FORBIDDEN: THE BRETHREN OF EREBUS

I am excited! Forbidden: The Brethren of Erebus is now in book form on Amazon!

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Synopsis:

The European vampire brood is in decline. The Vampiric Council’s rule is iron clad amid rumors of an uprising. How does one stop that? It came in the form of an Oracle verse, and a name …

“Julianna”.
As a warrior of the Brethren of Erebus, Moros must obey the commands of the Heir Elder, who is convinced this young woman is his only hope of saving the vampire Brood. Sent to America, a forbidden land by decree of the European rulers, he arrives to learn he has been exiled and his family honor, in ruins.

Angered by this betrayal, Moros continues the search for Julianna. However, the more he learns, the less Moros believed the mission he was on will clear his name. Entangled in a web of lies, rivalry, deception, the threat of war, and the wrath of a Pan Celtic God, he does not know what, or who, to believe.

But in the mist of all that, he does find one thing unexpected … love.

SPOTLIGHT: UNFORTUNATE SOULS, BOOK ONE BY AUTHOR JADE M. PHILLIPS

Unfortunate Souls

My name is Ruby Carter. I was a normal teenage girl who only wanted what every other teenage girl wanted- love and acceptance. But when my parents revealed a painful secret I couldn’t accept, and my boyfriend broke up with me the night before my eighteenth birthday, I turned into something beyond average. Betrayed and broken, I tore off in my car, into the storm, and straight toward my death. I was sucked into a dark and terrifying world I never knew existed, changing my life forever. That’s when I met him…

My name is Guy Stone. I’ve been told I have no heart- a cold, ruthless killer. And I liked the perception others gave me for it allowed me to shut out my past and focus on hunting down every last Unfortunate Soul, seeking my revenge. But the night I found her lying amongst the flames of the battle, helpless and confused, I caved, finding myself drawn to her dark innocence, unable to follow the rules. And by that one decision, not only did my life change forever, but I found myself falling for the one thing I despised the most: A vampire. My enemy. An Unfortunate Soul.

*This book is recommended for ages 14 and up due to a little bit of kissing, cursing, and mild violence.
The Unfortunate Souls Series:
Unfortunate Souls (Book 1)
Broken Souls (Book 2)
Rogue Souls (Book 3)

About The Author:

Jade Phillips

Jade M. Phillips writes in the Paranormal Romance and Fantasy genres and is the author of the Unfortunate Souls Series amongst other titles. Jade, aside from being an author, can play guitar, do a frighteningly accurate portrayal of a spider monkey, and has the magical ability to vanquish entire armies of supernatural creatures with a flick of her pen. When she is not writing about mystical beings and lovable characters, she’s having nightly dance parties with her kids, blogging about whatever tickles her fancy, and testing new recipes on the stove (which coincidentally, usually ends up testing her smoke detectors as well.) Jade resides in Arizona with her husband, two children, and her crazy cat, William Wallace Braveheart Fuzzy McFarland the Third.
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SPOTLIGHT: DRAWING DEAD BY AUTHOR BRIAN McKINLEY

Drawing Dead

The average mobster dies as they live. Faolan O’Connor, however, finds new life after he dies.
Faolan O’Connor spent his life killing for men like Legs Diamond and Lucky Luciano, and now it’s his turn to face the music. But when vampire Darcy Killian offers him immortality, Faolan enters a world of violence, wealth, and power beyond anything he’s ever imagined.

Driven by ambition and guilt, Faolan fights his way up the ranks in a battle to justify his sins with success. He’s learned the hard way that relationships are vulnerabilities and friends are just enemies in disguise, but he also knows that he can’t conquer a city alone.

Aided by an emotionally-crippled genius and a warm-hearted call girl, Faolan builds a loyal crew with which to challenge the tyrannical Killian’s rule. However, will this re-awakened humanity prove a fatal flaw or his ace in the hole? With his life and the future of the city he loves at stake, can Faolan play his cards right or is he drawing dead?

