by Louise Cypress
Publication Date: May 14, 2018
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Paranormal Romance
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A nerdy high school senior transforms into a vampire vixen who’s unaware that her hunky date for prom is the slayer sent to destroy her.
Morgan Taylor-Jackson can’t wait for high school to end. In six months she leaves for UCLA and says goodbye to La Jolla, California and her parents’ messy divorce. But when Morgan is bitten by a four-year-old boy, she becomes infected with a mysterious condition. Fever, insomnia, and a new bustline are only the beginning; Morgan morphs from nerd to bombshell.
As far as Van Xander is concerned, all vampires are evil, even the ones who reject human sacrifice and call themselves Puritans. When Helsing Incorporated sends Van to La Jolla to investigate the local coven, Morgan is his prime target. Pretending to be interested in her, Van asks Morgan out and puts her through a series of tests to determine her killer nature.
Morgan is thrilled to be dating a hot guy like Van and falls for him hard. As Van strings Morgan along, he grows increasingly guilty. Morgan is kind, compassionate, and a gooey romantic. Just as Van’s mind begins to change, evil forces threaten everything. When prom night arrives, there are only two ways out of the ballroom: death or immortality.
The vampire lumbered to his feet, shielding the spot on his side where my boot had burned his flesh. Hunched over his wound, he was still well over six feet tall and a massive wall of muscle. But all that weight meant he moved slowly. I whipped out my chain before he realized what I was doing.
Knife in one hand, chain in the other, I cracked my neck and grinned. “Get out of the way, Ms. Taylor, and be ready to yell ‘timber.’”
Susan scrambled a few feet over just in time. When the vampire plodded toward me, I spun my knife and pierced him in the heart. Then I slung out my chain and branded him on his face with my silver clasp. The monster moaned in pain and toppled to the ground. I kicked him a few more times for good measure before reaching to snap his neck. Could I risk being seen slaying him? I surveyed the chaos around me. Bodies littered the ballroom floor. The survivors crowded in the corner, next to the entrance, cornered by a woman in white.
I twisted the vampire’s neck and felt relief when I heard the bones break. But no sooner had I slain this vamp than another monster lumbered toward me.
Armageddon or Promageddon? This was going to be a long night.
Interview with Louse Cypress,
author of BITE ME
Question One: Since BITE ME is a clean and wholesome YA vampire romance I have to ask—are you a fan of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyers?
Louise: Absolutely! I’m a Twihard forever. I’ve even been to Forks, WA and taken pictures of Bella’s red truck. There are two of them in Forks, the movie version and the book version. As an adult I can recognize that there are some problematic things about the Twilight series, like Edward watching Bella when she sleeps and Bella thinking that she can’t live without Edward in her life, but on the other hand, it’s page-turning fiction. Stephenie Meyers helped put the YA genre on the map, and for that reason alone she deserves some credit.
Question Two: What makes BITE ME different from other paranormal vampire romance books?
Louise: BITE ME is romantic comedy, and hopefully includes lots of scenes that readers will find laugh-out-loud funny. It’s not hot and steamy, but it is entertaining. This is a book designed to take you on an instant book vacation to the beach.
Question Three: In BITE ME, you describe Morgan as a “nerdy high school senior who transforms into a vampire vixen.” Would you describe yourself as a nerd in high school?
Louise: Yes, I was the girl who always had a book in my hand. I studied so hard for the SATs that I gave myself what I called “flash-card wrist” but which I now know is tendonitis. I didn’t go to my senior prom but I made up for it in college. I joined a sorority and went to so many dances that I had to borrow dresses from friends so I wouldn’t repeat outfits.
Question Four: Are there more books planned in the Puritan Coven Series?
Louise: Right now this is a three book series. BITE ME comes out May 14th, HUNT ME will come out a week later, and SLAY ME will be published in June of 2018. I want readers to be able to binge.
Question Five: What’s HUNT ME going to be about?
Louise: HUNT ME is a second-chance romance about Morgan’s friend Esma, and Esma’s ex-boyfriend Chase. Here’s the hook: “An all-girls vampire camping trip turns deadly when a sasquatch hunter is accidentally killed.” Be ready to get sucked into the Puritan Coven!
ABOUT LOUISE CYPRESS
Louise Cypress believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. She has never met a vampire, but she has been to a Love Sucks concert on Valentine’s Day. Like Morgan, Louise can often be found curled up with a romance novel on Saturday night, diet soda in hand, secretly wishing bustles were back in fashion. Louise lives in San Diego, California, where the beach is crowded and summer is immortal.
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