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Samantha Moon: The First Four Vampire for Hire Novels, Plus the Christmas Moon Novella [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Rain
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Boxed set of four #1 bestselling "Vampire for Hire" mystery novels, starring Samantha Moon—mother, wife, private investigator...vampire.

Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun. Working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Sam discovers Kingsley isn't exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.

Samantha finds herself hunting down a powerful crime lord and protecting an innocent woman from her ruthless ex-husband—all while two very different men vie for her heart. And as the stakes grow higher and her cases turn personal, Samantha Moon will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent and bring two cold-blooded killers to justice—her own brand of justice.

Samantha receives a heartbreaking phone call from a very unlikely source: a five-year-old girl who's been missing for three months. Now on the hunt, Sam will use her considerable resources—including her growing supernatural abilities—to locate the missing girl before it's too late. And as she gets closer and closer to the horrible truth, she receives devastating news on the home front. Now with her world turned upside down, Samantha Moon is forced to make the ultimate choice of life and death.

Samantha is faced with an impossible decision—a decision that no mother should ever have to make. A decision that will change her life, and those she loves, forever. And through it all, Sam finds herself in a lethal game of vampire vs. vampire as a powerful—and desperate—enemy will stop at nothing to claim what he most desires.

Now with Christmas just around the corner, Samantha finds herself taking on a very strange case. A mysterious family treasure has been stolen, something priceless that's been passed down through the generations, something buried in secrets.

**Acclaim for the novels of J.R. Rain**

"Be prepared to lose sleep!"
-James Rollins, bestselling author of Bloodline and The Blood Gospel

"I love this!"
-Piers Anthony, bestselling author of On A Pale Horse and Luck of the Draw

"J.R. Rain delivers a blend of action and wit that always entertains. Quick with the one-liners, but his characters are fully fleshed out (even the undead ones) and you'll come back again and again."
-Scott Nicholson, bestselling author of Chronic Fear and After: The Shock

"Powerful stuff!"
-Aiden James, bestselling author of Tyranny of Coins and The Forgotten Eden

Editorial Reviews


Praise for the Vampire for Hire series:

“Be prepared to lose sleep!”
James Rollins, international bestselling author of The Doomsday Key on J.R. Rain’s The Lost Ark

“I love this!”
Piers Anthony, international bestselling author of A Spell for Chameleon

“J.R. Rain delivers a blend of action and wit that always entertains. Quick with the one-liners, but his characters are fully fleshed out (even the undead ones) and you’ll come back again and again.”
Scott Nicholson, bestselling author of Liquid Fear

“Dark Horse is the best book I’ve read in a long time!”
Gemma Halliday, bestselling of Spying in High Heels

“Moon Dance is absolutely brilliant!”
Lisa Tenzin-Dolma, author of Understanding the Planetary Myths

“Powerful stuff!”
Aiden James, bestselling author of The Vampires’ Last Lover

“Moon Dance is a must read. If you like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter, be prepared to love J. R. Rain’s Samantha Moon, vampire private investigator.”
Eve Paludan, author of Letters from David

“Impossible to put down. J.R. Rain’s Moon Dance is a fabulous urban fantasy replete with multifarious and unusual characters, a perfectly synchronized plot, vibrant dialogue and sterling witticism all wrapped in a voice that is as beautiful as it is rich and vividly intense as it is relaxed.”
April Vine, author of The Midnight Rose

About the Author

J.R. Rain is the author of 25 novels in the areas of thrillers, paranormal novels, and mysteries. A No. 1 bestselling novelist, collectively, his books have sold more than 750,000 copies. He is one of America’s top vampire novelists, and his Vampire for Hire series has sold more than 300,000 copies.

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  • Print Length: 674 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H8JSGM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Light Reading August 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
So the first novel I read in the Vampire for Hire series was a free edition for the Kindle - love browsing those free titles! But what a find this was!! Suddenly I was immersed in the life of Samantha Moon, who just a few years before had been the typical young soccer mom juggling work and family obligations, and was trying to continue that normal life in spite of the attack that had left her a vampire. She has found ways of coping with most of the drastic changes her new state has forced upon her, and so far has managed to preserve her humanity in spite of the overwhelming odds against it. Samantha is a private investigator, and each of the novels has her investigating several involving crimes, all while dealing with the increasing estrangement from her husband, the trials and tribulations of her young children, maintaining her professional relationships and exploring new ones, and, of course, keeping her big secret from the rest of the world. The novels tell her story in first person, and I found myself rooting for her success from the beginning pages. Mr. Rain, a former private investigator himself, has managed to weave a thoroughly delightful, original tale with warmth and a great deal of humor which I found addictive. I enjoyed the introduction of unique characters in the stories who now are leading characters in series of their own. While some of the stories' threads are serious and thought-provoking, the tone throughout is light and fast-paced, easy to read and follow. I can hardly wait for the fifth novel in the series.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samantha Moon is Amazing! August 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was caught up in Samantha Moon's story from the very first page of Moon Dance. As a wife and mother, Sam has never been anyone's ordinary idea of a vampire. And as a private investigator, she brings all her considerable strength and intelligence to bear in order to solve cases, while dealing with personal problems and near tragedies. Honestly, there are times I want to strangle her ex myself, but Sam practices patience and restraint.

