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What if your bestselling novel attracts the wrong kind of attention?

Author Beth Rider's second vampire novel has hit number one and she is flying high on her new-found fame. But at a fated book signing that runs late into the night, Beth is confronted by an evil she'd only experienced in nightmares. Jack Dawn, a supernatural monster belonging to an ancient race of bloodthirsty immortals known as the Rakum, vows to track down and kill the young...

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Overview

What if your bestselling novel attracts the wrong kind of attention?

Author Beth Rider's second vampire novel has hit number one and she is flying high on her new-found fame. But at a fated book signing that runs late into the night, Beth is confronted by an evil she'd only experienced in nightmares. Jack Dawn, a supernatural monster belonging to an ancient race of bloodthirsty immortals known as the Rakum, vows to track down and kill the young writer because of the vile redemptive message her book is bringing his people.

The Rakum have spread evil among mankind since the Beginning, growing in strength and influence with every passing century. A respected Elder among his brethren, Jack recognizes the novel's destructive potential and his duty to destroy her before the book's promises annihilate his Kind. His method of subduing the novelist is an ancient punishment perpetrated against humans who bring them the ultimate displeasure; Jack marks her as a Rabbit. By forcing her to ingest his poisonous blood, Beth's body now regenerates endlessly and she is set free to be tracked by his hungry brethren. The plan? His people will torture her, slowly, night after night, until she goes insane. Marking her was easy - now Jack only has to sit back and wait for the Rakum to do their worst.

Jack's proselyte Michael Stone was brought up from his youth to be strong, sensible and oftentimes, brutal. But at one hundred and thirty, Michael is old enough to appreciate the quiet and ordered life he'd carved out for himself over the years. Aware that his Elder has marked a human for death, Michael is on the lookout as he leaves work late one night. When he stumbles upon the beautiful and apparently innocent Beth Rider, he is instantly smitten, despite the fact that a few seconds later he realizes that she is the target of his Elder's fury. Puzzled by Jack's unreasonable condemnation, Michael takes it upon himself to protect the lovely author from the limitless lust of his brethren.

Rakum grunt Javier - Millier was never one to question the Fathers nor doubt the word of the Elders but after reading a curiously odd vampire novel, he begins to doubt the understood deity of his race. Soon identified by Jack Dawn as a traitor, Javier goes on the run with Elder Roman and a mortal with a personal hidden agenda. They also are in pursuit of the book's author, although their intentions are quite dissimilar from those of their brethren.

Facing the most terrifying trial of her life against creatures known only in fables, one simple woman will unintentionally threaten the very existence of a powerful and accursed people. In the climactic mêlée, it is a race to the death, or if Beth has her way, a race to the life-of every Rakum who makes the choice.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781432751012
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/13/2009
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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  • Posted January 21, 2010

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    Move Over Twilight

    Beth Rider's bestselling novels are making her a literary star from the south. Little does she know, her books are having a much deeper impact on the lives of others not just her own. She never thought her written words would cause trouble. They caused more than trouble; they brought danger and evil right to her doorstep.

    Marked by the blood of an elder, the rabbit has been released for every hungry vampire to enjoy.

    Becoming an inadvertent threat to a race of vampires known as the Rakum, Beth Rider now finds herself running from the very monsters that made her novels a hit. Chasing her is Jack Dawn, a brutal elder, with intentions of eliminating her slowly and painfully. To ensure his plan is successful he marks Beth with his own blood so every vampire can smell her out and have a little fun themselves. There is no escape for Beth Rider.or is there?

    Along her harrowing path she confronts enemies and discovers allies when it seems none are there. Will it be enough to save her? Can she escape the clutches of a homicidal vampire?

    In "Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider," the chase is on. Will Beth survive?

    From the first word, Ellen C. Maze's passion for crafting a gripping vampire tale takes center stage. Instantly, you are immersed in the action and underworld of the Rakum. With each passing page, it is virtually impossible not to care for Beth and her allies in "Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider." You will find yourself connecting with them on multiple levels.

    "Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider" delivers a fresh new twist to vampire lore. The strength of the plot carries it from page to page as all the pieces fall into place, painting an exciting tapestry. This book is a must have for those seeking a real, refreshing vampire novel.

    Author Ellen C Maze's debut novel, is sure to take the world by storm. I see a bright future for this up and coming author.

    Title: Rabbit : Chasing Beth Rider
    Author: Ellen C. Maze
    ISBN: 978-1-4327-5101-2
    Genre: Fantasy
    Pages: 340
    Reviewed By: Brian Knight
    Official Premium Promotional Services Rating: 5-Star

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

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    Fans will enjoy Chasing Beth Rider as Ellen C. Maze spins a superb unique vampire thriller.

