Blood Bonds is the second book of The Progeny series.  It picks up where The Progeny left off.  In this installment, we learn more about Shauna and how she is coming into her power as a witch.  We also get to see her and Ascher as they begin their new marriage and sealing.

Laynne does a very nice job portraying the emotions of her characters, making them very easy to relate to.  In this book, all of the characters really started to evolve into so much more than they were in the previous novel.  I also felt that Laynne’s ability as a storyteller grew from the last book.  This one flowed so much better and the transitions from scene to scene were much smoother.  I really enjoyed seeing Ascher and Shauna take on their new role as husband and wife and as they continued to learn about each other.  The stumbles they have along the way just make them more endearing.  I do wish we would have seen more of what will happen with their enemies.  Although they did appear in the book, the appearances seemed a bit rushed. It would have really pleased me to see more of that story unfold.

The Progeny had a little more action than Blood Bonds, but I can’t deny liking the steamy scenes between Ascher and Shauna in this second book.  I will stick with the series because I am curious where the story will go next.

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From Amazon.com

“Forever. For always. For eternity.”

The ties that bind two hearts are powerful. For Ascher Rousseau and Shauna McCutchin, it’s more than just a blood bond. Their union is that of vampire legend. Their love is a predestined prophecy foretold centuries ago.

It’s a week before Ascher and Shauna’s sealing and the couple is making final preparations for their eternity, but Ascher’s ex has other plans. Ursula is hell-bent on revenge—revenge fueled by lover’s scorn and her father’s death—and she begins breeding a fresh army of newborn darklings to do her bidding.

When Ursula finds a new weapon—an ally with the capability to dismantle the Rousseau clan— Ascher and Shauna’s bond is tested and they must stand together against Ursula or lose each other for eternity.

The Progeny is the first book of The Progeny series.  Ascher is a half-blood vampire, who is unique to his kind; he was born instead of made.  He meets Shauna and is instantly drawn to her although he technically belongs to someone else.  In this story, we see the trials that Ascher and Shauna must go through to be together, and we also see what it is about Ascher that makes him vital to the entire world.

I really liked Ascher’s character. Laynne him a lot of depth as he struggled between his human nature half and his vampire half.  Shauna didn’t seem like a very strong character to me in the beginning, but the more I read about her, the more likeable she became to me.  By the end of the book, she really started to come into her own, and she started to show strength the reader may not have seen in the beginning.  I liked the secondary characters in the book as well, such as Shauna’s sister, Katy and Ascher’s family.
This book follows that certain formula you see in paranormal reads, but Laynne adds her own personal flavor and makes it interesting. The ending of the book gave closure in some respects, but it is left in such a way that you know the story between Ascher and Shauna is far from over.  I am curious to see the direction Laynne takes the series.

 

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From Amazon.com

“No fate other than the one I choose.” The timeless creed, and tattoo, bore by the Rousseau’s— a vampire clan with the purest bloodline of any vampire family. Out of this clandestine group came one who was different, yet the same: Ascher – a half-bloodling— half- human, half vampire.

Ascher questions the purpose for his existence and which world he truly belongs to: the human world or the vampire world. Two months from sealing to Ursula— a prearranged union to a woman he abhors — he’s at his wit’s end. He knows if he calls off the sealing, the Romanian clan will strike with deadly force, but he cannot see eternity with a cold empty shell of a woman like Ursula.

Just when he thought life was complicated enough, he meets Shauna— a beautiful, bi-racial human wiccan — and immediately develops an unshakable attraction to her. She makes him feel alive and vital despite his origins and Ascher makes a decision that turns his immortal world upside down.

Please welcome Ashlynne Laynne to VRB.

Ashlynne is the author of The Progeny series and has stopped by today to tell us a little about the series and to give us all a chance to learn more about her too.

   

 

Interview

Hi Ashlynne! Thank you for stopping by VRB and answering some questions for our readers.

