Blood of the Maple: A page-turning erotic romance

Blood of the Maple: A page-turning erotic romance

by Dana Marie Bell

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A seduction-gone-wrong leaves vampire Parker Hollis with a new vegetarian lifestyle and on the run from a vengeful witch. Moving to small-town Maggie's Grove, Parker meets a redheaded dryad with green, leafy blood that draws him in a way he hasn't experienced in decades. His new neighbor smells divine, and it isn't long before craving gives in to need.

In a unique community of supernaturals, tree-loving outcast Amara Schwedler has never quite fit in. She's scarred by a traumatic incident and feared by the local townsfolk. She's convinced Parker will look elsewhere for a mate once he discovers she's not one of the O-positive set, and can't believe it when Parker finds her irresistible.

When the witch who's been plaguing Parker's life discovers the newfound attraction between Parker and Amara, she takes out her anger on the town. Can the supernaturals of Maggie's Grove accept Amara and band together in time to withstand the assaults of the enraged witch?

78,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426891441
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/11/2011
Series: Maggie's Grove
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 517,038
File size: 500 KB

About the Author

Dana Marie Bell is a USA Today best-selling author with Carina Press and Samhain Publishing. She lives with her husband Dusty, their two children, two evil cats and a bull terrier that thinks it’s a Pekinese. She's described herself as vertically challenged. Dana also suffers from AS (an arthritis that affects the spine) and can be seen tooling around in her mobility scooter. 

You can learn about Dana at 

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Maggie's Grove, Maryland, Present Day

Parker drove through the moonlight-drenched streets of his new hometown with a sense of peace he hadn't experienced since Greg died. He hadn't realized how stressed he'd gotten until he'd hit Tennessee and all the tension dissipated. Finding out Greg had cancer, helping him through the horrors of chemo and radiation, only to lose him in the end to an infection, had been devastating. Greg had been in his sixties, not old at all. At least not by Parker's standards.

And now here he was, following Greg's final wish to the letter. "Go to Maggie's Grove. Buy a house. Settle down and have little vamplings."

"Why?" Parker had asked, damn near tears. His friend's vision had begun to fail, but it only made his inner vision sharper, clearer.

"The place is in Transylvania County, for the Goddess's sake. It's perfect for you."

"Greg." He hadn't known whether to laugh or let those tears fall. What was he supposed to do without Greg?

"Just do what I tell you for once in your damn unlife."

Parker had chuckled, but he'd known: Do not pass Go, do not collect two hundred dollars. Greg had a vision, and Parker would follow it without question. Even at the end of his life Greg had looked out for him. He only wished Greg hadn't refused the Kiss when they'd first discovered the cancer. Turning him when he'd wasted away to nothing would have been cruel, not that Greg had asked, though Parker had offered more than once.

Parker would have been insulted if he hadn't known the real reason Greg hadn't accepted the Kiss. Greg hadn't wanted to spend eternity as one of the undead. He'd wanted to move on, be reborn. If he'd become a vampire, he would have lost the connection to the earth that gave him his powers. To Greg, losing his witchcraft to turn into a vampire was a horror not to be borne. But he'd promised that someday Parker would find him again. Before drifting off into a coma, he'd used the last of his magic to ensure it. He'd died as peacefully as any mortal could wish.

Parker wished it hadn't happened at all.

Parker's gaze landed on the ornate brass pot in the seat next to him. He wondered whether Greg appreciated the massive cosmic joke that had been played on him, but was afraid to ask. Parker sure as hell did. He went to sleep chuckling about it.

Greg had been instrumental in how Parker now lived his life, and he would be forever grateful. Thanks to Greg, he'd discovered he loved dealing with plants of all shapes and sizes, loved digging his hands into rich soil and watching life sprout from it. He'd tasted and sampled more varieties of plants and saps than he'd known were even edible. He'd learned which ones to stay away from and which to embrace. He was the only vegetarian vampire in existence and had become something of an outcast, but he was all right with that. While there were those who thought he should be put out of his misery, others wanted to study him. He avoided those others like the plague. No way did he want to be tested, injected, vivisected or any other ted that might cause him pain, thank you very much. And the ones who didn't give a rat's ass one way or the other were the ones who'd become friends, if none as close as Greg had been. And that was why he was glad he had his best friend with him on this journey of—

"Are we there yet?"

