As Twilight Falls

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Photographing ghost towns across the American West, Kadie Andrews takes a wrong turn and ends up in Morgan Creek--a spot that isn't on the map. It's a quaint little place, but there's something off about its complacent residents. And when twilight falls, it takes on a truly sinister air. . .

Unable to run, or to find any way out, Kadie finds herself a prisoner, hunted for her blood. Still more disturbing, her spirit and beauty have captured the attention of master vampire Rylan ...

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Overview

Photographing ghost towns across the American West, Kadie Andrews takes a wrong turn and ends up in Morgan Creek--a spot that isn't on the map. It's a quaint little place, but there's something off about its complacent residents. And when twilight falls, it takes on a truly sinister air. . .

Unable to run, or to find any way out, Kadie finds herself a prisoner, hunted for her blood. Still more disturbing, her spirit and beauty have captured the attention of master vampire Rylan Saintcrow. When he looks into her eyes, she can see his hunger. When he takes her in his arms, she can feel his power. When he presses his lips against hers, she can taste his need. Saintcrow may be the most compelling creature she's ever imagined, but Kadie knows in her heart that he is also a man. A man who needs a woman. To want him, desire him, crave him. To be his willing prisoner--for all eternity. . .

"A classic vampire tale of sensual, spine-tingling suspense." --Christine Feehan on Desire After Dark

"A master of her craft." --Maggie Shayne

"Ashley is a master storyteller." --Romantic Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420130393
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 359,822
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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As Twilight Falls


By AMANDA ASHLEY

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2013Madeline Baker
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3039-3


Excerpt

CHAPTER 1

Kadie Andrews eased her car to a stop when she reached the narrow bridge. She wasn't afraid of heights, or bridges, but the wooden expanse didn't look as if it would hold a VW Bug, let alone her SUV. Still, she had taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way, and now it was dark, and she was lost and very nearly out of gas. Peering through the windshield, she saw what looked like a gas station in the distance.

She had just decided to park the Durango on the side of the road and walk across the bridge when the storm clouds that had been following her for the last few miles decided to release their burden. There was a jagged flash of lightning, a deafening roar of thunder, followed by a sudden deluge.

Walking was out of the question.

With a sigh of resignation, Kadie turned on the windshield wipers, put the SUV in gear, and drove across the bridge as quickly as she dared, praying all the way that the bridge wouldn't break and dump her in the shallow river below.

When she reached the other side, she headed straight toward the gas station, her sense of unease growing as she drove down what appeared to be the main street. Only there were no lights showing in any of the nearby buildings. No cars on the street. No people in evidence.

The place looked like a ghost town, and she knew all about ghost towns. As a freelance writer and photographer, she had visited ghost towns from Bumble Bee, Arizona, to Vader, Washington. Some were truly ghost towns, with little left but the spirits of those who had once lived there. Some, like Virginia City in Nevada and the city of the same name in Montana, were not really ghost towns. Saloons had been revived and buildings restored, giving people a glimpse of what life in the Old West had been like.

Her most recent adventure had been to Rambler, Wyoming. It had been a difficult trip and not worth the effort, since little remained. But Wyoming was a beautiful place.

Kadie glanced out the side windows of the Durango. If there were any ghosts lingering in this old Wyoming town, she was certain they weren't the friendly kind.

Pulling into the gas station, Kadie stared in disbelief at the pump. Instead of the modern, automated kind she was used to, this one had to be pumped by hand. She had seen pictures of old pumps like this. They dated from the 1920s. She wasn't surprised to see a CLOSED sign on the office window. The place looked as if it had been out of business for decades.

Now what?

Grabbing her cell phone, she flipped it open and punched in the number for the auto club, only to receive the message that there was no service available.

Chewing on the inside of her lower lip, she drove slowly down the main street, hoping she might be able to get a signal at another location.

She passed a quaint two-story hotel built of faded red brick. The lights were out.

The lights were out in every store she passed.

She tried to use her phone several times in different locations with no luck.

Tossing the phone onto the passenger seat, she made a right turn at the next stop sign and found herself in a residential section. The houses were mostly made of wood, set on large lots, well back from the street. Most of them had large front porches and old-fashioned picture windows. A few had cars in the driveway, cars that came from the same era as the gas pump. Every house was dark inside and out.

Pulling up at a stop sign, she glanced down the street, then smacked her hand against her forehead. Of course! The lights were probably out due to the storm.

She made a quick U-turn and drove back to the hotel. The Durango sputtered and died several yards short of her goal. Taking her foot off the gas, she coasted to the curb.

Kadie sat there a moment, reluctant to leave the shelter of the SUV. Rain pounded on the roof and poured down the windshield. No doubt she'd be soaked clear through before she reached the entrance.

She glanced at the hotel again. If the storm had caused the power failure, it was odd that the hotel didn't have a backup generator, or at least have some candles burning.

Leaning forward, she rested her forehead on the steering wheel and closed her eyes. Maybe she would just sleep in the Durango. She'd done it before.

She jumped a foot when someone tapped on the driver's side window.

When she looked up, she saw a man peering at her through the glass. For the first time, she wished she had taken her father's advice and bought a gun to keep in the car. "The way you go gallivantin' around the country, you might need it someday," he'd often said.

And now someday had arrived.

"Are you all right?" the stranger asked.

Kadie stared at him, surprised she could hear him so clearly in spite of the rain and the thunder.

"Fine, thank you," she said. "Except I'm out of gas. Is there a station nearby?"