About the Author:

McKinley

Being a writer is probably the most interesting thing about Brian McKinley. I’m live in New Jersey, but I’ve also resided in Pennsylvania, California, and Illinois. I’m single and have hit what most would call a string of disasters just prior to being accepted by Midnight Hour Publishing. While that alone hasn’t turned the rest of Mr. McKinley’s life around, he would say that finally being published and finding such support and company has helped him emerge from a very dark period in his life.

** As a side note, Mr. McKinley was interviewed previously when debuting his first novel, Ancient Blood: A Novel of the Hegemony, which I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. If you like vampire books, it is a must read.

Link to Drawing Dead:

http://www.amazon.com/Faolan-Connors-Drawing-Dead-Book/dp/1940812763/ref=la_B0085QCYUA_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1444687666&sr=1-1

Link to Ancient Blood: A Novel of the Hegemony:

http://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Blood-Brian-Patrick-McKinley/dp/0615704255/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

BOOK TOUR, FORBIDDEN: THE BRETHERN OF EREBUS

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Hope you guys don’t mine my pasting a link to a book tour featuring Forbidden: The Brethren of Erebus. So far, the reviews are positive, This is the first time I’ve participated in a book promo like that and it’s really been an interesting ride!!

https://fictiontrials.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/review-forbidden-brethren-of-erebus-book-1-by-l-m-david/

Would totally appreciate your checking out this website and your leaving a comment as to your thoughts! Thanks!!!

FIRST BOOK REVIEW ON FORBIDDEN: THE BRETHREN OF EREBUS

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read,August 27, 2014

This review is from: Forbidden: The Brethren of Erebus (Kindle Edition)
Forbidden: The Brethren of Erebus by L.M. David is a must read for anyone with even the slightest interest in vampire lore. Heir Elder Aramis, seeking to unseat his father, Andrei, the Vampiric High Elder, sets in motion a series of events that leads to a major skirmish between the ancient world of European vampires and the modernized brood of American vampires. The pawn in Aramis’ scheme is Moros, a valiant warrior of the Brethren, who is sent on a mission to America to find and return to Europe, the mysterious Julianna, who it is prophesied by the Oracles, The Daughters of The Night, will reunite the two warring vampire factions.
Replete with journeys through the wonderland of vampires, witch covens and supernatural creatures, this fast-paced novel leads the reader into a world of deception and deceit as centuries-old vampires struggle to take or maintain their positions in the vampire kingdoms.

FORBIDDEN: BRETHREN OF EREBUS BY L.M. DAVID

My new release is now available in eBook format:

Forbidden: The Brethren of Erebus:

The European vampire brood is in decline. The Vampiric Council’s rule is iron clad amid rumors of an uprising. How does one stop that? It came in the form of an Oracle verse, and a name …

“Julianna”.

As a warrior of the Brethren of Erebus, Moros must obey the commands of the Heir Elder, who is convinced this young woman is his only hope of saving the vampire Brood. Sent to America, a forbidden land by decree of the European rulers, he arrives to learn he has been exiled and his family honor, in ruins.

Angered by this betrayal, Moros continues the search for Julianna. However, the more he learns, the less Moros believes the mission he is on will clear his name. Entangled in a web of lies, rivalry, deception, the threat of war, and the wrath of a Pan Celtic God, he does not know what, or who, to believe.

But in the mist of all that, he does find one thing unexpected … love.

Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23007072-forbidden

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/467414

http://www.amazon.com/Forbidden-Brethren-Erebus-L-M-David-ebook

 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA M. LYONS, AUTHOR OF EYES LIKE BLUE FIRE

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Hello, L.M. David. This interview is with Amanda M. Lyons, author of Eyes Like Blue Fire. This is, I believe, the second author I’ve interviewed where the book is about vampires! High-five for Amanda!! Again, this was prepared last year and I offer the same apologies.

Okay, let’s get started.

