Just My Blood Type

Rated 4.44/5 based on 9 reviews
A romance author gets more than she bargains for when she responds to a mysterious text message to meet a stranger at a bar called Pale Rider. A teaser for Crooked Fang. More
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  • Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
  • Words: 9,040
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781466091320
Tags: vampire music
About Nerine Dorman

An editor and multi-published author, Nerine Dorman currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa, with her visual artist husband. Some of the publishers with whom she has worked include Lyrical Press, Dark Continents Publishing and eKhaya (an imprint of Random House Struik). She has been involved in the media industry for more than a decade, with a background in magazine and newspaper publishing, commercial fiction, and print production management within a below-the-line marketing environment. Her book reviews, as well as travel, entertainment and lifestyle editorial regularly appear in national newspapers. A few of her interests include music, travel, history, Egypt, art, photography, psychology, philosophy, magic and the natural world.

Her published works include Khepera Rising, Khepera Redeemed, The Namaqualand Book of the Dead, Tainted Love (writing as Therése von Willegen), Hell’s Music (writing as Therése von Willegen), What Sweet Music They Make, and Inkarna. Her short fiction regularly features in anthologies.

Titles co-written with Carrie Clevenger include Just My Blood Type, and Blood and Fire.

She is the editor of the Bloody Parchment anthologies, Volume One; Hidden Things, Lost Things and Other Stories; and The Root Cellar and Other Stories. In addition, she also organises the annual Bloody Parchment event in conjunction with the South African HorrorFest.

She is also a founding member and co-ordinator for the Adamastor Writers’ Guild; edits The Egyptian Society of South Africa’s quarterly newsletter, SHEMU; and from time to time assists on set with the award-winning BlackMilk Productions.

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Reviews of Just My Blood Type by Nerine Dorman & Carrie Clevenger

Dylan J. Morgan reviewed on May 27, 2013

A short read, but it’s uniquely Carrie Clevenger and that makes it a must read. You can get through this in one sitting and you won’t be bored with it because the prose will hold you captivated and the musings of Crooked Fang bassist Xan Marcelles—a self-confessed asshole, but also a vampire—will hold you amused if nothing else does.

Xan has to interview romance novelist Therése von Willegen, and it’s a Q&A session loaded with innuendo. It has an inevitable conclusion but this was the story’s one weak point. With all the teasing and smiling and touching that had gone on during the interview, I was disappointed not to be allowed a front row seat in Xan’s bedroom as the asshole vampire bassist rocked Therese’s world. We’ve been allowed a close-up look during the novel Crooked Fang, why not here? It would have been enjoyable, because one thing Carrie Clevenger can pull off with aplomb is hard and heavy vampire sex.

Anyway, this is not a romance book; it’s a short story and a fun one at that. This small peek into Xan’s world will hopefully push people towards the main novel itself, if they haven’t already sampled its delights.
(review of free book)
Wulfie reviewed on Oct. 30, 2011

This was an awesome romp through Xan's world. Loved the POV swaps between him and Therese during the interview. These characters come to life, I was totally sucked (pardon the pun) in so completely that I forgot I was reading. And it's hawt in the best way; it left me drooling for more.

Very well written and perfect pacing.
(review of free book)
Romance Girl reviewed on Sep. 17, 2011

Romance author, Therese von Willyen, is bored to death sitting in her hotel room. She receives a mysterious text message telling her to meet in a bar called Pale Rider in a hole in the wall town of Pinecliffe, Colorado. She meets up with tall, dark, and brooding Xan Mercelles. Mind, he's a vampire. What could this bassist from the band Crooked Fang have to do with a romance author?

The pair bat back and forth with questions and answers going from both sides. There is sexual tension just under the surface that never becomes full blown from either one of them. Therese never says anything about vampire; but there is a hedging under the surface where she may think without saying. Maybe it is just a wondering...

This is not your usual vampire read. No sparkles in the sun for this vampire. There just seems to be a connection between our two characters with lots of tension going on. Therese sure made Xan smile or was it because he had the first Type O negative blood in a long time? This book is a collaboration between the two authors that is written flawlessly. The storyline reminds me of dialogue that you frequently see when you read a story involving a PI. It just fits so well and keeps you reading until the end. This was a short, fast read that is easily read in a single sitting. I am certainly psyched and ready to see more of Xan. He is definately tall, dark and brooding mixed with a little mystery.

This book was offered free on Smashwords and reviewed by request of the author Carrie Clevenger. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving the book.
(review of free book)
Amy Lee Burgess reviewed on July 19, 2011

I loved this story. Xan Marcelles is one sexy vampire and Therése is a very vivid and entertaining woman. The back and forth dialog was sharp and witty and the hand offs between the two authors was seamless. I was never jarred out of the scene when the PoV switched. Carrie Clevenger and Nerine Dorman make a sensational team and I want more of the same please!
(review of free book)
David G Shrock reviewed on July 11, 2011

This one-hour story switches between Xan and Theresa, trading questions and making their own music, a groove that carries us to the sweet end. Clevenger and Dorman make one hell of a team. This little bite will leave many looking for more stories.
(review of free book)
Icy Sedgwick reviewed on July 11, 2011

Just My Blood Type tells the story of an encounter between the moody Mr Marcelles and romance author Therése von Willegen. The story takes it in turns to leap back and forth between Nerine Dorman's Therése, and Carrie Clevenger's Xan, giving us a unique insight into our dual protagonists. The steady banter ups the sexual tension between the pair as they trade innuendo at the Pale Rider bar, in Pinecliffe, Colorado.

Just My Blood Type rattles along at a good pace, letting both characters (and their creators) share the limelight. Therése just takes Xan at face value, something I think our favourite vampire secretly enjoys, while Xan seems genuinely fascinated by this new woman in his life. It's a quick yet highly enjoyable read, and I've always been a fan of Xan so nice to see him in a new piece. At the same time, this is the first piece I've read by Nerine Dorman and based on this, I want to read more. A lot more.

Perfect for fans of Gothic romance, or hard rock vampire fiction, Just My Blood Type is a highly recommended read that serves as both a stellar introduction to two incredibly talented lady writers, and as a lesson in just how good collaborative writing can be.
(review of free book)
Rikki K reviewed on June 27, 2011

I have a fondness for bad-mouthed female leads. This one made me grin while reading through the dialogue. Great job! Love the two point of view style of writing, nice to get a second perspective.
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Mav Skye reviewed on June 26, 2011

It’s the scene Crooked Fang fans crave. Vamp, Xan Marcelles, meets his match in a witty dance of dialogue with erotic author, Therése. The story switches back and forth between the two in a sultry give and take building to a climax that gives the title its name’s sake. For the price of only intoxicating your senses, Carrie Clevenger and Nerine Dorman deliver one hell of a story.
(review of free book)
Noor A Jahangir reviewed on June 26, 2011

This is Gothic Romance but at the cutting edge. If you're looking for Twilight fan fiction then you better go look somewhere else. If anything, this feels more like the True Blood books and TV serial. The writing is typically excellent, as expected from these two authors, reading flawlessly so that it isn't obvious that it was written collaboratively. The sexiness simmers under the surface for most of the story but never really boils over. There are also questions left unanswered in that Therese seems none the wiser of Xan's true nature, even after her real close encounter with him and we never really learn why her agent set up the meeting. What the story does do is whet the appetite for more. After this brief sojourn into the world of Xan and the Crooked Fang, I sense we are going to see a lot more of the rocker vampire.
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