AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE…MY LITTLE BROTHER

My little brother truly was an extraordinary guy.  He was born on June 12, 1957 and was named Cecil Michael Bettger…Cecil after our dad.  We just called him Mike.  He was born with a very rare disease called Hallermann-Streiff Syndrome, and he wasn’t expected to live more than a few days or weeks at the most.

Hallermann-Streiff Syndrome is a horrible affliction that is a congenital disorder.  It affects cranial development, causes cataracts, blindness, and a small stature.

The soft spot on the front of the skull that babies are born with never fully closed on Mike’s head as he grew older. He was born with cataracts and at only nine days old was one of the youngest babies (in 1957) to have surgery on his eyes.  He had limited eyesight and wore thick glasses in order to see anything at all .  His teeth never fully grew in, so he had to wear dentures, which he hated, by the way.  At barely 5’2”, he weighed only around 100 pounds.  Although, his bone structure was small, his internal organs were full size.  This created additional health concerns. He was sick more than most of us with common ailments like colds and flu.

Now, even though Mike was the most amazing person I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing, our mom is definitely the strongest woman I’ve ever known.  Even when the doctors told her Mike didn’t have a chance of surviving for long, she knew differently.  She would not give up on her baby boy and she was determined to do everything in her power to give him the best life possible for however long he was with us.

Mom’s attitude was Mike’s saving grace.  After my parents had the cataract surgery performed on Mike, doctors told them he still wouldn’t live to be more than a few months old, and they might consider putting him in a special facility where he could be cared for around the clock.  Mom disagreed.

She brought my baby brother home and cared for him like any mother would care for her newborn.  Mike needed more attention than most infants.  He needed drops in his eyes several times a day; he had a difficult time swallowing sometimes; and he was very fragile because of his tiny bone structure and of the delicate soft spot on his skull.  In spite of everything, he continued to thrive.

Those negative doctors told my parents it was a miracle that he had lived for a year, and probably wouldn’t survive past two years old. He would never walk or talk.  Once again, they suggested he should be put in a special facility for children with severe disabilities.  Mom said no.

I vaguely remember my mom sitting on the floor with my baby brother laying in front of her while she worked his thin little legs up and down, and around and around to build up muscle in them. He was a little later than most toddlers, but he was running around like a little wild child by the time he was fourteen months old.

As far as talking, well, he was a little jabber box right from the start.  It didn’t take us all long to realize that although he had many physical limitations, he was virtually a genus in the brain department.  He was just an extraordinary miracle in every way.  And thanks to our amazing mom he was given every opportunity to prove it.

Mike was extremely funny, witty and talented, especially when it came to music.  He loved all genres of music.  He could hear a song on the radio just once, then go sit down at his keyboard and sing every word and play nearly every chord.  Writing silly songs and funny stories about people he knew were two of his favorite past-times.

Mom started his schooling with a private tutor who came to our house every day.  But, Mike wanted to go to the ‘real’ school.  He excelled in his classes and graduated from High School.  Then, he worked in an office for the local Forest Service Agency for eighteen years.  Even though he was considered legally blind, he did have some vision and with the use of a special scope and other visual technology, he was able to read and type without too much difficulty.  It was rare to see him without his reading scope and a book.  Stephen King was his favorite author.  Unfortunately, he went completely blind when he was about forty years old and had to retire from his job.

Listening to books on tape and to his extensive music collection became his main activity, but this was something he loved doing.  He always said his room was his favorite place to hang out.  I think one of the most exceptional things about Mike was his ability to overcome and overlook his disabilities.  Although life was not easy for Mike, he was almost always happy and could turn any bad situation into a good one—or a lesson for less accepting people like me.

I remember being in a mall with him once and noticing some teenagers were pointing and laughing at him.  Because of his diminutive size, his abnormally thick glasses and slightly enlarged head, it was obvious he had disabilities.  Encountering rude people of all ages was a common occurrence when we were in public with Mike, and we usually ignored it so he didn’t know some ignorant people were making fun of him.

