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Quotes about Book II: Livestock

“Merlene Vassall has created a troubling world. It is recognizable and horrible. It is the ordinariness of the horror that is instructive and compelling and, in the final analysis, frightening. This is our world. Our policies, our actions, our species-ism is put before us in a compelling, highly-charged narrative.” — Breena Clarke, Author of Angels Make Their Hope Here

“A great read! The Vampire and The Vegan tells an alluring and engrossing story while subtly educating and awakening the conscience. It leaves you looking forward to the next book!” — Ruby Lathon, Ph.D., Holistic Nutritionist & Health Coach

Quotes about Book I: Food

“The Vampire and The Vegan … draws us into the darker side of human nature while cleverly showing us a more compassionate way of living.” — Jonathan Balcombe, PhD, Author of What a Fish Knows

“At last, a fresh, haunting, and unforgettable vampire story for everyone who eats. The Vampire and The Vegan will make you think twice before your next bite.” — Tracye McQuirter, MPH, Author of By Any Greens Necessary and Ageless Vegan

“The Vampire and The Vegan is a story you can really sink your teeth into! But beyond the engaging and beautifully written tale is a thought-provoking subtext that could change your life!” — Neal Barnard, President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

“Read this steamy, necromantic tale and believe the ‘true story’ of those at the very apex of the food chain – vampires – and the rest of us mere mortals who behave similarly. Merlene Vassall may fundamentally be changing the vampire genre by employing the essence of the vegan message in a clever and subtle way. Your food will not appear the same.” — Saurabh Dalal, Veg Society of DC