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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456325639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456325633
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,688,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Small-town life can be hard for a dead girl...
For Veronica Fischer the night to night life of a bloodsucking madam in Middle America is tough enough before she adopts Rachel Gregory, an eight year old ghost.
 
After her house is set on fire, and Rachel disappears, all signs point to foul play. When she finds herself with a hit out on her unlife, and warrants for her arrest, it becomes clear she's going to need help.

Now she has to contend with horny zombies, violent spirits, and murderous grave robbers if she's ever going to find Rachel and discover the awful truth of the coming storm.

A raucous ride through the dangerous lives of the lecherous undead.

More About the Author

Born and raised in the middle of the American Midwest, Dennis Sharpe has been a writer as long as he can remember. His mother has told many people about the fantasy and science fiction stories he'd write on scraps of paper, and staple together as his 'books', before he'd attended his first day of formal education.

He has spent many late nights at diners and dives, drinking coffee with a tattered notebook to put a voice to his feelings of himself and the world around him, and other worlds that can exist only in fiction. The voices in his head don't ever stop talking to him, and so sooner or later he has to get out onto a page all that they've filled him up with.

Inspired by Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, Frank Miller, Chrissie Pappas, Charles Bukowski, Stephen King, Issac Asimov, and countless classic literary influences, Dennis continues with the ability to write what at a glance might seem absurd, but quickly begins to resonate with our own thoughts and emotions. He writes people we know, love we've known and lost (and found again), and places we've been in our lives and in our heads. Even his fictional characters and worlds carry enough of the grey areas we experience in day-to-day life, to let us find the truth in his words, no matter how fantastic.

These days he can be found still writing, drinking coffee with friends, or spending time with his children (the true joys of his life), in Western Kentucky.

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I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy.
Book Sake
Kudos to Mr. Sharpe for breathing life into such an amazingly strong, funny, independent, and still very feminine female character.
Tammy Fisch
I'm anxious to read book two and would recommend this book to anyone who loves Paranormal fiction!
K.R. Jordan

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C on May 4, 2011
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Dennis Sharpe's first novel, Blood and Spirits, completely wowed me. Blood and Spirits is the first book in the coming series of "dark, urban" vampire stories and promises a wild unfolding storm.

In this book we are introduced to Veronica Fischer--a madam, a vampire, and a friend of spirits, who has to endure the sick, disturbing, and disgusting whims of a flesh-rotting, self-aware zombie.
Sharpe's story takes some unexpected turns. Some will make you gasp, some will make you laugh, and some may make you cry, but none will disappoint.

Veronica tells most of the story in first person in her hometown of Pekin. Her voice cuts with sarcasm and you can feel her frustration, despair, fear, and elation right along with her. She has brought together a team of vampires, spirits, and "breathers" that she both relies on and loves. And, through her story, I grew to love them too--especially the dark humored Frank and the sweet and naïve Julie.

This book has everything packed into it: dark humor, sarcasm, fear, love, loss, disgust that will make you need a shower, and dizzying fight scenes, but Sharpe doesn't lose focus, the characters stay true, and when this story is over, you're left wondering: What is this storm bringing on Pekin?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Fisch on April 21, 2011
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It's rare when two of the things you've wished for come together in one book. Not only am I thrilled that Dennis Sharpe has written a book of fiction but that he has written one that is so truly unique for this, my favorite, genre. I have read all three of his poetry books and fell in love with his arresting style and have so hoped he would venture into fiction. Blood & Spirits possesses the same lyrical phrasing as his previous work but this time we are taken on a dark journey with Veronica Fischer.