But, for some reason when we were in the mall that one day, I just lost it.  I told those teenagers how sad it was that their parents hadn’t taught them any manners, they should be lucky they were healthy, and to go look in the mirror because they weren’t perfect, either.  Yikes.

Mike was mortified.  He told me, “Don’t be mad at those kids.  They just don’t know any better.”  Then he added, “Life is too short to be bothered by stuff like that.”  Wow.  I realized then I was the one with limited vision.

Mike passed away on February 10, 2002 of a heart disorder we didn’t know he had, and wasn’t even related to his Hallermann-Streiff Syndrome.  He was asleep in his bed in his favorite place…his bedroom.  He was 45 years old.  That’s forty-five years that he wasn’t even supposed to survive.  Forty-five years that we had the ultimate privilege of knowing and learning from this extraordinary person.

Bright blue and deep purple were his favorite colors.  I think because they were so easy for him to recognize.  He loved it when the sky was clear and blue.  He loved to wear purple shirts.  His enjoyment of food and Mountain Dew was legendary, even though he never gained a pound.  Dorito sandwiches were his specialty.  His goodbye was always ‘hasta la vista, baby’.  When Mike was still able to see somewhat, he really loved to watch fireworks.  His hilarious ongoing commentary during firework displays would keep us all in stitches.  We called one another constantly whenever we heard a new song on the radio that we thought we’d both like.  Sometimes, even now after all this time, I’ll hear a song and think, “I need to call Mike.”  I miss him so very much.

As I look up at the beautiful blue sky, I’d like to think today there’s a big party going on to celebrate his birthday in Heaven with lots of Dorito sandwiches, cases of Mountain Dew and huge fireworks.

Hey, Mike, if you can hear me above all the music and firecrackers, “Happy Birthday, Little Bro. Wow, are you old! You’re the BIG 6-0. Hasta la vista, baby…until we meet again.”

Mike

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TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITION…DAY 10

 

It’s finally here!  RELEASE DAY!  Happy dance, jumping for joy, and a nervousness that no amount of happiness can make go away.

This day, I’m sure, is the day all writers dream of…seeing their long writing journey come full circle.  For me, this day is a mixture of emotions.  When I write that very first sentence to the distant future when I finally write ‘The End’, I’m creating a fantasy world that feels as real to me as my own life.  I’ve taken this vague idea and these imaginary stick figures that I must breathe life into and flesh out until they are well-rounded (hopefully), relatable (hopefully), characters that will make my readers want to live in this imaginary world with me for that time that they are reading my book.

Then, if I’m fortunate enough to sell my creation, it grows wings and takes flight out into the world.  Haha, or at least, into the minimal group of readers that I’m fortunate to share it with.  This is where the nervousness come in.  What if no one likes my beloved characters?  What if everyone hates my carefully crafted fantasy world?  It’s like sending your child out into the cold-cruel world and hoping they make more friends than enemies on their new adventure.  It’s as scary as it is exciting.

When someone opens one of my books my greatest wish is they will experience every emotion humanly possible.  I want them to feel happy, sad, hopeful, passionate, angry, excited, anxious, and mostly love–all while they are reading the words that I have written on the pages of my book.  If my readers can share all of these emotions with me, then I know I’ve accomplished my goal as a writer.

So, as my TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITION comes to an end, I want to thank you all again for sharing this crazy journey with me.  I couldn’t have done it without your support.  I hope you enjoy Superstition!  If you like it, please help an author (me) out, and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.  I can’t wait to share this book with all of you.

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TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITION…DAY 9

One more day!  I’m more than a little excited to finally see Superstition go live.  Once again, thank you so much to all of you who have hung in here with me through all the trials and errors of the past few years.

Today I’m going to tell you about the promotions for Superstition that will be going on for the next few days and I’m going to be doing a question and answer session here on my blog.  Ask me anything about writing, or whatever.  Let’s talk!

Superstition will be featured or presented on the following sites in the next week:

Affair de Coeur Cover Contest: I will be posting more information about voting.

