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Kill Me (Blood Chord Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alex Owens
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Book Description

Three days ago, Claire was a wife, a mother, and very much alive... then the music called for her.

Claire has one goal for the conference-- to land a few big clients so that her boss will give her a raise. Bette is at the conference on a mission--to find a human with untapped talents that she can mold and control.  Bette uses her cursed violin to snag her prey, and Claire's life unravels as her new talents emerge. To make matters worse, Claire is attracted to two unlikely people-- both can light Claire's fire, but is either of them the only one?

Kill Me, the debut novel from author Alex Owens, is a quirky paranormal fantasy complete with music, magic, fangs and freaks. Be forewarned, this is not your daughter's paranormal.


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"When I started reading Kill me, by new author Alex Owens I expected the usual - Vampires, Intrigue, Drama and a little bit of Spice.  What I did not expect was the hilarious writing! A few pages into the book and it is crystal clear that Owen's strong suit is her ability to hit the funny bone every few sentences. "   ~Aditi, READioactive Book Blog

"Not your traditional, action-packed vampire tale, but it is one that's full of conflict - emotional, psychological, and (at times) extremely physical. Fast, fun, and . . . dare I say it, empowering . . . this is a wonderful story and one that will leave you anxious for more." ~Sally, Bending the Bookshelf Blog

"Overall, a fun, indulgent novel that will appeal to any woman who has struggled with being a working mom and wished for secret powers." ~ Christine, Ensconced in YA

"I made time for this book. I wanted to know what was going to happen next." ~ Mark, Masquerade Crew

From the Author

I adore paranormal novels and cut my reading teeth on Anne Rice's books back in the day. When I started this novel, it was because I'd never quite found the book I wanted to read-- one with a heroine more like myself. Not super-young and carefree, but a little more mature with a life and responsibilities.
 
A Vampire soccer-mom. A Witch with a crumbling marriage. A vulnerable Empath in a strip club.   Crazy, I know. But fabulous fun to craft. I hope you have as much fun reading Kill Me as I did writing it!

Product Details

  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Quirky Gurl Media (April 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UPOLR6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting start to a new series. May 13, 2012
By Shaiha
Format:Kindle Edition
KILL ME is a fast and enjoyable read written in first person from Claire's perspective. Her goal at this conference is to sign up lots of clients and then go home to her daughter and dead beat husband. That is until she met Bette. Then her world gets turned sideways.

Ms. Owens has done a wonderful job with her characters. It is all too easy emphasize with Claire and her worries about paying her bills. Bette is a mixture of sultriness and feminine softness. And the men that she meets are hot and well developed. As busy and fast paced as this story is, it is most definitely the characters that make this tale so enjoyable.

I did find a few editing errors when I was reading and one did pull me out of the story for a minute. But overall, they didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story.

I do recommend this book to vampire lovers looking for something different.

I rate this book a 3.3.

**I received this book at no charge in exchange for a fair and honest review. No monies have or will exchange hands.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this novel from a member librarything giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Kill Me is about Claire, a housewife turned professional mom, who is struggling to deal with her now dead beat husband as well as trying to make ends meet. She goes on a business trip that suddenly completely changes her life, and she meets the enigmatic Bette.

I had so much fun reading this book. I will put it out there that this is in no ways a book for kids or teens-- this is more for older women; and at times, I too thought I wasn't old enough for it! But this delightfully fun novel turns the stereotypical feeder of the night story on its head and indulges in more than just a little girl power. I blazed through it in one day and loved how it ended! I don't want to give away its secrets, but just believe me when I say it is well worth reading. Claire in particular is a very fun protagonist; what a kick-butt character.

I only wish that there was a scene (and maybe we will get it in future books) where her soon to be ex gets to see how awesome she is.

Overall, a fun, indulgent novel that will appeal to any woman who has struggled with being a working mom and wished for secret powers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Alex Owens' Kill Me is the first volume of the Blood Chord sequence, an interesting mix of motherhood, music, vampires, and erotic desires.

