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Laurie London's Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration

Please welcome the magnificent Laurie London to The Qwillery as part of (and the last stop on) the Seduced by Blood Blog Tour.

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration


Real Settings as Inspiration
By Laurie London

Settings play an important role in the Sweetblood world, probably because as a reader, when I get a clear picture of where the action is happening, I feel more grounded and part of the story. Like it’s real, not fiction. And likewise, if I can see, hear, and smell a location as if it’s playing out like a movie in my head, then it’s easier for me to write.

Sometimes, I have no idea what is going to happen, but a setting is so perfect that I’m inspired to use it. And during my research, if I notice any signs linking me or my story to a particular location, then I take it to mean I’m meant to write about it.

While looking for the perfect location to set the Darkblood headquarters, I read this article in the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/travel/14czech-overnight.html?pagewanted=all

East of Prague, in a town called Kutna Hora, is “a below-ground chapel on the town’s outskirts decorated with thousands of human bones, exhumed, according to legend, by a half-blind medieval monk who collected the skeletons of 40,000 Black Plague victims.”

The pictures of the Bone House are stunning and macabre. Google images of “Kutna Hora” to see what I mean. I could totally imagine Darkbloods making bone sculptures like that from their victims.

And you know that sign I was talking about?

Well, in the Sweetblood world, the Black Plague changed how vampires and humans interacted. Prior to this time, vampires preyed on humans, killing them when they fed off their blood. However, when their food source became tainted, vampires suffered. Just like others whose diets changed over the years, so did the vampire. Out of necessity, they forced themselves to go for longer periods of time without blood and energy, and they added food to their diet.

How could I not write about it?

Here’s an excerpt from Seduced By Blood that takes place in an old Gothic mansion that the villain, Ventra, is restoring. Her dream is to recreate what she saw in Prague, but instead of using just any human bones, she’s using only the bones of sweetblood humans.

Santiago and Roxy have just broken in…
Torn wallpaper hung from the two-story walls, exposing the lathe and plaster underneath. Either someone had tried to remove it and abandoned the project or moisture had deteriorated the paper to the point where it was coming off in sheets. Some of the doors of the built-in cabinets lining parallel sides of the room were gone, making the small room look like a gaping smile with a few missing teeth. In the center, under a candle chandelier that had recently been lit, was a long table covered in plastic with a dozen high-backed chairs tucked in around it.

“Smell it now?” Roxy whispered.

Santiago nodded. The sweetblood scent was strong. Bloodletting or a feeding must’ve happened here recently.

“Yvonne?”

She nodded somberly.

It didn’t take a rocket scientist or an expert tracker to figure out that many humans had died in this room. The blood scent was thick in the air. Roxy had to be as sickened by that knowledge as he was.

But unlike him, she hadn’t been out in the field to see this sort of thing on an almost daily basis as he had. Having run across his fair share of debauchery over the years, he’d gotten used to it, his heart numbed to the inhumanity of it all, whereas Roxy had been stuck in a classroom. This sort of thing had to be disturbing for her.



The Sweetblood Series

Seduced by Blood
Sweetblood 4
HQN, July 24, 2012 (MMP), August 1, 2012 (eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions:

Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors...

Hot-blooded and hard-edged, Tristan Santiago has an uncanny ability to see beneath the surface-a power that serves him well as the Guardians' region commander. But when a deadly plot against his fellow vampires is uncovered, he must turn to the one woman he can't read: the beautiful yet mysterious Roxanne Reynolds, whose sensual presence soothes his tormented memories.

Roxy had put love before duty once before, with devastating results. But to root out a dangerous traitor in their midst, she must put her faith in Santiago, the one man skilled enough to break through her defenses. Posing as lovers, Santiago and Roxy work side by side-and discover a powerful craving that threatens to consume them both.



Tempted by Blood
Sweetblood 3
HQN, February 21, 2012 (MMP), March 1, 2012 (eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two Vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors….

He might be known for his effortless charm, but Guardian Jackson Foss is hiding a terrible secret. For months, he has battled the emergence of his dark nature—deadly urges that threaten to consume him. And those cravings only intensify when he meets Arianna Wells, the human he's been assigned to protect.

Smart and perceptive, Arianna doesn't seem like a dangerous temptress. Yet she awakens in Jackson an unstoppable need that, if left unchecked, will brand him a traitor…a crime punishable by death.

