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Author Shane North arrives on the Publishing scene today with his first book in an awesome upcoming series called The Angelis Vampire Series. Shannon, Book 1 and a sizzling hot Release party on Facebook. (Click here to join.)

I sat down with Shane the other day and asked him a few questions about his new career as a writer and his first book, Shannon. We’ve got a wonderful new voice in the realm of vampire fiction here. Be sure to pick up Shannon by Shane North soon!

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What is your book about and what genre are you writing in?

I love anything paranormal and if you add romance, the possibilities are endless. Nothing loves the way an immortal does. They have beauty, and passion that could move a mountain to get to their mate.

Shannon is about a young woman who lives a wonderful normal life in South Beach, except for her nightmares. They started when she was young and have haunted her nights every since. In her nightmares she leads the battle between good and evil. Her warriors are vampires and werewolves. Beside her is the love of her life. A sandy haired man who she met when the nightmares started. As she grew older, she knew her love for Simon was real and some day she would meet him.

She was adopted and never knew her real family. Everything changes quickly when her step parents are brutally murdered. She finds out her best friend, Caitlyn, is a werewolf and Caitlyns dad, which she looked at as a father figure in her life, is the alpha of the pack. The turmoil continues to escalate for her when her uncle Damon comes into her life. He holds the key to her past and her future. Damon is the vampire lord of Europe, and he comes from another time dimension named Angelis. A medieval place controlled by the Royals. A race of true vampires with power and magic this world has never seen.

In the first book of the series Shannon grows and learns to cope with her new life. She learns  who she is and what the Fates have planned for her. She meets her mate and tries to understand the rules the immortal race lives by. The essence of her true parents becomes a part of her when she touches their picture and she finally feels a parent’s love. Her saving grace in all of this is the fact that she worked for Navy Intel during her military life and she was very good at killing her targets.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always loved to write, but I never took the time to do so until I retired. My oldest granddaughter and I have always had a close bond. We have spent hours talking about her challenges as she matured and I have always tried to help her understand the world. That being said, Damon and Shanon’s relationship is similar. Shannon struggles to grow and figure out her life. Damon is always a step ahead and tries to lead her in the right direction to discover her true life.

What would you say makes your vampires unique to the paranormal genre?

My vampires have powers that come from their heritage as true Royal vampires. They move about in daylight and slip time to travel. I try to make them believable as a family unit. Whenever Shannon tries to get away with something, Damon always knows. They have werewolves as family members, and fight side by side. And then there’s Shamn Neeb. The powerful Shaman that has been with Damon’s family for centuries. A counter balance between good and evil.

What do you like about your main vampire character?

 I love Shannon because of her fight to get it right. She’s the strongest and most powerful immortal to ever exist, but she hasn’t learnt everything. She sees life as right or wrong. She looks at Damon as just a man and loves his human side. Her other uncle, Keegan, who is Caitlyn dad, is still a father figure. It doesn’t matter that he’s the alpha for several thousand werewolves. He’s still Keegan, and they have hot chocolate together and laugh about life.

Is there one particular thing your vampires can do or vampire myth that you enjoyed creating for this series?

I really enjoyed the Angelis side of the story. A medieval dimension, the Royals. Who are they and where did they come from? And what is Shaman Neebs story?

Read an EXCERPT from SHANNON

PROLOGUE

As my eyes closed and I took my last breath, I heard footsteps approaching…

I am Conner O’Callaghan, the oldest alpha werewolf and a direct descendant of the original Irish pack.  I was born in the County Offaly, along the River Shannon, in the year 1663.  This was when the alpha leader, Aedan MacConin bit me and I turned into a werewolf.

I am an immortal.

Callidora was my loving vampire mate, an ancient Greek who lived on Crete in 1158 AD.  She came from another time dimension named Angelis, with her vampire brother, Damon.  They were forced to leave their homeland by their power-hungry uncle, Kyran.  The warlock, Shaman Neeb, slid time and transported them to our time dimension.  He saved their lives and royal bloodline.  In this dimension, they have the power of gods.  Damon became my best friend in later years, along with Shaman Neeb; Damon was never far from his sister.

Callidora and I broke all the rules by creating a new breed of immortal.  We named our daughter Shannon, after the river I played in when I was a boy in Ireland.  She was the impossible miracle that came from our love.  A werewolf and vampire cannot produce a child together, but because Callidora was from another dimension, we were so much more than normal.

Shannon was a beautiful baby, but she did not exhibit any signs or scent of being immortal and could pass for a human in every way.  We knew Shannon was special…signs or not… and that someday she would become the strongest immortal alive.  However, at what age she would change from human to Angelian, we did not know.  We knew it would happen when she needed her powers.

