Boasting ten ghost tours, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, swarms with tourists in the summer. But in winter, the small town hunkers down for a different attraction - the annual holiday production at Gettysburg College. This year, Abby Potter chooses for her subject the well-known local legend of a Civil War steam locomotive inhabited by ghosts. She embellishes the folktale with a vampire. It’s a story line she thinks she invented.
Production of Vampire Train is underway, but Abby has one big problem. She can’t find a decent thespian for the leading role. Her boss suggests Malcolm McClellan, Ph.D., a history professor at the college and a renowned Civil War re-enactor.
Abby bristles at the suggestion. She has avoided the brooding, mysterious man for years. With his penetrating stare and quick temper, he exudes danger. But the clock is ticking, and she’s desperate. Malcolm will be her actor.
It turns out to be perfect casting . . . too perfect.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was an excellent read! From beginning to end I was captivated. I came in worried about trivializing an important place and time in our nation’s history, but there was no disrespect. Instead, the characters were rich with humanity, integrity and – hey, it’s a romance – sensuality. Malcolm is everything a man should be, including hot!! If he ever crossed my path, well, I think Abby chose wisely. Very well done. I purchased this book online and have given this review freely and without monetary compensation.
May I give six stars to this marvelous paranormal romance? I've always loved reading about the Civil War, but I've never been a fan of vampire tales, so it was with a bit of trepidation that I started The Gettysburg Vampire. Am I glad I read this novel! From the first page, Ms. Blexrud had me hooked with the exciting and romantic tale of Malcolm, Sarah, and Abby. With beautiful poignancy, Malcolm's two lives unfold: one in the 1860s, when he was a Union hero/mortal in the Civil War, the other as a history professor/vampire in twenty-first century Gettysburg. Deftly navigating between the two time periods, Ms. Blexrud shows us Malcolm with his two great loves, his first wife, Sarah, a courageous nineteenth century woman, and modern-day Abby, a college professor and playwright. The ending was a definite surprise - and perfect. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves fast-paced, lively, and imaginative reads. Kudos to Ms. Blexrud! I hope she will write the sequel to The Gettysburg Vampire, because I did not get enough. I want to read more about Malcolm and Abby's life together.
But even so, I was intrigued by this book. The title alone made me giggle, and I knew the area, having spent many years in the Mid-Atlantic states and toured many Civil War battlefields. I was not expecting to get swept up in the story, but was pleasantly surprised that it kept my interest to the very end. It was a little confusing, going back and forth between the hero's Civil War woman and his present day one, but the author did her best to clarify things. As I have said, I'm not into vampires and other things that go bump in the night, and I respected the fact that the author wove in enough details to let a novice like me understand vampire behavior without it being a textbook approach. This was an engaging read that had me staying up way past my bedtime so I could finish it. I highly recommend this book to paranormal and non-paranormal enthusiasts alike.
Very good. Well worth it.
What-did you think all vamps were pale, thin and mean? Not all of them. Malcolm McClellan, a university professor of Civil War accounts, is a gallant gentleman and one hot, sexy vampire. He lives a low profile life and flies under the radar so to speak, to not attract undue attention to his true identity. However, some suspect otherwise… Abby Potter, a headstrong, self-sufficient, chic looking theatre professor, decides that this year’s annual winter stage show will be of the legendary ghost train, Stonewall Jackson. Taking liberties with the script, Abby adds a vampire and titles the show, Vampire Train. She finds talented theatre students to round out the cast but the lead male part is up in the air. Now she is in a quandary, where to find the man who can breathe life into the part. Abby’s boss suggests that Professor McClellan would be perfect casting. Ug, Malcolm? Granted he is dark and handsome in an inexplicable way but how can she possibly pitch her proposition to him? He scares the daylights out of her! Time is of the essence and she must make a quick decision. What questionable predicaments does she put herself into with the spine-tingling professor? Adding to her already tight schedule, she has to deal with a boss who is acting quite strange lately and hanging around ne’r-do-well people. What’s going on? A wonderfully intriguing blend of Civil War legend and lore, the world of the strange and different via vampires, well-fleshed out characters and a real Southern charm lace this entire nicely paced plot. THE GETTYSBURG VAMPIRE is my favorite novel yet from author Susan Blexrud. Confident, not-so-little-woman Abby bursts from the page as one independent gal. She not only takes responsibility for rewriting a page from history about Stonewall Jackson’s Civil War ghost train but tackles crazy goons as well. Ms. Blexrud does a brilliant job of fashioning a heroine who is not only inspiring but completely credible. Ms. Blexrud’s novel tells an atmospherically tragic tale of the effects of the Civil War by combining a rare perspective of war life while melding together modern day adages. I was magnetically drawn into the emotions of the men and the emotional battle scars they faced. Malcolm McClellan is a powerful man with many hidden facets. I loved when he made overtures to Abby and her reaction to them. Shock and disbelief quickly replaced by tingling awareness of her hormones. Susan Blexrud nailed human emotions down pat! Malcolm sure is one intriguing, handsome man! Look no further; this story is rousing, serious and at moments, lighthearted, mingling Civil War life and trials, intimidating vampires and a shy romance that’s heady and appealing. THE GETTYSBURG VAMPIRE is delicious. Like a scrumptious chocolate bar with a gooey caramel center, take one bite and it drips down into your soul.