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In some areas of the country winter is walloping the local residents. Here in the midwest, we’re nearing record high temperatures in the 50s and even 60s. No white Christmas for us. But whether you’re living in a Winter Wonderland or a more temperate climate, the holiday season is a time to reflect on the year that was and the new year ahead. And, if you’re anything like me, it’s a time when you want to curl up with a good book (or three) as the snow (or rain) falls and you haven’t got a care in the world.
Back in the spring of 2013, Wilde City Press released Cowboys & Vampires, the first book of my Venom Valley series, a genre mashup of vampires, zombies, gay cowboys, witches, Native American spirits, and all of it set in the American Old West. Two more books followed, Stakes & Spurs: Venom Valley Book Two,and Blood & Stone: Venom Valley Book Three. When I wrote the series, I was missing the vampires of old, those movie monsters from the Universal films that were scary and blood-thirsty. I didn’t want repentant or self-loathing vampires, I wanted deadly predators with just one weakness: zombies. In my world, zombies are able to bite through vampire skin where bullets and arrows bounce off. It’s the dead feasting on the dead, while also feasting on the living as well.
So, if you’re looking for a spooky, kind of gory, suspenseful read, check out the three books of my Venom Valley series. You’ll get to know Josh, Dex, and Glory, along with a host of supporting characters who all come together to fight the fiendishly evil vampire, Balthazar, and his army of newly turned vampires.
Here’s the series blurb:
Josh Stanton’s mother, Maureen, vanished one night long ago, when Josh was very young. Taken in by the town’s spinster school teacher, Agnes Pritchett, Josh finds himself something of an outcast in the town of Belkin’s Pass. Rumors that his mother was a witch keep him on the outskirts of the town’s social groups, and strange reactions around the deceased, both within him and to the body, make him feel even more exiled. When Josh is befriended by Dexter Wells, the two become best friends who each want more from the relationship, but are conditioned by their upbringing to hide their attraction. Years later, when a dangerous stranger begins stalking the girls of the One-Eyed Rooster, the local saloon, Glory, a half white, half Native American saloon girl, joins Josh and Dex in their fight against the man they come to know as Balthazar, a powerful vampire. From the small prairie town of Belkin’s Pass, to the vast, uninhabitable land known by the locals as Venom Valley, to a newly established Army fort, the three fight not just to save their lives, but to save Belkin’s Pass and, ultimately, the entire country. Ride with Josh, Dex, and Glory as they battle vampires and zombies in the suspenseful Venom Valley series.
I wish you and yours a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season and a new year that’s full of joy and prosperity. All my best.
Title: Cowboys & Vampires: Venom Valley Book One
Author: Hank Edwards
Publisher: Wilde City
Publication Date: 04/16/2013
Cover Artist: Jared Rackler
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay, Historical, Horror, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Thriller, Western
In the frontier town of Belkin’s Pass, as a vampire quietly feeds on the local saloon girls and their customers, a tragedy teaches resident Josh Stanton he has the ability to raise the dead. Knowing he is now a wanted man, Josh flees into the arid plains of Venom Valley. Pursued by Dex, the town deputy and Josh’s best friend, the two realize their friendship is truly something deeper, and Dex has to decide if he’s a man of the law, or a man in love. The vampire, drawn by Josh’s power, circles ever closer, gathering his forces against them.
Cool, dank air washed over Josh, bringing with it a hint of things left too long in the damp, and he shivered. His senses returned a little, and he watched Dex kneeling before him, protecting him, waving the burning branch at the advancing wolves. Dex would only use a bullet when he had a clear shot.
Soft, skittering sounds whispered out of the mine. Shuffling, crackling sounds that sent a familiar chill through him. Someone, something, was moving behind the rotting boards that covered the mine entrance. Josh slowly turned his head, the rugged, splintered surface of the board beneath catching in his sweat-damp hair.
A face with skin dry as parchment hovered just on the other side of a gap in the boards. Rotted teeth stuck up from brown gums and a milky white eye rolled to meet Josh’s gaze. The thing let out a rank gasp of air as it moaned and stuck skeletal fingers through the narrow gap, the tips brushing along Josh’s cheek.
He gave a start, the touch of the thing snapping him from his daze even as the heat in his body burned hotter. More fingers from other walking corpses reached out for him. Josh pushed away from the boards that covered the mine, letting out a shout of fear. As he watched, a number of bone thin hands gripped the edges of the boards and pulled them apart, making a path for the walking dead miners to shuffle out toward them.
About Hank EdwardsHank Edwards is a curious mix of practical realist and feral dreamer, with over a dozen books published. His body of work covers a host of genres from gay romance to humor, paranormal to suspense, and mystery to time travel romance.
He is also a member of the Story Orgy group (www.facebook.com/SOGroup), a clan of writers who post free gay romance reads to their blogs every Monday morning and self-publish steamy stories based on writing prompts. Find his posts atwww.hankedwardsbooks.com/hankerings.
Like his Facebook pages (www.facebook.com/hankedwardsbooks or www.facebook.com/venomvalleyseries), favorite his Amazon page (www.amazon.com/author/hankedwards), and follow him on Twitter (@hanksbooks) to become a true “Hankie.” You may also visit his website at www.hankedwardsbooks.com or send along an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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