“Wolves of Dacia” – Call For Readers

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Finally, I have a finished draft of the vampire novel I have been wittering on about for ages. If anyone is interested in reading it and offering me whatever feedback they feel able to, good or critical or scathing, please drop me a PM. Synopsis follows…

Genre – Dark Fairytale / Dieselpunk / WW2

Pages – 409

Words – 176,988

Berlin, 1933: Andreea Petrescu, a Romani gypsy biology student, is expelled from university by the Third Reich. She returns home to Transylvania, to face a grim future of poverty, misogyny, and the stigma of having associated with outsiders: a fact her insular community regards with distrust. Just before she returns, her mother – a gifted medium – strikes a terrible deal in order to protect her.

Eight years later, Andreea’s circumstances have only worsened: her mother is dead, her father is unsupportive, her community is as estranged from her as ever, and fascism has spread to Romania. The Nazi-allied government takes measures to deport gypsies to concentration camps, forcing Andreea and her father to go on the run from the SS. Their flight leads them to seek refuge in ancient catacombs, where they soon discover that they are not the first to have taken shelter.

Though her superstitious father is repulsed by their discoveries, the scientifically-minded Andreea finds herself fascinated, and drawn into the activities of the mysterious resistance unit that has set itself up in the area, and of their leader, the charismatic and ruthless Miss Bendice. She seems eager to recruit the brilliant young fugitive to her cause, and offers Andreea a unique opportunity to escape from her degrading circumstances, but at no insignificant cost.

As Miss Bendice’s hubristic plans escalate to a world-threatening climax, and as the SS death squad closes in, Andreea finds herself caught in the vice. Forging unlikely friendships with a naïve Wehrmacht lieutenant, an amnesiac teenage vampire, and a scatterbrained Welsh parapsychologist, she finds her knowledge, her courage, and her integrity put to the test as she struggles to survive, save her loved ones, and stay true to her principles, though it may entail sacrificing everything she has dreamed of.

© Eleanor Burns, 2016.

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9 thoughts on ““Wolves of Dacia” – Call For Readers

    • My initial aim was just to write something that redressed the awful antiziganist racism in “Dracula” (in which the Roma only appear as hired goons of the villain). Then I got interested in Romania’s WW2 history, the holocaust from the Romani perspective, and possibly writing a vampire novel on that theme might be the most tasteless and racist gesture I could have made… hence why I am getting feedback on this one before embarrassing myself hugely. Thank you for your vote of confidence, though, and for following my blog. 🙂 x

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  2. Eleanor! Congratulations on finishing your novel. You must be extraordinarily focused and self-disciplines, to accomplish this while also working. I’m so unproductive these days that I can’t even imagine how you did that.

    I’d love to read it. I might be a bit slow (because as I said, unproductive) but I’m definitely interested. laquemadasola@gmail.com

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    • I need to create or I get depressed – a lesson that finally sank in a couple of years ago, and I have jumped from one project to another since without doing anything much with any of them once complete. I will try with this novel, though, pending feedback, and thank you so much for your interest. 🙂 Please take all the time you want. xxx

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