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About the Author

J.R. Rain is an ex-private investigator who now writes full-time in the Pacific Northwest. He lives in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie, who has more energy than Robin Williams. Please visit him at jrrain.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557175216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557175215
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (709 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: J.R. Rain is an ex-private investigator who now writes full-time in the Pacific Northwest. He lives in a small house on a small island with his small dog, Sadie. Please visit him at www.jrrain.com.

**Books by J.R. Rain**

STANDALONE NOVELS
Robotica (coming soon)
LavaBull (coming soon)
Winter Wind
Silent Echo
The Body Departed
The Grail Quest
Elvis Has Not Left the Building
The Lost Ark
Jack and the Giants
Dolfin Tayle
Dragon Assassin
Lost Eden
Judas Silver
The Vampire Club
Cursed

VAMPIRE FOR HIRE SERIES
1. Moon Dance
2. Vampire Moon
3. American Vampire
4. Moon Child
4 ½ Christmas Moon
5. Vampire Dawn
6. Vampire Games
7. Moon Island
8. Moon River
9. Vampire Sun
10. Moon Dragon
11. Moon Shadow (coming soon)

SAMANTHA MOON CASE FILES
1. Moon Bayou
2. Blood Moon (coming soon)
3. Moon Magic (coming soon)

JIM KNIGHTHORSE SERIES
1. Dark Horse
2. The Mummy Case
3. Hail Mary
4. Clean Slate
5. Night Run (coming soon)

THE WITCHES SERIES
1. The Witch and the Gentleman
2. The Witch and the Englishman
3. The Witch and the Huntsman

OPEN HEART SERIES
1. The Dead Detective
2. Deadbeat Dad (coming soon)

NICK CAINE SERIES
1. Temple of the Jaguar
2. Treasure of the Deep
3. Pyramid of the Gods

THE SPINOZA TRILOGY
1. The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo
2. The Vampire Who Played Dead
3. The Vampire in the Iron Mask

THE ALADDIN TRILOGY
1. Aladdin Relighted
2. Aladdin Sins Bad
3. Aladdin and the Flying Dutchman

THE WALKING PLAGUE TRILOGY
1. Zombie Patrol
2. Zombie Rage
3. Zombie Mountain

THE SPIDER TRILOGY
1. Bad Blood
2. Spider Web
3. Spider Bite

THE PSI TRILOGY
1. Hear No Evil
2. See No Evil
3. Speak No Evil (coming soon)
Flight 12: A PSI Novella

THE GHOST FILES
Ghost College

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Bound By Blood

THE ABNORM CHRONICLES
Glimmer

SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS
Red Rain: Over 40 Bestselling Stories
Vampire for Hire: First Eight Stories
Blood Rain: 15 Dark Tales
Black Rain: 15 Dark Tales

SHORT STORY SINGLES
The Vampire on the Train
Vampire Requiem
Ghosts of Christmas Present
Easy Rider
Dark Side of the Moon
Blue Moon
Vampire Gold
Halloween Moon
Vampire Dreams
Vampire Blues
Vampire Nights
Teeth
Vampire Rain
The Santa Call
The Bleeder

YOUNG READERS
(Writing as J.K. Drew)
Little Wolf (coming soon)
The Secret of the Sphinx
The Emerald River
The Angel and the Gift
Forever Silent
Dare to Enter a Distant World
Dare to Rule a Distant World (coming soon)
Dare to Escape a Distant World (coming soon)
The Mystery of the Walking Statue
The Mystery of Stone Head Island (coming soon)
Deep Sea Danger
The Legend of Eagle Eye Mountain
Playoff Pressure

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Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire) by J.R. Rain

This may sound somewhat melodramatic, but every once in a while a story will come along and grab you by the throat. It will suck you in and it will make you care about the characters. It may make you cheer them on or it may make you hate them. And if you are lucky, a single story will have all of that and more. Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire) has all of that and then some. It has a paranormal (I call it speculative fiction) bent, with the tiniest bit of supernatural romance...I would have like a bit more to tell the truth, but that's just me! I am hoping that a series is going to come out of this one book. There is so much potential for a great mystery/sleuth/paranormal series here. Moon Dance was outside of the norm for this genre since most of these sorts of books are true romances; with the "monster" being idolized, loved, craved, sexually potent, romanticized and revered.

