Melanie Nowak

Author of the Venomous Vampire series

ALMOST HUMAN

 

 Thanks so much for stopping by!

Here you can discover the world of my

ALMOST HUMAN venomous vampires. 

Explore the site and find information about the books, the characters, reading & signing events, and my latest work in progress.  

Whether you are a new friend, or a vampire venom addict, I'm glad you've come to visit, and hope you'll stay awhile.

 

Welcome!

 


 

Are you new to the ALMOST HUMAN series?

 

There are 3 series in this venomous vampire saga. While all follow the same characters chronologically, you can begin the Second series without having read the First... (but why would you want to miss out on all the juicy back-story?)

The First Series, set around a small upstate college town, is a paranormal romantic fantasy of drama, angst and action. An elder vampire struggles with his faith, his crusade to mentor others, and his attraction to a young college woman, who is trying to navigate the hurdles of dealing with her peers, her job, vampires, zombies, and...college.  

 

 

The Second Series has more of a paranormal urban fantasy feel, still filled with drama, action and romance, the viewpoints broaden to include more of an ensemble cast of vampires and humans who have traveled beyond college to navigate adulthood, and discover paranormal abilities previously unknown. They must learn to master the difficult nuances of balancing thirst, power and...marriage. Oh, and they may just have to save the world.



The saga continues with The Third Series. This paranormal fantasy follows our beloved ensemble cast of vampires and humans as they navigate intricacies of love, friendship, shifting shape, shifting allegiances and using paranormal powers of persuasion to unite vampires for the good of mankind...if they can manage to survive. 






To learn more about all of the books for this series
 
& read free sample chapters, visit my BOOKS page

 

Happy Anniversary to Cain & Co.!

 

I am excited to announce that is the 10 year publishing anniversary of ALMOST HUMAN - The First Trilogy!

I began writing the series in 2003, completed the first trilogy in 2006, and spent the next few years shopping the story to publishers. In 2008 the trilogy was accepted for publication by Amazon for the rollout unveiling of their new e-reader, The Kindle - I was one of the very first Indie Authors to be published this way! I can hardly believe it has been so long! 

Over the past decade ALMOST HUMAN has been embraced by many readers and its characters have found their way into many hearts ♥

 

A HUGE Thank You to my faithful readers

You inspire me to keep writing

I hope you will continue to enjoy my work!

 

In celebration of this momentous occasion,

I am re-releasing all 6 original novels

in new Anniversary Editions!

They have been newly edited and enhanced

with lovely details of font and format

and given beautiful new covers!

 


 

New editions of The First Trilogy will be available  Friday 8/3

New editions of The Second Trilogy will be available Friday 8/10

 Anyone interested in owning signed copies of these gorgeous new editions (+ some swag!) can purchase them direct for $12 each or for $27/trilogy by emailing me at: WoodWitchDame@aol.com

To My Faithful ALMOST HUMAN Readers - Don't Panic - more vampire venom is on the way!

I realize that the re-release of the ALMOST HUMAN story in the new format of a shorter series of novellas has been a bit confusing for those who read the original novel trilogies. All last year you saw advertisements for lots of ALMOST HUMAN books with pretty new covers and none of it was new content - frustrating, I'm sure!

The decision to put out the series in a new format was not made lightly. It was a lot of hard work and took a year out of my writing time, but I think it has introduced the story to a whole new audience, luring them into the vampire venom addiction

Some people like a big chunky novel, but many of my new readers prefer their stories in more bite-sized portions. Now the choice is yours!

I have tried to make this transition as painless as possible and reduce confusion, but some readers have told me they are still unclear. Here is a simple guide that I hope will clear things up:

 

 

All existing ALMOST HUMAN books:

 

ALMOST HUMAN ~ The First Series / Trilogy

 

  (The Red book covers)

 

 

ALMOST HUMAN ~ The Second Series / Trilogy

 

(The Purple book covers)

 

 

At this time, I am preparing for the release of NEW installments in the story.  ALMOST HUMAN ~ The Third Series / Trilogy.

Each novel of the trilogy will be written and released in 3 parts (novellas 1, 2 & 3) and when all 3 parts (novellas) are finished, I will combine them and release them as a new novel!