By creating this new species, we knew we would pay with our lives.  The wolves and vampires have always followed the unspoken rule to kill the breeders and offspring, thus ending the cycle of life for those they feared or hated.  The slaughter of my village started at midnight, as the immortals attacked in full force and killed at will.  The slayers that massacred my pack were a mix of vampires and wolves, which would prevent the blame from falling on one race.  Cries of death carried into the night as the bloodbath raged.  The vampires and wolves were fighting together to end Shannon’s life as we all fought back, but we were outnumbered ten to one.

As my last breaths came and I felt my heart beating its last few beats, I knew my life would soon be over.  As I lay dying, I knew Damon felt the cries from Callidora as we fought for our daughter’s life.  As my eyes closed and I took my last breath, I heard footsteps approaching…

This is Shannon’s story… Callidora and I will never leave her side.

CHAPTER 1

The Nightmare

I stood in the corner of my adoptive parents’ bedroom.  I felt very strange as I looked around.  I was wearing my navy camouflage!  On my hips rested my pair of .45s and I held my scoped AR tightly in my hands.  Was I back in Afghanistan?  No, I could feel the cool breeze blowing through the windows of their Florida home as Mike and Mary Murphy slept calmly.  I looked at their clock.  It was close to midnight when Mike woke up suddenly to the sound of heavy footsteps coming up the stairs.  He turned on the light and reached for his glasses as the bedroom door burst open.  There, standing in the doorway, were two large men with glowing red eyes with a deadly look about them.  I screamed as Mike reached for Mary and tried to pull her close; a bullet blasted the back half of her head onto her pillow.  I dropped to my knees as I watched helplessly as a second bullet blew through Mike’s head.  He fell against the headboard of their bed, silently.  Death came quickly and, once again, the night was silent.  I cried at the loss of the only parents I have ever known.

The half-morphed wolves smiled at one another as they shifted back to their human form.  The silver-haired man named Angelo spoke, “She’s not here, Lucas.  I didn’t think killing her would be this easy.  The Assembly will be pissed if they hear she got away from us.”

Lucas, big and mean, was cursing as he looked at the bed.  “We need to locate her quickly.  I’m not sending in a report saying we failed this.  The Assembly will have our heads if we screw this up.”

I followed them in spirit, if not in form, down the stairs as they left the house quickly and jumped into their car.  I could hear the sirens coming.  I was sitting in the back seat of their car as Lucas pulled out a dossier.  “Let’s find out more about this freak.  It says here, she’s about 5’9”, with curly auburn hair and emerald green eyes.”  Angelo snapped, “We already know that.  What else does it say?”  Lucas continued, “She’s supposed to be an expert in martial arts, with a quick temper and an attitude to match.  She spent three years in Navy Intelligence and was one of their best agents.  Her best friend is a little blonde named Caitlyn.”

“This is a bunch of bullshit, Lucas.  Time to call our informant.  We’ll find this freak and kill the bitch, and then we will get a bonus, instead of losing our heads.”

I woke up angry, tears flowing like a waterfall; heartbroken knowing I had just witnessed my adoptive parents’ murder.  But I was in full camo and ready for battle.  Why?

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About the Author

Shane North believes every day is amazing.  The world is truly full of miracles and the things that go bump in the night are beautiful.  Writing paranormal fantasy and paranormal romance is an extension of those thoughts.  His vampires and werewolves are immortal creatures leading an extraordinary life in our world.  They live, love, and breed new races, but add in the Royals.  Pureblood vampires from a different time dimension, a powerful Shaman, and you have a magic more powerful than the immortal world has ever seen.

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coverAuthor CM Doporto begins a New Adult series this summer called University Park. The first of two installments is out now, and CM is working on the second one. She’s on my blog today, so be sure to check out this great new series.

About Opposing Sides (Book 1, University Park Series)

College senior, Lexi Thompson, finds herself in a relationship to be wed to the university’s star baseball pitcher, Collin Norris. Collin’s damn hot, but his lack of spark has Lexi thinking twice before she says ‘I Do’. When she’s forced to tutor bad boy football quarterback, Raven Davenport, she soon discovers all the things she’s missing in her relationship with Collin. Will she succumb to the temptations enticing her, or will Collin be able to convince his sweet, innocent fiancée that his love for her is genuine despite his lack of affection? (This story will be told in two installments)

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To celebrate the release of her new adult contemporary romance, Opposing Sides CM is hosting a giveaway. She will announce the winners on a live chat on Friday, July 18th from 7-8:30 CST. CM will also have more giveaways during the chat and reveal the cover for the second book in the series, The Same Side. Don’t miss it!!

You have three ways to enter for a chance to win a $50.00 gift card from Amazon and 3 ultimate swag packs that include a signed paperback of Opposing Sides.

There are multiple ways to enter:

1) Simply go to her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cmdoportowriter and give the page a like and say SmexyFabFour sent you.

2) Purchase OPPOSING SIDES and email* the confirmation of purchase to smexyfabfour@gmail.com.

