Bloody Bites – Pretty When She Kills

It’s time for another installment of Bloody Bites, where I feature tantalizing tidbits from the dark fiction I’m currently reading. A line, a paragraph, a chapter – little morsels from some of my favorite authors that I know you will love too!

Did I whet your appetite? Ready for a sinister little snack?

Today’s excerpt comes from Pretty When She Kills, Book 2 in the Pretty When She Dies series by Rhiannon Frater. Watch Bloody Bookish for reviews of Books 2 & 3 coming up in the next 2 weeks!

Or check out my review of Book 1, Pretty When She Dies!

Dry, shrunken bodies, moldering clothes, and ratty hair filled her vision as she pushed her way through the zombies. She wanted to reach Cian, but she had summoned more dead than she realized. As she passed by her minions, they touched her reverently, her bloodied flesh infusing them with more life. The big bald vampire screeched in terror, fighting the corpses. Amaliya felt her zombies being torn apart through her connection with them. The vampire was physically more powerful than the zombies. Turning, she reached out and grabbed two of the nearest corpses with her bloody hands. She poured her power into them, and through them into their brethren.

“Kill him,” she ordered.

The empowered zombies surged forward. Weaving her way through the throng of dead, she finally reached the outer edges the horde. Cian stood over the remains of the other attacker. There was pride in Cian’s eyes as he surveyed the mass of dead attacking Santo’s minion. Covered in blood, his eyes were bright red with hunger. He was ghastly pale and his face was thinned out to the point where he resembled her zombies. He needed to feed soon.

Excerpt: © Rhiannon Frater


About Pretty When She Kills:

Amaliya Vezorak never believed in happy endings…

When Amaliya harnessed her necromancer powers to defeat her greatest enemy, she believed she had finally found a happy ending with Cian, her lover and the master of Austin. That happiness is short-lived when the vampire ruling over San Antonio attempts a takeover of Austin in order to capture Amaliya and use her power for his own devices.

To make matters worse, Samantha, Cian’s ex-fiancée, is seeing ghosts, the untested vampire hunters of Austin are running scared as a supernatural war looms, a mysterious man is hunting Amaliya with the help of her one time lover, Pete, and Rachon’, the Summoner’s favorite progeny, appears to be out for revenge.

When Amaliya’s grandmother, a powerful medium, experiences terrible visions that reveal there is another necromancer vampire and she is crying out for help, Amaliya realizes happy endings do not come easily…

About Rhiannon Frater:

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to

Did you know Rhiannon has also started a new serial called In Darkness We Must Abide? You can read the first installment, Death Comes Home, free on Rhiannon’s website. It is a modern gothic horror tale, it’s a sweeping saga about one young woman’s fight against the evil threatening to consume her life and those she loves.

What do you think of today’s Bloody Bite? Does it make you want to read more or have you already read Pretty When She Kills?

What are you reading now? Is there a tasty little tidbit that you’d like to share? Post it in the comments!

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