But soon their bond may be Arianna's only hope. For stalking her in the shadows is a merciless enemy—one who will stop at nothing to claim her completely….



"Enchanted by Blood"
Sweetblood 2.5
in A Vampire for Christmas
HQN, October 18, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
All they want for Christmas is you…

It's the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.

And they don't care if you've been naughty or nice.

Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there's no place like home for the holidays—and these dazzling vampires can't wait for an invitation.



Embraced by Blood
Sweetblood 2
HQN, June 21, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet--a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires--makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed...then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again--until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together... and into an assassin's snare.



Hidden by Blood
Sweetblood 1.5
HQN, June 1, 2011
eBook

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy--Guardians who safeguard humanity and Darkbloods, rogues who will stop at nothing to satisfy their craving for the sweetest of human blood.

Now, former Army Ranger Finn McKentry finds himself imprisoned as a blood slave, forced to submit to an enemy more powerful than any he's encountered before. Only Brenna Stewart, the woman he'd loved and lost, can set him free--but the secret she harbors might lead them down the most dangerous path of all...



Bonded by Blood
Sweetblood 1
HQN, January 18. 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 378 pages

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she's cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her....



About Laurie

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London now writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.

Her debut book, BONDED BY BLOOD, A Sweetblood Novel, came out February 2011 from HQN Books. It was followed by HIDDEN BY BLOOD, an e-novella (June 2011); EMBRACED BY BLOOD (July 2011); “Enchanted By Blood,” a novella in the anthology A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS (October 2011); TEMPTED BY BLOOD (March 2012;) and SEDUCED BY BLOOD (July 2012).

Her writing has won and been a finalist in several prestigious contests including the Beacon, the Emerald City Opener, the Marlene, and the Orange Rose.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Greater Seattle Area RWA, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

When not writing, she can be found running, reading, or riding and showing her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.

Find Laurie here



The Giveaways


To Enter to Win a Copy of Seduced by Blood

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie London and a set of Trading Cards (US/CANADA ONLY).

How:  Leave a comment. Please remember - if you don't leave a comment your entry will not be counted.  You must also leave a way to contact you. Entries without contact information will not be counted.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*



GRAND PRIZE*

One winner of the whole tour will get a complete set of the SweetBlood Series, along with a set of Trading Cards and a custom made book thong by Mandy from Shiny Stupid Designs. (US/CANADA ONLY).


*The Grand Prize will be chosen by the organizer of the Seduced by Blood Blog Tour. The wording of the giveaway is provided by the tour organizer.




Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration


Each stop will be giving away a signed copy of Seduced by Blood.


July 10th  Hanging with Bells







July 19th  Books-n-Kisses

July 20th  United by Books

July 21st  The Qwillery

Cover Revealed - Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie London

Laurie London has revealed the cover for Seduced by Blood, the 4th book in the Sweetblood series.  Seduced by Blood is tentatively scheduled for publication in August 2012.

What do you think? I really like that you can see both characters faces. And I've always liked purple.


Cover Revealed - Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie London


The first 3 Sweetblood novels:

Tempted by Blood
Sweetblood 3
HQN, February 21, 2012 (MMP), March 1. 2012 (eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Cover Revealed - Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie London
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two Vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors….

He might be known for his effortless charm, but Guardian Jackson Foss is hiding a terrible secret. For months, he has battled the emergence of his dark nature—deadly urges that threaten to consume him. And those cravings only intensify when he meets Arianna Wells, the human he's been assigned to protect.

Smart and perceptive, Arianna doesn't seem like a dangerous temptress. Yet she awakens in Jackson an unstoppable need that, if left unchecked, will brand him a traitor…a crime punishable by death.

But soon their bond may be Arianna's only hope. For stalking her in the shadows is a merciless enemy—one who will stop at nothing to claim her completely….


Embraced by Blood
Sweetblood 2
HQN, June 21, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Cover Revealed - Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie London
Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet--a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires--makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed...then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again--until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together... and into an assassin's snare.


Bonded by Blood
Sweetblood 1
HQN, January 18. 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 378 pages

Cover Revealed - Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie London
Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she's cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her....

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012

Please welcome Laurie London to The Qwillery. Tempted by Blood, the third novel in Laurie's Sweetblood series, was published yesterday!


