Dead is the New Black

Dead is the New Black

by Marianne Stillings

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Dead is the New Black by Marianne Stillings


Broke and desperate, failed romance author Stephanie Scott reluctantly accepts a position as a live-in housekeeper…to a Vampire. The very handsome Dr. Jonathan Van Graf, owner of Moonrise Manor, has sworn not to harm Stephanie, and he offers room and board to her ailing mother as well. And those eyes, those gorgeous blue eyes….

But the mansion is a crazy place populated by stranger things than the undead, including a Morticia Addams lookalike named Leech and a film crew making a docudrama to show the world that Vampires are just regular folks. Except, one of them is murdered the same day Steph and her mom move in. When bite marks appear on someone Stephanie cares about, she finds herself thrust into a real whodunit, or a who’s-sucking-on-whom. Is it possible Dr. Van Graf is everything she feared…or is he the hero she’s never dared to create in her novels?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151888905
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/23/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 699,691
File size: 260 KB

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Dead is the New Black 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DawnTheAuthor More than 1 year ago
Perhaps a bit difficult to be totally unbiased as I'm a personal friend of Marianne's (she's a wonderful person) and was one of the members of her writing group who begged her to finish this short story she had started because it was such a great idea. It's a funny spoof on vampire novels. Romance author Stephanie Scott is desperate for money and must take a job working for a self-proclaimed vampire. Of course there's a murder: Can Stephanie believe her handsome employer's protestations of innocence? Marianne's dialogue is witty, charming and believable. She's quite adept at the telling detail; for instance, I bookmarked a passage in Chapter One to study the succinct description of the main character's first view of the vampire's property: "Pine trees rose high overhead, poking the inky October sky with sharp needles..." The story is full of fun characters. I laughed out loud several times and yet was also touched emotionally by the tender interaction between Stephanie and her mother. My only complaint is that I wish it'd been a full novel rather than a novella as I enjoyed the characters and wanted to read more. It ended a bit abruptly. There is no sex, so it's appropriate for most ages. Definitely worth $1.99.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
@80 pages, but amusimg