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Thank you for sharing this incredible journey with me.  I couldn’t do it without all of you!

Ask me some questions here in the comment section and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.  Tomorrow I will be hanging out on my Facebook Page where I’ll be celebrating the release of Superstition!  WooHoo!  Please stop by and help me party.

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Now available for pre-order in eBook and paperback! Watch for news about the release of the audio book.  Release date: June 9, 2017

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TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITION…DAY 8

Thank you to everyone who has been taking the time to read my blog posts for the past week.  I have to admit when I decided to do ten days of posts about my new book I thought it would be easy.  No such luck.  For some reason, writing blog posts are so hard for me.  I can write 400+ pages for a book, but writing a couple pages for my blog is complete brain-damage.  Hopefully, I’m not boring you all too much.

So, here we are at day 8.  Superstition will be released on Friday.  WooHoo!  Today I’m sharing the blurb on the back cover of the book and one of my favorite scenes.  I hope you enjoy them.

Treasure lies deep in the Superstition Mountains, but is it worth the price…

Mateo Two Moons’ family has guarded dark secrets and unspeakable horrors for centuries. His Apache Blood Clan is dhampyre—half human, half vampire. But he will risk revealing the truth concealed in The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, exposing his entire family, and even his own existence to claim his human mate and change the perilous fate of his clan.

Dawn Malone’s move to Arizona to teach middle school has expanded her horizons. Meeting new people, hiking the desert wilderness, and the lure of gold fever in the old mine is exactly what she needs.  The handsome Apache she encounters seems almost too good to be true.  Mateo Two Moon’s sexy, dangerous air draws her in, seducing her heart and soul. But her intrigue concerning the secrets he keeps turns to confusion and horror as she begins to realize the man she’s falling for could be something she didn’t even believe existed…

Even though there is no sex in this scene, it follows a very erotic episode, so the residual passion is still lingering as they enjoy an evening in Phoenix listening to Mateo’s favorite musician.  Several times in previous scenes, Dawn has made jokes about the old-fashioned term ‘swooning’, because being around sexy Mateo sometimes made her feel like she was losing control of her own actions.  In this scene, she finally gives into the realization that her gorgeous vampire truly does make her swoon.  To me, slow dancing can be almost as passionate as making love.  I hope I was able to convey the feelings of my hero and heroine’s deep connection, physically and mentally, in this scene.

It had been hours since their enthusiastic tryst against the wall in her apartment, but she was still radiating a special glow only an act of such intense sexual activity could inspire. A smile claimed her kiss swollen lips as she thought about the amazing man who waited for her in the next room.

 The vampire?

The unbelievable and secret world he claimed to exist in when he was away from her could not be as awful as it seemed if he was a part of it. But she was not going to think about any of that stuff tonight, she reminded herself. 

The music was beginning again as Joseph Red Feather started his last music set of the evening.  Grabbing her evening bag, she headed out of the ladies’ room. She had only taken a couple of steps, though, when the breath stopped short in her chest and her feet ceased to move.

Mateo was walking toward her. Like a sleek dark panther, he moved through the crowd on the dance floor. His long hair had slipped out from behind one of his ears, partially covering his eye on that side of his face, and tumbling provocatively over one of his broad shoulders. Wearing all black, and in this dim lighting, his raven hair seemed to blend into his black jacket and shirt, making it appear as if his thick tresses had no ending.

She reminded herself to breathe.

As he drew nearer, she could see the suggestive glint in his dark gaze. His thoughts were as transparent as the glass enclosure surrounding this rooftop establishment. Was he going to seduce her right here? Right now? She could only hope.

He was still several steps away, but his burning gaze was reaching out and touching her entire body intimately. His eyes moved over her with slow persuasion, before coming to rest on her trembling lips, which were parted with the panting breaths she was taking. 

If he kissed her right now, she was sure she would be the one who would lose control this time, and they might have a repeat performance of the one they had earlier tonight in her apartment—right here in the middle of the dance floor.

