Book Promotion: Written in the Cards by Lauren Linwood

Today’s book promotion comes from Lauren Linwood and her book called Written in the Cards. If you like Western Historical Romances, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: Written in the Cards
Author: Lauren Linwood
Genre:
western, historical, romance

 

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format:
ebook
Release Date:
5/21/2014

 

Summary:
Maggie Rutherford jilts her too-perfect society groom at the altar and flees New York for the American West, where she turns her travels into dime novels that she writes and illustrates under the pen name Lud Madison.

After the Civil War, veteran Ben Morgan marries his childhood sweetheart and takes her to homestead on the Great Plains. Losing her and their unborn child in an Indian attack, Ben detaches from emotion and becomes a roaming gambler. When he kills a cheating opponent in self-defense, the man’s gunslinger brother swears revenge upon Ben.

Ben hides on a cattle drive and brings in a herd to Abilene, where a waiting Maggie wants to find a rough and tumble cowboy to interview for her next story idea. Sparks fly as the dangerous drover and popular novelist wind up living in the same household, running a general store east of Abilene. But with Black Tex Lonnegan hot on his trail, will Ben run from his growing attraction to Maggie and the gunfighter’s promise of death–or will he make a stand for his life–and love?

Buy from Amazon: Here

The Author:

Lauren Linwood’s Website: Here
Lauren Linwood ‘s Blog: Here
Lauren Linwood’s Twitter: Here
Lauren Linwood’s Facebook: Here

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
The heroine Maggie is a writer (although she writes dime novels under a man’s pen name so that her books will sell). I enjoyed giving her some of the same problems I face as I write–even if we’re writing books more than 100 years apart!


Where did you get your idea for this story?
The new Showtime series PENNY DREADFUL got me to thinking about British penny dreadfuls and American dime novels. I thought it would be cool to have a woman writing this adventures about tales in the Old West, but I have her doing so under a male pen name. Many women authors did that during the 19th century, most notably the Bronte Sisters.


What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Constantly write. Even if you don’t feel like. Even if you think it sucks. It’s easier to edit something on the page than to be facing a blank page.


What is your favorite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird

 

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
All 3 for my many moods

 

I want to thank Lauren Linwood for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Written in the Cards!

 

Book Promotion: She’s Alot Like You by Faye Hall

Today’s book promotion comes from Faye Hall and her book called She’s Alot Like You. If you like historical romances, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book:She’s Alot Like You
Author: Faye Hall
Genre:
Historical erotic romance, Romantic mystery

 

Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Format: ebook
Release Date: 4/3/2014

 

Summary:
Willow Jameson knew nothing of her family’s past or their connection to the Morgan family when she first met Re Morgan. All she seen was his ruggedly handsome appearance, his gentle words luring her into his strong embrace. What she found was a passion beyond compare.
She couldn’t have foreseen the lies and family betrayal that would inevitably rob her of the man she loved and forever change her life.
TEN YEARS LATER
Willow returned to the town life she loved so much, no longer ignorant to those who had separated her from the man she’d loved. She was back now to make those responsible pay for all they’d taken from her. In her search what she found was the hardened man Re Morgan had become…
…a man whose mere glance reignited a passion she had thought long since forgotten.
Re Morgan had left a horde of jilted lovers in his trail. When he seen Willow again across the crowded dancehall, he wanted nothing more than to add her to this list. Re wanted little more than a short, heated affair.
What he became involved in was far more scandalous than he could have ever imagined.

 

The Author:

Faye Hall’s Website: Here
Faye Hall’s Blog: Here
Faye Hall’s Twitter: Here
Faye Hall’s Facebook: Here and Here
Faye Hall’s Goodreads: Here
Buy links:
http://eredsage.com/store/ShesALotLikeYou.html

http://www.amazon.com/Shes-Alot-Like-Faye-Hall-ebook/dp/B00JZ781XM/ref=la_B00DPIMSMW_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399380045&sr=1-1

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
Everything! Loved writing this book, creating such strong characters that had to conquer lies, deceit and murder to prove their love could survive.


Where did you get your idea for this story?
I got the idea from a Lyndsay Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) song called ‘Go Insane’. He sang about the comparisons we make in our lives, including in people. Made me think about someone who would compare every woman in their life to a past love. The rest kind of grew from there.