I’m so thrilled to be back on The Qwillery, celebrating two exciting events. First of all, the next book in the Sweetblood series, TEMPTED BY BLOOD, came out in print yesterday and comes out in digital format March 1.

But before I tell you the second reason I’m here, let me give you a little background about the third book in the series so it makes more sense.

Set deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humans, and Darkbloods, rogues who sell Sweet on the vampire black market. Sweetbloods are humans whose blood is very rare and highly addictive to vampires.

The heroine, Arianna Wells, is a human, but she’s not a sweetblood. However, her cousin who lives with her is a sweetblood and, as Arianna finds out later, so was her mother.

When Arianna was five years old, she witnessed shadows coming alive and taking her mother away. Most humans are unable to see vampires when they’re in their shadow form, so no one believed her, but Arianna knew what she saw.

Although she works for a software company now (the same one from EMBRACED BY BLOOD), her passion is her secret blog, which explores the unexplained and unusual, giving a voice to people like her—people who aren’t believed. If her security-conscious employer finds out she lied about having a blog, she could get fired, so she keeps her identity a secret. Those in the blogging community only know her by her screen name, Icy Shadows.

When she witnesses her cousin being taken by men who appeared from the shadows and another man (the hero, Jackson Foss) steps from the shadows to save her, Arianna realizes that what she saw all those years ago was real and that it was happening all over again. She takes some pictures, posting them to her blog the next day, and that’s when the $#!% hits the fan.

Which leads me to the second reason I’m here on The Qwillery. I’m launching Arianna’s blog Paranormalish (www.Paranormalish.blogspot.com) and I would love to have readers participate. Come read a few real and creepy stories that people have contributed already.

If you’ve ever experienced something bizarre, something unexplained, Icy Shadows would love to hear from you. Check out the guidelines on the blog and send your story to Paranormalish@gmail.com.

Not only will real reader stories be featured (I, Laurie, have a few really bizarre things that have happened to me and I’ll be sharing them at some point), but also, if you’re a writer and want to try your hand at some fun writing prompts, Arianna—I mean, Icy Shadows will be hosting fun fan-fiction-type contests. So stay tuned for those.

Thanks, Qwill (See? I didn’t use her real name in case she’s hiding her identity too.), for having me on today and for helping me launch TEMPTED BY BLOOD and Paranormalish.

In addition to Paranormalish, you can find me online at:
www.LaurieLondonBooks.com
www.facebook.com/LaurieLondonAuthor
www.twitter.com/LaurieBLondon
and my newest obsession, Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/LaurieLondon

If you have any questions, I’ll be popping in all day. Also, I’m giving away a signed copy of TEMPTED BY BLOOD to one lucky Qwillery reader. Good luck!


About the Sweetblood Series

Tempted by Blood
Sweetblood 3
HQN, February 21, 2012 (MMP), March 1. 2012 (eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two Vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors….

He might be known for his effortless charm, but Guardian Jackson Foss is hiding a terrible secret. For months, he has battled the emergence of his dark nature—deadly urges that threaten to consume him. And those cravings only intensify when he meets Arianna Wells, the human he's been assigned to protect.

Smart and perceptive, Arianna doesn't seem like a dangerous temptress. Yet she awakens in Jackson an unstoppable need that, if left unchecked, will brand him a traitor…a crime punishable by death.

But soon their bond may be Arianna's only hope. For stalking her in the shadows is a merciless enemy—one who will stop at nothing to claim her completely….


"Enchanted by Blood"
Sweetblood 2.5
in A Vampire for Christmas
HQN, October 18, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012
All they want for Christmas is you…

It's the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.

And they don't care if you've been naughty or nice.

Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there's no place like home for the holidays—and these dazzling vampires can't wait for an invitation.


Embraced by Blood
Sweetblood 2
HQN, June 21, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012
Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet--a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires--makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed...then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again--until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together... and into an assassin's snare.


Hidden by Blood
Sweetblood 1.5
HQN, June 1, 2011
eBook

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy--Guardians who safeguard humanity and Darkbloods, rogues who will stop at nothing to satisfy their craving for the sweetest of human blood.

Now, former Army Ranger Finn McKentry finds himself imprisoned as a blood slave, forced to submit to an enemy more powerful than any he's encountered before. Only Brenna Stewart, the woman he'd loved and lost, can set him free--but the secret she harbors might lead them down the most dangerous path of all...


Bonded by Blood
Sweetblood 1
HQN, January 18. 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 378 pages

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012
Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she's cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her....



