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Title: Blood and Ghosts (Blood #2)
Author: Shira Anthony
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre/Sub-Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Sequel to Blood and Rain/Blood: Book Two
With vampire Nicolas Lambert’s marriage to a rival clanswoman only weeks away, Adrien Gilbert struggles to come to terms with his defeat at the hands of Verel Pelletier, a vampire hunter and an immortal like himself. Adrien and his former teacher, Roland Günter, begin to explore his newly acquired abilities. But without his soul’s sword, Adrien flounders.
On Nicolas’s wedding day, a two-hundred-year old secret is revealed, sending the wedding party into a blazing battle between hunters and vampires. Once again Adrien finds himself facing Pelletier’s superior strength. Just as Adrien believes all hope of a future with Nicolas is lost, he finally learns his true gift—he can turn back time. But time travel comes with a high cost. To save Nicolas, Adrien must become strong enough to use his power without descending into madness.
Reinventing the Vampire Myth:
Thanks, Brandilyn and company, for hosting release day for Blood and Ghosts, the second book in my Blood Series from Dreamspinner Press! Be sure to read down for how to enter the blog tour giveaway.
With the exception of the 3 years before and after I went to law school, I’ve always been a voracious reader. And even during those 6 years, I still read a great deal, just not the kind of reading I enjoyed! Above all else, I’ve loved to read romance and fantasy (high fantasy, paranormal fantasy, you name it!).
So it won’t surprise you to hear that vampires featured prominently in some of those reads, although I admit I haven’t read the Twilight series. My favorite book vampires are Anne Rice’s. I’ve also seen many movies and TV shows featuring vampires. I particularly loved the first few seasons of True Blood (based on the Sookie Stackhouse series) and the Japanese animated series, Vampire Knight (based on the manga with the same name).
Six years ago, a reader asked me if I’d ever write a vampire book. Honestly, I thought about it then, but pushed the idea aside. Why? Because I felt as though vampires were getting a little stale in both literature and in film. So often, it was the same old myth of vampires who burn up in the sunlight, have super-human strength, can’t walk into a building without being invited inside, turning into a bat, undead… you name it. You know the tropes.
When I started writing the Blood Series for Dreamspinner Press a few years ago, I was bound and determined to put my own spin on vampires in much the same way as I did with my shifter mermen in the Mermen of Ea Series. I didn’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water, though! Don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of the vampire myths. But I wanted to write something a bit different, and having fantasy on the brain, some fantasy ideas bled into (pardon the pun) my vampires.
So let’s start with what’s the same? Vampires in the Blood Series can create other vampires from humans by draining the human’s blood and allowing the human to drink the vampire’s blood. Vampires are immortal and immune to disease, but they can be killed by vampire hunters. Not a stake through the heart, but they can’t survive without a head.
What’s different about the Blood Series vampires?
They are alive. Living, breathing creatures with hearts that beat. The original vampires are a different species from humans, although they can breed with humans as well as amongst themselves. Those original (born) vampires are called “ancient” vampires. The ancients are the most powerful vampires. Vampire royalty, in a sense, but they are also the backbone of the vampire world and they are a type of social net. Ancient vampires have special abilities that are more like magic than just superhuman strength.
There are other differences, of course. Because they are living creatures, they don’t burn up in the sunshine, live in coffins, etc. They are stronger at night, but they’re pretty strong during the day as well. Vampires in the series tend to favor their own sex, although the ancients will marry to procreate and feel it’s their duty to do so. The older the vampire, the less need they have for blood. They eat food and derive sustenance from it.
My favorite “new” myth? It comes from the old trope of a sexual connection to the taking of blood that goes back many centuries in literature. When the vampires in the Blood Series drink someone’s blood, they see that person’s memories. For them, blood is a window onto the soul. So the sharing of blood is a very intimate act. More intimate than sex (and yes, my vampires like sex just as humans do!). There is little a vampire cannot see in someone’s blood, and many vampires will only share their own blood with someone they trust (for obvious reasons).
I hope you’ll join me in my own vampire universe. If you haven’t already, the first book in the series is Blood and Rain. The latest installment, Blood and Ghosts, has just been released by Dreamspinner Press! The first book ends on an unfinished/cliff hangery note for the main romantic pairing. The second has a happily-for-now for the couple. The third, which will be released in 2016, has a HEA for all three pairings in the book. -Shira
About the Author:
Shira Anthony is a complete sucker for a happily-ever-after, and rarely reads or writes a story without one. Never a fan of instalove, Shira likes to write stories about real men with real issues making real relationships work.
In her last incarnation, Shira was a professional opera singer, performing roles in such operas as “Tosca,” “Pagliacci,” and “La Traviata,” among others. Her Blue Notes Series is loosely based upon her own experiences as a professional musician.
Shira is married with two children and two insane dogs and when she’s not writing, she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she’s not working, she can be found aboard a 36’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.
Interested in hearing Shira sing? Here’s a link to a live performance of Shira singing an aria from Puccini’s “Tosca”: http://www.shiraanthony.com/wp-conten…
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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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