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Front Cover ACXNow available at Audible.com, the Vampire Dancer Saga Part 4 is now an audiobook!

Released on July 19, 2016, this audiobook was produced by John Mahoney at Raven Audio Books.  John did a great job of using the music soundtrack, sound effects and voice narrative.

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The Zodiac Killers

Scorpion QueenChapter 6: The Zodiac Killers

Inside, Salome was rubbing her hands together with malicious glee as the drinks were served to the Witch Council. The immortal Egyptian Queen would win this time, she thought. Her proposal was sure to pass the Council, and soon the Bakers would pay…with their pathetic, upstart lives. The spell-casters that formed the Council were all gathered here around their great table in this dark but ornately decorated hall. Their looks were so pretentious, so condescending towards Salome, the vampire thought.

She remembered last week, when they had vetoed her plan to use the power of a glamour spell to infiltrate Zodiac assassins into the Bakers’ midst, and then strike when they least suspected it.

“Outrageous,” someone had declared, “Why should we ever vote for that?”

They hadn’t even given her time for a complete explanation. But now, the drinks were being poured by servants into the goblets at each of their places, and they would soon be changing their minds…Granny’s potions, if used properly, could be very persuasive.

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Drake transitions from slave to King

image007Chapter 5: Drake transitions from slave to King

The mustached man nodded to his companions, who held their machetes and torches high as they charged at the two black men. Drake dodged the first swipe, as did Ram. Drake remained cool, calm and collected as he maneuvered around the whirling blade and flame of the yelling young men in front of him. Three were attacking him, and an equal number attacked Ram. Drake knew he could end this fight fast if he could get in close with his fangs, but the men had longer reach with their weapons, and they protected each other well.

Drake saw an opening when one his attackers swung wildly overhand and had to stumble clumsily forward and steady himself. Drake showed his fangs and dove at the man’s neck, but felt an impact and a sharp pain in his shoulder as a machete came down there.

“Ha!” yelled the man.

Drake could feel hot blood running down his chest, but it didn’t slow him as he tripped the man who struck him with a low sweeping kick. He heard Ram scream in pain as his arm was badly burned by one of the torches, which Ram knocked aside, and it fell to the grass and started a fire on the ground. Two of the men took this like a signal to throw their own torches into the slave’s huts, setting them ablaze. Men, women, and children screamed from inside.

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A time traveller gives the slaves hope for freedom

Black History TimelineChapter 4: Granny conjures powerful magic to change slavery

The two most prominent slaves that Granny met were named Drake and Big Daddy Ram. Both were dark, large men, tall with wide shoulders. Ram was a bit bigger, and had a beard. Drake lacked any facial hair, and had sharper eyes. He was the more conniving and possibly cruel of the two, though Ram was sure as hell no push over. They both listened thoughtfully to Granny’s talk over dinner, thinking on each and every word she said. Their acceptance of her stories of the future with a black president persuaded the other slaves almost as much as the photographic evidence.

Then, Granny got to the part about her plan for Drake, and the two large men really started to listen. They leaned in close as Granny spoke. Drake of course, being a vampire, had the special moonlight ring and cane from Granny, allowing him to be outside in direct sunlight. He held a powerful presence over the others, who thought him blessed or cursed, or at least in some way divinely chosen for a great purpose. Granny confirmed such thinking when she explained the basics of her plan for Drake and for her people:

“You, Drake. Yes, I know your name well. You will play the most important part in things to come, and I say that boldly now for everyone to hear!”

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Salome sends Granny back in time to Slavery

Chapter 3: Granny time travels to slavery

Witch - ColorGranny breathed in the warm and humid Louisiana air. It smelled clean and full of life. The air anywhere in the rural United States in 1858 was clean, free of the toxic pollutants that would build up over the course of the next century and a half. She knew some of the major industrial cities, filled with coal-powered machinery, would be different.

But for now, she was just walking the Louisiana road, and her sense of purpose made her walk tall and look straight ahead. The road itself was dirt of course, a bit moist, but not muddy today. It wasn’t hurricane season just yet. Granny’s boot-clad feet made soft indents into the rich soil. Tall, thick, and willowy trees grew up from the rich soil on either side of the road, forming a curtain around the elderly black woman’s path. Birds chirped and cawed from all-around. Bullfrogs and crickets started up their chorus as late afternoon began to turn to early evening. It wasn’t much farther, Granny knew, she would be to her destination before dark.

