Raising A Vampire

Book 2 in the Suckers Trilogy

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Raising A Vampire, Book 2 in the Suckers Trilogy, is the romantic, funny, action-packed story of Kate, who tries to make the best of life for her and her family whilst hiding a terrible secret.

Ten years after Black October, when blood-thirsty, night-dwelling suckers roamed the land, Kate invites a colleague into her home. He commits an act of violence, and Kate’s teenaged-daughter, Sue, exposes herself for what she really is. Kate accompanies her when Sue is imprisoned. The situation spirals downhill when an old flame of Kate turns up and he resumes his quest for Kate’s love.

Once more, Kate is thrown into turmoil and heartache.

Can Kate keep her family and her wits together? Find out what happens to Kate and her loved ones in the second book of the Suckers Trilogy.

After having so much fun writing Living Like A Vampire, there had to be a sequel. I wrote Raising A Vampire in October 2015, again whilst having no knowledge of how to write English prose. However, again, I had so much fun doing it. This time, writing in chronological order made it so much easier. It did take me twice as long as the Book 1 as my story got stuck when I had to think of an escape method. It took me a long time to figure it out. I even contacted a flight center to find out if gliders could operate at night :D.

Then ending gives the story that extra bit of oomph, keeping you on your toes. It came out of nowhere, my characters leading me on their merry way. Honestly, I had nothing to do with it :).

Although reading Living Like A Vampire first is recommended, I tried writing Raising A Vampire as a standalone. There is a span of ten years between the two stories, and I have done my best to give you hints of what happened in Book 1 should you not have read it. I do recommend reading Book 1 first so you get to know my characters better and understand their actions.

Book 2 was first published in March 2016 under the name Succedaneum and this is the second edition.

Here are some review comments that I’m proud of:

‘It’s fast-paced with plenty of surprises and keeps you guessing until the end.’

‘Ms. Dahlhaus reinvigorates those old bitey routines with a bit of smart storytelling while managing to make insightful comments on our society.’

‘A mother of emotional rollercoasters.’

‘Intriguing vampire prison break! Must read!’

Raising A Vampire are available in Jacky’s Book Store, and on Amazon.

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