She drew in a ragged breath and unconsciously held it at the back of her throat for a moment before exhaling it in one sharp gust.

A slightly crooked smile curved his full lips as he held his hand out toward her. Her legs felt unsteady and weak on her sky-high stilettos. 

“May I have this dance, Miss Malone?” he asked in a deep husky tone. 

Swoon. Swoon. Swoon.

She stared at him with wide eyes. She couldn’t speak, so she merely nodded her head and reached out to take his hand. As their fingers entwined, Dawn was sure fireworks just went off overhead. He pulled her into his arms and they moved into the throng of other couples dancing to the slow romantic music. But she didn’t notice anyone other than the immortal man who held her in his loving embrace.

Her head rested in the crook of his neck and she breathed in the musky scent of his intoxicating cologne. One of his arms encircled her waist, holding her as close to him as possible. Their other hands were clasped together against their sides as they swayed to the haunting music wafting among the twinkling lights encircling the dance floor.

If it could be in her power she would never allow this enchanting night to end. She knew without a doubt this was where she had always been destined to be—in his arms now and always. As the music gently faded away, Mateo bent her backward with a graceful dip and leaned down over her. Time was suspended in this amorous moment as his mouth descended on her lips and claimed them with a tender kiss. It was more enchanting than a dream. And this was a dreamland Dawn wished she could stay in forever.

Tomorrow I will post information about release day on Friday and the places I will be promoting Superstition.  I will also do a Q & A if anyone would like to ask me any questions about writing or anything else.  Thank you so much for joining me on this journey.

Now available for pre-order in eBook and paperback! Watch for news about the release of the audio book.  Release date: June 9, 2017

https://www.amazon.com/Superstition-Blood-Clan-Book-1-ebook/dp/B071VPQSY7/

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TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITON…DAY 7

It’s hard to put into words how much music affects my mood and enhances my life.  This is especially true when I’m writing.  The sound of songs I love playing in the background enhances my creativity in so many ways.  My taste in music is very eclectic.  Rock will always be number one with me.  But, I can get into a good country or bluegrass song, too. The following links are the songs I listened to over and over again when I was writing Superstition.  I’ve really been enjoying listening to all of them again while I’m putting this post together.

A few years ago I wrote this little blurb and I think it sums it up best: Music…moves me, inspires me, touches my deepest emotions and my darkest desires. It gives me wings to soar over the highest summits. A song can change my day, my mood, my world. Sing to me and I’m yours forever. Take my music from me and I will simply fade away like a vanishing mist…Veronica

Superstition Play List

Casper:                                                             Derek Blake

This is my amazing oldest grandson, aka D-Rock.  I’m biased, but I think he’s just great!  He lives in Fort Collins, CO, and plays regularly all over Colorado and on many nationwide tours.  When he released this song last year, I just couldn’t stop listening to it, especially when I was writing.

https://derekblake.bandcamp.com/track/casper-part-1

Beneath Your Beautiful:                              Labrinth

This song…wow!  The lyrics, the singing, the music, all of it, just gives me goosebumps.  It inspired the dance scene in Superstition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqIxCtEveG8

The Sound Of Silence:                                  Disturbed

I loved the original, but I really LOVE this version.  The gritty sound of David Draiman’s voice just moves me.  The song didn’t inspire anything in my book.  But just listening to it when I’m writing is inspiring to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4

Down:                                                               Jason Walker

This song was relatable in the worse way when I was very depressed about trying to switch genres from historical romance to contemporary paranormal romance.  I listened to it way too much and let it get me ‘down’ way too much.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvGYYg40Ijw

Tougher Than The Rest:                               Chris LeDoux

As I mentioned before, I’m a rocker chick, and not a big fan of country.  But thanks to my upbringing, I am a country girl in some ways, too, and there are some singers and some songs that just inspire me regardless of their genre.  Chris LeDoux and his songs touch me deeply.  I listen to them when I’m writing because they tell a story and I’m telling a story.  His words have meaning to me.  Tougher Than The Rest…the song and the video just make me what to write about dynamic heroes and the fierce women they love!  His songs are constants when I’m writing any book.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWR7ILg75D4

