The Heartbeat Thief

Ash Krafton
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"A talented writer can convince a reader that fantasy is real; a gifted author makes it look easy from the opening scene. Such is Krafton's brilliance in The Heartbeat Thief."  --Rachel McClellan, Author
Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth--she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it.

 In 1860 Surrey, a young woman has only one occupation: to marry. Senza Fyne is beautiful, intelligent, and lacks neither wealth nor connections. Finding a husband shouldn't be difficult, not when she has her entire life before her. But it's not life that preoccupies her thoughts. It's death--and that shadowy spectre haunts her every step.
 So does Mr. Knell. Heart-thumpingly attractive, obviously eligible--he'd be her perfect match if only he wasn't so macabre. All his talk about death, all that teasing about knowing how to avoid it...
 When her mother arranges a courtship with another man, Senza is desperate for escape from a dull prescripted destiny. Impulsively, she takes Knell up on his offer. He casts a spell that frees her from the cruelty of time and the threat of death--but at a steep price. In order to maintain eternal youth, she must feed on the heartbeats of others.
 From the posh London season to the back alleys of Whitechapel, across the Channel, across the Pond, across the seas of Time...
 How far will Senza Fyne go to avoid Death?
The latest in dark fantasy from Ash Krafton...It's a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allen Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order to stay young and beautiful forever... 
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About the author

Ash Krafton is a writer of all things spec fic. She believes spectacular endings make the best beginnings... Why not? One billion black holes can't be wrong.

The second bravest thing she's ever done was volunteering to go first when her Girl Scout troop visited a High Ropes challenge course somewhere back in the eighties. (Thankfully, few photos exist.) The third bravest thing was wearing her purple Colin Stuart boots with the extreme stiletto heel to her kids' school open house one year. (Three floors, all steps, no brakes.) The top of the Brave Things list, however, remains to be written.

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And don't forget to say hello to her alter ego, AJ Krafton, who writes New Adult speculative fiction. AJ's début book THE HEARTBEAT THIEF, can be found at most major online retailers.
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Oct 31, 2016
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 "Fans of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance need to add this one to their lists. Powerful stuff, people!" Sophia Rose ★★★★★
"I absolutely loved the story and can't wait to read the next book in the series to find out what happens next." Jeep Diva Reviews ★★★★★

From USA Today and international bestselling author, Ash Krafton, comes the award-winning first book in an urban fantasy series that put a twist on vampire lore and captured the hearts of readers around the world. Bleeding Hearts (Demimonde #1) will introduce you to Sophie Galen, the advice columnist-turned-oracle who is saving the damned person at a time...

Enter the world of the Demimonde.

Look outside your window. Same old town, same streets, same people, same stories you've lived all your life. Or... are they?

Sophie Galen is an advice columnist from the suburbs of Philly. Like many sensitive women, she's done her best to create a shelter for herself in order to live in a safe, predictable world, protecting her vulnerable self: her mind, her heart, her soul. 

Then he came into her life and blew the walls in.

When Marek Thurzo arrived, he brought with him all the secrets she never wanted to know: the world outside was not what she thought. There were people and creatures and powers she'd never dared to believe exist and at the very center of this humongous supernatural web was one single person.

Her. The Sophia. The one hope for redemption for the Demivampire race.

Some days, she still can't wrap her head around the whole thing. Other days...

...she's ready to do whatever it takes to protect her demivamps, no matter the obstacle, no matter the enemy, no matter the personal cost.

While meeting her deadlines, natch. Who says a girl can't multitask while saving the world?

"[Krafton] has done what very few authors have done for me to date: made all her books something I put on my urgent to-read pile." Long and Short Reviews
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