April 10, 2014

THE IMPALER LEGACY: OMNIBUS by Ioana Visan {Excerpt/Giveaway}

In a world crawling with vampires, Romania is the safest place left on earth. Thanks to the Little Council, there hasn't been a vampire on Romanian ground in over five centuries, until one day when Liana Cantacuzino is ordered to bring one in, covertly.

Enter Maximilien Hess, a thousand-year-old vampire determined to ruin the existing order of things. When all is revealed, Hess's secret changes everything, and a reluctant alliance is formed because the alternative is much worse.

The Impaler Legacy Omnibus, a vampire saga like no other, includes:
The Impaler’s Revenge (novella)
Sweet Surrender (short story)
A Victory that Counts (novella)
Casualties of War (short story)
Order Restored (novella)
The Third Wheel (short story)

“I want you to take me out on a sightseeing trip,” Max said. “I’m sick of staring at the People’s House from up here. I want to see it up close.”
“No, you don’t. It’s awfu—wait, what do you mean stare at it? You can’t see the People’s House from your windows.” They were facing the opposite direction. In spite of the warm afternoon air, a cold chill ran down my spine. “Where are you?”
“On the rooftop,” Max said serenely, as if that was the most normal place to be at that hour, or at any hour for that matter.
“How did you get up there?” I asked, puzzled, and wondered what his guardians were doing.
“Your guards brought me here.”
I rubbed my forehead, feeling at a total loss. “I don’t get it.”
“I was quite reasonable. You can ask them. I gave them an option between taking me to the lounge for some casual conversation, since they refuse to speak to me, or the roof to enjoy the view. They all jumped at the second option. I thought they’d prefer the acclimatization downstairs, but no, they seem to be under the impression that I can do no harm here … other than jump maybe.” He paused. “Between you and me, I think they’d like that.”
So would I. It would have solved so many problems.
Max took advantage of my silence to say, “So, I’ll meet you downstairs then?” It was the first time I heard any kind of excitement in his voice.
“Look, you pulled me out of a meeting,” I said. “It might take some time until I’m free.”
“No, no, you can’t get my hopes up and then take it away. If you do, I’ll have to console myself with a maid, and the one on duty right now is almost as old as me and ugly as hell.”
“Again with the maid blackmail? Really?” I had to arch an eyebrow, not taking the bait.
“It’s not blackmail. It’s … therapy.”
I bit my lips so I didn’t laugh out loud. I shouldn’t have found it funny, but I did.
“Please?” Max’s voice turned serious and pleading at the same time. “I’m going crazy here. I feel like climbing up the walls. And I’m on the fucking roof!”
“Okay, okay, I’ll see what I can do. I’ll be there in—” I looked at my watch, trying to decide how much time it would take for me to get out of the boring meeting and squeeze myself through the early afternoon rush.
“An hour, I know. Stupid traffic.” I heard him muttering. “I’ll be waiting … with a rose between my teeth.”
“If you do that, then I will end you. So just behave, will you?”
“I will. But hurry…”
“I will,” came the automatic response accompanied by a sigh.

Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can't, she writes about it. 

After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in "Human Instincts", she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon CafĂ© Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, and then she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series. 

Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a short story collection "Efectul de nautil" and the Romanian edition of "Human Instincts".

She was awarded the Encouragement Award by The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.

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