I must say that I love Veronica Fischer! Kudos to Mr. Sharpe for breathing life into such an amazingly strong, funny, independent, and still very feminine female character. This book is a must read for anyone who has been a little jaded or turned off by the stereotypical vampire tale and would love to experience a fresh and intelligent approach to the genre. You think you know where it's going but you are SO WRONG! Blood & Spirits has really given me a new appreciation for character development as each person we encounter is a rich tapestry of the world and circumstances they have endured. You will laugh, cringe, and perhaps even shed a tear but more importantly you will be captivated by Veronica, Sunny, and Paco and, like me, salivating for the next book in the series! I HIGHLY recommend this book!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rogueperson on May 1, 2011
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This is a fresh view on a genre we all know and love. This book takes you on a ride that has us delving even deeper into a world we cannot see. The story is fast paced and unpredictable. Each of the characters is well developed in a brisk manner without being overly detailed.

Bottom line, this is a great story and I can't wait for the next book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By glamorous1210 on April 26, 2011
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In my opinion, this book takes readers on an expedition that dusts the film off the usually typecast characters and revives them. It is a refreshing and creative break from the "norm". Overall, it has a non-stop pace and is a "penetrating" portrayal of Midwestern life from a Vampire's perspective - all the muck and madness therein. The characters depicted will allure, enthrall and repulse, whilst maintaining the capacity to resolve complex situations effectively. By far, it is the most imaginative work of fiction that I've read in a long time, hard to put down and now, eagerly awaiting the next one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tony Porch on June 2, 2011
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Blood and Spirits

Blood and Spirits is about vampire who runs a house of 12 girls she takes care of, each who have their own individual powers and abilites. She also watches over a little girl who was mudered, is now a ghost and has disappeared. She has to deal with her hunger, a determination to find the little girl, and one heck of a mystery.

This book reads like a detective novel, and I quite enjoyed it. It's fast paced, with the heroine getting herself into one hairy situation after another. I gave it five stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cool Pixel on March 7, 2013
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Vampires yet again, I thought, when I came across Dennis Sharpe's Blood and Spirits. This is a genre I have never really cottoned to and yet when I started reading, it was a book I couldn't put down till the wee hours of the dark. Which goes to prove, never judge a book by its cover or its genre.

Veronica Fischer, a vampire and also a brothel madam, a combination that blew me away, has an eight year old ghost under her care who has gone missing. Along with that, Veronica's world comes under attack. And that's as much of the plot I am going to tell you.

Sharpe has written a tight, fresh mystery that combines vampires, fantasy, zombies a little bit of love and sex.., and most importantly it is different.

For me the coolest aspect of of the story was it being narrated in the present tense. Not writers can pull it off. Sharpe has.

Read it. You will not regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dark Faerie Tales on March 10, 2012
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Quick & Dirty: Down and dirty first person narrative that follows a "madam" vampire and her troubles.

Opening Sentence: I'm told that it's an oddity that I still sleep.

The Review:

In a market flooded with vampire stories, I was not expecting much from debut author, Dennis Sharpe. I have never been so happy to be wrong. Blood & Spirits, the first book in The Coming Storm series, is as gritty as it is captivating. I am also pleasantly surprised at how well a man portrays a realistic woman's point of view. Very few can obtain such insight into the opposite sex. I know that I have NO idea what guys are thinking, just ask my husband. Anything I found lacking or obtuse will most certainly be touched upon in the next two books. That is part of the reason this book catches my attention: we learn along with V and her companions in a first-person perspective.

Veronica "V" Fischer is a madam in a brothel house in Middle America. If you don't know what a "madam" is, then this book might be a little too risqué for you. Just remember, I warned you. She has employees, a go-to man, and spirits that she relies on to take care of day to day affairs. She is also a vampire. Found by her sire, Jules, at a young age, V has always used her "assets" to her advantage. She is smart, and runs her house like the business it is. Now there is someone out there trying to tear down all that V has built up, one brick at a time. Rachel, an eight year old ghost that V has grown attached to, goes missing. "Patrons" of her establishment are telling police that they are being blackmailed by her. Someone keeps trying to blow up her brothel house. Can't she catch a break here? The more that happens, the more we see V lose her cool façade.
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