Parker rolled his eyes. Even in death Greg didn't shut up. "Almost."

"Good. I'm getting itchy."

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Blood of the Maple: A page turning erotic romance 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
ThatBookishGirl More than 1 year ago
Blood of the Maple by Dana Marie Bell is a rather unique paranormal romance. I don't believe I have ever read a book centered around a dryad character before. The closest supernatural character that I can relate it to, would be a tree nymph. I have to give Bell kudos for creativity, especially with the two main characters. Not only is Amara unique, but Bell manages to creative an unconventional vampire with Parker. Parker Hollis is a vegetarian vampire; in the true sense of the word. He does not feed off of animal blood, he lives off of the "blood" of plants. This is initially what attracts him to Amara - her blood is literally plant blood. The book was a fun, quick read that had some interesting plot points. That being said, I did have a few problems with the execution. I thought the idea of the book was top -notch, but the characters really weren't fleshed out enough for my tastes. This made it difficult to care about the storyline, even though it was entertaining. The pacing of the relationship between Amara and Parker practically moved at warp-speed. They skipping right over the entire courting process - they dive right into the "madly-in-love" stage. I like my paranormal romances to have a little build-up, instead of the characters tumbling straight into bed. I know it's ultimately a romance book, but there are other ways of showing romance than sex. I am certainly not a prude, I don't mind sex in books, but I would have liked to see the two characters form a personal connection as well as a physical one. I thought that the idea of a supernatural community was quite interesting, but again, I did have an issue with it. It really bothered me how the community refused to accept Amara. I mean, come on, are you really telling me a town full of vampires, witches, ghosts, dryads and werewolves are going to point the "freak" finger? That doesn't fly well with me. All in all, Blood of the Maple had a lot of things going for it, but it wasn't executed as well as it could have been. This book is incredibly unique and the storyline is interesting, but it did not live up to my expectations. That being said, it was enjoyable and I will read the rest of the series, it just isn't one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Dana Marie Bell. The Blood of the Maple is a story about a cursed Vampire - Parker, who is an outcast in many ways like the female lead. The two join together to help protect the town of paranormals from the creature of a witch that had cursed Parker. This story is 650 pages long from prologue to epilogue.
JLWelch More than 1 year ago
Blood of the Maple left me confused as to how I felt about it. On the one hand I thought that all the quirky, various sundry of supernatural characters that lived in Maggie's Grove were entertaining and interesting and of course the sex was hooooot in this book so hey, that's a plus. On the other hand I felt that the humor was childish and corny at best and had me rolling my eyes. I get that the author was trying to be cute and funny but I found it immature most of the time. My other gripe was that the story and character's romance progression was unrealistic. As far as the plot goes, events were thrown in and solved to easily it seemed forced and rushed to me. Parker and Amara's relationship didn't seem realistic to me as well. There was no challenge, no conflict, they just met and fell instantly in love and the rest of the story was all hearts and flowers. Even with the various problems that I felt like this story had, I still found myself wanting to see what happened next. Even though I wouldn't say it was a fantastic novel, the story itself was unique and entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wasn't my favorite book by this author. Love the Halle Puma series!!!! This story was just okay. Seems kind of lightweight compared to her other books. Still I will probably reread it and most likely will also buy the second one, Throne of Oak.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the diversification this story had related to paranormal characters but there were too many pulled in out of nowhere at odd times. It seems as though the writer tried to keep the story going with these add ins. Also, it had too much 9th grade humor that made me want to say, "grow up." The relationships were unrealistic even for a fantasy genre novel, never mind the over doing the " gay" twist until the book ended up like a phone text between to highschool girls. This writer could probably pull off a good series with fantasy but needs to real in the number of characters and stop with the cutesy innuendos.