"Just the one, and it's out of business."

Kadie frowned. She'd seen cars in the driveways. Where did they buy gas?

"You're gonna freeze to death in there," he said. "There's a tavern down the street that's open late. You can warm up inside."

Kadie shook her head. She wasn't crazy enough to follow a stranger down a dark street in the middle of the night.

"You'll be perfectly safe. Cross my heart," he said, his finger copying his words.

Kadie took a deep breath as she weighed her options. If he meant to do her harm, there was nothing to stop him from breaking into the SUV. And she was cold, and getting colder by the minute. Lightning lanced the clouds. A rumble of thunder shook the car.

"They have hot coffee," he added.

That did it. Grabbing her purse and the keys, she pulled the hood of her jacket up over her head and unlocked the door.

She was careful not to get too close to him as they walked down the street.

The bar was only half a block from the hotel. Kadie hesitated when the stranger opened the door; then, taking a deep breath, she stepped inside.

Warmth engulfed her. The light from a dozen flickering candles revealed a large room dominated by a bar that ran the length of the back wall. A number of booths lined one side of the room; a dozen small, round tables occupied the other side.

She felt suddenly self-conscious as five men and a woman turned to stare at her.

Ignoring them one and all, she followed her companion to an empty table.

"Here, let me take that," he said as she shrugged out of her wet jacket.

Kadie murmured her thanks as he draped it over the back of an empty chair, then took the seat across from hers.

A tall, skinny woman who looked almost anorexic approached the table on silent feet.

"Do you want anything besides coffee?" Kadie's companion asked.

When she shook her head, he ordered a glass of wine for himself and the skinny woman walked away as silently as she had appeared.

Kadie clasped her hands in her lap, looking everywhere but at the man across from her.

"I'm Darrick."

He had a faint English accent. Dark brown hair brushed the collar of his black shirt and his eyes were a shade lighter than his hair.

"Kadie," she said.

"What brings you to Morgan Creek?"

"I took a wrong turn," she admitted, and felt a faint flush of embarrassment warm her cheeks. She had always prided herself on being able to find her way around. "And ended up here."

"Far off the beaten path, to be sure."

The silent waitress returned with their drinks, and silently departed.

"Is there something wrong with her?" Kadie asked.

He lifted one b
(Continues...)


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  • Posted July 14, 2013

    3.5 Stars. What if vampires were relegated to live in a town to

    3.5 Stars.

    What if vampires were relegated to live in a town to follow certain rules and were not allowed to leave?  Some might think it would be a good plan to keep humans safe, but what of the human in the town.  As Twilight Falls tell one such story.

    Driving into Morgan Creek was a simple mistake on Kadie’s part.  One wrong turn, low on gas and late at night were just a few of her problems.  From the moment she ventures into the town she knows something is off.  The vibes she gets are off the charts wrong and the sudden appearance of Darrick does nothing to ease her feelings.

    It doesn’t take long for Kadie to realize she is trapped in Morgan Creek and the residents don’t hold back on letting her know what is expected of her.  They also fill her in on the mysterious head vampire, Rylan Saintcrow.  Luckily he hasn’t been seen in a long while, because the women he takes interest in disappear forever.

    Suddenly awake after decades of rest, Rylan is drawn to a new presence in town.  From the moment Kadie enters his territory, he knows he wants her for his own.  Even Darrick’s claim on the girl will not stop him from having her.  

    Things have changed in his town since he went to ground.  The vampires are restless and the humans are not content.  He never cared about the human’s happiness before Kadie, but now he is seeing things differently.  Times have changed and now he must change too.

    As Twilight Falls was a good story.  Ms. Ashley has built a unique town and interesting characters.  While it was not perfect for me it was a nice change in my usual paranormal reading material.  The novel is more storytelling and sweet romance and less erotic than my normal reads.  This will interest many readers.  I can’t quite put my finger what was missing from the novel to make it great for me, but as a whole, the story was nicely written.  

    Another very important point for this book, it reads as a standalone novel.  The story is wrapped up and complete, with a nice ending that leaves you gratified.  What a wonderful change in the world of serial novels.

    Pick up As Twilight Falls if you enjoy standalone novels, unique paranormal storytelling, romance that focuses on the relationship more than the bed play and the writings of Amanda Ashley.  She has written an enjoyable classic vampire novel.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Loved it!

    A great read. Couldn't put it down. It wasn't as full of adventure as some of Ms. Ashley's books, but I liked the small town idea different as well as having resident vampires living in the town kind of interesting.

    The idea of Kadie's father being a slayer was funny too!

    Highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Excellent read

    I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it to a friend. I will be reading more of Ms Ashley's books.

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    Posted August 21, 2014

    Autumn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    EXCELLENT READ I really enjoyed this book. Read it and went

    EXCELLENT READ



    I really enjoyed this book. Read it and went back in 4 days and read it again. Ms Ashley should write a series on the people in Morgan. The book was funny in spot. I LOVED THE BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    I love this book!

    The book is intriquing to me. Yes it is not like her other books but I am enjoying this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Great book.

    Amanda Ashley never fails to keep me entertained with her books. This is honestly not my favorite Ashley book, but still a great read.

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    Posted May 5, 2013

    Dawne

    Well this has got to be the most boring, repetitive book of all time. To put it simply it took place in a tiny town with 9 vampires and maybe 20 humans. Vampires fed off the humans bla bla bla . It could have been better if it had been only 50 pages instead of 278. Boring characters and boring story.

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