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Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1 | [J. R. Rain]

Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1

Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six 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 the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun.
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Publisher's Summary

Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six 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 the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun. Now working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Samantha discovers Kingsley isn't exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.

Blood money: listen to more in the Vampire for Hire series.

©2009 J.R. Rain (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 11-16-12
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2008

    The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "A Vampire with a Real Life"

    The story line intrigued me, a vampire with a husband & children and a job as a PI. Evidently it did more than that as it wasn't long until I had purchased all the books in this series and look forward to new ones.

    This is the story of a strong woman put through an utterly life changing, traumatic event who strives for normality with her family while discovering she is more than she thought. And all this with sarcasm, humor, and a great mystery.

    Books are short and while I would like more there is no need to mess with perfection.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Hawkins Auckland, New Zealand 10-08-12
    Ann Hawkins Auckland, New Zealand 10-08-12 Member Since 2012

    Short fuse

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    "Added twists for vamp tales"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. I liked the author's fresh approach and imaginative employment of a vampire's abilities together with some of the drawbacks. Just how would you cope with being a single parent of a non-vampire child in this situation?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moon Dance?

    The leap from a tall building was a suspenseful moment.


    What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is one top-class reader. She copes with the author's eccentric grammar without missing a beat, and conveys the emotions of the characters impeccably. I'd enjoy listening to her again.


    Could you see Moon Dance being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It's a possibility, after all, 'Moonlight' was a very entertaining series.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be interested in seeing this writer develop.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kickez United States 05-15-12
    Kickez United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2010

    PNR is my prefered genre, but I also enjoy any lighthearted, funny, steamy stories. Listening to books helps me to do mindless housework.

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    "A well written "vampire" for hire kind of book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Moon Dance to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moon Dance?

    This is a tricky question to answer without giving away too much. I enjoyed how she deals with the vampire hunter (her 'special' ability she discovers inc.)


    What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed her character voices. Her narrator voice is the cliché "private dick" voice, so I was left with the impression the main charater was tougher than nails, but the dialoge suggests otherwise. Sam is contineously filled with alot of doubt and sorrow over her transformation. So I guess I have mixed feelings about the narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was! though I try to save my audio books for when I'm doing boring mindless housework


    Any additional comments?

    Well for me I found great interest in the location of the book, I have spent almost my whole life in Orange County and the Embassy Suites where Sam finds herself in is where my husband and I spent our wedding night.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-26-11
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2001

    BJS

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    "Different twist on vampire theam"

    A married vampire with kids. Talk about your really screwed up relationships. However she's a good mom, and really tries. The story is really an interesting one and this is just book one of a series. I really did enjoy the story and narration by Dina Pearlman. Not that long of a listen, but it keeps moving. I'm going to try the next book in the series to see if J.R. Rain can keep up the interest and mystery.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael W. Haines Chardon, Ohio 01-30-14
    Michael W. Haines Chardon, Ohio 01-30-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good book to relax to"
    If you could sum up Moon Dance in three words, what would they be?

    I really enjoy this series. I can listen and put my world and troubles on hold for little while.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ihrtaudbks LA, USA 06-30-13
    Ihrtaudbks LA, USA 06-30-13 Member Since 2008

    luvsbooks

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    "Hooked me from the start"

    I normally read more mystery style vampire books, like Molly Harper or Tate Hallaway but I got hooked on J.R.Rain's Vampire for Hire series from the start. I had to have them all and read to the end. After reading the first book I had to go look up the author to see if it was a man or a woman because he does Samantha Moon's first person point of view so well. Sure there are the tell tale clues that he's a man once you get into it, but still it was throughly enjoyable.

    Why I didn't buy them all at one time, "I don't know". Lol, he must say that a thousand times but I found myself rather than being annoyed being tickled when in a later book he changed it to "I JUST didn't know". It's his style, it's Sam's voice. I'm okay with that.

    His keeps you guessing at the end of each book. Definitely read them in order and pick up the short stories as well.

    Dina Pearlman actually acts the part of Sam in this book. It's very well done. I've heard her before but never quite this good. I've found too that sometimes the book dictates how the narrator reads and it's not their fault if they sound different. On another audible book, I moved my ipod to a faster read and that fixed the problem with the slow narration.

    If you like private eyes, a different vampire world, or just a plain good read, try the Vampire for Hire series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JudyD Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 06-21-13
    JudyD Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 06-21-13
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    "I happen to like J.R. Rain's books"
    What did you love best about Moon Dance?

    I enjoy most of his books but had reservations about another vampire book. This one is different, that's for sure. Not what you would expect, but an entertaining who done it, in keeping with his investigation background. I found it enjoyable reading and I like being able to go between book and audiobook with Whispersync, listing to the audiobook when commuting in the car. I am going to download a few more of this series and enjoy them now!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra United States 05-06-13
    Sandra United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    Where does Moon Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    3


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The fact that she is living a somewhat normal life w/2 kids


    Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but she is very good


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book but would have loved some background. The book starts 6 years after the main character has been attacked and that is all we know. A little more detail on Who, what, when and where would have been nice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    April Hagopian Rancho Cordova, ca 02-04-13
    April Hagopian Rancho Cordova, ca 02-04-13
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    "Great for passing time."
    Where does Moon Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Moon Dance was the first audiobook I've listened to.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make the ending a little more exciting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Learning to fly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Atlanta, GA, United States 12-10-12
    Rachael Atlanta, GA, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A really enjoyable listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to Moon Dance the most enjoyable?

    The fact that it was a short full story I could fit in an afternoon!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moon Dance?

    Sam winning her boxing match!


    Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't yet.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved when Sam had to leave her kids


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this as a quick read, it was well written and I look forward to reading/listening to more of these stories!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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