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Excerpt from Dawn of the Vie

When I could stand, I burned hotter than the flames consuming the building. I just couldn’t tell who I was angrier with—the Vie, or myself.

I scanned the alley for my discarded stake. There. A few feet away, the tip stained with Vie blood—Alex’s blood. It thirsted for more, like me.

Crouching, I tested the stake’s weight then raced into the dark.

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Introducing Laura Diamond, author | In the Spotlight Book Announcement

Dawn of the Vie (Immortal Aliens #1)

Author: Laura Diamond
Published on: October 3, 2016
Pages: 276
Series: Immortal Aliens #1
Genres: science fiction, young adult
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Synopsis: Since their Arrival less than 30 years ago, immortal Vie rule the planet like the super-predators they are. Enslaved humans are their servants…their entertainment…and their food. Anemies—humans with various types of anemia—are simply exterminated. Their nutritionally deficient blood is useless to the Vie.

Or so it’s thought…


Alex, an Elite Vie, is a bit of a Renaissance Alien. Part scientist, part Raid Specialist, part drug addict, he knows Anemie blood is valuable. Rather than blindly carrying out his boss’s kill order, he convinces some colleagues to spare a few Anemies, not only for study, but also to reserve a secret stock.

The more Anemie blood Alex drinks, the more he slips into delusion, and the more his double life threatens to crumble. But quitting Anemie blood is not an option. Every Anemie has their own personal flavor. Each gives a unique high.

When Alex takes a hit of Justin’s blood, his hallucinations bleed into reality…


Anemie Justin knows his little sister, Sammie, and he are living past their expiration dates. It becomes a guarantee when they’re bitten by a Vie named Alex during a raid. (The bite is fatal, thanks to a toxin carried in Vie saliva.) Alex adds insult to injury by promising Justin a second chance—an antidote in exchange for agreeing to be a lab rat.

And a mule…of his own blood.

When Justin says no, Alex takes off with Sammie.

All Justin has to do is find them, beat Alex, and cure himself and Sammie. All he has is a stake and serious lack of self-preservation.

No problem.


Alex wants Justin’s blood.

Justin wants his sister back.

GAME ON.

 

 

Excerpts from Dawn of the Vie

 

I hated afternoons the most. Soon after came darkness—the time when a raiding squad could snatch you out of bed and drain all the blood from your body. It was amazing that any Anemies survived with the extermination campaign ridding the world of us red blood cell-deficient freaks.

I gently squeezed my sister’s hand to make sure she kept up. Dirt caked under her fingernails like it caked under mine. The cuff of her torn sleeve had stains like mine. Her pant cuffs were rolled up six times… also like mine. A younger version of me—mouthiness and all—in girl form. Unlike me, Sammie tended to dawdle, and since we held onto the last rung of the society ladder by the tips of our fingers, giving in to distraction could get us hurt—or killed.

My gaze jumped to the pale, indifferent sky then jittered to the partially constructed biodome edge as I walked. Large, clear panels filled the metal framework in a beehive of hexagons. Eventually, the damn thing would cover the entire city, including the river surrounding the island and part of the ocean capping the south side.

The project had been progressing since before I was born.

Once the construction workers completed the biodome, Vie wouldn’t have to fear the destructive UV rays of our sun and could wander freely during the day. We’d have no safe period whatsoever. Vie could get us any time.


A siren broke the night’s tense silence like the call of a lone wolf. I sat up, alert, body turning to ice with dread. Other Anemies scrambled into action, gathering meager belongings and crowding the window to keep watch or booking it down the hallway and stairs to run away before the raid party showed up.

“They’re stopping here, Justin.” Sammie trembled next to me.

“Maybe not.” I smoothed her greasy hair. My hand shook. We’d been lucky for so long, dodging raids and guards and Vie and illness and total starvation, I’d almost convinced myself—

Another siren joined the first. The lone wolf was turning into a pack.

Please let them keep going. I don’t want to die.

We both crouched lower, as if curling into living meatballs would prevent Vie from attacking us.

“I’m scared.” Sammie’s shrill voice shredded my eardrums. I covered her mouth with my hand, but she pawed me away. She hated the feeling of suffocation.

“You have to be quiet.”

Vie could hear our whispers, smell our bodies, sense our movements. I licked my dry lips and grimaced at the salty, dank sweat pouring out of me. No wonder they hated us. Our stench. Our weakness.

Such a contrast from their perfection. Vie. Pure predator.


When I could stand, I burned hotter than the flames consuming the building. I just couldn’t tell who I was angrier with—the Vie, or myself.

I scanned the alley for my discarded stake. There. A few feet away, the tip stained with Vie blood—Alex’s blood. It thirsted for more, like me.

Crouching, I tested the stake’s weight then raced into the dark.

About Laura Diamond

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Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.

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