Originally scheduled for publication two years ago, this impressive first novel is a real treat for fans of imaginative fiction.

Lovely Scarlet Rose is delighted to have her rock musician brother Gary and his friend Vince visit her California beach house. Even more exciting is the prospect of the two remaining in the neighborhood to put their act together with the help of famed guitarist Sebastian DelaCourte, rock idol and vampire extraordinaire.

The passion that burns between them is immediate and intense. But it pales in comparison to the emotion unleashed the day Sebastian shares his blood with Scarlet Rose, the image of the beautiful woman who transformed him more than 200 years ago.

At first angry and bewildered, Scarlet Rose nevertheless begins to adapt to her new condition, although her feelings for Sebastian are somewhat confused. But a strange discovery in a stone coffin throws her back into the past, where her only hope for survival is to find and convert an innocent young Sebastian to the vampire state!

Ms. Hauf's fertile imagination and topnotch writing skills make this exotic and intricate tale a highly sensual reading experience. Better yet, there is room for further adventures of her fascinating creations. (Jan, 480 pp, $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer