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?
Fantasy has long tackled tough subjects, whether set in this world or entirely new ones.
In Blood Shackles Light is enslaved by the human Blood Club: click here for the personal story behind the book.
It’s a dangerous game to love your slave…
The issue of freedom: mental, physical, sexual, in society, families and between partners? That’s what allows slavery in fantasy to hold the mirror up to our own world.
As Light says ‘freedom means so little, until you lose it.’
Here are Three of the Best Slavery Fantasy Books:
Fevre Dream: George R. R. Martin. Set in the pre-Civil War South, there’s very real slavery. The clever thing? It’s mirrored in the vampire relationships. A book about friendship, trust and yeah…steamboats.
The Mechanical: Ian Tregillis. An alternate universe where the Dutch Empire rules with
clockwork men…who would be free. A thrilling and original take on free will.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: N. K. Jemisin. Here all slaves are royal. More? The gods are enslaved to the royals and used as weapons…and they’re narked.
The blinding thing? Each book deals with the same ideas but in totally different – gripping – ways.
In Blood Shackles it’s vampires who have become prey to predatory humans:
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
Naked and defanged, Light wears only one thing throughout Blood Shackles: his S.L.A.V.E. ring. But Light? He won’t be owned. He’ll battle to the end for his family, species and love. The ring? Becomes a symbol of everything he’s both fighting for and against: ‘Unexpectedly your fingers were tracing over my ring – S.L.A.V.E. – as if discovering something dark beneath bright waters…’ (Blood Shackles)
Escape into a supernatural world of love, revenge and redemption, where vampires are both predator and prey.
5* “Johns really blew me out of the water… a very interesting take on vampire romance.” – Rockchick Addiction Reviews
Dive into Rosemary A Johns’ spellbinding secret world. Her debut thrilling fantasy is compelling and gripping, with the British Fantasy Society declaring, “At heart, this is a love story…very poetic and it tackles big questions about life and death.”
One 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…
In a divided paranormal London, Light is the bad boy vampire of the Blood Lifer world. Since Victorian times he’s hidden in the shadows with Ruby – a savage Elizabethan Blood Lifer. But he’s keeping a secret from her, which breaks every rule in Blood Life. 1960s London. Kathy is a seductive singer. But she’s also human. When the two worlds collide, it could mean the end. For both species.
When Light discovers his ruthless family’s horrifying experiments, he questions whether he should be slaying or saving the humans he’s always feared. Now he’s trapped in a race against time to save them all.
A rebel, a red-haired devil and a Moon Girl battle to save the world – or tear it apart.
Happy New Year! My resolution? To read more between my writing. This year is an astounding one for fantasy, paranormal romance and science fiction. I have Most Anticipated Reads to tell you about, Blinding British Authors and Sneak Peeks behind the writing and release of BloodRenegades – out June 2017.
All right, this blog is going out one day early – because tomorrow is Christmas Day. So to those who celebrate it – Happy Christmas!
On Christmas Day itself? I’ll drag myself from my writer’s world into the real world. Although with all that blinding Christmas reading..?
When I was a kid? Books were my favourite gift. I’d escape into their pages for the rest of the holidays. As an adult? Yeah, still books.
As it’s Christmas I reckoned I’d give you a glimpse into Blood Lifer celebration.
MAY 1964 BRIGHTON, ENGLAND
‘By heaven, look at these ruffianly roaring boys. This is it – your tonic – to get back into the fray. The blood and heat of it.’
I’d nicked a bright red Jaguar E-Type (beautiful little number), and we’d tonned it up to the coast. Yet now we’d found ourselves caught in a war between two gangs.
A Mod in smart Italian suit and fish-tailed Parka sped past us on his Lambretta Li150, only to be blocked by a wall of hard men Rockers, in dirty motorcycle jackets, who were swinging heavy bike chains. The poor git was dragged away by his lapels, like a fancy sacrificial offering to the gods of leather.
‘What do they want?’
Ruby shrugged. ‘What do First Lifers ever want? Question is, what do we want?’
I hesitated, before grinning. ‘The Bedlam. To revel in the madness, like we used to. I want–’
That’s when Ruby kissed me. She hauled me close, as her tongue thrust deep, like she’d only just discovered me again after a long absence: I realised she only just had. When she drew back, we were both smiling. ‘To live in the world again?’
Screams? The shattering of glass? Curling smoke on the night air?
I wasbloody alive once more.
Ruby and I swaggered through the shadowed streets, towards the promenade and Palace Pier – her in crimson silk, me in military Great Coat – two creatures from another world and time, unnoticed by these petty First Lifers because we weren’t painted in the colours of their tribe. We twirled each other round, dancing in the carnage and the flames.
There’s magic in a name. The giving of it. Knowing of it. Taking it from someone.
If you could be rechristened into a glorious dark new world, what name would you choose?
‘We have the name they wetted us with when we wailed all bloody from the womb but we also get the one we select, when the blood elects us from the ranks into something else. Me? I chose Light…it wove me to the best of my First Life and everything I never wanted to lose.’ (Blood Dragons)
In Rebel Vampires, which has been compared by both readers and critics to ‘Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles’, every Blood Lifer name has a story behind it: Light, Ruby, Alessandro and Hartford…
And that’s the contest in the Bloody Big Giveaway this weekend. For the chance to win my brand new release Blood Shackles: a gripping dark fantasy, which puts a new twist on vampires, paranormal London and secret conspiracies, decide on your alter ego vampire name. Then click here and post it in the comments.
Set your dark side free…
Today I’m hosting Infinity Book Blog’s 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways. Fancy a signed copy of Blood Shackles? Choice of e-book? Fun and games? Q and A? Exclusives? Banter? Better see you there then. 3 – 4 p. m. EST (8 – 9 p.m GMT).
Dive into the spellbinding bestselling new series…and discover a new world.
“One of the most unique & ingenious vampire books I have EVER read …Pure genius.” Leather and LaceReviews.
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?
Escape into a supernatural world of love, revenge and redemption, where vampires are both predator and prey.
At last…it’s time for the glory, the tears and the…I Love Vampires CompetitionWinner to be announced!
Why do I love vampires? What? You didn’t ask? Writer rules, so here’s why: they’re deep in our culture. Our heritage. Our psyches. They transform and become what we need. What we love, hate and fear. Zombies and werewolves? They do the same.
But vampires do it with style.
Rebel here…so no straightjacketing questions. Just ‘I love vampires…’ and if that was true? You could finish it any way you wanted.
And boy did you.
Honorary Mentions go to…
Leah Hess: ‘I love vampires because they’re beautiful and dark. They’re stronger, faster, wise. I have always loved them. When I was little and asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I’d reply a vampire!’
Terri Hebert: ‘They are sexy, dark, exciting and very passionate. They excel in seduction and are loyal to their mate!!’
Light may be rusty with the seduction but he’s all for loyalty. And passion.
Tashia Jennings: ‘Vampires are seductive, mysterious and can live forever.’
Isn’t the attraction to vampires the sense they’ve conquered death – and the fear of our own?
Patti Griner: ‘What’s not to like about seductive, hot men who are great in bed?’
Sotia Lazu: ‘I adore vampires. Don’t care that some publishers consider them a fad. They’re my favourite supernatural!’
Just give us the names and we’ll set the Blood Lifers on them…
MCD Baxter: ‘I love vampires, always did, always will. So much so, that as they were portrayed as monsters and hating themselves, I began writing (back in 95) a story where the violence would be to a minimum — it would not have the same Human-Vampire interactions — they would love themselves for what they are; Romance figures prominently.’
I always like vampires with a twist…
Amy Bernal: ‘I have loved vampires since I was 7 years old. I always thought they were real and wanted to join them. Growing up they fascinated me. The darkness, the mystery and of course the immortality. I am partially disabled and still deep within me, if they were real I would totally ask or beg to be one.’
Would you become a vampire – if it was offered to you?
Now to the winner…
Why were they chosen?
Three reasons: knowledge of the genre, humour and a genuine love, which shines through every word. See for yourself below. And the name of the vampire loving Queen?
To you the glory – and the handcrafted LOVE bracelet: this will be winging bat-like to you with a note from me soon.
And here’s Cherri-Anne’s glorious entry:
‘I love vampires because they are VAMPIRETACULAR!! VAMPIRELICIOUS!! And they are ABSO-BLOODY-LUTELY the most magical, the most intriguing, the most drool-worthy paranormal out there!
They get my blood pumping every time! It doesn’t matter if they are good, bad, everything in between or the perfect mix of both!
I have loved Vampires since before they sparkled, wrote in their diary, and were even popular! In fact, when I first discovered Vampires, I was barely into double digits and they definitely were not a romance subject! There wasn’t even a “paranormal genre” per se at that time! (And no, my books were paper, not stone. I am not THAT old! LOL wink)
In fact, my Vampire Mate is THE KING and I, his Queen, of ALL Immortals! (Wink but sssshhh! I am not supposed to brag about it. Something about bragging being not very “Royal”, whatever that means! *eye roll*)
Congratulations to the winner, honorary mentions and everyone who took part. I love vampires – and I love my readers. So my contests are a perfect mix.
And if Cherri-Anne is a real Vampire Queen and her mate the King… always best to keep on her good side…
If you love vampires watch out for Blood Dragons: click here
The second book in the Rebel Vampire series – BloodShackles – is available to to pre-order here.
For all the vampire lovers, Blood Shackles launches on 1st November.