Eternal Island is a secret and magical place where vampires, witches, and humans live in relative harmony. That harmony is turned upside down when Abe, the vampire king, who does not believe in love, falls immediately for Ariana.

There are plenty of characters that the reader will like right away Abe, Ariana, Jonah, Becky, and Rainey  just to name a few. What little was seen of her I really enjoyed the character of Julia; she is one of those creatures that you love to hate.

Haigwood and Melder have written a very romantic paranormal novel. I thought the idea of the island was absolutely beautiful. There were moments of humor and tears, emotions that readers can relate to. There was also enough adventure to hold your attention. My only problem with the read was at times it seemed just a little too sweet, when I wanted to see more passion.

Eternal Island is the first book in the Eternal Island series. I loved the way the book ended and would certainly give the second book a try. I believe the series will appeal to readers who love the paranormal and a sweet love story.

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From Amazon.com

A place where vampires rule, witches play, danger lurks and dreams really do come true.

Eternal Island is a paranormal suspense novel, deeply rooted into myth. Vampires and magic form a unique backdrop to a love story with long reaching consequences. Human girl Ariana Lochalan finds herself transported from the relative calm of her ‘Nowhere, Arkansas’ life into a diametrically opposite existence when she discovers she is a powerful witch and meant to wed High Vampire of Eternal Island, Abe Cambridge. Despite first-sight magnetism, the two protagonists are being pushed apart, obstacles tripping them at every step, outside forces interfering and threatening their peace, and ultimately their lives. A world rich in magic and intrigue, Eternal Island is the first instalment of a saga which has love at its core and delves through the mire that is human nature in a turmoil of feeling and emotion.

Would courage, resilience and love be enough to bring together two soul mates?

How much would you sacrifice to save the one who owns your heart?

 

Skylar is going through a bit of a rough patch; her favorite uncle just passed away, she just lost her job in New York as a fashion photographer, and now she’s on her way to California to handle her uncle’s estate that was left to her. Now, her newest problem is everything is not as it appears to be at Summerwind.

Dorian is the caretaker at the mansion and Summerwind is his ancestral home. Almost immediately there is chemistry between Dorian and Skylar, but both characters tend to run hot and cold and you don’t know what to expect from them. One thing is obvious, Dorian harbors a few secrets.

Initially the story moved a little bit slow for me but once secrets started being revealed I started to get into the book.  Soule has penned quite a ghost story. This book is full of suspense, romance, and the supernatural.

There’s no sex in the book, and although there is some language and adult situations it would still be appropriate for the older young adult.

If you are a fan of curling up on a stormy night with a good ghost story give this book a try.

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From Amazon.com

Mystery, Murder, and Manolo Blahniks…
A devoted fashionata and practical New Yorker, Skylar Blackwell doesn’t believe in the supernatural–until she inherits Summerwind Mansion. . . .

When her uncle is brutally murdered, and the cops seem uninterested in following up the case, Skylar journeys to California to seek answers. Her search for clues is soon overshadowed by haunting nightmares of a young woman also murdered in the house.

Now the inhabitants of Summerwind are mysteriously dying, leaving no evidence as to how or why, and Skylar finds herself in a deadly race against time to expose the killer–before they strike again.

The problem is . . . whoever it is may not be human.

Armed with only wit and Pradas, Skylar begins questioning the servants, but the growing list of suspects includes the sexy and brooding caretaker, Dorian Delacroix, a man desperately trying to forget his tragic past. And a major distraction for Skylar.

Determined to play detective–instead of the fashion police–and unravel the dark history of the mansion, Skylar is plunged into an otherworldly mystery that not even she can explain away. As the boundaries between reality and dreams blur, Skylar’s greatest challenge is to stay alive long enough to learn the truth.

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Prophecy

Irina Argo

Genre: paranormal

Release Date: 6/7/13

 

Book Description:

Vampire Elite is a new vampire series

The first two parts will be release in one volume

Part 1. Prophecy

Part 2. Keepers of the Key

What will he do if saving his people means destroying the woman he loves?

A millennia-long war between two immortal races is about to come to an end. Long ago, the Vampire Elite began capturing the immortals called the Amiti, attracted by their unique blood properties. Now most Amiti live in underground cells, forced to serve as vampires’ bloodstock. The few surviving free Amiti, preparing a final strike, have declared their Queen a traitor. Her execution makes possible the rise of a new Queen, her young daughter Arianna, who will inherit her mother’s mystical powers. Working with the Keepers of the Key, Arianna may be able to eliminate the vampires, once and for all, from the face of the earth.

The new Queen is the last hope to save her dying race and she’s ready to fight to the last drop of her blood.

But the King of the Vampires has other plans.

What neither expects is the passion that erupts between them.

