Allison Carmichael wakes from a car wreck with no memory of the past three years. She doesn’t recall her husband’s death or how she alienated her friends, and she definitely doesn’t remember anything about her new boyfriend Vincent Drake – a charismatic man with a penchant for rare and unique possessions. In fact, the only things familiar to Allison are her seemingly common ailments – insomnia, lack of appetite, erratic body temperature – which have gone undiagnosed and are worsening.
But Vincent knows exactly who, and what, Allison is – a mortal descendant of the first vampire. He is a vampire who has watched over Allison and her ancestors since the biblical times of Cain and Abel ensuring their secret is kept. Once he realizes Allison’s symptoms are accelerating and transforming her, he’ll stop at nothing to have her.
Allison discovers that she is a descendant and the first of her kind to exhibit signs of vampirism. She must decide between risking her mortal death if she cannot control her symptoms or fully transforming into a vampire and damning her soul for eternity. A decision made even more difficult when Allison discovers that Vincent has manipulated her life, and everyone in it, so that he can have the one thing no one else in the world has – the first descendant-turned-vampire.
THE DESCENDANT – A Vampire Tale of Biblical Proportions
Kelley Grealis was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She has a B.A. in Accounting from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Masters of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. She has loved all things vampire since she was a little girl, and it was that passion combined with thirteen years of Catholic schooling, that inspired her to write THE DESCENDANT. She lives in a Cleveland suburb with her husband.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Three years ago, I was having what I considered to be a mid-life crisis. My company was going through an acquisition and the future of my job was uncertain. Years of working in the corporate world where catching up to me and I was tired of the cycle – wake up early, go to work, get home late, cook dinner, chores on the weekend and never enough time to do all of the fun things I wanted to do. At this same time, I had finished reading a book, the premise of which was so simple, that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself. I declared to my husband that night that I was going to write a book! I knew in order to accomplish that goal that I had to write about something that I was passionate about. That was simple enough – vampires! The question then became, what about vampires was I going to write about? That was also easy to answer. I hadn’t read a book that dealt with the origin of the vampire (or the ones I did read, I didn’t like the story line), so I was going to write about the origin of the vampire and I did that by tying it to popular biblical stories.