Look At You Girl:                                            Chris LeDoux

Another song I love to listen to when I’m writing, especially when I’m writing a love scene.  When this song is playing, I can clearly see my hero looking at my heroine with the greatest love and deepest devotion ever.  Inspiring?  Oh, so much!  Candles burning softly are a must when listening to this song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNEVx_nN8bQ

Riding For a Fall:                                             Chris LeDoux

Just another Chris LeDoux song that I find has so much meaning to me.  Every book hero and/or heroine tempts fate.  In a romance novel there is no escape from the destiny set in motion from the very first word, and that is what creates the conflict we all love to read about.  For some reason, I wasn’t able to just post the link, so you’re getting the entire video picture.  ??

 

Bella’s Lullaby:                                               Carter Burwell

If you know me at all, you know that I’m a HUGE Twilight fan, also known as Twihard or Twiheart.  I love this beautiful piano solo and I love to listen to it when I’m feeling mellow and writing is coming easy.  A glass of wine is always nice with this song, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od-3oxpFWB0

A Thousand Years                                          Christina Perri

Another beautiful song from the Twilight Saga.  It was perfect for the wedding scene in Breaking Dawn, Part One, and it makes me think of my own hero and heroine in Superstition.  Their love is so great that not even forever is long enough.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtOvBOTyX00

Feel Like Makin’ Love:                                  Kid Rock

Kid Rock is one of my all time favorite musicians.  I love everything he does, but this song was just seemed to be one that fit my mood while I was writing Superstition.  Mateo and Dawn always feel like makin’ love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-tMN_etwV0

Crave You                                                        Flight Facilities

The title caught my attention…Mateo craves Dawn’s blood.  Then the line, ‘dripping in gold’ made me think of the goldmine in Superstition.  Boom!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=180zwSUBQkY

Beauty of the night:                                      Mads Langer

I loved this song as soon as I hear the title, because my hero, Mateo, could only come out at night.  Night time felt special—beautiful—when he was with my heroine, Dawn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmNrv_8FyRs

Walls On Fire:                                                  Stevie Nicks

Everything Stevie does, I love.  This is an old song, but I enjoyed listening to it when I was writing.  Mateo is my favorite book hero…I loved writing about him.  He sets my world on fire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwnS_cGfaj4

Poison:                                                             Alice Cooper

I’ve always liked this song.  But, it related to Superstition, because it makes me think about how Dawn would get sick when Mateo bit her.  His vampire bite was like venomous poison. Perfect!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq4j1LtCdww

I Will Follow You Into The Dark:                 Death Cab For Cutie

My talented grandson played this song at one of his concerts I was fortunate to be at, and the words reminded me of how Dawn would follow Mateo anywhere, even if it meant she could die.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDHY1D0tKRA

Amen:                                                               Halestorm

I love Halestorm.  I love this song.  Sometimes, I just need to rock out when writing.  When this song comes on my playlist, I take a break from the computer and dance around the room and do a little head banging.  It’s probably scary to see (I’m old), but it keeps me young and it’s inspiring.  Haha!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sXoA7B5yJo

Tomorrow I will post the blurb from the back cover of Superstition, and my favorite scene from the book.  Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Now available for pre-order in eBook and paperback! Watch for news about the release of the audio book.  Release date: June 9, 2017

https://www.amazon.com/Superstition-Blood-Clan-Book-1-ebook/dp/B071VPQSY7/

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TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITION…DAY 6

Writing a book is personal…like baring your soul personal.  So, it only seems natural to me that dedicating your special creation to someone should be personal, too.  I dedicate my books to the ones who were there supporting me while I was writing a particular book or to people who touched my life in another way during the time I was working on a manuscript.  They may not realize it, but that single sentence or two mentioning their name or names at the beginning of my book is as heartfelt as it gets.