About Laurie

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012
A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London now writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Greater Seattle Area RWA, RWAOnline, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, FF&P (RWA chapter devoted to all things paranormal), and two book clubs.

When not writing, she can be found running, reading, or riding and showing her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.

Laurie's Links:

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Tempted by Blood (Sweetblood 3) from Laurie!

How:  For today (Feb. 22) only you can ask Laurie a question or for all days leave a comment answering the following question:

Do you have a favorite TV show, movie, website, etc that deals with 
paranormal phenomena?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Guest Blog: Coffee with Heroines of #Dark Tour & Giveaway - June 9, 2011

The Qwillery is the 6th stop on the #Dark Tour By Erin Kellison and Laurie London. Erin and Laurie are celebrating the releases of new e-novellas: Shadow Touch by Erin and Hidden by Blood by Laurie. Let's listen in as their heroines have coffee.

Guest Blog: Coffee with Heroines of #Dark Tour & Giveaway - June 9, 2011


Coffee with Heroines of #DarkTour

Welcome to #DarkTour, and a big thank you to Sally for hosting us. Laurie London and I have got great prizes to give away— Shadow Bound (book 1 in my Shadow series), Bonded by Blood (book 1 in Laurie’s Sweetblood series), and a bonus book, Ascension, by author Caris Roane. We’ll also be adding bookmarks and romance trading cards to the package. Good, yes? Enter to win by answering the question below.

Today we are spotlighting the heroines of the Shadow and Sweetblood series. To start, Brenna, the heroine of Hidden by Blood, has met up with Ellie, from Shadow Touch, for a coffee and a get-to-know you chat to prepare for #DarkTour.

Brenna tries to keep her gaze on Ellie, but can’t help looking over at Ellie’s nude, disembodied shadow, who is glaring at her. “So,” Brenna asks smiling, “uhh…what’s up with the shadow?”

Ellie glances at her dark self, who is curled on a seat at another table, clearly distrustful of Brenna. Ellie hopes Brenna doesn’t notice that her shadow is on edge, ready to attack, if necessary.

Ellie smiles back, shrugging. “She senses that something is unusual about you, but since I’m split in two, I can’t exactly point any fingers, can I?” Ellie laughs nervously. “My shadow is my deep self, kinda like a Freudian id. Passions and instinct control her. And she’s getting stronger every day.”

Brenna leans forward, sympathetic. “That must be very…”

“… embarrassing?” Ellie interrupts. It’s so much more than that, but impossible to explain to a stranger. Instead, Ellie quips, “You should see her around attractive men. And if she senses I’m in danger…”

Her shadow hisses at Brenna.

“…then she will defend me,” Ellie finishes. “It’s happened before. No one knows, not even me, what she’s capable of.”

“I’m capable of anything,” her shadow says, gaze never leaving Brenna.

Ellie closes her eyes for patience. “I don’t mean that to sound threatening, it’s just…she obviously can tell that you are dangerous in your own right.”

Brenna smiles. “I suppose I am. But you have nothing to worry about.”

Ellie knows Brenna’s telling the truth, because her shadow settles back on her seat, though her glare is just as fierce. “Anyway, I’m determined to put an end to it,” Ellis says, “which is why I’m going to Segue. And I’m not leaving there until someone helps me.”

“What’s Segue?” Brenna asks.

Ellie picks up her coffee mug. Takes a sip. “It’s a paranormal research center. There’s a scientist there, Dr. Cameron Kalamos, who is investigating the unusual properties of shadows. He’s finally agreed to see me, though I’m pretty sure he’s not prepared for the likes of her.” Ellie darts a glance over at her dark self. “I think she’s only accompanying me because Dr. Kalamos is pretty cute.”

“Hot,” her shadow corrects.

Ellie sighs. “Yeah, okay. He’s hot. Anyway, enough about me. …

Brenna tears open a sugar packet, pours it slowly into her mug. “No, really, I don’t mind.”

“You...you don’t?” Ellie’s eyes go wide. “I figured she...we would totally freak you out.”

“Hardly. It’s refreshing, actually.” Brenna smiles as she stirs her latte. “I can totally relate to having a dark nature.”

“Seriously?”