Before I begin, I’d like to thank Rhonda for having me on VRB today. I’m excited to be here.

 

Tell us a little about yourself and your family.

I’m a wife and mother of one who lives in North Carolina. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for vampires and witches. I’m an avid horror movie fan and will watch anything in the horror movie genre. I work full time and write part time, but I hope to write full time in the future. I’m a Muse, Korn and Rob Zombie fan, but I’m eclectic and enjoy most media and music.

 

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t writing?

I enjoy reading, but I tend to stay away from vamp books because it’s my writing genre. I’m a huge romance lover though. Cooking is also a passion of mine. I only wish I had more time to do it.

 

Who are some of the writers that inspire you?

I love anything Stephen King, but Anne Rice and Stephenie Meyer made me want to write about vampires. I consider Ms. Rice the grandmother of vampire literature and Stephenie Meyer the mother of the modern day vampire. In my writing, I strive to write vampires that step outside the box and are a “new breed of vampire.”

 

What is your favorite book of all time?

Hmmmmm….this is a very hard question. I’ve read many that I enjoyed, but I think the one that left a lasting impression on me had to be The Shining by Stephen King. I’ve never had so much fun reading something that truly scared the crap out of me.

 

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing almost two years now.

 

Where did you get the information or ideas to write The Progeny Series?

The idea for The Progeny came two years ago when I had a dream about an intense and gorgeous guy wearing a strange necklace around his neck. I immediately woke up and began drawing that amulet. No one but my husband and cover artist have seen that hideous drawing. 

 

Can you tell our readers a little about the series?

At its core, The Progeny is simply a story about a man and woman who fall in love, and the fact that he’s a half-blood (half-human, half vampire) and she’s a Wiccan human are secondary factors. When we meet Ascher, he’s grumpy. Frankly, who could blame him? He’s engaged to seal to Ursula—a cold and careless vampire who wants nothing more than to get her hands on a bloodstone— and he feels conflicted about his existence.

 All of that changes when he meets Shawnette McCutchin. She’s beautiful, intriguing and possesses some of the most potent blood that he’s ever smelled. A war immediately begins inside Ascher. He craves Shauna’s blood just as much as he craves her body and the closer they get, the harder it is for him to control his urges. After Ascher calls off the sealing to Ursula, the trouble begins. His family’s peaceful period ends when Ursula’s army attacks the Rousseaus.

This series is about a family of which we’ve never seen before. They share a common mortal and immortal bloodline but loyalty is the thread that holds this clan together. Once you become a part of this family, the others will risk their lives to protect you. We see examples of this throughout the journey. There is no shortage of romance, steam and surprises in The Progeny Series but these books are for adults and contain adult sensuality, language and themes.

 

I really liked Ascher and Shauna; who are your favorite characters in the series and why?

I love Ash and Shauna, but I think the character that I sympathize with the most is the evil Ursula. I know, she’s the villain and meant to be hated, but she has such a horrendous past that her ire is almost justified. I’m currently writing her backstory for book three and it’s so chilling and macabre.

 

 I am also a Quinn fan. He seems to be a bit mischievous, and in ways quite a bit     different from his brothers.  Are the readers going to see more of him in books to come?

Ahhhhh…another Quinn fan. There are quite a few of those around. I wrote Quinn as a comic relief of sorts. Ash and Gabe are in such intense relationships with the sisters, and I felt like there needed to be someone to balance it all out. Enter Quinn. He gets on Ash’s nerves with all of his modern lingo and quick-witted quips, but he’s Ash’s go to for anything of the sexual nature. I nicknamed him “the muscle” because he is always up to kick a little butt. Oh yes, Quinn will be around in the coming books.

 

 If you had to choose someone to play the roles of Ascher and Shauna who would you choose?

Thomas Dekker and Zoe Kravitz look most like the characters that I imagined.

 

Do you know how many books will be in the series?