3) Review OPPOSING SIDES either on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads and email* smexyfabfour@gmail.com with the link to your review.

That is it and you have three chances to win!! Winners will be announced on July 18 during a chat with the author (8-9 CST) at http://smexyfabfour.com/smexy-chat.html

Contest ends on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 12 midnight CST. Contest is open to US and international residents. Contestants must be at least 18 years of age to enter. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner’s name will be selected. Winning entries will be verified for authenticity. Contest is void where prohibited. *Email smexyfabfour@gmail.com with CM Doporto Contest in the subject.

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I was falling, emotions first, in The Raven’s trap. And I didn’t try to stop myself.

Raven was undoing me piece by piece, knitting me tighter into his trap.

The Raven was shaping and fastening me into a hot mess. His hot mess.

Excerpt from Opposing Sides:

I stepped out of the director’s office and entered the main area. Standing in all his six foot two glory was the star quarterback of our universities’ football team. I had never seen him in person, and I felt like a midget looking up at him.  Even though I didn’t know him personally, I’d heard and read enough about him to know he was a womanizer and had a drug problem.

Another reason why I shouldn’t help him.

“Hi, I’m Lexi Thompson and I’ve been asked to consult with you.” I made it clear that it wasn’t my choice to help him.

“Lexi. Hmm, I like that name.”

Uh, no you don’t.

His full lips spread, revealing the most charming smile, coupled with a deep dimple on the right. Now I knew why every girl fell for him.  But I was smarter than that. “I’m Raven.” He stalled for a moment, his eyes giving me a thorough exam to the point that I bet he knew what color my panties were. “Raven Davenport.” He ran a hand over his short buzz cut, and he looked like the perfect model for an Abercrombie and Fitch ad. Minus his T-shirt.

He was toxic and smelled of sex and drugs. Well, not that I knew what all that smelled like, but his aura beamed bright red warning me to be careful.

“Are you ready to get started? Because we only have an hour.” I held out my hand, motioning to a small table in the corner.

“That’s plenty of time.” He raised his brows.

I rolled my eyes and walked to the table. Taking a seat, I took out the agreement that Dr. Philips prepared. I signed my name, and moved the papers in front of him. “Please sign this.”

Raven leaned over the table. “I was thinking you might want to do this somewhere private.” A seductive grin spread across his lips as he pressed his weight against it, as if testing the durability of the wood.

My jaw dropped. Was he serious? My fiancé didn’t even tease me that way. Although that would’ve been nice. Then again, we hadn’t even made out on a bed much less on a table. I had to restrain myself from slapping him.

“Excuse me, Mr. Davenport?”

He pulled out a chair and sat down. “You can call me Raven.”  I guess by the tone in my voice he knew I meant business.

“Please read the agreement, and let me know if you have any questions. I indicated we would meet twice a week for an hour and more if a mutual agreement can be established.”

“Okay. Sounds fair. Do you have a pen?” He held out his hand. His long fingers curled up in a perfect cup. A hand that was made for a football and caressing various female parts.

Whoa! Where did that come from?

Extending my hand, I gave him my pen. He eased it from my fingertips in a gentle motion. “Thank you, Lexi.”

He signed the paper and handed it back to me.

“Aren’t you going to read it?”

Shaking his head, he said, “No, I trust you.”

“But you don’t even know me.”

“Not yet.” His green eyes sparkled. “But my gut tells me we’re going to get to know each other real well.”

It was obvious why Lisa didn’t want to work with him. I made a mental note to call her the second he left. I sucked in a quick breath and let it out to clear my head. “Whatever.” With haste I removed my Hodge’s Harbrace Handbook and another pen from my backpack. I opened the folder Dr. Philips gave me and took out his papers.

“I reviewed your file and—”

“You and everybody else.” His head lowered and his shoulders sunk.

I continued, unsure of how to handle the comment. “I have an idea of where you need the most help with your writing.”

His head popped up and a layer of relief removed the downward slope of his lips. “You do?”

“Yes. I think we should start with some grammar basics.” I opened the book to the first chapter and moved it between us. I placed one of his papers below the book, prepared to show him examples so he could relate easily to the concepts. “I’ll give you a quick and dirty overview of the parts of speech to start off.”

He moved his chair closer to me, and a fresh sent of juniper and bergamot swept over me. The guy smelled like a cologne insert from one of my magazines, and I tried hard not to breathe it in. But the more I tried not to, the more I loved the smell.

Darn, I wish Collin smelled that good.

He flashed me a grin. “I like it quick and dirty.”

I wanted to slap myself. Could I have used a poorer word choice? “I’m sure you do Raven. I mean, you’re a guy and a football player.”

“True,” a half smile formed, “but not every guy likes to do things quickly or get messy doing them.”

A rush of heat inundated me. I yanked a hair band off my wrist and pulled my hair up in a messy bun. I raised the sleeves on my shirt and braced myself.

