Consumed by madness and tormented by dark memories of blood and death, Hadrian Lucretius, King of the Validus Clan, has returned after living in self-imposed exile for nearly three hundred and fifty years.

            To maintain peace with the vampires, Eva Maldonado is offered as a sacrifice to the crazed vampire king by her father, the alpha of the Silveria Shifter Pack. Hadrian’s reputation is both legendary and lethal; he is ruthless, bloodthirsty, lusty, and soulless. When Eva arrives at the ancient fortress high in the Carpathian Mountains, she is shocked to find a ravaged man with dark burning eyes filled with loneliness and dangerous desire.

            Would she be his lover…or his prey? His savior…or his victim? Would Hadrian lure her into madness or would their perilous passion be their redemption?

 

Look for your chance to preorder sometime this fall!!

Spider’s Lullaby is a novella in the Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter series.  The story takes place after the first novel, Blood and Bullets.

I reviewed Blood and Bullets a short while ago and I was hooked on Deacon Chalk, and after reading Spider’s Lullaby that hasn’t changed. The action starts immediately and you don’t get off of the roller coaster until the last page.

I love Deacon’s character; he is fierce and he doesn’t compromise. He takes care of what is his and makes no apologies.  Tuck has created a character whose presence cannot be ignored.

As for Tuck, I really enjoy his writing.  His ability to pen a story makes you feel like you  are in the middle of all the action. In this novella, Deacon is helping his friend, Charlotte, a were-spider, recover her stolen eggs before they hatch, because if that happens it is going to be a really bad day for everyone.  Tuck was so descriptive, he got my arachnophobia going in hyperdrive! I actually got chills reading it!

I know a lot of our readers love their romance books, but these novels are dark urban fantasy, where the monsters for the most part are really monsters, and in a book like this, you aren’t going to find a whole lot of romance.  I am not saying there isn’t any chemistry happening though!  If you are still on the fence about these books I suggest you go outside of your comfort zone and give them a try!

 

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From Amazon.com

He lives to kill monsters. He keeps his city safe. And his silver hollow-points and back-from-the-dead abilities take out any kind of unnatural threat. But between this bad-ass bounty hunter and rescuing the most helpless of victims stands the one evil he can’t defeat…

For Deacon Chalk, loyalty is worth dying for. And now that something has taken were-spider Charlotte’s un-hatched children and one of his closest friends, he’ll tear up the human and supernatural underworlds to find them. But with his allies stripped away by an invincible Yakuza hit man and time running out, Deacon must face down the most ancient of demonic entities. And his last hope means surrendering to the inner darkness waiting hungrily to consume him …

The Stage is Catherine Russell’s first novel and book one of the Stage Series.  Although the characters in the book are adults, I would consider this to be a YA novel.  

Russell is very descriptive in her writing and pays attention to the little details.  She provides a wealth of background information about her characters, which really gives you a feel for who they are.  Megan O’Day is the book’s leading lady.  You get a sense  that she has had a lot of hardship in her life and it is easy to be sympathetic toward her.  She meets and falls for Geoffrey Drake. She meets Geoffrey at her best friend, Ashleigh’s, new club and the attraction is immediate.  He is a musician, and Megan finds out later that he is a vampire. As she gets to know Geoffrey, vague memories begin to surface and she realizes she has known him as her protector for quite some time.

I had a couple of small problems with this story.  The first problem I had was with the flow.  The first several chapters were easy reading, the middle of the book moved a little too slow, but the pace did increase with the final chapters. There were a few editing issues throughout the book, and though they weren’t too distracting, I hope it’s addressed in future novels.

I believe Russell’s biggest fan base will be young adults who were big fans of Twilight. The next book in the series will be titled Exit Stage Left.

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From amazon.com

Since a young age, Megan O’Day has always tried to limit her attachments to people. With no memories of her father and a mother taken away by cancer, Megan has always lived her life on the edges of society-far away from relationships. But Megan is about to stumble into a new world full of dangerous complications.
When her friend Ashleigh opens a new bar, the unsociable Megan is suddenly forced out of her proverbial shell to attend the grand opening. As the band takes center stage, Megan is mesmerized by the lead singer who not only croons the crowd, but also stirs something deep inside her that has been long dormant. But she is about to discover that Geoffrey Drake is not just any ordinary underground musician-he is a vampire. As memories suddenly come back to her, the missing pieces of her life become complete when she realizes Geoffrey has always been her unseen protector.
Now Megan must determine whether Geoffrey has been unchanged by time-all while taking baby steps into feeling the emotion she has always denied herself. As his past and present collide, Megan soon discovers that life is as unpredictable as love.

