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The Dancing Valkyrie free Chapter 1
Below is the first Chapter of the novel – The Dancing Valkyrie.
To read more, go to Amazon where it is available in print for $13.55 or as an ebook for $2.99

Chapter 1

“If you like what you do, do it. There is absolutely no reason to change your life, Mary,” Joseph Gottsched was saying to Mary Hoffman in the great dining hall of his castle in the Adirondacks where he sat with his wife Elizabeth next to him on a leather sofa. Mary was sitting opposite of them on the raised hearth stone of the massive fireplace. The stone was almost cold to sit on, not having been warmed much by the sun that was now setting and casting the last of its rays into the castle.
Mary smiled and thought, “No reason to change my life?” But that thought was quickly replaced by thinking of how beautiful Joseph and Elizabeth Gottsched were, especially Elizabeth whom Mary had come to think of as Beth, her Beth.
Beth was sultry in a Mediterranean way with some Gypsy and Spanish blood in her. She was svelte in figure, had long black hair, yet exuded an aura of strength beyond the smallness of her frame. Joseph had about him a curious blend of European handsomeness and world weariness. Were it not for Mary’s experiences of the past few days, her eyes might have focused upon Joseph. She thought he was cute. But things had happened and those things tended to cause Mary to view Joseph as a rival.
Yes, there was about him a little boy’s innocence and youthfulness that floated on a nonchalant attitude most strikingly seen in the way his eyes twinkled and his lips seemed almost always ready to break his usual seriousness with a smile. He was neither short nor tall, neither fat nor thin, had black hair like his wife, though not as long, and in the proper lighting, he could almost be mistaken for being a brother rather than a husband to his wife. Beth and Joseph appeared to be in their late twenties or early thirties at most. But in their cases, in more ways than one, appearances could be very deceiving.
With glass of red wine in one hand and cigarette in the other, Beth said, “Show Joseph how well you dance, Mary. You know I won’t mind. You know how I love to watch you dance.”
Mary laughed, “Here?”
“Obviously,” Elizabeth said. “Oh! I suppose you would like some music, even though I know you don’t need it. I’ll put something on.”
Mary shrugged her shoulders and stood. Why not? Her world had gone totally crazy over the last few days and dancing might restore some degree of normalcy. She watched Elizabeth look through a pile of CDs next to the CD player on a nearby table and suggested, “Something moody but with a good beat. And not slow. Afro-pop or something like that. Rock is good too.”
“Yes,” Joseph agreed.
“And I give a rat’s ass?” Mary thought and started to dance, not waiting for the music to begin. She really didn’t need music to dance. It was in her head, even more so since meeting Beth on the trail. But it was difficult to understand the idea of since, the idea that she was no longer who she had thought she was and had become who she really was. Then again, maybe she was only dreaming the events of the past few days. Yes, no, maybe. “Screw it. I like this,” she told herself as she slipped into the mind set of an erotic dancer.
The black dress she was wearing -silky, clingy, showing all her curves -was a delightful dress for the type of dancing she did for a living. It was not her dress. Beth had given it to her to wear because all she had to wear were the hiking clothes she had packed for her hike in the northern wilds of New York on the Northville/Lake Placid trail. She had not planned on dancing. She had not planned on meeting Beth on the trail and then being invited to stay at a castle on a private lake deep within the forest. She had not planned for anything that had happened since meeting Beth.
Mary was already moving languidly, sensuously, when the New Age African beat reached her ears and where she quickly translated it into her flesh and blood. She closed her eyes and took herself to the erotic dance club where she worked in Schenectady. Sway and regain my balance, she thought. Be who I really am.
When she opened her eyes, she saw Beth and Joseph were sitting side by side again while watching her dance. She noticed but did not care that Joseph had one hand resting casually on one knee of Beth’s and had an arm draped over her shoulders. They did make a beautiful couple. So what? Fuck him!
But it was Beth’s eyes Mary’s eyes focused upon. It was Beth’s eyes that had first trapped her on the trail and were now trapping her again to dance her sexy best. Joseph did not really matter, she told herself, other than for the fact that he was proof Beth had good taste when it came to picking a man to marry. And how could she possibly blame Beth for picking a man who had given Beth so much more than the wealth this castle exemplified. Just look at them, she thought. Neither looked to be past their early thirties. How could she or anyone believe both were hundreds of years old? But Mary did believe and was now almost willing to believe she too could live a very long life without aging, maybe even live long enough to see the end of the United States if not the end of the world.
Mary smiled, undid the spaghetti straps holding up her dress, let the dress fall, let it slide down past her breasts, slip past her hips, let it fall to the floor and step out of it, kicking it out of the way and sending it sailing to land on Joseph’s lap. Yes! It was very definitely enjoyable to be feeling so very much alive!

