Like every other geek alive, Newfoundland native Joseph O’Reily secretly wants to be a superhero. At thirteen he fantasized about being a vampire, and ten years later he’s still fantasizing – but mostly about a beautiful redheaded woman who has eyes only for him. The one thing different about Joseph’s adult fantasy is that, amazingly, it comes true one night when he goes to a local university pub. Cassandra Snow, literally the woman of his dreams, invites him to her place for an evening of personal pleasure. Of course he’s not going to say no. But when strange things start happening afterward, Joseph quickly learns that not all dreams should come true.
The Newfoundland Vampire
Series: Book One
Title: Charles O’Keefe
Number of pages: 224
Word Count: 86,737
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Here's an excerpt for you!
‘I’ve been waiting for you,’ the stunning redhead purred, turning from the bar to face him. She had not told him her name, but he felt as if he’d known her all his life. Her pale beauty gave her an ethereal softness, and her catlike eyes glowed with subtle power that drew him to her. She wanted him...
Grabbing the worn metal handle on the heavy wooden door of Bitters Tavern, Joseph O’Reily rolled his eyes toward the dusky fall sky and snorted at his lame fantasy. Yeah, right. Like that’s really going to happen to me, here in a pub in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
He had replayed that familiar scene in his mind almost every time he came to Bitters, and in the last five years while attending Memorial University, he’d come here a lot. His little fantasy hadn’t come true yet – not even close – and he was quite sure it never would. But that didn’t stop him from enjoying some innocent role-playing, where he starred opposite a beautiful redheaded woman enamored of him. He had pretty much accepted this was the only way he was likely to get lucky – in his dreams.
He walked into Bitters and eased the door closed behind him. The warm dark wood reminded him of a cabin deep in the forest, and the familiar smell of beer and French fries gave him the cozy feeling of being at home. Bitters wasn’t the typical hook-up spot that played annoying loud music. Instead, the proprietor offered activities like movie night that Joseph actually enjoyed. In fact, movie night was the reason he’d come in after finishing classes and assignments this afternoon, and making a quick trip to check on his parents’ house and take care of the cat while they were vacationing in Florida. Now he had the rest of the evening to himself. He sucked in a deep, satisfying breath and turned, surveying the bar. Then he saw her.
His cozy feeling disappeared, replaced by a jolt of excitement stabbing his chest. He’d been coming to Bitters at least once a week since he’d started school, but had never seen her before.
There she sat, alone at the bar, stirring her drink with her index finger, her fabulous flowing red hair haloed in the bar lights like a crown of fire. He considered just walking up to her and saying hello, but quickly dismissed the idea. While he had become more outgoing in the past few years, he was still shy, and previous experiences approaching strange women in bars had consistently resulted in dismal failure. He just wasn’t smooth enough like some other guys. Despite the allure of this woman, he wasn’t in the mood for another rejection.
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Even before the door opened, she sensed his feelings rolling off him in waves – loneliness, boredom, rejection, and inadequacy. His quaint little fantasy of meeting a ravishing redhead at the bar was endearing ... and perhaps prophetic.
As he entered the bar and looked around, she dipped her finger in her drink, absently stirring it. Without looking directly at him, she saw him clearly with her superior vision. She felt that instant when he noticed her, and she suppressed a smile.
In the last ten years that she’d been keeping tabs on him, he’d improved tremendously, growing to be a handsome man – tall with dark hair and dark brown eyes. But at twenty-three, he still lacked the confidence to forge meaningful relationships with others, especially women. He always felt different, isolated. She could certainly relate to that.
Still, she’d known for some time there was something special about him, something that drew her to him. He had the connection to her that the others did not, a connection to her blood and her past. He possessed strength of character, and his behavior consistently revealed a genteel kindness to all living things. She knew he would fall desperately in love with her and defend her with his very life, if need be. And it could come to that, sooner than she suspected. After nearly two hundred years of running, she couldn’t stay safely hidden for very long before that controlling bastard would find her again. She pressed her lips together, dismissing thoughts of him.
Casually she sipped her drink as Joseph walked by, pretending he didn’t see her. She smiled. Watching him for a decade had required careful planning and effort. She didn’t want to rush things – this was too important to be left to chance or whim – but she was running out of time. He was the right one, and he was ready. Tonight she would give him the incredible gift he deserved. And she would finally have the mate she deserved.
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About the Author :
Charles O’Keefe lives in the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada, with his wife and two feline ‘children,’ Jude and Esther. He works as an inventory manager and enjoys many hobbies and activities that include writing, reading, watching fantasy/science-fiction movies and television shows, gaming, poker, walking, acting, and of course fantasizing about vampires.