Q. Welcome Amanda.  Tell me a bit about yourself.

A. I’m a writer from rural Ohio raising two kids with my fiancé and trying to do my best to teach them how to be good people. I like just about everything creative, especially books and film. I have a soft spot for B movies, horror, and films that leave you feeling really moved by the time you get finished. I’ve also never given up my love of movies, or books, that could remind you of that sense of wonder we forget about once we stop being kids. I guess maybe you could consider me a horror writer with the best of intentions?

Q.      Your book, Eyes Like Blue Fire, is about my favorite subject: vampires. Please tell me about the world you created for this book.

A. The world Eyes Like Blue Fire takes place in isn’t really all that removed from our own. We share the same cities and a lot of the same culture but there things are a bit more tied up in dreams. That’s why dreams are so important to the characters in the story. Instead of their dreams being random images and events to occupy the mind their dreams are often connection to their deeper selves and other people who are important in their lives.  Their reality is actually very dreamlike and surreal at points.

Q. The main character, Katja, is a vampire who is alone. What is her character like?

A. Katja had a very sad and tragic life before she became a vampire, for her becoming a vampire was supposed to be about moving on from that past. Instead it too became tragic. As a result she’s closed herself off from everything but the past that now consumes her. She doesn’t see a real future ahead of her no matter how much she craves happiness. She’s a tragic figure but she’s also the hero of her own story because she is strong enough to face terrible odds to reclaim her life despite her fears about losing those she cares about again.

Q. Eyes Like Blue Fire is described as not being a love story. How would you describe it?

A. This has been a challenge. I call it gothic horror novel because it’s dark and moody, there’s lots of blood, horrific events and tragedy but in the end it’s about a woman choosing her own happiness over the what ifs and the maybe I’m wrongs she’s let rule her life. As with all of my novels thus far it’s got elements of other genres to it because it’s more about the characters and their development than the scares. I want you to care about my characters so that when the scares come you can feel it the way they do. I want certain scenes to stick in mind too.

 

Q. The character Raven, please describe his character.

A. Raven is a writer/poet living in London after years of traveling Europe as a child. He’s the person Katja meets one night and quickly bonds with. He has an immediate connection to her and after years of being alone this startles her enough to make her run. Raven has been seeking her out without even knowing it. While Katja’s search for happiness is groundless Raven’s has a clear face and there’s a reason for that, something you’d have to read the book to find out.

 

Q. Eyes Like Blue Fire seems to have it all: zombies, vampires, evil, despair and hope. How did you get in a mindset to create your book?

A. I spent a lot of years being lonely and frustrated with my life even in the midst of a happy relationship with my fiancé. In a lot of ways the book was a lesson for myself. Don’t dwell on and in your past or you will lose your future. I tended to work on Eyes Like Blue Fire when I was my most upset and a lot of that got down on the page. Once I was done writing the original drafts of the book and started editing it I would listen to a lot of Goth and industrial music to set the tone.

Q.  There is a character called Zero. Nice Name. What is this individual like?

A. Zero is a bit of a grouchy old man in a young man’s body. You don’t get too far into his head in this book but in the sequel you’ll get to know more about him and his tragic life and love affair with ELBF’s villainess Marie. He’s neither human nor a vampire but some sort of immortal because of his interaction with Marie. He’s made a lot of mistakes in life but he’s also started doing what he can to make up for that. As a result he gets frustrated if people around him are making similar mistakes and missing the big picture. He’s very directed and wants to do his best to keep being a positive influence.