I’ll be damned if I let this jerk get to me.

Ignoring his comment, I pressed forward with my instruction. Raven listened intently and nodded his head while asking related questions. When the guy wasn’t being a big flirt, he was actually pleasant to be around.  I felt sorry for him because he had gone through school without learning grammar rules. Then again, most people never make it a point to learn them and base everything on how people talk. No wonder the guy couldn’t write a proper sentence. The weird thing was his verbal skills seemed fine, but his written skills, well, that was another story.

Helping him might not be so bad after all.

After forty minutes of reviewing grammar syntax, he began to lose interest. He shifted his weight and yawned a few times, stretching his arms that nearly wrapped around me. I scooted to the edge of my chair, praying he wouldn’t rest his elbow behind me. Before he lowered his arms, his phone buzzed. His eyes widened with delight as he looked at the screen.

“Excuse me, I need to take this call.”

“Um, no, you can’t.” I pointed to a sign on the wall. “Policy says—,”

“Hey baby, what’s up?” He answered the phone, ignoring me and the rule of no talking on the phone in the writing center.

He rambled about his schedule and practice for a minute or so before shifting gears. I contemplated if I should get up and tell Dr. Phillips. That would mean instant removal from the writing center and I wouldn’t have to help him. Then again it probably wouldn’t matter because the coach had called in a favor. I started to stand but stopped when the lure of his voice made it too hard to resist listening to his conversation. His smitten words rolled off his tongue and he sounded like Eros himself. Warmth rose from my belly, and I turned around to see who else was in the center. Luckily, Sara had already left and Kyler was talking to a student and not paying much attention.

Raven was having phone sex with the girl he was talking to!

Visuals flashed through my mind, and my face burned hearing the words he spoke. I covered my ears but it didn’t help. My heart raced, and my breath quickened. I shifted in my chair, crossing my legs tightly until my feet went numb.

“Yeah, baby, right there.” He winked at me.

I gasped. “I’ll be right back.” I rushed out of the room and headed straight for the bathroom.

Closing the door to the lounge located next to the stalls, I paced the small room as I fanned myself. Being a virgin, I had never come close to experiencing anything so dirty but sensual at the same time. And the worst part, it wasn’t even directed at me! The guy was blessed with sexual creativity. Why the heck didn’t he use some of that imagination and gear that toward his school work?

Sure, I had read those types of sex scenes in romance books, but it was entirely different hearing them firsthand. Well, second hand in this case. But nonetheless, I had just become hyper aware of tingles and sensations caused by an actual human being.

By a guy that was sitting next me.

And the saddest part, it wasn’t Collin.

I sighed as I collapsed onto the cushioned bench. The situation wasn’t good, and every warning light was flashing.

Reason number 3 — don’t lust over something that isn’t yours.

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CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot and several fish. She writes Young Adult and New Adult stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way.

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This past weekend Chelsea Author Promotions started a 3-2-1 Blast Off party on Facebook to get the New Year rolling. It’s still going on through January 9th so you still can participate and hopefully win a prize.

Click the banner to join the Facebook Event!

My day was Jan. 4th Saturday. I met several new authors and readers. It was a great turnout with lots of fun posts and pictures shared. I’d also like to all my fans who participated as well!

The winners of my Party Segment are below and each person won a $5 Amazon gift card. Congrats to Patricia C., Barbara B., and Heather H.

More authors are scheduled to be presented so it’s not too late to join in on the fun. The author schedule for the remaining days is below:

Day 5 (Jan. 6th)

25. Kathryn Loch
26. Samantha Jacobey
27. Holly Barbo
28. C.C. Williams
29. Angela Scott – Whimsy, Writing, & Reading
30. Cari Quinn

Day 6 (Jan. 7th)

31. C.J. Pinard, Author
32. Lena Hart
33. Claudy Conn – Paranormal Romance Author
34. Carmen Caine and Madison Adler
35. Eva LeNoir Author
36. Terri Osburn Author

Day 7 (Jan. 8th)

37. Author Kelli McCracken
38. J.C. Valentine
39. Victoria Pinder also writing as Greta Buckle
40. Author Taryn Plendl
41. Author Valerie Twombly
42. Inge-Lise Goss, Author

Day 8 (Jan. 9th)

43. Ciara Knight
44. Belle Whittington- Author
45. Normandie Alleman
46. Author Angela Rae Harris

And also, Happy New Year everyone! I’m excited about 2014! More of Rayea’s stories are on the way as well as two new series.