Vampire Elite is an epic story of a bitter conflict between two immortal races, and the effect of that conflict on everyone living in its grip. The characters are driven to love and betrayal, vengeance and sacrifice in a world without easy black-and-white answers.

 Based on an ancient Egyptian legend, packed with action and intrigue, Vampire Elite will pull you into the entrancing world of immortals and open new portals into their hidden universe.

 

For more info please visit www.vampire-elite.com

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Reader reviews on Vampire Elite:

You’ve managed to restore my hope in the future of vampire books …

… a fascinating read and definitely a book for anyone who loves fantasy, romance and of course vampires.

 

… a spellbinding novel of action, suspense, romance, and conscience …  character development is superb … the type of book that will make you read all day until you get to the end! It is deliciously addictive!

 

 

Excerpt 1 (Simone at the Hunter’s auction)      

As the auctioneer spoke, two Sekhmi in eveningwear—a male carrying an elegant dagger and a female a silver tray covered with glass vials—approached the Amiti girl.

“She’s barely eighteen, ladies and gentlemen. That’s a good three years younger than the youngest bloodstock you’ll usually come across. Look at her; she’s stunning, simply stunning, and as you can see, we’ve kept her well conditioned, in excellent health.”

The auctioneer paused as the male Hunter grasped the Amiti’s hand and held it above the tray. The girl showed no resistance, her only display of anxiety the butterfly fluttering of her thick eyelashes. He raised his other hand, and the dagger flashed in the light as with a swift motion he slit the Amiti’s palm. The dark, intoxicating scent of fresh blood filled the room as it poured into the vials.

Simone’s gums began to itch and burn, and she covered her mouth with her hand so no one would see her fangs punching down. It was considered terribly rude to expose one’s fangs in public, even among other vampires. But she needn’t have worried; everyone’s attention was riveted to the stage and the blood flowing from the girl’s wound. The room vibrated with bloodlust and sexual arousal.

          The female Sekhmi approached Simone’s table, offering the Royal Pride the first of the blood samples. Knowing that all eyes were on her, Simone forced herself not to hesitate and took a small sip—and was immediately flooded with euphoria.

          “For this magnificent specimen, we open the bidding at ten million U.S. dollars,” announced the auctioneer.

 

 

 

About Irina Argo:

Irina Argo is a combined pen name for two authors, Irina and Jo-Ann.

 

Irina

Irina’s world is dark. She works as a clinical psychologist in a Juvenile Correctional Facility dealing with the extremes of human behavior on a regular basis and takes care of her paralyzed husband who suffered a stroke several years ago. To bring light into her life she writes. Writing has always been her passion. She is originally from Russia where she was employed as a TV journalist.

Jo-An
Jo-An is a Leo, a lioness who has emerged to follow her dream, to someday write a book of her own. She owned a costume shop for 15 years and was able to satisfy and excel in her creative nature. She is an over-achiever and believes that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and ignore the nay-sayers.  Her philosophy is based on Shakespeare “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” She currently resides in California with her 5 cats and 1 husband.

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INTERVIEW

I would like to introduce the talented Irina Argo. She is stopping by VampireRomanceBooks.com to tell us about her book Vampire Elite and maybe reveal some other secrets to our readers as well!

 

Hello Irina! Thank you for taking time out to chat with our readers at VRB!

Can you tell us a little about yourself.

Irina lives in a pretty dark world: by day she’s a clinical psychologist at a juvenile correctional facility, where she deals with the extremes of human behavior on a daily basis; at night, she cares for her husband, who was paralyzed several years ago. Writing has always been her passion, and now it’s what brings light into her life. She is originally from Russia, where she worked as a TV journalist.

 

I am an iced coffee addict, do you have a vice you can’t live without?

CHOCOLATE

 

If you could travel anywhere,  where would you like to go?

GREECE … so much history and mystery

 

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Always, even as a child

 

What characters in a book inspired you?

Julia Lambert from Somerset Maugham’s Theatre. She was a woman of breathtaking poise and talent, an outstanding actress who allowed some weaknesses but when she was betrayed she did not fall apart. She found the determination and strength to rise above the situation.

 

I read Vampire Elite and thought it was absolutely amazing! How did you come up with the idea to write it?

It is a separate reality in my brain…. it evolves every day and just comes to me

 

Vampire Elite centers around Egyptian legend, is that a subject that has always fascinated you?

Always … Egyptian Legends and Gods and Goddesses have always fascinated me.

 

The book has pivotal moments of love as well as tragedy. I know some parts had my emotions inside out.  Do you find it hard to write the more tragic events?

Yes, I don’t want my characters to suffer….but I have no choice, they tell me what is happening in their lives.

