The Gifted and The Damned
(The Vampire Wars Series, Book #1)
by Dana Michelle Burnett
Seduction was her gift…He was her weakness…In the small town of Corydon Indiana, witches, seers, and shape shifters live hidden from the everyday world in plain sight. They live under the constant memory of the trials of Salem and live by a code of secrecy.
Ruby Malone, the only siren ever born to her family of witches, held the hearts of many men in the palm of her hand, making her the talk of the supernatural community, but there was only one man that she wanted. Making seer Archer Wallace hers was the only thing Ruby cared about until a war between the gifted and the vampires turned her world upside down.
Suddenly, the world that Ruby knows is gone. Archer is off fighting in the war and Poe Corvus, a rebellious shape shifter with a past, tempts her to be the siren she was born to be.
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Ruby looked up at me, her green eyes glittering in the near
darkness. My gaze fell on her red trembling lips.
Before I could stop myself, I was kissing her, forcing my tongue
between her teeth. At first, she fought me, but then I felt her mold herself to
me and press herself against my groin.
There was no waiting. I pulled at her clothes, almost tearing them
off her. Her creamy flesh beckoned me, smelling of earth and sin. I tore away
my own clothes so that I could hold her warm body against my naked skin.
She reached up and took my face in her hands, “Look at me.”
I looked down into her green eyes, feeling my very soul pull
towards her. “What?”
Ruby brushed her hand over my cheek, “I do love you. I love you so
much that it scares me sometimes.”
I was kissing her then, trailing my lips along her jawline and
down to her neck. I could hear her unsteady and ragged breaths as I licked at
her collarbone, but my own breath was coming just as fast.
I eased her down onto the floor and stretched out beside her. My
lips found her breast, she cried out as they closed around her nipple. I
brought my hand up to knead the other breast, pinching that nipple between my
first finger and thumb. Ruby arched her back and twisted her fingers in my hair
as my tongue circled her nipple before taking it between my teeth in a gentle
I pulled her closer, sliding my hand under her so that I could
clutch her buttock. I ran one finger along her cleft, teasing her nether
She drew in a sharp breath and bucked her hips upwards as if trying
to get closer to me. I ached with my need to impale her, to fill her
I groaned, low and animalistic. I shifted so that I could move
further down, leaning over her and brushing her hair off her neck and
“Can I really trust you?” I asked as I teased her skin with a
“Yes,” she gasped. “Yes.”
I brought my lips back down to her lips and then trailed along her
throat, between her breasts, and stopped just below her stomach. I positioned
myself between her legs, eased her thighs apart, and then lowered my mouth to
her wet slit.
Ruby gasped as I buried myself there, lapping at her inner folds.
She bucked and cried out as I held her down and worked her over. She was still
twitching when I moved back up her body, kissing her hot flesh, as I took her.
She clutched at my shoulders, pulling me closer. I felt her come
apart again and again until I could not hold back anymore. I swore as a shudder
We remained on the floor, Ruby’s head against my chest. My fingers
tracing the ridges of her spine as I listened to our hearts beat in time.
The World of the Gifted
I’m so excited to be here today as part of the tour for The Gifted and The Damned (The Vampire Wars Book One)! I’m having so much fun with this release that kicks off my new series and I can’t wait to share the story with you.
Today, I thought I’d introduce you to the small town of Corydon, Indiana and the secret community of the gifted living there.
Corydon is often the location of my work, both my Spiritus Series and the Gypsy Fairy Tale Series took place there. For those of you unfamiliar with my work or the town, let me give you a little background information. Corydon is a small town in Southern Indiana. It was the first state capitol and the location of the only battle fought in the state during the American Civil War. Obviously, there is a ton of history in the town and you can’t help but feel it as you walk through the shops and down the streets.
If you have ever been to Corydon or any small town, you know that everyone seems to know each other, and if you’re an outsider, the citizens will treat you with the upmost respect and kindness…But it will be years before you are “one of them”.
In The Gifted and the Damned, Corydon became a safe haven for the witches, seers, shifters, and such after hiding for generations after the trials of Salem. These “gifted” families came to Corydon in the 1800’s and hid among the “normals”, creating a secret community like others across the country.
Over time, the gifted grew wealthy off investments encouraged by the seers among them and lived lives of ease all the while hiding in plain sight. To protect themselves, no one ventured beyond the gifted communities, drawing attention to oneself was frowned upon, and children lived with their parents until marriage and often after.
In contrast, there is another secret lurking in the dark. Vampires roam the streets across the world at night, preying on humans while envying the wealth of the gifted. To the vampires, the gifted waste their opportunities while the vampires struggle.
When war between the two groups erupts, the two societies collide. Who will survive? The bloodthirsty vampires who are tired of living in secret? Or will it be the gifted that want to protect their own way of life?
So, there it is, a glimpse into the world of the gifted and the vampires that want to destroy it. The war between the two societies sets the backdrop for the steamy romance between a rebellious raven shape shifter and a sexy siren. So now the question is, which side are you on…The gifted or the damned?
About The Author
Dana Michelle Burnett spent most of her life writing short stories and sharing them with family and friends. Over the years, her work was published in numerous commercial and literary magazines including Just Labs, Mindprints: A Literary Journal, Foliate Oak, and many more. Her short story John Lennon and the Chicken Holocaust was include in The Best of Foliate Oak 2006.
Dana Michelle’s Spiritus Series introduced the idea of a ghostly romance and became a Kindle bestselling series. Her Gypsy Fairy Tale Series combined the magic of the Tuatha De Danann and the Irish Travellers and the first book in the series, Once, was included in the Faery Realms Multi-Author Box Set. With this new series, Dana Michelle dives into the trials and tribulations surrounded the paranormal gifted during a war with vampires.
She’s an avid reader of anything dark and romantic. Dana Michelle lives in Southern Indiana with her dancing diva daughter and an assortment of pets.
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