In the latest review of Blood Dragons by Gothic Mom’s Reviews, the book was compared to: “Interview With The Vampire meets Confessions of a Lost Soul. Yes, Rosemary A. Johns does bring to mind the writing style of the great Anne Rice.”
Anne Rice’s Lestat is one of my favourite anti-heroes. Anne Rice’s greatest skill is to get inside the mind of her characters and then bring us readers in so close, we live their lives alongside them.
As a writer, you ask what works, why and then hope you can create something as spellbinding.
“Light is torn between two worlds, that of the living and that of the blood, the woman he loves, and the woman who truly loves him. Rosemary A. Johns creates a world so real it makes you wonder…” Gothic Mom’s Reviews5*
A second review, also out this weekend, compared Blood Dragons to a different book: this time The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.
“It’s written (ala the Notebook by Nicholas Sparks) in order to remind his human love, who is aged and suffering from dementia, of their past. The author has done a stellar job of capturing Light’s unique voice… I’m still in awe of the writing itself. Descriptive, interesting, evocative. For folks who enjoy perhaps more “literary” paranormal fiction that will challenge the brain a bit, and creates an entirely new vampire mythology, then I highly recommend it. This author has writing chops” – Long and Short Reviews
When blinding badges are awarded? This one by Underground Book Reviews is near the top… Seriously cute and seriously…serious.
It represents a 5* Highly Recommended and Selected Read. Try saying that fast, five times.
It’s just been presented to Blood Dragons, which the review describes as “just a brilliant book“.
Their reviews are held up as best standard on how to write reviews. I agree: well-written, exciting and passionate.
I love Light, so it was interesting to read the reviewer’s take on the main character in RebelVampires: “The book jumps from the present day to the past, with the tension and drama building at a faster and faster pace. The plot itself is enough to keep you reading, but I also loved Light and the journey he went on. He’s a brilliant and believable character and his language amused me endlessly.”
“A unique book told from the point of view of a vampire addressing his dying wife, whilst looking back on the drama they’ve left behind. Quirky, amusing, frightening and dark, RebelVampires, Volume One offers a brilliant story, with plenty of twists and turns, romance and gore. For anyone who already enjoys vampire or supernatural horror style stories or for anyone who is just looking for something a bit different, a bit edgy, something that will amuse you, frighten you and take you on one hell of a journey into love, death, humanity, and monsters, then I highly recommend this book” – Underground Book Reviews
And a cute badge too? What more could anyone want?
Blood Shackles was a difficult book to write: personal, challenging and unflinching. Passionate about slavery and human trafficking, I knew this would be an important book. As a writer of the paranormal, I asked: what would happen if humans enslaved Blood Lifers?
“When Light is captured, he refuses to lose himself, despite how his captors try to break his spirit and force him into submission. Being sold to Grayse is the ticket he needs out of his cell, even though her father owns the company that enslaves him… Blood Shackles is brutally honest, tragic, triumphant, addictive and somehow hopeful… Johns succeeded in creating a world, characters, and a story that pulled me in until I had to finish reading it… This is a noveleveryone should read, along with Blood Dragons” – Readers’ Favorite
That brutal honesty? Light calls it ‘the truth flayed bloody‘. Same thing for a writer: your Soul wide open. Takes courage that…but I was never one to play it safe.
Blood Shackles is written as the Slave Journal of Light: it’sdirect and immediate for the reader. A diary? Means you live each day in Light’s mind. You become the slave as well…if he’s ever truly one.
The journal is meant to control Light’s thoughts – no secret can be hidden – but Light is anything but a reliable narrator. His fangs might’ve been taken but he still has his words. And to Light? They’re a weapon.
‘So, dear Reader (because I know you’re reading this), did you reckon giving me this poncey journal – all softness and stink of leather – would make me spill my Soul? You already have my body, bought and paid for. You think you have my mind. My thoughts, however..? They’re my own. Write in it every day, you’d ordered, with that little smile. What do you think this is: Bridget Jones’s Diary?’ (Blood Shackles)
To dive into the world of the Blood Club click here.
To read and share the full Readers’ Favorite review click here.
The reviewer says, “I was so engrossed in Light’s story that I didn’t notice my Kindle was dying until it died.”
“…Set in a precarious world where vampires are both predator and prey, Blood Dragons deftly blends elements of paranormal thriller and passionate romance. Blood Dragons is a character-driven, sizzling-hot saga for vampire literature connoisseurs to sink their teeth into!” – Midwest Book Review
“A strong book because of a strong voice. I liked the playing with the genre and making the vampires vulnerable (if still dangerous, deep down), and the cynicism about First Lifer morality. As Johns has said, “There’s no darkness in Blood Life that humanity didn’t invent first” ” – Vamped Magazine
There were thrills. Laughter. Tears… A roller coaster of a… All right, bit carried away there. Point is my blog tour is over. Finito. At an end. Thank you to Marieanne and all the hosts – you were blinding! So here are the highlights of last week.
Readeropolis: ‘I see a novel happening in my mind; it’s like I’m translating it down. Tarantino has said he does the same. Apart from he probably said it in a cooler, more American way.’
Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews: ‘I know the end of a novel before I’ve even written the first line. It’s like being a chauffeur of a Limousine full of VIPs (the readers) – I don’t set off on a journey without first checking the car’s not going to breakdown and I know the route!’
Only five days to go until the launch of Blood Shackles… I have that tingling feeling…
Blood Shackles is out now in paperback. It’s released on e-book 1st November. And available to pre-order today at 0.99. Click here
But want to know where the adventure began? How Light was elected to Blood Life? Who was his first love? And why he fought to save the world? Then read Blood Dragons first here
Two interesting reviews recently for Blood Dragons. Different and individual. As Light would say, ‘There’s nothing but snowflake patterns.’
“No ordinary paranormal romance… a good undertow of drama, even thriller… What really made the book for me was the distinct voice she (Rosemary A Johns) gave Light… A strong opening book…the beginning of something new.” – Vamped Magazine
“Light tells of his election to blood-life at the hands of Ruby, his author and lover. The tale spans from 1866 to 1968 when in…London, Light finds Kathy, his Moon Girl. At heart, this is a love story…very poetic and it tackles big questions about life and death…” – British Fantasy Society
To read all the reviews for both Blood Dragons and Blood Shackles click here.
Of course you could read the books yourself and make up your own mind. Then I’ll get to read your reviews. Nothing like that – unless it’s Halloween cakes…and don’t forget the Halloween chocolate. Who said I was too old for trick-or-treating?
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