The author is my daughter, Stephanie Merricks Jandreau, born and educated right here in Pittsylvania County Virginia. She and her family have lived in the Boston MA area for about 13 years now. "Amethyst" is her first book in a series of six in the "Platinum Series". I've had the privilege to read the unedited book and she has found an intriguing new twist on becoming a modern day Vampire. You will not find the typical vampire props or story line...no wooden stakes, garlic, werewolves and the etc. She has made it so realistic that you will never know how many vampires walk among us every day.....?