"A new twist of a vampire story"
Ashara Konrad has been around a long time. She was
immortal, a vampire, converted two centuries previous, by
her evil twin sister, Zariaz. Presently, Ash is a
photographer, well known for her photos of popular
musicians. Her latest job is with the up and coming band,
Darkside. Little does she know fate's plans for her brought
on by this job.
Liam Archer is the lead singer for Darkside. He is
extremely talented, with looks most men would envy. He and
Ash hit it off immediately, finding they are mutually
attracted. A relationship takes off immediately, leading up
to Ash traveling with the band on their tour of the US. The
only thing in their way is her secret... for how can she
tell him she is immortal, requiring blood to survive, and
dying every morning as the sun comes up?
Just when things seem to be going so well, trouble appears.
It turns out Zariaz, whom was thought to be destroyed a
very long time ago by the Dark Council, is in fact very
much alive and tracking Ash. She wants revenge, but she
also needs Ash's help to complete the curse that will make
Zar the strongest vampire in existence. Zar must drink from
1000 musicians to gain the abilities to write the song
which will ensure her power forever. And it looks like Liam
and Darkside have been marked for death. Can Liam and Ash's
love overpower the evil insanity of Zar? Will she be
defeated before her plans are fulfilled?
Ms. Wilson has quite an intriguing story here. One will
find everything from voodoo curses and "zombies" to love
and adventure... and don't forget the vampire cat! Who else
would have thought of working music into a vampire legend?
The story flows effortlessly, with a surprising plot twist
at the end, and the reader will not be able to put it down.
This reviewer had to force herself not to read it while
supposedly working, so engrossed was she. The romance
between Ash and Liam is fantastic, made more complex by the
secrets she must keep, and the very real threat Zar poses.
The vampire rules present in this story are slightly
different from the traditional, made original by the
Ashara and Liam are very real people, with strengths and
weaknesses like everyone. They are portrayed so vividly
that one will be able to imagine meeting them on a dark
street some night, or in a loud night club. Zar is wickedly
malevolent, feared by her enemies, and her sister, while
respected and possibly even loved by her henchmen. There
are plenty of secondary characters as well, also
beautifully depicted, right down to Lovecraft, Ash's
If one wants to read a refreshingly original vampire
romance, this is the book to read. There is plenty to keep
one interested and dying for the resolution. Also of note,
the story ends in such a way to keep this reviewer gasping
in surprise, eager to read the next chapter in the story,
which hopefully Ms. Wilson will provide. Be sure to run to
the computer and order a copy today, it will not disappoint.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, January 2004. All rights reserved.
Courtesy Love Romances
Posted January 30, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 19, 2006
The year is 1971. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim
Morrison are dead, all within a year of each other. Some of
the greatest, most promising musicians snatched up by the
dark specter of death. But, it was no accident of fate—they
Ashara Konrad, a rock music photojournalist, thinks she
knows who the killer is: Her own twin sister, Zariaz. She's
seen it happen before...days the music died. It began with
Ashara's first love, her mentor, Ludwig Von Beethoven.
Ashara was his "immortal beloved." His vampire lover.
Ashara fled from her sister in 1827, but a psychic
connection between the two kept them together through the
decades. Ashara knew of the curse—that 1,000 musicians had
to be sacrificed for the one Zariaz could never have.
Zariaz would drink in their talent, one and all, until she
could play the song that would make the collective soul
hers. In clusters over time, the curse was fed.
And in the Age of Aquarius, it is happening again.