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EMPOWERING FANTASY – How Books Can Break Down Walls

Blood Dragons was featured in the first edition of the literary magazine Scaffolding:

5* “The kind of book you are likely to pick up for a second time…an empowering book” – Scaffolding Magazine

From my days as a teenager spellbound by the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer every week (dangerous thrills wrapped in snarky comedy…learn from the best), I’ve loved the idea that fantasy can be empowering…and fun.

I only write what I’m passionate about – a writer’s voice should be in their works.

As a playwright I loved to challenge audiences: make them laugh one minute, cry the next. Always? Question one little lie society teaches us, as Light would say, ‘cradle to the grave’: money makes you happy, disabled people can’t succeed, old people are boring or democracy can’t fail.

Trick of it is to create a world, characters and plot so exciting that readers are pulled into these questions.

“A book that stands behind causes, that advocates inclusion, that denounces walls and barriers.”

Light is a Blood Lifer and Kathy is a human. Their love is forbidden. In the wild 1960s Light realises that not as much divides the species as he’s always been taught. That maybe Blood Life isn’t about freedom but control.

That love can be free…

“Trailblazes through the stigma of mental health and disability in some of the most authentic ways we’ve ever read.”

My son is an autistic savant: everything he sees he remembers. My main character’s chief talent is his photographic memory: living as a vampire and witnessing all the glories and horrors, this becomes both a blessing and a curse.

His first true friend is an autistic vampire. Both elected because of their exceptional talents.

“A book with a formidable literary ambition… Highly recommended.” 

In Rebel Vampires Light battles for love, family or home. Always he fights for freedom. Those walls and barriers? Light won’t rest until they’re tumbled down, smashed at his feet.  Welcome to the Rebel Age!

Start your rebel adventure into Blood Dragons here!

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PARANORMAL ROMANCE GUILD – Fantasy Review

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“More than just a vampire story, it is a story of love…so beautiful” – Paranormal Romance Guild

Today the Paranormal Romance Guild reviewed Blood Dragons:

“It has been fifty years since Light and Kathy came together, and although she refused to be turned, he stayed with her, going from husband to her boy toy… Now he watches as she lays in bed with no memory of who he is and what their life together was like.

This book is Light’s story from the time Ruby came into his life and changed him, to the time in between when they hunted together without a care in the world, until Kathy changed him for good. He began to realize that first lifers were not that different from blood lifers, and that blood lifers were not the only monsters.”

Click here for the full review.

Click here to escape into Blood Life…

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INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE MEETS CONFESSIONS OF A LOST SOUL – How Do You Compare Books?

 

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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-lestatAnne 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 Reviews 5*
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A second review, also out this weekend, compared Blood Dragons to a different book: this time The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.
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“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
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 What books would you choose?
To buy Blood Dragons now click here.
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5* HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – Love, Death, Humanity, and Monsters…

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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. blood-dragons-cover-medium-web

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 Rebel Vampires: “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.”

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Click here to read the full review.

Underground Book Reviews’ Recommendation:

“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, Rebel Vampires, 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?

To dive into Blood Dragons today click here.

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READERS’ FAVORITE REVIEW 5* – “A Novel Everyone Should Read”

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blood-shackles-print-and-iphoneBlood 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?

Blood Shackles was reviewed this week: Readers’ Favorite awarded 5*

“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 novel everyone should read, along with Blood Dragons” – Readers’ Favorite

blood-shackles-cover-medium-webThat 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’s direct 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.

blood-shackles-being-read‘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.”

And that? Is why a writer flays their Soul.

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FANTASY REVIEWS -Midwest Book Review and Vamped Magazine

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It has been one busy week in the world of Blood Life. Two reviews came in this week – one for each book because everything has to balance, right? I love both magazines, so bonus.

blood-dragons-cover-medium-webThe Midwest Book Review took on Blood Dragons:

“…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

Click here to read full review.

Click here to buy book today.

blood-shackles-cover-medium-webAnd it was Vamped Magazine, who dived into Blood Shackles:

“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

Click here to read full review.

Click here to buy book today.

 

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FANTASY REVIEW – Watch Blood Dragons’ First YouTube Review

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All right then, so what’s more exciting than getting a review? A review you can watch.

Downright Bookish reviews Blood Dragons. What do you think? Leave her comments and join in the discussion!

THIS IS THE END… Sales, Book Fairs and Blog Tours

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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.

Jane Davis’ Virtual Book Club: ‘I slithered bloody from my mother’s womb with a head full of other worlds…’blood dragons and me 2

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!’

For all my interviews click here.

For all my guest posts click here.

Blood Dragons Cover LARGE EBOOKAnd right now? Blood Dragons is featured in the Thanksgiving Book Fair. It ends tomorrow. So have a nose through the books on sale and grab yourself some bargains.

Blood Shackles Cover MEDIUM WEBTalking of sales… This is the last week of Blood Dragons’ and Blood Shackles’ sale. They’re at 0.99 until 30th November. Then they’ll be returning to original price.

This week Blood Dragons also broke Best Seller Lists in multiple categories in both America and the UK for the first time. So now’s a good time to escape into Blood Life…

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“One of the most unique & ingenious vampire books I have EVER read …reminded me very much of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles…Pure genius.” Leather and Lace Reviews.

Escape into a supernatural world of love, revenge and redemption, where vampires are both predator and prey.

Click here to buy Blood Dragons today. spines

Click here to buy Blood Shackles.

5* “This novel was gut twistingly intense…the suspense will drive you wild.”– SLH Reviews

It’s a dangerous game to love your slave. When your whole species is enslaved – and it’s the humans who are acting like the monsters – how far would you go to free your family?

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FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION EVENT – 0.99 books 5-6th November

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So…Bonfire Night went with a bang. Wasn’t going to miss that one was I? And now Blood Dragons is on Fall Sale – 0.99 only.

blood-dragons-cover-large-ebookOne rebel vampire’s dangerous hidden love could bring about the end of the world – unless he can play the role of hero.

He was meant to be the predator. And she? Was meant to be the prey…

Buy Blood Dragons for only 0.99 right now: Blood Dragons

Escape into a supernatural world of love, revenge and redemption, where vampires are both predator and prey.

This weekend is the Science Fiction and Fantasy Event – click here to see.

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Bonus of this event? I discovered a YA paranormal mystery by Marilyn Peake (seriously nice lady).

shade-bookShade (Shade Series Book 1):  A teenage girl and a teenage ghost. Both struggling with their own issues. And then there are the disappearances…

‘A novel about a teenaged girl finding out who she really is and that she’s capable of so much more than she ever thought possible.’

And that? Can only be of the good…

This weekend it’s only $0.99. Click here to buy Shade today.

And the latest reviews for my new release Blood Shackles?

5* “…you can’t put the book down…an amazing follow up to Blood Dragons.’ – Rockchickcu Addiction Reviews

4* “One very different vampire book… This book flew through the pages…bloody brilliant!” – Leather and Lace Reviews
Blood Shackles is on sale now at 0.99 – click here to buy today
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