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Exsanguinate - A Vampire Urban Fantasy Series (World of Blood Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Killion Slade , Mary Ann Peden-Coviello , Wendy Schirmer
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"They can’t touch you!" What could possibly go wrong at Orlando’s beloved Global Studios Halloween Scream Nights theme park? Cheyenne O’Cuinn’s task is to study fear even though she is the biggest chicken on the planet. In order to carve out a slice of the billion dollar scare industry for her online role-play company, she researches what causes people to run screaming out of haunted attractions.

Determined to face her own fear of Oldhouseophobia, Cheyenne confronts her bloodcurdling obsession - the dreaded haunted house. Her worst nightmare manifested, Cheyenne is brutally attacked and left for dead by a rogue vampire. Splattered across the front page of the Orlando Sentinel, Cheyenne discovers her sisters are missing while she recovers in the hospital.

The ransom call from the kidnapper sets into motion the rabbit hole of a parallel supernatural reality she invades to rescue her family. In a race against the hourglass, Cheyenne confronts a double-agent vampire, a cyberchondriac werewolf, and a mafioso dragon. Can they be trusted to help her, or are they a part of the twisted scheme?

With her sister’s lives on the line, Cheyenne has no choice but to beat the kidnappers at their own game and ensnare them with her own brand of deception.

"Exsanguinate flawlessly blends horror, fantasy, romance, action and humor into one entertaining read. This book has it all and fans of all genres will enjoy it." ~David Watson, HorrorAddicts.net

Exsanguinate is the first book in this frighteningly-funny, virtually-unforgettable series. If you have played any RPG (roll-playing game) or have experienced Second Life (SL) or any video game, you will not be able to put this book down. Well ... except when the tears blur your vision, and you need a moment to collect yourself from a roll on the ground belly laugh, or when the intense emotional responses make you hyperventilate in fear for the characters.

Funny, New, Contemporary Vampire Series to Sink Your Teeth Into!

"If Killion Slade's book concept was a hybrid horror clone - the style would take the snarky humor from Shaun of the Dead, combine it with the variety of avatars found in World of Warcraft, and give it the agility of movement from Second Life. Then cross that with a 'virtual' romance come to life and lay it at the feet of three 21st century sisters who are in big trouble - and you would simply be touching the edges of this story." ~Rhonda Carpenter, Mark of a Druid

About the Author

Winner of the 2012 Wicked Women Writer Award, Killion Slade is a married writing team who met in Second Life and virtually enjoys everything. Members of the Horror Writers Association and the Paranormal Romance Guild, they story board their characters inside Second Life as their avatars unfold their stories. Killion's Debut Novel, Exsanguinate, is slated to publish on December 9, 2013. Exsanguinate is a paranormal urban fantasy thriller series, where a gaming software developer navigates wicked clues inside her own online role playing game to rescue her kidnapped sisters before they become breeders for a dhampir army. Killion's published short stories can be found in Sirens Call, The Danse Macabre, Cynic Magazine, Bewildering Stories, Midwest Literary Magazine, and in the anthologies Bite from the Heart, Death Sparkles, Roms, Bombs,and Zoms from Evil Girlfriend Media and the upcoming anthology, The Ghoul Saloon from Static Movement. Killion was honored as a finalist for their "Robbie the Ghoulie" short story at In the Snake Magazine. Learn more about Killion Slade by exploring at http://www.killionslade.com and https://www.facebook.com/killion.slade, Pinterest http://pinterest.com/killionslade/ & the Twitterverse @killionslade. Where Scary Can Be Horrifyingly Funny

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2063 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Draconian Publishing - Spirit; First edition (9 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H6WI71Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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What an opening chapter!!

This novel has a great opening premise three sisters who run a horror based gaming site; Cheyenne is the main narrator however she is scared of all things scary, especially haunted houses! Dakota is her baby sister and basically the wild child. Counter that with Sheridan the older sister, who is the brains of the outfit, stir in lots of love, giggles, a traumatic matriarch death and a kooky father and you have a fabulous set of characters ready to love.

Then the gaming side of things kicks in, but this really gives a good edge to the story chiefly as Cheyenne’s avatar is basically her alter ego who just happens to be in a two year virtual relationship with Roxas, and boy oh boy does he have a whopper of a secret!

