A Reason to Live: A "Shadowdance" Variation

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Vampire Illyana's daughter, also a vampire, leaves her for a fool's errand of vengeance. Deeply depressed, Illyana tries suicide-by-Japanese-mobster. A sorcerer intervenes, offering Illyana a way to win back her daughter. However, that way drags them all into the secret war between supernatural creatures known as the Shadowdance. More
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About Mark Wooden

Mark Wooden is a SYFY Wire Fan Creator and a writer of novels, screenplays, and short stories.
Mark is the son of a sharecropper (not really, but he likes “The Jeffersons”) who has actively pursued the dream of being a Creative since his epic kindergarten work, "Ne-Ne the Vampire Panda.”
He draws inspiration from vampire slayers Buffy, Anita Blake and Blade; decades of "Batman" and "X-Men" comic books; and conspiracy epics "24" and "The X-Files." He'd be remiss if he didn't mention the Frank Miller-created assassin named Elektra.
Mark mines his two decades of experiences as a video director of live events (concerts and corporate) to instill humanity into the vampires, demons, and other creatures of his self-published “Shadowdance” urban fantasy saga.
"Fall to Grace," a short story from his "Shadowdance" series, was a quarterfinalist in the 2017 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest. "For Her Sins," the second novel in the saga, was a Quarterfinalist in the 2018 ScreenCraft Cinematic Novel contest.

Outside of his self-published works, Mark wrote for EA Games's “Quiz Show.” He also wrote the short film, "Reload: Two in the Chamber" for Focused In Entertainment.

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About the Series: "Shadowdance" urban fantasy saga
Vampires, demons, werewolves, sorcerers and other creatures of myth and magic secretly combat one another for possession of the nine Vyntari shards.

When recombined into the Vyntari jewel, the shadow god Yahweh will be unleashed.

The person who controls the jewel controls the shadow god. They can remake the world in their image -- or destroy it.

Subtle manipulations erupt into brutal violence, all hidden from the eyes of those Uninitiated to this struggle.

This is the world of the Shadowdance.

Also in Series: "Shadowdance" urban fantasy saga


Lyrical Lit. Publishing reviewed on Nov. 16, 2017

Great introductory short story. I enjoyed the vivid fight scenes, the gritty characters ,their odd intentions. I really wanted to read more about them, see what was going to come next, and find out how they got to the place they were at in their immortal vampire lives. Where are they going with it all? It's definitely a nice way to wet the palate on this series. Enough so that I went and bought book 1 to continue the story. Can't wait to start. Love stories of strong women warriors, vampires, and immortals. Really interested in where this goes.
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