Raine Black is a struggling comic strip artist with a gift–her comics come true. Enter Joshua: Raine’s secret childhood friend, a modern-day abolitionist and a vampire. Possessed by a revenge demon his vampire religion can’t contain, Joshua wants to get Raine safe from the demon, and from the other vampires, so he can kill himself in peace before the demon takes him over. But Raine thinks she can draw Joshua a comic with a happy ending, if she just has a little more time. Meanwhile, the demon has an offer. It wants to strike a bargain…with Raine.
From San Francisco’s Tenderloin to the Dismal Swamp of North Carolina, human trafficking, vampires, and conjure magic combine in this sexy, funny, spooky story about how far we’ll go in the name of love.
A few listener reviews….
…Great ending! Not typically fairytale like but still puts a smile on your face. The whole ride has been really fun! I’m so glad I found this book, and even more glad that you wrote it. Thank you for such a wonderful story and such memorable characters. Josh and Raine are my Edward and Bella.
…I’m up to episode eight and am really enjoying this novel. This is an introspective and surprisingly intimate vampire tale with original plot twists and nuanced detail that does not descend into the excessive and moronic bloodletting that is all too common in the genre. Adding to the pleasure of this story is Maya Lassiter’s narration which is warm, distinct and delicious. I recommend you give this one a listen….Narration is GREAT!! I really have enjoyed listening to this story.
…Maya, I love your prose poetry. It is so unexpectedly wonderful, sort of like how Joshua describes Raine. And your world is so completely imagined and rendered, but with just the right amount of detail; their love so nuanced. I like to hear you read these chapters twice sometimes cuz the pleasure of the telling is more than the story. Have you considered your voice as a talent to tell others’ stories?
…If you are a fan of fiction, and an avid reader then this book is for you. It’s one of those that you don’t want to put down, and when you do have to put it down you continue to think about the characters and plot until you can get back to it. This isn’t your typical vampire book either. This story is of a love that transcends generations and a vampire that protects the daughter (and daughters’ daughter from generation to generation) of the woman he loved when he was first “turned” years ago while attempting to help a slave escape her master. It has intrigue, drama, a man’s demon and a woman’s ability to love despite it. Now doesn’t that make you want to delve further into the audio drama? There aren’t a lot of sound effects just the steady voice of the author as she shares her work in a way that makes you feel as if you’re right there in the room with the characters viewing it from the point of view of either Raine (the female descendant of the slave), or Joshua (the vampire). There are characters you’ll love and those you’re sure to hate. Truly the makings of a good book! I only warn you that if you can’t stand the suspense wait until the book is completed before downloading it to listen because the anticipation is excruciating! Love it, love it, love it! (I entered this book on Goodreads as well. The more people that know about it the better)
…I’m up to Episode 6 and this looks to be a great one people! Well written, marvelously narrated vampire tale, but far from off-the-shelf gratuitously violent stock material; a fresh and empathetic approach. Jump on the band wagon while there is still room…….
…My friend has been talking about this great book she has been listening to. Her and I share a very similar taste of reading, as she as never turned me wrong on a book yet. Once again she was right with Conjuring Raine. I started listing this afternoon, and didn’t want to stop but ending on Episode 8. Great story and great characters. Funny things is, I was listing while I was working, and got more work done then I normally do. (chukle-shhh) This is also my first audio book, so I wasn’t quite sure if I could listen and work. But it can be done! Cannot wait to continue tomorrow, and see what is in store for Raine and Josh! Thanks Bunny another great pick. =)
…Having grown up in SF, I am almost feeling a bit nostalgic, though the Tenderloin was always pretty intimidating as a kid. Really enjoying your vampire tale. Looking forward to the rest
…I’ve stopped myself at episode ten. Simply because I don’t want this to end. Maya you have trapped me in your story! I love your characters, Love Joshua, Love Raine–even scary Steven is intriguing as hell! As a fellow writer I am always hesitant with audio books–I’ve had bad luck running into either the well written but not so interesting or the good idea but not so smooth execution. This book is everything I ever wanted to listen to or read. I love your narration. Love your Joshua voice. I tell all my friends to come over here. Thank you so much for this awesome story! I hope their love happens and as I am a chick–gets consummated on screen–in that oh so beautiful way you write. ^_^
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