Dark Shadows is the second book of the erotic series, Cursed in Darkness, picking up where Eternal Darkness ended.
Once again, the main characters, Layla and Shade, have an obvious attraction and have grown closer in their relationship. The book centers on Layla, and brings a little more depth to her character. I am hoping, as the series develops, we will learn more of Shade’s history as well.
The author is laying out a really interesting story, but there are some parts where I wish she would dig in just a little deeper and the reader could get a better grasp on the storyline. Hancock does well with the fight sequences, and training scenes; they are very detailed and make you feel like you are in the middle of the battle.
The story really builds in the last of couple chapters, and the cliffhanger ending leaves you anticipating what’s to come.

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From Amazon.com
Layla is incredibly weak from serious wounds after the attack and the hunger raging inside of her does not help. When Shade tempts her, with not just his body, but with his blood also, Layla struggles harder than ever. As much as she wants his blood pouring into her mouth while he takes her, she cannot do it. Her secret, her hidden identity will get out—and that she cannot handle.
Layla tries to continue to live her life as normal, however, things turn bad when Layla and Nikalye discover something and Layla has to fight for her life, putting everyone in serious danger.
Layla is on the lookout now, and the only distraction is Shade. When he speaks, when he breathes down her neck and touches her, she cannot remember anything but him. When they get intimate, it is all she can do to keep herself breathing as he pleasures her. She cannot understand how they both react so strongly with each other, but she does not care.
Yet she feels as though something is going to go horribly wrong, not with Shade and herself, but something else, something bigger…and she is not wrong.
It is worse than before and Layla has no choice now but to reveal who she really is, and risk everyone hating her for the rest of her time in the academy.
What is her secret?

 

Dark Awakening

Dark Awakening was released June 1, 2012 and is the third book of the Cursed in Darkness Series by Natalie Hancock. I would categorize this series as paranormal erotic romance.

The main character in the book is Layla, a half-blooded vampire called a dhampir.  She is bonded to the sexy vampire, Shade. She is an interesting character with a lot of secrets and in the very first chapter we begin to learn more about Layla’s past through a glimpse of her memories. Hancock has created a wonderful character in Layla. She is strong, sexy, and fearless. However, just as I was in the first book, I am intrigued by Layla’s guardian, Nikalye.  I am still waiting to see more of his story.

I really believe this series has potential. The storyline is interesting and unique; it just needs a little nudge in the right direction. Though Hancock is descriptive in her writing, it feels as though something is lacking. I don’t know if it is the fact that the story is told by Layla in the first person, and this makes the flow a little choppy, or if the plot needs to be better defined. Something I have noticed is that the sex scenes are improving with each book.  In the first book, they seemed a little too technical. In this latest book, writing them appeared to come a little more naturally for Hancock.

I have read all of the books in the series so far. Dark Awakening is my favorite book of the three because of the last couple of chapters. In these chapters, the story really starts to look up. Hancock hits us with a totally unexpected twist, and then keeps us wanting more by waiting until the next installment to resolve it.  I will be waiting for the fourth book, Dark Secrets, and hope it comes soon.

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From Amazon.com

In the hundred acres of land, more security and more people are watching Layla’s back now that everyone knows who she is. Layla wants to find the person responsible for the attacks made at her, just like everyone else, but when an attack happens to someone other than her, she and Nikalye are the only ones who know the truth. They are determined to find the culprit once and for all, before someone else is seriously injured.

Layla wishes she could tell Shade everything. He knows something is not right more than he can make her gasp with pleasure by just saying her name, but she cannot tell him, she will not risk putting him in danger any more than she has.

She continuously fights for survival to keep herself and those around her alive, but when more things sinister arrive in the hundred acres of land and the culprit is revealed, the situation turns from bad to deadly.

Will Layla be able to survive?

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Once Burned (6/26/12) may just be one of the most anticipated vampire books of the year. While Frost has always provided us with fantastic books in the Night Huntress and Night Huntress World series, I believe everyone wanted more Vlad! This first book in the Night Prince series was remarkable to say the least. Frost has created the perfect partner for Vlad in Leila. Her strong-willed personality, along with a wicked high-voltage touch, are certainly needed to deal with Vlad’s pyro tendencies and his universal sized ego. We certainly get to see a much clearer picture of Vlad in this book and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. He’s powerful, sexy, and well, a little bit scary.

