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Blood Sport: A Fiction-Atlas Press Vampire Anthology
Hungry for some blood-curdling action and adventure? Maybe even a little romance? This clan of talented authors is dying to bring you eleven vampy stories you can really sink your teeth into!
All proceeds from this anthology will benefit The International Red Cross.
Order by R.L. Medina
Separated by blood. Bound by a curse. Together, they must learn to survive.
Valeria doesn’t want to lead the Shadow Wolves; she just wants her family alive and her wolf mate back. The others doubt her leadership. Hell, even she doubts her leadership. When human boy, Drew, begs for help, she does the unthinkable and brings him to her pack.
Can she keep him safe from the rival Red Wolves and their ruthless leader, Diego?
McKenzie wasn’t supposed to be the witch queen. She’s supposed to be at college having the time of her life. Now, not only is she forced to deal with the violent werewolves who have claimed war on humans, but she also has to find a way to end the curse that her predecessor set in motion. Even if it means making a deal with the notorious vampire prince—their longtime enemy.
If the rumors of his bloodlust are true, why can’t she stop the forbidden feelings growing between them?
In post-apocalyptic Savannah, everyone has an expiration date. Everyone is a threat. Forced to grow up too fast, these supernatural teens are figuring it all out as they go: leadership, love, and who they can trust.
Can Valeria and McKenzie restore peace in their crumbled city, or will the curse claim them too?
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Love and loyalty run deeper than blood.
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
Belle Morte by Bella Higgin
There’s only one way out
Belle Morte. One of five houses where vampires reside as celebrities and humans are paid to be their living donors. While others came here seeking fortune, I came in search of my sister who walked into Belle Morte five months ago . . . and never walked back out.
Now that I’m here, the secrets about this world have proven to be much bigger than I ever anticipated. And lurking around every corner are shocking insinuations of what happened to my sister.
There’s only one person who might have the answers I need, and the undeniable pull I feel toward him is terrifying: Edmond Dantès—a vampire, and my mortal enemy.
The harder I try to resist him, the further I fall under his spell. And in one instant my life is irrevocably changed. My past becomes prologue and my fate becomes sealed behind these doors.
Belle Morte has spoken. And it may never let me go.
Wicked Magic by Margot de Klerk
Hunters are supposed to hate vampires—but everyone will betray their people for a price. Nathan is about to discover his.
Nathan is a vampire hunter on the cusp of graduation. He’s been training for this his entire life: the moment he qualifies and joins the rest of his family in their noble calling.
If only it were that simple.
His grades are a mess, his social life is a disaster, and what’s worse, his best friend is a witch! Add to that, his vampire uncle is back in town and his crush might just be supernatural too, and you have one big melting pot of potential parental disapproval. Nathan doesn’t think he can take much more, and then the dark mages come to town.
As bodies begin piling up in the streets, Nathan finds himself pulled deeper into political intrigue and a deadly plot that will pit him against his own family. When the girl he likes comes under threat, Nathan races against time to solve the mystery... well aware that with every step he takes, he comes closer to his father exposing all his secrets.
Death of the Dawn by Amanda V. King
Lena doesn’t believe the stories whispered in her village—stories of blood-sucking immortals who feast on them as they sleep. There is no evil looming in the nearby castle and no malevolent creature about to steal her from her bed. Vampires, Lena knows, are nothing to fear.
Until she accidentally wakes one.
Desperate to keep her loved ones safe, Lena enters into a deal. As the village's healer, she must provide the vampire with blood, and he, in return, will not slaughter the villagers. Yet Ansel is not the soulless monster legend paints him to be, and he is just as capable of kindness as he is cruelty. What starts as feelings of resentment soon blossom into friendship, and friendship into something far more dangerous.
But Lena cannot keep Ansel a secret forever. Vampires throughout the world felt his awakening, and one in particular is determined to carry out revenge a century in the making—not only upon Ansel but upon the one who woke him.
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Within New York City’s most elite families, there lurks a secret society of celebrated Americans. They are the powerful and the wealthy―and, they are not human. They are the Blue Bloods.
Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapidated mansion. Schuyler is a loner―and happy that way.
But when she turns fifteen, something starts happening to Schuyler. Her veins are starting to turn blue, and she’s craving raw meat. The death of a popular girl from Duchesne is surrounded by a mystery that haunts her. And strangest off all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her. Soon, her world is thrust into an intricate maze of secret societies and bitter intrigue. Schuyler wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?
Blood Fool for Love by William Ritter
A verified villain. A slayer killer. A god among vampires. And most of all? A hopeless romantic...
Spike just wants to enjoy the spoils of his new badass reputation. He’s now a legendary slayer killer, and he’s returning to London―the greatest city in the world. Unfortunately, his new abode is far from ideal (a dank basement), and the rest of his strange little “family” is reeling from the fact that their patriarch, Angellus, abandoned them. Spike’s love, Drusilla, seems especially heartbroken and spends her time lost in her tarot cards and planning their next gruesome family dinner when they all can be reunited.
Desperate to break Dru out of her melancholy, Spike vows to steal a powerful relic that will help her focus on their dark future together. It’s the perfect plan―that is until a monster named Gunnar, leader of the demon underworld of London, steals the relic first. Forced to form his own ragtag group of underworld denizens, Spike plans an epic heist against a ruthless gang of undead criminals. As he navigates paranormal plots, royal black ops, and breaks for teatime (they may be abominations, but they’re British abominations, thank you very much), Spike soon realizes that his homecoming is about to get bloody.
Vampire Addiction by Eva Pohler
Is it love or addiction?
Seventeen-year-old Gertrude Morgan, the only child of one of the wealthiest couples in America, is shipped away from her home in New York City to the American school in Athens against her will. But the city of Athens has secrets.