 

Who is the character in the book you feel closest to and why?

Anock….I have fallen in love with him 

 

I am already begging for the next book in the series.  Can you tell us a little about it? When can readers expect to see it?

Can you keep a secret?………..So can I.  Hopefully it will be released in the next 6 months.

 

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

We are anticipating ten

 

How can your fans find you? Do you use social media such as Facebook and Twitter?

Absolutely ….TWITTER  https://twitter.com/TheVampireElite 

 

Irina, thank you so much for stopping by! Is there anything you would like to add or say to the readers out there?

We truly appreciate that you took the time to stop by the Tour and hope to see your reviews on AMAZON!

Vampire Elite is the first book in a new series by Irina Argo.  The vampire elite are using a sub species of immortal called the Amiti as their bloodstock.  They are kept in captivity and used solely to feed the elite.  The Amiti want their freedom and their new Queen wants to help achieve this, war between the species could potentially eradicate both races, but they continue to fight for the upper hand.

This book is full of some of the most amazing characters. More than I could ever write about in a short review.  I sometimes find that I am confused when dealing with a lot of characters in one book that play prominent roles, but Argo did the perfect job of introducing them to the reader and making their roles clear.  All of these characters interacted flawlessly.  Arianna is the young Queen of the Amiti, she is still unaware of her power and her role, but she does know she has to do what she can to free and protect her people. It is the goal of Tor, the vampire king, to make Arianna fall in love with him to keep her under his thumb, but soon finds the feeling of love mutual. Simone is another pivotal character in the book; she is daughter of Tor and half-sister to Arianna.  In the beginning I did not like her character, she came across as selfish and spoiled, but I began to see subtle changes in her as the book progressed.

With a touch of Egyptian Mythology, I found this book to be beautifully written.  This was one of the few times that I became so entranced in a book I forgotten it was my job to review it!  The book isn’t a fast paced thriller, yet it appeals to the heart.  Argo showed a world that isn’t black and white. There was no defined good and bad or love and hate.  It was the gray areas that made this story worth reading. She brought the characters to life in a way the reader could feel their torment and triumph.

It isn’t often that I finish a book and am rendered near speechless, but I loved this book.  Everything about it appealed to me from the mythology to the tragedy and the love.  If you are a reader who is looking for the clear HEA you won’t find it in this installment, a fact that only leaves me even more excited for the next book.

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From Amazon.com

A millennia-long war between two immortal races is about to come to an end. Long ago, the Vampire Elite began capturing the immortals called the Amiti, attracted by their unique blood properties. Now most Amiti live in underground cells, forced to serve as vampires’ bloodstock. The few surviving free Amiti, preparing a final strike, have declared their Queen a traitor. Her execution makes possible the rise of a new Queen, her young daughter Arianna, who will inherit her mother’s mystical powers. Working with the Keepers of the Key, Arianna may be able to eliminate the vampires, once and for all, from the face of the earth.

The new Queen is the last hope to save her dying race–and she’s ready to fight to the last drop of her blood.

But the King of the Vampires has other plans.

What neither expects is the passion that erupts between them.

Based on an ancient Egyptian legend, Vampire Elite is the epic story of a bitter conflict between two immortal races–and the effect of that conflict on everyone living in its grip. The characters are driven to love and betrayal, vengeance and sacrifice in a world without easy black-and-white answers.

Winged

LM Pruitt

I fell from the Talmadge Bridge the week before I turned thirty.

I was given a choice: Go to Heaven. Go back to my life in Savannah. Or spend eternity fighting evil under the direction of the archangels.

I chose the demons–and the angels.

I chose the Winged.

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Uprising

Winged Book Two

L.M. Pruitt

 In the last year, Joanne Watson has died, fallen in love, fought demons and earned her Wings.

None of that compares to what’s coming next….

Life as a member of the Winged isn’t perfect–or easy. There’s always some new camp drama. There’s always a demon ready for a fight. There’s always death.

 And now there’s the Resistance.

Joanne must choose again, this time between her fellow Winged and their burning desire for change or the archangels and the eternal vow she made.

 Even in the afterlife, one truth remains–everything ends

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Lost

Winged Book 3

L.M. Pruitt

June 2013

 In the last year, Joanne has survived repeated attempts on her life, wholesale slaughter, and the dissolution on the cornerstone of her new existence.

And the hard times are only beginning.

As the line between right and wrong, friend and foe, and good and evil continue to blur, Joanne is forced to face one irrefutable fact.

The hardest demons to fight are the ones you can’t see.