It all starts out as a straight-forward piece of chick-lit fiction, with a harried working mother struggling to juggle the demands of a career with those of a resentful husband and a lonely daughter. Claire is a bit awkward, adding a lightly comic tone to the story, and her strained relationship serves to ground the overall story. You can't help but immediately like her. Alex does a wonderful job of establishing her as a strong and admirable woman, more than worthy of our respect, while also developing her as a sympathetic character.

By contrast, Bette is a suave, sophisticated woman with genuine old-word class - a naturally powerful seductress who immediately insinuates herself into Claire's thoughts. I loved the interaction between these two characters, especially the prolonged homoerotic tease. It's a fine line to walk, keeping the sexual tension fresh and exciting, without exhausting the reader's patience for some kind of consummation, but Alex clearly understands the sensuality of the 'classic' vampire archetype.

The introduction of Gregor, another vampire into the mix, was definitely not something I expected, but Alex plays out the love/lust triangle very well. Claire spends so much of the book completely out of her depth, strung along, and forced to react to these two supernaturally powerful individuals, that it's exhilarating to see her discovering her own hidden strengths, ultimately wresting control of the unbreakable bond between vampires . . . and bending it to her own needs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keepin' It Real! June 1, 2012
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Big girl vampire book. That's right. No character as a role model in this book, the story line is not sugar coated, and Kill Me is definitely not the kind of book my mom used to read!

Did I enjoy the story? Oh yeah. Ms Owens kept things gritty and mostly real. A nice change in a genre that's downplayed the heartless, dangerous, selfish side of the vampire culture. Will the idea flow in future novels? Maybe. I'm definitely intrigued...and I'll read the next novel in the Blood Chord series. Who wouldn't want to see every day Jane survive, adapt and thrive?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So So December 28, 2013
By KB
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I didn't think the book was fantastic but I didn't hate it either. It didn't leave me with the desire to get to know the characters any better past this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! August 13, 2013
By Andrea
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I love reading about vampires! But you throw in someone who has a career, who's a mother and wife then it just gets interesting!!! This was a fast read only becuase I couldn't put it down! But when I read the epilogue I was going to cry becuase I wanted more! I hope their is a book 2 becuase I have to know how it ends! I would for sure recommend this to all my friends who love vamps!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Uneven
I'd probably give this 2.5 stars if that were an option. It's a decent first effort, but suffers from unexplained leaps, and a very odd ending. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Ulrike
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story can't wait to read next in the series.
I enjoy reading about the supernatural and this story was easy to read. Looking forward to more of the series.
Published 1 month ago by L.H
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth
Every so often, you have to pick a book from a genre that you don't normally read. This one was fun. Claire cracked me up many times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tera
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
I liked the story. I would rate higher if the editing was better.
Published 1 month ago by Witchy Reads
1.0 out of 5 stars Kill Me.
A terrible read. Boo to the author
Only 1star and would probably make Minus 5 star if so could. It does not have my recommendation for any reader.
Published 3 months ago by Mary S. Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Awesome, awesome, awesome, loved it.
Published 8 months ago by Tegan
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this!
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I really enjoyed it! I hope the second book is available, I want to know if she stays with Bette, which I hope she does!
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for Book 2!!!
I love this story!! Was bummed out when the second book was supposed to come out in summer 2012. Is there going to be a second book still?
Published 17 months ago by Linda Duncanson
3.0 out of 5 stars could be great
This dealt could be a great story. There was a lot of back and forth between "real life" and vampire life this boom is full of sexual content which I didnt mind. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Heidi Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for those who enjoy a little humor with their fang and drama.
Take one overworked wife and mother just trying to get ahead and make ends meet, throw in a manipulative charismatic vampire and you have quite a ride. I really loved this book. Read more
Published on June 1, 2013 by Denise Z
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More About the Author

Alex Owens is a woman with little free time, which means she stays up all hours of the night putting pen to paper. By day she's June Cleaver in jeans, and by night she writes. Somewhere in the middle of all that she finds time to tend 'dem babies, fry up the bacon and curl up with a good book (or ten), much to the chagrin of her family. She's currently at work on her Blood Chord Series and her Crow serials.


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