The Jacob Maresbeth Chronicles, Books 1-3

By Brandy L. Schillace

Young adult, General fiction, Paranormal | Paperback, eBook


"I'm not a vampire," insists Jacob Maresbeth, teenage journalist for the school paper. But what is a vampire, really? What happens if you have all the right symptoms, but are a living, breathing sixteen-year-old boy? Diagnosed with a rare disease, Jake can't help but wonder. After eight years in and out of the Newport News hospital, he's had it up to here with doctors, diseases and dishonesty. After all, Jake's father, respected neurologist Franklyn Maresbeth, has been hiding some of his more unusual symptoms for years... particularly that part about drinking blood. In High Stakes, Jake records his summer vacation in the home of his maiden aunt, the bangled and be-spectacled Professor Sylvia. If that isn't bad enough (and it is), Jake and his theatre-loving sister Lizzy must keep the "unofficial" details of Jake's disorder a secret from Aunt Sylvia's seductively beautiful graduate student, Zsofia. Will Jake survive a whole month pretending to be an invalid? Will Zsofia weaken his resolve with her flirtatiously dangerous Hungarian accent? Will Jake lose his heart-in more ways than one?


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"I'm not a vampire," insists Jacob Maresbeth, teenage journalist for the school paper. But what is a vampire, really? What happens if you have all the right symptoms, but are a living, breathing sixteen-year-old boy? Diagnosed with a rare disease, Jake can't help but wonder. After eight years in and out of the Newport News hospital, he's had it up to here with doctors, diseases and dishonesty. After all, Jake's father, respected neurologist Franklyn Maresbeth, has been hiding some of his more unusual symptoms for years... particularly that part about drinking blood. In High Stakes, Jake records his summer vacation in the home of his maiden aunt, the bangled and be-spectacled Professor Sylvia. If that isn't bad enough (and it is), Jake and his theatre-loving sister Lizzy must keep the "unof...


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Author, historian, and adventurer at the intersections, Brandy Schillace spends her time in the mist-shrouded alleyways between literature and medicine. Brandy grew up in an underground house in abandoned coal mining territory near a cemetery. It does things to you (like convince you to get a PhD). It also encourages a particular brand of fictive output. Taking a cue from Edward Gorey and John Bellairs, she writes fantasy gothic and YA fiction, but with a medical twist. Her first series, The Jacob Maresbeth Chronicles, will be out spring 2014 with Cooperative Trade Press. She is also working on a second series, The Witchwood at Nob’s End, plus a mystery titled Here Comes Troubelle, and a novel about rogue scholarship and nefarious goats. Dr. Schillace is managing editor of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry and Research Associate for the Dittrick Museum of Medical History. She writes for Inside Higher Ed, Huffington Post, and the Centre for Medical Humanities. She is also author of the Fiction Reboot | Daily Dose blog, created to support and promote other fiction writers and poets.


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Author, historian, and adventurer at the intersections, Brandy Schillace spends her time in the mist-shrouded alleyways between literature and medicine. Brandy grew up in an underground house in abandoned coal mining territory near a cemetery. It does things to you (like convince you to get a PhD). It also encourages a particular brand of fictive output. Taking a cue from Edward Gorey and John ...


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