With a fascinating cast of characters surrounding Samantha Moon, you will never be disappointed. I eagerly await each installment, and applaud the author for keeping me entertained. The Vampire for Hire series is a delight and I highly recommend it!
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This author needs to hire an editor and proofreader January 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I decided to pick up this series as a bit of light reading to give myself a break from more serious literature. Initially I was impressed with the first novel and found myself wanting to know more about Samantha Moon and her cohorts.

The author has developed an interesting and entertaining main character, however this series has serious errors in continuity that are very hard to overlook and seriously take away from the experience for the reader. I realize these works are self-published and are sold for basically pennies, but when the author creates "rules" for his vampires and then these rules suddenly take a one eighty degree turn it smacks of pure laziness.

One of the rules I am referring to is the matter of whether main character Samantha has a reflection or can be captured on film. Early on in the series the character clearly makes reference to seeing her reflection in the bathroom mirror and bemoans how terrible she looks in her driver's license photo. She also discusses her reaction to finding a photograph of herself she discovers in a suspects home. At some point latter she states she has no reflection at all and is not able to be captured on film.

The author also credits a small group he refers to as his "crew" as his support system and first readers. I'm not sure if these individuals actually read the material or perhaps the author mistakenly published one of his fist drafts. There are more errors in basic facts of the back story for the main character. For instance, Samantha Moon at one point refers to a fourteen year marriage to Danny Moon, then latter states the marriage had lasted eleven years. So which is it? There are several others too tedious to cover here.

It's really too bad the author did not pay greater attention to creating a more solid foundation for his ideas to play out. Samantha herself is an endearing, lively character but the overall experience is greatly marred by the issues described above.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typos, inconsistencies...but cheap January 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm always looking for cheap books, as my husband and I go through a lot of books and it can get expensive. Based on the price and the reviews, I decided to give these books a try, and I wouldn't say I regret it, but I definitely wouldn't pay any extra for the following books. I seldom quit a series in the middle, but the books got worse as they went along. By the fourth book I was ready to be finished, and I was thoroughly sick of Ms. Moon.

The books have okay plots and thin characters, but are good if you want a very, very light read at a low price. There are plenty of grammatical errors, and the inconsistencies in the stories were irritating, though the spelling seemed pretty good. They weren't constant, but happened often enough that I was thrown out of the story on several occasions. I found myself returning to previous pages trying to see if I had certain details wrong, only to find that the author had apparently forgotten what his characters were actually doing. I also found it extremely frustrating that, as the books progressed, they seemed to become commercials for his other books, and at some points even seemed like they couldn't be deciphered unless you purchased a collection of short stories. I know an author needs to make a living, but this alienated me and I won't be spending any more money on Mr. Rain. I would even have overlooked the weak plots and the grammar, if only I could have found a character that grabbed my interest.

Basically, this is a good, cheap book if you've got nothing better to do. I didn't love any of the characters, I didn't identify with any of the characters, I couldn't find a mystery or plot point that gripped me, and I never quite managed to lose myself in the story. I've definitely read worse! But the best I can say about these books is "meh".
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More About the Author

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

**Books by J.R. Rain**

Winter Wind
Silent Echo
Lost Eden
Judas Silver
The Body Departed
Elvis Has Not Left the Building
The Lost Ark

Jack and the Giants
Dolfin Tayle
Bound By Blood
Dragon Assassin
Ghost College
The Vampire Club
The Grail Quest

Moon Shadow
Moon Dragon
Vampire Sun
Moon River
Moon Island
Vampire Games
Vampire Dawn
Christmas Moon
Moon Child
American Vampire
Vampire Moon
Moon Dance

Moon Bayou

Night Run
Clean Slate
Hail Mary
The Mummy Case
Dark Horse

The Witch and the Huntsman
The Witch and the Englishman
The Witch and the Gentleman

The Dead Detective

Pyramid of the Gods
Treasure of the Deep
Temple of the Jaguar

The Vampire in the Iron Mask
The Vampire Who Played Dead
The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo

Aladdin and the Flying Dutchman
Aladdin Sins Bad
Aladdin Relighted

Zombie Mountain
Zombie Rage
Zombie Patrol

Spider Bite
Spider Web
Bad Blood

Speak No Evil
See No Evil
Hear No Evil
Flight 12: A PSI Novella

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
The Bleeder


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