JR Rain took this genre into a whole new territory for me, and I LOVED it. No, I am not a friend of his, I've never met him nor was I asked to do a review. I am just a person who bought this for my Kindle while waiting for a flight; it was an Amazon Recommends For Me book.

I have to say that normally I stay well away from self-published books...I wasn't aware at the time of purchase that this was self-published and I'm glad I didn't know it. I would have never found a book or a writer with more potential. So why do I stay away from self-published books? Well they generally are not edited very well, they aren't proof read very well, nor are the stories very consistent.
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91 of 99 people found the following review helpful By AHA64 on April 29, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have never heard of this publisher, and a quick search didn't show a web presence, so I was leery about buying this book given the amount of poorly edited, terrible stories I've read by innocently purchasing 'self published' Kindle books.
I am so, so glad I decided to give this author a go. This is definitely the gem among the chaff.
This book is GREAT. Very 'human', if a story about a vampire can be human. Angst, foibles, the-world-is-still-screwed-up even though (and sometimes because) the protagonist is a vampire. Readers who like Charlaine Harris' OTHER series (not the one made into a TV series, but her other work) will adore this heroine. Feisty, confused and doing her damnedest to make the best of a horrible situation.
The only thing I didn't like was a too neatly tied up plot line (had to do with the vamp who turned her).
I hope the writer continues the story line in future books. I will definitely be keeping an eye out!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 14, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The best thing I can say about this is that for a self-published book it's fairly well edited. The plot is okay, but the writing isn't anything spectacular. At times it's clunky, with the same phrases repeated several times -- often on the same page. We get it. She's a vampire. She's apparently been a vampire for several years. It doesn't need to be stated on every single page. It's also another case where someone's been a vampire for years but is just now starting to realize this means she's got "abilities" she didn't know she had?

The character names are laughable. The story was predictable. None of the characters are particularly likeable. Finishing this book felt like a chore.
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79 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 23, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Lately, I had been thinking that vampire stories were overdone. I have my favorite authors in the genre and honestly wasn't looking for anymore. It seems that authors don't want to write about normal people anymore. The stories all seem to have vampires, witches, wizards, and zombies in them. I was looking for an author that wrote normal stories not paranormal. Spies, police officers, detectives, these were the heroes that I was looking for.

I first ran across J.R. Rain's work on myspace. I had a friend request waiting in my inbox. I accepted and went to look up his work. Wow, what an impressive list of reviewers, what could my thoughts possibly mean after so many great authors have said such positive things about his work.

While I was debating which book to start with for our book club I got the opportunity to read Moon Dance. I have never been overly impressed with first person fiction, with a few notable exceptions. Maybe, because I never felt like I could become the character.

Right there Mr.Rain's story had two strikes against it. Strike One - Main character is a vampire (paranormal). Ball One - Detective. Strike Two - First Person narration. The count was 2-1 and I was waiting for that third strike to fly directly over the plate and pound into the catchers mitt, instead Mr. Rain's story connected directly with the ball (my mind) and knocked it out of the park.

Mr. Rain managed to make me fall so far into the character that I couldn't put the story down once I started reading.
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87 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Squidalina on April 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have to say that I'm really shocked by all the four and five star reviews of this book. It was one of the worst pieces of writing I have ever encountered. I mean truly, embarrassingly bad. Not only was there no character development, no conflict, no emotion, but the characters were so broad and clichéd, they could have been written by a grade-schooler. I fact, as a teacher, I would flunk a kid if they showed me this. Yes, we know all cops like donuts, but can you think of anything else cops like that hasn't been said a thousand times? You say men like big breasts? Shocking! It can't be true! The lack of imagination boggles the mind.

I also have to assume that the author is male because this is an insultingly bad attempt at the female perspective. There was not one element of Samantha Moon that felt true. This is a character who is supposedly going through a terrible crisis and is distracted by a bartender's "buns". Yes, buns. And no, it's not set in Akron, Ohio, circa 1988. This is a character that thinks "down girl" to herself (over and over), because she can barely resist the "hunky-ness" of every man she meets, including the old cop with a "real man's" belly. In fact, all the men are "real men", except for the cop's embarrassingly gay son. Ugh. Just ugh.

The best thing I can say about this book is that there were fewer typos than I would have expected.
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