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Never Call Me Vampire (Legends of Crimson Hollow Paranormal Fantasy Series Book 1)
by Tamara Grantham

The world calls him vampire.

But that’s not who I know. He’s my fellow patient at Crimson Hollow, a facility for those infected with the vampire virus. He’s lived for more than a century and been called many things. Vagabond. Circus freak. Prisoner. Murderer. Now he’s the world’s most famous person. He receives blood transfusions to stay conscious and rarely leaves the facility. He’ll never be free. Except in death.

And that was what he wanted…until I arrived. All I wanted was a cure. I wasn’t planning to fall in love.

He knows too much about my secret. And I’ve learned too much about his past.
Someone is plotting to unleash a serum that will destroy the entire world as we know it. But to save everyone—we must sacrifice ourselves.

They call him vampire. But only he knows his true nature

And I may never be prepared to accept it.

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Excerpt from Never Call Me Vampire:

“How did you know I was in Romania?” Lucian’s voice turned severe, all easiness gone, replaced by a sharp edge of suspicion. “That was a top-secret trip at the time. The press reported it as a visit to Russia. How did you know about it?”

“Oh—well…” I rubbed my neck.

“How?” he demanded.

“My dad texted me at the time. Said you’d left the country. I must’ve thought he said you went to Romania. That’s it.”

“That’s it?” he said incredulously, as if he didn’t believe me.

“Yes.” I spoke with firmness. “That’s it.”

“Hmm.” The outline of his eyes narrowed shrewdly behind dark lenses. His calculated gaze sent shivers down my spine.

He stood abruptly. “I need to go.”

My heart fell. I hadn’t gotten anything from him. My throbbing shoulder seemed to pulse with the quiet ticking of the clock on the wall.

He took a step closer to me. I had to look up to take in his tall frame hidden under his black pants and hoodie of the same color. Power exuded from him. His presence was so commanding, the air escaped my lungs, and I had to force myself to take a breath. I caught myself staring at him—his full lips, the strong curve of his nose and forehead, the sharp angles of his face and jawline, and the mysterious eyes hidden behind sunglasses.

“You’re her, aren’t you?” he asked.

I opened my mouth to speak, but nothing came out. I turned my attention to a poster on the wall; fluffy gray-and-white kittens sat in a row on piano keys, their expressions curious. With a deep breath, I found my voice. “Excuse me?”

“The carrier of the primary virus,” he clarified.

I clasped my hands in my lap. “Yeah. That’s me.”

“I’m sorry.”

I glanced away. “Yeah.”

“We’re working on a cure, you know. Hopefully soon we’ll make a breakthrough.” His voice turned wistful. “We’ve been working a long time.”

“Yeah. I know.” My words sounded sharper than I’d intended.

He wrinkled his forehead. “You do?”

“My mom’s a scientist. She studied the virus.”

“Really?” He tilted his head. “Who is she?”

I swallowed. I’d envisioned this conversation going in a different direction. How had we gotten on the subject of my mom? “You wouldn’t have known her. She passed away.”

“I’m sorry to hear that.” He placed his gloved hand atop mine, and I caught my breath at his touch. A mix of fear and excitement tingled through my body. He smelled of well-oiled leather and amber spice. My heart raced.

Get a lid on it. He’s a monster. A murderer! You are not attracted to him.

“I understand what you’re going through,” he said, his words deep with sincerity.

 I snatched my hand. Maybe he understood, but it wasn’t something I cared to ponder. “Thanks,” I mumbled.

He nodded once and started to walk away when I stopped him. “Sorry, but I was just curious, some of the other patients seem to think you’re not very sociable—”

“I’m a jerk?”

“That wasn’t exactly their words.” I twisted my fingers. “Anyway…I-I didn’t think it was true, so that’s why I came to talk to you. If some of us wanted to come by later, you know, just to visit…well, the thing is, no one knows where your room is…and…”

“Two-twelve.” He spoke with ice in his voice. “It’s no secret, but your friends are right, I prefer to be left alone. Good night, Amaya.”

Fluorescent lights shone on his dark-clad frame as he turned away. One of the bulbs pulsed with a weak electrical current, causing his shadow to fluctuate behind him.

“Goodbye for now, Lucian,” I said quietly, watching until he disappeared from the room.



Meet Bestselling Author Tamara Grantham!

Tamara Grantham is the successful author of more than a dozen books. She’s won numerous awards, such as a first place Rone award, and first place in Foreword Review’s Book of the Year awards. Many of her books are #1 bestsellers on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and they have obtained more than three-hundred five-star reviews. She has a BA in English, and she’s been a featured speaker at numerous writing conferences and comic cons.

Born and raised in Texas, Tamara now lives with her husband and five children in Wichita, Kansas. She rarely has any free time, but when the stars align and she gets a moment to relax, she enjoys reading fantasy novels and watching every Star Wars or Star Trek movie ever made.

Interview with Tamara Grantham:

Q: Hi, Tamara! Can you tell us a little more about yourself?

TG:  Hello! My name is Tamara Grantham. I’m a full-time mom of five busy kids ages five to fifteen. In my “free time,” I love to write! Okay, I make my own free time, and my kids know when I’m on my computer, Mommy’s writing! But seriously, writing is my passion. I started writing ten years ago when my husband was in residency. It was a great creative outlet, and I haven’t stopped since. I am a native Texan, but I currently live in the beautiful state of Kansas, which I’ve come to love almost as much (or maybe more…shhh…don’t tell my parents) than Texas. In addition to my five kiddos, we also have six pets. Three cats and three dogs. So yeah, that free time thing…what was it again? I write fantasy and paranormal, and I’ve also got a sci-fi coming out soon.

Q: Why paranormal? What drew you to the genre?

TG:  I love anything creative that pushes the boundaries of reality. I was addicted to Star Trek TNG as a kid, and I think that opened up my mind as to what could exist out there. I have equal love for Star Wars, so please don’t make me choose between the two.

Q: For those who are new to your books, what is the story about?

TG:  Never Call Me Vampire is a story that’s been in my head for a long time. It started with a question. What if vampires really existed. Would they live in secret, drinking blood from unsuspecting people, and able to hide their true age? Or would we know about them? Maybe they would live in a hospital or a facility. They’d be famous, possibly in the Guinness book of world records, and there would be numerous movies and TV appearances. They would receive blood transfusions to stay alive. So that’s what started the story. I added in some mystery and romance, and a HUGE twist, and Never Call Me Vampire was born.

Q: Why did you decide to give 5% of your book earnings to AFPS (American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide)?

TG:  I’ve struggled with mental health problems since I was a teenager. While I’ve been able to find treatment, I know there are so many other people struggling. With the pandemic, these problems have gotten worse, which is why I decided to start supporting people with mental health issues in whatever way I could. For me, my writing helps me escape my problems and becomes a creative outlet. It helped me through some tough times. It seemed only natural that my writing and supporting mental health should go together. That—and I write about a therapist from Fairy World in my Fairy World MD series. I hope that by donating some of my book earnings, I can not only support people in need, but I can also spread the message that people who suffer from depression, etc. aren’t alone.

Q: Where can our readers find you? (Social media, website, etc.)





Thanks for chatting with us today, Tamara! 


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