Dead Awakenings by Rebekah R. Ganiere

Dead Awakenings

  • By Rebekah R. Ganiere
  • Editions: ebook
  • Published: January 3rd 2014 by Etopia Press
  • Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
  • Evaine, a struggling New York theater student, enters an unsanctioned drug trial in an effort to pay bills. She awakens in a derelict hospital, chained to a bed with no memory of who she is, or how she got there. A band of pale skinned men, led by the gorgeous Luca, burst in, whisking her away to safety.
    Once at Haven House, Evaine is introduced to The Family. Like them, she has become A Deader, a reanimated Undead.
    Luca is hell-bent on stopping the experimentations, and killing those responsible. He has no time for a Newborn who is struggling to control her rages, hunger, and powers. Nor does he have the desire to deal with the feelings she’s awakening within him.
    Despite their best efforts, Evaine and Luca find their connection intensifying when suddenly, she remembers not only who she is, but also her fiancé, Tristan; who is still looking for her.
    Torn between her first love and her new heart’s desire, Evaine runs back to Tristan putting everyone in danger. When a rogue faction of Deaders, called Feeders, attempts to kidnap her, Luca suspects Evaine is the key to the experiments.
    Can everyone band together to keep Evaine off the cutting table of those she escaped from? Or will second death tear her away from everyone, for good?
    ~ Bewitching BT

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    Excerpt: Chapter One

    Warm, thick air filled Evaine’s lungs; it was going to rain. She gazed up at the clouds

    rolling in. They blanketed the sky like waves of dirty cotton. Stormy weather, her favorite, but

    she didn’t want to get caught in the rain today. The laundromat was a luxury she could not afford

    right now.

    Picking up her pace she headed toward the office of Mac, her fine arts adviser. The wind

    picked up as she crossed the quad, and the first droplet of water hit her cheek. She pulled down

    the long sleeves of her worn-out shirt. The thin hoodie was about as good at keeping out the chill

    as paper would be keeping out a charging bull.

    Evaine’s mind began to drift as she fought through students rushing to get out of the

    drizzle. Without permission, her brain turned to her overdue bills. Trying to live on meager

    grants and student loans was harder than she would have thought, considering how she’d grown

    up. Her rent had been due a week ago, and she wondered why her pitbull of a landlord hadn’t

    been banging down her door like the last million times her rent had been twenty minutes late.

    Not that the very small studio—hole—was worth what she paid. Maybe she would be better

    living on the street. She needed to come up with some cash, fast.

    The voice of her mother, Phyllis, chimed in. Life would be easier if you’d let Tristan help


    Sigh…Tristan. She absently rubbed her finger where the huge diamond ring he had

    gotten her rarely sat. She refused to wear it for the sheer size, not to mention that she didn’t want

    to let anyone know she was engaged at the age of twenty. Some people would think she was

    marrying Tristan Atwater for his money. Her mother had tried to teach her for years how to use

    her body to catch a man of means. But Evaine couldn’t stand for anyone to find out she shared

    even one shred of DNA with the woman who had birthed her. Phyllis had used every man she’d

    ever known. No way was Evaine going to take a penny of Tristan’s money to pay for anything

    until they married; and she didn’t think she would ever get used to it, really. She’d always prided

    herself for being able to stand on her own.

    She refused to rush into marriage. Not in her second year of college, not even to a guy

    as wonderful as Tristan. The only man she’d ever loved; the only good thing to ever happen to

    her. He was her security blanket. The only person she had ever relied on and trusted. But she’d

    never let his money be her security. Between his trust fund and the money he made at his job he

    could more than pay for five penthouse apartments on Park Avenue. She may have been a foster

    system reject brought up in a trailer park, but that didn’t mean she had to act like one.

    Couldn’t hurt to ask for a few dollars. Phyllis’s voice was again in her head.

    “Hey, Evaine!”

    The wind whipped her hair into her face as she lifted her head. “Hey, Jeff.”

    “Where you off to?” He fell into step beside her.

    “I need to see Mac.” She continued toward Mac’s office building.

    Jeff was a sweet guy, not bad looking either, in a sort of geeky way. He had kind eyes

    and shaggy, curly surfer blond hair. His tall, lean frame had a nice build. For the second time

    since getting engaged she was reminded that she’d never even dated another man beside Tristan.

    Last year when they’d done a rendition of Taming of the Shrew together, Jeff had been

    especially nice to her. He’d asked her out a couple of times. Every time she’d made up excuses

    about schoolwork or her job—anything. She hadn’t been sure what to say. No one knew about

    Tristan, and she wanted to keep it that way. She wasn’t ashamed of Tristan, by any means. She

    just didn’t like all the attention that came from dating him.

