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The Master of Whitehall: Katelyn's Chronicles (The Master of Whitehall, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rick H. Veal
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After the brutal murder of her parents, Katelyn Corbin, a thoroughly modern twenty-one year old college senior, faces the prospect of restarting her life. After arriving in Charleston, Katelyn meets James Dubois and soon falls madly in love with him. He is a handsome young widower and wealthy patron of her school with an old world aristocratic bearing. She is deeply intrigued by this mysterious man who lives alone in the beautifully restored colonial plantation of Whitehall Manor.
But James is not the man she thinks he is. Dark secrets begin to come to the surface. Katelyn soon begins to develop a series of unsettling questions about her new love. She begins searching her own soul for answers, forcing her to question whether or not to continue their relationship.
Katelyn confronts James with her questions and His confirmation validates her fears that he is indeed the man she fears him to be. His revelations shock her, forcing her to acknowledge things about herself and her world that she never thought possible. She discovers that old folklore and fairy-tales are real in a world where vampires live and love side by side with humans.
Katelyn realizes she must make a choice. Does she continue her relationship with James, becoming a vampire herself and living with him forever, or does she walk away, remain human and live without him … is she really strong enough to make either choice?

The Epic Saga of The Master of Whitehall is a timeless love story set in historic Charleston, South Carolina.

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Here is what other readers are saying about "The Master of Whitehall":

Although quite different than any other paranormal romance I have read, and I have read many, I enjoyed everything about this story.
                                                  Linda Tonis - Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
The character development is nicely done ... the story flows so well you won't want it to end.
                                                                 Jaime Cross - Kainas Book Blog and Reviews
The Master of Whitehall in my honest opinion was a better vampire love story than Twilight!!
                                                                 Brandy Corona - Book Worm Brandy Reviews
A different spin on a vampire story ... this book was awesome!
                                                           Samantha Truesdale - Mom of Two Book Reviews
This is an intriguing vampire romance that captured my imagination, and is completely unique to any other stories I have read in the past.
                                                                           Lynn Worton - Book Reviews by Lynn
A Sweet, Southern, Vampire love story. I really enjoyed it!
                                                                         Courtney Robichaux - Reader/Reviewer
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About the Author

The author was born in the upstate of South Carolina and has spent the majority of his life there. He joined the Navy immediately out of high school where he had the pleasure of visiting some eighteen different countries during a six year span. After returning home he attended The University of South Carolina graduating with a double Associates Degree with Honors. He completed his education at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in History. He has worked in the education field as a teacher and in various management positions in industry. He currently lives alone with his one daughter, a four year old Tuxedo cat, who graciously allows him to think he actually owns the house. Katelyn's Chronicles is the first book in the Epic Saga of The Master of Whitehall.

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  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502521229
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086YRR80
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet vampire love story November 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Master of Whitehall
Rick H. Veal
Reviewed by S. Bree High YATR

I want to say first off, kudos to you Mr. Veal.... Not only did he give us one great female character (Katelyn) he wrote two. We had a fabulous secondary character (Lexi) who I adored in this story. I felt he did a great job here. I liked Lexi and felt that her character was a great addition to the story.
Vampires and romance this book has both. Our leading lady Katelyn has tragedy. Not just any but brutal, awful tragedy in her life! She has to move from her town to Charleston. She sets out to make a new life, and get over the past. She goes to a new school and she meets James. James Dubois is the owner of Whitehall. James is mesmerizing, and I found myself captivated by him. He speaks at times in the book as if he is from another time, and I got caught up in his words. I think that James had a lonely life and I felt a bit sad for him at times. Although I liked the story with James and Katelyn, I wanted to know what was going to happen. Where were they going to take me? Will the secrets kept be the thing that ends them? Will love be enough?
This was not your typical Vampire and human love story for me. The book is rich in history and well written. It also had a bit of "steam". It was tastefully done. The book gave us a different story than all the other vampire books out there. I enjoyed it and it was a good read, wonderful love story. My only negative on the story, is I think it could have been shorter. There were a few parts that could have been removed, and the story would have still held merit. Although that does not change the core story for me, and I still enjoyed it overall. I am looking forward to where the story will go, there seemed to be opening for second book and I would be interested in reading the next part of the story. Overall if you want a good love story, with a bit of steam this is the book for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet April 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"Gift?" I asked shockingly, "That's what you call it, a gift? You're talking about taking away my life ... and you call it a gift?"

This book was a lot different than I expected. I've only read two or three of each of the series that the blurb says this book will appeal to, but this book caught me off guard. Instead of being the fast paced action story that I had expected, this was a slow and beautiful tale of the gift of love. Out of every vampire story I've ever read, I've never read a story that considered turning another into a vampire a gift. Although at first I found this extremely odd, it grew on me. It was just a different aspect on vampirism that I hadn't come in contact with yet.

"James, Everything is so beautiful, I never knew the night held such secrets."

As I said before, this was a slower paced story, the conflict was small and quickly resolved. Although normally this would be a negative for me, I found the book overall to be extremely peaceful. I read mostly at night and after a stressfull day, it was nice to unwind to a calm and well written story. The imagery was so well done in this story that I had no problem at all imagining even the smallest details of what was going on in the story. In fact (since I read at night), I had quite a few vivid vamp dreams because of this book. That's not happened to me in a few months. =P

Why not a five star? Now, I give this author credit for doing a good job with this story, I have to admit there were a couple things that did stand out to me. Being a male writer, I feel that there was some weirdness with the female characters. Overall, he did a great job making a well rounded female character, but there were just a few things that kind of annoyed me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK June 14, 2013
By darlene
Format:Kindle Edition
Received the book as a gift. And loved it from the moment I started reading it, hated to put it down. This book kept me spell bond from the beginning to the end. Not your transnational vampire story. May not be suited for some people, but I loved it. Has some adult themed scenes int it. Can't wait for the next one to come out and see what goes on with Lexi.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. December 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the first time I have read this author, and I would read him again.