What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Just write from your heart and remember it is your story to tell, but also learn to take criticism as it will help you grow as a writer.


Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Coffee

 

Anything else that you would like to add?
I have just signed a fourth contract with Red Sage Publishing so be on the look out for more passionate tales from Australia.

 

I want to thank Faye Hall for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read She’s Alot Like You!

 

Book Promotion: A Champion’s Duty by Lavinia Collins

Today’s book promotion comes from Lavinia Collins and her book called A Champion’s Duty. If you like Historical Romances, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: A Champion’s Duty
Author: Lavinia Collins
Genre:
Historical, Romance, Arthurian

Publisher: Not So Noble Books
Format:
ebook
Release Date:
3/30/2014

Summary:

“The second stunning title in this fabulous, ground-breaking retelling of an epic story

 

Feeling increasing trapped in Camelot, Guinevere finds solace in Lancelot and their illicit affair blossoms. But gossip grows in Arthur’s court and only by accepting the quest for the Holy Grail can Lancelot place himself above suspicion. But in his absence will Guinevere survive the increasing danger she finds herself in from all around her, and will Arthur’s love be enough to save her from harm? “

The Author:

Lavinia Collins’s Website: Here
Lavinia Collins’s Twitter: Here
Lavinia Collins’s Facebook: Here

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I want to thank Lavinia Collins for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read A Champion’s Duty!

Book Promotion: The Warrior Queen by Lavinia Collins

Today’s book promotion comes from Lavinia Collins and her book called The Warrior Queen. If you like Historical Romances, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: The Warrior Queen
Author: Lavinia Collins
Genre:
Historical, Romance, Arthurian

 

Publisher: Not So Noble Books
Format:
ebook
Release Date:
3/30/2014

 

Summary:

“The Warrior Queen’ is the first instalment of ‘The Guinevere Trilogy’, a new series of eBooks that reimagines the famous story of Queen Guinevere for a modern audience.

When her people’s army is destroyed in the war with King Arthur, Guinevere is horrified to discover that her conqueror has demanded to have her as his bride. She arrives at Camelot angry and resentful, but quickly finds that the king who defeated her people in battle is not the brute she expected. Slowly, she gains a fragile happiness in her new home, but this is threatened when war comes again. When her life is saved on the battlefield by a mysterious French knight, Guinevere finds herself caught between desire and duty, the longing for happiness in the new life she has, and her desire to be free and follow her heart.

 

This original re-imagining of a much-loved legend gives readers a new Guinevere; passionate, headstrong and fiercely independent. An immersive adventure through Arthurian legend, steeped in magic, passion and intrigue, this book won’t disappoint, ‘The Warrior Queen’ retells the classic narrative through the eyes of a queen determined to escape the bounds her society has placed on her, determined not to be ruled by the men who surround her, and determined to be master of her own destiny.”

 

 

The Author:

Lavinia Collins’s Website: Here
Lavinia Collins’s Twitter: Here
Lavinia Collins’s Facebook: Here

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Q & A:

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate? Tea

 

 I want to thank Lavinia Collins for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read The Warrior Queen!

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Frost of Springtime by Rachel L Demeter

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Book cover and Blurb

Title: The Frost of Springtime

Author: Rachel L. Demeter

Genre: Historical Romance

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To rescue her was to rescue his own soul.

On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, rescuing her from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.

But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian war, the seasons pass. And in that long year, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her age.

Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home” is gone—replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out of reach. Scarred inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart.

 

Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love.

 

GIVEAWAY

Tour-wide giveaway for two Amazon Kindle copies of the book, “The Frost of Springtime,” and a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
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Author Bio

Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of ten years. She enjoys writing dark, edgy romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and examine the redeeming power of love.

Imagining stories and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mom would jot them down for her. She has a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether sculpting the protagonist or antagonist, she always ensures that every character is given a soul.

Rachel strives to intricately blend elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some common themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness. Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.

