Blog Tour with Review – Lexi’s Legacy (The Master of Whitehall, Book 2) by Rick Veal

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Synopsis:

Lexi’s Legacy, a contemporary adventure romance set in Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA., is the second book in the continuing saga of The Master of Whitehall. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Lexi discovers an unexpected cure from an unlikely source and two best friends become eternal friends. Lexi tells her tale of life, lost and found, relating her experiences as she leaves behind her human life and begins her journey into a new immortal life.

She recounts the changes that take place as she enters a supernatural world she never knew existed, joining Katelyn and James at Whitehall Plantation.
Lexi has much to learn about her new world as she grows and matures into the life of a vampire. Join her as she takes you on an adventure of life changing proportions. Let her tell you about how her life changes, about love … found … lost … and found again.

Lexi’s Legacy is an exciting and enjoyable adventure in the on-going epic of The Master of Whitehall.
Please check out the first book of the saga The Master of Whitehall to read all about the beginning of the story, then visit the webpage.

Excerpt:

The three of us crouched quietly in the shadows on top of an old warehouse in the center of the Port Authority, the breeze gently blowing in from the harbor. The full moon, a deep yellow, beginning to fade to white, had just risen out of the water, throwing a long path of light across the dark harbor. My new and much more responsive senses were all on full alert. I very slightly raised my nose to the breeze, curious as to what it carried on it. I could smell the salt air but also the other distinct smells of the waterfront … fuel oil, dead fish, the wet ropes and nets, stale beer mixed with old urine and vomit … and it all combined to make a unique fragrance in the air … one that was very pungent to my new sense of smell.

I quickly noticed that even combined together, I could pick out each individual smell and which direction it was coming from. I smiled silently to myself as I realized that even over all the harsh smells of the waterfront … I could smell humans … the workers … or more probably it was their blood that I smelled. It was my first scent of humans and I breathed it in, enjoying it, feeling the pull of it on me. The flaming hot thirst leaped up in me, the blood lust rising up from the center of my being. They smelled so much better than a deer.

The sounds of the busy harbor filled my ears … bells, whistles, men shouting in a jumble of languages, the clank of heavy machinery moving various kinds of cargo as it was being loaded and unloaded in the early night air. I smiled to myself with the anticipation of my first human hunt as I thought back about the conversation and plans we had made earlier in the afternoon at Whitehall.

Review:

At the end of Book 1, The Master of Whitehall, we are left with Lexi being offered The Gift from her best friend Katelyn.  Lexi has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and Katelyn does not want to lose her best friend, especially at such a young age.  This book picks right back up from where the other started.  The book starts out talking about the transformation and change that Lexi goes through at the hands of her “parents” James and Katelyn.  Lexi takes to her new lifestyle like a duck to water.  She’s able to pick up the nuances that are prevalent in vampire life.  She’s able to hunt with lethality and precision, killing her prey when necessary and only drinking from it the rest of the time.  She’s young and beautiful which helps her in her  hunt.  However, she’s lonely.  Everyone at Whitehall has a mate but her.  She knows she’s young and she has time, but she just can’t help but feel like she needs someone with her now.  And that is where she runs into problems.

This is an easy read story and if you are already a fan of Master of Whitehall, then it already has you hooked from the start.  What if you have not read the first book?  It is possible to read this book as a stand alone, but you are missing out on the back story from the first book.  This is a nice story about young vampires and learning the ropes and the challenges that come along with immortality.  There is comedy, sex (not very graphic), drama and romance.  The book has it all.  If you want a good story about vampires and a different take on their existence, then read The Master of Whitehall and Lexi’s Legacy.

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About the Author:

IMG_1031Rick Veal was born sometime during the last century and has lived most of his life in the Upstate of South Carolina. He joined the Navy immediately out of high school becoming an aircraft mechanic. During a six year span he sailed four times around the world and had the pleasure of visiting eighteen different countries. He says of that time that he did about two thirds of everything there was to do and was accused of taking part in the other one third!

After returning home he attended The University of South Carolina graduating with a double Associates Degree with Honors. He completed his education at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Education. Since that time he has worked in the education field as a teacher and in various management positions in industry.
He has been a reader for most of his life and enjoyed most of what he’s read. He is a big Anne Rice fan … Go Lestat! He has always enjoyed reading and watching movies about vampires. He was completely hooked by Barnabas Collins in “Dark Shadows” way back in 1966. After reading all the vampire books he could … Rice, Smith, Harris, Craine … he decided that if they could write a vampire story, then so could he and he set out to do just that. He wanted a setting in the Low Country of South Carolina with a lot of history surrounding it. The rich history of Charleston, S.C. and the lore of Vampire stories just seemed to be made for each other. So tying the two together he formed the initial idea and then built on it from there.
When speaking of himself he says, there’s not really a lot to say … he thinks maybe his characters are more interesting than he is. He currently lives alone and shares his home with his “daughter”, a three year old Tuxedo cat who graciously allows him to think he actually owns the home. Her name is “Daddy’s Pretty Girl” but she will actually answer to anything except “Late for Dinner”.
His two favorite authors are Anne Rice and Clive Cussler. He loves Cussler’s storytelling ability and Rice’s attention to detail. Both of them have a way of bringing their characters to life so that you feel as if you personally know them. He hopes that his readers will be able to see their influence in his writing as he tries to convey that same thing with all of his characters. It has been said that that if you want to write, you should write the book you want to read, then others will want to read it too. That is exactly what he has tried to do with “The Master of Whitehall”, his debut novel.

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