Interesting to read - Kept my attention and I liked the female POV that the author used. Writing was good and the plotline was solid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Luna
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a complimentary copy by author in exchange for honest review. When I started this book I was instantly hooked with in a few paragraphs. I feel in love with this tale and the characters will always be with me. This is such a great tale and the characters are all so beautifully done you just want to be with them in real life. I love how The history and plot was painted so it felt like you were truly there. I look forward to reading more by Rick H. Veal and can't wait to see what else will come about. I highly recommend anyone to read this wonderful book and get hooked in a world of true beauty.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands above the rest!!! September 2, 2013
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This novel begins with the murder of Katelyn Corbin's parents, which ultimately lands her in Charleston, South Carolina. Unaware that she is surrounded by more than just traditional college students, Katelyn, along with her new found friend Lexi, unexpectedly meet a stranger that will forever change their existence. The gripping tale that follows, as Katelyn and Lexi are introduced to the paranormal world they had no idea coexisted with their own, is bound to have you "lusting" for more.

Each of the characters, beginning with Katelyn, are uniquely described and allow the reader to acutely visualize each one of them as a realistic person. This timeless story personifies a magnitude of emotions ranging from heartache, lust, revenge, and ultimately LOVE. This is no traditional vampire novel. It absolutely stands above the rest. The author cleverly blends the romantic genre with twists and turns of revenge and blood lust that will keep you on your toes until the very end.

As far as transcendental novels go, this is by far the most intriguing. The author effortlessly fuses the worlds of the mortal with the supernatural, while still making the storyline pleasantly believable. The reader is hooked from the very first sentence, and is enchanted until the very end. The people and places in this novel are so real, which is compelling in itself.

I found myself wanting more everytime I tried putting it down. Fortunately, I was able to start on book two of the saga, 'Lexi's Legacy', to satisfy my "hunger" for more ;-). I was able to purchase a hard copy of both books directly from the author, Rick Veal, at [...] .

I would highly recommend to anyone partial to vampire/romantic novels, to indulge in this saga. You won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Veal romanticized every little detail
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I'm normally not a fan of paranormal books but I think Rick Veal might have changed my mind. Read more
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I struggled reading this book! There is too much unnecessary detail that I felt wasn't needed. It just served to draw the book out more. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Katelyn's Chronicles is captivating and a book you need to read.
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More About the Author

Rick H. Veal was born sometime during the last half of the twentieth century in the upstate of South Carolina and has spent the majority of his life there. He joined the Navy immediately out of high school becoming an aircraft mechanic. During a six year span he sailed four times around the world and had the pleasure of visiting eighteen different countries. He says of that time that he did about two thirds of everything there was to do and was accused of taking part in the other one third.

After returning home he attended The University of South Carolina graduating with a double Associates Degree with Honors. He completed his education at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in History and Education. Since that time he has worked in the education field as a teacher and in various management positions in industry. He currently lives alone and shares his home with his 'daughter', a six year old Tuxedo cat who graciously allows him to think he actually owns the house. Her name is 'Daddy's Pretty Girl' but she will actually answer to anything except 'Late for Dinner'.

His two favorite authors are Anne Rice and Clive Cussler. He enjoys Cussler's storytelling ability and Rice's attention to detail. He considers Anne Rice, The Grand Dame of Vampire Writers, to be the architect of the modern vampire genre. Her works are the foundation on which current writers continue to build and expand the field. He believes that current writers of vampire lore owe her a huge debt of gratitude for laying that foundation. Clive Cussler, his other favorite author, is the quintessential American storyteller, one who is able to spin a yarn that draws the reader in from the very beginning. Both of them have a way of bringing their characters to life so that you feel as if you personally know them. Veal hopes that his readers will be able to see the influence of those two great writers in his writing as he tries to convey the same believability with his characters.

He has been a reader for most of his life and enjoyed much of what he's read. He has always enjoyed reading about and watching movies on the subject of vampires. He was completely hooked by Barnabas Collins in 'Dark Shadows' way back in 1966. After reading all the vampire books he could ... Rice, Smith, Harris, Craine, Meyer ... he decided that if they could write a vampire story, then so could he and he set out to do just that.

He decided that a setting with a rich history surrounding it would be ideal for a paranormal love story. Charleston and the surrounding Low Country of South Carolina, replete with an abundant history of ghosts and the unknown, combined with the lore of Vampire stories just seemed to be made for each other. So tying the two together he formed the initial idea and built on it from there.

The result of his efforts is The Epic Saga of The Master of Whitehall, a sweeping three volume narrative set in historic Charleston and the surrounding Low Country of South Carolina. A forth novel, the first of a two volume prequel to The Master of Whitehall, is in progress with one more planned for a total of five volumes in the series.

His other works include Jennifer's Ghost, a short story set in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina and Hannah's Heartache, a Master of Whitehall novelette, set in Savannah, Georgia.

It has been said that that if you want to write, you should "write the book you want to read, and then others will want to read it too". That is exactly what he hopes he has accomplished in his own writings.

All of his books, Katelyn's Chronicles, Lexi's Legacy, Dale's Descent, Jennifer's Ghost and Hannah's Heartache are available at in both print and e-book formats.

Should you wish to receive a personally inscribed and signed copy of any of his books please contact him directly for more information. He can be contacted via e-mail at, his website,, or on Facebook at Rick H. Veal.


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