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Links

Watch the trailer for the book: THE FROST OF SPRINGTIME by Rachel L. Demeter – Book Trailer

Official Site: http://racheldemeter.net

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RachelLDemeter

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YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/RachelLDemeter

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rachel-demeter/40/ba1/9aa

 

Buy a copy of the book:

Amazon (eBook) *Prime Members can read the kindle edition for free!: http://www.amazon.com/Frost-Springtime-Rachel-L-Demeter-ebook/dp/B00ICXN9N2/ref=la_B00IBKLO06

Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/The-Frost-Springtime-Rachel-Demeter/dp/1934912611

Barnes & Noble (Paperback): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-frost-of-springtime-rachel-l-demeter/1118596184

EXCERPT: PROLOGUE

 

Bête Noire’s walls shook as a gust of wind moaned in the distance. Soft and shameful sobs accompanied the ambiance with haunting precision. The child sank to the crutch of her knees—defeated, starved for food and warmth—as if she might escape the world in that way.

 

Moved by her humiliation far more than he dared admit, the dark stranger removed his bowler hat and crouched to her level. He replaced the hat after running an unsteady hand through his hairline. His chest lurched as the child adjusted the torn tatters of her clothing. Swishing off his frock coat, he draped the material over her body like it was a security blanket.

 

She grasped the wool with her good hand, plummeted onto her bottom, and pulled both legs against her chest. Her face sank from eye-line as she hid below a fortress of upright knees. Tiny and perfectly helpless, the abundance of thick folds seemed to devour her whole.

 

“Cold night,” he whispered.

 

“Thank you, m-monsieur.”

 

The man softened at the tragic sight that lay before him; icicles, which had too long clung to his chest, deftly thawed and melted away. He felt an incredible pain, a sincere compassion and aching sympathy, which he’d believed he no longer possessed. Despite his better judgment and a lifetime of indifference, his heart broke.

 

Damnation. He longed to turn his cheek in apathy and disgust. He yearned to feel numb to the girl’s pain and loneliness. He wanted to hate the child—to despise the child—for having invaded his sole sliver of peace: darkness.

 

Tucked within a foreign part of his heart, only emptiness had ever existed. A terrible and twisted emptiness. And for seventeen of his twenty-seven years, he’d filled that internal void with darkness.

 

Eyes of emerald locked with eyes of sapphire, each pair searching the secrets of its counterpart’s soul. He could sense the girl’s will to live, to simply survive the world and all of its cruelties, as if it was a tangible thing. And, within that lucid moment, a recollection from his own childhood emerged. The emptiness eased and lifted. His heart pounded as a montage of horrors resurrected—just barely …

 

A whisper of half-sobbed words: “Life is pain. Love is a pretty lie.” Empty and burning tears. A seductive glint. Steel, cold and rusted, plunged into a slate of creamy flesh. A distorted prayer: “Do not love the world or anything in it. The world and its desires pass away. But those who do the will of God shall live forever.” A moment of silence followed by a pair of beautiful, breathless lungs—

 

The jumbled tangle of memories disappeared as quickly as they’d come. Once more the emptiness returned. But one truth remained—long ago, something had happened. Something unutterable. Something his conscience and consciousness had chosen to forget.

 

And then, miraculously, for the first conceivable time in the man’s life, a ray of hope shined through his darkness.

 

Perhaps the girl could help him find himself.

 

Perhaps two orphaned souls could unite as one.

 

Consumed by his sudden revelation, the dark figure lifted his hand and attempted to brush a stray curl from her eyes. Jerking free of his touch, she flinched out of his reach—just as he’d expected she might—behaving like a mongrel who’d only known beatings.

 

He retreated with a dejected sigh and shook his face. “Might I know your name, ma petit?”

 

“Sofia …” Her voice was little more than a whisper and a true breath of fresh air.

 

“Good to know you, my dearest Sofia.” The man inclined his head, gave a charmingly crooked grin, and clasped a palm to his heart. Aware that everything had changed, it beat against his ribcage at a rapid pace, the rhythm hard and strong. “I am Alek…”

 

Praise for the book

“I am astonished at this being Rachel L. Demeter’s debut work, for in form and style, it is very much a tour de force. A riveting story of love and courage in the aftermath of a brutal war, the author brilliantly juxtaposes the hazing splendor of French nobility and the impassioned elegance of two people in love, despite all the world’s oppositions. The title is, in a sense, a representation of change: the beginning of a new spring with La Belle Époque and the transition into a new era, for the world and our protagonists.