I’m relaunching my series on 9/22 with the release of the 1st Anniversary edition of the Vampire from Hell. Join us at https://www.facebook.com/events/1412385912308392/ for the Release Party, hosted by Chelsea Author Promotions. The party starts online at 6 pm (Eastern time) and lasts until 10 pm. At that time, Chelsea will share information about the Grand Prize you can enter to win. I’ll be adding a signed paperback copy of “The Vampire from Hell Revamped (1st Anniversary Edition)” and several of my author friends will be donating swag/paperbacks from their collection of books. They are Alexandra Anthony, Catherine Wolffe, Sharon Hamilton, Trina M. Lee, and Kristen Middleton. (Click their name to view their Amazon Author page.) Special thanks to them all!

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It has been over a year since Part 3 – A Vampire on Vacation was published in July 2012.  Since then I have not released anything related to this series.  That’s a startling, and sobering fact, for me – even for my readers maybe– because for many months last year, I did not know if I’d return to writing this series.  I didn’t know if I’d keep writing at all.

With that being said, I have returned to the keyboard and will be releasing “The Vampire from Hell Returns (Part 4)” next month on Oct. 20th. (Join the Facebook Release Party.)  I’m very excited to continue Rayea’s story, at least for three more installments, and I’m delighted to say that, for bad or worse, I’m past the first obstacle I encountered during my first year of writing.  And I’m not looking back.  It may not always be smooth sailing from now on, but that’s okay because I’ll keep sailing.  I’m hoping many of you will join me for the ride.

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Cover design by Ally Thomas.

Cover design by Ally Thomas.

Currently the Anniversary Edition is going live. You can view it at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon as an ebook and in paperback (coming soon).

At Smashwords, I’m offering the Anniversary edition at .99 through 9/23. Go tohttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/353435 and enter the code NK93D when you check out.

What’s in the Anniversary Edition?

It contains the first 3 installments plus character sketches, story insights, hints about upcoming parts, behind the scenes information, excerpts from new works including the upcoming 4th installment, The Vampire from Hell Returns.

Mortal Bite by Sharon HamiltonI’m very excited to have best-selling author Sharon Hamilton on my blog today. While she writes a hot Navy SEAL series that has gone on to sell in the Amazon Top 100 lists since last summer, today she will be telling us about her Golden Vampires of Tuscany series.
On Valentine’s Day, she released Mortal Bite (with the yummy red cover). I’d like to thank Sharon again for being on my blog!
What is Mortal Bite About?

Golden Vampire Paolo Monteleone begins raising a son he did not know he fathered, after the murder of the boy’s mother. He meets a beautiful human college professor, Carabella Sampson, at a Halloween costume ball. She is an expert on vampire lore, but doesn’t believe in their existence. Paolo dresses up as himself: a vampire.

A dark coven leader has targeted her for elimination, before she can reveal secrets of the Golden Vampire lineage she has obtained from an ancient book. Can there be a happily ever after if either his lover or his young son has to pay the ultimate sacrifice to protect the Golden Vampire race? And will he be able to live with himself if he has to choose between them?

View the YouTube trailer for Mortal Bite – http://youtu.be/9bDgKKLA30s

Continue the article, read the excerpt, and check out Sharon’s giveaway at this link.

 

Redemption (My Vampire Lover Part #2) by Victoria EmbersI asked Victoria Embers, a writing friend of mine to send over an excerpt of her latest book, Redemption (My Vampire Lover Part #2) so I could share it with you today. It’s steamy, hot, and I know you guys will love it.

Read Conquest (My Vampire Lover Part #1) for Free on Amazon. Victoria included the first two chapters of Redemption in the free download as well.

About Conquest (My Vampire Lover Part #1)

Caroline, a werewolf and princess of the Golden realm, has discovered a new love in her vampire captor. She’s willing to risk everything, Conquest (My Vampire Lover #1) by Victoria Emberseven her life, to prove to him she loves him and has forsaken all others including her family and her pack.

About Redemption (My Vampire Lover Part #2)

Before Caroline fell for her vampire lover, she met Raphael, a warrior of the Dark realm under difficult circumstances. Raphael’s father, the dark lord Asmodeus is killing off her family and presents Caroline as a pet to Raphael. Caroline has secrets of her own and wonders if the vampire willing to help her escape an enemy or friend? Realizing he must take action, Raphael works quickly to persuade the werewolf beauty who has claimed his heart to leave with him at once if he has a chance of setting her free. Amazon Buy Link for Redemption.

Giveaway

Victoria is holding a giveaway today on my blog to celebrate Redemption’s release. Comment on the article below, including your email address and tell us what you think of the excerpt included. The person with the 8th comment will receive an ebook of Redemption from Amazon. The giveaway lasts through Friday, March 8th.

Questions

What did you learn while writing Conquest and Redemption?

Because I write in the fantasy genre under another name, I simply wanted to try something new. It wasn’t easy at first. I struggled greatly with trying to figure out what I wanted to write about and if I really could write romance.