    Writer Beth Rider is ecstatic as her novel starring vampires seeking redemption is a best seller. In fact the book is so popular Beth begins a tour autographing her novel for customers.---------

    At the Buckhead BooksAMillion store in Atlanta, a dark brooding Goliath warns Beth to watch her back. In her hotel room, that same giant Jack Dawn of the Rakum race taunts her before attacking Beth. Her bestseller places his concealed race the Rakum out for dangerous exposure by the mortals. He turns her into prey for the Rakum to torture her when he marks her with his blood as a Rabbit; as he leaves her he says Rabbits always suicide as his pups will feed off her.-----------

    Another Rakum Michael Stone smells the scent of the Rabbit as one of his kind turned her into a toy for their species. Something is wrong however as Rabbits are typically nasty mortals deserving of punishment; not an innocent writer. He also is attracted to Beth, which makes less sense so he goes against his upbringing to protect his Rabbit though he knows his people are coming for them.------------

    Amazingly this is a fresh exciting rendition of the vampire mythos starring a stunned writer turned Rabbit, her champion and their enemies Goliath and his pups. The story line is fast-paced from the opening warning and never slows down until the final climax. The cast is strong especially the lead triangle as the beleaguered heroine and her protector try to evade Jack and the other Rakum who smell Rabbit. Fans will enjoy Chasing Beth Rider as Ellen C. Maze spins a superb unique vampire thriller.---------------

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

    Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

    Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider is at heart a vampire/fantasy novel. Deeper than that, it's a vampire/fantasy novel with spirit and soul. I never thought I'd see a vampire novel with Christian underpinings but Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider fits the bill! I am totally amazed at how well vampires and God fit together in this book!

    Beth Rider is an author who writes a series of novels whose main characters are very similar to species of beings called Rakum. Somehow a leader in the Rakum race stumbles across these novels and assumes that Beth knows all about his race. He decides she needs to be eliminated because she knows too much.

    One of the Rakum (and a sexy one at that) stumbles across Beth Rider and is instantly drawn to her because not only is she beautiful but she's been marked to be eliminated. He fears his leader has made a mistake since he cannot fathom how Beth can be a threat to his race. He pledges to help keep Beth safe and find out why she's been marked for elimination.

    I don't want to give away too much of the story since I know you'll want to read this one for yourself. I will say that he reads Beth's books to try to help her and is drawn to God through them and he's not the only one who feels this pull!

    If you love vampire novels, I highly recommend you read Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider. It's an awesome read that has vampires, romance, and religion all mixed into one fantastic book. This book has a permanent spot on my bookshelf!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

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    Run Rabbit Run!!

    This is a very interesting book: An author of a bestselling vampire novel discovers that the creatures she wrote about are very real, and subtle information within the novel actually threatens their entire race. Their punishment for her is a fate worse than death, and soon the vampire race (called Rakum) are fighting for their existence while Beth Rider is fighting for her life... And only one can prevail. Great stuff!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

    I've never seen anything like it. More Please.

    I am in love with these characters. They are all struggling against what they've always believed and what they are starting to learn of the Truth. The main character, Beth Rider, is strong and her faith can move mountains; but my heart goes out to the Rakum (the vampires). For hundreds of years (thousands for some), they are raised in a brutal environment meant to make them into powerful deities bound to walk the earth for eternity. Then one by one, after reading Beth Rider's book, they start to question what they were taught from the Beginning.

    Their leader is demonic and has never let on their true nature -- their true spiritual origins -- so are they to blame?

    Ms. Maze has created a new storyline for the undead and placed them into a position we must have all wondered about at one time or the other. What happens to the soul of the vampire?

    Tender moments, terrifying action and a happy ending make me want to read this over and over.

    Please, Ms. Maze...write another one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

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    Bizarre and intriguing!

    Review by Jill Williamson


    A creepy man approaches Beth Rider at the book signing for her latest novel. He threatens to kill her, and, later, attacks her in her hotel room, marking her as Rabbit. Beth soon finds out that her attacker was a real-life vampire. The redemptive message in her novels threatens to upset the evil way of life the vampires have been enjoying since the beginning.

    Vampire, Michael Stone, stumbles upon Beth Rider and is confused. She is beautiful and innocent. He doesn't understand why anyone would mark her as a rabbit. He decides to protect her from his brethren until he can figure out the mistake. But was it a mistake? Can Beth Rider's god be Michael's god too? If so, what does that mean for the Vampire race?

