Bad to the Bone
By Jeri Smith-Ready
(Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9781439166147, 432pp.)
Publication Date: February 23, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Categories: Fantasy - Contemporary
TURN ON. TUNE IN. DROP DEAD.
Welcome to WVMP, “The Lifeblood of Rock ’n’ Roll,” where conartist-turned-station-owner Ciara Griffin manages an on-air staffof off-the-wall DJs—including new boyfriend Shane McAllister—who really sink their teeth into the music of their “Life Time” (theera in which they became vampires). Ciara keeps the undeadrocking, the ratings rolling, and the fan base alive—withoutmissing a beat.
For Halloween, WVMP is throwing a bash. With cool tunes, hotcostumes, killer cocktails—what could go wrong? To start, areligious firebrand ranting against the evils of the occultpreempts the station’s midnight broadcast. Then, when Ciaratracks down the transmission, the broadcast tower is guarded bywhat appears to be . . . a canine vampire? Behind it all is a groupof self-righteous radicals who think vampires suck (and arewilling to stake their lives on it). Ciara must protect the stationwhile struggling with her own complicated relationship, her bestfriend’s romance with a fledgling vampire, and the nature of hermysterious anti-holy powers. To make it to New Year’s in one piece,she’ll need to learn a few new tricks. . . .
Jeri Smith-Ready holds a master’s degree in environmental policy and lives in Maryland with her husband, two cats, and a retired racing greyhound. She and her husband foster shelter dogs with Tails of Hope Sanctuary. Her first novel, Requiem for the Devil, was a semi-finalist in the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest and won first place in the National Writers Association Novel Contest.
"A charming, fang-in-cheek urban fantasy."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)