As with everything Frost writes, the action is nonstop and emotionally charged from the very beginning making for very late nights of reading because I just couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I was very excited at the end of the book to see that it didn’t “end” so much as left us with a “to be continued in 2013”. I have a feeling this series, with Vlad and Leila, is going to rock the genre the same way Cat and Bones have in the Night Huntress books. Even if you haven’t read any of the other books in the previous series (have you been living under a rock?), you can read Once Burned with no problem. This is a must-read for any and every vampire romance and urban fantasy lover.

*ARC provided by publisher*

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After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all–but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him – a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

Rogue’s Pawn

Covenant of Thorns

 

Covenant of Thorns Series 

978-14268-9406-0

 

Carina Press

July 16, 2012

 

 

 

This is no fairy tale… 

Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiancé, I impulsively walked out of my life—and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can’t control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price—my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself…

With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils—including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to…

 

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Rogue’s Pawn Excerpt

 

“Enough,” a male voice said.

As if I’d ceased to exist, Tinker Bell blinked her eyes and regained her lovely self, face smoothing, shining once again in sunny elegance. Reboot and resume program. She gracefully stood and glided to the tray, set the bowl precisely in the center, lifted the tray and left the room without hesitation.

 Booted footsteps crossed the room toward me. Act II, scene ii. Exit Nasty Tinker Bell, Enter God-Only-Knows-What-Now. My face was sticky with whatever the brothy stuff had been, my hair wet and fouled. I stank. I hurt. I was chained to a bed in a place so completely unknown I couldn’t begin to understand it. I tried to squeeze my legs closer together, but the chains seemed at the limit of their reach. The energy of my brief triumph evaporated, allowing tears to well up again.

 Oh, please, please, please, do not cry. The threatening sting worsened. I closed my eyes and one tear leaked out. He stopped next to me, surveying me.

 “You’re certainly a mess.” His wry voice was rich and smooth.

My eyes snapped open to glare at him through the blur. Fifty different smart remarks flew across my tongue, most along the lines that any failures of appearance on my part could be laid on the doorstep of someone besides myself. But even the buzz of the first word on my vocal chords brought searing agony. Relieved to have a legitimate reason for the tears, I almost welcomed the searing sensation.

“No, don’t try to talk—no one needs to hear what you have to say, anyway. Not that we can help it, since you think so loudly. And you have a decision to make. We have a quandary.” He began pacing, boots echoing against stone. “No one can heal you while you’re bound in silver and we can’t release you from the silver until you have yourself under control. Which will take a considerably long time—perhaps years of training—if you’re even able to accomplish it at all.”

I thought of the birds crashing in increasing cacophony with a small shudder.

“Exactly,” he confirmed. “And yes,” he said from the window behind my head where he seemed to be gazing out, “I can hear most of your thoughts—another reason to save trying to speak aloud.”

My stomach congealed in panic. Had he heard my secret thoughts? Don’t think of them, bury them deep, deep. Think of other things…like what? Think of home, think of Isabel. Isabel, my cat—Clive hated her. What would happen to her now? How could I not have thought of her until this moment? Abandoned, wondering why I never came home for her… And my mother—she’d be frantic. How long had I been gone? They could be all dead and buried, lost to me forever. The anguish racked me.

“Shh.” The man sat on the side of my bed now, heavier than Nasty Tinker Bell. He brushed the hair back from my forehead, then placed his long fingers over my brow and, with his thumbs, rhythmically smoothed along my cheekbones, wiping away the tears that now flowed freely.

I stifled a sob. I had cried more in the past day than I had in years. The sweeping along my cheekbones soothed me, melting warmth through my skull. The rhythm became part of my breathing. Deep breaths. Smooth, easy. The awful tightness in my chest gave a little sigh and released.

“Let’s try again, shall we?” The man pulled his hands away. I could hear him brush them against his thighs. Soup, tears and blood. Yuck.

 My eyes cleared enough for me to see him. Ebony-blue climbed over half his face. The winding pattern of angular spirals and toothy spikes swirled out of his black hair on the left side of his face, placing sharp fingers along his cheekbone, jaw and brow. For a moment, the tattoo-like pattern dominated everything about him. Ferocious and alien.