The trees thinned and then faded away as she reached the large clearing of property that formed the plantation where Granny’s slave family worked for the profit of their white owners. Granny could see the lights from the windows of the great and luxurious plantation house, with its white columns. Rice, cotton, and tobacco fields stretched far around the area. Granny looked around cautiously: she needed desperately to avoid detection by any overseers, guards, or even just wandering normal white folk. Southern American society at this time embraced racial slavery as the absolute law of the land, almost like a religion. Even if most white Southerners didn’t own slaves, they sure as hell didn’t want blacks living free, upsetting the “natural” order of things. But it seemed quiet on the plantation tonight. No sound but the crickets, and the bullfrogs back behind her.

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Election 2016 vote for Drake on the Vampire ticket! Wait! He went back in time and stole it!

Occult Women

Chapter 2 Drake charms the witches

The news was awash with stories of members of the US military suddenly turning on their fellows in a manner similar to the zombies that most people knew from movies and TV. In barracks, in parade fields, in training grounds, and on airfields, groups of moaning, deranged soldiers suddenly grabbed and bit into the remaining “normal” personnel. Public concern was in an uproar of hysteria. TV pundits speculated endlessly on the cause of the outbreaks, how much it was the president’s fault, and what danger the outbreaks posed to the general public. America’s enemies celebrated, and America’s allies quaked with fear, especially just to the north and south in Canada and Mexico.

But Vice President Drake brought good news to his live news conference. He looked as handsome, brave, and sharp as ever, in his black suit and red tie, with his hair neatly combed and gelled. He spoke to the public from an undisclosed location in Hawaii. It was night-time there, and the Vice President stood outside, with many electric lights shining on him and his lectern.

“My fellow Americans,” he began, in his calm, deep, voice, “For the past two days, I have shared your concern, and, I wholly admit, fear, over the recent violence and chaos on our nation’s military bases. Many of our service members, enlisted and officers alike, have fallen victim to whatever infection or mass-psychosis this is. Many more of our brave men and women in uniform have fallen victim to these savage, cannibalistic attacks.” Drake gave a dramatic pause before continuing, knowing he had the nation’s full attention. The President had apparently been trying to keep the matter secret, and had made no public address yet.

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The Vampire Dancer Saga: Part 1 – Dancing makes you Buff! 6/22/12

VampireDancer1A fictional tale of dances from the 1900s-2010s

Part 1: Dancing makes you Buff! the 1900s

“Places everyone. Quiet please,” shouted host Bom Tergeron. With that, the judges, KarAnna, Blen & Runo from DWSDS and Ligel Nitchgow & Murph Mare from SYTYCV with special guest judge Triple T Debs took their places at the Judges Table.

Bom said it is time to explain the rules for this very special year 3000 Vampire Olympics that happens every 10 years. This year’s competition included the following categories:

Part 1: Supernatural Protection Skills

  1. Vampire Defense (fending off against wooden stakes, silver, garlic, decapitation)VoodooDancer
  2. Best Power (Witchcraft, Spell, Potion, Premonition or Voodoo Skills)
  3. Strongest Shifter (Mummy, Zombie, Wolf, Ram or Hart)

The 4 teams that make it past Part 1 of the competition will move to Semi-Finals

Part 2: World Transformation

Change the World Events from what originally happened

The remaining 3 teams will compete for the winner of the 3000 Vampire Olympics

StLouis1900cPart 3: World Transformation

  1. Change the World back to the way events really happened

The Winners will receive:

  1. First Place A Black tricked-out Coffin that has special lights for Vampires, built-in TV, DVD, PC, Internet, Mini Kitchen filled with blood vials, Toilet & Shower; they will also receive a Black Voodoo Doll Head with Special PowersCoffin7
  2. 2nd Place A Purple mini version of a Rhinestone Coffin, this one only has a built-in TV
  3. 3rd Place A Wooden mini-coffin filled with blood vials, including AB, A, B and O.

The winners from 2090, the Collins (LaBelle, Jack, Ed, Lisa and Barnaby), were on hand to pick the Location and Year for this year’s competition.

