeri Smith-Ready

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Bad to the Bone
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Eyes of Crow
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