Sunday, March 10, 2013

Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon - spotlight!

Book Info:
Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon
Book #1
By Robert S. Fuller Jr.
Publication Date: November 2012

Book Blurb:
While collaborating on a fashion show, Samantha Hammond, a forty-something Display Manager, draws the attention of the mysterious clothing designer Valerie Ross. Samantha’s journey of self-discovery takes her from the security of her hometown in Lexington, Ohio to the shores of a secluded paradise called Sabbatical Island. As their relationship flourishes, Samantha learns that Valerie harbors a terrifying secret. The revelation thrusts Samantha into a nightmarish world where vampires and witches dwell in the darkness. Pamela Darius, a murderous adversary from Valerie’s past, uses Samantha and those around her as pawns in a deadly game filled with seduction, pain, betrayal, and death.

About the Author:

Robert is a fan of all things relating to vampires. It’s this obsession with vampires that makes his debut, “Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon”, the perfect vehicle to launch his writing career. Robert was born and raised in Northeast Ohio at a time when late night television stations filled their programming with old horror movies. Robert gravitated towards the motion picture vampire, but also the vampires depicted in the writings of Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, and Robert McCammon.
Robert worked at JC Penney’s, where he spent 10 years in the Visual Display Department. His love of vampires, and a decade in the retail/fashion industry, provided the inspiration to create his own vampire tale. After several years of writing and re-writing, “Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon” was born.
When Robert isn’t writing, he enjoys going to the movies, or listening to his extensive music collection. Robert is a huge sports fan, but prefers football and baseball to all other sports. One of his favorite pastimes is participating as team owner and Commissioner of a long running fantasy football league. Robert manages to travel to the beaches of South Carolina at least once a year to recharge and enjoy some ocean time. Robert is married to his best friend and soul mate, Jackie. They have a son, Dustin, and two rambunctious cats, Meeps and Benny.


Valerie has come to Lexington after selecting Samantha’s department store to host her annual fashion show. Valerie has fallen for Samantha and wants to spend more time with her, so she invites her to dinner. Samantha has no idea that Valerie harbors a terrifying secret, but finds herself drawn to the mysterious woman. There is an attraction between them, and here we find the beginnings of that attraction. The tentative first steps enrich the relationship of these two women as they awkwardly gain their confidence.

Valerie pours each of them a glass of wine and raises hers, offering a toast, “to truth, love, and new beginnings.”

They clink their glasses together and Samantha swiftly guzzles hers in a single gulp trying to quiet her nerves. She pauses a second for the wine to settle in her stomach, hoping it will settle her down a little. Part of her dreads what she wants to discuss and how awkward it may sound, but for them to move forward, she needs to get through it.

“Where will we go from here? I’ve been down this road before with someone I thought I’d be with for the rest of my life. I’m just so confused about how I feel and need you to convince me that I am not just a conquest, or some sort of prize you collect,” Samantha confesses nearly breaking down into tears. She pours herself another glass of wine.

“No my dear, you’re not a conquest or a trophy. In fact, I’m a lot like you. I haven’t felt this way about someone in a long time. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I believe in fate. Why else would I choose Lexington unless destiny wanted us to meet?” Valerie explains hoping her words break down the barrier that Samantha has built between them.

“Then, here’s to fate,” Samantha exclaims as she raises her glass and downs half of it in a single swallow.

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