Rising Tide: Dark Innocence

Rising Tide: Dark Innocence
The Maura DeLuca Trilogy Book 1
by Claudette Melanson
Genre: YA Paranormal

Rising Tide will sink its fangs into you, keeping you awake into the wee

hours of the night

Could Maura’s life get any worse? …turns out it most certainly can.

Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura’s never been able to make

friends. She seems to drive her classmates away—except for the odd

times they pay enough attention to torture her—but she doesn’t

understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with

her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her

violently nauseous. Her belief is only worsened by the fact that

almost everyone around her keeps their distance.

Even her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone

with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is

desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains

heartbroken and her daughter can’t bring herself to reopen her

mother’s wounds. Or is there a more sinister reason Caelyn refuses

to utter a word about her long-lost love?

When a cruel prank nearly claims Maura’s life, one of her classmates,

Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously

accepting, Ron doesn’t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is

reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced she’s

moving the two of them to Vancouver…nearly 3,000 miles away from

their hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

If life wasn’t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience

bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring,

compelling Maura to fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood

cravings, failing health and the heart-shattering loss of Ron—as

well as the discovery of a tangled web of her own mother’s

lies—become obstacles in Maura’s desperate quest for the

unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.

2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for YA Mystery
2015 RONE Award Finalist for YA Paranormal

2015 New Apple Top Medalist for Young Adult Ebook

Chosen as one of 400 for the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel

Award for 2014!!!

Praise for Rising Tide:

“This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning.

The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows

exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling.”

“Mrs. Melanson’s writing is so descriptive and talented. Throughout the

entire story, I felt like I was watching a movie.”

“Melanson grabs you from page 1 and doesn’t let you go until the very


end, only bitter because the book is finished.”

“I found pure delight in this book and will recommend it to other


“The writing by Claudette Melanson in this novel is top notch and I can

see the movie rights for this being grabbed in no time.”

˃˃˃ Sure to become one of the Books to Read of the year, Rising

Tide: Dark Innocence

isn’t the usual YA tale of vampires.

Full of Mystery and Suspense, this Vampire Mystery Thriller packs

just enough Romance & Humor, while delivering plenty of Dark

Fantasy served with a side of the Supernatural. Maura, in the midst

of her vampire awakenings is unarguably a vampire in denial. It is a

novel that is certain to become one of the classic paranormal and

fantasy books of its time–the series is not only for Teen &

Young Adult readers, but has been well-received by many adult

readers, as well. Maura doesn’t live in Castle Dracula in

Transylvania, but she must still discover the bloodlines constructing

the creature she is destined to become, while overcoming social

issues, such as bullying, that rock her world while coming of age.

She is an strong Urban Scienece Fiction & Fantasy female

protagonist readers love.

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Undertow: Death’s Twilight
The Maura DeLuca Trilogy Book 2
Maura finally found the truth she was always seeking…or has she?

After being left in the dark for all of her life, Maura’s father,

Maxwell, has finally returned to reveal sinister family secrets Maura

could never have dreamed possible—including his revelation that she

is one of The Born. But his daughter soon discovers both he and her

mother are keeping pieces of her reality hidden, still. As Maura

struggles to unravel the mysteries surrounding her new existence and

discover every piece of the cryptic puzzle, life appears intent on

casting stumbling blocks across her path with every step forward.

Tragedy seems to stalk Maura, and those around her, as she stumbles along,

altering the young changeling’s family, just when they have all

come back together. The changes left in its wake could be for the

better, or may threaten their existence, entirely.

With the arrival of Christmas comes the opportunity for Maura to draw

close to everyone she loves—and finally reunite with Ron, the man

she loves. But permanence has always eluded her, and in her current

state of flux this pattern endures, as fate seems intent on snapping

the threads that bind her to those she holds most dear. Maxwell’s

good intentions pave a road for Maura, littered with misery, while

her mother, Caelyn’s, desire to shield her family from pain may

tear her away from them, altogether. The perfect happiness in the

young vampire’s grasp is so easily swept away and dragged under,

out of reach. Can Maura erupt from the darkness and confusion to

break the surface and find the life she’s always dreamed of?

