Blood Shackles (Rebel Vampires Volume 2)
by Rosemary A. Johns
GENRE: Urban Fantasy Paranormal Romance
WELCOME TO THE BLOOD CLUB Light is a Rocker Blood Lifer with a talent for remembering things. He’s meant to be the predator. It’s been that way since Victorian times. But not now. Not since someone hunted him. Enslaved him. Ripped out his fangs. Who are these ruthless humans? Who’s their violent leader? And who betrayed the secret of the Blood Lifer world?
WHERE THE PREDATORS
London, Primrose Hill. Grayse is the commanding but alluring slaver’s daughter. The enemy. She buys Light, like he’s a pair of designer shoes. So why does Light feel so drawn to her? Especially when his family is still in chains. Will he risk everything – even his new love – to save them?
BECOME THE PREY
Does a chilling conspiracy lie behind it all? A stunning revelation leads Light to an inconceivable truth. If he can face his worst terrors, he can save his family and his whole species from slavery.
Maybe he can even save himself.
The third book in the series, BLOOD RENEGADES, will be out Spring 2017
‘Yeah, it is rather parky, darlin’.’
You gaped at me, as if you’d been expecting me to speak some strange Blood Lifer tongue and not the Queen’s English. Like you hadn’t assumed I’d sound…human. Then you gathered yourself together. ‘Here,’ you led the way to a sheltered trio of arches. ‘Better?’
‘Almost like I wasn’t starkers.’
You gave a tight smile.
I leant against a column, as I had a gander back at the silhouette of the great house, its steep terrace, the wood encircling it beyond and the drive sweeping down to it, between the dark sentinels of oaks.
In some screwed up world, this was the worst Jane Austen scene ever.
Well, maybe not ever…
You were giving me these quick, surreptitious looks. ‘This is, like, fried.’
I shrugged. After the year I’d had, this new twist to my existence had some dead stiff competition in the fried department.
You edged closer. ‘You don’t have to look so scared; I’m not gonna scoop ya.’
I raised my eyebrow. ‘Good to know.’
That flummoxed you.
You ran your fingers nervously through your ash blonde hair, which hung in a bob to your shoulders. I had the sudden thought of how soft it’d feel on my lips…and then wanted to scrub my brains out.
I haven’t long been alone - utterly, truly alone - since my first death. Since I lost the only person, who mattered to me in this brutish world, I feel too easily.
Us Blood Lifers do that; every emotion is amplified.
‘I didn’t want…one of those broken things. Though you’ve gotta be soft making trouble for daddy. He’s the one, who’s insisting I buy one of you. He’s eager for me to learn about the business now I’m back. It’s not like I want…’ Embarrassed, you looked away.
‘Don’t worry, I wouldn’t want me either.’
‘Naw, it’s just…I’ve never even looked after a dog before.’
‘Lucky I’m not a mutt then.’
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
ROSEMARY A JOHNS is a traditionally published author of short stories under the name R. A. Johns. She is the author of Blood Dragons the compelling first instalment of the Rebel Vampires series.
Rosemary A Johns wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of ten, when she discovered the weird worlds inside her head were more exciting than double swimming. Since then she’s studied history at Oxford University, run a theatre company (her critically acclaimed plays have been described as "uncomfortable, unsettling and uneasily true to life"), and worked with disability charities.
When Rosemary’s not falling in love with the rebels fighting their way onto the page, she heads the Oxford writing group Dreaming Spires
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INTERVIEW with Rosemary A Johns
Do you have any tattoos? Where? When did you get it/them? Where are they on your body?
No tattoos – but one of my short stories is about tattoos: Tattoo My Name over Your Heart. I’m a traditionally published short story writer as well. My last book – Blood Dragons – was my debut novel.
Click here: http://viewbook.at/BloodDragons
I performed the story at a reading once – it received just the reaction I’d hoped for. Freaked out in a… I get that way. Particularly from the women. Dark love. Or true, adult love – sometimes obsessive and unrequited. Painful. That I’ve been punched in the gut feeling? Can’t sleep. Eat. Feel like renting the world? But you’re alone in it. Because the world keeps on turning despite you.
That’s Blood lifer love. The love at the heart of my new fantasy series Rebel Vampires. In the first book Blood Dragons, Light is caught between his century old love for a savage Elizabethan Blood Lifer and his forbidden human lover.
My Blood Lifers have their emotions amplified when they evolve past humanity. Death drives desire. So love to them? I’ll let Light explain it:
‘Obsession surges through me, just as passion does. It’s no different to how I experienced it in my First Life, only it’s brighter. The emotion worms through us, off-kilter and on a grander scale, like a dream half-remembered when you wake up with a morning glory and a head full of crazy. It’s still there, deep inside.’
Blood Dragons (Rebel Vampires Volume 1)
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Is your life anything like it was two years ago?
It’s not like it was two months ago… Blood Dragons - my debut novel - was only released in August. Beaches, cocktails and sunbathing? Try a summer of books, computers and launches. Still, you don’t need to ask me which option I’d rather have. You do? OK – books, computers and launches win out every time!
Blood Dragons is out now (e-book and paperback). Click here: http://viewbook.at/BloodDragons
How long have you been writing?
Well, I created my first book (including blurb and barcode) when I was four. I wrote my first full length novel when I was eight. The first fantasy novel when I was ten. Let’s just say I was keen.
But professionally? When I was fourteen. My first short story was published by a magazine, who didn’t know I was a kid. Those were the days before the mighty search engine, where we could safely pretend to be someone else. See, rebel here? I didn’t really look back after that.
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
Shall we skip the predictable stuff you’ve heard a thousand (million?) times before…like ‘read’?
So how about this:
- Accept it’s tough.
- Know what makes you unique.
- Discover your voice – don’t mimic.
- Except do mimic everyone around you for dialogue. I was a playwright. And we as a breed love to listen to how people talk. Every time I hear a new accent I’m analyzing it: where do the pronouns go? What’s the grammar like? What’s the slang and rhythm? I love distinctive dialogue.
And what I love even more? A distinctive voice in a writer. I don’t want to be reading just anyone – I want to be reading you.
That’s one thing readers say about me – Rosemary A Johns sounds ‘unique’. I’d rather be an individual than one of the herd.
That’s something to aim for.
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
Blood Dragons – the first book in the new Rebel Vampires series – is about love.
The fantasy series Rebel Vampires is set in the supernatural world of Blood Life, where vampires are both predator and prey. I love vampires. But I wanted to write a vampire book for adults. Where they were not simply the hunters but also the hunted. Vampires, rebels and romance in a hidden paranormal London.
When I was writing Blood Shackles I knew it was going to be about family. It’s Taken. But with vampires.
Light is on a redemptive journey. He’s enslaved. And yes – there’s love in Blood Shackles too. But there’s also something Light’s not experienced for 150 years – love of a family. And he experiences it in the most unlikely of places. It’s ultimately a book about hope. How love of family – and the drive to save them – can set you free.
Blood Shackles is available now at the promotional price of $0.99. Click here: http://viewbook.at/BloodShackles
Want to read Blood Dragons first? It’s out now. Click here: http://viewbook.at/BloodDragons
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