31 days of Halloween – Kristin Battlestella

Fate and Fangs: Tales from The Vampire Family

Feel Love, experience Punishment, know Struggle, indulge the Debauchery, crave Lust, learn Humanity, face Resurrection, and choose: Fate or Fangs?

Now, does anybody know a better way to begin the Halloween season than that? I’m so glad we’re finally into all the meat and juicy of October with pumpkins, goblins, and every other Samhain bewitchery.  Now I don’t need to feel like an odd ball promoting my August release, Love: Ann and the Viking, the first novella in my new series with Muse It Up Publishing, Fate and Fangs: Tales from the Vampire Family.  We left a trail of chocolate covered viking vampires through the summer, put in supernatural BDSM September spin on for Punishment: Lilith’s Trials, and now we’re adding werewolves to the trio for my latest in Fate and Fangs!  

Seeking solace and solitude from her unhappy home life as the unloved wife of Antonio, Elizabeth travels to colonial America in Professor James’ third account.  On the outskirts of the white man’s civilization, Elizabeth meets Rain, a young Kiowa warrior on a vision quest.  Will his lack of fear, search for answers, and gripping hothouse experience help her face those very vampire truths she sought to escape?

“The Spirit is both man and animal. You are both woman and the wolf, unsure of the light and the dark.”

 “Do you not fear the wolf?
“It is you who fears the wolf.  The woman is the light and the wolf is the darkness.  We will release the wolf and free The Spirit.”
Oddly enough, I found there was a logic to his beliefs.  Did the people here discover some sort of balance between nature and civilization, good and evil?  If I didn’t know better, I might think he spoke of a vampire already! Was there another here like our kind?  I wouldn’t put it past our maker Mestiphles or his henchwoman Lilith to feast upon these people.
“How can the Spirit release the wolf?” 
“My forefather told of my coming in the great storm at the big river’s crossing. He said I would live long, see many moons, but never grow old. So I wait for her.  The Spirit will answer all.”

What’s more creepy than that? How big our Publisher’s Buy Link is! Look at that monster!

Of course, I am one who’s more likely to trick the screaming neighbors’ kids.  However, in the spirit of treating, here’s a sneak peak at Fate and Fangs Book 4!  Debauchery: Victoria’s Burning will help you remember to be Thankful for what you have this November– as her excesses are just much to bloody much…..

In Professor Welshire’s fourth Fate and Fangs chronicle, Victoria uses the fallout from the American Civil War to her advantage-or so the beautiful but deadly blockade-runner hopes.  After all her using, abusing, and feedings, Victoria’s slaves finally take matters into their own hands, forcing Antonio’s daughter to face her own mortality. 

Hello Mother,
I have never conformed to normal societal standards; you know I have looked after my own cares, perhaps even selfishly some might say. However, amid this sad state in America’s affairs, it was in my best interests to marry.  Yes, marry.   I’m sure you wish to know his titles and ancestry for your histories, but none such matters to me. His name isn’t even important, for he wasn’t around long.  His funeral is tomorrow in fact—a gentleman’s funeral for a wealthy gentleman from North Carolina.  
I apologize if I’m late in my correspondence.  You know I don’t like to write. I imagine you might have wished a traditional spectacle at this news, Mother, your one moment of pride and pretense that you have a normal daughter and a proper family.  Ha!
Shall you pleasure ANN, the scorned mistress aided by her lover ERIC or the beautiful, evil, and deadly Welshire enemy LILITH?  But what of ELIZABETH, the unloved wife supported by RAIN, a fearless Kiowa warrior or her debutant daughter VICTORIA, the favorite of father ANTONIO? Ladies, moody and melodramatic rival brothers JAMES and GASTON are vying for your attention! Can sister SAMANTHA keep them from each other’s throats?  Of course, we can’t forget STEPHANIE- the alluring doctor straddles the line between Welshire and Lilithan covens. And what of the mysterious MESTIPHLES who seemingly supports veins on both sides? Keep up with all the mayhem and the macabre at any of our virtual haunts:

And don’t forget if you live in the New Jersey or Philadelphia area, you can meet me and my fellow New Jersey Authors Network members 7 p.m. Tuesday November 1 at the Cherry Library.  Remember, No Blood is Necessary for the participation in any Vampire Family events.