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Vampire Dawn (Vampire for Hire Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Rain
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Book Description

Mother, wife, private investigator...vampire. Seven 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 in VAMPIRE DAWN, Samantha Moon tackles her most frightening case yet. Someone is leaving victims drained of blood, and all signs point to the killer not being a vampire. Meanwhile, Sam can't help but notice the changes coming over her son...fantastical changes that will leave her searching desperately for answers.

As Sam tracks down a ruthless killer, and as her own humanity slips further and further away, an ancient relic holds a secret that will rock her world...and open up a whole new one.

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

"Gripping, adventurous, and romantic—J.R. Rain's The Lost Ark is a breakneck thriller that traces the thread of history from Biblical stories to current-day headlines. Be prepared to lose sleep!"
—JAMES ROLLINS, international bestselling author of The Devil Colony

"I enjoyed this immensely. The protagonist, Samantha Moon, is a female vampire with a husband and children. Those predate her condition; six years ago she was attacked by a vampire and rendered into one. Now she's trying to carry on with family and private eye business, and she's a feisty, skilled person, so is doing mostly okay. It is not a horror story; she buys animal blood to eat and doesn't generally prey on humans. But her husband has an increasing problem with her coldness—not of spirit, but of body. 'You sicken me and scare the hell out of me,' he tells her. 'And when I touch you it's all I can do to not gag.' She replies, 'Words every wife wants to hear.' I love this! What makes it special are her character and nature."
—PIERS ANTHONY, bestselling author of A Spell for Chameleon

"Dark Horse is one of the best books I've read in a long time! A great classic detective story with a modern twist. Unique and interesting characters (I think I'm half in love with Jim Knighthorse now!), a great plot that kept me guessing until the end, and some of the funniest lines I've read anywhere."
—GEMMA HALLIDAY, bestselling author of Spying in High Heels

"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

"Impossible to put down. J.R. Rain's Moon Dance is a fabulous urban fantasy."
—APRIL VINE, author of Intrigue In India

"Moon Dance is absolutely brilliant!"
—LISA TENZIN-DOLMA, author of Understanding the Planetary Myths

"J.R. Rain is the new modern master of vampires."
—H.T. NIGHT, #1 bestselling Kindle author of Vampire Love Story

"I love Jim Knighthorse! Please write faster, Mr. Rain!"
—ELAINE BABICH, #1 bestselling Kindle author of You Never Called Me Princess

"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

"I totally loved The Body Departed. As someone who communicates with those who are either earthbound or have crossed over—your descriptions and interpretations of the dialogue and circumstances could not have been written more accurately."
—JULIE BELMONT, author of The Path to Personal Success and Freedom

"Powerful stuff!"
—AIDEN JAMES, bestselling author of The Vampires' Last Lover

"Jim Knighthorse is a throwback to classic detectives, which is probably why I love him so much. Funny, street-smart, and tough as nails. I love this series."
—SUMMER LEE, author of Angel Heart

“Is it possible to redefine two genres in one book? I don’t know, but J.R. Rain has left a lasting impression for the vampire and mystery genres.”

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About the Author

J.R. Rain is the international bestselling author of over fifty novels, including his popular Samantha Moon and Jim Knighthorse series. His books are published in five languages in twelve countries, and he has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Please visit him at

