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Infertile Vampires, Undead Babymaking, and a Short Story Project

Updated with a link to the story sample


This winter, my agent and I kicked off a short story project, a receptacle for all those tiny ideas that aren’t big enough to warrant a novel but are delicious enough that to not use them seems wasteful.  So in between books (and in this case, during the writing of a book), we’re going to release a few short stories each year.  The first one — “Nidah” — is up on Amazon right now.  And it is about infertile vampires.

Wait, scratch that, infertile Jewish vampires.

It would be Nechama Tannenbaum’s luck to not only bump into the world’s only Jewish vampire but to end up marrying him too.

Levi Tannenbaum, undead for 800 years, and his human wife, Nechama, have been trying to have a baby ever since they got married with no luck. Every month, their hearts break during the ritual separation of nidah, which they spend in separate apartments so that Levi doesn’t make short work of his wife like a lox platter at a Bar Mitzvah. Will they be blessed with a child — like Sarah and Abraham — during this final cycle before they move on to donor insemination; a child who is part-Levi and part-Nechama, to bring him generations of comfort in his eternity long after his beloved wife is gone?

It’s infertility, it’s vampires, it’s love, it’s paranormal romance.  Levi and Nechama put Edward and Bella to shame.

You can read the first few pages over here.

At 34 pages, it’s a small bite of fiction. The perfect appetizer size to hold you over until April when the next Rachel Goldman book is released.  And at $1.99, it’s less than a Starbucks coffee and will take you longer to read than that coffee would be to drink.

And no, you don’t need a Kindle to read it.  You can read Kindle books directly on your computer.  So think of it as just a really long, fancy blog post.

I’ll let you know whenever a new short story is released.  Working on them have been such a happy thing, like turning on the radio and hearing a favourite song playing.


1 Tiara { 01.30.13 at 8:25 am }

Sounds awesome! I’m sorry I don’t have a kindle & won’t get to enjoy it 🙁

2 Tiara { 01.30.13 at 8:30 am }

Oh wait…I just learned I can download to my iphone!! yeah!!

3 Lollipop Goldstein { 01.30.13 at 8:32 am }

Ha — I was about to also say that you can read any Kindle book on your computer (http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000426311).

Thank you, Tiara 🙂

4 Denver Laura { 01.30.13 at 9:54 am }

Holy Moly! And I thought TTC for a decade was bad. I couldn’t imagine a lifetime of IF.

5 a { 01.30.13 at 10:04 am }

@Denver Laura – Hahahahahahahaha!

I’m excited to read this – gotta check and see if I have any Amazon credits….

6 serenity { 01.30.13 at 10:23 am }

Totally downloading it. 🙂

7 Pepper { 01.30.13 at 1:38 pm }


8 Chickenpig { 01.30.13 at 3:47 pm }

It was a fantastic read! Thanks for the heads up on FB.

9 Dora { 01.30.13 at 4:59 pm }

Just downloaded it to my phone. Will start reading it on my commute home. 🙂

10 nonsequiturchica { 01.31.13 at 10:31 am }

Love the first few pages- I’ll have to check it out on Amazon!

11 Lori Lavender Luz { 01.31.13 at 6:28 pm }

Nice that we all get to have our infertile Jewish vampire fix.

12 nonsequiturchica { 02.01.13 at 2:20 pm }

Does your publisher only work with Amazon/Kindle? I’m a Nook girl and will download the Kindle app on my iPad to read this book but I have noticed when you drop the price of your books you only do it for the Kindle versions. Just curious!

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