Her host family calls them "tramps." In Greek, they are called vrykolakas, or "vryks," which sometimes gets translated to "freaks." They are the vampires of Athens, created centuries ago by the Maenads. They live in caves beneath the acropolis without economic resources and according to rules imposed on them by the Olympians. First and foremost, they are forbidden from turning humans into vampires. The human will not turn unless all of the blood is drained, so a vampire is allowed to drink up to one pint per month from a willing mortal. Some mortals are willing because a vampire bite will infect the body for six hours, and during that time, the mortal has the powers of the vampire: flight, invisibility, strength, speed, x-ray vision, and mind control. Such great power can become irresistible, though dangerous and addicting to mortals...
As seventeen-year-old Gertie, studying abroad from New York, uncovers the unfathomable secrets of this ancient city, she becomes involved with a handsome vampire. Is it love that attracts her, or the temporary powers from his bite? She's more confused when her heart is drawn to the vampire's enemy--a demigod sworn to protect the city--and she becomes an unwitting catalyst to war.
Crave by Tracy Wolff
My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.
Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which could spell death for us all.
Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.
Don't Bite Vampires by Jeni Conrad
Now that Hanna has accepted her powers, she and her ghostly best friend Brandon are ready to help another ghost cross over. When a friend at school admits to not being able to sleep well due to some strange wailing she hears at night, Hanna knows this is the job for her.
That same day, Caleb asks Hanna to contact a poltergeist. This job seems daunting as she is barely coming to terms with her powers—not to mention still struggling with regular high school issues and newly separated parents. Yet, after making a deal with the handsome bloodsucker in exchange for a date for Trina and information on the missing psychic, she agrees to try.
Caleb insists that they must hurry or else his vampire queen will go berserk but calming a poltergeist is no easy task. Even with Gran and Brandon's help, Hanna struggles to get the information they need to prevent a vampire street war that will include human casualties, starting with herself and her family.
Mere Mortals by Erin Jade Lange
This hilarious, fresh take on a classic vampire tale follows a pair of hundred-year-old teenage vampires who are turned mortal and must face the greatest nightmare of all—high school.
Charlie and her brother, Reg, have been vampires for… a very long time. For a century, they enjoyed the glitz and glamour of life as members of the wealthiest vampire clan. But now, after one careless mistake, they’ve been expelled from the vampire community and dumped in the middle of Nowhere, Iowa to live as mortals.
Suddenly Charlie has to deal with zits, tears, and—worst of all—high school. But things start to change when she and Reg find a group of friends, including the deliciously good-looking Dexter. And though Charlie would give anything to be vampire again, she begins to appreciate some of the new experiences that humanity brings too.
But nothing could make them forget the life they’ve left behind. When they’re offered a second shot at immortality, Charlie is desperate to seize it. It’ll just mean a total betrayal of all her new friends, who will have their minds wiped of their memories of her. She can handle that if it means she can live forever… right?
The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling
Elise Beaumont is cursed. With every touch, she experiences exactly how her loved ones will die. And after her brother's death—a death she predicted but was unable to prevent—Elise is desperate to get rid of her terrible gift, no matter the cost.
Claire Montgomery also has a unique relationship with death, mostly because she’s already dead. Technically, anyway. Claire is a vampire, and she's been assigned by the Veil to help Elise master her rare Death Oracle powers.
At first, Elise is reluctant to work with a vampire, but when she predicts a teacher’s imminent murder, she's determined to stop the violent death, even if it means sacrificing her own future to secure Claire's help.
The trouble is, Claire and Elise aren't the only paranormals in town—a killer is stalking the streets, and Claire can't seem to shake the pull she feels toward Elise, a romance that could upend the Veil’s mission. But as Elise and Claire grow closer, Elise begins to wonder—can she really trust someone tasked with securing her loyalty? Someone who could so easily kill her? Someone who might hold the key to unraveling her brother's mysterious death?
The Afterlife of the Party by Marlene Perez
I didn’t even want to go to the party.
Seriously, I’d rather have stayed home with my librarian-witch grandmother and her mystical book club than go. But my best friend Skyler begged me. So I went.
And it was the worst party of my life. Actually, it was the last party of my life.
Not only was there something very strange about the band, but the lead singer bit me afterwards. And then took off with Skyler.
Now I’m chasing down a band of dangerous vamps with my best guy friend Vaughn—the boy I’ve been secretly crushing on forever.
But anything can happen on the road.
I thought all I wanted was for things to change with Vaughn. For him to finally see the real me. But this wasn’t what I had in mind…
Let the afterlife begin.
Vampires, Hearts, & Other Death Things by Margie Fuston
Victoria and her dad have shared a love of the undead since the first vampire revealed his existence on live TV. Public fear soon drove the vampires back into hiding, yet Victoria and her father still dream about finding a vampire together. But when her dad is diagnosed with terminal cancer, it’s clear that’s not going to happen. Instead, Victoria vows to find a vampire herself—so that she can become one and then save her father.
Armed with research, speculations, and desperation—and helped by her estranged best friend, Henry—Victoria travels to New Orleans in search of a miracle. There she meets Nicholas, a mysterious young man who might give her what she desires. But first, he needs Victoria to prove she loves life enough to live forever.
She agrees to complete a series of challenges, from scarfing sugar-drenched beignets to singing with a jazz band, all to show she has what it takes to be immortal. But truly living while her father is dying feels like a betrayal. Victoria must figure out how to experience joy and grief at once, trusting all the while that Nicholas will hold up his end of the bargain…because the alternative is too impossible to imagine.
This article was written by Dani Hoots
Dani Hoots is a YA sci-fi & fantasy author who is best known for her Daughter of Hades series and City of Kaus series. Click the covers below to learn more!