Q. Are you currently working on a sequel to Eyes Like Blue Fire? If not, what is your current work in progress?

A. I actually started the sequel several years ago on a burst of inspiration brought about by what I’d achieved while editing ELBF. The first draft is at the halfway mark and yes, I do have plans on finishing it up so that I can get it out there too. Cool Green Waters (as it’s tentatively titled at the moment) will feature a lot more about Zero and Michael as they seek out Anton’s last apprentice Mateo. It also tells us how things are going with Katja and Raven. I think there will be a lot of surprises for fans of ELBF. You learn quite a bit about how Marie’s influence has affected others, meet some new vampires, explore the characters a bit more and also run into some surprises about characters in the first book. I like what I was able to do with ELBF but I feel like Cool Green Waters achieves so much more both because I wrote it when I was a much more polished writer and there is so much more to explore and discover.

Q. What about your world of vampires will attract readers?

A. There are a few things actually. My vampires are a bit more human. What do I mean by that? They have a much more natural way of seeing things and interacting with the world they live in. Now for some of them (like Marie) this means being cruel and sadistic because she’s out of touch with life as a whole. For Katja it means that she has a hard time coming to grips with how tragic her life has been and she’s afraid to move on. I think it makes it easier to sympathize with them.

My vampires are also a bit different from other vamps. Mirrors are a lot more horrific than trivial for them, they aren’t inherently evil so crosses mean nothing to them, they are sensitive to holy water but this has more to do with allergens than religion.

They also have some physical traits that make feeding and sex very different. I won’t go too much into that but it does open them up to all sorts of experiences that are unexpected.

Q. Which character was your favorite?

A. Over time my favorite character has changed. In a lot of ways Katja and Raven are based on me and my way of seeing things over time. So initially, they were my favorite characters because they were clearer to me than the others. Now I’d say it would be characters like Zero and Mateo who learn from their mistakes.

Q. Which character turned out to be your least favorite?

A. Becca, I’m still not sure I got her right. She needed to be endearing but very flawed.

Q. If your book were being made into a movie, who would you get to play Katja, Raven and Zero?

A. I’d want them to be played by unknown actors so that they weren’t changed by actors’ previous roles and reputations. So that they became the characters instead of overwhelming them.

Q. What has been the hardest part about self-publishing your work?

A. Two things. Deciding to do it and getting together the confidence to do the self-promotion involved. When I first started writing I was told in many books how self-publication was giving up and that it meant you couldn’t be taken seriously. It was hard to let go of that representation especially because it only recently started to be universally understood that self-publication was just another market for publication. It helped that I was able to see so many other writers doing it and becoming successful. As far as self-promotion…well I’m very introverted so it feels really alien to go out there and essentially be telling people ‘come read my book you’ll love it!’ It feel like bragging in a way and I’m not used to that. I do enjoy interviews though. They’re very fun!

Q. What advice would you give writers who are struggling to get into the publishing world?

A. Don’t give up! It will take a lot of effort and you will feel like it’s never going to turn out at times but it will be worth it when you get what you want from your work.

L.M. David: Thank you for doing the interview. I wish you the best with your book because, again, vampires are my favorite.

Author’s Bio:

Amanda M. Lyons is a longtime fan of horror and fantasy. She writes character driven novels that while influenced by her darker interests, can also be heavily laced with fantasy, romance, history and magic. Amanda M. Lyons has lived her whole life in rural Ohio where she lives with her fiancé and two children. Eyes Like Blue Fire is her first novel.

Author links:

Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7035440.Amanda_M_Lyons

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-M-Lyons-Author/357528661024257?fref=ts

Twitter:https://twitter.com/AmandaMLyons

Website: http://amandamlyons.weebly.com/books.html

Synopsis Blue eyes Like Fire: Katja is a vampire who has lost sense of herself and her value in the world. Lost, broken and damaged she wanders the streets of Europe hoping to find some sense of purpose beyond the death and tragedy she has always known. Betrayed by her sire and left alone in the night she is startled to discover herself forming a connection to a young man who shares a close resemblance to her master and lover. Though everything in her begs her to stay with him she flees only to come running back to save him when a sadistic monster from her sire’s past comes to destroy the only hope she has had in 300 years.

Katja and Raven will face many horrors among them Renfield style zombies, ghosts and the undead. This is also the first in the series Broken Edges.