Vaempires Revolution Book One ~ The Evolutionary War Author: Thomas Winship File Size: 202 KB Print Length: 216 pages Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466398647 Publisher: Thomas Winship (October 28, 2011) Language: English ASIN: B0060ZO5JG Synopsis: It is the morning of Princess Cassandra’s sixteenth birthday. Everyone’s attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the momentous event. Cassandra’s boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He’s still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires—former vampires who mutated into warm-blooded creatures with an insatiable hunger for cold blood—have launched coordinated attacks across the globe, with three goals: the eradication of humanity, the enslavement of vampires, and the ascension of væmpires as the dominant species on the planet.
The vampire and human leaders are killed.Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons: a new breed of væmpire that is far deadlier than any ever seen before.
What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, and walk through walls?
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What if vampires evolved?
Hello everyone! I’m Thomas Winship, author of Væmpires: Revolution and Væmpires: White Christmas. Both books are part of a new ongoing vampire series that explores the question: what if vampires evolved?
Of course, right about now you may be asking yourself other questions—something along the lines of: What the heck is a væmpire? How are they different from vampires? Or perhaps even: where can I get a good cup of coffee around here?
I can help with the first two, but you’re on your own with the quest for coffee. Keep in mind that there are some who claim that a good cup of coffee doesn’t actually exist, that it’s as much a myth as Atlantis or a true middle class … or even vampires, for that matter. Of course, if you insist on forging ahead, here’s a foolproof approach that works in finding just about anything: locate a large group of people (the larger the group the better) and step right into the midst of them—into the heart of the beast, if you will. Then, in a loud, strident voice that brooks no dissent, demand that they drop whatever it is they’re doing and assist you in your endeavor.
Naturally, some people will be unwilling to assist. These people will come around, but they must be convinced. For my money, vague—yet outrageous—threats and/or predictions of dire consequences (should they continue refusing to assist, of course) work wonders in such circumstances … so let your imagination (and your behavior) run wild. While I can’t promise success, I can share that this approach has never failed to yield spectacular results in my experience.
So—public service announcement aside, not to mention my warped sense of humor—let me get back to the topic of this blog: væmpires.
But first: I’m very excited to be today’s guest blogger at Keeping Up With The Rheinlanders! I’m so thankful to Melissa for inviting me and I appreciate everyone taking the time to stop by. For my part, I promise to behave while also doing my best to entertain you.
So, here goes …
Before I tell you about my booksor explain the differences between væmpires and vampires, why don’t I take a few steps back and give you the big picture first?
A million voices cry out “Okay” at once and I can’t help but feel like Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. (Oh, but the inside of my head is a vast and wondrous place—vast because there’s so much empty space and “wondrous” being a perfect example of poetic license. In all honesty, it’s closer to Obi-Wan’s “wretched hive a scum and villainy” than it is to anything wonderful, but let’s agree to keep that a secret for the sake of the children.)
Anyway … the story of væmpires (pronounced “vempires”) takes place several thousand years in the future. Sometime in the late twenty-ninth or early thirtieth centuries, humans triggered WWIII. The resultant nuclear winter lasted for hundreds of years and wiped out the vast majority of the population. Water levels rose. The face of the world changed.
When the world recovered from the Great Devastation (as it’s called), the Atlantic Ocean was gone, creating one immense continent surrounded by water. Antarctica and Australia were uninhabited. The few island groups that existed were in constant danger of being swallowed by the remaining oceans, so efforts to inhabit them were quickly abandoned. The peoples of earth spread throughout the continent and grew roots. The calendar was reset at 1 AD (After Devastation).
The new world recovered at an exponential rate. Scientific and medical advancements eradicated most sickness and disease. In less than a thousand years, the human population soared to an estimated thirty or forty billion people.
But the geography wasn’t the only thing that had changed. Vampires, beautiful beings with an inescapable need for human blood, crawled out of the radioactive miasma to settle in dark places. For years, they hid by day and hunted by night, feeding at the fringes of civilization.
[In my world, vampires have some similarities to “traditional” vampires: they are undead creatures with enhanced abilities and senses; they feed on human blood to survive; exposure to the sun kills them. There are also differences: their origins (as explained in the paragraph above); they are born; they age (although they don’t die).]
Their discovery, delayed yet inevitable, sparked the H-V (Human-Vampire) Wars. For hundreds of years, neither side gained a decided advantage—vampires were physically superior, but were greatly outnumbered and had difficulty reproducing.
