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Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire Book 1) Kindle Edition

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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 in MOON DANCE, 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. 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.


**Acclaim for MOON DANCE and J.R. RAIN**

"I enjoyed this immensely. The protagonist, Samantha Moon, is a female vampire with a husband and children. Those predate her condition; six years ago she was attacked by a vampire and rendered into one. Now she's trying to carry on with family and private eye business, and she's a feisty, skilled person, so is doing mostly okay. It is not a horror story; she buys animal blood to eat and doesn't generally prey on humans. But her husband has an increasing problem with her coldness--not of spirit, but of body. 'You sicken me and scare the hell out of me,' he tells her. 'And when I touch you it's all I can do to not gag.' She replies, 'Words every wife wants to hear.' I love this! She really doesn't deserve to be frozen out of her marriage, yet his attitude is understandable. In the course of the novel she solves the mystery she is tackling for a client, and finds a new romantic interest. What makes it special are her character and nature. I sure wouldn't have kicked her out of bed. I recommend it as light reading, odd as that may sound."
—Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author of A SPELL FOR CHAMELEON and ON A PALE HORSE

"MOON DANCE is absolutely brilliant!"
—Lisa Tenzin-Dolma, author of UNDERSTANDING THE PLANETARY MYTHS

"MOON DANCE is a must read. If you like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter, be prepared to love J. R. Rain's Samantha Moon, vampire private investigator."
—Eve Paludan, author of LETTERS FROM DAVID

"Impossible to put down. J.R. Rain's MOON DANCE is a fabulous urban fantasy."
—April Vine, author of THE MIDNIGHT ROSE

"Gripping, adventurous, and romantic—J.R. Rain's THE LOST ARK is a breakneck thriller that traces the thread of history from Biblical stories to current-day headlines. Be prepared to lose sleep!"
—James Rollins, international bestselling author of ALTAR OF EDEN and THE DOOMSDAY KEY

"DARK HORSE is one of the best books I've read in a long time! A great classic detective story with a modern twist. Unique and interesting characters (I think I'm half in love with Jim Knighthorse now!), a great plot that kept me guessing until the end, and some of the funniest lines I've read anywhere. Rain does an amazing job of blending suspense, mystery and humor in this fantastic debut novel destined for the keeper shelf."
—Gemma Halliday, award-winning author of SPYING IN HIGH HEELS and VIVA LAS VEGAS

"I totally loved THE BODY DEPARTED. As someone who communicates with those who are either earthbound or have crossed over—your descriptions and interpretations of the dialogue and circumstances could not have been written more accurately. My favorite scene is the one of Jesus stepping down from the cross and then the passionate and compassionate way it was treated as he went back to the cross. I will relive that for a long time to come. You're a wonderfully descriptive writer who paints a very creative, visionary canvass based in a paranormal pallet that only a few experience and many can enjoy. Thank you for your talent."
—Julie Belmont, author of THE PATH TO PERSONAL SUCCESS AND FREEDOM

About the Author

J.R. Rain is the international bestselling author of over fifty novels, including his popular Samantha Moon and Jim Knighthorse series. His books are published in five languages in twelve countries, and he has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Please visit him at www.jrrain.com.

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  • Print Length: 252 pages
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  • Language: English
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This was an excellent read. Well written. Loved the characters. Good story all around. Definitely reading more by this author.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3658780) out of 5 stars 789 reviews
101 of 109 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5981a44) out of 5 stars A surprsingly great book April 29 2010
By AHA64 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have never heard of this publisher, and a quick search didn't show a web presence, so I was leery about buying this book given the amount of poorly edited, terrible stories I've read by innocently purchasing 'self published' Kindle books.
I am so, so glad I decided to give this author a go. This is definitely the gem among the chaff.
This book is GREAT. Very 'human', if a story about a vampire can be human. Angst, foibles, the-world-is-still-screwed-up even though (and sometimes because) the protagonist is a vampire. Readers who like Charlaine Harris' OTHER series (not the one made into a TV series, but her other work) will adore this heroine. Feisty, confused and doing her damnedest to make the best of a horrible situation.
The only thing I didn't like was a too neatly tied up plot line (had to do with the vamp who turned her).
I hope the writer continues the story line in future books. I will definitely be keeping an eye out!
106 of 128 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa37bcc60) out of 5 stars I want my 99 cents back April 28 2011
By Squidalina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to say that I'm really shocked by all the four and five star reviews of this book. It was one of the worst pieces of writing I have ever encountered. I mean truly, embarrassingly bad. Not only was there no character development, no conflict, no emotion, but the characters were so broad and clichéd, they could have been written by a grade-schooler. I fact, as a teacher, I would flunk a kid if they showed me this. Yes, we know all cops like donuts, but can you think of anything else cops like that hasn't been said a thousand times? You say men like big breasts? Shocking! It can't be true! The lack of imagination boggles the mind.

I also have to assume that the author is male because this is an insultingly bad attempt at the female perspective. There was not one element of Samantha Moon that felt true. This is a character who is supposedly going through a terrible crisis and is distracted by a bartender's "buns". Yes, buns. And no, it's not set in Akron, Ohio, circa 1988. This is a character that thinks "down girl" to herself (over and over), because she can barely resist the "hunky-ness" of every man she meets, including the old cop with a "real man's" belly. In fact, all the men are "real men", except for the cop's embarrassingly gay son. Ugh. Just ugh.

