NEW BOOK GROUP – Hot Paranormal Reads


What does a writer love as much as writing?


Writers, book groups, and if you’re me..? Discovering gripping new books, as well as spellbinding old favourites.

This week I started a new Facebook book group: Hot Paranormal Reads.

Vampires, werewolves, shifters, angels, fae…paranormal mystery, thriller and romance, as well as fantasy and science fiction. If it’s a great book? It’s got a place here.

And who wouldn’t want to sink their teeth into these compelling books?

blood-renegadesThe third book in my paranormal series Rebel VampiresBlood Renegades – is released in June.

Readers, bloggers, authors and readers of hot paranormal reads – click here to join.

Who’s your favourite paranormal writer?

To read about Three of the Best Slavery Fantasy Books click here.


5* HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – Love, Death, Humanity, and Monsters…

underground-book-reviews badge five stars recommended read Blood Dragons fantasy book

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.”


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.






Fantasy has long tackled tough subjects, whether set in this world or entirely new ones.

blood-shackles-being-readIn 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:

  1. 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.mechanical
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

blood-shackles-cover-medium-web5* “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

The Rebel Vampires Collection has just released an exclusive new item: Light’s S.L.A.V.E. Ring and Keychain

lights-ring-2Naked 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)

Click here to buy Light’s ring today.

To dive into the dark world of the Blood Club? Click here and prepare yourself for Blood Life…



REBEL VAMPIRES’ NEW YEAR’S SALE – Start 2017 the Blood Lifer Way


Fantasy Rebel announces the New Year’s Sale. Start 2017 with a bang (expect me to miss that one?). Catch up with the series before new releases begin.

Exclusive Time-Limited Offer: 1st – 7th January
Blood Dragons and Blood Shackles each only 0.99

~Blood Dragons: click here now

~Blood Shackles: click here now. 

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 Reviewsblood-dragons-sale-review

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…

teasers-mine-to-use-stephanie-2In 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.

“No ordinary paranormal romance…the beginning of something new.” – Vamped Magazine

~Blood Dragons only 0.99 click here


The second book in the series ~ Blood Shackles ~ is also out at the promotional price of 0.99.

5* “Light is back and he’s his usual charming, funny, wry, ballsy self… A story about the triumph of hope and love over evil.” – Margarita Morris, The Good Author

teaser-blood-shackles-ace2-1It’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?

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

~ Blood Shackles only 0.99 click here.

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 Blood Renegades – out June 2017.

What’s your resolution?




Happy Christmas – The Blood Life Way


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..?

blood-dragons-christmas-x-2When 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.’blood-dragons-print-and-iphone

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?’

I nodded.

Screams? The shattering of glass? Curling smoke on the night air?

I was bloody 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.

Blood Dragons click here to start the adventure now.


And as it’s Christmas…how about that vampire kissing under the mistletoe I promised last week? Or at least – a slave and Mistress’ first kiss?

Blood Shackles:

You grabbed my hand, dragging me after you down the warren of side streets behind the shops. It was pelting down now. Even though I was soaked, I was still buzzing from the barney.

At last you stopped, shoving me up against a brick wall at the back entrance to a butcher’s.

‘Look,’ I said hurriedly, ‘I’m sorry about–’


Questioningly, I tilted my nut. Your lips were close to mine. All I’d need to do was…

You pulled back (of course you bloody did), even if you were still clutching onto me, as if my body was yours.

Because no matter what other nasties you might do with it, you’d never kiss your slave, would you?

blood-shackles-print-and-iphoneThen you suddenly hauled me closer, and we were snogging.

At that moment, none of it meant anything.

Slave or Mistress. First Lifer or Blood.

It never does when skin meets skin. It was just Light and Grayse.

So it was a good kiss. To me, it changed everything. But to you..?

‘If you would be so kind, some of us are trying to feed in peace.’ A nasal but polite Turkish Blood Lifer popped his nut up from further down the alley.

Blood Shackles click here to dive into Blood Life today.

Happy Christmas reading!

Photo by Flickr User Loco Steve: Tower Bridge London Christmas Day



THE BEST VAMPIRE NAMES – Events, Contests and Giveaways


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? 

blood-dragons-christmas-x-2‘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)

blood-shackles-set-2In 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…

blood-shackles-being-readToday 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 Lace Reviews.

~Blood Dragons

~Blood Shackles


MAGAZINE FANTASY REVIEWS – The Beginning of Something New…

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fs_tourbanner_bloodshacklesOnly 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

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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

Click here to read it in full.

“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

Click here to read it in full.

To read all the reviews for both Blood Dragons and Blood Shackles click here.

Photos by Flick User Stacy Spensley: Vampire Cupcakes

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.

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WHY DO WE LOVE VAMPIRES..? I Love Vampire Competition Winner Announced!

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At last…it’s time for the glory, the tears and the…I Love Vampires Competition Winner 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.

Photo by Flickr User Phil Wolff: Vampire Smiley

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!’


Amanda Johnson-Lyndsey: ‘Sexy, fangs, dark, blood, sex, lust, desire, ummm, everything!’

About sums it up…

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.

Photo by RosalieKay: Vampire Heart XD

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?’

Enough said.

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

Photo by InverseHypercube: Celebration of Light Brazil 2012

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?

Cherri-Anne Boitson


LOVE Bracelet 1To 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…

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The second book in the Rebel Vampire seriesBlood Shackles is available to to pre-order here.

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For all the vampire lovers, Blood Shackles launches on 1st November.


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Books, books, books… I love books. Reading them. Writing them. Dreaming about them… OK, sometimes I eat and sleep too. Then there’s life. Pesky Real Life.

But books – who wouldn’t want to escape into them once in awhile?

GOODREADS 2I’ve been exploring Goodreads for the last couple of weeks. Now that’s one SERIOUS place to find books. Rate them. Review them. And vote for them in lists.

Listopia…my new addiction.

Visit my Goodreads Profile here

Goodreads also has GIVEAWAYS.

Fantasy Rebel is launching a Goodreads Giveaway tomorrow: Midnight Bank Holiday Monday. Enter for the chance of winning one of three AUTOGRAPHED paperback copies of Blood Dragons! 

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Come and make friends on Goodreads

See my profile page here and posts coming soon for further details.

Latest News: Blood Dragons was selected by Underground Book Reviews as a Pitch Perfect Finalist this week! The winner will be chosen by the public this week.

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