Vampire Novelist Denise K. Rago

Books are “a uniquely portable magic” to quote Stephen King. I can’t think of a better stress reducer than curling up with a good book.  Books have always been there for me and so I thought I would share some of my favorite reads of this year. Some of these authors are longtime standards, and others I am reading for the first time. That is the beauty of picking up a book by an unknown author.  They can suddenly become a fan favorite. Here are some of mine for 2018.

A very Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to all! Thank you for your interest in and support of my novels.

As you can see from the photos, my book signing was a lot of fun.  Book signings are always a risk, you just never know who will attend, but Tuesday night, October 23rd, was filled with many surprises including two old friends who drove a long distance to attend.  A heartfelt thank you to everyone who drove both near and far to celebrate the official launch of Eternal Hunger. It means so much to me.

As we approach the holiday season I must confess that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. For me, it’s all about sharing and giving and the gratitude we feel for our family and friends. It is the satisfaction gained from being a part of something larger than ourselves. There is such joy in sitting around the table with our loved ones and enjoying a really good meal. In the day-to-day we sometimes forget all that we have to be grateful for.

Soon the holidays will be upon us – Hanukkah is early this year and Christmas is not too far behind.  I don’t know about you but I have already started my lists for family and friends, plus a special list for my two beautiful granddaughters. I also hear my mother telling me to “get more rest, take time for myself and breathe.”  Wise words. I thought I would share a shopping tip along with a stress reducer for everyone as they seem to go hand and hand!

Books are “a uniquely portable magic” to quote Stephen King.  I can’t think of a better stress reducer than curling up with a good book; well, maybe a glass of wine or a good strong cup of coffee to go along with that good book. Give the gift of books and give someone that uniquely portable magic for the entire year.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah and a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!




I’m so glad the wait for Eternal Hunger is over and I sincerely hope that you guys are all enjoying it! To celebrate the release, I’ll be having my first book signing October 23rd at Sterling Parc @ Hanover in Cedar Knolls and YOU are invited. There will be light snacks, beer, and wine available plus lots of fun & laughs. It’s your opportunity to meet me in person, ask me any questions you have, or to just come and chill (I’m really laid back, I promise!) and enjoy some good times. So mark your calendars with the info below and drop by; I can’t wait to see you there!

October 23rd, 2018


Sterling Parc @ Hanover

2101 Glen Drive

Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927

Yes, Eternal Hunger publishes next Wednesday September 12th!  It has been a long journey from the moment I sent my first manuscript to my lovely editor through the process of creating  both the paperback edition and the Kindle version for you.

This has truly been a labor of love and I hope you enjoy the next chapter in the the lives of my vampires Christian Du Maure, Michel Baptiste and the mortal women they just can’t seem to live without.

Please feel to contact me here with your comments or questions or wherever I am on social media.  I think I speak for all Indie authors when I say that your opinion mean a lot to us. Please leave a review, spread the word, support the written word in any way that you can.  It is crucial to our existence.

Again – Many, many thanks and with much gratitude~



Okay, its summer! A time to read, relax and enjoy the warm weather while playing it safe in the sun. The tri-state area is in the midst of a heatwave. I much prefer heat to cold weather and snow but again, I’m a summer girl through and through.

Born just before the official start of summer is another beautiful granddaughter.  She’s so tiny and precious and her name is Summer!

I cannot believe it is the 4th of July.  I have been very busy between my full-time job and preparing to launch my third novel, Eternal Hunger. I know I keep telling you it is almost here but it’s no lie.  I’ll be launching it soon.

Meanwhile, enjoy my favorite time of year!

Happy Summer



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I read a lot of books; mostly really good books, but sometimes a novel comes along that won’t let go, even after I turn the last page. The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey is one of these novels.

Set in modern-day Australia, The Dark Lake tells the story from the perspective of flawed Detective Gemma Woodstock who is “deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake.”

Though I won’t give away any more of the plot, the story weaves brilliantly between Gemma’s past and the present as she and her partner, Felix work to solve the mystery. The characters are human, well-rounded with mysteries of their own while Bailey’s story telling is perfect and her writing…. so incredible that she makes me want to put down my author hat, never to pick it up again.

A must read.

I thought about writing a post regarding the dark origins of Valentine’s Day but while reading the New York Times Book Review yesterday I took notice of the weekly Time Capsule feature. The gist of the article was the most seminal and erotic texts stemming back to the 1st Century B.C. The article features 50 book jackets arranged in the order of original publication. Some are popular: The Thorn Birds, Fifty Shades of Grey, Portnoy’s Complaint, Madame Bovary.  Others more obscure: The Country Girls, The Lady of the Flowers, and some none would argue are erotic: Venus in Furs, Tropic of Cancer, Lady Chatterly’s Lover, The Story of O.

Since I read voraciously and write, I thought about ending the blog with more about these titles, but I thought, no. What does Valentine’s Day really mean to me.? Yes, I show my love and appreciation to my husband all the time.  I am grateful to my family, co-workers and friends and to you, the wonderful person who drops by to read my blog.

Falling in love is magical and there is nothing like it, but love to me is timeless and endless.  The more I give the more I receive back from the universe.  Love never grows old or predictable.  Each of us defines it in our own way and our personal experiences shape who and how we love.

This all being said, I am wishing you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day.




And what a year it promises to be!

I am on the verge of publishing the third novel in my series, titled Eternal Hunger which continues to follow vampires Christian Du Maure, Michel Baptiste and Amanda Perretti as they navigate the alluring and complex world of vampires.

Look for videos, yes videos as I chat here and on my social media sites about these novels.

Look for a cover reveal for Eternal Hunger and for updates both here and through my newsletter.

Giveaways and more fun as I ring in 2018.

It is an exciting time.  Thank you for dropping by!