I am very excited to announce the title for the new novel will be:

VAMPIRESS REIGNING

The first novella is: Part 1 - UNITING VAMPIRES 

 
The Part 1 Novella is available now, and I hope to release parts 2 & 3 in the summer & fall of 2018!

As always - a huge thank you to all of my faithful readers who have patiently waited (or maybe not so patiently...LOL) as I continue to unravel the story of Cain and all of his friends - be they human...or almost human. They are all very anxious to get back to you!

 

 ~ Melanie

                               ***Cover-Reveal***


I'm so excited to finally share with you the new cover for the next installment of ALMOST HUMAN!!!
 
(Vampiress Reigning - Part 1)
 
is the first book of
 
ALMOST HUMAN ~ The Third Series
 
and I am happy to announce that it is now available on Amazon!
 
 
 
 

Novella Series Release!!!

An addictive treat for vampire lovers - ALMOST HUMAN - the Venomous Vampire series of epic novels is now being offered as a series of novellas, to entice a new audience of readers who like to taste their stories in bite-sized episodes!

If you are already an ALMOST HUMAN reader, please be advised - this is not new content.

Previously published as a trilogy of novels (still also available) ALMOST HUMAN is now being re-published in this alternate format.

Book 1 of The First Series: CAPTIVATING VAMPIRES is Part 1 of the Novel FATAL INFATUATION.

Book 1 of The Second Series: VAMPIRESS RISING is Part 1 of the Novel BORN TO BLOOD

Readers asked for less wait time between books...so future books will be released in parts as novellas at a quicker publishing pace...(gotta have that vampire venom fix!). Check out what long-time vampire venom addicts of the series have been saying in reviews of the series on Melanie Nowak's Amazon Author page!

 

New Covers for the Novella Series will be revealed here

each week as they are released!


Last Novella Release of the 2nd Series!!!

Novella #12 of

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

DIVINING DESTINY

ALMOST HUMAN - The Seconderies

Novella #12 DIVINING DESTINY (Destined for Divinity - Part 4)

Felicity’s husband Ben hopes to rescue her from the evil clutches of vampire coven-master Arif, but to ensure Felicity’s safety he would have to play by Arif’s rules. Is Ben willing to make a deal with the devil to retrieve his wife? Or should he put his differences aside to try and work with his former rival, the vampire Cain, to find a solution? Cain may be able to help rescue Felicity, but once she is safe, the vampire may not be willing to give her up...again.

As The United One, Alyson’s blood dictates that her divine destiny is to rule vampire-kind. With her friend Felicity in danger, maybe it is time to lay down some rules! A battle is sure to ensue, and even The United One may be hard-pressed protect everyone she loves.

Will Felicity survive Arif’s wrath to keep her life...and her humanity, or when all is said and done, will she find herself ALMOST HUMAN? 

 

(ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series must be read in order - you can  begin the addiction with Novella #1 of The Second Series: VAMPIRESS RISING...OR go back to see where it all began by starting with Novella #1 of ALMOST HUMAN - The First Series: CAPTIVATING VAMPIRES)

Available on Amazon:
www.amzn.com/B01HZXQTBS

Cover Reveal

Novella #11 of

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

VICIOUS SURVIVAL

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

Novella #11 VICIOUS SURVIVAL (Destined for Divinity - Part 3)

The United One walks among us...newly risen is a vampire of all breeds united, all powers unlimited, she is truly a divine goddess, a drinker of blood destined to rule the night. Her name is Alyson...and she just can’t seem to catch a break lately.

Her best vampire girlfriend is plotting to betray her, her human friends don’t understand her, her mentor is mad at her, and her husband just wants her to stay home for a change. Her amazing abilities take a lot of blood to fuel them, and she can barely even remember a time when she wasn’t so damn thirsty! Not to mention that every vampire who discovers her identity wants to either worship her, control her, or destroy her!

Having to defend herself and her freedom Alyson can handle, but mess with her loved ones and she’ll show you just how vicious a vampire can be...