 

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About the Author:

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she’s killed bamboo. Twice. As a result, she’s not allowed to walk in the gardening department of any store without supervision. She’s also not allowed in the card aisle of any grocery store without an escort since she’ll spend thirty minutes opening cards and laughing for no good reason. She is the author of the best-selling Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and the Frankie Post series. She continues to make her home in Florida in spite of the heat and mosquitos and shares her home with two cats–one of them smart, the other not so much.

 

Connect with her at:

Facebook:   L.M. Pruitt

Twitter:                lmpruitt

Website:      www.lmpruitt.org

 

Excerpt:

“What are you doing out here?”

I took another drag off the cigarette, exhaling slowly. Flicking the ashes away, I glanced over at Michael. The night was too dark to make out little more than his profile but he was close enough I could see the tic in his jaw. “Couldn’t sleep.”

“It’s too dangerous for you to wander off alone.” A metallic scraping sound was followed by a brief flash of flame as Michael lit the tip of a cigar. The woodsy scent drifted toward me, more subtle than the spruce and pine surrounding camp. “The cold probably isn’t helping your wrist, either.”

Against my will I clenched my right hand, biting my lip at the sharp pain that shot up my arm. “I doubt it’s hurting it, either.”

“Raphael tells me you’re not taking care of the injury.” He paused, silence settling between us for a long moment. “From what he gathers during your conversations.”

“We don’t have a lot to say to each other right now.” I’d lost my taste for the cigarette two or three puffs ago but I inhaled another lungful of tobacco anyway. Now was as good a time as any to develop a bad habit or two. “How’s Lawerence doing?”

“He’s healing. Slowly, painfully, but still….” Michael trailed off, coughing once before speaking again. “He’s doing better than Danielle.”

I nodded, swallowing the lump in my throat. There’d been no change in Danielle’s condition in the six weeks we’d been camped on East Gros Ventre Butte. Raphael said she could wake up tomorrow or next week, next month, next year—or never. Whatever was wrong with her was supernatural in origin, something he couldn’t repair.

I took one last, long drag from the cigarette, stubbing it out on a nearby rock. Shoving the butt in my pocket, I cleared my throat. “Angus is getting better at using his left hand. For fighting, anyway. He says he still has problems undoing his pants.”

“I wondered why he’d taken to wearing kilts again.” Michael chuckled, the sound trailing off on a heavy sigh. “I thought for sure I’d seen the last of his scrawny chicken legs.”

Laughter welled up inside me, spilling out before I could catch myself. I laughed until I couldn’t breathe, tears streaming down my face. Finally, I sat down, rocking slightly as I tried to gain some semblance of control. “Oh, God. He does have the skinniest legs I’ve ever seen on a man.”

Michael sat down next to me, shaking his head and chuckling again. “It’s okay to laugh, Joanne. You don’t need to take the responsibility for everything upon yourself.”

“Don’t I?” I shifted until I could stare down at Jackson, still lit up like Christmas despite the lateness of the hour. “If I’d been just a little stronger, a little less vulnerable and neurotic, Raphael would have told me your suspicions. We would have been able to convince Christopher to not launch an offensive.” I scrubbed away tears, old ones of laughter and new ones of grief. “People wouldn’t have died.”

“Or Gina would have tipped off George and his forces and he would have brought more people and you would have died.”

“Do you ever wonder if maybe that wasn’t the larger plan all along, if that wasn’t what the Power That Is wants?” I scribbled my nails on the mossy ground, refusing to meet what I knew would be an accusing stare. “After all, how many times have we almost died in the past two years? We must be setting some kind of record.”

“Not even close.” He pinched the end of his cigar, snuffing out the fiery tip. “Are you familiar with the story of Job?”

“I grew up going to a Southern Baptist church.”

“Then you should remember that God, the Power That Is, whoever you decide is in charge of everything, may allow things to happen but by no means does He want them to happen.” Michael’s hand closed over mine, halting my frantic movements. “You are His most prized creation, more so than any creature in Heaven. If He could, He would spare you every hurt, no matter how minor it might be considered.”

I looked up to study his face, solemn and yet somehow earnest. Something passed between us, something electric and wild and… right. I swallowed, forcing out a laugh to break the tension. “I guess if you’re comforting me you’ve decided you like me a little bit.”

“You’re not as annoying and pompous and self-righteous as I once believed you were.” He smiled, squeezing my hand once before letting go. “I suppose if you’re listening and not flying off at the handle you’ve decided I’m not as horrible as you believed.”

“Maybe.” I turned my attention back to Jackson, my lips curving in a half smile. “Maybe you’re catching me in a moment of weakness and confusion and I’ll come to my senses in the morning.”

“I wouldn’t put it past you.” He stretched out on his back, resting his head on his clasped hands. “Although since morning is only a few hours away, you might want to get started on disliking me again.”

“In a minute.” I laid back and closed my eyes. “I think I’ll get an hour or so of sleep first.”

