Scarlet Ambrosia follows a man who faces a life-altering choice after meeting a beautiful vampire and learning of a secret and dangerous underworld. How did you come up with the idea behind this novel?
Believe it or not, the story began with a question: How does a nice Jewish accountant tell his parents he’s been turned into a vampire? I’m from a conservative Jewish background, and I was very close with my parents while they were alive. I tried to imagine myself in the lead character’s shoes. How would he deal with this life-changing event in the context of his relationships with parents, siblings, brother-in-law, and a very close friend and business associate? The story grew from there.
What were some new ideas you wanted to introduce into the vampire genre?
I wanted my vampires to exist during the day without the sun burning them up. They are living, breathing, human vampires. They are not “the undead.” They are not immortal. They can be killed if they are injured badly enough. I wanted to make these characters more human and relatable by changing the stereotypes. I took a close look at a vampire character who heads up the Vampire Council and the key role he plays in preparing the romantic couple (Devon and Mathilde) for their ultimate confrontation with the rogue villain. The villain (Egon Schiller) is up to some highly unusual evil in his bold flaunting of the Vampire Council’s rules.
What scene did you have the most fun writing?
In Chapter One, Devon meets a beautiful stranger (Mathilde de Roche) in a bar. I loved writing the subtle interplay of their dialogue in this scene. It came to me naturally and spontaneously. I did, however, extensively edit the first chapter.
Do you plan on writing more supernatural romance stories?
I will most likely write a sequel to “Scarlet Ambrosia” when the time comes.
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The Curse of The Cobalt Moon by Lou Hernadez follows the main character Cira Perez and her brother Raul as they learn that their mother is a vampire and along with that shocking revelation they discover that they too have the same path to follow as their mother. Cira and Raul still have to go to high school with all this happening. Their lives and those around them get more and more complex as they are taken down this vortex of the new world that they have been unceremoniously thrown into.
The Curse of the Cobalt Moon plays with the supernatural and has a moody atmosphere that permeates the entirety of this alluring novel. From the first page you are taken on a whirlwind of adventure and suspense as the characters try to navigate through their now changing world. I appreciated that the story takes off right from the first page and keeps up a steady pace. This helped to keep me engaged with the story because, while this is a unique take on the vampire genre, readers are left always wanting to know more or what is going on, and the quick pace ensures questions and answers come and go.
I enjoyed reading this book and I enjoyed all the leaps and surprise turns it took. This was a suspenseful dark fantasy novel mostly because the author knows how to build suspense and intrigue. While I enjoyed the story, I wanted to see more of the characters emotions and delve into their motivations a bit more. I hope this is the start of a series because the characters and backstory are interesting and I want to explore them further.
I would recommend this book to readers looking for an imaginative paranormal adventure and something out of the ordinary. Readers who likes young adult fiction centered on characters figuring out themselves and the world around them will enjoy this supernatural thriller which puts its own unique stamp on the vampire genre.
Pages: 266 | ASIN: B08WZBRD27
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Scarlet Ambrosia by David Gittlin is a gritty and steamy vampire novel laced with an air of criminal mystery that follows Devon Furst as he meets the enigmatic Mathilde de Roche. Devon is a sleek businessman used to expensive taste and a successful routine. His connection with Mathilde occurs in the middle of several disappearances happening around downtown Miami, claiming the lives of many who look just like Devon.
While it seems that there is a mysterious threat on the Miami streets, Devon finds himself intimidated by the power that Mathilde herself holds. She seems to know more about him than he thought possible as they’ve only just met and spent time engaging in a casual relationship. But Mathilde has seen Devon for some time, and kept her sights trained on getting him. He’s suspicious of her allure and her cunning words, until he finally learns her devious secret: Mathilde is a vampire.
