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December 30, 2011

A Vampire's Christmas Carol by Karen McCullough

FREE at Smashwords
Format: Digital
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Purchase Link: Amazon
Can Christmas Eve get any more fun? On her way to her family's home, Carol Prescott’s car slides into a ditch in a deserted area with no cell phone signal. The only available shelter is already occupied…by a vampire. To Michael Carpenter, Carol is the bait of a trap.

In an effort to hold onto his soul, Michael has resisted the urge to drink human blood for almost a century. Now he hovers between human and vampire. If he doesn’t drink from a human before the night ends, he’ll die. He’s desperately thirsty, but Michael has seen the soulless monsters vampires are and he prefers death. Carol is pure temptation to him, the Christmas present from hell…or is it from heaven?

So I got my copy for free because I was looking for a holiday book to feature in our blog. I was browsing http://www.smashwords.com/ when I came across this one and figured, What the heck, it's free and the rating is good. So I went ahead and got it.

This novella is a bit romantic, in that unique vampire way, almost tragic and will probably remind you of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. Carol is a human whose car broke down in the middle of a snow storm. Good thing Michael Carpenter's house is nearby. Michael is a vampire who is resolved to committing "suicide" so he can gain is soul back. Carol was skeptical at first but as the night progress she realizes that Michael is the real deal. Michael asked Carol to take down his story and her assistance in his self imposed death. After a night of swapping stories Carol finally agreed to the task at hand and helped deliver Michael to his maker.

There were some elements in this story that I questioned but there were minor ones that I wouldn't dwell on them. The story itself isn't epic but more of a crossroads sort of thing for both Carol and Michael. The latter reminded me a lot of Louis in that tormented sort of way. But I must admit I was expecting something else to happen at the end because Karen's story was really going in the tragic direction and then things changed in the last minute.

I'll go ahead and say that it was a happy ending but I liked McCullough's style. She took me by surprise in that small twist in the end.


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