“Here.” Rustling motions were followed by the feeling of being enveloped in a small cocoon of warmth. “It’s always darkest and coldest before the dawn.”

I snuggled down under Michael’s coat, yawning wide enough my jaw cracked. “Literally or metaphorically?”

“Both.”

Lost is the third book in the Winged series. Joanna has been through a lot whether it is in relationships, attempts on her life or just trying to cope with being one of the winged. In this third installment of the Winged series Jo finds herself in a situation she never imagined.

Lost is quite a bit darker than the previous books, but the trials that Jo goes through brings you even closer to her character. We also see a different side to Michael in this novel, he doesn’t seem as harsh as he has in the past; in fact at times he is almost playful. It was so exciting to see that side of him as he has been one of my favorite characters from the beginning and I love seeing this new side of his personality. Joanne and Rafael still love each other but have issues to work out. It is amazing to me how these characters just keep continuing to grow.

This book deals with addiction and could be emotional for some readers. Pruitt did an excellent job portraying the pain and darkness of what addiction is like as well as the trials of recovery.  As usual, Pruitt weaves and exciting story never lacking in detail, she makes me feel like a voyeur in the background. I feel as though I am right there watching all of the events unfolds. I’ve mentioned that this story has plenty of emotion and action, but let’s not forget the occasional hotness that goes along with it!

This is a series that I have loved from the start and the books just keep getting better and better. The ending just left me wanting more. I’m really excited to see what happens with Joanna, Michael, Raphael, and all of my other favorites in the next book. Any fan of the paranormal genre owes it to them self to read this series!

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From Amazon.com

In the last year, Joanne Watson has survived repeated attempts on her life, wholesale slaughter, and the dissolution on the cornerstone of her new existence.

And the hard times are only beginning.

As the line between right and wrong, friend and foe, and good and evil continue to blur, Joanne is forced to face another irrefutable fact.

The most dangerous demons to fight are the ones you can’t see.

**WARNING: CONTAINS SCENES OF VIOLENCE, DRUG ABUSE, AND GRAPHIC SEX. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED**

Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce to you all Christina Phillips! *pause for applause*  Christina is here to celebrate the release of her book Bloodlust Denied. She’s stopped by to answer some questions and is offering a very lucky winner a copy of Bloodlust Denied! Simply leave a comment or answer the question Christina gave us at the end of her interivew and you’re entered. A random winner will be chosen on June 14th.

 

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Format Ebook
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Imprint: Romantica®
Line: Twilight
Themes: Historical: Regency, Vampire

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Description:Tired of the thin-blooded aristocrats in 1815 London, Alexius yearns
for better sport. He is drawn to a dark-haired seductress who shows no
fear and refuses to obey his commands. Entranced by such novelty, he
denies his bloodlust and decides to keep her to warm his bed.

 Immortal vampire hunter Morana has never mistaken her prey before,
but the dark stranger mesmerizes her, enticing her to forget
everything but the dangerous pleasure she finds in his arms.

Neither one can deny the pull of the other, but there is something
beyond the lust—a recognition neither can put a name to. The past
and present collide and unless they discover the truth behind the
lies, Death will triumph once more.

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The Interview

I am pleased to present Christina Phillips to VampireRomanceBooks.com.  She is joining us today to talk about her newest book Bloodlust Denied among other things.

 

Hello Christina! Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today!

Hi Rhonda and Teresa! Thank you so much for having me on Vampire Romance Books today!

 

Will you tell the readers a little about yourself?

I’m an ex-pat Brit, now living in sunny Western Australia just a couple of minutes stroll from the beach. I have one husband and three children, and three cats who feel it’s their duty to sit as close to the laptop as possible whenever I’m writing. They also enjoy running off with my sticky notes and pens.

 

I read in your bio that you began writing stories about spaceships and time travel at the age of eight, is that a genre you still like to read?

Yes I do! It’s probably just one of the many reasons why I’m so obsessed with Battlestar Galactica (not a book I know, but I’m such a fangirl J ) Although the stories I wrote as a teenager were full of angst and thwarted love, they always contained some weird element of the paranormal. Now days I love to read PNR and fantasy romance because I must have my HEA!

 

When did you first get bit by the romance bug? Do you remember the first romance book you read?

I was about 10 when a friend brought in some Barbara Cartland books to school. I was hooked from the first moment! Beautiful heroines and strong heroes and a chaste kiss or two and I was in heaven. Then when I was 11 I read Wuthering Heights and it blew my mind. It was only years later it finally hit me the reason why that book left such an impression. It had paranormal elements! But not the HEA I craved, that’s for sure!

 

Can you tell the readers a little bit about Bloodlust denied?

