The Undead Heart (#1 in the Blood Thirst Series)

The Undead Heart (#1 in the Blood Thirst Series)

by Stephanie Jackson


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The Undead Heart (#1 in the Blood Thirst Series) by Stephanie Jackson

Rebecca Stockdale had enough issues in her life; parents that hated her for the strange abilities that she had been born with, she was about to move away from her sister and only friend, Bev, and she had had a really bad date that would change her forever.
Just when she was about to escape the drama that she had always lived in, Richard, a vampyre, walked into her life and shattered her reality with one request; travel back in time to 1888 to stop a psychopathic vampyre bent on revenge and save the family she never knew she had.
She would be joined on her journey by a band of vampyre hunters. Hunters who, centuries ago, had vowed to slay all vampyres. A vow they set aside to protect the family that they had come to love, knowing that the outcome of that decision would be an eventual battle. A battle of decapitation and blood; a battle they may not survive.
She was leaving a life she would kill to get away from for a family she would gladly die to protect, but could she do it? Could she make it back alive? Did she possess the strength and courage it would take to change the past and save their future?
She was about to find out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482741018
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/10/2013
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Undead Heart 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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Ksiddall More than 1 year ago
An entertaining story of vampires, time travel, and a romance that lasts through centuries! The story opens with a mysterious man appearing at the high school graduation of our main character, Rebecca Stockdale. Seems this mystery man has appeared in "Beck's" life before: always in time to save her from accident or injury. With this, the story captured my interest right away. The novel boasts a vast array of interesting main characters and fresh minor characters that come and go throughout. The variety really gave the story depth and color. I particularly enjoyed Potter, and of the minor characters - Ester. The settings change from current time in this country to the London of Jack the Ripper, and the Ripper mystery plays a major role in the book. Most of the action, however, occurs in Clarksville, Tennessee. The execution of the story does have some problems but to me seemed easily fixable. The most problematic for me was the formatting of the dialogue. I found it difficult to follow character conversations when the paragraph would begin with one character speaking and then continue with the other character's input. I had to reread a LOT to determine if the second bit of the dialogue was continued from the first speaker as it conventionally is, and mostly, it was not. This was almost enough to make me quit reading altogether which would have been a shame; I would have missed out on a good book. Also, there are grammar problems, verb tense issues, misused words (i.e., the word "to" is continually used when "too" is what is meant, bazaar for bizarre, peaked for piqued.) Not biggies, but these things tend to "throw" me out of the story and interrupt the reading experience. Once again, this kind of thing is easily fixed by using a good editor. Still, I think if you like vampire stories, time travel, romance with sex scenes, you'll enjoy this book. However, to get the complete story be prepared for the long haul and the investment of some time. Book 1, The Undead Heart, ends with a cliffhanger and you must get your hands on the second in the trilogy, Blood Thirst to find out what happens next!
candiema More than 1 year ago
I was asked to give an honest review of this book. Overall I thought the book was "ok." There needed to be more character development. For instance, Beck immediately warmed up to the idea of this vampire and accepted his explanation of them being married. BOOM. They were in bed together (even though she had a traumatic experience with being raped). The storyline also needed some developing as well. The beginning came quickly... the middle dragged on. There were pages and pages with nothing major happening. Beck got on my nerves. Edward was way too jealous, ALL THE TIME. We waited until the VERY end for something to happen and then it was over and we were left with a cliffhanger. I think the book was a tad bit too long, it took me some time to finish it. I wanted to like it, and at some points I did. But it could use some fine tuning.
Booksessed-Bec More than 1 year ago
Book provided by the author. This was a great read with an interesting plot.  It didn't flow very well for me and seemed forced sometimes but it was still a good read
Dalene_65 More than 1 year ago
