Book 2 in the Suckers Trilogy
Raising A Vampire is the romantic, funny, action-packed story of Kate, who tries to keep her family together after a terrible secret comes out.
The story starts ten years after Black October, when vampire-like humans called ‘suckers’ roamed the land. Kate and her partner have been trying to hide the true identity of their daughter by leading an extremely quiet life. One day, Kate decides to invite a colleague into her home. He commits an act of violence. When Sue, Kate’s teenaged-daughter, come to the rescue, she exposes herself for what she really is; a sucker. Kate accompanies Sue when she 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.
Join Kate as she struggles with the amorous feelings that awaken after meeting her old flame. Feel her pain as she loses the friendship of a good friend, as she pushes her daughter away from her instead of keeping her on the right path, and as she tries to keep the love of her partner while dealing with the mental aftermath of an attempted rape.
Can Kate keep her family and her wits together?
Some reviews received:
“Honestly, I loved this book.”
“The plot is full of unexpected twists.”
“The monster of all emotional rollercoasters.”
“A ride through the unexpected and sure to peak your curiosity.”
“There’s some nice wit on show to keep everything from getting too dark.”
” It is a fast read, that races through a short time span, that did keep me turning the pages.”
“Ms. Dahlhaus reinvigorates those old bitey routines with a bit of smart storytelling while managing to make insightful comments on our society.”
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 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 🙂 .
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.
Just in case you’re wondering where I got the character of Dr. Greene from, it was taken from Dr. Bunsen Honeydew from the Muppets 🙂 .
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.