Revamped, A Vampire Comedy by Shirley Goldberg #99Cents!! ~ Part of the Mortar & Pestle series of 7 books by 7 authors

Please help me welcome today’s guest, Shirley Goldberg with a fun new series…

Revamped, a Vampire Comedy

An energy vampire hungry for love meets the wisecracking woman of his parents’ nightmares.


Vampire Dante Allegretti hates his sucky life. Born into a family of energy siphoners, he’s desperate to reinvent himself as a fun-loving normal guy rather than a crowdsourcing parasite. To stop the draining urges, Dante resorts to grinding alternative meds in an ancient Mortar & Pestle, not knowing it contains magical properties.

Enter wisecracking thirty-year-old Sophie Arley, who lives with her clingy parents. Working three jobs and craving independence, she’s come back strong after a breakdown crashed her cozy world. So when the weird, hot guy she just met-cute asks Sophie to the movies, she agrees.

Sophie won’t spoil their magical connection by mentioning her heartbreak. And Dante dreads telling Sophie about his dark side. Will the power from the Mortar & Pestle guide them to their happily ever after despite the secrets and lies?

An excerpt/Teaser From Revamped

I marveled that since I first met Sophie, she hadn’t once lost her energy in my company. My meds were working and as long as I took them, I’d fool everyone, pass for a Foodish guy, normal as everyone else.

I wrapped an arm around her and pulled her against me. She lifted her head and I kissed her, little smooches around her mouth. She put a hand on my jaw and tilted toward me, her mouth on mine tasting faintly of cranberries and wine.

“I’ve wanted to kiss you since––”

“Since the last time you kissed me?” she teased and stepped back. “I want to be kissed and kissed well. From now on.”

“Is that a line from a movie?”

“Not sure. It could be Scarlet O’Hara. It’s something she’d say.” She peered closely at me. “You do know who Scarlet O’Hara is, don’t you?”

“Of course.” I was pretty sure I knew.

A fun fact about the story is we have a FREE Prequel for readers. Grab it here:

A fun fact about me is this is my first paranormal romance. I’d never read paranormal until I started writing books and met fellow authors who wrote paranormal, fantasy, monster romance and shape shifters—all manner of romance. I also got out of my comfy reading box and began to read across genres.  

What was the most difficult thing about writing with the other authors?

Feeling afraid I wouldn’t measure up or meet my deadlines. I put pressure on myself. It was comparisonitis.

What was the best thing about writing with other authors?

The support I got from my fellow authors, concrete and emotional. Everyone shares and we all benefit. Plus, we enjoyed a tubful of laughs. And adopted pirate lingo.

Author Bio:

Shirley Goldberg is a novelist and former ESL and French teacher who’s lived in Paris, Crete, and Casablanca. She often writes about men and women of a certain age dating. Middle Ageish, Eat Your Heart Out, and A Little Bit of Lust are part of her Starting Over trilogy. Revamped, her new vampire comedy, has a younger hero who’s also starting over. Revamped is part of the Mortar & Pestle series by seven authors coming in March. 

Shirley’s characters all believe you should never leave home without your sense of humor and she agrees. Her website offers a humorous look at dating in mid-life, and her friends like to guess which stories are true. 

To grab the FREE Prequel to the Mortar & Pestle series, see the link below.

LINK to Revamped, on special sale ($0.99)for a limited time:

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2 responses to “Revamped, A Vampire Comedy by Shirley Goldberg #99Cents!! ~ Part of the Mortar & Pestle series of 7 books by 7 authors

  1. D.V. Stone

    Loved this story!


  2. Hi, Alicia, thank you so much for hosting me on your website. I love the exuberance of your wonderful readers. Dante and Sophie are thrilled with the full page spread you’ve devoted to them!


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