A New Look at the Realities of a Vampire

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University professor N.E. Tovell pens Twilight-inspired novel for granddaughter, leading to unique new vampire series

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By last count Stephenie Meyer’s immensely popular Twilight series had sold over 116 million copies worldwide. With such proliferation into mainstream media, few teens have escaped its influence. Certainly, author N.E. Tovell’s granddaughter did not.

“At the age of eleven, my granddaughter was reading the Twilight series,” remembers Tovell. “Her mother was concerned that the Breaking Dawn novel, with the birth of Edward’s and Bella’s daughter, was too mature for my granddaughter to read. Because my granddaughter was upset about being considered ‘a baby,’ I volunteered to write a PG version for her. A few months later, I presented my granddaughter with the less adult version, but my imagination was left with the question, ‘What would that child who was half vampire and half human grow up to be like?’.” That question led to Tovell’s new trilogy, A Vampire Trilogy and to her newest book in the series, A Vampire Trilogy: Tides of the Undead: Book II (published by iUniverse).

In book II of A Vampire Trilogy, readers meet newlyweds Galian and Delbeth McDermot. The two are the willing participants of an arranged vampire marriage to fulfill an ancient Celtic prophesy. Moving to Ireland, they take their destined place as harbingers of a new world order. Delbeth knows that Galian is the only vampire willing to tolerate her headstrong ways and unique Faerie gifts, but neither suspects that their enemies lurk in the shadows, preparing to destroy their fated existence.

Fans of book I in the trilogy will find many of Tovell’s themes heightened and illuminated. “Book I is a coming-of-age story, and book II turns up the heat and puts the characters in adult situations, testing their marriage as well as their lives,” explains Tovell. “Delbeth and Galian show significant humility and courage which are the qualities that fate rewards as the plot progresses.”

While exploring the undercurrent of what it means to be a vampire and what it means to be human, Tovell lucks upon extraordinary commentary of modern society.

“In a period of racial diversity, species diversity becomes more relevant because it can poke fun at everyone,” says Tovell. “The books also deal with how love exists and survives in a modern world.”

About the Author
N.E. Tovell is an assistant professor of English at a private university in Louisville, Kentucky. A native of Chicago, she is a graduate of Southern Illinois University. Tovell began teaching school in Evansville, Indiana, where she was later elected city clerk. This is the second book in a planned trilogy.

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