Once I adjusted, I could see past the lines. His face echoed Tinker Bell’s golden coloring. He could be her fraternal twin, with those same arched cheekbones. But where she was golden dawn, he was darkest night. Midnight-blue eyes, that deep blue just before all light was gone from the sky, when the stars have emerged, but you could see the black shadows of trees against the night. He shared Tinker Bell’s rose-petal mouth, but with a curious edge to it. I suppose a man’s mouth shouldn’t remind one of a flower, and there was nothing feminine about this man. Where she wore the pink sugar roses of debutantes and bridal showers, his lips made me think of the blooms of late summer, the sharp-ruffled dianthus, edges darkening to blood in the heat. His bone structure was broader than hers but still seemed somehow differently proportioned, his arms hanging a bit too long from shoulders not quite balanced to his height. Inky hair pulled back from his face fell in a tail down his back. One strand had escaped to fall over his shoulder and I could see a blue shimmer in its silk sheen.

He arched his left eyebrow, blueness in the elegant arch, repeating the deep shades of the fanged lines around it.

 “Shall we?” he repeated.

I stared at him. What was the question?

 

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About the Author:

Jeffe Kennedy took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, Petals and Thorns, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Since then, an erotic short, Feeding the Vampire, and another erotic novella, Sapphire, have hit the shelves. 

 

Her contemporary fantasy novel, Rogue’s Pawn, book one in A Covenant of Thorns, will be published in July, 2012. Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training. Find her on Facebook  and Twitter, or visit her at her website.

As a fan of Jeffe Kennedy’s shorter books such as Petals and Thorns (2010) and Sapphire (2011), I was very excited to have the opportunity to read her first full length story, Rogue’s Pawn, the first in the Covenant of Thorns series. To put it simply, I was completely blown away! Kennedy has built what is sure to become a favorite world for all fantasy/fae lovers to escape into. Full of bright scenery, colorful (quite literally) characters, and non-stop intrigue I easily found myself trapped in the world of Faerie along with Jennifer, or Lady Sorceress Gwynn as she comes to be called. The story has an Alice in Wonderland feel to it with all the crazy characters that Gwynn meets, however there is a much darker side to this land and Gwynn faces things that would make even the strongest shrink away. I loved the strength of Gwynn’s character and how she moved from a scared and lost woman to a strong and stubborn one.
Gwynn is a stranger in a land with a language she doesn’t understand yet somehow her magical mind translates images and words into things she knows. This makes for some very funny conversations, misunderstanding, and unique character names that seemingly fit their personalities or appearances.
Rogue’s character was very tough to figure out. Throughout the book it’s hard to tell if he’s a good guy or bad guy, victim or ring leader. When every characters seems to have two faces I often felt like I was walking along side Gwynn and checking over my shoulder to see who would show their true colors. There are so many characters in this book it’s hard to list every one of them and give them sufficient attention. Just know that each one is developed to a depth that lets them come alive in this vivid story like a child’s pop up fairy tale book.

As with all of Kennedy’s work, every detail is flawless and each scene flows effortlessly from start to finish. There is so much more to tell of this world and the brilliant characters that I can’t wait to see where Kennedy takes it. Anyone who enjoys the fantasy world of the Fae will love this book. Just beware, these fae may be bright and carnivalesque, but they hide their talons and fangs under colorful clothes and twisted words.

I really cannot say enough about Rogue’s Pawn. Jeffe Kennedy has outdone herself in this masterful story of love, betrayal, power struggles, and magic in a land where getting what you wish for could be your last mistake.

 

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From Amazon.com

This is no fairy tale…

Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiancé, I impulsively walked out of my life—and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can’t control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price—my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself…

With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils—including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to…

I’m pleased to introduce to you our featured author Julia Phillips Smith. Julia is the author of the Dark Ages Vampire series and the Dragonsfyre series. Julia has stopped by and answered some questions for us about herself and her work. Please give Julia a warm welcome to VRB.

 

I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Saint Sanguinus, the first in the Dark Ages Vampire series. You can read that review here.

Book blurb: 

An elite brotherhood stands between humans and vampires, preventing one side from annihilating the other. Who are called to this service? 

Only those warriors who curse God with their dying breath. Welsh warrior Peredur falls to a spear before he can claim Tanwen for his bride. Raging on the battlefield, Peredur utters the curse that seals his fate and leads him to another life. Using the power of a saint whose bone makes up an amulet, Peredur takes on the trials to become a true member of the brethren. Yet his need for the chieftain’s daughter Tanwen still burns. 

