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Cover Reveal: Red Night – R.K. Close

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RED NIGHT by RK Close
The Vampire Files Trilogy, #1
Paranormal Romance
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Designs

Mystery Thriller Blurb

For five hundred years I have feasted on the blood of the innocent.
For centuries I have seduced beautiful victims into my bed.
And all this time, I have never gone without…

I am Zachariah…

While enduring endless days as an immortal, only one urge soothes my savage need.

Blood.

I have consumed countless humans—I have witnessed mountains of corpses piled beneath my feet. But none more significant than the woman I once loved.

My heart was not the only one she captured, but it would be the last…

An inferior creature turned her heart against me—Adam. Such a pathetic identity to be named after the original creation of God, and always besting me in life. But in death—I am king.

I am far more treacherous.
I should be feared.
I demand to be remembered.

And I am, for being known as the immortal who slayed the woman we both loved, and my rampage continues…

Now in the scorching desert, I find prey well worth the chase…

Samantha.

And my interest in this mortal runs deep. Adam has pursued me over the globe in search of revenge—but his own weaknesses have made him vulnerable. He’s taken to the striking mortal, which means only one thing.

She will be my next target.

But this time, not for the taste of blood. I will take her as my own mate, and neither Adam, or anyone else, will stop me…

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Hello! I’m R.K. Close, author of the ‘Vampire Files Trilogy’. ‘Red Night’ is the first book in the series. I write paranormal-romance & urban-fantasy with a hint of darkness and a dash of humor. Creating characters that my readers will fear, fall in love with, despise or cheer for, is what I love most about writing.

Ann Rice gets all the credit for my vampire addiction which started in my early twenties. Like so many others, I fell in love with her vampires first.

Originally from Kentucky, I’ve lived most of my life in Arizona where I met and married my true love. We were late to the game so we knocked out three ankle-biters in quick succession. We often joke that parenthood saved us from ourselves. Now we need to be saved from parenthood. *just kidding* We love our darling spawn.

When I’m not writing, I’m taking care of a busy family, dragging my butt to CrossFit, thinking about my stories or spending time with family and friends. My dream is to sell enough books to hire someone to clean our house and cook our meals. Okay, maybe that’s my family’s dream. I tend to get a little obsessed when I write.
Truthfully, I would love the opportunity to pull you into my world of strong independent females, mysterious vampires, noble hunters, hungry werewolves and seductive yet deadly fae. If you like paranormal-romance in a modern-urban setting with plenty of romantic tension, mystery and suspense, then my novels were written for you.

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5* Review: Bloodpledge – Tima Maria Lacoba

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Bloodpledge continues Alec and Laura’s story from Bloodgifted. Having undergone the Ritual and induction into the vampire community, Laura— the prophesised Child of Light and Darkness and last of the Ingenii—takes her place as Alec’s consort and First Lady of the Brethren. But resentment and anger grow at Alec’s privileged position as daywalker.
Among a powerful few, alliances are made and conspiracies formed, threatening a war that could destroy them all and endanger every human on Earth—creatures who would do anything to prevent the curse from ending. Now Alec and Laura must invoke the Pledge, an ancient ceremony that enforces Brethren loyalty to the Principate.
When Laura’s ex-boyfriend, Detective Inspector Matt Sommers, turns up with a threat that could expose Alec, the battle for their world and their lives begins

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My Review 2I read ‘Bloodpledge ‘in a couple of days. My first thoughts are exciting, enthralling and nail biting. I love the originality of the story, which continues chronologically from ‘Bloodgifted.’
Laura’s independence and courage develop despite her human fears, as she moves closer to her destiny. Alec is the vampire with a conscience who is determined to fight against needless killing of humanity but willing to kill without mercy anyone who threatens Laura or the ‘Brethren’ community under his care.
Bloodpledge explores the bond between Marcus and his men in greater detail and lends an interesting historical perspective to this fast paced urban gothic tale. Aside from the civil unrest within the ‘Brethren’ the clash of paranormal and human worlds also causes problems for Laura and her family.
The Australian setting is unusual and captivating. An enticing blend of action and historical detail, layered with paranormal legend and passionate romance. The first person style of writing from Alec and Laura’s point of view gives the reader an immediate insight into their feelings and builds empathy.
The puzzle of the witch’s curse is an overriding theme of the story. Bloodpledge reveals more pieces but the mystery remains. I look forward to the next chapter of the Dantonville Legacy.

 

 

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Author Interview: Tima Maria Lacoba

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I’m excited to have  Gothic romance writer Tima Maria Lacoba with me on my blog today. Tima is the author of ‘ The Dantonville Legacy’ books.

Bloodpledge is her latest release from the series.