LaBelle took the mic and announced that the Year will be 1900 and the Location will be St. Louis, MO. Each team had 1 hour for each competition (Vampire Defense, Best Power and Shifting), with 10 TrekCaptainsminutes to prepare for each challenge.

First each team has a 10 minute limit to use their Best Power to shift them into the time and place for the event. Once they arrive, they must “Glamour” the location so that no ordinary citizens can view the guests from the future.

After all judges and audience members have teleported there to view, then each team can start the first competition – Vampire Defense.

The Judges will eliminate 1 of the 7 teams during the 10 minute intermission using a combination of their scores and the audience votesMarilyn3
The remaining 6 teams will now compete in the Best Power competition.
The Judges will eliminate 1 of 6 teams during the last 10 minute intermission.
The remaining 5 teams will now compete in the Strongest Shifter competition.
The Judges will eliminate 1 of 5 teams after the Shifter competition.
The remaining 5 teams will go to the Semi-Finals.

TwilightTo ensure that there would absolutely be no CHEATING, a special enforcement team of Super Witches will oversee all Glamour, potions, spells, voodoo and seeing past and future events. Just, then very charming ladies took the stage. LaBelle said, “May I present our Special Witch Police for the Vampire Olympics: Meddling Granny, Prunes, Pippa, Feeble and Pageant! Don’t these ladies look charming?”

The crowded went wild with excitement, especially since Meddling Granny and Prunes had not died in the Alternate Universe.

Bom said, “Let the 3000 Vampire Olympics competition begin!”Charmed

The 7 Teams passed the Torch from team to team and then Bom lit the cauldron with the torch flame.

Bom said, ‘I am proud to present this year’s competitors. Please give a warm welcome to the following teams.”

Each team came out 1 by 1 and was applauded loudly by the crowd:

  • Mutant Weirdoes (SunniHell, CA)
    Buff Dude (Vampire vanquisher)
    Angela (Vampire)
    Zanadu (Glamour dancer)
    Will Potter (Male witch from London)
    Wiz (Werewolf)Buffy1
  • Diary of the Mad Vamps (Thinspace 5, VA)
    B’Lanna (Glamour dancer)
    Demon (Googly eyed Zombie)
    Satan (Wimp Vamp)
    CatTwin (B’Lanna from the Alternate Universe, also a dancer)
    Batty (Witchcraft)
  • Turd Blue (Temptations, LA)
    Snookie (Bitch Witch from New Jersey)
    Pelvis (Elvis from the Alternate Universe, Pelvic dancer)
    Jake Brickhouse (Womanizer)
    RuPaul Fayette (A vampire that can shift to man, woman or mixture of both)
    Sara Thor (Voodoo Dancer)
  • Le Monsters (New Orleans, LA)TrueBlood2
    Grandpa Jacob (Vampire)
    Edward (Werewolf)
    Hermes (Frankenstein)
    Lila (Bride of Frankenstein and Witch)
    Marla (Marilyn Monroe from the Alternate Universe, Glamour Dancer)
  • Spare Tracks (Railroad Captains from the Future)
    Cisco Ten (Emits prophets of past or future events)
    Picky John (Borg, Can seduce any woman or man)
    Bill Fatner (Can smash vampires by sitting on them)
    Copy Hipburns (Glamour Dancer)
    Archie Dracula (Leaps while Ruining Cult Favorites)VampireDiary1
  • Butchers & Bakers (Jackson, MS)
    Big Daddy (Butcher)
    Granny Smith (Witch)
    Aunt Ethel (Country Cooking & Potions)
    Dolf Jr. (Werewolf)
    Sherry (Glamour Dancer & can Freeze Time)
  • The Braden Hunchbacks (Notre Dame, IN)
    Mitchell Braden (Wife Beater)
    Caroline Braden (Witch)
    Jane Braden (Can Freeze Time)
    Cynthia Braden (Can see past & future events)
    Alyce Braden (Glamour Dancer & can Move Items)

Then Meddling Granny announced that it was time for each team to use their Super powers to take their team back iBrideFrankensteinn time to St. Louis, MO in 1900.

