Local Author Event: Schuylkill County

Mahanoy City, PA: Speculative fiction author Ash Krafton will be appearing at a book talk at 1 PM Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the Mahanoy City Public Library, where she will share her work, sign books, and announce the release of her second urban fantasy novel BLOOD RUSH.

BLOOD RUSH: BOOK TWO OF THE DEMIMONDE continues the tale about a woman who finds herself inextricably submerged in a world of demivampires, werewolves, and mystical oracles. Set in fictional Balaton, a city in southeast Pennsylvania, Blood Rush follows an advice columnist-turned-oracle named Sophie whose empathic talents have earned her a revered place within Demivampire society.

Krafton first began the Books of the Demimonde with BLEEDING HEARTS (Pink Narcissus Press, 2012), a story that combined vampires and ancient Egyptian mythology. The story follows the race of demivampires, whose origin lies with the Egyptian god Horus, the falcon-headed god of the sky. The demivampires aren’t the only supernatural beings with divine ancestry–Horus is also the forefather of Werekind. “There is a long-standing tension between the demivamps and the weres in my story,” Krafton says. “Despite their common ancestry, there is a lot of misunderstanding and prejudice. Sophie finds herself in the middle of the two races and learns that the demivamps aren’t the only ones who depend upon her for a little bit of redemption.”

Krafton also explores the demivamp equivalent of drug abuse and its consequences. Consuming blood for pure thrill is a misuse of the resource and is called “blood rush” for the high it creates. Illicit use can further a demivamp’s change into full vampire, the change known to the DV as “evolution”. Unfortunately, it’s also the only available treatment for a certain DV condition, one that has afflicted a close friend’s daughter. Sophie finds herself playing a dangerous game with Rodrian, her ex-lover’s brother, when he gets hooked on blood rush–and her.

BLOOD RUSH: BOOK TWO OF THE DEMIMONDE (Pink Narcissus Press) is available May 14, 2012 in trade paperback and e-book formats.

Pushcart Prize nominee Ash Krafton is also the author of a growing list of novels, short stories, and poetry. She resides in the heart of the Pennsylvania anthracite coal region with her family and bossy German Shepherd dog.

The book talk is scheduled for 1 PM on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Junior high to adults are welcome to attend the session. Books will be available for purchase and the author will be holding a raffle.

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