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Vampires of El Norte

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Vampires, vaqueros, and star-crossed lovers face off on the Texas-Mexico border in this supernatural western from the author of
The Hacienda.

As the daughter of a rancher in 1840s Mexico, Nena knows a thing or two about monsters—her home has long been threatened by tensions with Anglo settlers from the north. But something more sinister lurks near the ranch at night, something that drains men of their blood and leaves them for dead.

Something that once attacked Nena nine years ago.

Believing Nena dead, Néstor has been on the run from his grief ever since, moving from ranch to ranch working as a vaquero. But no amount of drink can dispel the night terrors of sharp teeth; no woman can erase his childhood sweetheart from his mind.

When the United States invades Mexico in 1846, the two are brought abruptly together on the road to war: Nena as a curandera, a healer striving to prove her worth to her father so that he does not marry her off to a stranger, and Néstor as a member of the auxiliary cavalry of ranchers and vaqueros. But the shock of their reunion—and Nena’s rage at Néstor for seemingly abandoning her long ago—is quickly overshadowed by the appearance of a nightmare made flesh.

And unless Nena and Néstor work through their past and face the future together, neither will survive to see the dawn.

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"Isabel's writing is lush, vivid, and lends itself perfectly to this tale about vampires. I loved the Mexican history and culture interwoven with characters who reflected this beautifully. We need more stories like this to bring freshness to old tropes. If you are a vampire fan, I promise you will want to grab this one now. Isabel is an exciting voice you should be reading." - V Castro

"A wholly immersive, relentlessly tense, and deeply felt exploration of what it means to be a monster. Isabel Canas writes with a historian's eye and a storyteller's heart, achieving both a haunting critique of colonialism and a riveting, star-crossed love story. With vampires! A generous, wildly entertaining novel that invites me further into my own history--I am grateful for this book." - Katie Gutierrez

"Lush, captivating, and richly imagined. Here, monstrosity is both human and supernatural; Canas reminds us that the real horror has always been colonialism. Vampires of El Norte will sink its teeth into you." - Grace D Li

"A hypnotic, genre-bending supernatural historical novel that grabs you from the opening sentence. Haunting and pulsing with emotion, Canas's writing crafts a world where monsters are real - but they might not be the kind you're thinking of. A one-of-a-kind novel that only she could write." - Alex Segura

"Set during the Mexican-American War--this lushly drawn nightmare is a riveting story about two people facing terrible monsters and impossible odds. Canas has the ability to tell a story that is at once sexy, frightening, and smart." - Karin Slaughter

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