 

(ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series must be read in order - you can  begin the addiction with Novella #1 of The Second Series: VAMPIRESS RISING...OR go back to see where it all began by starting with Novella #1 of ALMOST HUMAN - The First Series: CAPTIVATING VAMPIRES)

Available on Amazon:
www.amzn.com/B01H0LB9YW

Cover Reveal

Novella #10 of

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

ENEMIES AND ALLIES

 

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

Novella #10: ENEMIES AND ALLIES

(Destined for Divinity - Part 2)

 

Felicity is being held for a ransom that no one of sound moral conscience should be willing to pay. Coven Master Arif, a vampire whose terrifying talent of mind-control holds her more tightly than chains, wants control of The United One; Alyson. A vampire of great power unlike any other, Alyson is a good friend to Felicity and a dear covenmate of...

The vampire Cain, who declared his love for Felicity, but left her to fulfill her dreams of having a human family. Since renouncing his vampiric tendencies, Cain’s existence has been one of self-sacrifice and benevolence. To rescue Felicity, he would have to betray Alyson and endanger the world, an act that would torture his conscience for eternity...

 

(ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series must be read in order - you can  begin the addiction with Novella #1 of The Second Series: VAMPIRESS RISING...OR go back to see where it all began by starting with Novella #1 of ALMOST HUMAN - The First Series: CAPTIVATING VAMPIRES)

Available on Amazon:

http://www.amzn.com/B01GXU4YXO

Cover Reveal

Novella #9 of

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

HOME OF THE BLOODTHIRSTY

 

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

Novella #9: HOME OF THE BLOODTHIRSTY

(Destined for Divinity - Part 1)

Sindy is a vampiress of little morals and large aspirations...or at least, the old Sindy was. Love and friendship are becoming more important to her, and after becoming an accomplice to kidnapping and an agent of betrayal, she would be willing to settle for escaping the tangled web she has woven without getting herself dusted.

 

(ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series must be read in order - you can  begin the addiction with Novella #1 of The Second Series: VAMPIRESS RISING...OR go back to see where it all began by starting with Novella #1 of ALMOST HUMAN - The First Series: CAPTIVATING VAMPIRES)

Available on Amazon:

http://www.amzn.com/B01GOXW5BS

Cover Reveal

Novella #8 of

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

CROSSING THE LINE

 

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

Novella #8: CROSSING THE LINE (Descendant of Darkness - Part 4)

Cain is doing his best to teach and protect his little coven of vampires, but sometimes protection crosses the line, digging into privacies better left undisturbed.

When Felicity is unexpectedly reminded of her vampire love lost, the landmines of secrets strewn throughout her marriage threaten to blow up in her face.

Alyson seems to be playing with live grenades as well, and with Sindy’s guidance, or lack thereof, she may find herself blown across boundaries better left uncrossed. 

When you are descended from darkness, is it still possible to reach for the light? In times of peace, prepare for war.

 

(ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series must be read in order - you can  begin the addiction with Novella #1 of The Second Series: VAMPIRESS RISING...OR go back to see where it all began by starting with Novella #1 of ALMOST HUMAN - The First Series: CAPTIVATING VAMPIRES)

Available on Amazon:

http://www.amzn.com/B01GN0IQWY


Cover Reveal

Novella #7 of

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

EMOTIONAL MAELSTROM

 

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

Novella #7: EMOTIONAL MAELSTROM (Descendant of Darkness - Part 3)

Alyson is finding herself pulled in too many directions for focus. Giving attention to her husband, Mattie, heeding the teachings of her mentor, Cain, and giving support to her friend, Felicity, is exhausting for a vampiress who just wants to have some fun!

The vampiric vixen Sindy has some suggestions to help the girls blow off some steam, but if Alyson isn’t careful, she may find herself falling down a rabbit hole...

A long overdue date night for Allie and Mattie brings about some serious turbulence, but in the face of danger Mattie proves that one can speak softly and still enforce a hurricane of protection. 