In 1000 AD, the creation of synth-blood (synthetic human blood) changed the world once again. Vampires were no longer slaves to their hunger [they were no longer susceptible to the effects of sunlight, as well] and humans no longer needed to fear their genetically-superior brethren. Vampires emerged from the shadows and the underworld, cautiously at first, but with increasing enthusiasm as humans welcomed them with open arms.
Understanding that their time as the dominant species was ending, human leaders suggested a series of agreements designed to broker a lasting peace between the two races. Earth was rechristened Tarados (Earth Two) and carved into seven provinces—North & South America, North & South Atlantica, North & South Africa, and Aurasia. Four provinces were placed under vampire rule, a bold concession that nevertheless ushered in a true golden age of peace and prosperity.
The first væmpires appeared around 1500 AD. The creatures—warm-blooded with a hunger for cold vampire blood—were quickly dismissed as anomalies; poor, unfortunate victims of some horrible new mutagen or, perhaps, lingering atomic contamination. As the situation not only persisted, but grew, world leaders stubbornly refused to acknowledge that any problem existed.
Eventually, the truth became clear: væmpires were former vampires. And each væmpire was a bigger, stronger, faster version of its former self—with a second thumb on each hand and an altered physical appearance, to boot.
No one could determine why the mutations occurred or how to avoid them. There was no rhyme or reason as to who morphed—male or female, old or young, from one end of the world to another—no vampire was safe. New synth-blood variants failed to quell væmpire hunger.
The væmpire population grew to a point where they demanded rights and representation on a par with humans and vampires. Instead, their leaders were summarily ignored, discredited, or otherwise rendered impotent. Væmpire gangs formed, menacing neighborhoods in major cities.
The gangs became increasingly violent as diplomatic endeavors proved ineffective. With all three races at odds, the largest gangs evolved into terrorist cells intent on fulfilling a new agenda: the eradication of humanity; the enslavement of vampires; and the ascension of væmpires as the new world leaders.
This is where Væmpires: Revolution begins.
It is the morning of Princess Cassandra’s sixteenth birthday. Everyone’s attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the momentous event.
Cassandra’s boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He’s still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Væmpires have launched coordinated attacks across the globe.
The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, væmpires unleash their secret weapons: a new breed of væmpire that is far deadlier than any ever seen before.
What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, and walk through walls?
Væmpires: White Christmas is set six months prior to the events described above, but was designed to be read after Væmpires: Revolution.
Væmpires: White Christmas
It’s almost Christmas. With the global holiday days away, the people of the world should be turning their attention toward celebrating peace and goodwill, but tension between humans, vampires, and væmpires is at an all-time high. Desperate for solutions, King Brant schedules a secret summit deep in North America’s Northern Forest. Along with Queen Anne, Princess Cassandra, Daniel’s family, and the human president and First Lady, the vampire leader seeks to reaffirm the ties between humans and vampires, while brainstorming ways to respond to the growing hostility among væmpires.
Meanwhile, Daniel and Cassie’s relationship is at an all-time low. The princess is still reeling from her breakup with Vielyn, and Daniel doesn’t know what he should or shouldn’t do to help. Little does he know that the summit will be flooded with surprises—guests, allegations, accusations, proposals, and even Christmas Eve revelations—but not all of the surprises will be pleasant.
So, there you have it—the Væmpires saga in a nutshell. It’s an urban fantasy/dystopian series, combining fantasy, sci-fi, horror, action, and romance in bite-sized chunks for your enjoyment!
I hope you enjoyed my guest blog. I’d love to hear what you think of it. Comment here, stop by my website, or even drop an email. I’d also love to hear from you if you check out Vaempires. As a final note: I’d like to thank all of you (one more time) for stopping in and offer a very special “thank you” to Melissa for allowing me to be a guest blogger at Keeping Up With The Rheinlander’s today.
Take care, Thomas Winship ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Thomas Winship was born in Middletown, NY and still resides in Orange County. He holds an MBA in Management from St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he serves as an adjunct professor of courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. He also spent fifteen years working for a global pharmaceutical company, specializing in organizational development, talent management, and training.
Tom writes in his spare time. His first novel, a mystery/legal thriller entitled Temporary Insanity (a.k.a. Case Closed), was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. His second novel, Væmpires: Revolution, was published in October and a follow-up novella, Væmpires: White Christmas, was published in December.
He is an avid collector of books, comic books, music, and movies. His interests are diverse: on any given day, Tom is likely to be found watching a horror movie, attending a hard rock concert, or enjoying a Broadway show. He is currently working on the next installment of the “Væmpires” series, which is scheduled for an early 2012 release.
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