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Spooky Legends: Chloe Neill

Click to see the Spooky Legends Master List with links to all the previous posts and giveaways

Today’s Spooky Legends guest is Chloe Neill, author of the wildly entertaining Chicagoland Vampires urban fantasy series.  Merit’s story continues in November with DRINK DEEP, which is the fifth installment.  Our story is written in the voice of Merit (heroine of the Chicagoland Vampires series), and features a tale about ghosts.  Want to win your own copy? Check out the giveaway details below.


Ghost Puppies and Haunted Mirrors by Merit

Yes, I can admit it. I’m a vampire now, but I wasn’t always such a fan.

Frankly, after they announced their existence to the world, I assumed they were snotty little fashionistas who only coincidentally drank blood. (And Celina Desaulniers might still fit in that category.)

But even though I wasn’t such a fan of vampires, there was a group of supernaturals that always intrigued me.


I’ve always loved to read, but there were lots of nights you could find me snuggled under the blankets on a chilly fall night, flashlight and book of ghost stories in hand. They were in the same section of my school’s library as fairy tales from around the world, and I bet I read every book in that section.

And that’s not to say I wasn’t scared of the stories. There was one about a ghost puppy scratch-scratch-scratching at the door that kept me from sleeping for the rest of the night. But the thrill of being scared–even while being safe and sound in my room, my sister, Olivia, asleep in her bed, was still a lot of fun.

Slumber parties were no exception to the supernatural thrill.  My middle school friends and I would crowd in the bathroom with candles in hand, staring into the mirror with wide eyes and hopeful expressions. We called for Bloody Mary and waited for something to appear, for a terrifying ghost to visit us and prove that there was more to the world than what we could see with our own two eyes.

She never appeared in the mirror.  But every once in a while, on a cold fall night when the yellow moon is high, I’ll look into the mirror in my darkened bathroom, and I’ll call out . . .


About Chloe:

Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

You can visit Chloe around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Chloe Neill?

Some Girls Bite Friday Night Bites Twice Bitten Hard Bitten Drink DeepFirespell Hexbound Charmfall


This giveaway is provided by All Things Urban Fantasy

One winner will receive a copy of Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

Available on November 1, 2011 from Penguin/NAL

About the Book:

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can’t tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven’t been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That’s when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.

Chicago’s mayor insists it’s nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She’ll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who’s behind this, and stop them before it’s too late for vampires and humans alike.

Click HERE to read an excerpt

Pre-Order from


**Don’t forget to visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Spooky Legends guest blog with Jeri Smith-Ready and a chance to win a copy of SHADE**

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65 Responses to “Spooky Legends: Chloe Neill

  1. GidgetNo Gravatar

    I love this series. So many twist and turns. You never know where the story is going until your already there. Catcher is my favorite of the series. Not only is he badass but he can admit to watching LifeTime, lol

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  2. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)No Gravatar

    LOVE this series. Can not wait to read this.

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  3. teressa oliverNo Gravatar

    The series looks great. As for urban legends, well working in law enforcement I tend to look for absolutes in RL

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  4. Stephanie EcksteinNo Gravatar

    OOoooooo, that was a crazy scary picture of Bloody Mary!!! I totally can’t wait to read Drink Deep. I think we’ve all been reeling since the cliff hanger in Hard Bitten last May. I love this series so much it’s one of my very favorites. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Neill has in store for all the Chicago vampires and Merit and Mallory and Catcher and even Jeff. I’m so excited. I’m totally going to predict that we find out that Jeff is Pack leader for the Chicago wears ;)!!!

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  5. PabkinsNo Gravatar

    Personally – I’m scared out of my wits by the whole turn the bathroom light off and say names in the mirror thing. Hell you remember that movie Candyman? I couldn’t use the bathroom with the door shut for months! TMI i know but its true
    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

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  6. donnasNo Gravatar

    Love this series. Thanks for the chance!

    I was always wary of this legend and we never tried it.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  7. BonnieNo Gravatar

    This is one of my favorite series and I have been waiting patiently for Drink Deep to come out.


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  8. Tanyaw1224No Gravatar

    I love this series!! I need to know what happens next after that last bomb Chloe left on us. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. Andra LynnNo Gravatar

    I LOVE this series!!!

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  10. Kristin CliftonNo Gravatar

    I can’t believe I forgot about Bloody Mary! I still can’t stand in a dark bathroom for more than a few seconds, seriously!!! I’ve heard of Chloe but I haven’t stumbled on this series yet but it sounds intriguing!!!

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  11. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar

    This is an awesome series! I love it. I too had totally forgotten about Bloody Mary (probably had too many of the liquid ones)

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  12. HudaNo Gravatar

    I love this series! :D

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  13. marianNo Gravatar

    i love this series!!!!

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  14. Denise ZNo Gravatar

    I just recently got my first book in this series and I am hot to read it. Everyone I have spoken with about it keep telling me to get on board :) Thank you for the lovely giveaway opportunity.

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  15. Amy LynnNo Gravatar

    Oh I love, love, love this series! I told a friend to read it and I have her hooked on it now too.

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