Fallen is the prequel to the Transformed series (Deception, Betrayal, Forgotten) and it’s also a novella, so it’s a pretty quick read—and a fun one. It’s from the perspective of one of the antagonists in the series.
Since Fallen takes place before the series, you don’t need to have read any of the other books to read it.
It now contains the novella Taken…
Samantha Erikson is a vampire with one mission: to rule the world. She’s spent decades winning over the world’s most feared vampire, Vince Moretti. Just when everything is going according to plan, he sidetracks her with the assignment of pretending to be a high school student in a small town.
It’s humiliating enough to go from stilettos to sneakers, but Samantha must also follow the most boring person alive: the teenage girl who stands between her and the throne. When she has had all she can take, she finds a fun distraction: an attractive football player who isn’t scared of vampires. There’s one problem. Against her better judgment, she falls in love with him. Now she must decide between the mortal she adores and a place of power in the vampire world. If she tries to have both, she could lose everything.
Excerpt from Chapter One
“She must die.”
Raising an eyebrow, I looked into Vince’s dark eyes. “Who?”
“The rumors are true, Samantha,” he said, and then bit into his caviar.
I took a sip of wine. “Which rumors, exactly?”
He ran his fingers through his short, spiky hair. “She’s alive.”
My mind ran through the list of she’s that he could be referring to. Then I looked at him again. “You don’t mean…?”
Eyes aglow, he nodded. “Marguerite Westerfield is alive and well. As it turns out, her watcher never had her killed. I threatened the lives of her daughters, and yet Mattie still risked it all to save Marguerite. She merely hid the child.”
I leaned over the table toward him. “She wouldn’t be a child anymore. How old is she now?”
“Almost sixteen, if I remember correctly. She was close to three when she was supposed to be killed.” He sighed.
“So she’s already gone through her transformation.”
Vince shook his head. “No, not yet. That’s what has made it so difficult to track her down. She was hidden amongst the humans, being raised as one. Marguerite probably thinks that she is one,” he said, and laughed.
I grinned, flipping my long, dark blonde hair behind my shoulder. “What’s the plan?”
He narrowed his eyes slightly. “You’re going to pay her a visit.”
“What?” I asked, sitting back. “Are you kidding? You’re sending me?”
“You’re perfect for the job. You’re a quick thinker, unlike most of the goons I have to deal with, and you look like you could be her age. She’ll probably trust you if you play it right.”
Wonderful. I was getting sent out on a job instead of sticking around with him. But I couldn’t argue. Nobody crossed Vince. No one that lived to tell about it, anyway. I gave him my most seductive smile. “Actually, it could be fun to mess with the humans. I haven’t mingled with them in decades.”
“I’m glad to hear it, Samantha,” he said, smiling. I loved it when he smiled at me, because he was one of the most powerful vampires alive. He could have been with anyone, but I had won him over. “I thought you might put up a fuss.”
“Oh Vincey, you know that I love a challenge. That’s how I ended up here in this room with you.”
He laughed. “That’s true. Most everyone is afraid to even look at me, but not you. That’s what I love about you.” He reached across the table and intertwined his fingers with mine.
Interview with Samantha
Samantha, is there any special meaning behind your name?
Well, my last name, Erikson, does have a little story behind it. For generations upon generations, our family has taken the old Icelandic tradition of taking the father’s first name and adding “sson” and making it the last name for the sons. (For daughters, the tradition is to add “sdottir”.)
My parents decided to stop the tradition. My mother isn’t of the Icelandic heritage and she wanted to take my father’s last name, Eriksson. But she didn’t like the spelling, so my father dropped one s. He adores her and would do anything for her.
Before your story began, what were your hopes for the future?
I’ve always had my sights set on the castle. My family has visited there countless times over the years because of our relatives who live there. My dream has always been to live there, ruling the throne. What girl hasn’t dreamed of becoming a princess?
What do you like about people?
Mmmm…that’s easy. Their blood. The more fear-soaked, the tastier it is.
Oh, well…that’s interesting. Would you care to elaborate?
I was born into a vampire family and I myself became a vampire after I completed my transformation when I was a teenager. That was over two hundred years ago.
Vampires are born? Aren’t they made?
You humans have most everything wrong about vampires—especially your belief that we don’t exist. Royal vampires are born, but common vampires are humans turned. I’m a mixed breed: half common vampire and half royal vampire.
How is that possible?
My mother is a common vampire and my father is a royal vampire. My father’s choice to marry a common vampire is what removed him, and our entire line, from the castle.
Is that where your dreams of being a princess come from?
Yes. I should be in the castle. It’s in my blood. That’s why I’ve spent decades to win over the most feared Vampire alive, Vince Moretti. He’s going to take down the king and queen, and I’m going to help him. Then we’re going to rule the vampire world together.
That’s quite a plan. Good luck with that.
Thanks. See you in Fallen.