First, I would like to thank Tate Jackson for this book for an honest review.  First I am going to get what I didn't care for out of the way.  This book had way to many spelling and grammar errors, it is major need of editing.  That being said, I love the story and characters.  I would have liked to have known a little more about Beck and Bev's grandmother.  I like that Bev was a strong big sister for Beck when she was growing up with parents that mistreated her because she was different.  I really enjoyed that the vampyres and hunters were able to become a family.  The time travel was interesting especially when you get that Beck was going back to observe Jack the Ripper.  I liked Richard, although I fealt her ran off in anger way to much.  Potter is one of my favorite characters and he made me laugh a few times.  I wasn't expecting an open ended to be continued at the end of the book, but that is ok, since I am getting ready to read book 2.  I would have given the book a five if it hadn't had the grammar errors and spelling mistakes.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Book exchanged for an honest review:Rebecca (Beck) Stockdale is an unusual young woman. Her parents call her a freak because she wants to study parapsychology. Beck's older sister Bev and "The Man" have been her constant supports through out her life in ways that her parents never will be. Beck's life changes the day "The Man" decides to tell her who he really is to her. Beck's life will never be the same again and she likes it that way. "The Man" is really Richard Beck's mate. Richard is really a vampyre and knows that to drink Beck's blood is poison to him and other vampyre's like him. Richard tells Beck that his all alone except for his brother Leso since the rest of his family is dead. Beck wants to change this for Richard and Leso for all the happiness they've brought her. Only one thing can put a damper on this idea vampyre named Elderson. Can Beck truly bring back Richard and Leso's family? How is this accomplished? What about Elderson? Your answers await you in The Undead Heart. I loved the vampyre lore presented in this story! It follows most of traditional vampyre lore but with truly unique twists not yet explored by other authors. Hands down the best character in this story has to be Beck. She literally does not put up with other people's personal hang ups which other people stumble over into big drama. I appreciate how the author handle alot of aspects in this story that could have been real stumbling blocks. I look forward to the next installment in the series.
kaymac13 More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this book and It was not bad but it was not great. I was confused at the beginning because somethings were not made are they talking about time traveling? You did not find out until she actually got there what was going on. I also did not like Beck at all, she annoyed me. Don't get me wrong I like a strong character but she was cussing Richard out for simple stuff and it was like Dang girl..get a grip! Then there was never a climax. After the time travel thing there was all this other stuff going on and some of that could have been saved for another book and more detail building the realtionship.. It was just too much "stuff" fights, kidnapping, changing species.Plus there were alot of errors not sure if that was from the file transfer or what. It just seems alot was being packed in like 4 pages of "How did you become a vampire??"...ugh. Like I said it wasn't bad but it wasn't great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overly brutal rape scene, writing needs works, charachters while likable werent believable , ciuldnt get past first 100 pages
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This is one of the reasons I shy away from self-published books. Wonderful story; not so wonderul writing. I wish the author well, but I really hope she'll join a writers group like RWA and learn from the experts. Perhaps after polishing her craft a bit, an editor will give a story like this a chance. We'll all be happier for it.
TateJackson More than 1 year ago
This is Tate Jackson, author of The Undead Heart, and I can assure you that I DO NOT have cancer. I'm not sure how this started but someone has managed to get my sign in and passwords for my facebook and several other sites that I visit and are claiming to be me. They have posted as me saying that I have cervical cancer and need book sales to pay for treatment. This is untrue and sickening! After it was posted, kind people that are concerned for my health, spread the story far and wide. Thank you but it is un-needed. I don't have cancer but if i did I have medical insurance and savings to pay for the expenses. My book is a great book and will sell on it's merits alone. If you want to read my book, then great, please buy it but don't but it if you are only here to help with 'my medical treatment'. Thanks and I hope you enjoy The Undead Heart!
ReviewerRachel More than 1 year ago
Tate has been diagnosed with cancer and can't pay what the doctors need to start kimo! she needs to sell 532 books to be able to pay, she really doesn't want to die. Listen, I am not a romance or vampyre fan, but she really does need help. If you buy a copy, and you fill out a form on her website, she will give you the second book in this series for free when it comes out in late spring/early summer.