I enjoyed this new take on the typical vampire genre. The story itself was seductive and pulled me in, with Mathilde being such an enigmatic character. I liked the fact that the female character in this story had power in creating other vampires around her, while trying to escape the hold of her cruel companion. Her relationship with Devon was steamy and exciting and gave us an opportunity to learn about this vampire realm with unique clarity. As a reader, we got to discover so much about the world just through Devon’s growth as a new vampire, the villains he met, and the hardships the people around him went through under vampire influence.
While I enjoyed the story, I felt that it was a bit rushed at the beginning, pulling us right into the world of Mathilde with little information about Devon. I would have liked to see a regular day in his life before he met Mathilde to give more context to what his life was like. However, I thought that once the story kicked into Devon’s life as a vampire and the loss he faced through this change, the fast pace helped keep the story exciting and lively.
If you want to read something fast-paced, intense, and dark, Scarlet Ambrosia is an amazing novel for you. The vampire underworld explored in this story is alluring and sexy and will draw in any reader. This book is perfect for someone looking for their next exciting read.
Pages: 355 | ASIN: B00PBCA0HU
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Sins of Chaos finds the Breedline species safe from Breedline hybrids but now they face something far more deadly. What were some new ideas you wanted to explore in this book that were different from The Immortal?
For Sins of Chaos, I wanted to create a new villain, or rather a trio of villains, who are far more powerful than the Breedline or any other species in their Covenant. Bringing forth this type of supernatural villains would give me the opportunity to introduce some new “winged” characters to the story who will play a crucial role in my Breedline adventures in the future.
I loved all the new exciting characters included in this story. What were some sources of inspiration that informed their character development?
Everyone wants a hero, especially in a world filled with evil and destruction. That’s when my heroes started to develop. And why not five battle angels. Of course, they are not your typical white winged angels with halos hovering their heads. I wanted my new heroic characters to be larger than life with personalities and special powers to match. Their purpose is vital to the story and will continue on in the future.
How did you come up with the idea for the antagonist in this story and how did it change as you wrote?
Crazy as it sounds, my idea for the antagonist in Sins of Chaos, came from a dream. I knew I needed new exciting villains for my story, but I struggled with the idea. One night I dreamed of three fraternal siblings with supernatural powers. They all had specific characteristics and unique powers. As time passed, they became more vivid and believable in my own mind. Although they are the “bad guys,” their story will shift toward the end.
What can readers expect in the next book in your Breedline Series?
Next in line for my Novels of the Breedline series follows:
- The Curse
- Living Nightmares
- Vampires in Manhattan
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The Immortal is a part of the Breedline series which follows protagonist Jena McCain as she discovers a hidden world full of magic and monsters that puts her in a situation where she must resist dark urges and accept the strange hidden world that becomes uncovered to survive.
Artist Jena McCain is attacked by an ancient creature that has been dormant underground for years. After the attack, she is afflicted by a disease that makes her crave human blood, and she has to resist the urges brought on by the disease for one hundred and one days. If not, she will transform into the monster that attacked her. In desperate need of help, her best friend, Angie, then introduces her to a world that is beyond anything that Jena expected. It is revealed that Angie can transform into a wolf and there are an entire species of supernatural creatures called Breedline.
Author Shana Congrove has created a standout novel in the saturated paranormal romance genre. The Immortal unique possess a unique and compelling lore that serves the plot well and ensures that drama is around ever corner. I enjoyed the alluring relationships between the characters, as it seems that everyone has secrets. Particularly, I loved the idea that friends, even our closest friends, keep these big secrets from us, and the friendship felt very genuine. Additionally, I like the resistance to just buy into all of these crazy circumstances that Jena is witnessing. In too many books, I’ve seen the main character accept the world for what it was and dived right into the journey. Jena’s reaction to it all gives the book feel more authentic and relatable.
The Immortal follows Jena on a race against time that keeps the story relentlessly moving forward ensuring the suspense is high and the desperation is palpable. This is a thrilling shifter romance novel that surprised me with its deep lore and methodical character development. This book will appeal to any fan of paranormal romance that wants to read an urban fantasy story that is grounded but still dramatic.
