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Charlene Johnson
Charlene Johnson Author Interview

Awakened follows a warrior who is vampire royalty as he tries to protect a woman from evil as she tries to cope with her new reality and the connection between them. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The books in the series follow members of the Circle of the Red Scorpion. Based on the storyline in Book 4, Returned, it made sense that Awakened was the next book in the series. I don’t want to give too much away but there has been a vampire power struggle brewing since Shattered. Though there is some resolution in Awakened, a future book in the series will end it – at least for a time. Vampires are forever so there will always be someone else who wants to take the power.

I really enjoyed the connection between Dominic and Chantelle. Was their relationship planned or did it develop organically?

I plan the relationships in the series since many of the stories are related and prior storyline planning for the series is necessary. A subplot may begin in one book but ends in another story. The same with growing attractions between two characters. I compare it to putting together a complex puzzle.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I wanted Dominic to accept who he was despite his heritage and realize it was the flaws of others that caused the issues in his life, not him. His calling as a warrior was far greater than those issues.

This is the fifth book in your Circle of the Red Scorpion Series. What can readers expect in book six?

In Book 6, Pursued, Elemental demon, Moses Thorne, is investigating a string of grisly murders in New Orleans when he meets a woman he never thought he would see again. Would he be able to trust her?

As Moses tries to solve the murders, a vengeful demon plots to kill him. He can no longer evade the world of demons he fled over a thousand years ago.

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Fierce warrior, deadly enforcer, and Pureblood vampire royalty, Dominic Rinaldi dedicated his immortal life in service for justice. Betrayed by the Pureblood female he loved centuries ago, he didn’t believe after all that time he’d find a woman to awaken his heart.

Until Chantelle.

He rescues Chantelle Mallory one night from a vampire he thought died a century ago. He believes she is the one he’s been waiting for. Beautiful, full of life and human, can Chantelle ever accept what he is?

As Dominic and Chantelle surrender to an attraction neither can deny, a vampire hunts for the descendants of a voodoo priestess, Dominique Malveaux, whose extraordinary blood gives a Rogue vampire the abilities of a Pureblood vampire and something more – the ability to walk in the sunlight. He plans to build a hybrid army to destroy the Sacred Order of Simiel, led by Dominic’s father, Vittorio, and become their new leader. Can Dominic, his father, and the Circle of the Red Scorpion find Dominique’s descendants first and protect them?

Faced with an old enemy and the new threat that could destroy the Pureblood vampire world, will Dominic and Chantelle have a chance at happiness?
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