The best thing I can say about this book is that there were fewer typos than I would have expected.
79 of 96 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4ec9630) out of 5 stars Moon Dance by J.R. Rain April 23 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Lately, I had been thinking that vampire stories were overdone. I have my favorite authors in the genre and honestly wasn't looking for anymore. It seems that authors don't want to write about normal people anymore. The stories all seem to have vampires, witches, wizards, and zombies in them. I was looking for an author that wrote normal stories not paranormal. Spies, police officers, detectives, these were the heroes that I was looking for.

I first ran across J.R. Rain's work on myspace. I had a friend request waiting in my inbox. I accepted and went to look up his work. Wow, what an impressive list of reviewers, what could my thoughts possibly mean after so many great authors have said such positive things about his work.

While I was debating which book to start with for our book club I got the opportunity to read Moon Dance. I have never been overly impressed with first person fiction, with a few notable exceptions. Maybe, because I never felt like I could become the character.

Right there Mr.Rain's story had two strikes against it. Strike One - Main character is a vampire (paranormal). Ball One - Detective. Strike Two - First Person narration. The count was 2-1 and I was waiting for that third strike to fly directly over the plate and pound into the catchers mitt, instead Mr. Rain's story connected directly with the ball (my mind) and knocked it out of the park.

Mr. Rain managed to make me fall so far into the character that I couldn't put the story down once I started reading.
40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4676600) out of 5 stars At least it's not expensive. March 14 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The best thing I can say about this is that for a self-published book it's fairly well edited. The plot is okay, but the writing isn't anything spectacular. At times it's clunky, with the same phrases repeated several times -- often on the same page. We get it. She's a vampire. She's apparently been a vampire for several years. It doesn't need to be stated on every single page. It's also another case where someone's been a vampire for years but is just now starting to realize this means she's got "abilities" she didn't know she had?

The character names are laughable. The story was predictable. None of the characters are particularly likeable. Finishing this book felt like a chore.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa35a4df8) out of 5 stars Clumsy and Awkward as a Newly Minted Zombie Aug. 23 2011
By JDora - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
**WARNING: Mild general plot spoilers herein**

I don't often quit books halfway through, but Moon Dance was far too awkward and clumsy for me to want to finish. I'm kind of baffled at how highly it's reviewed. The problem is that despite what is a genuinely interesting premise (a woman who is coping with vampirism and struggling to hold on to both her humanity and her family), the characters are far too boring and the plot feels disjointed and unengaging. Nobody gets any character development; describing them as "Samantha's sister", "Samantha's husband", "Samantha's two generic children" also describes the whole of their personalities, like you could swap names around and nothing would really feel different.

Worst is the female lead herself, who has no real personality beyond a few stereotypical one-liners to the point that you could swap her out with any generic, insecure police-procedural heroine. She isn't funny or involving or sympathetic. It didn't help that she had me convinced she was stupid; with her supernatural senses, Samantha smells another woman on her husband, hears another woman murmuring to him in the background when he calls her from "work", comes home with lipstick all over his ears, is constantly home late, and despite saying in one chapter she knows he's cheating on her, in the next she argues with someone else that he might not be. I mean, come on; there's denial, and then there's too stupid to function. Another issue is the fact that she claims to love her kids SO MUCH and her heart would be OH EM GEE TORN FROM HER CHEST if they were gone, yet we get half a paragraph about them that's supposed to suffice to make the relationship endearing, and we're not supposed to be on someone else's side when they suggest her kids might be in danger with her when Sam REPEATEDLY LOSES CONTROL OF HERSELF and becomes violent? I get that someone going through as drastic a psychological upheaval as Sam must have after her vampirism began would probably want to pretend everything was okay and cling to normalcy in her marriage as long as she could, but the problem is the writing wasn't up to the task of conveying that. She just comes across as both ignorant and wildly unpredictable with her mood swings. And, seriously... her big confidant is some guy with no personality she met through a random vampire role-play chatroom?

I also found myself annoyed by how readily everyone was jumping to the conclusion and accepting that Samantha was a vampire. I mean, she is, but you would expect people who have had zero experience with the supernatural up til now to be a little skeptical about that, right? Instead, within five minutes of meeting her, characters will connect pale skin + out at night + "rare medical condition that makes her avoid sunlight" MUST mean she's a vampire, and everyone is far too willing to make that connection. In reality, she'd be branded as weird and eccentric, but the human mind is hard-wired to deny, deny, deny until they have irrevocable proof staring them in the face, and everything about Sam's vampirism is circumstantial non-evidence. The romance that pops up halfway through the book was also so abrupt and underdeveloped that I literally set the Kindle down and went, "Seriously? Too sudden. Too fast." It was completely unexpected and unfounded, and I don't mean in a dreamy, whirlwind romance kind of way.

Another minor annoyance is that the author tends to reuse words over and over in the same paragraph, so you'll get, "He looked at me with compassion. He placed his hands on mine compassionately" and so forth and so on, until it makes you want to send along a Thesaurus. I know I'm coming across as overly critical, but I'm frustrated because it seems like this whole book is so amateurish and the author clearly has a creative mind and talent that needs to be developed better. I couldn't have given a crap about the generic hitman case Sam was supposed to be solving, but I was much more interested when the book was talking about her vampirism; there's a scene where Sam is awake in her house at night while everyone else in her family is sleeping, and she eats cookies to try to feel normal that her vampiric system forces her to violently regurgitate a moment later... it reduces her to tears of self-pity for how strange and alien she is, and for a brief moment I really felt for her.

All of this seems like the sort of thing that might get better as the series goes on and the author practices their craft and develops their own style, but as it is now, I couldn't care less about anyone or anything happening in the book and I had to call it quits. If you're starved for vampire stories, this one has glimpses of some real genius creativity in it, but on the whole failed to really make any impression beyond "Meh".