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In Her Blood
Janice Jones
(The Dagger Chronicles #1)
Published by: Amberjack Publishing
Publication date: May 1st 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Supernatural

Alex Stone wants to pretend the supernatural doesn’t exist.

As the owner of a hot new clothing line, the only thing she’s killing is her competition – until she gets a phone call from her past. As the Dagger, she was a member of the covert ops team tasked with hunting threats of the supernatural kind. For the super soldiers of Night Command, the rules were simple: take the pills, fight the bad guys, and live to tell no one. After putting a bad-ass vampire on ice landed her in a padded cell, Alex thought she’d left the hunting game for good. Now she’s in the orbit of a handsome vampire with a problem. And sometimes keeping secrets bites.

Jason Stavros has the best of everything and life eternal. To the human world, Jason was just a poor boy who made it to the top. For a human turned vampire, the fight for a place in the inner circle of the ruling class hinges on one task: convince the best ex-vampire hunting assassin to become his personal bodyguard and save them all.

Join Alex, Jason and a new team of young hunters as two worlds unite against a common enemy. As the body count begins to rise, Alex and the Tracker Team fight friends and enemies to find the answers they seek.

What’s been happening in the dark will finally come to light.

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She enjoyed seeing those chains of pure silver wrapped around the vampire’s scrawny arms like tattoos. He barely resembled the picture of the old parish priest the Cardinal sent them two weeks ago. His brown skin hung from his bones like an ill-fitting suit. His paunch bounced up and down as he struggled to get loose. It took longer to catch him, much longer than it should have, but all’s well that ends well.

Alex Stone, call-sign Dagger, ran her fingers through her dark hair. Flakes of dried blood and sand fell as she pulled the dirty mess into a ponytail. Benjamin Palmer, Team Commander, snatched her wounded hand back down and tightened the field dressing as he griped at her about how dumb it was to try to catch the sharp end of a knife with her hand. She knew that . . . now.

“Who do you think you are,” he said as he gave the knot one last yank, “Superman?” Ben checked her busted lip with a shake of his head. “That’s gonna hurt like hell till morning.”

Alex just nodded, taking the pills in her good hand and swallowing them with a quick sip of warm water from his canteen.

Under normal circumstances, Alex would be pulled from the field, evaluated and possibly scrubbed from the next assignment for that stunt. But time was running out and this wasn’t normal, not even for the top vampire hunting team in the country.

Author Janice Jones

Graduating with a Masters in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, Janice’s first novel, In Her Blood, is the first book in her vampire adventure series The Dagger Chronicles. This series introduces you to the world of Alexa “Alex” Stone, ex-vampire hunter and assassin turned fashion mogul. Hiding in plain sight, Alex must return to the world of the supernatural in order protect a handsome vampire and her own secrets. Look for Book Two, By Blood Sworn to hit online outlets soon. Janice is looking forward to readers of New Adult Fiction and Vampire lore to embrace a new kind of action adventure hero, a woman with many secrets and many stories to tell.
(Author photo courtesy of Omar Ramos Photography by LaChandra Middlebrooks)

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I think I suspected several of the characters at different times in the story…but not once did I get it right.

Well worth the read! We give it 5 paws up
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In Her Blood
File Size: 397 KB
Print Length: 215 pages
Publisher: Devine Destinies (January 7, 2015)


 My Review

I’ve always wondered if this could be true. Could you have a killer gene? Could it be hereditary? Could it be encoded in our DNA?

I’ve watched a lot of documentaries on this subject so I was excited to read where the author would take it.

Doing a research paper for college, Alexandra heads to Savannah, Georgia to interview Chad Greenway. He’s a free lance writer and has an ancestor who was the first woman hanged in Georgia.

She meets Chad while going on one of his Haunted Tours and he agrees to be interviewed.  He’s nonchalant about his families history but shows a keen interest in Alexandra. She likes him too. They agree to work together. Chad will help her with the research paper and Alexandra will let him write a story about her.

Soon after they start interviewing people, those same people start turning up dead. The connection to Alexandra places her in the crosshairs of the police and now she has to catch the killer before she ends up behind bars.

There are some very colorful characters in this story. Alexandra’s interest in the subject of the ‘warrior gene’ comes from her own history. Her great grandmother was a serial killer and her own mother is in prison for killing her step-father.

Chad has an ancestor who killed her master and was caught and hanged. To help Alexandra, he introduces her to Dumpster. Now this is a cool character.

Dumpster is living in a homeless shelter, but he’s not what he appears to be. He’s strange, cryptic, and has an intelligence and education that peeks through the grime. He introduces Alexandra to his mother.

It’s funny when Alexandra first meets Dumpster’s mom. She pretends to be blind and tells her of the darkness that surrounds her. The blindness isn’t real but the darkness is.

There was one character that really disappointed me. I should have seen behind the charm. Turned out to be a loser. And one who I grew more and more fond of as I read the book.

As Alexandra met more people, bodies started piling up and the author did a great job of misdirecting. She had me thinking it’s this person. No, scratch that, it’s this one. Even Alexandra was on my list of suspects. Perhaps the propensity to kill is hereditary. Maybe she’s the killer and doesn’t even know it.  Not an easy mystery to solve.

This is a thriller that kept me guessing. The finale was something else. Once the killer was revealed, I knew I’d not paid attention to a clue that was slipped into the book earlier. It was something Alexandra missed and so did I.

Lots of interesting characters. Plenty of suspects. Some local Gee chee (voodoo). Lots to keep you turning the pages. Have fun with your own list of suspects.

4 Stars



Alexandra McCormick’s great-grandmother was a brutal serial killer in the early 1900’s. With her mother currently serving time in prison for murdering Alexandra’s stepfather, Alexandra decides to do her college research paper on whether or not the tendency to commit murder or other violent crimes may be passed on genetically.

Her research takes her to Savannah, Georgia, a city built upon its dead. There, she meets Chad Greenway, whose ancestor is Alice Riley, the first woman hanged in the state of Georgia. Alice was hanged for killing her abusive master. As a freelance writer, Chad agrees to help Alexandra with her research provided he can write a story about her quest. Soon it seems everyone Alexandra meets winds up murdered.




About This Author

G. V. Trent also writes as Gayle Trent and Amanda Lee. She typically writes cozy mysteries, and this is her first foray into the psychological mystery. She hopes you’ll enjoy it. Please visit the author online at

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