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Kindle price promotion for The Dancing Valkyrie starts July 15
Increment Duration – Price – % Discount
1 July 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM (PST) 40h $0.99 81%
2 July 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM (PST)40h $1.99 61%
3 July 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM (PST) 40h $2.99 41%
4 July 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM (PST) 40h $3.99 21%
End July 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM (PST) Original list price $4.99

Go to Amazon to purchase at these low prices http://amzn.to/1M1Jloe 

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The Dancing Valkyrie begins the story about Mary Hoffman, aka Erica, an erotic, topless dancer in Schenectady, NY, who becomes a living vampire of flesh and blood while on a hike in the Adirondacks of Northern New York.

The novel takes an unconventional view of vampires, imagining them as real creatures who can pass for being human both day and night. They breathe and have heart beats as do humans or any other creature. They eat real food but do require blood from predators and since humans are the most numerous of the world’s predators, they limit the taking of the blood they need to humans.

In an odd sort of way, this makes the story an environmental story. The vampires could take the blood they need from lions, tigers and wolves but since their numbers are limited and they are in danger of extinction, the vampires limit the taking of the blood they need from humans.

Some may find these stories troublesome and even offensive because there is more explicit sex scenes than are are scenes of violence.

Because these vampires are sexually active but cannot procreate in the human way, they are bisexual among themselves and with humans. They just love sex and don’t care all that much about who they have sex with, male or female, human or vampire.

Sex is often the lure they use to get a human in a situation where they can easily take the blood they need – usually only after giving the human victim the best sex they ever had before they die.

Follow the exploits of Mary in the novels starting with the Dancing Valkyrie, then move on with her in The Vampire Valkyrie, And God Created Vampires, and The Blood Red Pleasure.

The books are available in print from many online bookstores including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In ebook format they are only available from Amazon.

To check out and maybe start the journey, go to: http://amzn.to/1ITpdUo

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Dancing Valkyrie Count Down Deal on Amazon
Here is a chance to save some money.
The Dancing Valkyrie – a vampire novel – will have a count down deal as an ebook on Amazon.
Below is the schedule:
1 February 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM (PST) 53h $0.99 76%
2 February 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM (PST) 53h $1.99 51%
3 February 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM (PST) 54h $2.99 26%
End February 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM (PST) and returns to the regular price of $3.99
Order on Feb. 10 or 11 and get the best deal.

Blood and sex. Of course love, but not the way humans think about it. This is the recurring theme throughout The Dancing Valkyrie, a story about Mary Hoffman, librarian by day and exotic dancer by night. Mary, needing some time alone takes a hike along a secluded upstate New York trail. She is saved from two predatory young men by Beth, a beautiful woman slightly older than Mary. The two join together for the rest of the trail, becoming romantically involved along the way. Beth, it turns out is a vampire, and quickly introduces Mary to the mystical world she lives in. After inviting Mary back to her castle, built by her brother, Joseph, in a remote area, Mary is seduced into becoming a vampire as well. Joseph and Beth are hundreds of years old, and pose as brother / sister, but are husband and wife, or, in vampire terms, father and daughter. Thus begins the fascinating story of Mary’s transition from human woman to vampire.

And don’t forget, if you order the paperback edition at $13.99, you can always add the ebook for $0.99

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The vampire novel, The Dancing Valkyrie, by Peter Klein will go on sale at $0.99 in the Kindle version on Amazon, starting on Sept. 12, 2014.
This is a count-down deal. 99 cents on Sept. 12; $1.99 on Sept. 13, $2.99 on Sept. 14 before returning to the regular low price of $3.99 on Sept. 16.
Blood and sex. Of course love, but not the way humans think about it.
This is the recurring theme throughout The Dancing Valkyrie, a story about Mary Hoffman, librarian by day and exotic dancer by night. Mary, needing some time alone takes a hike along a secluded upstate New York trail. She is saved from two predatory young men by Beth, a beautiful woman slightly older than Mary. The two join together for the rest of the trail, becoming romantically involved along the way. Beth, it turns out is a vampire, and quickly introduces Mary to the mystical world she lives in. After inviting Mary back to her castle, built by her brother, Joseph, in a remote area, Mary is seduced into becoming a vampire as well. Joseph and Beth are hundreds of years old, and pose as brother / sister, but are husband and wife, or, in vampire terms, father and daughter. Thus begins the fascinating story of Mary’s transition from human woman to vampire.