Releasing the short story, Conquest was a smart idea and a totally bad idea. It got my name out there, but it also anger people greatly that they didn’t have more to read. The story was only 2,500 words. Don’t ask me what I was thinking. Since releasing it in November 2012, it’s been downloaded as a free ebook some 60,000 times so I know people are looking at it. I added the first two chapters from Redemption to the short a few weeks ago and that seem to have helped the negative complaints.

I’m anxious to see what interest Redemption generates and see if readers like my version of paranormal romance. I watched so many of my favorite romance files, read love poetry, and tried my best to really think about the concept of ‘true love’ and not letting an opportunity for love pass you by. That was my focus. It was great fun and I hope to be writing another novella in the series for a May release. We’ll see how it all goes.

What is the theme of the overall series, My Vampire Lover?

I love the romance novels where the lovers want to be together, but can’t. I like the idea of Caroline and Raphael wanting to be together, but because they come from different worlds it is a big struggle for them.

What inspires you to write?

Actually I’m new to all of this. A friend suggested I sit down and write the story I have been telling her and that’s what I’m doing. It’s a new adventure for me and I’m very excited about doing something creative. Simply, I like to think of this series as a love story I’m writing. Once I complete it, I’ll look to the next story to write.

How many books to you anticipate will be in this series?

Probably 4 novellas. I’ve already started work on My Vampire Lover Part #3 and hope to have it out by the summer.

I’d like to thank Victoria for being on my blog today and wish her the best of luck with her Release party and the success of her series, My Vampire Lover. Be sure to leave a comment after you read the excerpt.

EXCERPT from Redemption (The following excerpt is for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY)

He smiled at me smugly and focused his attention on my hips. I followed his gaze. He wrapped both of his hands around mine as I held his cock against my naked belly. He stroked my hands, and then opening up the palms of his large hands, he quietly encouraged me to assume the task. When I took charge, he mumbled, “You’re stronger than you think.”

A fever of blushes covered my face. “Oh my goodness, did I hurt you?” I wanted to blush again, but his declaration, that he felt something quite literally when he had met me surfaced in my mind and sent me into oblivion. True love. I gazed up at him, marveling at the look of pleasure on his face. True love.

He moaned and rocked his hips gently into my hands.

I rubbed the head of his cock with my thumb, feeling a sweet stickiness at the tip.

Raphael moved his hand between my thighs and rubbed my clit, his fingers pumping inside me a few times.

My hips met his movements and I groaned, feeling the warmth of his manhood slide between my legs.

“I don’t want to control these feelings I have for you.” He gathered me up in his arms. “I don’t know where they came from. Maybe it was the wolf chant that did it. I don’t know for sure, but I know I feel this.”

A slight smile crossed his lips. He embraced me tightly and then picked me up in his arms.

I placed my hand over his heart. “True love,” I whispered as the words expelled out of my mouth in the form of a few short breaths. Could it be?

“This can’t be wrong, Caroline. I don’t want to deny the possibility of the love we can have. Say you agree?”

“I think I already love you, Raphael. I’ve never known anyone like you. You’re a glorious, magnificent vampire.”

When I felt his easing himself into me, my body melted. “Oh my god, yes,” I cried out. “Yes! Yes!” Wanting to increase our pace, I started to ride him with a newborn intensity. The warmth of his blood raced through my veins. “I’m yours,” I cried out. “I’m yours!”

“Shh,” he said. “Don’t listen to my blood. I don’t want you to be my servant or blood source. Equal.” With his muscular arms, he brought me up and down a time or two, shifting the rhythm of lovemaking to a slower urgency. “I want us to be equals. I want to cherish this moment forever. I want to look in your eyes as I’m inside you and know if we are never to be together again we had this one moment, out here in this wasteland.”

“By this rock,” I purred, letting him assume control.

“Not too fast, my sweet. Savor this feeling.”

I smiled down into his striking, pale blue eyes, watching how they glowed in the low light. His dark eyelashes fluttered now and again, but he refused to take his eyes off of me as we made love in such a desolate place. I grew hotter by the minute witnessing the desire in his stare. I studied him. There was an inherent strength in his features, almost a haughtiness I could visualize him giving to others he disliked. For me, in that moment, that strength was etched across his face with a look of devotion and confidence I had never seen before. The turquoise blue in his eyes brought out a growing passion I could see that was all for me. This could be my destiny, being with this man forever. If I was as bold as I had just been taking him in my hands, a future with this vampire could be in my grasp. But it meant sacrificing everything. Just for him.

When I felt myself about to climax, my head fell backwards and I gave myself up to him completely. I let him lead the way and delighted in the ecstasy of his deliberately slow pace. Waves of warmth rushed through my body as I neared orgasm. I’ll remember this moment forever.

“Slowly, my sweet. Slowly.”

I screamed the first time I came. His hands rhythmically worked my hips up and down on his cock, refusing to stop. He increased the speed of his movements ever so slightly. I was helpless to stop his lovely hastened pace. My heart raced rapidly and I wanted to slam my body into his, feverishly, insanely, erotically like I was in control of him, like he was there to please me and only me.