    Most girls would brag about a rich VP of marketing boyfriend and a gigantic, five-carat

    diamond ring. But she was still wondering what Tristan had been thinking when he’d bought that

    lighthouse beacon for her to wear on her hand.


    1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?

    2. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
    Yes I have! Not often, but I have. I used to be a pantser. When I tried to be a plotter it was difficult. Trying to force my characters to do what my outline said to do caused me to block. I went back and just forgot about the outline and let me character run the show again and that helped a lot. I have since learned to become a Plotzer.

    3. Your all time favorite book?
    I have several so that is really hard. But a few are: If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon. It was my first experience with sexy, tough, female protagonists. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I’d never read anything like it before, but I was sucked in and couldn’t put it down. I loved it. C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Amazing. All of his writing is amazing!

    4. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
    Dead Awakenings was my first novel. It took me thirty days to write it at 150,000 words and four years to edit and get it to a place where it could be published.

    5. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
    I’m not a morning person! I get up about 7:30 but don’t get out of bed till 8:00. My kids get up by about 8:00-9:00 and we start school work. I write and Homeschool my kids till about noon and then we have piano, violin, dance, auditions and other things going on. In the evening we have dinner and then I write till bedtime. After the kids are in bed, I write till about 10:30 and then go to bed. Pretty boring, but hey, that’s my life 

    6. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
    When my book first came out I read every review. Now I don’t. The best advice I’ve ever gotten is, don’t read the reviews. I will probably read the reviews of my books for about a week or so, but after that I’m good. I don’t think you can read them. What does it gain you to read them? If they are good, you feel pride. If they are bad, what can you do? Not everyone is going to love you and what would you do? Pull the book because of bad reviews? I guess if you self published you could, but who cares? Seriously! Though I have had friends that have been bullied, that is hard.

    7. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
    There will be at least a sequel and one novella for the book. There is a love interest who needs a HEA and a couple of secondary characters that I really want to show their story.

    8. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
    My new series Fairelle is having it’s first book released in April 2014. It’s Red The Were Hunter, a Fantasy Romance. The entire series are Fairytale Retellings. Snow the Vampire Slayer will be out Summer of 2014 and another book will be out at Thanksgiving and New Years. They are being published under my own imprint Fallen Angel Press.

    Fun facts:

    1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
    More kids. I’m a mom of four and I love my children, but getting them hasn’t been easy and I’ve always wanted five or six kids. If I could wish for one thing, it would be a couple more babies.

    2. Name your favorite fruit.
    Strawberries but pineapple is a close second.

    3. Coffee or tea?
    TEAVANA!!! What? You’ve never heard of it? You’re totally missing out!

    4. Favorite season?
    Spring, though I love Halloween. I love Spring weather and the flowers blooming and fresh cut grass. Ahhhhhhh…heaven!

    5. How about fav time of 24 hours?
    About nine p.m. right after my kids are in bed and it’s quiet but I’m not so exhausted that I can’t move.

    6. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
    I think I was a brownie for about a year. I hated going door to door selling cookies! Not my thing!

    7. Favorite food for breakfast?
    Burrito. I don’t like sweet food for breakfast.

    8. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
    I have no clue! I was given so many free books at the RT Convention last year that I am still trying to get through those.

    9. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
    Shoes! I love shoes! But not any shoes. Platform, black, lace up, zippers, skulls, zombies, punk shoes! Demonia, Iron Fist, Rebel Circus!!

    10. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
    Red! A deep crimson red. And black. I’ve always loved black!

    11. Drama or comedy?
    Drama to read, comedy to watch. Don’t ask me why.

    12. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
    It’s Never too late to be, what you might have been, George Eliot

    13. Cats or dogs?
    Reptiles. We have a dog, and a rabbit and 3 tortoises and 2 bearded dragons, the snake is still missing.

    14. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
    Dinner, are you kidding? I’m a mom of four! Any night I don’t have to cook is a total treat!!!

    About the Author & Links:

    Rebekah grew up on both the east and west coasts and currently lives in the Los Angeles area. From the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to The Stand by Stephen King, Rebekah immersed herself in other people’s made up worlds. She began writing in junior high and then found she liked pretending to be other people’s characters in high school. Lettering in drama she went on to study theater in college as well. After college she continued acting till becoming a mom. Ultimately, she ended up going back to writing her characters down instead of acting them out, so she could stay at home with her kids.

    Rebekah is a member of Romance Writers of America and is a board member of both the Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal and her local Los Angeles chapters. When she isn’t spending time telling the lives of the characters constantly chattering inside her head, you can find her with her husband and four children; reading comic books, gaming, at the movies or taking care of the menagerie of pets. A dog, a rabbit, two bearded dragons, and three tortoises. Wonder woman, the escaped snake, has yet to be located.

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