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Hachette vs. Amazon

Hachette Publishing should change its name to Hashshit Publishing. Really!
But all joking aside, the dispute between Amazon and Hachette is really a dispute between the past and the future.
As Amazon correctly points out, “Just ahead of World War II, there was a radical invention that shook the foundations of book publishing. It was the paperback book. This was a time when movie tickets cost 10 or 20 cents, and (hardcover) books cost $2.50. The new paperback cost 25 cents – it was ten times cheaper. Readers loved the paperback and millions of copies were sold in just the first year.”
Now I must confess I have no idea how much money Amazon makes from a Stephen King novel
sold on Amazon for $18 in hardcover, $17.75 in paperback and $11.99 as an ebook. I don’t care. Nor do I know how much Amazon makes from a Stephen Colbert book sold on Amazon for $28.99 in hardcover and $12.99 as an ebook. I don’t know and I don’t care because at any price I have no intention of buying any book from either King or Colbert – not because I have anything against either man but because I have become bored with King (last book read by him was the overly wordy The Stand) and I get all the Colbert I can take or stand for free on TV.
What I do know for certain is there is a real difference in the manufacturing cost between hardcover, print and ebooks. I also know neither King nor Colbert are depending on me buying their books for them to make a living.
You get some idea of what a hardcover actually costs to manufacture by looking at the price of a hardcover by Stephen King. The only reason there is so little price difference between a King hardcover and a paperback book is the result of print volume. Simply put, the greater the print run, the lower the manufacturing cost. This is true for both paperback and hardcover. But when it comes to ebooks the volume sold has zero effect upon the cost to produce. Selling one ebook is no more expensive than selling 1,000,000 ebooks. Whatever the profit might be for the author or the publisher of ebooks changes only by the number of ebooks sold.
Let’s let the cat out of the bag. When I list an ebook on Amazon for $3.99, I make $2.76. If I list the same book at $2.99, I make $2.04. If I list the exact same book as a paperback that sells for $13.99, I make $4.26.
Obviously, I would make more money selling paperbacks than ebooks. Not quite so obviously, I sell more ebooks than print books. Price does seem to matter.
But I don’t believe price is the only reason many are switching to ebooks. While I admit there is nothing like opening up a paperback or better yet a hardcover book, they do have their problems.
When was the last time you moved and had to move all of your books? Next to the sofa and the refrigerator, they were probably the heaviest items you had to move. Not fun. And when was the last time you went on vacation and needed to decide which books to bring and which to leave at home because of their bulk and weight? But with ebooks, you can carry as many as you have wherever you move or vacation to without any weight or bulk beyond the weight of your reading device. It is for these reasons (plus cost) that I believe ebooks are the future whether anyone likes it or not.
I don’t know if it matters to you. Maybe it does and maybe it doesn’t. But do you the reader feel comfortable knowing you are paying $11.99 or $12.99 for something that cost less than 95 cents to manufacture and deliver to your reading device?
This is what the fight is about – the future vs. the past and fair price vs. high price.

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Blood Red Pleasure Amazon Book Review

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5.0 OUT OF 5 STARS SOLID, ACTION PACKED QUALITY VAMPIRE READ-

DEFINITELY A THUMBS UP READ JUNE 23, 2014

By Diana L TOP 500 REVIEWER

Verified Purchase

I love a good vampire read but I’ll admit – the good vampire plots have been a bit sparse lately.
The book description for Blood Red Pleasure gave me hope that I had found a great read and I wasn’t disappointed.
I bought this book before departing for a vacation in Mexico and made the mistake of deciding to “just look” at the first couple pages on my Kindle. I’ll warn you now – once you start this read,you will have a hard time putting it down. It drew me in and kept me captivated from beginning to end. Needless to say, this Hoosier didn’t make it anywhere close to the border before finishing this excellent vampire read.
Erica (our main character) was well created. This is not the sugar coated vampire read that unfortunately (in my opinion) has saturated the vampire genre lately.
Erica and the other vampires have actual lives (she owns a business). She doesn’t just prance around announcing she’s a vampire. The characters interact well together and the story moves at a consistent clip with no lags.
I liked the variety of locations that the author used – taking us from Erica’s place of business to a castle in Romania and also into the Adirondacks.
The plot was great and I couldn’t ask for a better vampire read.

Definitely recommend this read.

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