    Bizarre and intriguing! Ellen C. Maze writes a creepy, powerful story with a unique, redemptive twist on the vampire tale. My only concern was that Beth Rider seemed a bit calm. I trust God with my life, and am faithful, but if vampires were hunting me, I'd be praying a lot more hysterically. Also, Simon's backstory drew me out of the action. Still, the story was entertaining and action packed. Some of her vampires are kind. Some are creepy evil. This kind of book isn't for everyone, but if you love vampire stories, you owe it to yourself to check this one out. It's quite entertaining. Highly recommended for readers who don't mind creepy stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

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    Quirky fun

    Review of Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

    c. 2009 Ellen C. Maze
    Outskirts Press, Inc.
    http://www.outskirtspress.com
    ISBN: 978-1-4327-5101-2

    Ellen Maze joins the current trend of fashionable vampire tales with Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider. Rider is a popular inspirational novelist who is the focus of the ancient race of Rakum, blood- drinking creatures who live outside the sphere of God and religion and burn in the sunlight. When Rider's novels begin to attract Rakum to faith and humanity without taking "donations" from their human victims, she is "marked--" literally by a powerful member of the species - for slow and deliberate execution.

    Rider's stories unwittingly reveal secrets of the Rakum they would rather not reveal.

    The first Rakum, Michael, to meet Beth after her termination order, however, fell under her spell and refused to treat her as he was ordered.

    Told in gory glory, Maze never loses control of her characters or their choices and makes a credible witness on behalf of the God of the universe. Well done, albeit on the creepy side. So, I also liked Aliens..

    I admit that I'm not much into vampire stories, although I love sci-fi/fantasy. Ellen's story was vividly written with a back-and-forth intensity that kept me turning pages and tickled at the outcome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    A Fantastic Vampiric Tale

    Ellen Maze has created an unique vampire story that caught my attention from the beginning and had me enthralled until the end. The story centers on Beth Rider, a novelist, who makes an enemy of an ancient vampire named Jack Dawn. Jack is so angered at Beth's writings that he marks her as a 'rabbit', which is the worst thing a vampire can do to a human. From there, the hunt begins.

    One thing that did surprise me about the book was the large Christian influence in the story. As someone who is not very religious, I was a little leary of this element but I found that it added that final quality that made this story both original and fascinating. While the suspense of the tale had me turning the pages as quickly as I could, it was the characters that I found the most intrigued.

    Ellen Maze is definitely an author to read.

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

    Original and Exceptional Multi-Layered Vampire Tale

    The real significance of the expression "truth is stranger than fiction" becomes apparent to novelist Beth Rider one seemingly normal evening at a book signing, when she is suddenly accosted by a stranger who later marks her as a target, a "rabbit," to be hunted by a legendary ancient race. What follows is one of the most original and inspiring vampire stories I've ever read. Explaining all the reasons I love Ellen C. Maze's "Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider," without any spoilers, is almost impossible because, although the novel reads like any fast-paced and exciting story of suspense, the underlying themes and symbolism are much more complex. The unique premise of this novel alone - of a fiction author who, unknowingly, writes the truth about and suggests the possibility of salvation for the creature known to most human beings as the vampire (though not known as such to this race of beings themselves, we learn) - was enough to fascinate me and draw me into the story. Many other factors, however, impressed me and made it a story that really touched me on a deeper level. First, the character of Beth, who in the beginning of the story has no idea why she's been made a target, is a kind of archetype for all human beings, each of whom have an individual role to play in God's plan, even when they are unaware of that role or don't realize at all that their daily decisions and actions are part of that design. Beth must learn, as all hopefully one day do, that what she had considered the gift of her talent, leading her to a particular career path, was, in fact, divine inspiration leading to a much more vital role. Further, the symbolism of a fiction writer whose creative work is the inspiration which can change the lives and spiritual destinies of so many is a great testament to the power of the written word and how what writers write can influence and transform another, for better or for worse. The deeper symbolism, that this is exactly how God transforms man - through His Word - is more significant still. Over and over throughout the novel, I was struck by how much "Rabbit" reminded me of a parable. While, on the surface, the author seems to be simply telling a fascinating story with a moral theme - because these ideas are not presented in a systematically theological manner meant for scholars, but instead like one of those intriguing folklore tales listeners of any age can understand and enjoy - delving into deeper layers of the story offers an even more beautiful message of redemption, pointing toward fundamental truths about the love and mercy of God, the value of human life and the lengths God to which will go to bring each of His creatures back to Him. While indisputably Christian fiction, I believe any reader who appreciates an original, well-written and inspirational supernatural story will love and be touched by this unique vampire novel. Highly recommended reading.

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