C. Rene Astle is an author (and avid reader) of fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories. She gained a love of fiction, fantasy in particular, and a voracious appetite for story literally at her mother’s knee, being read The Hobbit and Chronicles of Narnia – because those are the types of stories her mom wanted to read. From her father, she got an enduring curiosity about the universe, earned shivering in the dark beside a telescope on cold, Canadian winter nights waiting to witness some celestial event. Now she fits in writing between her day job, gardening and getting out to enjoy supernatural British Columbia.
A PLAGUE OF SHADOWS
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Mina Sun needs to die. Despite being one of the undead already.
Too bad she’s a bit busy right now. Her best friend is missing. Her family is pestering her to visit. And she’s struggling to fit in with the group of vampires that invited her to join their conclave. These same vampires make their second thoughts clear in the whispers and sidelong glances when she enters the room.
But Mina doesn’t need their whispers to tell her she’s different. She hears it when her blood sings and feels it when her gut twists, fighting a losing battle against the monster inside. The monster she’s doomed to become.
And now bodies are turning up, sucked so dry they look like mummies. It’s not the gargoyles: they leave a mangled, gnawed-on corpse…if they leave a corpse at all.
Instead, a new evil stalks the night. The best clue to its identity are the dying words of a homeless man, raving about the reign of night, the death of light and a blade of darkness.
Can Mina unravel the riddle, find this new evil and save her friend without releasing the monster inside?
A SCARLET FEVER
Genre: Urban Fantasy
It was supposed to be one night to blow off steam. But one thing led to another. One look across the dance floor. One sexy stranger invited home. One playful bite too many.
One night that changed Mina Sun’s life. She wakes up to find she’s a reluctant vampire caught in the middle of an ancient battle between opposing forces that both want a piece of her.
As she struggles to adapt to life as one of the undead, and come to terms with her unnatural thirst and unexpected hungers, a new threat arises – part terrifying myth, part half-forgotten legend.
This threat jeopardizes the precarious ceasefire between warring vampire factions, and puts everything she loves – her city, her family, her friends – in danger. Can Mina protect them from the darkness that’s descending, and can she save herself?