Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon
By Robert S. Fuller Jr.
Publication Date: November 2012
While collaborating on a fashion show, Samantha Hammond, a forty-something Display Manager, draws the attention of the mysterious clothing designer Valerie Ross. Samantha’s journey of self-discovery takes her from the security of her hometown in Lexington, Ohio to the shores of a secluded paradise called Sabbatical Island. As their relationship flourishes, Samantha learns that Valerie harbors a terrifying secret. The revelation thrusts Samantha into a nightmarish world where vampires and witches dwell in the darkness. Pamela Darius, a murderous adversary from Valerie’s past, uses Samantha and those around her as pawns in a deadly game filled with seduction, pain, betrayal, and death.
About the Author:
Robert is a fan of all things relating to vampires. It’s this obsession with vampires that makes his debut, “Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon”, the perfect vehicle to launch his writing career. Robert was born and raised in Northeast Ohio at a time when late night television stations filled their programming with old horror movies. Robert gravitated towards the motion picture vampire, but also the vampires depicted in the writings of Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, and Robert McCammon.
Robert worked at JC Penney’s, where he spent 10 years in the Visual Display Department. His love of vampires, and a decade in the retail/fashion industry, provided the inspiration to create his own vampire tale. After several years of writing and re-writing, “Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon” was born.
When Robert isn’t writing, he enjoys going to the movies, or listening to his extensive music collection. Robert is a huge sports fan, but prefers football and baseball to all other sports. One of his favorite pastimes is participating as team owner and Commissioner of a long running fantasy football league. Robert manages to travel to the beaches of South Carolina at least once a year to recharge and enjoy some ocean time. Robert is married to his best friend and soulmate, Jackie. They have a son, Dustin, and two rambunctious cats, Meeps and Benny.
Samantha got into her car and prepared for the drive to the hospital by taking several deep breaths and wiping the tears from her eyes. On a normal day the drive from campus to the hospital was short and routine, but fate would again have other ideas for her. Halfway to the hospital the driver of an oncoming pick-up truck went left of center slamming head-on into Samantha’s car. The force of the impact first sent her backwards and then forward causing her head to hit the driver’s side window and her chest into the steering wheel.
Samantha was regaining consciousness and trying to climb from her mangled car as the emergency vehicles arrived. The blood from the wound on her forehead ran down her face and mixed with her tears to sting her eyes and render her virtually blind. She was on the verge of hysterics as the rescue workers cut her free from the wreckage and wheeled her into the ambulance. Within seconds the doors of the ambulance were shut and the siren began to drone as she felt the truck lurch backward and then forward. A paramedic tried talking to her, but she was beyond coherent staring through the side window praying she would make it to the hospital to say goodbye to her mother.
Samantha spent the ride collecting her thoughts and began to demand to see her mother as soon as she was wheeled from the truck and into the emergency room. She was told repeatedly that she would be unable to see her mother until the doctors examined, cleaned, and stitched the wound to her forehead.
They ordered a serious of x-rays of her chest and head looking for any signs of internal injuries. Samantha caught the gaze of a nurse peering down at her. The nurse spoke in a soft gentle voice reassuring her that as soon as they tended to her injuries she would personally take her to see her mother.
Samantha stared up at the nurse with the soft brown eyes and nodded. An IV was placed in her arm and soon her head was swimming in brilliant pools of twinkling light. The lights above her grew hazy and distant for what seemed to her only an instant before coming back to full brightness.
She felt herself falling for a second and then was shifted into the sitting position and only as the hallway sped past did she comprehend that she was in a wheelchair being pushed down a long corridor. She looked up and recognized the familiar soft eyes of the nurse who promised to take her to her mother.
“Oh my God, how long was I out?” Samantha asked in a distant dazed voice.
“Fortunately your injuries were less traumatic than we expected considering the impact, but we had to wait until the pain subsided and your condition stabilized before we could move you for x-rays,” the nurse answered smiling down at her.
The nurse’s soft eyes twinkled in the passing hallway lights.
“I asked how long?” Samantha demanded weakly no longer able to contain her impatience.
“Nearly six hours,” the young nurse finally said drawing in an anxious breath anticipating Samantha’s reaction.
Samantha simply slumped in the chair and quietly sobbed.
The elevator doors opened onto a bustling hospital floor. Nurses and nurse’s aides moved briskly around them. Samantha’s wheelchair came to a stop in front of the nurse’s station. The nurse with the soft eyes came around and whispered something to an elderly gentleman behind the counter who looked down at Samantha and made a face that told Samantha all she needed to know.
“I’ll take you to her room honey,” the nurse whispered guiding the wheelchair down the brightly lit hallway. They stopped in front of one of the critical care rooms. The nurse came around and knelt so she could look Samantha in the eyes. She took Samantha’s hand in hers and cleared her throat as if delaying the inevitable. Samantha dabbed at her eyes with a Kleenex the nurse had handed her.
“Samantha, please know that the doctors did everything they could and for as long as they could. Your mother held on and fought, but slipped away. The nurse on duty made a note on the chart that her final words were of her love for you,” the nurse said as her eyes filled with tears.
“How long ago?” Samantha asked choking back violent sobs. Her chest and head hurt with each breath.
“Not long,” the nurse paused as she read Samantha’s pained expression and her heart broke even further, “thirty minutes or so.”
She stood and opened the door pushing Samantha’s wheelchair into the dimly lit room where the body of her mother lay covered up to the neck by a white blanket. The nurse wheeled the chair up to the bed and locked the wheels in place before silently taking a seat on the opposite side of the room.
“You don’t have to stay. I’ll call for someone when I’m ready,” Samantha said taking her mother’s hand in hers.
“My shift was over an hour ago, but I wanted to keep my promise,” the nurse said trying to manage a weak smile while wiping tears away with the sleeve of her scrubs.
Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon Schedule
March 1st- Kelli @ Kelli’s Book Reviews -Author Interview, Excerpt, Spotlight
Tammy @ Tammy’s Tea Time -Review
March 3rd- Amy & KJ @ Fated Paranormals - Spotlight
March 4th- Heather @ A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews - Excerpt
March 5th- Rose @ Rose’s Book Corner - Excerpt, Spotlight
-Brianna @ Brianna Lee Book Reviews - Excerpt/Spotlight
March 6th- Ren @ A Little Bit of R & R- Spotlight
March 7th- Tamara @ Tamara’s One Stop Indie Shop- Skype interview w/ author
-Becky @ Bex ‘n’ Books- Excerpt, Spotlight
March 8th- Cassie @ Sassy Cassie’s Book Reviews- Excerpt
-Sadrina @ Books and their Wordly Realm-Review, Author Interview
-Kristina @ Ever and Ever Sight -Review
March 10th- Tam@ Tam’s Two Cents -Spotlight
-Candy @ Just Me, Myself and I- Review
-Ann @ Rambling Voices in my Head -Review/Promo-Spotlight
-Michele @ Raven Reviews-Spotlight
March 11th- Shaye @ Candy Coated Book Blog-Excerpt
-Kathy @ Bookmarks, Spoilers & Happily Ever After-Excerpt, Spotlight
March 12th- Touya @ The Reader’s Garden- Playlist Post
-Kristina @ Kristina’s Books & More - Review, Excerpt,Spotlight
March 13th- Brenda @ Naughty Bits Book Reviews-Excerpt, Spotlight, Author’s Favorite Naughty Bit
-Jessy @ Bookend 2 Bookend-Excerpt/ Spotlight
March 14th- Julia @ As You Wish Reviews-Review, Character Interview
-Delphina @ Delphina Reads Too Much- Excerpt