Pages: 359 | ASIN: B0863G5Z1V
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Calypso’s Heart by M.C. Solaris is a vibrant, romantic novel with lots of action and quick development woven into a brilliant story. Caly works a regular job and enjoys a routine much like everyone else until she encounters a handsome stranger who unexpectedly makes an appearance. There are strange, vivid dreams and strange sensations of feeling connections to a different world or realm of existence. Caly quickly learns that her everyday life is about to change in a significant way, whether she’s prepared to accept it or not.
The story begins with a dream and an intense, page-turning pace. Caly is a perceptive character who takes her life earnestly, visits the local coffee shop, battling the daily traffic jam, and embracing the daily grind every week. The narration quickly shifts into another layer of society, where there are secret missions and law enforcement agencies that patrol and monitor a realm beyond our own. As Caly’s everyday life begins to unravel due to a few misfortunes, her world begins to collide with another, changing the trajectory of her life.
There’s a quick yet comfortable pace in this book, which eagerly takes the reader on an invigorating journey into a captivating paranormal world. Caly’s perspective is narrated in between other developments to paint a bigger picture beyond her small but turbulent working world. Caly is a relatable character who is easily likable and fun to follow. She becomes our involuntary guide into an alluring realm that challenges her, and the reader, beyond the everyday world we know, with lots of compelling discoveries, with sexy shifters and vampires littered throughout he world.
I really enjoyed the vivid world building in this story. The supernatural lore in the story is thoroughly developed, which helped pull me into this magical world. The storyline is filled with impassioned moments where the drama and emotion is high, but handled with deft prose that keeps things engaging if not believable.
With an easy to like protagonist and a fascinating world, I was easily swept away with the story, but I felt like there was a deluge of events and details that sometimes felt overwhelming. But this is the life that Caly lives and it certainly speaks to the emotional-rollercoaster that she goes on.
Calypso’s Heart is a sultry paranormal romance novel with an intriguing story and compelling characters, it’s definitely a book that is hard to put down. Fans of True Blood will find plenty to enjoy in M.C. Solaris’s thrilling supernatural love story.
Pages: 640 | ASIN: B08CX9M5D8
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Jezebel is used to being alone. It might not be ideal, but she has grown accustomed to keeping her thoughts to herself, staying busy when she isn’t working, and distancing herself from others. It’s a life she wouldn’t necessarily choose, but it’s what she knows. And then came August. An innocent meeting on the beach leads to what Jezebel believes is the opportunity to work for a wealthy local. When she can’t help but be mesmerized by the very thought of his attention, she quickly begins to realize there is much more to August than meets the eye and much more to the relationship he desires.
Awakening, by Jennifer Leigh Pezzano, is a supernatural romance novel for the ages. Jezebel, the book’s main character is the perfect mix of an unlikely heroine lacking a certain amount of self-confidence and a woman ready to take on the world. Her encounter with the mysterious but incredibly desirable August is one that takes even the reader by surprise.
From the first chapter, Pezzano’s writing is striking and flows beautifully across the page. Whether it’s her main character’s inner voice or the narrative that fills the space between the unique encounters between Pezzano and August, her words are simply breathtaking. The more intimate moments between the two characters are touching without being overtly sexual and explicit.
There is a profound sadness to August’s story, and I loved the bits of history Pezzano includes in her work. These elements of reality only serve to deepen the reader’s involvement in the plot. Pezzano knows how to engage readers, pull them into her characters’ dilemmas, and feed them just enough reality to make them question whether her story is born of real events–she is just that good–she makes the reader feel like a meeting De Sanguine might be a distinct possibility.
I encourage any fan of vampire romances to give Pezzano’s work a try. It does not fit the mold. It does, however, offer readers a new and fresh take on an old genre. I was thoroughly impressed with the depth Pezzano is able to give her characters and the extent to which she is able to take a story set in recent years and make it feel so refined, so detailed, and so stunningly beautiful.
Pages: 344 | ASIN: B08P5SMG3M
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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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