 

(ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series must be read in order - you can  begin the addiction with Novella #1 of The Second Series: VAMPIRESS RISING...OR go back to see where it all began by starting with Novella #1 of ALMOST HUMAN - The First Series: CAPTIVATING VAMPIRES)

Available on Amazon:

http://www.amzn.com/B01GEQV818


 

Cover Reveal

Novella #6 of

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

UNDYING DEVOTION

 

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

Novella #6: UNDYING DEVOTION (Descendant of Darkness - Part 2)

Ben and Felicity are settling into human life together, despite having to deal with Ben's vampire hunting father - but is mundane love strong enough to supersede the supernatural?

Meanwhile, the feisty vampiresses Alyson and Sindy begin practicing some interesting new ways to give outlet to Alyson’s thirst, but is Cain’s guidance enough to shield her from Arif’s predictions?

The vampire Elric hopes so, being secretly at odds with his master’s insidious plans. If he rebels against Arif, he could lose his love, but thwart disaster for the human race. Is staying true to the coven in order to save his love, worth the price the world will pay?

 

(ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series must be read in order - you can begin the addiction with Novella #1 of The Second Series: VAMPIRESS RISING...OR you go back to see where it all began by starting with Novella #1 of ALMOST HUMAN - The First Series: CAPTIVATING VAMPIRES)

Available on Amazon:

http://www.amzn.com/B01F41QKOY


Cover reveal:

Novella #5 of

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

DETERMINING DESIRES

 

 

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

Novella #5: DETERMINING DESIRES (Descendant of Darkness - Part 1)

Ben and Felicity have tried to leave their past involvements with vampires behind them, while heartbroken and soul searching, the vampire Cain believes he has finally found his purpose. He is mentoring Allie, who is grudgingly coming to terms with the fact that she is unique among vampires... The United One. Together with Allie's husband Mattie, they are working to discover her powers, when the vampiress Sindy returns with some new tricks of her own.

The vampire Elric has sabotaged his master's plans to control The United One more times than for which he can expect to safely escape the consequences. Unfortunately, coven Master Arif knows what he wants, and the guiding forces behind his plan know how to help him get it...


(ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series must be read in order - you can  begin the addiction with Novella #1 of The Second Series: VAMPIRESS RISING...OR you go back to see where it all began by starting with Novella #1 of ALMOST HUMAN - The First Series: CAPTIVATING VAMPIRES)

Available on Amazon:

http://www.amzn.com/B01F26K55G


Cover reveal:

Novella #4 of

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

VAMPIRE VERTIGO

 

 

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

Novella #4: VAMPIRE VERTIGO (Born to Blood - Part 4)

Cain confirms that Alyson is not the only vampire in his home with astounding secret talents. Supernatural discoveries are waiting to be unraveled, but in order to find the answers sought, Cain, Alyson and Mattie must venture into dangerous territory. For protection they must perform a ritual to bond as a coven like never before, but will it protect them from themselves?

Someone has contrived a diabolical plan to control destiny, and blood may not only be the catalyst for change, but also the master of manipulation behind it. Is rebirth as a vampire always at the discretion of an undead sire, or sometimes is one simply born to blood?

(ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series must be read in order - you can  begin the addiction with Novella #1 of The Second Series: VAMPIRESS RISING...OR you go back to see where it all began by starting with Novella #1 of ALMOST HUMAN - The First Series: CAPTIVATING VAMPIRES)

Available on Amazon:

http://www.amzn.com/B01EKS3PRC


Cover Reveal:

Novella #3 of

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

COPING WITH CHAOS

 

 

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

Novella #3: COPING WITH CHAOS (Born to Blood - Part 3)

Holidays are hectic...even for the undead! While Felicity and Ben try to sort out complications of the human kind, our beloved vampire trio of Cain, Alyson and Mattie host year-end festivities attended by everyone who is anyone in the afterlife...be they friend or enemy...

(ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series must be read in order - you can  begin the addiction with Novella #1 of The Second Series: VAMPIRESS RISING...OR you go back to see where it all began by starting with Novella #1 of ALMOST HUMAN - The First Series: CAPTIVATING VAMPIRES)

 Available on Amazon:

http://www.amzn.com/B01EKCKRG0

Cover Reveal!

Novella #2 of

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

 EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS 

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Trilogy

Novella #2 EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS (Born to Blood - Part 2)

As luck would have it, Allie may be more than just your average vampire...as paranormal oddities begin to unveil themselves, balancing her thirst, her love life and her human friendships are going to prove to be a challenge...and that may be the least of her problems!