Bloodpledge final cover

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Bloodpledge continues Alec and Laura’s story from Bloodgifted. Having undergone the Ritual and induction into the vampire community, Laura— the prophesised Child of Light and Darkness and last of the Ingenii—takes her place as Alec’s consort and First Lady of the Brethren. But resentment and anger grow at Alec’s privileged position as daywalker.
Among a powerful few, alliances are made and conspiracies formed, threatening a war that could destroy them all and endanger every human on Earth—creatures who would do anything to prevent the curse from ending. Now Alec and Laura must invoke the Pledge, an ancient ceremony that enforces Brethren loyalty to the Principate.
When Laura’s ex-boyfriend, Detective Inspector Matt Sommers, turns up with a threat that could expose Alec, the battle for their world and their lives begins.

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 Lovely to have you on my blog today Tima.

 Great to be here Jane.

What inspired you to write the Dantonville Legacy stories?

It came to me almost in a flash! I was doing research for my MPhil in Romano-British archaeology on the military forts along Hadrian’s Wall when I came across something unusual. One of those Roman forts—Vindobala—had been unexplainably abandoned in the mid 2nd century. So, of course, being the imaginative girl that I am, I came up with my own explanation!

I’ve read lots of paranormal romance but ‘Bloodgifted’, the first in the Dantonville Legacy series is different. How difficult was it to create an original series in such a popular genre?

Honestly, I didn’t even think about it. It simply came to me as I stared at the ruins of Vindobala (Rudchester). And just earlier that day, someone had said to me that I looked young for my age, let alone for an archaeologist! Jokingly I replied, “Vampire blood!” Bloodgifted was born that day.

Do you have a ‘tried and tested’ writing process? Can you share it with us?

Yes, it’s called, If-my-writers-group-hate-it-try-again! Lol! I do lots of drafts and edit as I write, and share my latest scribblings each week with my group. They’re brilliant. Whatever I miss grammatically, plot wise, character development … they pick up and correct.

You’ve released three books now including Laura’s Locket, a Dantonville Chronicle. Can you tell us about your latest release ‘Bloodpledge’? What’s next?

Book #2, Bloodpledge, naturally continues Alec and Laura’s story, but unlike the slightly tongue-in-cheek, Bloodgifted, this book contains darker elements as my heroine Laura grapples with her inheritance, and learns that Alec won’t always be able to come to her rescue. She has to do some kick-butting herself. And I’ve introduced a new, and complex villain. He was fun to write!

Why is writing important in your life?

Unless I want my head to explode, those stories have to come out some way! To me, writing is as necessary as breathing. I’m sure you know the feeling.

How important do you think social media is to a book’s success?

These days, social media is everything. How else does a writer get word of their book out into the world? Unfortunately, it can also suck so much of your writing time. I restrict myself to four social media sites—Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus. I have an author page where I post anything and everything about The Dantonville Legacy Series—promotions, giveaways, how my book’s ranking on Amazon (or not, depending on the day!), and general Dantonville gossip.
My Facebook personal page is only close friends and family, so I rarely accept Friend Requests from people I don’t personally know. That’s my social page, where I chat away, post pics and share interesting posts.
Twitter is my promotional tool. That’s where I post my book promos, because that’s where 90% of my sales come from. Saying that, I do interact with my followers, reply to comments and retweet a lot.

Do you enjoy social media or would you rather be writing than networking?

As much as I enjoy social media (I’m forever chatting away and catching up with friends on facebook), it takes away from writing time. I try to keep a balance. But if it came to choice, of course I’d rather be writing.

Are you an avid reader? If so what sort of books do you like to read?

Oh my yes! I love reading and often lament the fact I don’t have the time to indulge that passion. My reading taste is quite eclectic. In fact anything which interests me at the time – historical novels, contemporary romance, gothic (of course!), paranormal, urban fantasy … the list goes on.

Do you want to concentrate on writing ‘gothic romance’ or would you like to write in another genre? If so what?

Although I prefer contemporary gothic romance, my series will expand to include historical as well. Since the story actually begins in mid 2nd century Roman-Britain, one of the books will be set entirely in that period. Can’t wait! *rubbing my hands in glee*

What made you decide to self-publish?

I believe it was the control factor. There are few publishers who offer a publishing contract without asking for changes, and these are not always for the best. I have writer-friends who’ve been asked to change entire plots, the sex of their characters, and accept covers which have nothing to do with the story within.

What do you see as the advantages of self- publishing?

With self-publishing I have control over my creation, and although I have to pay for my own editor and cover designer, I know exactly where my money is going. Likewise, the royalties I earn are all mine. That way I can see how much I’ve invested in my work, and how much I’m gaining back in return. I can check my daily sales on Amazon and Smashwords and know exactly how much I’ve earned that day. That’s a good thing.

Are there any disadvantages?

As with everything, there are pros and cons. Self-publishing takes a lot of work—you are your own publisher, promoter and marketer. It’s a business and you have to approach it as such. For me, it’s been a steep learning curve, but worth it. It’s rewarding to know that the book you wrote and produced is liked by readers, and they’re asking for more. And what’s even better, is that I can do it all myself. For a control freak like me, that’s priceless!

Thanks for chatting with me today Tima.  Lots of success with the Dantonville Legacy. I eagerly await the next in the series.

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If you haven’t read any of Tima’s books yet here’s a little about the first in the series Bloodgifted.

