Sex, Blood, Rock 'N' Roll, and Vampyr

Sex, Blood, Rock 'N' Roll, and Vampyr

The Bloodline Series Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
200 Pages
Reviewed on 01/24/2017
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Author Biography

K. M. McFarland made her way to the Big Easy by way of Nashville, Tennessee and the Florida beaches. Intrigued by its ambiance, stories of Voodoo, vampires, ghosts and haunted houses have been her inspiration as well as her fascination with New Orleans' colorful history. Aside from roaming the French Quarter researching and setting the mood for her next book, she enjoys music, photography, reading, art, and swimming. As long as there's a cup of coffee and a glass of dry red wine in her day, life is good.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

Some time in 1975 or 1976, Ila Bosarge gave me a copy of Interview With The Vampire, written by some author I had never heard of called Anne Rice. I wasn't too keen on reading it because I’m not into horror so much. But I was into Ila. She was and is one of the great friends of my life and she was a very smart girl so I read the book. It changed my perspective on vampires. I think it changed the world’s perception of vampires. Bram Stoker might have written the book on vampires, but Anne Rice rewrote it. K.M. McFarland may have just made a big contribution to the massive amount of vampire lore and books that have been created in the wake of Anne Rice. Some of these I have read, some of them I just can’t get into. I got into Sex, Blood, Rock ‘N’ Roll, and Vampyr. I look forward to seeing more of The Bloodline Trilogy series.

I love that Sex, Blood, Rock ‘N’ Roll, and Vampyr takes place in New Orleans. It is the perfect setting for a vampire story and, since I grew up a two-hour drive away, I am intimately familiar with the city. I like K.M. McFarland’s take on vampire lore. Every writer has a different approach and I like hers. I like her characters. Lestat might have been a very interesting vampire, but he was sometimes difficult to like. I like Quinn. I like his family. Family is something Lestat could never get right. It seems to me that without a functional family, being immortal would become a chore. The writing is good. The plot works, and the vampires are fashionable and friendly. If you are in the market for a new vampire book, try this one.

Jack Magnus

Sex, Blood, Rock 'N' Roll, and Vampyr: The Bloodline Series, Book 1 is a romantic paranormal fantasy written by K.M. McFarland. Randi Brooks loved her life. While she was saddened by her mother's slow decline into alcoholism and fundamental religion, and grieved at her passing, Randi knew she would never die; she and her husband, Quinn, were immortal and would remain young and vibrant eternally. She no longer enjoyed the pleasures the rich New Orleans cuisine used to afford her, but it seemed a small price to pay. Randi didn't care to drink her blood directly from her victims, voluntary or not, but she was not alone in that preference. The bartenders at Quinn's bars, particularly Vampyr, which they frequented, offered a selection of fresh human and animal blood and a mix for their customers. Served in wine glasses that appeared to be filled with just that, wine, vampires could get their sustenance while mingling with the human customers who loved the ambiance and mystery of New Orleans' vampire bars.

K.M. McFarland's paranormal romance, Sex, Blood, Rock 'N' Roll, and Vampyr: The Bloodline Series, Book 1, introduces Randi and Quinn, and the family and friends they care about. The New Orleans setting is exciting and filled with mystery, and the possibilities inherent in an immortal life that can be maintained without the loss of human life to sustain it is intriguingly explored in this inter-personal relationship-oriented tale. The author creates a glittering world of privilege, of eternal youth dressed in the latest fashion and finery, albeit with some slight deference paid to Gothic trendiness. Her plot is geared around the characters in her story and the impact turning vampire had on each of their and their loved ones' lives. There are some instances of erotic sex and tension laced throughout the story, but the predominant emphasis is on the bloodlines, the families and their inter-relationships. While I don't recommend it for horror fans or urban fantasy fiction lovers who need elements of danger and thrills in their stories, readers who enjoy paranormal romance blended with family sagas will find much to enjoy in Sex, Blood, Rock 'N' Roll, and Vampyr: The Bloodline Series, Book 1.