“You’re not the only one with issues, Ellie. As a vampire, my dark nature is a part of me. I struggle with it daily. The urges, the compulsions.” Brenna glances at the shadow who looks ready to spring again. No doubt because the V word has been dropped. “Most of the time I manage pretty well. Working in the medical field like I do, you have to. But it’s especially difficult with one particular man. And yeah, he’s hot.”

“How do you manage?” Ellie glances over at her naked self. “I find it so...overwhelming at times.”

“I’m not saying it’s easy. If it was, no one would want to tell our stories.” Brenna sighs. “In my case, I try to avoid situations where I know I’m going to have...trouble.”

Brenna tenses, expecting some sort of reaction from the shadow, but the dark figure has just noticed the tatted up barista behind the counter.

“So, tell me about this guy,” Ellie prompts.

Brenna takes a sip of her latte and stares at her new friend over the rim. “Finn McKentry is a former Army Ranger who runs his own helicopter business. You know, sight-seeing, corporate outings, that sort of thing. He’s brash, bold, daring with just the faintest touch of a Scottish accent.”

“Mmmm, he does sound hot. So what’s the problem?”

Brenna sighs. “For one thing, he’s a human. But not only that, he’s also a sweetblood. It’s a rare blood type that’s extremely addictive to vampires. One taste and I won’t be able to stop. My dark nature will take over and I’ll kill him. Drain him of his blood and his energies.”

“His energies?” Ellie scowls. “I don’t understand.”

Brenna looks at the shadow who is now rubbing a hand suggestively over her hips as she stares at the barista. Wow, that would be hard to deal with day in and day out. Okay, she’d better be quick about this.

“Give me your hand.”

Ellie tentatively reaches out across the table. Brenna grabs her hand and a jolt of energy shoots up her arm before she lets go. “Did you feel that?”

Ellie looks at her palm, shakes her head.

“Many humans don’t,” Brenna explains. “Because vampires can’t get energy from ultra-violet light like you do, we need to absorb it through physical contact. Often, you’ll just feel tired afterwards. Like you didn’t sleep well. Or, as is the case for many people in the Northwest, you’ll feel as if you’re suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder and need sunlight.”

Ellie nods then waits a moment before asking, “So, what...ah...happened to the guy?”

Brenna stares into her cup. The heart design the barista had made in the foam is gone. All that is left is a stirred up mess.

“I broke up with him and told my dark self, never again.”


About the e-Novellas and Authors

Hidden By Blood
A Sweetblood e-Novella
(June 1, 2011)
Guest Blog: Coffee with Heroines of #Dark Tour & Giveaway - June 9, 2011
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy—Guardians who safeguard humanity and Darkbloods, rogues who will stop at nothing to satisfy their craving for the sweetest of human blood.

Now, former Army Ranger Finn McKentry finds himself imprisoned as a blood slave, forced to submit to an enemy more powerful than any he's encountered before. Only Brenna Stewart, the woman he'd loved and lost, can set him free—but the secret she harbors might lead them down the most dangerous path of all…


Amazon : B&N



About Laurie

Guest Blog: Coffee with Heroines of #Dark Tour & Giveaway - June 9, 2011
A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London now writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.

When not writing, she can be found running, reading, or riding and showing her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.

You can find Laurie online here:

Website:  http://www.laurielondonbooks.com/
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/LaurieLondonAuthor
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/LaurieBLondon


Shadow Touch
A Shadow e-Novella
(June 1, 2011)
Guest Blog: Coffee with Heroines of #Dark Tour & Giveaway - June 9, 2011
Magic
It is bleeding into our world, bringing with it banshees, wraiths, fae from the twisting forests of Twilight. But Elllie's problem is a very different kind of phenomenon. . .

Shadow
It ought to be attached to her; instead it has a life of its own. And her dark mirror image is a wild thing, willfully seducing the very man Ellie hoped could help.

Science
Cam has devoted his career to exploring the boundaries between this world and the Hereafter. But nothing could prepare him for the mischief and mayhem of a soul split in two.

Surrender
Who will give in first: the man struggling to unite two halves of one fascinating female; the shadow fighting for freedom to experience the thrill of every emotion; or the woman who is about to discover her own deepest desires?

