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Blood and Sunlight: A Maryland Vampire Story (Blood and Sunlight #1)

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  232 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Melanie would love to believe in fairytales but is stuck in a dead-end waitress job in her hometown, Ellicott City, Maryland, with a vampire dress-up boyfriend. Her world is turned upside-down when she encounters the real thing. She meets a wannabe vampire slayer, his father the sheriff, and finally the vampire himself, learning fairytales can come true, and evil isn't alw ...more
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Published August 2nd 2010 by Penumbra Publishing
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Natasha Larry
Jan 08, 2011 Natasha Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood and Sunlight: A Maryland Vampire Story is one of my two favorite vampire novels on my kindle. This is actually the first vampire novel I added because I fell in love with the cover. I wanted to post a review so that if you haven't read this book, you can do so before the second title Blood and Moonlight is released in June-2011.

I'll tell you why I love this book before giving a brief summary. First of all, vampire e-books are overdone, and most of them are just like the one before it. This
Hey, Ellicott City, Maryland. That's right down the road a piece.
Lindsay Weigel
It breaks my heart to give this a three because the author writes so well; it was the story itself that I felt was lacking. I would, however, read something else by Jamie Wasserman because of Jamie's writing style.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This was a refreshing new voice in the vampires world!
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Steph Sinclair
May 05, 2011 Steph Sinclair marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vamps
A vampire story taking place near me?! Hell yes!!!
Lynn Worton
Apr 01, 2014 Lynn Worton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book when I first bought my Kindle as a freebie, but hadn't read it until now. I am kicking myself, because I really enjoyed it!

Melanie is a character that I really liked. She is thoughtful, artistic and bored of playing "vampires" with her boyfriend, Bryan. But, she is also a bit of a carpet where her boyfriend is concerned - she lets him walk all over her, and he takes advantage of it. However, a fateful encounter will change her life forever.

I am a huge fan of vampire romanc
I received this book through Member Giveaway, courtesy of the author. As I read this book, two things in particular struck me.

One, I love the writing. Wasserman has a great way of setting scenes with a poetic yet minimalistic style. Everything is very tight, vivid, and packed with meaning. And clever -- the whole story is framed by a bedtime story told by a father to his little girl. I can't say too much more without giving away crucial parts of the plot, but it was an unexpected yet delightful
Jan 28, 2012 Ciara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel I have read by Jamie Wasserman and I am seriously wondering how it is I didn't come across this author sooner!! Blood and Sunlight is about Melanie and her string of unsuccessful relationships that she uses to mask her insecurities of loneliness and poor self worth. I can't really give too much detail without giving some of the plot away, but this story was GREAT!!! Being a Marylander myself, I enjoyed the constant mention of well known scenery in Ellicott City and the ba ...more
Sep 30, 2010 Marsha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Marsha by: Kay
Blood and Sunlight asks the question who is the monster: men who do evil things or a vampire seeking redemption? Melanie is a troubled twenty four year college drop out. Her youth was less than ideal. You see she had an alcoholic mother and her father died. She has a boyfriend, Bryan who likes to play dress up as a vampire and she goes along for the ride. She uses drugs and sex like most people use toothpaste. One night of too much drugs and sex, Melanie, Bryan and his friend are attacked. Melan ...more
Rebecca Graf

I have to say that this is a unique vampire story. It is not the same old ones you find yourself reading. It is new and refreshing.

In this story, the girl isn’t perfect. She has a lot of flaws. She has issues. Normal!!!! I loved that part. The characters are very complex. They have attributes and faults that you would find in anyone. They are very realistic.

The plot was very unique. It wasn’t the typical vampire story which drew me further in. To be honest, vampire stories are all starting to s
Mar 01, 2013 Glow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is really intriguing for me. I read it in about a day and although it has a good story base I feel the narrative is very choppy and leaves you wondering to much. melanie is surrounded by EMO's in love with vampires. One of her obsessions is in the dark and gloomy Ellicott City, one of these adventures, everything changes when her boyfriend and friend disappear, a stranger saves her and meets Lucas. The real story begins after this, it is wrapped with Lucas who happens to be a psycho an ...more
broken into 3 sections, 'blood & sunlight' tells the story of a burnt-out woman becoming a vampire. the first section was a challenge for me to get through: she's working a crappy waitressing job only enough to pay the rent, and spending evenings off getting high and having sex in abandoned buildings while her boyfriend's buddy watches from the corner. there's nothing at all likable about any of the characters, and the protagonist cares so little for herself that it's easy to agree with her. ...more
Jennifer Erwin
Mar 01, 2012 Jennifer Erwin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Where to begin...I did not like this book. I did not like Melanie, as she was pretty pathetic in my opinion. She has no respect for herself, always has to be with someone, and pretty much has no dreams or ambitions for her life. I just can't connect with someone like that. It's one thing to find yourself at a low point and then do something about it, but she just seemed like she wanted to revel in her lowness. Then she became a vampire. Now all of a sudden her life has meaning? I got this as a f ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jamie Wasserman is a masterful story teller and an author to watch! This story is not your typical vampire story. It has to continue! The way the story starts with a father telling his daughter a bedtime story is really sweet and pulls you in. This however is not a sweet story there are totally unexpected twists and turns. You have got to read this story!
I highly recommend.
I really enjoyed reading this book because I am from Maryland but if it had been set somewhere else I would not have gotten as much out of it. There wasn't much in the way of some character development and I really couldn't have cared one way or the other if certain characters lived or died. However, I do see potential in this type of vampire story.
Liked the cover and the title. The story was just terrible. I liked the story telling but the actual just didn't reach to me. Girl just wanted to be a princess and plaa plaa plaa....AND THE VAMPIRE...oh God...''buuhuu i'm a bad vampiredude 'cause i kick your boyfriend...yhyy hate me...'' Not my kind of book.
Jan 29, 2012 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a different type of vampire book. The story jumped around a bit and the bedtime story idea was a bit confusing. I can't decide if I really liked it or really disliked it. I would rate it 2.5 stars if I could.
Jan 28, 2012 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an interesting story. Not nearly as good as the Twilight series, but not bad.
Terri Pray
Feb 23, 2013 Terri Pray rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Started strong and faded rapidly. By chapter three I couldn't continue.
Amelia Myers
This book was alright, but still not the best-written novel. Still interesting, though.
Jennifer Clark
Apr 23, 2011 Jennifer Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read well written loved Melanie. Was a little confusing until you got about 2/3 the way through and figured out who the little girl was. other then that a good read
Jodie Hart
Jul 10, 2011 Jodie Hart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I so very much enjoyed this book!
Nov 01, 2010 Cheri marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
ARC won through a Goodreads giveaway.
Daycia Leppert
Aug 06, 2013 Daycia Leppert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Live this story, can't wait to read the rest of the series
Apr 25, 2012 Dempster rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the writer's voice, but I had trouble with the story. Couldn't bear the main character - tho she improved after she got together with the vampire. Weird.
Sara Rossi
Jul 17, 2014 Sara Rossi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jamie Wasserman is a native of Ellicott City, Maryland. His work has appeared in The Rhysling Anthology, Exquisite Corpse, Star*Line, Magazine of Speculative Poetry, Strange Horizons, Flesh and Blood,, Weber Studies, and Magma (UK) among many others.

He has received numerous honorable-mentions from The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and was nominated for a Pushcart by Lite: Baltimore's
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