Melanie Nowak

Author of the Venomous Vampire series

ALMOST HUMAN

ALMOST HUMAN

 Characters

(Ages and descriptions reflect the beginning of the first book in the first series)

Cain

  • Full name – Christian Herald
  • Hair – light sandy brown/dirty blonde. Usually layered to shoulder length.
  • Eyes – blue
  • Vampiric eyes – yellow
  • Height – 5’ 11”
  • Weight - 160
  • Body type - muscular/athletic
  • Age at death – 27
  • Vampiric age – 340
  • Place of birth - Canterbury England
  • AIM Screen Name – DarkShepard1734@aol.com

Cain is an elder vampire who displays quiet confidence even as he struggles to overcome sins of his past. Surprisingly, he found that in losing his life he gained his faith and a purpose. He feels that it is his divine responsibility to find hostile and misguided vampires, and educate them to live in peace with humans. Often a thankless and difficult task, Cain pursues his goal with unshakable will, but sometimes his most difficult endeavor lies in controlling himself.

Quote: "You think I like being one of the ‘undead’? You know, dying young and becoming a restless wanderer of the earth was not exactly part of my plan. But eventually, I realized something. I’m not the one making the plan. Some things are beyond our control, but we must have faith that everything happens for a reason. We do the best we can with what we are given. As for the things that we can control... well, we all have choices to make.” He gave a little laugh. “Though, some of us have choices more difficult than others. Each day, we must make every effort to do what is right, and pray that we have the strength to do it again tomorrow.”


All That I'm Living For - evanescence (acoustic)

I can't help but hear 'Cain' in the lyrics to this song.

Felicity

  • Full name – Felicity Snow
  • Hair – dark auburn red, long & wavy
  • Eyes – hazel green
  • Height – 5’ 6”
  • Weight – 145
  • Body type – curvy/voluptuous
  • Age – 17

Felicity is quiet, shy and prone to self doubt. Going away to college is an opportunity to mature into a confident young woman; but her new beginning turns out to be more of an adventure than she bargained for when she finds that her new school is plagued not by bullies, but vampires! Felicity cannot divine the motives of Cain, the vampire who captured first her gratitude and then her heart. She finds the historical account of Cain’s past enthralling and frightening. Now she must decide whether the addictive venom in Cain’s kiss is clouding her judgment or if his thirst for her blood is a driving force too strong for their love to conquer.

Quote: "Did you ever feel like you had your whole life all planned out? You thought you knew just what to do, to put yourself on the right track, and have everything under control - and then suddenly, something changes, and now everything is different.”

Uninvited - Alanis Morissette

 

Ben

  • Full name - Benjamin Everheart
  • Hair – dark brown, short, thick and wavy
  • Eyes - brown
  • Height – 6’ 1”
  • Weight – 180
  • Body type – muscular/athletic
  • Age – 20

Handsome, charming, top of his class, and manager of the local cafe, college junior Ben had quite a lot going for him. He never had a shortage of girls vying for his attention, but so far he'd never met someone that could hold his interest for more than a passing fling. Enter a vampire vixen with an attitude and a vendetta against him onto the scene, and this young man's life doesn't seem so charmed after all!

Quote: “Sorry, I try to live in reality. It’s a lot less fun, I know.” He paused for a moment, as if something had just occurred to him. “Have you ever actually read the bible?” Felicity only answered him with a strange look. “Cain was not a good guy. Just so you know.”

Allie

  • Full name – Alyson Freeman
  • Hair – short-punk cut, blonde, multi-color streaked
  • Eyes – blue
  • Height – 5’ 2”
  • Weight - 110 lbs.
  • Body type - athletic/slender
  • Age – 23

Alyson waitress' at the local bar and has been a friend of Ben's since childhood. Petite, care-free, and fiercely loyal; Allie knows how to have a good time and with her brown belt in jui jitsu, she can seriously kick ass. She makes up for her small size with a large personality.

