Gloriana St. Claire is back, and this time she's facing an
even more sinister evil than the vampire stalker Westwood.
Glory and her friends survive a firebomb, compliments of
one of Westwood's minions, thanks to the swift and brave
actions of her Cheetos-loving doggy bodyguard, Valdez.
There's little time to worry about Westwood, who
disappeared after being routed by Glory and her friends in
REAL VAMPIRES HAVE CURVES. Someone is calling to Glory in
her mind, urging her to come to him. It's enough to worry
her on-again-off-again lover, Jeremy Blade, who gifts her
with a second doggy bodyguard, Will, before leaving for
Africa in search of Westwood.
When a former lover from the '60s turns up, Glory realizes
he's the one who's been calling to her, even though she'd
forgotten him after he put the "whammy" on her when they
broke up. He lets it slip that the EV are very interested
in Glory and the store of power she possesses due to her
reluctance and fear to shape-shift. Energy Vampires, EV,
are the makers of a vampire drug, Vampire Viagra, highly
dangerous, highly addictive, very expensive and made from
the power siphoned from willing and unwilling vampires.
When her best friend, Flo, hooks up with the head EV and
Valdez's power is stolen, Glory is forced to take action
before she loses more than just her power.
Gerry Bartlett's REAL VAMPIRES LIVE LARGE is an
outstanding sequel to REAL VAMPIRES HAVE CURVES (3/07).
Equal parts humor and spice, with mystery and adventure
tossed into the mix, Ms. Bartlett has expanded on her
exciting world of vampires and shape shifters living in
Austin. Glory is highly amusing and likable and she heats
up the pages with the true love of her life, though sparks
of attraction ping between her and Richard Mainwaring,
Flo's one-time lover. And Flo's brother, Damian, lurks
nearby, ready to act on any move Glory might make in his
direction. The real hero of this story, however, is Valdez,
Glory's Labradoodle and sidekick. Dog lovers will delight
in this almost human creature with an addiction to Twinkies
and Cheetos. Glory's world is a place I look forward to
visiting again, the sooner the better!
It's not easy to keep a boyfriend, run a business, and
survive for centuries as one of the immortal undead. Glory
St. Clair knows-ever since a sexy Scottish vampire bit her
while she was a tad...bloated. But when a frustrated
vampire hunter firebombs her vintage clothing boutique,
she's ready to pitch a fit. Then her long-time, part-time
lover takes off in a rage to hunt the hunter and prove
himself worthy of her. And that's only the beginning of her
The Energy Vampires want her-and not in a good way. They're
paranormal drug dealers, selling thrills to those who've
lived for ages, been everywhere, and done everything...and
they want to suck Glory dry. But it'll take more than a few
super-suckers to get the goods out of her.