Friday, November 4, 2016

Blood Shackles by Rosemary A. Johns ❤️ Book Tour & Gift Card GIVEAWAY ❤️ (Vampire Romance)



WELCOME TO THE BLOOD CLUB

Light is a Rocker Blood Lifer with a talent for remembering things. He’s meant to be the predator. It’s been that way since Victorian times. But not now. Not since someone hunted him. Enslaved him. Ripped out his fangs. Who are these ruthless humans? Who’s their violent leader? And who betrayed the secret of the Blood Lifer world?

WHERE THE PREDATORS

London, Primrose Hill. Grayse is the commanding but alluring slaver’s daughter. The enemy. She buys Light, like he’s a pair of designer shoes. So why does Light feel so drawn to her? Especially when his family is still in chains. Will he risk everything – even his new love – to save them?

BECOME THE PREY

Does a chilling conspiracy lie behind it all? A stunning revelation leads Light to an inconceivable truth. If he can face his worst terrors, he can save his family and his whole species from slavery.

Maybe he can even save himself.



Why Historians Love Vampires – Or Any Excuse for Research


Firstly, thanks for having me on your site!
OK now comes the hands up part – I’ve always loved vampires. Maybe not when I was so young I was terrified of them – but I don’t remember that.
I was fascinated by vampires. The myths. The history behind the myths; I chose that topic as a school project once. Bewildered my teacher. I remember being narked I couldn’t include the Vlad the Impaler pictures I’d discovered…
Still, the point is I was a born historian. I went on to study history at Oxford (same college as they filmed Harry Potter and Lewis Carroll’s college – take your pick). I love the people. The stories. And yeah, I admit it, the research.
So vampires… Living for centuries and witnessing the best and worst of all humanity. But the outsiders. Only ever looking in. Once human but never being able to be human again.
A bit like historians, if I’m honest.
Rebel Vampires my new fantasy series is set in the supernatural world of Blood Life, in a hidden London of vampires, rebels and romance. The world is divided between Blood Lifers (vampires) and First Lifers (humans). And vampires are both predator and prey.
I may love vampires. But I wanted to write a vampire book for adults. A whole new urban fantasy twist on the myth – or as Light would say:
‘You know those vampire myths? Holy water, entry by invitation only and sodding crucifixes?
Bollocks to them.’
Blood Dragons (Rebel Vampires Volume 1)

Blood Dragons is out now (e-book and paperback). Click here: http://viewbook.at/BloodDragons
Blood Dragons was sparked by the idea of a British Rocker vampire with a photographic memory called Light.
Light’s extraordinary memory is based on my son’s. My son is an autistic savant – meaning he has a photographic memory. I wondered whether being a vampire with such a gift would be a blessing or a curse.
Light is caught between his century old love for a savage Elizabethan Blood Lifer and his forbidden human lover in 1960s London.
Light is elected into Blood life in Victorian England. This gave me 150 years to paint – the glories and the horrors. Because Light remembers it all with the clarity of a photograph.
Research for a writer is essential. But the key? To make it invisible. The reader should feel like they’re in that Victorian warehouse, trapped in a stinking hole during World War One or lounged in the fug of a 1960s bar with a pint and a ciggie. It should be vivid. And real. Research worn with a light touch.
Once Blood Lifers are elected they choose to hold onto what they love best about the times they pass through. The clothes, hair or mannerisms of speech.
Ruby – savage and controlling but Light’s Blood Lifer love (‘Ruby. My red-haired devil, Author, muse, liberator, guide: my gorgeous nightmare’), is an Elizabethan.
‘A copper tuppeny bit landed on the grass at Ruby’s feet. There were sniggers.
I remained in the shadows, waiting for my cue.
‘Faith, you are foolish slaves. Nothing but base beasts. By this hand, you will cry mercy before this night is over.’
The laughter died.’
Blood Shackles (Rebel Vampires Volume 1)
http://viewbook.at/BloodShackles

Whereas Hartford? He’s a powerful American Long-lived. But the jazz age? Those were the years of his greatest joy and freedom. They spoke to his Soul – and his beautiful voice.

It’s Hartford’s voice, which sets the other slaves free with its hope, when they’re abducted by the secret human Blood Club in Blood Shackles. Like Taken. But with vampires.

‘ ‘Groupies,’ Donovan sighed dreamily.
Hartford shook his nut. ‘Jazz babies: now there was a treat! All those blotto dolls in loose dresses, with looser morals, wanting to have a good time. I was in Chicago when it was the hard-boiled gangsters running the cabarets and the dance clubs; now they knew how to throw a party. Later the place to be was New York, where I’d hunt The Cotton Club to the throb of Duke Ellington. Have a smoke. Some skirt up for some nookie and then… Pulse of the blood and the jazz in synchronicity…’ Hartford’s peepers shuddered closed, as we all licked our lips in sympathetic memory. ‘I’d sneak into the Rosewood Ballroom to hear Louis Armstrong play, even when I wasn’t on the hunt.’ ’
Blood Shackles (Rebel Vampires Volume 2)

So maybe my teacher should’ve allowed the pictures. Or maybe they’re why I love vampires. Or research. At least now I get to do both. And because I always write what I love to read? As Light would say – blinding.