Tanwen resists her father’s command to take a husband. The only one who understands her sorrow is Cavan, the wise woman’s son. When he promises that he can reunite her with her beloved, she agrees to his terms. 

But does Tanwen truly understand the depth of the price that must be paid?

Book trailer 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2Dcv_qhXjM 

Book trailer 2 -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY8gACi2aaY&feature=relmfu 

 

The Interview:

Welcome to VampireRomanceBooks.com and thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for us. We are so happy to have you with us today.

It’s great to be here!

 

Besides being busy with a whirlwind blog tour, what other exciting things are happening in your life right now?

I’ve just released book 1 of a second series, a dark fantasy called BOUND BY DRAGONSFYRE on May 30th along with a new book trailer, which has gathered over 250 views in just two weeks on You Tube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGg9zB0KKts

I wrote and directed the book trailer, which was produced by my friend Tara MacDonald from Charlie Mac Productions. We shot it in April, so the release of the book and the trailer was something I’ve been looking forward to with a lot of excitement.

 

When you aren’t busy writing, what do you like to do with your free time?

Right now, all of my free time is spent gobbling up a 127-episode Russian historical TV series called Bednaya Nastya that my husband and I are watching on Viki.com. I’d already watched it all on You Tube with only a few English subtitles for some scenes, but at Viki.com it’s almost fully subtitled (still waiting on the final twenty episodes.) It’s amazing what truly understanding the dialogue will reveal!

I’m a big fan of all things Russian, and I have a tiny grasp of some vocabulary, so I actually enjoyed disappearing into the series and just listening to them speak and paying attention to the actors’ body language in order to follow the story. Now that my husband and I are getting the full meal deal through the subtitles, however, I’m really enjoying the excellent writing for the series. When we think we know where a scene is going to go, it often surprises us. For my husband who is a dedicated movie viewer, and for me, a film school grad, we hunger for something that takes us in unpredictable directions.     

 

Your bio mentions that you have a degree in Applied Arts in Film. What made you move from film to writing books?

My husband, who trained as an actor at Toronto’s New School of Drama, who appeared in many of my student films and helped me to complete my degree in many ways great and small, was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder just as I was finishing my four years at Ryerson. At that point we needed my income and I couldn’t afford to gather film credits, which often involves working on low-budget or no-budget projects at the beginning of a filmmaker’s career.

Although I kept working on occasional film and television projects following graduation, I redirected my storytelling into novel writing. It didn’t require a sizeable budget, it didn’t matter what the weather was doing and it didn’t involve feeding a crew.

It did require a steep learning curve for me. Writing novels turns the author into an entire film crew who wears every creative hat from every department.

 

Would you like to see either of your books on the big screen?

Of course! Because I’m really more of a film person, I’m the sort who skips reading the book when I’m interested in seeing the film or TV adaptation. That’s why making the book trailers for my two books has been such a radiant joy for me.

 

I had the pleasure of reading Saint Sanguinus and enjoyed it. 6th Century Wales is such a unique and fascinating time period for a vampire tale. What about that era made you decide to build your series around it?

Thank you so much!

When I was in grade six, I bought a used copy of Mary Stewart’s THE CRYSTAL CAVE at a tea and sale at a local church. I proceeded to utterly dissolve into that world, which took place in post-Roman Britain. Ever since then, I’ve had story ideas come to me which take place in that time period and in the UK.

Another reason that I chose Dark Age Britain stems from the murkiness of what we know about that era. I’ve even closely followed archeological discoveries over the years that shed light on what is now being referred to as the Migration Period.

Since the Dark ages were closely followed by witch hunts that plagued Europe, Britain and even the New World, I wondered if there wasn’t a reason that the people of the early middle ages feared the supernatural so intensely.

 

What can we expect in the 2nd book of the series? Will you focus on Peredur, Cavan, and Tanwen or will others of the Brotherhood be in the spotlight?

Book 2 will continue to follow Peredur and the brethren, focusing on identity issues for him, while Cavan and Tanwen regroup to become embroiled in clan power struggles.

Due to reader interest in the other members of the brotherhood, I’m now looking to create stories that will explore these warriors in greater depth. Anyone for Sigbjorn the Viking getting his own book? I’m in!

 

Your book, Bound by Dragonsfyre, the first in the Dragonsfyre Trilogy, sounds great. Can you tell us a little about that series and how it might compare to the Dark Ages Vampire series?