I’d love to! The idea for Bloodlust Denied first came to me about four years ago when I read a submissions call from Ellora’s Cave for stories connected to music. I instantly had this vision of a dark haired seductress dancing to the haunting strains of a single violin in a London back alley. I’d wanted to write a Regency romance for ages, and the two ideas melded when the hero entered the scene. However, he was no ordinary duke. He turned out to be a two thousand year old vampire who had long ago forsaken his honor and conscience. As it turned out I never did submit to EC four years ago as I missed the deadline due to other commitments, but the story always remained in the back of my mind. Eventually I revisited it last year, gave it a good edit and it was picked up by Ellora’s Cave J

 

 

I read Bloodlust Denied, and let me put it out there for everyone, that is one STEAMY read! How do family and friends respond to the erotic side of your books?

Very well, actually. When I first started writing (non-erotic romance) an acquaintance did make a dig about me writing “bodice rippers”. But on the whole everyone has been very accepting. I was especially thrilled when my mother-in-law wrote to tell me how much she enjoyed my Roman/Druid romances!

My two daughters have been very supportive of my writing, but as far as I know they haven’t read any of my books. Because I’m their mother and I guess I shouldn’t know about sex and stuff like that J

My husband is also very supportive and has even read a couple of my books, but I’m sure he wonders where exactly I get my ideas from. Heh heh!

 

Bloodlust Denied takes place in 1815.  If you brought Alexius out to play, what do you think he would think about the world today? How would he fit in?

Alexius has been a vampire for two thousand years and during that time has seen huge changes in the world around him. Throughout it all he’s not only survived but flourished and I know he’d soon adapt to the modern world. In fact I think he’d relish all our mod cons! I can see him being a very successful tycoon!

 

Tell us about some of your other works. Do you have a favorite?

I do have a very soft spot for my Roman/Druid romances. These books are set during the first century when the Romans invaded Britain, but each book is a stand alone. I love exploring the forbidden love between my sexy warriors and their magical Druid heroines, as well as the powerful gods and goddesses who have no intention of fading quietly into the mists of time. The third book set in this world, Betrayed, was recently released by Ellora’s Cave and the fourth one, Tainted, should be out before the end of the year.

 

What is the writing process like for you? Do you have a set time to write or do you get an idea and run to the nearest computer?

I write every day on my books, either new work, revisions, editing or promotional stuff. When a new idea comes to me I’ll scribble down a few notes so I don’t forget, but I don’t start a new story until my current one is done.

 

If you could collaborate with any author who would it be?

Before I was published, quite early on in my writing journey, I did collaborate on a couple of books with another author. It was enjoyable and I learned a lot but I’m not sure I’d ever want to go through the process again.

 

What are you currently working on?

At the moment I’m working on the second book in my Highland Warrior Chronicles. These books have been acquired by Ellora’s Cave and feature gorgeous Scot warriors and their brave Pictish princesses. The books are set in the ninth century during the turbulent time when both Scot and Viking coveted Pictland so there’s plenty of juicy conflict! I have the unedited blurb of Her Savage Scot up on my website if you want a sneak peek

 

 Where can fans go to see what you are up to?

I love to chat to readers and you can find me at the following links on the web:

 Website

Blog 
Facebook  

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Christina, thank you once again for stopping by VRB and letting us grill you! Is there anything you would like to add or say to the readers out there?

It’s been my pleasure! I’d love to offer a giveaway of an e-copy of Bloodlust Denied to one commenter on this post. Just leave a comment or let me know who your fave vampire is (from book, screen or TV. Or real life…)

https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=f0e63202aa&view=att&th=13f1a14bcf132a40&attid=0.2&disp=inline&realattid=f_hhm38lqf2&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P8RFWWd-6odOQhwOdCAIHA4&sadet=1370545643942&sads=jpH9XU7KQt_L1p96m7jZ8eVXeuUAlexius, a vampire, is drawn to Morana the moment he catches her scent.  He is led to a beautiful woman dancing seductively, and he knows he must have her in his bed.  Morana is a vampire hunter luring the vampires with her dance of death. Alexius does not try to take her blood, so she chalks it up to a case of mistaken identity.  

Alexius holds back his bloodlust for Morana, because she is different from all the others.  They have an inexplicable pull to the other, but both keep their feelings guarded.  I loved both characters that both have vulnerabilities they want to keep to themselves.  Alexius’ alpha behavior is a turn on as well is Morana’s defiance.

I was very happy when I read the blurb, as I am a fan of paranormal, erotica, and I love a good regency romance.  Phillips gave me all three, so how could I not be absolutely thrilled!  Although this is more of a novella I felt like I was walking down the dark streets of London, and I was witnessing the way Alexius and Morana were totally consumed with each other.  Phillips gives the reader enough detail to connect with the characters, and when they are together they are combustible!