The wistful loveliness of the setting paints a picture of a crying France, blending in with the dynamic romance perfectly. Or rather, it does not merely blend in the background as much as glitters like the brightest jewel, shining with a vibrancy that makes one want to relieve the halcyon days of grand old Paris. I was captivated by the setting, the lush writing of Rachel L. Demeter, and the subtle expressiveness of the characters, which all compelled me to research more of the historical background, of the 1871 Paris Commune, through which this story is made more infinitely dearer.” – Buried Under Romance

“We are in awe. The Frost of Springtime is a MUST HAVE! Despite that we loved the true facts, we fell instantly in love with the story. It was dark, emotionally devastating, and sensual. The innocence between the two main characters was beautiful and their love grew so strong throughout the story with such grace. One of us even cried while reading The Frost of Springtime. We loved the cover, we loved the writing style, and we adored the characters. We fell in love, really hard.” – Divas Book Blog

“This novel is intricately detailed and wonderfully written! Opening with a heartbreaking scene, I was immediately drawn to the story of Aleksender and his Sofia. Of course, as the story moved on, other enchanting characters helped to make this poignant book complete. The author has blended historical facts with fiction skillfully, and presented several narratives flawlessly. It’s beautiful! I loved it!” – Romancebookworm’s Reviews

“I absolutely love this book. The Frost of Springtime shows how love and tragedy go hand in hand and that love can actually be more powerful than anything. I have found that most books do not hit this point right on the nail like this one does. It’s a Historical Romance and let me just tell you this is one book I couldn’t put down.” – Magic Within The Pages

“WOW!! The Frost of Springtime is a powerful, epic love story unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The emotional and visual/sensory depth is astounding. I felt Aleksender and Sofia’s connection from beginning to end.

Aleksender’s path to healing was at times breathtaking and heartbreaking. This is a hero who loves his woman with every last breath, every fiber of his being… and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her. AMAZING cast of secondary characters as well… a ‘villain’ who actually leaves you morally torn! Beautifully written (loved the vivid imagery and descriptions!), dark, unusual, rich with history, epic scope, and a soul deep love that only comes once in a lifetime… Brava!!!” – Sivonna, an advanced reader

Book Promotion: Deadly Pawn by W. M. Stahl

Today’s book promotion comes from W. M. Stahl and his book called Deadly Pawn. If you like historical mysteries, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: Deadly Pawn
Author: W. M. Stahl
Genre:
Crime, Mystery, Historical

Publisher: Strange Mind Publishing
Format: Paperback, ebook
Release Date:
5/17/2013

Summary:
Deadly Pawn is a crime/mystery novel set in the 30’s just after prohibition has ended.
Dawson is a hard drinking, heavy smoking part time gumshoe becoming involved in cases mostly out of curiosity. Coming from a long line of money he is the black sheep of the family. His Grandfather got him interested in solving crimes when he was a boy. He was a U.S. Marshal before and sometimes during prohibition; which he likes to call “that nasty dry spell”.

When he is sent a note to be in front of the Barbershop at 7pm he has no idea that his curiosity is going to lead him to a case of murder.

It was curiosity that found him on the street in the rain that night waiting for the person that had invited him there.

When the owner of the pawn shop is murdered it would be curiosity that would get him to help his longtime friend in finding out who did it.

Curiosity killed the cat they say, but then again they don’t know Dawson.

Deadly Pawn is the first book in a series the length of which has yet to be determined.

The Author:

W. M. Stahl’s Website: Here
W. M. Stahl’s Twitter: Here
W. M. Stahl’s Facebook: Here
W. M. Stahl’s Google Plus: Here

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
It was a fun write for me.

Where did you get your idea for this story?
I am a big fan of early Hollywood movies and Old Time Radio. This was meant to be a little noirish with more than just a hat tip to movies and books like The Thin Man, The Maltese Falcon and the like.

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Let your characters tell you what they’ll do and when.

What is your favorite book?
I have way too many favorites to pick just one!

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate

 

I want to thank W. M. Stahl for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Deadly Pawn!

Review for The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell by Paula Quinn

 

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My Rating: 4/5
Author: Paula Quinn
Title: The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell
Genre: Historical Romance

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Background:
Amazon Description:
A HIGHLAND ROGUE

Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor’s betrothed, she’s the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can’t resist stealing a kiss . . .

