ABOUT THE SERIES
In the late 1990’s, I was writing a vampire novel about a woman named Kesi who was an ancient hybrid human/God blood-drinker (it’s less complicated than it sounds) who was “collecting” those who she considered the ‘perfect’ humans to turn into vampires so she could have a bloodline family.
That novel sat for decades until, in 2015, I decided to revamp it (pun intended), tear it apart and make something completely different out of it. That is when I got the idea to have Kesi tell her own story. As she lived way back thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, I knew these couldn’t be just any journal entries written in some store-bought leather journal with flowers on the cover; they’d have been written on scrolls and be so old as to be barely readable.
That is when I got the idea of “duping” the public by making Kesi’s story seem like “real” documents discovered by an archaeologist, hidden in the sands of Egypt, then restored, translated and published. Something no one else has ever done.
Of course, I never actually duped anyone into thinking these were real. But, I have had a number of reviewers write that they definitely read as being real, and that’s good enough for me.
After Book One, I received a lot of feedback from readers wanting to know more about Kesi’s background and her family, so for Book Two I did a Prequel, taking the reader all the way back to the beginning, long before even the pyramids were built.
Many readers showed a big interest in Wolfe Stewart and Fergus MacGregor (a mute vampire? Whaaa…?), who have a chapter in book one, Sands of Time. Since I was trying to publish these books by chronological date, and since book one actually ends (as a to be continued) in 1789, I went back a bit to 1692 and told Wolfe’s story for book three, Blood Moon: Diary of a Highland Massacre.
So far, that book seems to be everyone’s favorite. But, book four, Love’s Tragedy, is now out and continues where book one left off in 1789 France.
Can you tell I love history?
Most of the books in this series are novellas, because the journal entries (all “discovered” in various locales, translated, published) are straight and to the point writings of the character’s journey and how they were “made” vampires and where they will fall on the timeline of this series.
Going forward, as more vampires are made and introduced, the characters will begin to mesh in interesting ways (such as in attempting to locate and take down Yin) and will come together more and more. So, I guess you can look at the series so far as a sort of “intro” to the characters before the big story, which will involve everyone and take interesting twists and turns as characters come and go and try to live their lives within the confines of their individual circumstances. And of course in the center of all of it is Kesi Akhede… and with her at the helm, no one can ever guess what’s going to happen next (not even the author).
Sands of Time
Fate of the True Vampires
Book One (with Extended chapters and new scenes)
2016 Finalist Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Thousands of years of journals, scrolls, and documents. A life exposed. That of Kesi. A blood drinker from the ancients.
Read her journals, her desperation for a family, the failed ability to share her bloodline. Travel with her to ancient China where she meets Yin, an alchemist who holds the answers she seeks. But his desires are dark. Using torture, mayhem and bloodshed, through science he is determined to find a "cure" and end the children of the hybrids, known as vampyres. Kesi's only hope for a family.
Long ago, documents proving the existence of a secret life were buried, forgotten - until the 20th century when archaeologists discovered the first of them in ancient Egypt. As more documents were unearthed throughout the world, a connection between them was made. These are the preserved and translated scrolls of a woman who lived thousands of years ago, and for thousands of years. A woman on a quest to preserve her unique race. A woman who lives on the blood of humans. Feel the desperation. Meet the alchemist and his need to "cure" that which he feels is a plague, destroying Kesi's dreams. Destroying the race of vampires.
This is the first book in a very unique series.
Be prepared to have your cliched minds blown! Vampires DO exist, but they are not "undead" as all the fiction books would have you believe. And now, for the first time, proof has been published; put out for all of the world to see. Although vampires have been in the news, in books, movies, TV and media for longer than these mediums existed, nothing like this had ever before been published nor seen. So many have written about them; Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Poppy Z. Brite, Charlaine Harris, J.R. Ward, Stephanie Meyer, and so many more. Yet, these are all fiction. Masterpieces of creative minds and talented pens. Vampires, those humanoid beings needing to exist on blood do not really exist. Or do they?
The Early Scrolls: Prequel to Sands of Time
Fate of the True Vampires
2017 Finalist Next Generation Indie Book Awards
"A fantastic treat" 5-Star Reader Favorite
Kesi's struggles growing into womanhood are easily relatable even today as she learns of her place in the world, what it is to be different, coming to terms with her ever maturing body, her first love, and her need for children. But success is not as effortless as she hopes and her life is thrown into a sandstorm of despair. These are her first writings; a journal of youth, growing up hiding underground and what it is to exist as a blood-drinker in a human world.
Prequel to Sands of Time
Deep in the nothingness of the Sahara desert, an innovative archaeologist finds a written picture text, the first ever known from the ancient world of Egypt. Linked to many other documents and scrolls found throughout Egypt and the world, this one is different and brings to light a primitive mystery; the arrival and ‘birth’ of the very first beings that would one day be called vampires.
Historical Vampires Novella
Award-winning series. Fate of the True Vampires will take the reader on a journey like none they've ever before experienced.
Fate of the True Vampires series
(This book, though part of the series, can be read as a stand-alone)
Recently wed to Isobel, a "Child of the Mist," years after her strange arrival and subsequent rescue, and expecting his first child, Wolfe Amus MacDonald Stewart has finally found a happy life. But mysteries still plague him. He gets no answers, but more questions when a familiar yet strange man, Col. Campbell, arrives with his lowland Scottish soldiers to take up the hospitality of the MacDonalds of Ghlinne Comhann (Glen Coe) for a fortnight.
Little did the clan suspect what would soon befall them. After the massacre on 13 February, 1692, most MacDonalds lay dead, many exposed to the elements perished, homes burned. Wolfe and his friend Fergus are taken away for reasons unknown.
But why would the Campbell and lowland cousins commit such a hideous and unholy crime? The truth will not be found in history books. The beast behind this tragic night held nothing but greed within his heart, and using the Jacobite risings as his cover, he gets what he wants and leaves behind death and suffering.
Fate of the True Vampires series
Kesi and Andre return...
An orphan, living on the streets, a young André falls madly in love with Juliette, the girl who, against her Magistrate father's wishes, saves him from great embarrassment and freezing to death. Taking him into her luxurious life, Juliette tries to turn stone into gold. But fear of the guillotine and upheaval in Paris between the classes sees André back on the streets.
Betrayed by a friend, André finds himself locked in the basement of the Bastille, a nameless prisoner of the government, starved, beaten and forgotten. Only one thing can free him: A deal made with Juliette's father to fight for the side of the enemy and risk his life if only to see her again.
From that point on, their tale is one of fear, betrayal, war... and blood. Taking shocking twists and turns and an ending the reader will not see coming, this is a story for those who love a unique vampire tale soaked in romance and history, war and betrayal.
Children of Blood
Fate of the True Vampires
From 18th century Egypt to 20th century Poland, from Georgia to Haight-Ashbury, Kesi has begun her quest to create the children she desires; those she feels will fill the void in her life and aid in her determined efforts to find and destroy Yin.Instead he finds her, taking a potential child and using her as bait to lure Kesi and André to him. But can she save her children from his wrath before he kills them all, using them to find a “cure” for vampirism?
From reuniting with a loved one to fighting a hated enemy, this book is fast and full of unexpected events spanning many generations as Kesi grows her “army” of blood children.
Listen to an audio excerpt of the first part of Book One. Includes video reference. Fun, enjoyable and completely entertaining.