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Annie Nicholas Forces Her Characters To Question Human (And Not-So-Human) Nature

Author Annie Nicholas doesn't hold her punches when it comes to putting her characters in life-threatening situations. But it's all for a greater good ...


Our destination was a mystery to me. As a rule, the bait never gets informed. Basically, it's a need-to-know relationship and a safeguard.
Good bait was hard to find. Can't exactly place an ad in the classifieds.

HELP WANTED: Fast, nimble, and intelligent young person to be used as vampire bait. High risk job but well compensated with pay and benefits. Travel the world, all expenses paid. Passport a must, clean record not necessary, no education requirements, and fighting skills a bonus. Contact Red at 555-1212. Humanity needs you.

I snorted at the thought. Getting groped, chased, and then enthralled by vamps were not my idea of benefits. However, when a plan worked and a vampire got dusted, it made up for all the other stuff.

Connie Bence is, as you guessed it, vampire bait. Sent on a mission to lure Budapest’s vampire Overlord, Rurik, into a trap, she is instead caught red-handed by the dark Casanova. Her employer, Colby, has concrete proof of this leader’s misdeeds but she is surprised when this ruthless killer, Rurik, offers her protection and rescues her from his own kind.

It plants seeds of doubt in her mind and she begins to question his guilt. Now she is thrown into his world where blackmail determines her every move and where she must betray those she cares about or let them die. The stakes are high. She either puts her trust in Rurik or leads him to his execution.

Love or life.

Colby, the mysterious vampire slayer, is a cold and calculating bastard. So focused on his job, he hired an ex-marine, Red, to keep him in check and not cross certain lines like placing his team in unnecessary danger. Even though most of Colby’s actions come across as heartlessness, Connie feels a sense of debt toward him since he guided her away from a self-destructive course. Some would say he did it as a selfish act to get fresh bait but he truly did pity Connie. He knew Connie wouldn’t survive if left alone and he may as well have killed her himself by ignoring her issues. This one act of mercy not only saved Connie but a little of what was left of Colby’s soul. This odd connection between these two, I wouldn’t call them friends but co-workers, leads Connie to face-off one of the deadliest creatures on our planet.

A Nosferatu.

The clan of super vampires, their ruling class and thought only to be myth. Colby’s actions have caught the attention of one of them, the last thing anyone would ever want. Tane, a Nosferatu vampire, was ordered to go to Budapest and deal with the Overlord Rurik but faced with the opportunities to gain more power, he makes convoluted plans that leave all in his wake wondering who’s side is he really on. Both these characters follow Connie and Rurik in their adventures in The Angler series.

Book two, Catch, will be coming soon. Until then, Bait can be purchased here. If you are interested in learning more about Connie and her job as bait, I have a free read on my website titled Reynold. It is about Connie’s first assignment working for Colby in the Caribbean and can be found here.

- Annie Nicholas

You can also follow Annie Nicholas at her blog and her group blog.