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Never Ceese: A vampire . . . a werewolf . . . Can Two Who Were Wronged Make It Right? Hardcover – February 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Journey Stone Creations (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599580179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599580173
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,800,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . .so compelling, and the stakes so high, it’s hard to put the book down . . . original and engaging. -- AurealisXpress - Val Clark

I couldn’t put it down. Getting inside her character's heads is just one reward you’ll receive in reading "Never Ceese." -- Jackson Free Press, April 19, 2006

From the Author

Sue Dent began publishing in 2005 by self-publishing her debut novel Never Ceese, the first in her Thirsting for Blood Series, after working with professional editor Arlene Robinson. In 2006 Dent secured a traditional publisher. That same year, Never Ceese made the Bram Stoker preliminary ballot for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.

"I highly recommend it and I can't recommend it enough!" wrote Nicholas Grabowsky author of Halloween IV who invited Dent to join him as a guest at the World Horror Convention in Toronto Canada.

A review by horror author W. D. Gagliani of Wolf's Trap appeared at HorrorWorld.com who likened Dent's vampire and werewolf to the characters Felix and Oscar of the television sitcom the Odd Couple by writing, "Can a persnickety vampire and an uncouth werewolf share a Welsh castle without driving each other crazy?" (Cue pipe organ version of The Odd Couple theme.)

And even New York Times Best Selling author and author of Fireproof, Eric Wilson chimed in with a four star review solidifying rumors that Dent's work appealed to readers from a very closed and exclusive market--the evangelical Christian audience. And to drive that point home, without any indication that an award was eminent, Never Ceese was voted #1 Christian Horror at BestHorror.com over authors who in fact write for that audience such as Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti.

Dent's first traditional publisher went under and all copies of Never Ceese were liquidated meaning no money would be made by the author for the sale of any of the remaining inventory. Dent was immediately picked up by another traditional publisher however and penned Forever Richard, the second in her Thirsting for Blood Series. Out of the gate, it earned a resounding review from MaryAnn Boo a reviewer at the British Fantasy Society. "Thought provoking . . . well worth the wait!" The review was printed in Prism the BFS's official magazine and went on to make the 2009 British Fantasy Society long-list. Unfortunately, that publisher went under as well.

In 2009 author and friend Nicholas Grabowsky offered to help Dent out and republished her Thirsting for Blood Series under a two year contract. Dent took him up on his offer and scribed Electric Angel. "Simply Brilliant," came the initial review from Maryann Boo deemed too short to post. So she scribed another review equally as stunning.

Dent moved on after her two year contracts were up with Black Bed Sheet Books, has allowed Nicholas Grabowsky to continue to distribute those editions published under BBS, and has set up her own publishing company. In March 2014, S D Enterprises re-released Electric Angel with a star-studded cover that boasts Grabowsky's original front cover design incorporating Gothic Illusionist Master Ron Fitzgerald as the electrical entity, photo taken by the amazing Jim Sorfleet of SnS Photos and added actor Dave Vescio as the Fritz Anderson, the villain. "Mr. Outrageous" Al Burke portrays Officer John Slayer. Dent will also re-release Never Ceese in August of 2014 with cover model and "scream queen" Melanie Robel gracing the cover. Forever Richard won't be far behind that. Until that time Dent's books can be purchased through her official distributor Black Bed Sheet Books wherever books are sold. Signed copies are available through AuthorSueDent.com.
Dent has attended several cons where she participated in panels and readings of her work. Her recent story Electric Angel earned a book blurb from three-time Bram Stoker finalists Canadian Horror Author Nancy Kilpatrick.

More About the Author

Sue Dent began publishing in 2005 by self-publishing her debut novel Never Ceese, the first in her Thirsting for Blood Series, after working with professional editor Arlene Robinson. In 2006 Dent secured a traditional publisher. That same year, Never Ceese made the Bram Stoker preliminary ballot for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.

"I highly recommend it and I can't recommend it enough!" wrote Nicholas Grabowsky author of Halloween IV who invited Dent to join him as a guest at the World Horror Convention in Toronto Canada.

A review by horror author W. D. Gagliani of Wolf's Trap appeared at HorrorWorld.com who likened Dent's vampire and werewolf to the characters Felix and Oscar of the television sitcom the Odd Couple by writing, "Can a persnickety vampire and an uncouth werewolf share a Welsh castle without driving each other crazy?" (Cue pipe organ version of The Odd Couple theme.)

And even New York Times Best Selling author and author of Fireproof, Eric Wilson chimed in with a four star review solidifying rumors that Dent's work appealed to readers from a very closed and exclusive market--the evangelical Christian audience. And to drive that point home, without any indication that an award was eminent, Never Ceese was voted #1 Christian Horror at BestHorror.com over authors who in fact write for that audience such as Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti.

Dent's first traditional publisher went under and all copies of Never Ceese were liquidated meaning no money would be made by the author for the sale of any of the remaining inventory. Dent was immediately picked up by another traditional publisher however and penned Forever Richard, the second in her Thirsting for Blood Series. Out of the gate, it earned a resounding review from MaryAnn Boo a reviewer at the British Fantasy Society. "Thought provoking . . . well worth the wait!" The review was printed in Prism the BFS's official magazine and went on to make the 2009 British Fantasy Society long-list. Unfortunately, that publisher went under as well.

In 2009 author and friend Nicholas Grabowsky offered to help Dent out and republished her Thirsting for Blood Series under a two year contract. Dent took him up on his offer and scribed Electric Angel. "Simply Brilliant," came the initial review from Maryann Boo deemed too short to post. So she scribed another review equally as stunning.

