Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Read Along! In Darkness We Must Abide

In Darkness We Must Abide by Rhiannon Frater
Episode #1 Death Comes Home
ebook format
Published March 2013

Death Comes Home (In Darkness We Must Abide, #1)In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.

Already living in the shadows due to her albinism, Vanora is just a little girl when her older brother inadvertently unleashes a terrible evil from the family crypt that changes their lives forever.

As she grows up in a world where beautiful deadly beings hunt by night, one captures her eye and her heart. Yet, can she trust the mysterious Armando? For there is a powerful entity plotting to claim her when she reaches adulthood in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and her enemy has enveloped her in a web of deceit, casting doubt on all she believes to be true. Soon, she will have to fight not only to save those she loves, but also for her very soul.
Each episode will be between 10,000 and 20,000 words with new installments being published every 2 to 3 weeks.

Episode 1: Death Comes Home
Roman Socoli inadvertently releases a terrible evil when he has his Romanian ancestors entombed on his estate in Houston, Texas.
 Synopsis from Goodreads

It's no secret that we here at Contagious Reads love Rhiannon Frater. She is creative and mysterious, and everything she writes is ultimately epic. So, when I have the chance to be a part of a read along? Damn skippy! Yes, please!

The opening installment of IDWMA, Death Comes Home, is everything I expected and more. We are introduced to Vanora, present day. But no sooner have we met, we are thrust ten years into the past. Vanora is living with her older sister, Alisha, and her half brother, Roman, their parents having passed away some years ago. Life is as normal as it can be, until Roman brings home some ancient remains from their family's castle in Romania. But what are those pesky chains doing on the coffin? Who needs 'em...

I don't want to spoil anything for you guys. Seriously, go pick up a copy for yourselves and join us for the read along. There are some minor spoilers in the questions below, so you might want to skip them if you haven't read it yet.

In the prologue we meet Armando, what is everyone’s thoughts on him?
It's amazing that with only a brief mention of him, barely a glimpse, and yet we have all managed to create such a clear impression of him. I see him as dark, sultry, a protector. I am dying to learn more about him!

First impressions of the Socoli family?
I love how close they are, even with their half brother. Not a lot of people would step up to care for their younger siblings after their parents' deaths. Certainly earns Roman some major honor points, although it's a little irritating that he won't listen to his sisters, when they are so obviously freaked out. He seems stubborn and skeptical. Vanora and Alisha are more open minded and flexible. I think they have some serious potential in the vampire-butt-kicking department.

What was the most spine chilling moment?
When Vanora and Alisha are cowering in their room, wondering how to protect themselves, and Alisha opens the balcony door. I may have actually screamed something along the lines of "WHAT THE F#*! ARE YOU DOING? DON'T OPEN THE DOOR!!!"

A vampire tries to break into the house. Would you risk leaving your safe room in order to check on loved ones, or call on the phone?
It probably depends on who was in the other room... I don't mean to pick favorites amongst my loved ones, but there is no doubt in my mind that I would risk it for my kids. The rest of my family is getting a courtesy call. "Hey, so remember that dead guy you brought back from Romania?"

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