Title: Subtle Secrets
Author: Lissette E. Manning
Series: The Falgori; Book 1.1
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Suspense
Release Date: November 1, 2014
Publisher: L. D. B. Press
Their survival depends on each other.
An unexpected plague brought down the entire world, leaving its inhabitants to founder in its wake. A quarter of the world’s population became vampires. Another quarter became the Falgori, grotesque hungry beings that feed on humans and vampires alike. Humans scramble to survive, unwilling to become food for the creatures that now exist amongst them.
It’s survival of the fittest, a lesson Abbessé Franklin has done her best to learn. Her transformation into a vampire hasn’t been easy, though she’s done her best come to terms with the change. The Falgori wiped out her entire family, something she will not forgive.
She promises to make the world a better place by destroying each and one she comes across. Until the moment she comes across Sam Connolly. Long believing that Sam had died, his presence shakes the very foundations of her own existence. He’s a stark reminder of what her life was once like.
If they’re to succeed in overcoming the aftermath of the plague, they’ll need to trust in one another every step of the way. Walking into the abyss won’t be easy, but it’s a chance Abbessé is willing take. The Falgori must be culled before they wipe out what’s left of the world’s population.
Abby sat across the roof’s edge, staring at the city below. The sun was peeking over the horizon, a sure signal that it was time for her to go home. Though the sun’s rays wouldn’t hurt her, her kind had a natural aversion to sunlight. Such things were ingrained into a vampire’s system no matter how much the species might have evolved.
With a sigh of regret, Abby pushed herself to her feet. A sharp gasp was rent from her lips as she turned around. The one person she never thought she’d see again stood before her.
“Wh–What are you doing here?” she asked.
The vampire smiled, his cerulean eyes sparkling with determination. “I needed to see you Abbessé.”
Abby approached him, reaching out to curl her hands around the smooth contours of his face. She allowed herself to remember him, committing every detail of his face to memory. She’d gone far too long without any knowledge of him, and had thought he’d died a long time ago. To see him standing before her in the flesh sent her mind into a tailspin.
“I . . . I thought you’d died, Sam!”
He clasped her hands and brought them his lips. “Rumors of my death were grossly exaggerated.”
“But . . .”
“That’s neither here, nor there.”
“What brought back your return?” she asked as she pulled her hands free of his.
“A great many things.”
“Most of all, you.”
Her blue eyes widened and were full of confusion. “Me?”
“Yes. Stories have wandered far and wide about the girl intent on ridding the world of the wretched Falgori.”
She tossed her head back and laughed. “You’ve sought me out because of that?”
“It’s not often one is so foolish.”
“Foolish? I’ll have you know–”
“You’ve survived, Abbessé. That’s all that matters.”