In the midst of chaos, assistance materializes in the form of another of

her kind—ephemerally beautiful, yet explosively volatile, this new

vampire may prove capable of unlocking the puzzle-box Maxwell seems

intent on securing from her sight. Maura will discover the darkest

parts of herself in her quest to understand the being she is destined

to become. Her newfound friend has some shady intentions of his

own—such as thwarting the love that has grown between Maura and

Ron. Following in the wake of the impulsive vampire’s misguided

instruction may further pull a naive Maura down into the depths of

ultimate despair, heartbreak…and even destruction.

2015 Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention for YA Horror

2016 New Apple Summer eBook Solo Medalist for YA Horror

Praise for Undertow:

“This series offers so much: the heartwarming family moments, the comedic

back and forth banter between characters, life lessons tragically


“I actually cried during a few parts of the story.”
“The story is well written and gripping until the very end.”

“If it’s written by Claudette Melanson, you’re guaranteed to have an

amazing piece of literature that anyone can enjoy.”

Riptide: Betrayal of Blood
The Maura DeLuca Trilogy Book 3

Maura has never felt so alone in her life…nor has her existence ever been

so overshadowed by peril…

Not only do both her parents—her distant but loving mother and

recently- returned father—remain absent from her life, but due to

the hideous error in judgement executed in collusion with her best

friend, Valdamir, and adoptive sister, Susie, Maura has been cut off

from the pair’s friendship and support, forbidden by both her

father and the fallout from the dire outcome to see either of them.

The heartbreak she suffers, brought on by the weight of these

estrangements, is only intensified by the continued mysterious

absence of her supernaturally-destined mate, Ron…whose

disappearance delivers grave consequences Maura would have never

dreamed possible…

Despised by her vampire cousin, Aldiva, for reasons Maura cannot yet

comprehend, the young changeling will be forced to guard her back

with every step, as she comes to realize this member of her vampire

family would love nothing more than to bring about her demise.

Aldiva’s wrath calls forth other members from both Vancouver

covens, forcing them to rush to Maura’s aid—even though her

father, their king, has expressly forbidden the other vampires to

initiate contact with his daughter. Will her extended family on

Vancouver Island obey, abandoning Maura to her doom, or will they

instead rebel against Maxwell’s wishes in order to save her life?

In addition to the menace personified in her unsolicited enemy, the

unlikely vampire princess will find herself drowning as she is pulled

down into the depths of a far more devastating crisis…one which may

condemn her to a fate she considers much more undesirable than death.

But in order to tear herself free from the deadly pull which is

drawing her under, Maura must enlist the help of her preternatural

family, exposing her newfound friends to a danger none of them have

ever had the misfortune to face before. Can she be saved or will the

riptide drag Maura under…along with those she loves the most…

2017 New Apple Solo Medalist for Summer eBook – Young Adult General Fiction
Praise for Riptide:
“I will scream it from the rooftops how much I love this series.”

“I can only say that Riptide is one of the best modern vampire stories I

have ever read, and I read them all from Stephen King to Ann Rice to

Stephenie Meyer.”

“Riptide was action packed and the fight scenes were well written but more

than that it was the story of family and love, of taking

responsibility, and dealing with hate when all sane avenues fail.”

“The lore is superb, as is the writing. I can’t wait to catch up with

Maura again!”

Claudette Melanson writes dark fantasy, horror and children’s books in

Kitchener, Ontario with seven bun babies at her side: Tegan, Pepper,

Butters, Beckett, Sansa, Daenerys & Caramel. She graduated from

Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, BS in

English Education and an MA in Literature. Harboring a deep

admiration of vampires since the age of five left her with the desire

to eventually become one, and now fuels the creation of her favorite

paranormal characters. She hopes to one day work full time as an

author, since there are many, many stories playing out inside her head.

In her very scant spare time, she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and

reading vampire stories…along with other genres of great fiction,

as well as riding every roller coaster she encounters in both her

hometown and away at signings. An advocate for good health and

ketogenic eating, her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee,

cashew-flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond,

coconut or cashew flours.

Future dreams include a cabin boasting a roaring fire, isolated inside a

snow-filled wood in the Yukon—the perfect writing spot—and the

completion of dozens of future novels and stories. A Rabbit Rescue

fanatic and loving bunmom, she also hopes to help rescues all over

the world save many innocent lives.

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