I adored the dogs Beano and Stormaggeddon! They do play an integral part in the story in keeping our heroine sane! As for PADME, Cheyenne’s holographic PA system, she is brilliant and I want one, now.

Up until the haunted house chapter it was all quite pleasant and whilst you could feel a gentle build up of potential horror, even if it was just the fancy dress outfits (the ravenous bush had me in stitches) and I was ready and expecting some gore and splatter but then all hell broke loose and I think I fell into a different novel.
The sudden intensity of the writing and sheer horror of what was going on gave me goose bumps but I was now hooked and needed to get through the terror to see if Cheyenne made it out alive.

On a negative note, there was quite a lot of online gaming speak at the beginning and if you are a total non-player like myself, you might get a bit confused; but it soon pans out and you get used the phrases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 3 Mar 2014
By As
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I am so looking forward to the next book. It is a brilliant tale of supernatural creatures and reality
Wrapped up in one amazing story that I couldn't put down. I Have recommended this series to my friends and family. One hell of a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exsanguinate 14 Sep 2014
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I totally enjoyed this book, great characters and storyline. If you like vampires and creatures of the night,then this read is for you. Blood,horror and love. It's all here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one will keep you up all night! 15 April 2014
By Tara Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Warning: This is a book that I sacrificed sleep to stay up reading. As a mom of four children, including a nursing infant, “stayed up all night reading because I couldn’t put it down” is the highest rating I can give a book. If you also have an addiction to well-written, fast-paced, highly entertaining books, you may want to start this one first thing in the morning so you don’t lose *too* much sleep when you find yourself unable to put it down when bedtime rolls around.

Another warning: This is the first book in a series. When you read Exsanguinate, you’re going to want to read the next book in the series, that’s pretty much a guarantee. I hope you have more patience than I do, though, because the next book hasn’t been published yet. So the good news is that this amazing story keeps going; the bad news is, you’ve gotta wait to get your hands on it.

Cheyenne O’Cuinn is the girl-next-door – if the girl-next-door is a role-playing game-developing wiz. Cheyenne is a sweet girl who’s totally devoted to her dog, her two sisters, her online boyfriend, and her job as the lead developer for ExsanguiNation, an online role-playing world reminiscent of Second Life. Cheyenne and her two sisters are strong and realistically portrayed– each girl has her own quirks, strengths, and weaknesses. These are definitely not cardboard cut-out female characters!

One of the features of this book that I really enjoyed were the links to the secret bonus content – it’s like when you get a DVD of a movie you really like and can access the deleted scenes that were cut from the final film. You can read and understand the book without them, but the fangirl in me squeed with delight when I realized there were extra surprise goodies to be had that gave me more story to read.

I LOVED this book – the characterizations were spot-on, I cared about what happened to each of them (even the bad guys, in the sense that I was interested to know how Cheyenne and her pals were going to make them pay for their misdeeds). The storyline is intriguing, with lots of thrills and chills and laughs and love. As I mentioned, I literally stayed up all night reading this book, because just when you think you’re reaching a part where you can set the book aside for a few hours, the author throws another curveball at you. The ending does leave you hanging a bit – the book ends on an amazing cliffhanger, ensuring that I’m going to be first in line to pick up World of Blood #2 when it’s released!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terror, fun, romance and critters! 25 Aug 2014
By Vix Kirkpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
What an opening chapter!!

This novel has a great opening premise three sisters who run a horror based gaming site; Cheyenne is the main narrator however she is scared of all things scary, especially haunted houses! Dakota is her baby sister and basically the wild child. Counter that with Sheridan the older sister, who is the brains of the outfit, stir in lots of love, giggles, a traumatic matriarch death and a kooky father and you have a fabulous set of characters ready to love.

Then the gaming side of things kicks in, but this really gives a good edge to the story chiefly as Cheyenne’s avatar is basically her alter ego who just happens to be in a two year virtual relationship with Roxas, and boy oh boy does he have a whopper of a secret!

I adored the dogs Beano and Stormaggeddon! They do play an integral part in the story in keeping our heroine sane! As for PADME, Cheyenne’s holographic PA system, she is brilliant and I want one, now.

