Suicidal Aralyn Montgomery finds herself thrust into a world of domination and torture when a Master vampire claims her as his. If she does not obey his every command, he punishes her in ways that have been considered sick, twisted, and evil.
The Master wishes to make Aralyn his eternal lover. To do this, he must turn her into a vampire. But first he wants her to give him what he has always desired....
Will Aralyn escape his monstrous clutches? Or will she be forced to live with him for eternity and made his pet?
"Dead Seed" Formally titled Vampires Don’t Exist, R. Vance has added new scenes, a new first chapter, a prologue, and epilogue, and overall more detail to the existing plot. Since I have not read it in its previous form, I have nothing to compare it to. However, I did check out the Amazon reviews of the old version and they seem mixed across the board. I do have to say that the new book cover is much more fitting (that’s the author on the cover), and even has a Twilight feel to it. The new title has much more impact as well. Of course, being able to “revamp” your work is an advantage to Lulu’s publishing system, but I have to wonder if it is really worth it. In searching her website, we did find an FAQ where Vance admits she just wasn’t happy with the poor writing, typos, and holes in the plot. One obvious advantage would be to correct typos or improve your book cover, but is adding new chapters and plotlines fair to your readers? It certainly hasn’t hurt the loyal... More > following Vance has who are fans of the book. The Dead Seed version of R. Vance’s work is only shown on Lulu. But when you type the ISBN into Amazon, the listing shows the old cover and the old title. The price is also different ($16.00 on Lulu and $18.33 on Amazon for the Paperback), as are the copyright dates. So, I have to wonder which version of the book you actually do get when you order through Amazon. For someone ordering on a whim through Amazon, if they received Dead Seed they might assume they got the wrong book and contact Amazon thinking a mistake was made. Obviously, there are a lot of consequences to think about when wanting to change your book after it’s already been registered with an ISBN. I don’t want to sound like I am ridiculing Vance for her decisions, but others may question the validity of a writer’s choices with a book presented in this manner. Maybe not. All this aside, I do have to say that Dead Seed is a nice change of pace for the subject of vampires. Dracula, Lestat, Kurt Barlow, and more recently Edward Cullen, vampires throughout literature each have their own traits that make them unique outside of immortal powers and their lust for blood. That’s obviously what makes them memorable. R. Vance’s vampire, called Aimeric, is no different; and he is such a unique and powerful character that I would love to see him again in a sequel. Be warned! This book is full of the allure and passion we’ve grown to love in vampires ever since Anne Rice came along, but Dead Seed is no red sexy love story. Aimeric preys on a troubled and suicidal girl named Araylyn with intentions of making her his immortal love slave. Punishment, torture, domination, there’s plenty here to either turn you on or make you blush! Or both. Overall, this story moves at a very fast pace. Vance pushes through a brutal car accident involving Araylyn, her mother, and her sister in the three page prologue alone. Mom dies. The sister disappears without a trace, and Araylyn falls into emotional turmoil. But don’t fret. Vance’s writing techniques really shine through in the scenes involving Araylyn and the master vampire. Their interactions are drawn out with spine tingling intensity that will have you dog earing the juicy parts to devour again later. Despite the faults the history of this book has, it’s nice to see an author such as Vance standing strong behind her decisions as a writer. She even has a want ad on her website for an agent or publisher…”I have a passion for writing and I’m not stopping. I’m going with or without you.” Bravo! Read the full review at The Lulu Book Review!< Less
"Dead Seed review" Dead Seed was captivating. I could not put it down. R. Vance is a wonderful writer and i will be looking forward to reading more of her excellet work. She strives for profection and her detail in Dead Seed is wonderful. Dead Seed reaches out and grabs a hold of you in its grib of horror and fasination. R. Vance is like the next Steven King but, with vampires.
"Awesome." This book is a nice change of pace from a creative, and perhaps twisted, young woman's mind. R. Vance leaves other Vampire stories in her dust as she takes things to new heights and new levels of depravity from the villian. Perverse and evil as he may be, Vance makes good work of reaching into this character, dissecting him enough that one can, at times, almost feel sympathetic towards him- and with an antagonist like this, that certainly takes talented character development! You won't be wasting your money on this book; it's one to sit on your shelves as the start of a promising collection from this author. I am quite sure that original copies of this will be priceless.
"A masterpiece" Dead seed is without a doubt one of my favourite vampire/horror stories and a must-read for everyone that values a good vampire story. Reyanna Vance is for sure to get in the same writers club as A. Rice, S. King and the other legends, so I do hope to read more of her work soon. For vampire fans, that miss the cruelty (and great enjoyment in being creatures of the night) in vampires in other vampire stories, this is the perfect book to read. I love the malice in Aimeric (main character), the fact that he enjoys being evil and the rule that Reyanna Vance so perfectly intertwines in her story - with intense hate comes intense love (which is for which person is another thing). The writer manages to cover great details without getting boring, write about strong feelings (positive and negative) without unnecessary exaggeration and thread atcs in lives of charactes so well, you get the feeling that it doesn't matter when you want to stop reading, it will be for... More > sure right before one of the plots is solved, so that you will just have to read another chapter. In one sentence: it is impossible to let go of this book, the story is so intense, so filled with feelings, great characters, sudden plots and changes, that you just have to read on and on and on, untill you find yourself reading the last sentence and wanting more.< Less
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