Team Butchers & Bakers were the first team to arrive in St. Louis. They had an advantage since Big Daddy had family there in town. So they were quite familiar with the town and townsfolk. Granny Smith laughed as she saw the ladies of that time wearing those God-awful heavy dresses. She remembered wearing those dresses how hot they were during the summer. Big Daddy and Granny visited their relatives, who taught them a quick dance. The dance will come in handy during the competition because it was from the 1900s.

The Glamour Dancers and Voodoo Dancers from the other teams were planning to use dances from the 1900s as well to impress the judges. They studied from Loie Fuller and other dancer greats who taught them Ballroom and Tango dances.

TangoEach team can get 2 extra points for great dancing skills shown during each 3 parts of the competition. So dance was very important if you wanted to win.

The first team, Le Monsters, took the stage to show off their Vampire Defense Skills. This team had been around the longest but their killings skills were campy, old school and stale. Then it was time for the Mutant Weirdoes. This team had actually set the pace for any other Genre Team that followed. The Collins, Charming Special Witch Police and Diary of the Mad Vamps had all copied and imitated their style to become cult favorites.

The Mutant Weirdoes had a special skill of “Trash Talking” and using a certain slang and cracking jokes whilst vanquishing the vampires. They easily won the Buffy ParkVampire Defense Competition.

The worst team in Vampire Defense was The Braden Hunchbacks. There was too much bickering during the Vampire Defense, with Jane shouting, “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha” while she froze time. Then they had the nerve to try to vanquish a vamp while posing on a staircase. That move was so out of style from 1969. They were loudly booed as they were eliminated and thrown out.

Next came the Best Power Competition. The Turd Blue team Elvis2showed a fantastic tree offering and transformation into a Dionysus-worshipping Maenad. The crowd went wild and the ratings soared for their sponsor GoHoBos. The ladies in the audience swooned when Pelvis sang the song “Bad Things” and transformed it to a chant for Snookie, “I want to do real bad things to you.” The ladies just loved hearing him say, “Snookie” in that sexy, Deep South twang.

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The Spare Tracks team did awful in the Best Power category. They tried to transform an audience member into a Borg by chanting, “Resistance is Futile.” But the audience member was listening to music from their IPod so the transformation did not work.. So the Spare Track team members begin turning on each other and shouting insults like, “Bill why didn’t you sit on that vamp and smash him. Archie why didn’t you leap into that into audience member and pretend to be a Borg? Way to go Archie, you have lost all of our cult followers now!” The crowd booed “Beam them up Snotty” as the team teleported away from the competition.Janeway

The final category was Best Shape Shifter. The Diary of the Mad Vamps team easily won this category. They shifted into their versions of doubles from the Alternate Universe. But not only that, they conjured the St. Louis Arch fromborg the year 1967, since the competition was held in the same location, but it hadn’t been built yet. To top that off, they showed the judges a time relapse movie of the Arch as it was being planned from a model from 1947 to 1963. Then they showed a mirror image of the 1967 Arch next to the 2067 Arch. The judges gave them extra points since the Arch from 2067 was copper, not green. The crowd went wild when they saw the Arch. The Diary of the Mad Vamps easily won the Best Shape Shifter category.

The ending order of the Teams for the 3 categories were:

  1. Diary of the Mad Vamps, 1st placeArch
  2. Turd Blue, 2nd place
  3. Mutant Weirdoes, 3rd place
  4. Butchers & Bakers, 4th place
  5. Spare Tracks, 5th place
  6. Braden Hunchbacks, 6th place
  7. Le Monsters, 7th place

The remaining 4 teams were very proud that they will be moving on the Semi-Finals of the Vampire Olympics.

Angela from the Mutant Weirdoes Team shouted, “Let’s get Ready to Rumble for our next Vampire Olympic Showdown in St. Louis!”

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The Vampire Dancer Saga: Part 8 – Ding, Dong – Disco’s Dead 6/18/12

VampireDancer1A fictional tale of dances from the 1900s-2010s

Part 8: Ding, Dong – Disco’s Dead, the 1970s

We can dance, we can fly – having the time of our life,” sang Regent, Sherry and her best friend Tangina. They were on their way home from eating at Blue Lobster Garden to celebrate Sherry’s 16th birthday.

