There is almost nothing better than to discover a new book series you totally missed and already has several book published. You don’t have to wait a whole year for the next one to come out! Here is one of the series we just came across. Got me hooked from the first moment and I devoured this series in a week. The main character Riley Poe is a kickass woman who know what she wants. Elle has done a fantastic job with this series. I have read one book after the other. Without interruptions or waiting time. Excellent. I give this series an overall score of 5 – stars!
Elle Jasper spent her youth buried in the pages of Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and Stephen King. Growing up on the salt marshes of Savannah, Georgia, she was always fascinated by the city’s ancient cobblestones, eerie church spires and Gothic Revival architect—as well as the dark, not-so-publicized side of Savannah, both steeped in tumultuous history. After an education at Armstrong Atlantic University, she forged her love of Gothic literature with an active imagination to pen her own stories. She is now a full time writer and lives amidst the moss and shadows of Savannah.
For those who have not had the pleasure of reading one of Elle Jasper’s book we have set up a small listing below of one of our favorite paranormal book series, the Dark Ink Chronicles Series about creepy dark Savannah, and the life of the heroine, Riley Poe.
The series in short
Riley Poe leads the series as a gritty, unconventional tattoo artist-turned-undead-slayer after her younger brother is lured into a gang led by a pair of vicious Romanian vampires. In books 1,2,and 3, Riley, a dead-sexy guardian vampire named Eli Dupre, his undead family and Riley’s surrogate grandparents-who are not only Gullah root doctors but hoodoo conjurers as well–stalk the underside of Savannah, Charleston, and a trip to the Old World as they track the deadly Arcos vampires to Romania. The story unfolds through Riley’s eyes in first person where you learn of Riley’s torrid past, her desires, and her fears as she falls hard for Eli, becomes Victorian Arcos’ obsession, and struggles not to become the very thing she fights: a vampire.
Book One: AFTERLIGHT,
Released: 11/2010 by NAL/Signet-Eclipse.
Blood is thicker than ink.
There is a reason we fear the night…
As Savannah’s most unconventional tattoo artist, Riley Poe is quite familiar with the local underground scene. She lives and works on the edge of it every day.
Now, she’s about to step over the edge.
When her younger brother is taken by a sinister cult led by centuries-old vampires, Riley discovers a world of shadows and blood–and those who exist there.
Her ally is the hot-tempered vampire Eli Dupre, who is attracted both to Riley’s beauty as well as her one-of-a-kind blood type. A blood type he is not alone in craving.
To save her brother from certain un-death, Riley will face dangers she’s never dreamed of, ruthless bloodthirsty enemies, and an evil of endless hunger that wants to devour all in its vile grasp.
Meet Eli and Riley here.
Book Two: EVERDARK
Released: June 7, 2011 by NAL/Signet-Eclipse.
Curse the darkness…before it curses you.
Tattoo artist Riley Poe thought she knew the shady side of Savannah—until her brother was taken by a cult of vampires. Allying herself with hot-blooded vampire Eli Dupré, she got her brother back. But her courage—and her one-of-a-kind blood type—made her an irresistible temptation for some very bad bloodsuckers.
After barely surviving an ambush by enemy undead, she has inherited certain traits of her attackers: heightened senses, lightning reflexes, unreal strength. Eli trains Riley to use her new vampiric tendencies, teaching her control and skills she’s never imagined needing. But when a new trait—a telepathic link with a rampaging vampire—manifests itself, Riley knows she has to put her new skills to the test to stop the killer before he strikes again.
Long used to taking care of herself, Riley has trouble asking for help, even from the powerful vampire she loves….
Book Three: EVENTIDE
Released: March 2012.
Tattoo artist Riley Poe is in trouble. After surviving the bite of a powerful vampire, she feels herself changing in unimaginable ways. She can no longer hide behind her normal life at the Inksomnia tattoo parlor after a recent rash of vampire attacks in Savannah has her questioning her sanity–and fearing she may have had something to do with them.
Eli Dupre, her vampire lover, has seen the change in her. He tells her they must meet the patriarch of the vampire cult that attacked her if they want to prevent a total vampiric converstion.
In the vampire cult’s fortress in Romania, Riley will face her worst fears–and the dark powers threatening to destroy her. And she’ll have to do the one thing she’s been determined not to do–put her trust in Eli.
Published December 31st 2012 by Signet
There’s only one thing more lethal than a vampire. A Black Fallen. Rather, a fallen angel engulfed in the blackest of magic. And three of the most dangerous have descended upon Edinburgh… Tattoo artist, RILEY POE, has changed. After surviving the bites of three potent Strigoi, she has acquired traits from each that parallel those of the most lethal of vampires. Her strength, speed, hearing are unmatched. She’s a stick of dynamite, fuse lit. She’s about to put those unique powers to good use. And she’ll need them. Now that the rogue bloodsuckers plaguing the Lowcountry are under control once more, and Riley, along with her guardian vampire, ELI DUPRE, Riley’s brother, SETH POE, and Eli’s brother, PHIN DUPRE, and Strigoi vampire VICTORIAN ARCOS agree to join JAKE ANDORRA’S elite WUP team. Worldwide Unexplained Phenomenon takes cases too powerful and dangerous for mere humans to handle. Comprised of vampires, humans with tendencies, immortal druids, werewolves and witches, there aren’t many situations the WUP members can’t handle. But there are unholy, lethal disturbances in the ancient city of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Riley and the others accept the mission.Our rating:
Is this the end of the series?
No, There is a 5th book coming up!
Darklove (Dark Ink Chronicles, #5)
Utterly destroyed, or lost forever?
This is the question that plagues Riley Poe. After her vampire lover, Eli Dupre, was seemingly murdered by a fallen angel, she receives word that he’s actually trapped in an alternate dimension, where hell on earth is revealed and dark forces reign. Riley’s been there before, and it nearly ripped her to pieces.
But her efforts to find Eli are thwarted by a new foe: a powerful, unstoppable vampire is slaughtering humans. Riley knows how to handle a vamp, and with the WUP team by her side, she’s determined to take down the rogue.
But what she finds rocks her to the core, as she discovers a startling connection between the slaughter and Eli, who might not be missing after all—and who might not be the same vampire she fell in love with.
Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by Signet
For more info and buy links, check out Elle’s website www.ellejasper.com
Also, check out Riley’s Play list on Elle’s blog—a collection of kick-ass music that really pulls Riley into the zone while working in her tattoo shop.