You grabbed my hand, dragging me after you down the warren of side streets behind the shops.

It was pelting down now. Even though I was soaked, I was still buzzing from the barney.

At last you stopped, shoving me up against a brick wall at the back entrance to a butcher’s.

‘Look,’ I said hurriedly, ‘I’m sorry about--’

‘Thanks.’

Questioningly, I tilted my nut. Your lips were close to mine. All I’d need to do was…

You pulled back (of course you bloody did), even if you were still clutching onto me, as if my body was yours.

Because no matter what other nasties you might do with it, you’d never kiss your slave, would you?

Then you suddenly hauled me closer, and we were snogging.

At that moment, none of it meant anything.

Slave or Mistress. First Lifer or Blood.

It never does when skin meets skin. It was just Light and Grayse.

So it was a good kiss. To me, it changed everything. But to you..?

‘If you would be so kind, some of us are trying to feed in peace.’ A nasal but polite Turkish Blood Lifer popped his nut up from further down the alley.

He licked down the neck of a twitching First Lifer bird, who was propped up against a skip.

When you shrieked and tried to jerk away, I held you still by the wrist.

I shrugged. ‘Yeah, my mistake.’

Your peepers were now flint.

I started edging you backwards out of the shadows. Now wasn’t the time to give you a crash course on Blood Lifer dinner etiquette.

It seems, however, that our Turkish friend was determined to educate me. ‘You know, young one, it is most inconsiderate to interrupt a fellow’s kill. I had no intention to do so with yours.



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ROSEMARY A JOHNS is a traditionally published author of short stories under the name R. A. Johns. She is the author of Blood Dragons the compelling first instalment of the Rebel Vampires series.

Rosemary A Johns wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of ten, when she discovered the weird worlds inside her head were more exciting than double swimming. Since then she’s studied history at Oxford University, run a theatre company (her critically acclaimed plays have been described as "uncomfortable, unsettling and uneasily true to life"), and worked with disability charities.
When Rosemary’s not falling in love with the rebels fighting their way onto the page, she heads the Oxford writing group Dreaming Spires


     



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38 comments :

  1. Congrats on the tour, the book looks great, and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  2. Thanks for having me on your site (which is gorgeous by the way)! The tour is great fun so far - ask me anything you like - and have a great day!

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary! I enjoyed your guest post...lots of people seem to have many different interpretations of vampires, especially in this genre, and I think we're all fascinated by them to some degree. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    2. Thanks Lauren! I wanted to add a twist to the genre and write a truly unique new series. I ran a competition about vampires last month. The answers were amazing and all so different! Have a great day!

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  3. Congratulations on your book's release, I enjoyed reading the excerpt! Good luck on the tour and thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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    1. Thanks Judy! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt and hope you like the series! The tour has been so much fun so far, looking forward to it - good luck with the giveaway!

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  4. Jazz age vampires in chains! I'd read that.

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    1. Hi Richard! Yes Hartford's a great vampire to write and a lot of fun...in a dark way. Hope you enjoy the series!

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  5. I love the excerpt. Sounds like a great book.

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    1. Thanks Teresa - hope you enjoy the series and have a great Bonfire Night!

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  6. Thank you for the excerpt & generous giveaway.

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    1. Hi Beth Ann! Good luck in the giveaway and hope you enjoy your escape into Blood Life...

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    1. Hi Victoria - thanks and hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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  8. The rebel vampires series sounds epic! Looking forward to reading these books. Thank you

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    1. Hi Linda! I'm busily writing book three of the series (Blood Renegades) at the moment - I was researching London Bridge this morning... Hope you enjoy Rebel Vampires and have a great weekend!

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  9. A modern twist on an old vampire-count me in!

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    1. Hi Deborah! Yes - you're right, that's exactly what I wanted to do with the series - hope you enjoy it and have a great Sunday!

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  10. I love PNR.I need to look into this series.It got very good reviews on Amazon.

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    1. Hi! Thanks and hope you enjoy the books! Also that you had a good Bonfire Night - celebrations are still going on here...

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  11. Sounds like a must read. I'm adding it to my wish list now.

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    1. Hi Kathy! Hope you're having a great weekend and enjoy the series!

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  12. I really enjoyed the excerpt, thans for sharing it with us.

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    1. Hi Chiara! Glad you enjoyed it and hope you enjoy the series - have a great day!

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  13. Thank you so much for the giveaway-have a great week!

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  14. sounds like a fun one

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  15. Hi Daniel! Hope you enjoy the series and have a great day!

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  16. I just loved the excerpt and the cover.

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    1. Thanks Bridgett - I hope you enjoy the series and have a lovely Thanksgiving!

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    1. My pleasure Deborah - I've loved this tour and hope you enjoy the series!

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  18. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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    1. Hi Tom! Good luck and I hope you have a great day!

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  19. To Rosemary: I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including Blood Shackles. Thanks for throwing a great Book Tour and Giveaway. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

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