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In 1587 the entire colony of settlers on Roanoke Island, NC disappeared when the curse of awakening was called down upon the traitorous vampire coven responsible for the slaughter of the wyan clan whom they betrayed. Now, almost 500 years later that curse is about to be unleashed …
Love is never easy. It’s even harder when he’s in love with your best friend. It’s harder still when you realize that she is destined to kill him.
When the first day of senior year finally rolled around in sleepy Croft’s Landing, NC, Jules Walker was psyched. Not only was she going to hook up with her best bud and fellow Blud band member Dylan Croft after the long summer vacation, but more importantly, according to the grapevine, Dylan and Landing High’s resident queen bitch, Amanda Zane were officially over. For some reason, that made Jules’ heart beat just a tad faster. However, before she even had a chance to process, much less address her newly emerging feelings for Dylan, he was already head-over-heels . . . for someone else, and that would be his undoing.
Enter tall, svelte new girl, Madison Janey who barreled into English Lit class in the middle of a discussion on Pride and Prejudice, balancing a schedule in one hand and an attitude in the other. That’s when Jules intuitively knew three things for sure: Madison was destined to be her best friend, Dylan was going to fall in love with her and that, in turn, was going to put them all on a deadly collision course. It didn’t take long. From the moment the iconoclastic “Maddie” moved into the Landing Inn, aka home-sweet-home to Jules and her single mom, Starr, there were far more questions than answers. Despite Madison’s somewhat fanciful accounts about her family, despite her mysterious disappearances in the late night hours, Jules was content to cut her friend some slack because that’s what best friends did. Amanda Zane, on the other hand, felt no such compunction. To her Madison Janey said one thing: competition and she was bound and determined to expose her as a fake and a liar. That, too, didn’t take long, but even when confronted with Amanda’s “proof,” Jules refused to buy into it. While she was catching Maddie in one faux pas after another, and sensed something was terribly off about her, Jules wasn’t ready to admit what should have been painfully obvious: Madison was hiding something. The pills she found in her friend’s room should have been enough to raise a red flag; then there were the dried blood stains on her clothes and the way her eyes changed and looked, well . . . not human. The thing was, Jules really loved Madison . . . as much as she loved Dylan. Even though it hurt like hell to have to watch the two people she cared for the most falling in love, Jules couldn’t allow herself to believe anything bad about Madison. It wasn’t until she found her friend packing to leave town the night before Blud’s big Halloween concert that Jules confronted her, mostly because she knew it would break Dylan’s heart if Madison checked out without so much as a good-bye. Though Madison begged Jules to trust her one last time and tearfully promised to tell her everything – and Dylan as well — Jules knew in her heart, it was one more lie. But Croft’s Landing was a town founded on lies and secrets, something both Jules and Dylan would inadvertently discover that same Halloween night: Jules when she happened upon an old diary in Maddie’s backpack; Dylan when his father revealed a horrifying truth about the Crofts. As the moon turned blood red for the first time in almost five hundred years, an ancient curse was about to be fulfilled–one that set Madison and Dylan on opposite sides of two powerful families bent on each other’s destruction; one that freed an enigmatic prisoner to exact his revenge on the witch who condemned him for loving her; and one that would ultimately demand one thing: their blood . . . .
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