Barbara Mack has been fascinated by words and writing since early childhood. The first story she put into print format was about the birds who came to nest in the gardening shed; it reviewed well with critics (the neighbors, her mother and father, grandparents, etc.) She then had a poem - Love Never Dies - published in an international magazine at age 11, and she's never looked back.
She currently has several historical romance novels available and when she's not writing furiously, you can find her in the kitchen. Her cookbook Easy, Fabulous Bread Making: A collection of quick, no-knead bread recipes is consistently in the top 50 Amazon books on bread making. The well-reviewed Chasing the Sunset spent 14 weeks in the top 5 historical romances from Amazon.
Blood Worship is a vampire story set in the hot and steamy climes of Florida. It centres around the teen goth culture and you could at first be forgiven for feeling that Sang Adorer is just another crazed psychopath with sanguinarian tendencies......but as Barbara Mack reveals in shocking detail he is the "real deal".Jessie Hartwell is not your typical embodiment of the media perception of a goth, having dealt with her mothers tragic and grisly demise she is well equipped for the final showdown with Sang Adorer and his minions.This tale takes you through the standard vampire mythologies and is fast paced running rapidly into the showdown where the speed slows to create a frisson of tension as you enter the house that has been transformed into a temple of bloodlust.To say more would be to give away the plot of the book but if you are looking for an entertaining, slightly risqué vampire tale to fill your time with this one should amply suffice.
Jessie Hartwell is a modern Gothic college girl living in beautiful sunny Florida with her full life ahead of her. Then suddenly her mother is murdered, Jessie begins having strange visions, and her friends begin dying. A predator is terrorizing the nightlife of Fort Myers, FL. A horrific, bloodthirsty Vampire who is after Jessie's life. When the police start looking at Jessie as a suspect for the murders of her mother and friends, Jessie sets out to find who is really behind the killings. What she discovers a shocking, non-human killer who will not stop until he has her blood! With the aid of her dead mother from the afterlife, Jessie fights to stop the supernatural creature who has turned her perfect little life into a nightmare.BLOOD WORSHIP is an entertaining read packed with action and suspense. Author Barbara Mack has created a cast of characters that are each different and intriguing in their own ways. Vampire lovers young and old will enjoy this fast paced modern day novel of the undead.
Entertaining and a fun read. A mystery/horror story, Jessie is a college aged girl trying to make her way through life after her mother dies and her friends drop like flies. The dialogue between Jessie and her deceased mother is very entertaining. Her mother guides her from the afterlife as Jessie winds her way through a madman's maze, meeting unsavory characters and losing friends to a hedonistic vampire. While there are an abudance of characters, each has a place and function within the plot. I read this book in one sitting, following the twisted killer as he toyed with Jessie and her friends. Heart thumping, breath pausing good.
Vampire books are a dime a dozen at the moment, and I do believe that Barbara Mack is going to make her mark (no pun intended). This book isn't very long and though some of the characters seem a bit wooden (another pun not intended), the way she draws the reader into the lives of the vampire's victims is fascinating. Usually in a book, the victim is only a victim, a part of story, but they are completely real individuals in this one. Jessie's mother is a very vivid character, and I think she makes the book. The book leaves a lot of questions, not the least of which is where Jessie gets her powers, but I think I'm going to leave Ms. Mack room to grow. The book kept me interested enough to read it in one sitting, so try it out!
I read this book in one big gulp; and I loved it. I'm a fan of vampire novels, any kind, and though I like the 'vampire as tortured hero' type, I like the horror-filled, gore-soaked type also, and this one definitely fits in that genre. Throw in some hot sex scenes (and the sex scenes in this book are definitely sizzling), and I'm a fan for life. Jessie is a sympathetic character, and the back-and-forth between her and her dead mother is very amusing. The ending was a nail-biter, very suspenseful and climactic. I hope to see more from this author.