The previous week was so much fun. They attended a Disco Party at their school and entered the dance contest. Sherry and Tangina really showed their stuff when they danced the Hustle, Bump and YMCA. Sherry’s favorite Donna Summer2groups included the BeeGees, The Sylvers and The Jacksons. Tangina really loved music by Donna Summer. The girls made a vow to meet up in 2012 so they could attend a concert by the BeeGees and Donna Summer.

When Sherry and Tangina met up on May 21st, 2012, they were very sad to find out the Donna Summer had passed on May 17th of that year and Robin Gibb had passed on May 20th. They played old songs by Donna Summer, like Hot Stuff, Bad Girls and Love to Love you Baby. They also played their favorite BeeGee songs like How Deep Is Your Love, Stayin’ Alive and You Should be Dancing.

Jacksons2Earlier that year in 1973, Sherry’s father, Dolf, arranged for Sherry and Dolf Jr. to meet The Sylvers in person at a concert in their town. Dolf was a photographer and often got to meet famous singers and take pictures of them before a show.

Sherry was no stranger to seeing celebrities in person. In fact, one time she caught hooky from school and went downtown to see The Jackson 5 as they were leaving their hotel. Jermaine Jackson was her favorite singer from the group and when she saw him in person, she froze and was too scared to go over and say hello. But she was not shy when meeting The Sylvers and in fact, took several pictures with the group.Sylvers3

One of Sherry’s favorite movies was Saturday Night Fever featuring music by the BeeGees and great disco dancing. She had a copy of the movie on VHS and the movie soundtrack on LP, as well as Sesame Street Fever featuring the Muppets. Later on she purchased the soundtrack on CD and the movie on DVD.

Sherry did NOT want to have her 16th birthday party at home. Strange things went on during Tam’s 16th birthday party. Tam’s boyfriend, MeanKeen, slapped Tam then Tam seemed to “throw” a soda bottle at his head. The soda bottle broke and slashed MeanKeen’s face into a bloody pulp. Gia then had a premonition BeeGees1that she will be able to see the future on her 16th birthday and predicted that Kandy will be able to “pull” items into her hands on her 16th birthday.

The morning of Sherry’s 16th birthday she had a premonition. She foresaw a car accident and during the vision, Sherry “froze” time and put on a necklace.

Hustle1Sherry was born on the same day as her Grandma, Viva, so Viva passed down her love of Astrology. Great Grandma “Granny” Smith had warned Viva about a curse from Caroline Braden. Caroline followed Big Daddy to St. Louis and began practicing witchcraft shortly before divorcing her husband. Caroline thought that Mitchell mistreated her daughters: Marsha, Jane and Cynthia; while treating Mitchell’s sons: Greggy, Pete and Bob like kings. She passed down her witchcraft skills to her daughters and used their combined 3 powers to cast a spell on Viva’s granddaughters.

The spells were to take place on each granddaughter’s 16th JermaineJacksonbirthday, unless Granny Smith could come up with a powerful reverse spell.

Granny Smith gave Sherry her birthday present early and said don’t take this off until midnight on your 16th birthday. Sherry sort of laughed it off with Tangina, and put the necklace in her purse because it did not match her favorite Disco Dress that she picked out.

On the way back from the Blue Lobster Garden, Sherry had a vision of Granny Smith warning her not to take off the necklace. Right at that moment, Regent, Sherry and Tangina were in a horrible car accident. Sherry was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. She had a vision of Granny Smith telling her that it was not her time to go yet. Sherry wokSaturdayNightFever1e up and surprised her entire family after being dead for 2 minutes. Sherry noticed that she was wearing the necklace when she woke up and vowed to never doubt Granny Smith again.

Granny was pissed at Caroline. The 2 families had been bickering back and forth throughout the years by putting curses and spells on each other’s family. Caroline was finally ready to leave Mitchell Braden before they divorced in Jackson, MS. Caroline threatened Granny Smith after Granny cursed her daughter Alyce to be a vampire. Caroline said, “Don’t mess with me, because I plan to marry Big Daddy when I get to St. Louis. Just leave us alone because my 3 witch girls and I are more powerful than you’ll ever be!”

Granny Smith said, “Bring it on! I double dare you to curse my family back. We will be waiting for your cheap witchy tricks. And I will definitely Meet you in St. Louis!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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