“Shhh,” he said. He gathered me close against his chest. “That’s the blood talking. Don’t listen to that. It’ll pass. Focus on this.” He pulled me upwards and let me slide down again on his massive manhood. “Come for me again, Caroline.”

About the Author

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Victoria Embers splits her time between being a stay-at-home mom and reading vampire fiction. She believes good romance should make you purr while good erotic fiction should make you scream, but in a good way of course. Embracing her love of vampires and werewolves and the naughty situations they find themselves in, she’s currently writing an erotic short stories series called My Vampire Lover with a blend of paranormal romance and erotica featuring, you guessed it, vampires and werewolves. Learn more about Victoria at myvampireloverseries.com.

This week our featured author is Victoria Embers and I’m very excited to have her on my blog today. She has recently released her first short story called “Conquest” and I can tell you it is one hot read! But I will have to admit it left me wanting more. At only 2,500 words, it’s a quick read!

I asked Victoria several questions in this interview for my blog. First let’s get some housekeeping items done.

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Now on to the interview:

Ally: Thanks for being on my blog, Victoria. I think you are the second author I’ve featured who writes about vampire erotica. Actually the second author this week. We had Alexandra Anthony on my blog Monday.

Victoria: I saw that! I can’t wait to read her third book next month. I’m a big fan! Hey and thanks for creating my book cover, by the way. I love it!

Ally: You’re welcome. So I need to ask you before we learn more about your series, what is an erotic short story series and why did you decide to release your stories separately and not in one full book?

Victoria: That’s a great question, and by the way, thanks so much for letting me be on your blog. It’s my second stop on my blog tour if I can say I am on a blog tour. Yes, I’m writing my series, My Vampire Lover as a serialized series of short stories. I have the attention span of a ferret and I have heard other Indie authors say that it is very tough to write a full 80,000 or 100,000 offering of an ebook. I learned recently that an ebook that size is called an Epic. That was too scary for me and too much pressure and I am a very impatient person when it comes to getting tasks done. So with that in mind, I thought releasing each story separately would be something I could accomplish, start small and build on it. Does that make sense?

Ally: It does actually. I started my Vampire from Hell series off with a short story. So you feel confident in this approach then?

Victoria: Yes, I think so. I decided after a lot of soul searching to put myself out there in the sea of Amazon in a little boat, instead of a big boat. Lol! All I can do is try, you know? I’m hoping to release a short story each month to readers, around the end of the month.

I think it’ll be a very exciting experience for both me, as a writer and the reader. I’m hoping if the reader is ready for my approach and that they will enjoy the anticipation of getting the next story, without having to wait too long. And I’ll get to learn more about what they think of the recently released story and get feedback. I like interacting with my friends on Facebook and other social networking sites, so I hope I get feedback from anyone who starts reading my series, My Vampire Lover. You know? It’s going to be fun.

Ally: The interaction from readers is a really exciting concept. I get feedback from my readers all the time. Do you think you may shape the story depending on comments you get from readers?

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Victoria: You know, why not? I think it may be a fun approach. I know I remember reading in school about how authors wrote for magazines and if the public liked a story or didn’t when it came out a month before, the author would re-shape or revamp, if I can use that word here, re-vamp the next story. I have no idea where this story of Caroline and Raphael is going, so I like that idea. Yes, readers can share their feedback with me.

Ally: How long do you think each story will be? Who will tell the story? I know in this first story, Conquest your female lead is a werewolf. Will she tell the story?

Victoria: I plan for each story to be one scene or a few scenes, averaging around 2,500 to 5,000 words each. I’ve only written the first story so far of course, so we shall see. I’m working on the second one now. Originally I thought Caroline, my werewolf heroine who is kidnapped by her vampire captor who turns into her lover, would tell the story. It is called “My Vampire Lover,” but now I want to have each story go back and forth. I think that will be more fun. Caroline has told the first story from her point of view in “Conquest.” The next story will be told by her vampire lover. I like the name Raphael. He will tell the next story.

Ally: What is Conquest About?

Victoria: In the first short story, Caroline, a werewolf and golden guardian of the realm, has discovered a new love in her vampire captor. She’s willing to risk everything, even her life, to prove to him she loves him and has forsaken all others including her family and her pack.

Ally: What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

Victoria: Oh gosh, that’s a good question. I’d have to say the subject matter since I’m writing erotic stories. I like to call them Vampire Erotica.

Ally: Why’s that?

Victoria: I think it needs to be its own genre actually. Vampires are sexy, lusty, loveable creatures, but they are dangerous and deadly too. I like vampire stories that explore that aspect, the real side of vampires. To me, sex and lusting for blood go hand in hand. Vampire erotica is a good way to describe my stories.

Ally: What motivates you to write?