Superstition is dedicated to those amazing people who—in some profound way—affected my life in the past five years.  Some of them read my horrible first drafts (several times) and then took the time to give me their opinions and suggestions.  When I wanted to throw in the towel on this book, others gave me a stern talking to and refused to let me give up.  One awesome friend even gave me her laptop when mine crashed and I was writing the final couple of chapters.  Another great lady did numerous picture edits for me so that I could use them for inspiration and promotion.  All of those things meant so much and made all the difference between quitting and finally finishing this book.

Then, there are the cherished ones who gained their angel wings while I was writing this book.  There are no words to describe the void their loss has left in my life.  But, I know they are still cheering me on and I hope they know the legacy they left behind for the rest of us is priceless.

Dedication

For Cecil Bettger: My amazing dad…my bigger-than-life hero.DSCF6504

For Heather Blake: My beautiful daughter-in-law. She was my writing mentor and never failed to tell me if she loved something I wrote or if she thought it was really awful.

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For Michelle McGruder:  We packed a lifetime of amazing experiences into the twenty years of our friendship.

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All angels now. Fly free beautiful souls.

A very special thank you to the following ladies for their help, encouragement, and constant support—Tiffany Blake McGuire, Amanda DeNeice, Cathi Yost, Crystal Corcoran, Charlotte Wuestewald, Kelly Grey, Staci Chastain, Lynn Vickers, Debbie Teague, Kathryn Rodriguez, Jennifer Schmidt, Niki Starforth, Tiffany Brovege, Meichele Pittman, and Helena Taylor

Tomorrow I will post my eclectic playlist for Superstition.  Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Now available for pre-order in eBook and paperback! Watch for news about the release of the audio book.  Release date: June 9, 2017

https://www.amazon.com/Superstition-Blood-Clan-Book-1-ebook/dp/B071VPQSY7/

TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITION…Day 5

Today is Sunday Funday.  I’m going to share some fun stuff that reminds me of scenes in Superstition and some actual quotes from the book that I think are fun.  I hope you enjoy them.

“Then they politely said goodbye to me like I was no longer worth their time, and waited out here on the sidewalk until he finished screwing you with his eyes and talking dirty in your ear. They all took off while you finished having a Mateo-gasm back there in the middle of the restaurant.”

Orgasm

 

No fangs? Nothing about Mateo Two Moons was typical, not even his vampire bite, she determined with an aggravated huff.

yes I do bite

 

Now, I’m not saying this salsa, named Mateo’s, or wine called Superstition, and the street sign by the same name of my hunky hero, are all products of my book, but hey, the salsa does say it’s not responsible for obsession.  I wouldn’t mind someone being obsessed with my new book!

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Did women in this day and age still swoon, she wondered? That old-fashioned word might be the only one to describe what she was feeling right now, and she knew about these old fashioned things because, after all, she was a history teacher.

Swoon

 

Today she really did feel like she had been rode hard and put away wet. She would never leave home without her vibrator again.

viberator

 

She rubbed her sleepy eyes and tried to focus on the note. Please don’t let it be filled with bad news like, ˜Dear Easy One-Night Stand, Wish you had higher morals, but you don’t, so I won’t be seeing you again. Bye Bye.

one night stand

 

Chloe walked into the apartment and snickered. “And you’re obviously still trying to catch up on sleep. He must have worn you out, big time. Seriously, you look like hell. But in a good way, of course.”  She smiled and shook her head.  “Wet dreams. Pizza Porn. And now this.”

Pizza porn

 

This is one hell of a sexy look you have going on here, Miss Malone. You are giving a whole new meaning to fringe.” He cocked one brow, adding, “And my people do know our fringe.

Cover 2

 

Tomorrow I will talk about my book dedication.  Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Now available for pre-order in eBook and paperback! Watch for news about the

upcoming release of the audio book.  Release date: June 9, 2017

https://www.amazon.com/Superstition-Blood-Clan-Book-1-ebook/dp/B071VPQSY7/

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