While SAINT SANGUINUS is set in a real time and place which then incorporates paranormal aspects into the story, BOUND BY DRAGONFYRE is a dark fantasy which takes place in a land I call the Eighth Dominion.

The Dark Ages Vampire series focuses on guardian vampires and includes figures associated with magic such as the village wise woman and the stag man of the forest. It also moves into the philosophy of religion through the characters of the saint and an angel.

The Dragonsfyre Trilogy is a political intrigue series focusing on the nobility and the lengths to which the noble houses will go in order to gain and preserve power. This series explores different levels of slavery, as characters from every class are bound to their stations. Magic makes its forbidden presence felt in this world, as does the scorched-earth trail of the dragon.

Both series ring with clashing swords, battling clans and life-and-death stakes. Both series take the reader into a world where the people we learn to care about are prepared to do whatever it takes for the ones they love.

 

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way, either growing up or as an adult?

Well, the Mary Stewart Merlin trilogy which I mentioned, which I read when I was a tween. That series was highly influential, as was Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s Saint-Germain series, which focuses on the everyday problems faced by vampires trying to live undetected among hostile humans. I discovered these books in my twenties.

What was influential about them? Mary Stewart’s detailed setting felt so vivid that 1400 years collapsed until nothing seemed to separate me from post-Roman Britain. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s attention to the little aggravations of life, such as moving house and needing permits from town officials, also made the various historical time periods feel familiar and real for me.

These are both aspects that have influenced my writing voice. 

 

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

Because both books are the first in a series, I still have lots of room to explore many of the characters. I’m looking forward to that as much as the readers.

As for themes, I’m always drawn to stories where there is a class difference between lovers, and where unsuspecting characters discover there are heroes hiding somewhere inside of them.

 

Your characters have very unique names. When naming them, do you give any thought to the actual meaning? 

I don’t think about the meaning as much as the sound of the name and how it fits into the culture I’ve set up for that character.

As someone who does numerology, however, I never name a character whose first initial doesn’t fit their personality. The first initial of a person’s name is one of the significant numbers in a chart, indicating intention. For example, my first initial is J, which equals 1, which is the Lone Wolf/Leader number. I would never name an extroverted charmer with an A, J or S first name because it just wouldn’t fit.

 

How do you get started writing a story (as in, how do you start developing the story, how do you get inspired for it)?

My stories always come to me in what could be considered a sort of vision. Dramatic scenes play out in my head with no warning whatsoever, and I then have to sort out what is happening, why are they doing that to him, and who are these people?

I’m not a plotter. I don’t think up stories in a methodical manner, building logically from this narrative point to that.

I’m what is known as a writing-by-the-seat-of-my-pants-writer, or a pantser. I just tune into the New Stories channel playing inside of my mind and pay close attention.

 

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

The greatest advice I can give to writers in today’s technologically-advanced playing field is this:

The temptation to see your novel in print or as an ebook is very enticing, the more so when self-publishing beckons. However, your book deserves to be the best book you can write, which probably means more revisions and much more blood, sweat and tears.

If you decide to go the indie route, do it because you realize with all of your heart and soul that your story works best in a niche market and that self-pubbing is the way to best find that readership.

 

What made you decide to self-publish as opposed to working with one of the big publishing houses?

I have never been someone who likes what the general population likes. As I mentioned earlier, I’m more apt to watch a hard-to-obtain Russian series than to watch Survivor. I don’t want the stories that come to me to be reworked into something that I myself wouldn’t enjoy reading.

It’s not that I don’t want to edit and revise my story into tiptop shape. It’s more that I’m writing for all of the other me’s out there who want something a little different than what’s currently offered by the traditional publishing houses.

 

Who are some of your favorite authors? If you could collaborate with one of them, who would it be?

A lot of my favorite authors write historical romance. I’m a giant fan girl of Jo Beverley. Anna Campbell, Christina Brooke and Julianne MacLean are all auto-buy authors for me.

I’m not sure how collaboration would work with their real-world stories and my magical, paranormal ones. Yet I’d be willing to give it a try! Considering that Julianne is my cousin, and Anna and Christine are online buddies, who knows?

 

Thanks again for spending some time with us today. Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans or to those that have yet to read one of your books?

I’m so happy to see how many readers like to read about vampires who really like to sink their teeth deeply into necks for a taste of glossy, gleaming blood. Keeping vampires real, one feed at a time.

 

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