Amazon : B&N


About Erin

Guest Blog: Coffee with Heroines of #Dark Tour & Giveaway - June 9, 2011
Erin Kellison is the author of the Shadow Series, which includes Shadow Bound and Shadow Fall, as well as the upcoming Shadowman (Sept 2011), and the e-novella Shadow Touch (June 2011). Stories have always been a central part of Erin's life. She attempted her first book in sixth grade, a dark fantasy adventure, and she still has those early hand-written chapters. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English Language and Literature and went on for a masters in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on oral storytelling. When she had children, nothing scared her anymore, so her focus shifted to writing fiction.

You can find Erin online here:

Website: http://www.erinkellison.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ErinKellison
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ekellison


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win Shadow Bound (book 1 in Erin's Shadow series), Bonded by Blood (book 1 in Laurie’s Sweetblood series), and a bonus book, Ascension, by author Caris Roane. Erin and Laurie will also be adding bookmarks and romance trading cards to the package.


How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What are your favorite fictional characters who fight with their dark side?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, June  16, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Laurie London and Giveaway - March 16, 2011

Please welcome Laurie London to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

Laurie:  Thank you for having me on today!

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Laurie:  Because I don’t have an office and get easily distracted by my family, I wear noise-cancelling headphones, turned on, but without any music.

TQ: Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Laurie:  Some of my favorite writers are JR Ward, Gena Showalter, Jeaniene Frost, Cherry Adair, Loretta Chase, Charlaine Harris, Kresley Cole, Alexis Morgan and Virginia Kantra. Their heroes are to die for! They’re driven and unapologetic in the pursuit of their goals, but until you understand their point of view, they can come across as hard, selfish, and unbending. Some of my favorite character arcs, how they change from beginning to end, are Lord Dain’s in Lord of Scoundrels and Zsadist’s in Lover Awakened.

The emotion in books by Stephenie Meyer, Loretta Chase, Lara Adrian, and Nalini Singh sweeps me away. Those authors can describe a look, a touch, or a sensation in such detail that you feel as if you’re the character and the book is about you. Reading their work pushes me to do more in mine.

And I get lost in the almost poetic-like prose from writers like Daphne Du Maurier, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lisa Genova and Tana French. The way they describe a setting and relate it to the character’s emotion is so vivid that those places feel like part of your personal memories.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Laurie:  I used to write by the seat of my pants, but now that I’m writing on deadline and need to submit proposals before the book is written, I’m becoming more of a plotter. Having a road map ahead of time is great because it allows me to work out the kinks before committing myself. Talk about depressing when you realize a scene isn’t working in the overall scheme of things and you have to cut out something you love. Although I don’t plot in great detail—just high-level stuff—it prevents a lot of heartache later.

TQ: What inspired you to write Bonded by Blood?

Laurie:  Like many authors, I tried writing in several other genres (middle grade fiction, contemporary romance, YA) before I found my writer’s voice.

I’ve always loved vampires (film, television, books) and Bonded started simply as a personal indulgence. It was fun to write, I loved the characters, and the words flowed. But I had no illusions it would go anywhere beyond my hard drive because there are a lot of great vampire romances on the shelves. It wasn’t like I saw a niche and needed to fill it.

When my sister (who is published now, too) finaled in RWA’s Golden Heart contest and wanted me to attend the national conference with her, I decided to go only if I finished the story.

During this time, I told an author friend that I was writing a vampire romance but had no expectations for it. She said the industry was always looking for strong voices, no matter the story. Don’t worry about the market now, just focus on what makes my world unique. This gave me a glimmer of hope.

So I finished Bonded before the conference and polished it up afterward. It did well in a few contests, which led to landing an agent, who soon found an editor who loved it.

The moral of the story is this: Listen to your sister and smart friends, trust your instincts, and never underestimate the power of a deadline.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of the Sweetblood series?

Laurie:  I researched an eclectic variety of topics which included guns, motorcycles, knives, the history of furniture, how our sense of smell works, ferry schedules, vampire sightings throughout history, high-rise building layouts, the salons of Paris in the 18th century, Porsche specs, etc.

I’ve spoken with law enforcement officials; lurked in online forums about motorcycles, location scouting and the military; watched countless videos on guns, knives and fighting; and I plan to interview a friend who works for a gaming company.

Some facts I used and others I twisted. For instance, there really isn’t a rooftop terrace at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle, but it worked well in the story, so I made one. And in case you’re wondering, the nuns who work the ferry docks on an island are real, although the actual islands in both Bonded by Blood and Embraced By Blood are fictional.

TQ: Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Bonded by Blood?

