Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead, so you’ll understand when I go crazy for a dark, edgy – and sometimes bloody – vampire novel. This story is not your garden variety paranormal romance. Though there is a deep, emotional, angsty love story at its core (which is why I love it so much), it also sits quite comfortably next to the very best of the horror genre. Nothing is sugar coated here. It’s gritty from start to finish, full of unpredictible and occasionally frightening twists and turns. Here’s the back cover blurb. Enjoy!

From gifted storyteller Julia Phillips Smith comes a darkly seductive tale of vampire horror, where creatures of the darkness are engaged in a bloody battle for supremacy in a Dark Age world… It is a time when only an elite brotherhood of immortal warriors stands between humans and vampires, preventing the complete annihilation of the human race. Who are called to this service? Only those warriors who curse God with their dying breath….

Bold and courageous Welsh warrior Peredur is one such man. He falls to a spear on a raging battlefield before he can claim his beloved Tanwen for his bride. In those final moments Peredur utters the curse that seals his fate and leads him to another life. Using the power of a saint whose bone makes up an amulet, Peredur takes on the trials to become a true member of the brotherhood—and wage war against the dangerous prowling creatures of the night. Yet his need for Tanwen still burns….

Tanwen resists her father’s command to take a husband. The only one who understands her sorrow is Cavan, the wise woman’s son. When he promises to use dark forces to reunite her with her beloved, she agrees to his terms. But does Tanwen truly understand the depth of the price that must be paid?

“Dark, compelling, intriguing. A fresh and dramatic take on the vampire genre that will hold you spellbound.” – Publishers Weekly Best 100 Books Author Anna Campbell Purchase VAMPIRES, SAINTS, AND LOVERS: Amazon | iBooks | B&N | Kobo