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Being unable to age is only the beginning.

Laura Dantonville is shocked to learn her strange genetic mutation, is linked to a dark family secret—a centuries-old curse that turned her Roman ancestor into a vampire. Now that she has come of age, she is the key to breaking that curse. But she’s also the prey of rogue vampires who inhabit the city’s frightening and violent underworld, as her blood gives them the ability to daywalk. For her protection she’s assigned a guardian—the handsome, sexy and dangerous Alec Munro.
And he wants nothing to do with her. If not for her family, Alec Munro would never have been transformed into a vampire. He owes them nothing, yet he also knows his own fated role in breaking the curse, and the unthinkable consequences should he not accept.
To the Brethren, the ending of the curse spells disaster. Among a powerful few malice grows . . .

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Here’s the link to my 5* review of Bloodpledge

 

 

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4*Review : Her Final Sleep – Joe DiCicco

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The hard rock band Her Final Sleep are not only beautiful, they are incredibly talented. They have the small town of Pine Lake completely enamored, but some say they hide something evil in their old house just outside of town. Kyle Van Velt and his friends are about to have a run in with Her Final Sleep, with disastrous consequences.

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My Review Her Final SleepHer Final Sleep’ is classic, nail biting, jump out of your skin horror but this story has so much more to draw you in even if you are not a horror story reader.
The setting is a sleepy, town where there is little opportunity. Everyday life revolves around the local factories and the local bars. Not surprisingly the appearance of an all girl band attracts all the men in the neighbourhood and not just because they are stunningly attractive, they are also awesome musicians.
The characters are plentiful and all cleverly crafted. The reader knows everything important about them and so cares what happens to them. The story centres on a group of musicians made up of local workers who long to make it in the music world and respect the musical talent of Her Final Sleep.
Overshadowed by missing persons and unsolved murders the town’s occupants become fearful and wary. The story’s twists are many and the ending is surprising. Full of dramatic irony the characters walk into life threatening situations and the reader hold’s their breath because they appreciate the danger that lies ahead.
Not for the squeamish, the horror is bloody but not gratuitously graphic. If you like suspense and vivid horror stories this one if for you.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Her Final Sleep by Joe DiCicco

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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5* Review Bloodgifted – Tina Maria Lacoba

 

Bloodgifted was my Friday read and I really enjoyed my first encounter with The Dantonville Legacy. I eagerly await the second book in the series. Here’s what the first book is about:

What’s a girl to do when she learns she’s descended from a vampire? Being unable to age is only the beginning…
Laura Dantonville is a Primary school teacher with one wish—to marry her boyfriend, Detective Matt Sommers. When her aunt Judy reveals a frightening family secret that explains her rare genetic mutation, it threatens to propel her into a dark underworld where her true family waits.
Laura’s future with Matt hangs in the balance.
Alec Munro never wanted to become guardian to a Dantonville regardless that her blood is coveted by his vampire-kind. But his sire, Lucien Lebrettan, gave him no choice. Now he’s faced with not only protecting the girl, but fathering a child with her in order to end his servitude—and a centuries-old curse.
… which some among his kind will do anything to prevent.

 

Bloodgifted (The Dantonville Legacy, #1)My Review

Laura Dantonville is an exceptional woman about to turn fifty she looks and behaves like a woman half her age. At her birthday party she discovers her true self and the secret of her youthfulness. Revelations abound and by the end of the day everything she believed to be true is in fact an elaborate facade to protect her.

Alec is the vampire destined to protect Laura in exchange for the gift she bestows upon him. He has protected her mother for the last fifty years so why should this be different?

Bloodgifted is written in the 1st person from Laura and Alec’s point of views. This subjective style allows the reader to be a fly on the wall and experience Laura’s confusion and devastation when she discovers her true self. Alec is sexy and alpha but glimpsing his innermost thoughts reveals his kindness and unexpected attraction to Laura.

The plot is twisty and every conclusion throws up another question ensuring you keep turning the pages. I loved the apparent ordinariness of the heroine and the existence of a paranormal world operating in secret in mainstream human society.

Bloodgifted shares many qualities of the L. J Smith young adult series Nightworld which I loved. An enthralling mix of history, mystery, paranormal, romance and suspense I can’t wait to read the next chapter in the story.

 

Bloodgifted by Tima Maria Lacoba

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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Friday Read:Bloodgifted Tima Maria Lacoba

My Friday read is Bloodgifted the debut novel from Tima Maria Lacoba look out for my review here next week. Here’s what its about:

 Descended from a cursed Roman soldier, primary school teacher, Laura Dantonville carries a rare genetic mutation that makes her a coveted prize to the secret community of vampires who reside in beautiful harbour city of Sydney. Her unique blood not only enables them to daywalk, but is also the key to ending a centuries-old curse. As such she becomes the epicentre of a power struggle between two rival vampire factions who want to claim her.
The oldest and most powerful of these is led by Alec Munro, whose position as leader, or Princeps, gives him sole claim to Laura.
Has she any other choice but to accept her destiny?

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