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I had a chance to interview Charles O'Keefe. This is what he shared with me:
Out of all the books you've written, if you could live in one of them which would it be and why?
I have just one book published and another written so far. They are both set in the same world but still the choice is obvious, The Newfoundland Vampire. I’ll admit I’m cheating here, Joseph (the main character in the novel) is me as I was at 23 (minus the vampire part of course!). Like most people, I wonder how my life would have turned out if I made different choices and this book was (to an extent) an exploration of that. Also the way I present vampires they are in full control of their minds (they have their soul if you will) and they are a tantalizing notion that I for one would go for. Who wouldn’t want to be young forever, immensely strong, fast, have enhanced senses and be loved by the woman of your dreams? Obviously, I would choose to be Joseph at least most of the time.
In what scenario do you do your best work?
I can write anywhere on my iPad but my best work is done at home, in the morning, on my kitchen table, with my laptop. I am a creature of habit and I enjoy the routine of getting up early and writing for a good 30 minutes at least 5 days a week.
What are you working on and when can we expect it to be out?
I just completed the rough draft for book 2 for The Newfoundland Vampire (tentatively called “Killer on the Road") and while I can’t make any promises my hope is that it will be out no later than July of 2013 (hopefully sooner)
Which books have been on your tbr shelf the longest?
“The Gathering Storm” by Richard Sanderson, I am waiting for the last book in The Wheel of Time to come out before I read this one and the other two.
Paper or plastic?
Paper but I only if I can’t use my own bags, I buy them everywhere I can and even put at least 1 in my car so I don’t forget. I do whatever I can to help the environment.
What food can't you live without?
Interesting question, after thinking it over I think the food I’ve loved the longest and eaten consistently since I was 14 is popcorn. Not just at the movies, I need it at least once a week or I don’t feel right. I can have it without butter but it’s really not the same. lol! I really wasn't expecting that. :D
Inside or outside?
I suppose I’m more of an indoor person. I do love to be out in the summer time (or when I’m on vacation in the winter). Living in a colder place (it snows here off and off usually for at least 7 months of the year) you get used to doing a lot of activities inside.
Ice cream in a cone or dish?
In a cone, it’s fun to eat a whole dessert and not even have a dish to worry about.
What is your favorite sport?
You know I generally don’t like sports at all but if I had to pick I do enjoy boxing, at least to watch.
What is your favorite or least favorite veggie and fruit?
Seeing as I’m a vegetarian I love lots of different kinds. My favorite fruit is oranges (only the kind you can peel with your fingers though!). Favorite vegetable, potatoes, they are so flexible and homemade fries is something I love dearly. Yummmm!
What is your favorite animal?
Cats (I have two). I like an animal I can pick up and pet (also they have such nice fur). Cats have such distinctive personalities they are always interesting and enjoyable to be around.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Screaming children, so I suppose more specifically people who bring them to public places (obviously I don’t have children). I do have children and people that take screaming children to public places get on my nerves as well. I especially hate it when I go to a decent restaurant and there are babies crying or kids being noisy. In my mind if I am paying for a nice meal I should be able to have it sans noise! I never took my kids to nice restaurants until they were old enough to act properly!
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.
You’re welcome! Thanks for the great questions Brenda and for having me; it was a pleasure to be here.
First let me say that this book would be most appropriate for adults.
For some reason, I was expecting the book to be somewhat cheesy. I was pleasantly surprised that The Newfoundland Vampire far surpassed my expectations!
Joe O’Reily is your typical geek next door. He is a shy, reserved, trivia loving vegetarian. He is taken by surprise one night when his dream girl approaches him at a bar.
Cassandra Snow is a vampire with plans for Joe. She approaches him one night and then puts her plan into action.
I really liked Joe's character. I mean a geeky vamp? A completely original idea that makes it easy to root for Joe. I like how he keeps his commitments and friends. I feel bad that he has so much to contend with. Finding a way to accept being a vampire who is a vegetarian is not easy.
I'm not sure whether I like Cassandra or hate her. I really dislike the way she manipulates Joe. Her backstory helps me to not judge her too harshly.
I think Charles O'Keefe has perfected the viilain with John Snow. He is truly bad to the bone.
The plot had mystery, some horror (not too much), romance, and action.
I am really looking forward to getting some answers in the next book.
I recommend this book to those who like vampire books but want something different.
I received a copy of this book from Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly liked this book a lot! It was a refreshing take on vampires.
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