Genre: Paranormal Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Number of pages: 380
Word Count: 114,000
Melody Fields is an investigative journalist.
...Or, at least, she used to be.
An epidemic has swept the United States, turning the majority of its population into undead creatures called Sanguines, who sustain themselves on the life force of the living. Those who weren't afflicted were given a choice: Enter a protected Colony or hope to survive.
Guilted by her father to flee while she still could, Melody has been marooned on Nantucket Colony for four years. Unable to turn off her vocational instincts, the tough-as-nails, Boston-by-way-of-Foxboro journalist can't help but notice when her fellow Colonists begin to disappear.
After months of observation, Melody finds a pattern to the disappearances, and it doesn't take long for her act-first-think-later mentality to kick in and follow a group of kidnappees onto a ferry. Once on the mainland, though, her seldom-seen sense of self-preservation causes her to abandon her mission and flee. Desperate for a place to hide, she winds up in the home of a lonely, soft-spoken Sanguine named Bastian, who seemingly breaks all protocol with his disinterest in eating her alive and his offer of safe harbor.
A slow-growing trust developing between them, Bastian tries his best to help Melody find her place in a now-unfamiliar world, but she doesn't understand how different her place really is until she reconnects with her inner-circle. Melody and her friends discover that they've been unraveling the same unsavory story from opposite ends, and when they tie their information together, they realize they might be uncovering a scandal that could change everything if it's brought to light. But if they fail, it could mean the end for countless lives...even their own.
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1. Did you always want to be an author?
I think it was something I wanted for a long time, but I just didn’t think would happen.
2. What is your favourite childhood book?
Probably ‘The Little House on the Prairie’ book series.
3. How many hours a day do you spend writing?
It depends. There’ve been days where I’ve written the entire day, and a few weeks when I won’t write anything. My thoughts need to be in order before I feel like it’s OK to move forward, so it’s somewhat erratic in nature.
4. Do you have a dream cast for your book?
I’m assuming ‘cast’ refers to if my book were a movie, and you know, I’m not really a follower of celebrities; whenever people talk about them, I usually say ‘who?’ But I could try to pound something out.
Melody: I’ve never come across a celebrity who looks like Melody. I’d want a real gymnast to play her, though. People are typically a bit stunned when I tell them (even after they read the book) that her body is highly muscular, so she doesn’t have the hour-glass nor the wispy, thigh-gap silhouette most leading females have. Her face is very cute, youthful, and round, she has freckles, VERY curly light brown hair (Prudence says that she looks like a brunette ‘Strawberry Shortcake’), and she’s only 5’0” tall, but it’s all juxtaposed by her ferocious body.
Bastian: DEFINITELY Zach Woods. He’d fit Bastian to a T: The tall, skinny frame, the gentle demeanor...he’d be perfect. The only thing missing is the long hair.
Jay: Remember the way Lou Taylor Pucci looked in the remake of ‘Evil Dead’ with the glasses and the long hair? Jay kind of looks like that character but with slightly shorter hair, so maybe him. Jay’s 6’1” with blond hair, blue eyes and an average build.
Prudence: Again, I don’t know of any female actresses who look like Prudence. Prudence is Mexican with Neapolitan hair, and she has a big, wide smile. She’s also full-figured with an hour-glass shape, and is 5’8”.
Casa: Another difficult casting with him. Casa is half-black and half-Chinese; he’s 5’4”, skinny, and he has hair similar to Corbin Bleu circa 2005, so yeah...literally, no clue who I’d pick for him.
Thankful: I’d probably pick Imogen Poots to play Thankful.
5. Which book would you have with you on a desert island?
‘How to Survive and Get the Hell Off a Desert Island,’ if it exists! If that isn’t a choice, then probably a compilation of scary stories.