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The title of this book was a puzzle to me, at least until I met the main characters in the book. Then Blood of the Maple made perfect sense. The Sixties: a time for peace, laughter and freedom. A wide-open feast for vampire Parker Hollis, until he runs afoul of Terri, a powerful and possessive witch who wants Parker all to herself. When she catches him with another woman, she curses him to a life of drinking only plant blood, making him the only known vegetarian vampire. Parker runs as far from Terri as he can, and with the help of his witch friend Greg, learns to create the plant drinks he needs to survive, while avoiding Terri for the next fifty years. When Greg dies of cancer, he stays with Parker in spirit form, and they move to Maggie's Grove, where, unbeknownst to them, the whole town is filled with supernatural beings. As they settle in, they learn about the town, and Parker is assigned a 'Renfield', a protector of vampires during daylight hours. When Parker meets his new neighbor, Amara, he is drawn to her like no one before. But Amara believes him to be a normal vampire, and expects him to turn from her as others have, because she is far from normal. Amara is a hamadryad, the only known one, but even she doesn't know this about herself, only that she is different. Once Parker realizes he can have a relationship and life with Amara, he claims her for himself. Can Amara and Parker find the happiness together that they deserve? When Terri targets the whole town to get Parker, can they mount a successful defense and defeat Terri once and for all? And what are the odds that a gay ghost will meet the only 'physical psychic' in the town, and be able to have a relationship too? Dana Marie Bell has created a new and intriguing community, filled with delightful and fascinating characters, danger, romance and humor. The trip through time, from the Sixties when Parker becomes cursed, to the Eighties when he discovers his calling to present day, having lost the physical presence of best friend Greg, is a delight. I enjoyed the conversations between Parker and Greg in modern time, when Greg is a ghost, as they are filled with humor and the obvious caring these two had. Parker Hollis is strong, handsome and ready to get on with his life. He never expected to meet a woman he could love. He also doesn't want to cause any more deaths by Terri's hand. He has kept on the move, but finally, something draws him to Maggie's Grove, Maryland, and the house on Ghost Haven Lane. I found Parker to be wonderfully loyal, and the pain he went through as he watched his best friend Greg slowly fade from cancer is well portrayed. I enjoyed the sarcastic banter between them, even though Greg is now a ghost. Amara is a hamadryad, and a fantastic match for Parker. She is the strongest character in this book. I loved watching her discover love for the first time, and learning to care and be cared for by Parker. In many ways, Amara is an innocent, but there is a strength and passion in her, just waiting for the right trigger. That trigger turns out to be Parker, and I loved the heat that grew between them. Read the Full Review at Whipped Cream Reviews
RomanticDiva More than 1 year ago
As a true fan of Dana Marie Bell, I always find something noteworthy in all her books. This was her best work ever and the length of the book was more than satisfying. I look forward to more in this series. Hopefully we will get another soon. You will LOOOOVVVVEEE this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who would imagine a vampire that can't drink human blood and can only drink the blood of vegetables? Dana Bell that's who. How he copes with his curse leads to interesting times. Love this book and series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very hot and steamy read, creatively written about characters who embody and control trees, plants, and the elements! I'm excited about reading future stories involving the support characters! SW
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Brandi82 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The plot and flow of the book was great! I have already read teh second book of the series and ready for the third to come out!!!
grinke15 More than 1 year ago
I already love Dana Marie Bell's books but this is definitely my favorite. A very different take on the paranormal from what I've seen before. SERIOUSLY LOVED THIS BOOK!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this authors quirky sense of humor. Only she could find a way to use the nickname "bunnieulla" in two totally different books! She never fails to make me laugh and she writes some great characters and imaginative storylines as well. I will continue to read everybook that she writes!
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LauraAnn9 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this twist on the common love story. I think anyone will enjoy this book.
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