I’m planning six to eight in the series, a two book series for Katy and Gabe and a couple of spin off books for the brothers.

 

What are you working on right now? Can you tell us a little about it?

I am currently working on books three and four of the Progeny Series, book one of my upcoming Rocker Series, and an untitled novella WIP.

 

Where can the readers go to purchase your books?

The Progeny Series is available for purchase worldwide at Amazon US,   Amazon UK,   Barnes and NobleAmazon SpainAmazon FranceAmazon AustriaAmazon ItalyAmazon GermanyARE Blood BondsARE The Progeny and  Smashwords.  

 

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write every day, even if you don’t feel like it, and never give up on your dream.

 

Thank you again Ashlynne for stopping by. Is there anything you would like to add or say to your readers?

It’s been my pleasure, Rhonda. It’s very gratifying to inject so much of yourself into a project and to have people connect with it. I also love to hear from readers. You can find Ashlynne  on Facebook, Twitter, Manic Readers, on my Blog and Website. Visit The Progeny Series Facebook Page to learn more about the characters and to keep up with the latest series developments. Contact me by Reader Email.

 

Hexes in Texas is a hilarious story about Julie McNabb, a security witch who is tired of doing the same job every day in the frigid Canadian town she’s lived her entire 200+ years. Making the decision to get transferred, against her family’s wishes, to the warmth and excitement of New Orleans she puts her plan into action. That’s about as far as the plan works out for her. Instead of New Orleans she ends up in Bug Tussle, Texas surrounded by farm fields, attracted sexy unicorn handler named Vance, fighting a hex throwing psycho witch, and trying to find a way to save Bug Tussle and all the towns like it from the bad guys.

I loved the the way the author kept the humor flowing throughout the book while still presenting the characters with serious challenges to face. While we get to meet a ton of fantastic characters, all you’d be hard pressed not to like, we are also given some fairies, gnomes, and spoiled rotten colorful unicorns.

There are not a lot of books out there that actually manage to have me laughing out loud, but Hexes in Texas did. The story ties up nicely at the end without a big cliffhanger, but left with enough that we can only hope Ms Kopra will write more about these witches/wizards and the world of Bug Tussle.

If you are looking for a break from the usual, a quick fun read, then you have to pick up Hexes in Texas.

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From Amazon.com
Fed up with the slushy snow of winter, and the frigid Canadian wizards Julie McNabb wants a transfer to somewhere warm, and where the men are smoking hot!
Instead, she ends up in Bug Tussle. A small wizard farming community in Texas where the unicorns freak her out, and the resident witches watch NASCAR and eat Barbeque.
Despite her goals to get out as fast as she can, Julie makes friends, has fun, and falls for Vance, the hunky animal manager. Now if only Julie can convince Vance to give up on Mrs. Right, for Mrs. right now!

Hexes In Texas
By Michelle Kopra

Genre: Urban Fantasy

ISBN: 9781476226156

ASIN: B008G0EQ42

Number of pages: 128

Word Count: 40740

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 Book Description

Fed up with the slushy snow of winter, and the frigid Canadian wizards Julie McNabb wants a transfer to somewhere warm, and where the men are smoking hot!
Instead, she ends up in Bug Tussle. A small wizard farming community in Texas where the unicorns freak her out, and the resident witches watch NASCAR and eat Barbeque.
Despite her goals to get out as fast as she can, Julie makes friends, has fun, and falls for Vance, the hunky animal manager.
Now if only Julie can convince Vance to give up on Mrs. Right, for Mrs. right now!

 

A little teaser

“There has to be something more than this,” I sighed as the broom came dangerously close to the road. Before I turned into witch jam, I used my magic to stop the broom, tilting it up, and slowing its descent until my purple boots skidded against the pavement.

“Like what?” Skippy asked.