Victoria: I love having a blog and writing. I didn’t decide to actually try to get published until I heard about self-publishing. When I realized I could write a document in Microsoft Word, format it, and pretty much a few days later it would be live on Amazon. That’s when I decided to give it a try. It’s amazing to me self-publishing, or Independent Publishing as they are now calling it, has become so popular. I love the possibilities it brings and I hope I can consider myself an Indie Author after I get a few more stories done.

Ally: What book are you reading now?

Victoria: I’m reading a book called “Fetish Sex” by Violet Blue. It’s research really.

Ally: Okay…Do you have any advice for other writers?

Victoria: Well considering I’ve written 2,500 words and I’m sailing it out in the world of ebooks as a short story, I’d have to say to other people who want to write and publish their books as ebooks to start thinking about it for 2013. Don’t wait until you have a full book written.

Ally: Why do you say that?

Victoria: Well as you have learned, an ebook can be defined at any length. There is no set limit before you send it off to Amazon. Right?

Ally: That’s true actually.

Victoria: I wouldn’t be taking myself seriously about this had I not published the first story. I want to think of it as a career, not just a hobby. I hope people want to read my stories and I’m really excited about writing more and hearing what they’d like to read about in my series, My Vampire Lover.

Ally: That’s a great way to look at it. Speaking of 2013, what resolutions do you have for the new year?

Victoria: Oh that’s simple. I wanna sell enough books that I can buy a t-shirt that says “My Vampire Lover.” That’s my first resolution. After that, we’ll see how it goes. Maybe I’ll be able to have a giveaway!

Ally: That sounds great! You’re welcome to stop back by and have a giveaway on my blog anytime.

Victoria: Thanks, Ally!

Ally: Before I forget, can you tell us when your second story will be out?

Victoria: I’m hoping for December 1st. If this goes as planned, I’d like to release a story at the first of each month!

Ally: That sounds great! Do you have an excerpt you can share with us today?

Victoria: You bet! This is the final scene actually in the first story. Of course because I have a extreme love for vampires, Caroline gets bitten by her vampire lover straight away. It ends with the question of whether she makes it or not after he bites her.

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I felt his warm, wet tongue dart in my mouth, sucklingly my bottom lip. A sting of pain surfaced.

I shrieked, quickly pulling away from him.

He held me fast in his arms. Our eyes locked.

Again I tasted the sweetness of blood, but this time it was my own. Carefully, I licked my bottom lip where he had bitten me.

Another gleam from the moon shone upon his face, his bright eyes sparkled with a savage knowledge beyond lust and desire, one of sheer hunger. He would be mine.

Before I could stop him, he slashed at his well-toned chest with his nails. Lines of blood formed across his muscles.

“Drink of me.”

Then he resumed fucking me fiercely, refusing to stop.

I stared at the streams of blood rolling down his chest as I rode him. The wolf in me instantly awoke. Warm rushes of power and hunger rose up in me. The wolf was coming for me and I wouldn’t be able to deny him.

“Let it go,” my vampire lover whispered into the night. “Drink of me. I’ll make you queen when Father dies and we’ll rule this kingdom together despite them.”

The moon bathed him in its lush glow and I couldn’t resist marveling at his naked form. He was exquisite. His thick, muscular chest glistened with blood and sweat and I held on to his shoulders as I drove my hips down upon his, feeling his magnificent cock serge deep inside me. Each stride I took sent me ever closer to him forever. I took his mouth with a savage intensity I had never known and then I lavished my kisses upon his chest, licking his blood and sweat in long, broad laps.

We will be together.

I leaned my head back, exposing my neck completely. “Do it. Do it now. He’s here!”

Answering my request, he pulled me into his embrace and sank his teeth into my neck.

I cried out, instantly thrusting myself upwards to meet his fanged kiss. A flood of raw, electrifying sensations exploded inside me and multiple orgasms rocketed through me.

He lifted me slightly off the bed and he drank from me, holding me gently in his arms the whole time.

I pressed my back into his firm hands and focused on meeting his tempo as I rode him. The room began to spin. Blood trickled down my chest, running past my belly button and along the inside of my thighs. A delightful shiver of fear passed through me as my vampire shuddered and came inside me. I will be his.

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Ally: Oh my god! That was sweet! Thanks again for being on my blog and I’d like to wish you the best of luck with your series.

Victoria: Thanks you! I really appreciate it!

Full Sample:

You can read the full sample of “Conquest (My Vampire Lover #1)” at Victoria’s blog. Click here.

Learn more about Victoria:

Victoria Embers splits her time between being a stay-at-home mom and reading vampire fiction. She believes good romance should make you purr while good erotic fiction should make you scream, but in a good way of course. Embracing her love of vampires and werewolves and the naughty situations they find themselves in, she’s currently writing an erotic short stories series called My Vampire Lover with a blend of paranormal romance and erotica featuring, you guessed it, vampires and werewolves.

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