It's a Wonderful Undead Life by R E Mullins

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  • It's been a rough couple of years for Cailey Kantor. Facing her first Christmas alone and bad financial news, she prays for an angel to fix her problems. Instead, a sadistic, sociopathic vampire, with the goal of starting a vampire war, attacks her and forces her to drink blood stolen from the Nosferatu Gabriel Blautsauger.

    Gabe must complete Cailey's turning or she will die. In doing so he risks losing his yet unfound soulmate. But something about the lovely mortal speaks to his heart. Once her transformation is complete, he and Cailey find themselves embroiled in a battle that could cost them all they hold dear.

    Faced with lies, abduction, and betrayal Cailey wonders if the vampire she is falling fangs over heart for is in it for love or if she's just a means to stop a war.

    Rating: Spicy
    Page Count: 338
    Word Count: 85387
    978-1-61217-584-3 Paperback
    978-1-61217-585-0 Digital


    Cailey’s scrub top was gone, exposing her lacy bra, and she was in the process of stepping out of the drawstring pants. She glanced up, her gaze a bit wild. “Hurry. Hurry. I think I might explode from all this energy inside me. I feel like a popcorn maker and all the kernels are popping at once. So much pressure in here.” She dropped a hand to the juncture of her thighs and pressed it against her.

    “Cailey?” Gabe’s tone was an octave higher than normal. When she straightened up, clad only in her underwear, he gulped for air. “What are you doing?”

    “Getting ready, of course.” Holding her wadded up pants in front of her, she frowned at him. “I thought you said you knew what you were doing.”

    “I thought I did…” His voice trailed off, his gaze locked on Cailey’s tight body. How had he missed just how beautiful she was? Hidden beneath the baggy scrubs was a living miracle. He took in the slight swell of flesh above the lucky bra cupping her breasts, and his fingers itched to run down the indentation of her waist.

    She dropped the pants to the floor. “Come on. Come on, Gabe the Babe. I know all about when you were at university and all the female vamps used to chase you around and gloat if they made time with you.”

    “Ahem.” Gabe realized he had his sister to thank for this new conundrum. More than a bit leery, he asked, “What else did Metta tell you?”

    “That we’re both kind of like virgins.”

    “I beg your pardon?”




IT'S A WONDERFUL UNDEAD LIFE is an excellent book. I loved that the book is set in Missouri, my home, and Cailey is part of the laboratory team, my profession.
While there are many books in this genre, Mullins weaves a unique backstory for the existence of vampires and thankfully created characters beyond their high-school years.
I did not want to stop reading and eager will search for more from this author.



    The vampire genre has been a highly saturated literary category for years. Aficionados of vampire novels have long been on a quest to find the next Interview With a Vampire or The Hunger. Fans of the genre are invariably disappointed by clones of popular novels peppered with purloined characters and shopworn plots. Those who love vampire fiction are always searching for something new.

    With her first novel, It’s a Wonderful Undead Life, writer R. E. Mullins has taken on the challenge and brought a fresh take to the genre. Mullins has broken through the ranks of shopworn undead novels with generous doses of humor and romance. Author Mullins has written an unlikely heroine for her vampire series. Instead of an angst-filled teen, or a nubile beauty in her twenties, Mullins has woven her tale around a thirties-something protagonist, Cailey Kantor, a divorced woman who lives a quiet existence in a fictional hamlet, Amber Heights, Missouri.

    Cailey’s world continues to move at an even keel until one disastrous Christmas Eve. The realities of her financial situation rock Cailey’s humdrum life as a phlebotomist to its core. Between tumblers of booze and snippets of the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, Cailey realizes she’s worth more dead than alive. Intoxicated and depressed, she decides to end it all by jumping off the local bridge ala James Stewart in the film. It’s just Cailey’s luck to encounter a fanged baddie who proceeds to use her as part of his hellish and vindictive agenda. At that point, the story takes off like a rocket landing Cailey into a complex universe of familial ties, duplicity, and romance with a charming hipster who also happens to be a slightly chauvinistic vampire.

    Mullins writes a complex story then with her tongue planted squarely in her cheek, uses her own medical experience to inject new blood into the world of the vampire. Despite the length (340 pages), It’s a Wonderful Undead Life is a fresh take on an oversaturated genre and definitely worth the read.



      Crystal Newman of Romancing the Book
      5 out of 5 stars
      Review: I love when I get a book and it’s from a new author that I have never read before. I like to read books by authors that are new to me. I can’t wait to read something different and see how they bring their characters to life.

      I loved reading about Cailey and Gabriel. The way that she was turned into a vampire isn’t the way I would want. She gets it made up to her though. I just got so into this book and I didn’t want to put it down. I connected with the characters and didn’t want to let them go.

      The author did a great job with her research. All the technical blood stuff was a little over my head. I could just pretend that I knew what they were saying. That way I would look smarter. Maybe I will memorize some of it and freak some people out with my knowledge.

      I liked the way that the story was written and I had a easy time keeping up with all the excitement. Even though Cailey and Gabriel bumped heads and didn’t always agree. I had some laughs because it was just funny. That’s the relationship that I have with my husband and I love it when I read a book that makes me think of that. I don’t feel so weird.

      I really enjoyed the different languages in the book. When you cuss in Russian it really does sound exotic. I enjoyed this book from the first time I picked it up until I had to put it down because I had reached the last page. I am hoping that this will become a series. I want to know more about Gabriel’s siblings and his father.

      I just want to say that I recommend this book to anyone that loves vampires and loves a great love story with some exotic languages.



        Jenn Shanks Pray of Guilty Indulgences Book Club
        Jan 02, 13

        5 of 5 stars
        bookshelves: romance-2012
        Read in December, 2012

        There are plenty of holiday tributes out there - enough to fill a month of Hunky Days and then some. More often than not, they are pre-established stories that pull in a holiday story arc. These are like the Christmas presents you have asked for and know you're going to love. However, every once in a Christmas moon a rare and exciting thing happens - the gift that you didn't expect but is absolutely perfect. Finding R E Mullins was my unexpected Christmas gift this year!

        It's a Wonderful Undead Life takes the best concepts and themes of the beloved Frank Capra holiday classic and completely reworks them for a creative and captivating read. Yes Virginia, it is another paranormal vampire series but happily one with truly unique features - it's own mythos and rules and an action packed story that the reader doesn't see coming!

        The characters are believable, the dialogue fresh and snappy, the story itself full of twists and turns that make for a great page turner. Cailey as the George Bailey archetype wishing for her own Clarence for clarity tugs at the readers' heartstrings without being too painfully maudlin - she makes the best kind of heroine: strong but not invincible, hopeful depite hopeless circumstances and fiercely loyal to those she loves. Even better, the romance between Cailey and Gabe is fun, unfolds at a pace that has that kind of glowing afterburner kick like a Bailey's spiked cocoa - warm and sweet going down with an extra jolt!

        Mullins writing style is highly readable and It's a Wonderful Undead Life is extremely well edited. Scenes flow seamlessly and the secondary characters - namely the rest of the Blautsauger clan and her best friend Morgan - each have moments of stealing the spotlight, delivering witty banter and providing the kind of charm that makes a reader want more stories from this delightfully created world.

        Grab yourself a cup of your favorite holiday cheer, a cozy chair and settle in for a not-too-long winter's read with It's a Wonderful Undead Life! May it be the surprise gift under your tree this year as well!

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