AN ADVENTUROUS LADY

Lady Amelia’s duty is to marry well, but that hasn’t stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she’s beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she’s furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he’s ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?

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Opinions:
My Short Summary:
Born English but raised Scottish, Edmund MacGregor would stop at nothing to keep his precious Scotland from joining with England. To buy some time, Edmund and his highlander family devise a plan to stop the signing of the Treaty of Union by kidnapping Amelia Bell – the Chancellor’s fiancé and Duke’s daughter. All does not go according to plan. For one, there is another woman that is kidnapped with Amelia. Two, Amelia Bell seems to attract bad luck. And three, falling in love is not the best idea when trying to stay on track with the plan. Add in a rival clan and you have an interesting novel.

Narration:
Multiple third person

Character Development:
The characters are well-developed in this novel. With the multiple viewpoints, the reader can understand better what the characters are really thinking and how they tick. Both protagonists are torn between love and loyalty. They step outside their comfort zones as they continue their journey together. Other characters – such as Sarah and Darach – have similar confrontations with their ideas of love. There is even love and loyalty amongst the dogs.

Plot Development/Flow:
The story flows well. There is enough romance and action to keep things balanced. The only complaint that I would have is a few spots where there are some redundancies. For instance, Amelia is troubled about doing what is right for her family (especially her father) and what she wants. The reader knows she is conflicted but the same argument goes through her head in different spots in the book. This could have been cut back a little and still be conveyed to the reader.

Standalone or Part of a Series:
Standalone in The MacGregors: Highland Heirs

Book Promotion: The Ruse by Felicia Rogers

Today’s book promotion comes from Felicia Rogers and her book called The Ruse. If you like Historical Romance novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: The Ruse
Author: Felicia Rogers
Genre:
historical, regency, romance

Publisher: Felicia Rogers
Format: ebook
Release Date:
11/21/2013

Summary:
Luke Andrews, Baron of Stockport, is in trouble. He needs a wealthy bride to secure future funds for his financially shaky estate, but the belle of the London season is a spoiled terror with an arrogant father. They’d try the nerves of a saint and Luke can’t quite bring himself to make an offer he knows he’d regret.

Meanwhile, Luke’s half-brother Chadwick never could resist a good game of Faro, or anything else, for that matter. With the baron away, Chadwick will play — gambling the estate’s remaining funds into oblivion. He needs to devise his own scheme to replace the money he’s lost, before his brother returns.

In Stockport village, Brigitta Blackburn doesn’t have two sticks to rub together — literally. With the estate in financial distress and rents high, food and wood are scarce. When she sneaks onto the baron’s land to steal some firewood, she’s caught, hauled before the play-acting “baron,” Chadwick, and offered a solution to her plight… and his.

But Chadwick’s ruse embroils them all. How can Brigitta accept what she thinks to be true, when she really yearns to follow her heart?

a traditional Regency novel

The Author:

Felicia Rogers’s Website: Here
Felicia Rogers’s Facebook: Here
Felicia Rogers’s Goodreads: Here
Q & A:

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
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 I want to thank Felicia Rogers for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read The Ruse!

Cover Reveal: Lotus Petals by Brantwijn Serrah

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Title: Lotus Petals

Author : Brantwijn Serrah

Genre: Paranormal/Historical/Erotic Romance

Audience: Adult

Formats: E-book

Publisher: Breathless Press

Cover By: Victoria Miller

Editor: Jayne Wolf

Pages: 111 pages

Expected Date of Publishing:  

Jan 17, 2014

 

Blurb-

Aijyn, human slave to a ruthless vampire Lord, would never dare do anything to incur his wrath. Then, she fell in love… with his bride.

 

Excerpt-

Three vampires rested in the room occupied by the captain of the daimyo’s hunting party—all three of them awoke instantly when the little human oiran threw back the screen, shouting at them in furious Japanese. Without waiting for them to move, she strode boldly across the little space to come eye-to-eye with the captain himself as he struggled to come to his feet. At first they were so stunned by the mortal’s appearance none of the three knew what to do: Kazuo, the captain, finally registered her shrill accusations.

“You would poison the daimyo’s honored guest?” she shouted at him. “You would drug her with octopus venom and then humiliate her?”

