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The Vampire Shrink
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Lynda Hilburn's varied career has taken her from rock'n'roll, as a singer/musician, to psychology, as a certified psychotherapist. She has also worked as a typesetter/copy-editor a professional psychic/tarot reader, a university instructor and a workshop presenter, before she turned her talents writing fiction. Her first novel is the dark fantasy The Vampire Shrink. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

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'A refreshingly original twist on the vampire story. Fast-paced and fun' Kelley Armstrong, NY Times bestselling author. 'This is a fresh take on the fantasy trope ... despite its myriad eccentricities, the plot seems strangely believable ... It's dark, sexy and very human' Sci-fi Now. 'Lynda Hilburn has created a fascinating world of vampires and the supernatural ... believable, exciting, and different, this series is one any vampire lover will surely adore' Night Owl Romance. 'Action-packed and sexy, with a sprinkle of humour ... a really good book' Affaire De Coeur, 5 stars. 'Lynda Hilburn creates a fascinating world; wicked and sexy!' Kerrelyn Sparks, New York Times bestselling author. 'Kismet is a heroine of many talents, not the least of which are her determination and her wry humour. A good choice for the ever-demanding aficionados of vampire fiction. For both romance and fantasy collections' Library Journal. 'A steamy, bloody and funny read, with Kismet's and Devereaux's dialogue making me laugh more than a few times. The author should write more and faster!' ParaNormal Romance. 'Ms Hilburn packs her story with all the action, romance and suspense readers are looking for' Darque Reviews.

Hilburn (Undead in the City) launches a series about a psychologist who treats vampires, but drowns the intriguing premise in a cliche-strewn retread of good vampires clashing with bad vampires over possession of a desirable human female. When Denver shrink Dr. Kismet Knight takes on a young goth named Midnight who is mesmerized by a vampire coven, the stage is set for an examination of the "scary occult sensationalism" of the undead. What unfolds, however, is an overwrought love triangle of Kismet, smokin' hot vampire leader Devereux, and Alan Stevens, an FBI agent investigating recent killings in the area. As Midnight describes Kismet as a cross between Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie, Devereux performs a super-sexy dance number as a protective spell, and warring covens provide a purely conventional backdrop for vampire orgies, it's never clear whether Hilburn is satirizing the genre, mocking its readers, or just missing the mark. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Psychologist Kismet Knight's new patient Midnight has discovered the vampire world at a club called The Crypt. This teenager was enthralled with the head undead, Devereux, a handsome hunk by anyone's standards. When the skeptical Kismet meets Devereux, the instantaneous lustful attraction astounds her. His enticing voice and mesmerizing eyes threaten to overwhelm her. Into this mix enters FBI agent Alan Stevens who is almost as good-looking and alluring as Devereux. And as it turns out, Alan has been looking into bizarre murders where victims have been totally drained of their blood. He knows the victims were dispatched by vampires-real vampires. Denial is a strong emotion to which Kismet clings. Not until she is abducted by an overpowering evil and left to die in a chamber of horrors does she begin to concede there might be something to this other reality. Verdict This debut urban fantasy by a psychotherapist is by turns funny, charming, romantic, and scary. Fans of vampire fiction and paranormal romances will enjoy this series launch.-Patricia Altner, Biblioinfo.com, Columbia, MD (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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