Will Ludlam here. I’m a lieutenant in the vampire scathe that’s taken over the small town of Penton, Alabama. There are about seventy-five of us who moved here to the middle of nowhere with our bonded human familiars (no coercion, I promise).
See, this vaccine was created to fight a human pandemic virus and it turned the blood of vaccinated humans poisonous to us. Poisonous as in, will kill us faster than a speeding wooden bullet. Humans don’t even know we exist, and they’re in danger of wiping us out anyway by starving us.
Vampires everywhere are freaking out, let me tell you. And there are crazy, starving fanged people wandering all over the place (one of whom is my evil powermonger of a biological father), so we wanted to get away from the city. Believe me, Penton’s about as “away from the city” as it gets.
But I’m bored, so I decided to start a Penton newsletter. Will’s World—catchy, eh? Today, I’m interviewing our scathe leader Aidan Murphy. He’s the guy in charge. The big guy. The head---
Aidan: Will, shut up. If we’re gonna do this, ask your questions. I have work to do.
Will: Yeah, yeah, fine. Okay. Tell us about yourself.
Will: Gonna play it like that, are you? Well, I’ll tell them that you’re Irish but have been in the American Southeast for almost two centuries. You were turned vampire more than four hundred years ago. You are too serious and stubborn for your own good, which drives your lieutenants crazy, by the way. You grow flipping FLOWERS, which isn’t a very manly vampire thing to do, if I say so myself. And you have women throwing themselves at you because they like that whole broody, tortured thing you have going on, but you think women are too much trouble. Which is good for me because I like some variety in my—
Aidan: *Rolls his eyes.* Will, shut up and ask a real question.
Will: Grump. Okay, what gave you the idea of creating this big scathe and buying a ghost town in rural Alabama to repopulate?
Aidan: It was getting too dangerous out there for our unvaccinated human familiars. So many humans got the pandemic vaccine that it’s hard for vampires to find people to feed from. I didn’t want our fams kidnapped for the black market that’s springing up for unvaccinated humans, or for the vampires who follow me to be staked in order to break their bonds with their fams. Penton, Alabama, seemed like the perfect solution. It’s isolated. It was virtually a ghost town, so I was able to buy up all the property. Everyone I allow to move here just wants to be left alone to live in peace.
Will: Well, except the peace thing isn’t working too well right now, is it?
Aidan: *Glares at Will* This is off the record—I don’t want to see anything about attacks and wars and beheadings in the newsletter, got me?
*Will nods, but has fingers crossed behind his back.*
Aidan: My psychopath of a brother, Owen, attacked us, then your maniac of a father turned out to be behind it. And some more of those self-righteous peacocks on the Vampire Tribunal are siding with him. We’re going to have to fight them or be destroyed, I’m afraid.
Will: Since we’re talking *coughs* off the record, what about this doctor you kidnapped—er, I mean—have visiting us in the locked rooms under the clinic? Tell us about Krystal Harris.
Aidan: You’re the one who found us an unvaccinated doctor. She’ll be perfect, you said. She’ll want to live here, you said. Well, guess what? The woman can’t be enthralled worth a damn. She’s stubborn, too. And she does NOT want to live here. She tried to stab me with a freaking fork.
Will: Aw….you like her.
Aidan: *Narrows eyes* Interview’s over, and it’s your turn for patrol duty. Get to it.
Will: Methinks he doth protest too much….Okay, okay. I’m outta here.
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.
About the Author:
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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