Coming to his senses—they were slower in the daytime, vampires—Kazuo brought his hands down on her shoulders and lifted her off her feet. The sudden movement reminded her she had stepped into a tiger’s den—she stiffened in his grasp and sucked in a fearful breath.

“Since when does the human come into my rooms uninvited?” he snarled. Fear shook her—she fully expected he would hurt her, and rightfully so—but she did not give off.

“Rhiannon Donovan has drunk the venom of the blue-ring octopus,” she said, her voice quavering but still strong. “Your huntsmen use it to paralyze and kill—one of them drugged the human she hunted, and she swallowed it with his blood!”

“You dare charge my men with such a disgraceful act? And for a gaijin slut?”

“What’s going on here?”

Kazuo looked up; his two servants followed his glance. In the doorway stood Nagisa, tall and elegant, wrapped in the gauzy silk of her azure sleeper’s yukata—she, too, must have been roused by the sound of Aijyn’s screams. Her cold eyes regarded each of them carefully.

“Aijyn,” she said, the curiosity in her tone edged with danger. “What do you mean by disturbing the captain during his daytime rest?”

Kazuo shot a dangerous and warning glare at the human oiran, but Aijyn ignored it, desperate with fear.

“Nagisa-sama, the Councilwoman’s noble emissary was betrayed last night during the hunt,” she said quickly; she’d never imagined one day it might be Nagisa, of all people, to save her from the fangs of an angry vampire.

“Rhiannon drank the blood of a human poisoned with octopus venom, and now she lies in her rooms injured and sick. They took her hair, Nagisa-sama! They’ve shorn her like a…like a rag boy!”

Nagisa’s poisonous eyes narrowed, her lips pressing into a thin line like the blade of a knife.

“Kazuo,” she said, the word like a stone dropping into an empty well. “Put Aijyn down.”

Kazuo stared, incredulous, at the graceful tayu. When he did not immediately comply, Nagisa strode into the room and grabbed him by the throat.

“Why, Kazuo-san,” she growled sweetly. “I had no idea you had already become so bored with immortality. Seventy-three years, if I recall, and already you wish for our master to release your soulless carcass into oblivion.”

Amazingly, Kazuo slowly backed down, quietly letting Aijyn go while his eyes remained furiously on Nagisa. His servants watched with silent awe as Nagisa continued, never breaking her hold on the captain’s neck.

“Aijyn-chan, you are surely aware you will suffer greatly, should this accusation prove false,” the tayu said.

“I am quite sure of it, Nagisa-sama,” Aijyn replied, bowing low. “I have heard the captain and his hunting party speak of the blow-darts they use to sting their human prey with the toxin. Kazuo-san has said the poison stings kin-born vampires as well; I am quite sure Rhiannon has swallowed it, and what reduced her to helplessness while her clothes were torn and her hair cut off.”

“Please return to the rooms of our guest. Attend to her carefully—be sure these men did not force themselves on her body, as well. I will deal with Kazuo, and send word to the daimyo of this dishonorable conduct.”

Aijyn felt cold all through her, and a dizzy giddiness swept through her mind. She had not even considered what she did—storming into one of the vampire’s nests!—and now she felt weak in the stomach. How had she even survived it?

Nagisa’s words echoed in her head: make sure the men had not forced themselves on Rhiannon’s body. How could she not have considered it or checked for signs of it, to see if Rhiannon had also been raped by these monsters?

“Aijyn-chan,” Nagisa said again. Shaken from her daze, she nodded. Then she slipped quickly out of the room and found herself running, again, for Rhiannon.

 

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About the Author –

Sometime in early 2009, Brantwijn Serrah ran across an erotic novel in her local Barnes and Noble, and fell in love with the gorgeous geisha pictured on the cover. Sad to say, the book didn’t live up to expectations. After one too many iterations of the phrase “his most honorable penis”, Brantwijn decided to write her own story instead. The idea for Lotus Petals, the tale of a geisha seduced into the world of vampires, was born.

When she isn’t visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can’t handle coffee unless there’s enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.

In addition to Lotus Petals, Brantwijn has had several stories published in anthologies by Breathless Press, including the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology.  She’s also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm, and hopes to have several more tales to tell as time goes on.  She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon and loves to see reader comments on her work. Her short stories occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog at http://brantwijn.blogspot.com.

 

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