Still healing from heartbreak over Cain, Felicity looked forward to a nice, human relationship, but dating the son of a vampire hunter, and having a psychic bond with one of his prey makes life far from normal. How can Ben and Felicity discover the truths of love when they are forced to live with so many secrets?

 

 Available on Amazon:

http://www.amzn.com/B01E98WMEU

Cover Reveal!

As you may have heard, the ALMOST HUMAN books are being re-released as a series of Novellas!

So far, this is not new content - this series of Novellas will be the same story published in an alternate format. The Novels will also remain in publication, but the Novellas are a way to reach a new audience who enjoy their stories in short serial episodes. However, since readers asked for less wait time between books...future books will be released in parts as novellas at a quicker publishing pace...(gotta have that vampire venom fix!). Once all of the existing story is published in the Novella format, I will begin putting out the new stuff!!!

The First Series (red) has already been released and the novellas for the Second Series (purple) will begin publishing May 1st! So if you have a friend that you think will enjoy the story but is shy of long books - here is your chance to get them reading ALMOST HUMAN!

 
I'll be doing cover reveals each week for the new novellas.

Here is #1 of ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series:

VAMPIRESS RISING  (Born to Blood - Part 1) 

 

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Series

Novella #1: VAMPIRESS RISING (Born to Blood - Part 1)

Alyson used to think that vampires were almost human; that is, until she became one. Finally consenting to be lovingly turned by her boyfriend Mattie, Allie has come to possess traits and powers previously unknown among vampire kind. Now Allie seeks the help of the elder vampire Cain, to discover not only what she is capable of, but why.

 

Available on Amazon:

http://www.amzn.com/B01E7EECYO/ref=nosim?tag=menoauofthvev-20

Destined for Divinity wins award!

 

I am honored to announce that Destined for Divinity was

chosen by the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team to be

nominated...and thanks to 1250 public voters, has won

1st Place - Best Vampire Novel of 2015!

 

AND

ALMOST HUMAN - The Second Trilogy

has won

1st Place - Best Vampire Series of 2015!

 

 

Thank you to all of my readers for your support!


Cover Reveal!

As you may have heard, the ALMOST HUMAN books are going to be re-released as a series of Novellas!

This is not new content - this series of Novellas will be the same story published in an alternate format. The Novels will also remain in publication, but the Novellas are a way to reach a new audience who enjoy their stories in short serial episodes.

The first book of the series will be released 1/29/16 and I plan to release each successive novella for the series once a week thereafter. So if you have a friend that you think will enjoy the story but is shy of long books - here is your chance to get them reading ALMOST HUMAN!


I'll be doing cover reveals each week for the new novellas. A big THANK YOU to Natalie Paquette (another Upstate New Yorker) who has allowed me to incorporate her photos into my new book covers (she is both model and photographer). Her gallery on Deviant Art (found under fetishfaerie) is wonderfully creative artistic inspiration! (And she makes a great Felicity!)

So without further ado:

The cover for Part 1 of Fatal Infatuation, titled: Captivating Vampires

 

 

 Available on Amazon:

www.amzn.com/B01AVMDPRQ/ref=nosim?tag=menoauofthvev-20

I'm back from NY Comic Con...

I had a wonderful time book signing

and dancing the night away at the

Anne Rice-Vampire-Lestat-Fan-Club

Vampire Masquerade Ball

and

UndeadCon

in New Orleans!

Click here to read about the event!

The results are in!

ALMOST HUMAN won Best Paranormal Series

and

DESCENDANT OF DARKNESS won Best Urban Fantasy

in the

2012 Paranormal Romance Guild

Reviewer's Choice Awards!!!  

Thank you so much to all of my wonderfully supportive readers who voted for my books! I know that PRG reviewed a lot of really great books this year. It is an honor to have won my categories, and to have participated with such talented authors

All official results can be viewed at:


www.ParanormalRomanceGuild.com

All That I'm Living For - evanescence

http://www.melanienowak.com/12 - evanescence - all that im living for mp3.mp3      I can't help but hear 'Cain' in this song.