“I don’t know, but flying around at night, maintained spells, checking perimeters? How is that living? I want a life that’s exciting. I don’t want to die a thousand years from now, regretting I lived all my life in Hamilton.”

 

Introducing Michelle Kopra

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I suppose you are dying to know who this Michelle Kopra is; n’est pas?
If you figure it out, please let me know ;)

I have worked in hospitals, in zoo’s, in casinos, and with shoes (hey, look at that, I rhymed).

I am a day dreamer, not much of a day tripper, or day trader for that matter. But I do get lost in my own little world about Fairies, Elves, brass goggles, nifty airships, and steamy romances.

I used to be a closet writer, writhing in agony if anyone came near me when I was trying to put story to paper.

Then I had kids. Two of them, with big brown eyes, and sweet little giggles and sticky fingers that goober up my computer screen, and suddenly I didn’t care how silly my stories seemed to the rest of the world. Well, not as much anyways ;)

I have six stories published on Amazon.com for the moment, with several more in the works. Please feel free to contact me, I can be found on Facebook, twitter, and at my website michellekopra.com. Let me know if you love my stories, or hate them, or if I parked in your spot!

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Enslave is the fourth novella of the Vampire Erotic Theatre Series.  This story focuses on Andreu, who was introduced as Javier’s brother in book three, Seduced.  Andreu has come to Vampirerotique Theatre to help Javier with his duty to the theatre while he goes on paternity leave.

Andreu’s character is dark and driven, a businessman with no time for love.  His goals are to have lots of money and his choice of women.  In the beginning of the book, his character comes across as sexy, dark, a little cold, and very self-assured.  He meets his match in the fae succubus Varya.  She is beautiful and seductive, and the two are immediately attracted to one another.  The relationship between the two is sexy and dangerous.  We also learn more about Payne, the fascinating vampire we met in the last book.  I anticipate reading more about him in future books.

Heaton improves with every novella in the series, and her stories sizzle. I really enjoy her writing style, as she allows the reader’s imagination to take in every detail and turn it into vivid pictures.  Once I began reading Enslave I was unable to put it down until I read the last page.  As long as Heaton continues the series I will follow them! If you want a love story with a little bite I suggest you try these out!

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From Amazon.com
Publication Date: July 31, 2012

His determination to succeed in business has left no room in his life for love. Now, a beautiful and deadly succubus has teleported into his dark, decadent world and is in danger of enslaving his heart.
Andreu’s future entails opening an erotic theatre like Vampirerotique, gaining wealth, women and power, not shackling himself to a single female, but he cannot deny the dangerously seductive succubus who stirs his anger and passion, and tempts him like no other–he will have her.
The moment their eyes meet, Varya knows she cannot have the exotic dark vampire who sets her pulse racing. His shadowed aura marks him as forbidden, but the hungers he awakens in her are too intense to resist–she must have a taste.
When an erotically-charged kiss ignites their soul-searing passion and reveals something dangerous about Andreu, will Varya leave forever or will she dare to risk all in pursuit of something she thought was beyond her reach?
Adults only–highly erotic vampire romance book / novella, contains voyeurism of m/m/f relations

Seduce is the third book in the Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Having reviewed the first two and enjoyed them, I must say they get better with each book.  This is Antoine’s story.  He is the dark aristocratic vampire who runs the Vampirerotique Theatre, and he catches the eye of Sera.
Antoine is mentioned in the series’ first two books, Crave and Covet.  With the exception of his brother Snow, he is distant from everyone.  I was curious about his character and was happy to see a book devoted to him.  In Seduce, we learn more about Antoine, and his painful past.  My heart went out to him and I fell in love with his character.  Sera is an elite vampire, who, for a year, has admired Antoine from afar.  Determined to meet him, she tried out to be a performer in the theater to get his attention.  I liked Sera’s character; at times she was unsure of herself, but underneath she is strong and compassionate.  Another character with a role in the story is Snow; he is a very old vampire and the brother of Antoine.  His character is another that has fascinated me since the first book.  The purebred vampire is fighting not to succumb to the bloodlust. His struggle is heart-wrenching and I hope to see his story very soon.     

