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Title: Blood Ties (The Vanderguard Vampires #1)
Author: Lavinia Lewis
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay, Paranormal
Vampire prince Thomas Vanderguard has been alone for over two hundred years—ever since the death blow that killed his companion, Jacob. For centuries, Drones have sought to eradicate his family’s royal lineage so that a rival family may seize the throne and gain control of their territory. But Thomas’ self-imposed solitude comes to an end when Daniel Alexander walks into his life. After several months of refusal, Thomas finally gives in to Daniel’s request to change him into a vampire, even though he fears Daniel will meet the same fate as Jacob.
With a possible eternity of happiness stretching out in front of them, can Thomas keep his lover safe or is history about to repeat itself?
Killing off Characters
Hi everyone! Before I begin, I’d like to take a moment to say a huge thank you to Prism book Alliance for having me as a guest on their fab blog. I’d also like to thank the readers who have taken the time to join me today in celebrating the release of my novel, Blood Ties. To help me celebrate my release, I am giving away a free ebook copy of Blood Ties. Just leave a comment on the post to be entered into the competition. Good luck, everyone!
One of the main reasons that I enjoy reading romance novels and gay romance novels in this instance is for the happy ending they deliver. I’m a sucker for them. I like to believe that after whatever obstacles life might throw at the couple, everything will work out okay in the end. I’ve tried to read many gay fiction stories, but when one of the leads gets killed in a gay bashing or dies of Aids, it breaks my heart into a million pieces. And it stays with me for a long time ― not in a good way. Now I know that in real life, not everything is sunshine and roses and sometimes there isn’t a happy ending. But I don’t want to be reminded of how crappy life can be. I want to read something uplifting, something that gives me hope. So I dislike it when one of the leading characters is killed off.
That being said, with secondary characters, all bets are off.
Call me insane, but I love a good cry. I find it cathartic so if an author wants to kill off one of their secondary characters, that’s fine by me. I’ll be upset, but I won’t be devastated. As such, I’m more than happy to have a little blood on my hands myself and I can’t always guarantee that it won’t be a character you haven’t invested your time and emotions on. I apologise. But sometimes, it really is out of my control. If a character’s death is needed for the story then so be it. I has to do what I has to do.
How do you feel about the death of characters in your romance novels? Are you okay with them as long as it’s not the leads that are killed off or are you okay with reading a bittersweet romance where one or both of the heroes die?
There might be a death or two in my latest release Blood Ties, book one in my Vanderguard Vampires trilogy. I’m not going to give away who or how many characters will die, because I hate spoilers, but just know that it needed to happen for the good of the story. I hope you’ll forgive me. But in my defence, this is a vampire story and there’s a war going on between the Vanderguard family and the Gemmelli’s with their bloodthirsty, soulless Drones and in times of war, there will be casualties. I’ll try to go easier on you in Blood Betrayals, book two of the trilogy.
Thomas sighed dejectedly then met his brother’s gaze when the death knell rang out around them, shattering the silence in the study. They’d been awaiting their mother’s safe return from her meeting with the elders before he and his brother fulfilled their nightly patrolling duties. As the bell continued to toll, remorse overwhelmed Thomas. He should have been out there with his men. The death knell could mean only one thing—one of their own had died. In such circumstances, members of the royal household were notified of the death so that they could mourn for the vampire.
“What the hell?” Arianna looked over the top of her magazine and frowned. “Who’s kicked the bucket this time?”
Thomas hissed and bared his fangs. “Arianna! Show some respect.” He glared at his sister. “Someone is dead. It might very well be someone you know.”
“Sorry,” she replied meekly, peering up at Thomas from beneath her dark lashes. “I didn’t mean anything by it.”
Connor let out a weary sigh. “Again? When is this shit going to end?”
Thomas didn’t have the answer to his brother’s question because there was no let-up in the fighting and no end to the conflict in sight. So many people were dying in the war between the two opposing houses that it surprised Thomas that there was anyone left to fight. Yet their enemies kept coming. The Gemmellis kept creating an endless supply of Drones and Thomas and his men disposed of them in rapid succession.
“Come on, we’d better find out what’s going on.”
After rising from his seat, Thomas led his brother through the study. By the time they reached the door, Arianna had buried her nose in her magazine again. Thomas shook his head and muttered a curse under his breath. It was time for their sister to grow up. She was oblivious to the harshness of the war and the reality of their lives. But Thomas supposed he was partly responsible for her behavior. He had protected her from most of the ugliness of the world in which they lived. She didn’t fight, wasn’t on the front line like Thomas and Connor. She didn’t know what went on night after night with the Drones. She hadn’t seen the countless dead faces of friends and loved ones as Thomas and his brother had. Maybe if he hadn’t shielded her from so much, she wouldn’t be as blasé about death.
Thomas and Connor walked side by side through the large entrance hall and out the front doors of the palace. They were halfway across the immaculate, Italian-style courtyard when two warriors strode in their direction. Thomas was well acquainted with both men. He’d tutored them for centuries and hunted alongside them regularly. Aside from Thomas and his brother, who trained relentlessly, Franz and Jonas were the best warriors in the Tutelaries. Careful and precise, unyielding and oftentimes brutal, they were everything Thomas had taught them to be and more.
Franz was an imposingly tall warrior with wide shoulders and a body corded with hard muscles. His strength was unparalleled. Jonas was shorter, but his physique was no less impressive. However, it was his speed and the fluidity of his movements that set him apart from others of their kind. Together they were fast and they were efficient. Franz could bench press a truck without breaking a sweat, and Jonas could snap a man’s neck before his victim realized there were hands around it. The two vampires were the ultimate lethal weapons and made a formidable team.
Thomas had trained his warriors to kill with speed and accuracy, which set them apart from others of their kind. Every vampire was a natural-born killer, but under Thomas’ tutorage, the Tutelaries had become lethal. It was an important job and one that ensured their race endured. Vampires had survived for thousands of years only because they’d remained under the radar. If humans were to discover their kind, they would undoubtedly wage a war against vampires that would likely kill them all. The alternative was equally grim. The term lab rats sprang to mind. Humans would dissect and experiment upon vampires until their superior bodies gave up all of their secrets. A shudder ran down his spine as he thought about what could happen to his people if his warriors failed to do their jobs properly—if he failed.
“Franz, Jonas,” Thomas greeted curtly. “Who did we lose?”
About the Author
Lavinia discovered reading at an early age and could always be found with her nose in a book. She loved getting lost in a fantasy world even then. When her parents bought her a typewriter for Christmas at aged eleven, her fate was sealed. She spent hours dreaming up characters and creating stories. Not a lot has changed. Now when she is not writing you can find her enjoying a new release e-book.
Lavinia has lived all over the UK but currently resides in London, England. She has travelled extensively to places including Africa, Asia, Australia, America and most of Europe. Although some of her books are set in Texas she has never visited the state but plans to spend time there in the near future.
She is an avid reader and her favourite authors include J L Langley, Carol Lynne, Chris Owen and Andrew Grey. Lavinia particularly loves supernatural fiction and her favourite authors in this genre include Kelly Armstrong, Keri Arthur and Charlaine Harris.
Although Lavinia is a huge fan of the romance genre, she will admit to reading anything and everything. She loves horror, a good thriller and if a book has the capacity to make her cry, well, all the better. One thing she does insist on in a book however, regardless of genre is a happy ending, so you will always find one in the books she writes.
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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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