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed March 24, 2012
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I enjoy J.R. Rain's stories. But it felt like this book was just an ad for other stories. It took only a couple of hours to read this. For the price, that feels like a rip off. I checked the download size of the file. It was about 1/2 to 2/3 of the size of other books I read. When I came to the end, I was only 2/3s of the way through the download. The rest was excerpts from other books. Then when you add in that he included the Christmas story, the actual Vampire Dawn had little content. I enjoyed the story, but again, felt ripped off. This should have been a $.99 download for what was there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars J.R., I'm disappointed March 23, 2012
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With such a long awaited arrival for Vampire Dawn, I snatched it up as soon as it was available. After waiting so long for it to come out and paying the full $3.99 for it, boy was I disappointed to see how short it was. I read it in just a couple of hours. Although it was nice of the author to include Christmas Moon, most of us dedicated fans have already paid for that and read it months ago, so I feel kinda shorted there too. So instead of 5 stars, I have to give 4 for this one. But I do love Samantha Moon and I do love JR's writing style, which probably makes the disappointment hurt more than it normally would. We need more!!
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed March 22, 2012
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I rarely have to put down a book because I simply can't deal with it any longer. I LOVED Rain's first 3 books, I really did. I found her premise to be unique and original. And, to be fair, the fourth was far from my favorite, but it was tolerable, I've read a lot worse. However, in the fifth book, it seems to me that Rain has gotten lazy. I don't want to include any spoilers, such that I have because I didn't finish the book. But I will say that if you want to write about Vampires, accept that usually includes some built in limitations for your characters. Or, if an author wishes to "push the envelope" and break away from the more mainstream constants, i.e, sunlight, silver, etc., by all means go for it, but use creativity. Using shortcuts like rare magical medallions that just keep cropping up handily for your main character, leave me feeling cheated. This series has so much promise, I'd highly recommend the earlier ones to readers, but my discontent began in the fourth series, and unfortunately, Rain did nothing in the fifth book to dispel those feelings.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what is with the 65% books April 8, 2012
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I love the Samantha Moon books. I don't mind that they are short stories. I do mind that 35% of the book is parts of other books. One of the 1st things I do when I get interested in a book, is look to see how long the book is. In this case it says 4530 ( location count). Yet the story itself is done at only 2978.
So I am giving the book only 4 stars for not forfilling my expectations in length.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Samantha Now a Mary-Sue Character April 4, 2012
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Now that Samantha has officially turned into a "Mary Sue" what can we expect her to pull out of her hat next? Eating real food? Something a little more crazy to help her solve the next case? Some new otherworldly creature to show up and prove what a wonderful thing she has going? Perhaps a reincarnation of the Dali Lama will show up next? Maybe God? All she had to do was to have faith and she could live in the sun? Why does that sound like a fairy tale to me. All you need is to believe.

I did find what was going on with her son to be very interesting and it is a story line I would like to see completely played out, but that is not enough for me to keep going with this series. Book by book things are getting out of hand and I see the author walking into the abyss like Laurell K Hamilton did.

So many people had complaints as to how short the book was---I did not. Had it been any longer I would have been compelled to not finish it since it really stretched the idea of "suspending disbelief". I so loved the first few books since Samantha at the time was still a flawed creature trying to find her way in this new world she found herself in. Now, not so much. *sigh*
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but WAY too short March 21, 2012
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Vampire Dawn is another fun entry into the world of Samantha Moon, mother and private detective but it's very VERY short. Despite its brevity, Rain packs a good amount of story into this one. Not only is Samantha's humanity more rapidly slipping away but she's also noticing that the aid she gave to her son last year is changing him in ways she's not sure how to handle. He's getting stronger and faster, healing more quickly. Is he becoming what she hates most about herself?

The meat of the story, or the main case, revolves around a series of serial murders and disappearances. People have been disappearing and found in the mountains drained of blood. Samantha helps Detective Sherbet in finding the culprit behind the brutal murders. What's probably more interesting than the actual case is how the supporting characters are tied and affected by their involvement. Sherbet is closely tied to Samantha now and is now getting to know what it's like to be in her head. Literally. Samantha is a psychic supernatural creature of the night and Sherbet finds out the hard way what it's like to be so close to her. In addition, the case of the disappearing/bloodless victims sheds some new light on Detective Hanner.

Not one to fear changing the status quo, JR Rain throws another loop into Samantha's life in the form of the emerald amulet she found in Christmas Moon. What are it's powers and how will they change Samantha going forward?

My one real knock on the story is how short it is. By the time I hit 65% completed on my kindle it was over. I was hoping some more time would have been spent on Samantha's only other vampire companion, Detective Hanner as well as an appearance from her guardian angel that showed up in Christmas Moon.
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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

**Books by J.R. Rain**

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

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

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

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
Vampire Rain
The Santa Call
The Bleeder

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