The erotic scenes throughout the story are smoldering, and the story itself is intoxicating.  Heaton grabs your attention from the very beginning with her stimulating and seductive tale. Her writing is so vivid that you feel like a voyeur looking in on the lives of the characters and their surroundings.

I have become a big fan of this series.  Although these books are relatively short, Heaton gives the reader a completely fulfilling story.  If you long for a quick paranormal read with a little spice, I recommend you give the Vampire Erotic Theatre Series a try.

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Bloodlust runs in his veins, a dark master waiting for the day it will reign over him. Now a woman with a pure soul and wicked intentions has him in her sights and is determined to crack the ice around his heart, and she might save or damn him.

Antoine stands apart from the world around him, a dangerous and broken soul who must maintain rigid control at all times or risk his dark addiction finally seizing hold of him. The shadows of his past haunt him and he sees his bleak future each night when his brother wakes screaming, his blood addiction turning him savage. He cannot allow himself to feel, but when Sera walks into Vampirerotique, the erotic theatre he runs with three other vampires, to audition, she awakens dangerous desires in him–hungers that could spell the end of both of them.

Sera has wanted Antoine since the night she first saw the gorgeous aristocrat vampire. She can’t ignore the deep carnal hunger he stirs in her or the ache to know the heat of his touch. With the help of her sire, an ex-performer at Vampirerotique, she sets in motion a game of seduction, one designed to thaw the ice in Antoine’s veins and make him burn for her.

When Sera discovers the shocking truth about his past and the darkness that lurks within him, will she be strong enough to seize his heart with both hands and win him forever or will she lose him to the ghosts that still haunt him?

Adults only–highly erotic vampire romance book / novel, contains light bondage

Blood and Silver is the second book of the Dark Urban Fantasy series, Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter. This is the third Deacon Chalk story I have reviewed, so I probably don’t have to remind you how much I like this series.  When we meet up with Deacon Chalk in this installment, he is taking on the Lycanthropes.  Tuck makes sure there are plenty of unique shifters for Chalk to go head-to-head with!

Just like the other books, this one is action-packed almost from the beginning. I really like the way the author builds the suspense before it all breaks loose. You feel the anticipation of what is to come in your gut.   Another thing I really liked about this particular book is in the very beginning of the story, and at times throughout the book, we catch a small glimpse of the person Deacon is when he isn’t kicking ass and taking names.

In the first review I wrote about Blood and Bullets, I mentioned that the book reminded me a little of Laurell K. Hamilton’s early Anita Blake books. This still holds true, but make no mistake: Tuck has created a series that is uniquely his own.

 

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From Amazon.com

He hasn’t met a monster yet that could give him a scare. With ice in his veins, silver hollow-points in his chambers, and an innate ability to rise from the dead, what’s to fear? The answer may be something he doesn’t want to face. . .

Deacon Chalk normally has no trouble telling innocent victims from real monsters. So protecting an abused pregnant were-dog is a no-brainer. . .until a vicious lycanthrope leader and his brotherhood target Deacon, other shape-shifters, and any humans in their way. Suddenly, Deacon is outnumbered, outgunned, and unsure who–or what–to trust. The only edge he has left is a weapon hungry for his soul and his most savage impulses. And using it will exact a price even this hell-raising hunter fears to pay. . .

Blood Lust Rising is the first book of The Vampire Queen Trilogy.  It is a fast-paced and action-packed novel full of demons, vampires, and shape shifters. Ella Grey and Micah McGregor are Shadow Hunters.  They work for the Shadow Agency hunting the demons that cross the line in the human world.   Ella and Micah are at odds personally,mostly because Ella is half vampire, but they have to fight the strong attraction between them.  Things go south when they come across a succubus that lays the whammy on them.  When these two come together the magnetism is incredible.  

