Book Launch – “Legally Undead” by Margo Bond Collins

Book Launch – “Legally Undead” by Margo Bond Collins

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A reluctant vampire hunter, stalking New York City as

only a scorned bride can.

Elle Dupree has her life all figured out: first a wedding, then her Ph.D., then swank faculty

parties where she’ll serve wine and cheese and introduce people to her husband the lawyer.

But those plans disintegrate when she walks in on a vampire draining the blood from her fiancé

Greg. Horrified, she screams and runs–not away from the vampire, but toward it, brandishing a

wooden letter opener.

As she slams the improvised stake into the vampire’s heart, a team of black-clad men bursts into

the apartment. Turning around to face them, Elle discovers that Greg’s body is gone—and her

perfect life falls apart.


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Legally Undead, by Margo Bond Collins, World Weaver Press


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The worst thing about vampires is that they’re dead. That whole wanting to suck your blood

business runs a close second, but for sheer creepiness, it’s the dead bit that gets me every time.

They’re up and walking around and talking and sucking blood, but they’re dead. And then there’s the whole terminology problem–how can

you kill something that’s already dead? It’s just wrong.

I was twenty-four the first time I . . . destroyed? dispatched? . . . a vampire. That’s when I found

out that all the books and movies are wrong. When you stick a wooden stake into their hearts,

vampires don’t disintegrate into dust. They don’t explode. They don’t spew blood everywhere.

They just look surprised, groan, and collapse into a pile of corpse. But at least they lie still then,

like corpses are supposed to.

Since that first kill (I might as well use the word–there really isn’t a better one), I’ve discovered

that only if you’re lucky do vampires look surprised before they groan and fall down. If you’re

unlucky and miss the heart, they look angry. And then they fight.

There are the other usual ways to kill vampires, of course, but these other ways can get a bit

complicated. Vampires are notoriously difficult to trick into sunlight. They have an uncanny

ability to sense when there’s any sunlight within miles of them, and they’re awfully good at

hiding from it. Holy water doesn’t kill them; it just distracts them for a while, and then they get

that angry look again. And it takes a pretty big blade to cut off someone’s head–even an already

dead someone–and carrying a great big knife around New York City, even the Bronx, is a sure

way to get arrested. Nope, pointy sticks are the best way to go, all the way around.

My own pointy stick is actually more of a little knife with wood inlay on the blade–the metal

makes it slide in easier. I had the knife specially made by an old Italian guy in just about the only

ratty part of Westchester, north of the city. I tried to order one off the internet, but it turns out

that while it’s easy to find wood-inlay handles, the blades themselves tend to be metal. Fat lot

those people know.

But I wasn’t thinking any of this when I pulled the knife out of the body on the ground. I was

thinking something more along the lines of “Oh, bloody hell. Not again.”



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About the Author

f15b1-margobondcollinsMargo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy,

contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She has published a number of novels,

including Sanguinary, Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up

Dead, and Fairy, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter,

and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level

English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and

spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the

strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.



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