The only problem I had with the story is that I wasn’t ready to let go, I wanted more! I look forward to reading more books from Christina Phillips very soon!

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From Ellorascave.com

Tired of the thin-blooded aristocrats in 1815 London, Alexius yearns for better sport. He is drawn to a dark-haired seductress who shows no fear and refuses to obey his commands. Entranced by such novelty, he denies his bloodlust and decides to keep her to warm his bed.

 Immortal vampire hunter Morana has never mistaken her prey before, but the dark stranger mesmerizes her, enticing her to forget everything but the dangerous pleasure she finds in his arms.

Neither one can deny the pull of the other, but there is something beyond the lust—a recognition neither can put a name to. The past and present collide and unless they discover the truth behind the lies, Death will triumph once more.

Inside Scoop: Silk makes much softer shackles than iron, but is just as binding as our lovers engage in light BDSM sport with spanking and mild submission in this risqué Regency story.

A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

 

Mercy is a Death Oracle. Being a Death Oracle has its advantages, and disadvantages as well. Not only can Mercy determine the death of others, she also knows the fate that awaits her. She decides to go home to her aunt, and spend her short time with the only family she has left. Hunting for a job, she finds herself thrust into a power struggle between vampires, and the vampires would be at a great advantage having power over a Death Oracle. It seems the peace Mercy was wanting will have to wait.

I liked Mercy’s character. She really marches to the beat of her own drum. Although she is sarcastic, and can at times do little childish things she gets stuff done and takes a lot upon herself.  She isn’t afraid to stand up in the face of adversity, and although time for her is short, instead of enjoying the time she has left, she puts herself out there to do what is right. Adam is a vampire that doesn’t like being a vampire. He has to follow the vampire hierarchy, but hates every second of it. He and Mercy have no choice but to forge a shaky partnership. The two are total opposites in every way, but I found myself wanting something more between the two.

I found that I really liked the premise of the book. The whole idea of a Death Oracle was really intriguing to me. The novel had plenty of action and exciting twists that constantly had the reader wondering who the victims were and who were the villains. There were parts of the book that moved slowly for me, but this does tend to happen sometimes in books that are the first of the series.  There were a lot of characters to meet, because of this I felt like I had information overload.

The book’s title and cover led me to think that the read would have elements of erotica. No erotica here!  This novel would be appropriate for the older young adult. I would rate it for around age 17 and up because there is language and violence.

Plaisance has given readers a good beginning to the Bound by Blood Series. I was hoping for a little more romance, but at the same time I love the suspense of what is coming in Mercy and Adam’s future, because it is quite apparent these two are not over by a long shot.  I will be looking forward to the next book!

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From Amazon.com

For Mercy Cross, being a fated death oracle has its perks. Knowing when and how someone will bite the dust and being able to prevent it is always a rush. Not being able to save herself from her own grisly end is a bit of a downer, but hey, look for that silver lining where you can, right?

Mercy’s glass-is-half-full view of life is challenged when her attempts to save a mysterious red headed hunter backfires and she becomes temporarily blood bound to a New Orleans vampire. Embroiled in a political power struggle among the city’s vampire contingent and hunted down by the very woman she saved, Mercy is left to wonder if surviving this nightmare is worth the agony of living through it.

Please help us celebrate the release of Unveiled, the second book in Lauren Grimley’s Alex Crocker Seer series! Lauren has given us a sneak peak at Unveiled and we are sure you will enjoy it as much as we did. Check out VRB’s review to see what we loved about Unveiled.

 

Unveiled coverTitle: Unveiled

Series order: Book 2 of the Alex Crocker Seer series

Genres/tags: urban fantasy, paranormal romance, vampire series

Available formats: ebook (5/22) and paperback (later this summer)

Publisher: Malachite Quills Publishing

Release date: May 22, 2013 (ebook release)

Website page: http://www.laurengrimley.com/Unveiled__book_2.html

Trailer link: http://youtu.be/hfz5KLrVC9k

Teaser:

With strength comes vulnerabilities.  With love comes loss.  With power comes pain.  The world Alex now belongs to hinges on such balance.  Her every step seems to be lurching her precariously closer to one wrong side or another.

Alex had known her life as a Seer wouldn’t be easy. She knew her gift would be difficult to control and constantly sensing others’ emotions would be overwhelming. She even knew she’d be hunted for the power it would provide whichever coven of vampires controlled her. What she didn’t foresee were the difficulties she’d have with the parts of her life she ought to be able to control: her decisions, her actions, and her relationships.