All of the characters in the book are really exciting and passionate.  The author did a fantastic job with character development, and it was a pleasure to read about them all.  Some of them walk the fine line between good and evil, and they are always interesting.
This book has everything: action, suspense, love, violence, and sex.  I was pulled in from the first chapter.  Everything was so well written and flowed so flawlessly, that before I knew it, hours had passed and the book was finished. The imagery was incredible and I felt like I was watching, instead of reading, the whole thing unfold.   The dialogue between the characters was fun and witty among all the seriousness and it made for a really nice balance.  

There is nothing better than reading a book and it staying with you when it is done.  I found at the end I didn’t want to let these characters go, so I was thrilled when I discovered this was a trilogy. Devlin sent me on a roller coaster ride which I didn’t want to get off!

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From Amazon.com

Publication Date: April 30, 2012

Vampire Queen and Demon son – Together they will wreak havoc and total destruction. Or at least, that’s what the prophecy says. When a sex-seething succubus focuses in on Ella Grey, a half-breed vampire and her Shadow Hunting partner, Micah McGregor, a power is released neither can control or comprehend.

A chain of events is triggered, forcing Ella and Micah down a shadowed path riddled with unrestrained passion, violence and betrayal. The truth of Micah’s demonic origins will reveal a heart-breaking conspiracy within the Shadow Agency that once swore to protect humanity from vampires and demons. Ella and Micah are proof that nothing is as it appears.

Sweet Savage Blood (Part 1: Reunion (A Vampire Teen Romance)) is the first book of this trilogy,  centering on main characters Dominique and Caden.  Caden, a vampire, sees a young woman crossing the street and is instantly aware she is his wife reincarnated, and he begins to pursue her. Dominique is a typical high school girl completely unaware of her former existence, but finds herself drawn to the gorgeous new guy at school.

The characters in the book are interesting. Although the Dominique of today is different from the one who lived in the 19th Century, their core personalities are the same, and the author gives us the opportunity to know both.  I really felt for Caden, heartbroken after losing his wife, he becomes vampire so he can wait to be with her again. Caden is a strong personality; he has a tender side we get to see with Dominique, but he also shows a kind of ruthlessness.  Although it was enjoyable reading their story, it was the other couple that took center stage for me.  Quentin is Caden’s cousin. He is a little bit arrogant, witty, and a bit of a rake. Although he has been with countless women he has never known true love.  Madison is the beautiful and popular cheerleader, but she lives a double life.  She is the Chosen One, the vampire slayer.  Quentin sees Madison and is taken with her.  Their relationship was more fun to watch unfold. There is definitely a conflict of interest between the two and this leads to some really amusing situations.

The beginning of the novel started out slow for me, but Courtland did a fine job of steadily building the story.  It was well written and easy to follow, and the settings were well described.  I particularly liked the flashbacks.  Even though the formula has been used before, the author has made the story into something entirely her own. Courtland has written a novel that will appeal largely to the young adult readers, but I can’t deny I am curious to see what happens next.

 

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From Amazon.com

Publication Date: February 19, 2012

Sixteen-year-old Dominique Castille is a typical teen in a boring Texas town, where the most exciting thing is the annual turnip green festival. When the charismatic Caden Hanover enrolls in her high school, her life takes a heart-pounding turn. From the moment she sees Caden, she is irresistibly drawn to him. She has no idea that not only is he a vampire, but that he knows she is the reincarnation of his human wife—the wife he hasn’t seen in almost two hundred years. He is determined to reestablish their passionate love. He won’t stop until he claims Dominique as his own—and eventually makes her his vampire bride.

A vampire teen romance, Sweet Savage Blood is the story of undying love sweeping across time from the 19th century to the 21st century.

**This is Part I of the Sweet Savage Blood Trilogy**
Part II: Revelations
Part III: Blood Ties

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