Up until the haunted house chapter it was all quite pleasant and whilst you could feel a gentle build up of potential horror, even if it was just the fancy dress outfits (the ravenous bush had me in stitches) and I was ready and expecting some gore and splatter but then all hell broke loose and I think I fell into a different novel.
The sudden intensity of the writing and sheer horror of what was going on gave me goose bumps but I was now hooked and needed to get through the terror to see if Cheyenne made it out alive.

On a negative note, there was quite a lot of online gaming speak at the beginning and if you are a total non-player like myself, you might get a bit confused; but it soon pans out and you get used the phrases. I totally loved all the little added extras (links to secret pages), almost like secrets, not sure how a print version would cope with that concept but rock on the e-version!

Also, after the haunted house scene there were so many fabulous ideas, new worlds, new characters and such that it was very intense for a little bit in the middle there and could have almost done with some more filler or at least a slower explanation of everything.

However, when Cheyenne finally heals and her new self is revealed from all the scarring and wounds, a whole underworld is opened to her. The real and the virtual world soon integrate to become a novel of hide and go seek with monsters, kidnapped sisters and plots of world domination.

From this point I could not have put the book down had my house been burning down, thankfully it wasn’t, although my hubby had to fend for himself AND feed the cats!

I loved all the snappy telling, pokes of humour, brilliant supernatural characters and adored the romance element and what women doesn’t want a man to rub her feet!

All the other members of the ExsanguiNation gaming company all come with their own little secrets and make for any interesting lunch and day out at the super spa! (and that’s super as in supernatural! Does your dragon need a manicure??).

Riveted until the final words, which bytheway were cruel in their temptation of the next in this series (and I hope it’s a long one!), I found this to be a whirlwind roller coaster ride of fun, surprise and bottom clenching moments.

I thought the reference list at the end was an amazing way to finish as it really gave a little jolt of reminders of special places in the book.

Kilion Slade is a brand new author and wow what a way to start.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Problem I had with this Book was that it Ended! 23 Jan 2014
By gpangel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Exsanguinate by Killion Slade is December 2013 Spirit release, a division of Draconian publishing. I was provided a copy of this book by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

I think most people are familiar with the Halloween festivals in theme parks, such as Six Flags. Haunted houses are the biggest draw. Cheyenne O'Cuinn, is a software gaming developer. She and her sisters plan on going to the theme park haunted house. The terror for Cheyenne and her sisters is very real when they are attacked viciously. Cheyenne survives the attack, but her sisters are missing. When Cheyenne recovers enough to leave the hospital it seems that she didn't get out the attack unscathed after all. Now, she finds she must deal with what has happened to her, find her sisters, and deal with a love affair that has mainly taken place online in a role playing game, which is also where she finds clues to her sister's whereabouts and why they were kidnapped.
It seems there is a plot among vampires to mate with humans to form a species named dhampirs. This may be the reason her sisters have been taken... to become breeders.

In a race against time, Cheyenne will encounter vampires, werewolves, and dragons. But, who will she be able to trust?

I haven't read an Urban Fantasy novel in awhile. When it comes to this genre, I can be hard to please, so this one was good choice. A very imaginative novel unlike anything I have read previously. I loved the character of Cheyenne. She is strong but fragile, loyal and tenacious, and smart.
I also liked the clues and strategy being included in the online role playing game. This is really clever and not as far fetched as you may think. Gamers of course know this, but some readers may not realize just how vivid these games are and how many people are involved. Information could easily be communicated to key people through the game and people have done this, some who were using the game for this purpose entirely.
The horror being enslaved for the purpose of creating a vicious race to become warmongers is terrifying.
The romance is fragile. Cheyenne discovers her long time online lover has a pretty big secret. Now, however, there could be hope for them, but can he be trusted?
The only problem I had with the book was that it ended. I can't wait for the next book! This book will appeal to those that enjoy horror novels, but mostly to the Urban Fantasy fans out there.
This one is an A+
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! 17 Mar 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So while I will say that this genre isn't my first go-to when I look for a new book to read, I must say that I was delightfully surprised by the plot and how much I enjoyed reading this book. The characters have good depth to them; they are intriguing, amusing, and well drawn. The technical writing describing the game is done well so that a non-gamer such as I can follow along and understand what is going on. Looking forward to more work from this author!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars oh wow 18 Dec 2013
By bobbie burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a great book that kept me going til the end which I might add Hurry up you two and write !!
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