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Jennifer Rardin

Jennifer Rardin fantasy author(1965-2010)
Jennifer Rardin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Literature from Eastern Illinois University. She was a Master Gardener and worked as a grant writer for the University of Illinois Extension Office. She was married and had two teenage children when she died in September 2010. Read excerpts of the Jaz Parks novels at Jennifer Rardin‘s website.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Poof! Another vampire up in smoke

Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin

My instincts were right with this one. Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin stood out from all the other urban fantasies right from the start. For me, it was a great and long-overdue introduction to the urban fantasy genre.

Rardin invented a great deal of vampire mythology, but she saw fit to keep all the traditional aspects as well. One can fend a vampire off with a cross, and holy water will cause even the most deadly vampire to back off. And see all those tiny stakes in an ammo belt on the cover girl's hip? Well, she's got a nifty gun to go with them. Poof! Another vampire up in smoke. And she's got lots more gadgets, too, several that I can readily envision on the silver screen with computer generated imagery.

But the vampires are not all bad guys. Vayl — short for Vasil — is one of the good guys, even though ... Read More

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