Laurie:  One of my favorite scenes is where Dom and Mackenzie are sharing their favorite childhood memories. The stories they told each other defined what they hoped to recapture in the future— happiness, belonging, beauty, honor, family—whether they realized it at the time or not.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Sweetblood series? Will there be any short stories or novellas set in Sweetblood world?

Currently, there will be four books in the Sweetblood world, but I’d love to write more. I’ve also written an e-novella and I’ll have a short story in a holiday anthology.

TQ:  What's next?

Laurie:  Quite a lot, actually. J

1. I’m thrilled that my publisher asked me to write an e-novella set in the Sweetblood world. Hidden By Blood comes out June 1 and is a complete romance between two people you haven’t met before: Finn, a sweetblood, and Brenna, a vampire. However, you’ll recognize a few of the others.

2. The second book in the series, Embraced By Blood, comes out June 21 and is Alfonso and Lily’s story.

3. In November, I’ll have a Sweetblood short story in the anthology Holiday With A Vampire.

4. Book three is Jackson’s story and it comes out early in 2012.

5. I don’t have many details to share about book four yet, just that it’ll be out in 2012.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Laurie:  Thanks so much for having me!!!

 
Laurie's Books
 
Bonded By Blood
A Sweetblood Novel 1
(January 18, 2011)
Interview with Laurie London and Giveaway - March 16, 2011 From the Back Cover:
 
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy—Guardian enforcers who safeguard humanity and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors.
 
Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she’s cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.
 
For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her…

Embraced by Blood
A Sweetblood Novel 2
(June 21, 2011)
Interview with Laurie London and Giveaway - March 16, 2011
Is she a deadly temptation...or the one woman who can quench his eternal thirst?

Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he’s managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won’t rest until he’s dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he’ll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet-a rare blood type that’s addictive to vampires-makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed...then left her in despair. Danger aside-Lily won’t let Alfonso near her heart again-until an irresistible hunger draws them back together...and into an assassin’s snare.

 
About Laurie
 
Interview with Laurie London and Giveaway - March 16, 2011
A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Greater Seattle Area RWA, RWAOnline, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, FF&P (RWA chapter devoted to all things paranormal), and two book clubs.

When not writing, she can be found running, reading, or riding and showing her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.

Laurie's Links
Website
Facebook
Twitter

The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Bonded by Blood (Sweetblood 1) directly from Laurie!

How:  Leave a comment answering this question asked by Laurie:

Do any of you have an experience where giving in to an indulgence led to something great?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Embraced by Blood by Laurie London - Cover - March 5, 2011

I just noticed that the cover for Embraced by Blood is up at Laurie London's site. Embraced by Blood (July 2011) is the 2nd book in the the Sweetblood series.

Embraced by Blood by Laurie London - Cover - March 5, 2011
Is she a deadly temptation...or the one woman who can quench his eternal thirst?

Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he’s managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won’t rest until he’s dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he’ll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet-a rare blood type that’s addictive to vampires-makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed...then left her in despair. Danger aside-Lily won’t let Alfonso near her heart again-until an irresistible hunger draws them back together...and into an assassin’s snare.

From Laurie London's Website

Here's the cover for the 1st novel in the Sweetblood series, Bonded by Blood (February 2011):

Embraced by Blood by Laurie London - Cover - March 5, 2011
Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she's cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her….

HQN

Look for an interview with Laurie on the 16th (of this month).

Bonded by Blood by Laurie London - 2011 Debut Author Challenge

Laurie London's debut novel, Bonded by Blood was released on Tuesday, January 18. Laurie will be stopping by The Qwillery for an interview in March. If you have any questions you'd like me to ask her, leave them in the comments and I may include them in the interview.

Bonded by Blood
Author: Laurie London
Series: Sweetblood 1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (January 18, 2011)
Price: $7.99
Language: English
Genre: Parnormal Romance
ISBN: 978-0373775446

Bonded by Blood by Laurie London - 2011 Debut Author ChallengeMovie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she's cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her….



 
 
   
Embraced by Blood (Sweetblood 2) will be released in June 2011.

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as InspirationCover Revealed - Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie LondonGuest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012Guest Blog: Coffee with Heroines of #Dark Tour & Giveaway - June 9, 2011Interview with Laurie London and Giveaway - March 16, 2011Embraced by Blood by Laurie London - Cover - March 5, 2011Bonded by Blood by Laurie London - 2011 Debut Author Challenge

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