Dent moved on after her two year contracts were up with Black Bed Sheet Books, has allowed Nicholas Grabowsky to continue to distribute those editions published under BBS, and has set up her own publishing company. In March 2014, S D Enterprises re-released Electric Angel with a star-studded cover that boasts Grabowsky's original front cover design incorporating Gothic Illusionist Master Ron Fitzgerald as the electrical entity, photo taken by the amazing Jim Sorfleet of SnS Photos and added actor Dave Vescio as the Fritz Anderson, the villain. "Mr. Outrageous" Al Burke portrays Officer John Slayer. Dent will also re-release Never Ceese in August of 2014 with cover model and "scream queen" Melanie Robel gracing the cover. Forever Richard won't be far behind that. Until that time Dent's books can be purchased through her official distributor Black Bed Sheet Books wherever books are sold. Signed copies are available through AuthorSueDent.com.
Dent has attended several cons where she participated in panels and readings of her work. Her recent story Electric Angel earned a book blurb from three-time Bram Stoker finalists Canadian Horror Author Nancy Kilpatrick.

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With an intriguing and well-researched historical/scientific extrapolation, the story explores spiritual concepts without bogging the reader down in endless detail.
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Being a fan of vampire and werewolf novels, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dent's novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Lucia on December 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Werewolves and Vampires....oh my!

Centuries ago, two unfortunates were wronged in the worst way imaginable; they were cursed by evil forces they did not bring down upon themselves. One was made a vampire, a creature of the night, forced to find sustenance on the life-blood of others, and subject to whims and passions never meant for humankind to experience. The other was bitten by the wolf, and is now a prisoner to the wild beat of nature, running with the pack, lost in the primitive uproar of instinct and survival.

Perhaps worst of all: they are cursed to live with near immortality, to walk the face of the earth while those they love die, and if they do die while still in the grip of the curse; by either a silver bullet or a wooden stake, they will forever miss the chance of an eternity in heaven with those they love and care for.

They have one chance, as this unlikely pair is drawn together by unseen forces, to reclaim their mortality and a chance to pursue a normal life, a chance to go home to heaven when they die, and it lies buried in a riddle cryptic as it is contradictory, Two wrongs make a right. Richard, the cynical, sarcastic vampire and Ceese, a culturally naive werewolf inexperienced in the ways of human beings, leave the comforts of home and the wild behind as they travel from England to New York in search of the one thing they desire more than anything: an end to their curse.

However, working behind the scenes are forces that want them for other reasons, and none of them altruistic. As Richard and Ceese struggle to loosen the bonds on their souls, someone else lusts after what they have: immortality, power...and will stop at nothing until they have it for themselves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Pearson on May 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
At first? Reluctant. Next? Intrigued. By the second page? Thoroughly engaged. Sue has brought the urban mythos of vampires and werewolves to the spiritual plane. She causes her readers to delve into tragedy while hoping for redemption. Bravo! I eagerly await the promised sequel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jake on December 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Richard has been cursed so long he can't even remember his life before he became a vampire. He spends his days with his long time friend, Penny, in his luxurious castle in Britain. Richard's world is forever changed when a young werewolf named Ceese arrives at his door claiming to be old friends with Penny. Ceese has also carried her curse for ages and she wants nothing more to be rid of it once and for all. Richard has long ago given up hope of ever being free from his curse and Ceese must convince him to hope again. Now vampire and werewolf must work together to discover a cure for the immortal curse that binds them both.

Sue Dent has done what few have dared to try, mixing elements of vampire and werewolf lore with themes of faith and spirituality. The result is an intriguing and exciting piece of fiction that is obsessively readable and entertaining on every level. Richard and Ceese are cleverly crafted characters who face insurmountable odds in their quest for redemption. Dent adds to the richness of the story by giving equal balance to both werewolf and vampire mythology. Many of these elements were familiar to me, with a few surprises that only added to the mystique of each character. The incorporation of faith is never forced and fits seamlessly into the storyline, making the messages of sacrifice and redemption that much more powerful in the end.

Never Ceese was a pleasant surprise to me and if it wasn't for Eric Wilson's Amazon review, I never would have picked it up. It's a shame that major CBA publishers aren't willing to pursue more "outside the box" fiction like Never Ceese. I'm glad to know there are publishers out there (like Writers' Cafe Press) who are willing to give these types of stories the recognition they deserve. I can't wait to sink my teeth into the sequel, Forever Richard.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Hassan on September 14, 2007
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I just finished reading Sue Dent's tale of Never Ceese. I think the other reviews have already covered just about everything that can be revealed without giving too much away, so I will have to be satisfied in saying I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Normally, I am not one to read about vampires and werewolves; not my cup of tea. Other people, however, gave rave reviews that had me very curious. I was suspicious, but Ms. Dent has successfully blended the creatures of horror stories with sound Biblical principles. It teaches about faith and love without being preachy. Much of the subject matter is dead serious (forgive the pun), but Ms. Dent has included plenty of comic relief. Really, I love her offbeat sense of humor. I read it rather quickly since I couldn't put it down for long.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hisart777 on April 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sue Dent changes and clarifies the horror of the Werewolf and the Vampire!

In a well told tale, she reveals the evil behind the curses that have stolen the humanity of two tortured souls. This is a book that I recommend to the reader who is fed-up with the same drivel that has plagued the horror genre for years! Sue Dent has pushed aside the evil hero and revealed the tortured and damned souls of those cursed with Lycanthropy and Vampyrism!

As we are led through the lives of these very real characters we feel the heartache and the lure the curses promise if they partake of human flesh and blood. We also see that the truth of their feeding, it is murder and human blood will stain their souls and seal the curse!

Sue shows the light and how the Blood that was shed on the Cross can break the curse, if they'd only believe!

I recommend this book highly!
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