It isn’t until she’s botched every facet of her new life that the opportunity arises to make things right. Rocky’s lover has been abducted, and Alex’s gift is the best shot at bringing her home alive. But even that will require tipping the scales in a direction no one but Alex can understand.

This sequel to Unforeseen is a darker tale of the battles Alex continues to fight against her enemies, her gift, and even herself. This time victory might cost her sanity, her lover, or her life.

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EXCERPT

Excerpt from chapter 2 of Unveiled, by Lauren Grimley

 

Sage had cleaned up after coming home from patrols. It hadn’t taken long. It was a quiet night on the job. Eerily quiet. The weeks following the late-July battle with the Vengatti had been brutal. Despite the uneven numbers that night, the disciplined, well-trained Rectinatti warriors had caused as many injuries to the Vengatti as they had sustained themselves. The Vengatti’s need for essence to recover and blood for revenge meant there were attacks nearly every night. The coven had been warned to be on alert, so luckily all of the attacks on vampires had been thwarted or were minor. But the unsuspecting human population had paid dearly. Two humans were outright murdered and nearly drained of all blood. Five others were left with various degrees of injuries. Sage had had to seek out three of these to modify their memories of the event, because they had recovered enough to tell the thankfully unbelieving authorities what they remembered. Taking out the Vengatti’s Knower and Regan, Leonce, was a major victory for the Rectinatti coven. Leaving the dumb bastards with no way of covering their tracks, however, meant that Sage, the only living Knower left on the East coast, was going to be busy.

Only, for the last two weeks there had been nothing. No attacks that could be traced to them. No disappearances. Not even the usual run-ins between members of the two covens in the more congested downtown areas. It was as if with the first sign of fall foliage they had decided to turn over a new leaf. Except Sage and the other warriors knew any new leaf the Vengatti turned over would be as poisonous and deadly as the last. But until they knew more, all they could do was wait and watch.

As he stood at the door to the basement, watching the others in the kitchen prepare for dinner, it occurred to him he had taken the same strategy with Alex. Like the Vengatti, Alex had come back from the battle fighting hard. Only Alex’s campaign was waged internally. Sage heard the difficulty she was having. Despite the forced smiles, she was suffering. They all knew it. Markus had cornered him nearly every night to check on her. It was unfair to Alex to divulge what she worked so hard to disguise, but Sage knew what she needed more than privacy was support. If he was going to tell anybody, Markus had to be the one. Sage expected her to fall apart any day, and Markus would have to be the one to help put her back together.

The last week, though, there had been a change. At first Sage thought she had turned a corner. Her thoughts were clearer. She was having an easier time focusing when she was with them all. Although she occasionally still glared across the dinner table at Darian, Sage was pretty certain it was more out of spite than actual discomfort. She was even back to touching Markus more, something that absolutely elated him. In fact, she spent every night seated on his left side holding his hand under the table through most of the meal. Sage felt the displays of affection were a little much, but figured she’d snap out of it soon. She had gone over a month with hardly any physical contact; he supposed she deserved a little leeway.

There was also a change to her thought patterns. Alex released her hold of Markus whenever she was focused on a conversation. The minute there was a lull she latched on. Sensing Markus so strongly, her own thoughts and feelings became muddled. It was hard for Sage to clearly hear her. She wasn’t controlling her sense yet, so he couldn’t understand why she would welcome such an intense distraction. Unless there was some thought from which she wanted to be distracted. Or some thought from which she wanted Sage to be distracted. That suspicion, coupled with the final change he noticed, had him on alert.

As he watched from across the foyer, Alex helped Sarah put the last of the dishes on the table. She sat next to Markus content to keep her hands in her own lap. Sage couldn’t help the surge of concern and suspicion that alerted her to his presence. Looking up to find him crossing the foyer, she grasped Markus’s hand. She turned away before she could see his scowl, but she sensed his frustration. That was a thought she couldn’t help but think, even with Markus’s emotions in the way.

First Rocky, now Alex. What the hell are you up to, twerp?

 

Purchase links:

Unveiled, book 2:

Amazon ebook

 

Unforeseen, book 1:

Amazon ebook:

Amazon paperback:

Barnes & Noble

  

“Unknown” a short story from the series

 

 

Author Information:

Author website: http://www.laurengrimley.com

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Bio:

Lauren Grimley lives in central Massachusetts where she grew up, but her heart is on the beaches of Cape Cod where she spends as much of her time as possible. After graduating from Boston University she became a middle school English teacher. She now balances writing, reading, and correcting, all with a cat on her lap and a glass of red wine close by.

 

Unforeseen, the first novel in the Alex Crocker Seer series, was Lauren’s debut novel, and she’s thrilled to be continuing the series with Unveiled. To learn more about her or her writing or to connect with her online visit her website at www.laurengrimley.com

 

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