Quote: “I speak the obvious truth. I don’t have any use for Halloween. I’m already out there for everyone to see. I don’t have to hide behind some stupid fake holiday. If I want my hair to be pink, I dye it pink. If I wanted to walk around half naked, I would, and I wouldn’t have to consult a calendar to do it.”


 

Sindy

  • Full name – Cynthia Abigail Applebaum (Use it and you'll be missing teeth)
  • Hair – long, straight and tinted the deepest black
  • Eyes – brown
  • Vampiric eyes – red 
  • Height – 5' 8
  • Weight - 125 lbs
  • Body type - slender
  • Age at death – 16
  • Vampiric age – 19

This vampire vixen displays the presence of a queen and the petulance of a spoiled diva. She sees the world as her playground, and considers all men as hers for the taking. She has created a coven of adoring slaves, but the two men who truly spark her interest seem to be the only ones maddeningly out of her reach.

Quote: "Let me let you in on a little secret. I’m the top of the food chain here. Vampires are far superior to humans, in every way. I’m the lioness in this room, and you guys are just a bunch of little jumpin’ gazelles. Get over it, ‘cause it ain’t never gonna change.”


How Does It Feel? - Avril Lavigne

Although there are many 'badass' songs Sindy might rather choose to represent her, I know that this song perfectly suites the side she doesn't want you to see... 

Arif

  • Full name – Unknown
  • Hair – long and dark
  • Eyes – brown
  • Vampiric eyes – purple
  • Height – 5' 8"
  • Weight - 150
  • Body type - slim/athletic
  • Age at death – 25
  • Vampiric age – 268

Secretive yet powerful, this foreigner has a dark charm and is master of the largest vampire coven on the east coast. He is obeyed without question, and leads his coven with a firm but fair hand. Just be sure to stay on his good side.

 Quote: “Vampires are immortal, and grudges last long. Killing each other has been a favorite pass time since time began I would suppose. Otherwise we would rule the world.”

Ashley

  • Full name – Ashley Petty
  • Hair – blonde, long & straight
  • Eyes – blue
  • Height – 5’ 7”
  • Weight – 125
  • Body type – hourglass
  • Age – 19

A sophmore in college, but far more interested in the social scene than academics, this on and off interest of Ben's is often clueless as to what is going on around her, but she doesn't mind, as long as she is the prettiest girl in the room.

Quote: “Excuse me, hi. Look, I’m real sorry that there’s like people trying to kill you and stuff. That really sucks. You should like, call the police or something. But, I’m late for an appointment. So if you don’t mind, I’m just going to slip out to my car, ‘kay?”

Mattie

  • Full name – Matthew Reade
  • Hair –  medium length, strawberry blonde
  • Eyes – blue
  • Vampiric eyes – orange
  • Height – 5’ 9”
  • Weight - 155
  • Body type - athletic
  • Age at death – just shy of 18
  • Vampiric age – 21

Mattie was best friends with Ben and Allie since childhood. However, Ben has not been able to accept him since Mattie was changed into a vampire against his will. Mentored by Cain to handle his new existance, his secret visits with Allie are what Mattie most looks forward to now - especially since they've long since become much more than friends. 

Quote: Mattie was suddenly worried as he turned to Cain. “Allie didn’t try to stake you did she?” Cain laughed and shook his head no. “She does that sometimes. Could have been very embarrassing.”


Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

I've always loved this haunting song... after BORN TO BLOOD, the 4th book of ALMOST HUMAN (The Second Trilogy - Vol. 1), I'm sure Mattie loves it too.

 

To read an interview with the cast of the ALMOST HUMAN series, given jointly by the blogs "Good Choice Reading" & "Once Upon A Twilight"

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I'm Not Dead - P!NK

http://www.melanienowak.com/pink - i'm not dead.mp3   I've always loved this song, & it seems fitting for my vampires :-)