A human sacrifice throws vampires of two worlds, trueborn and baseborn, into an escalating conflict. One side pushes for revenge, the other for freedom. The trueborns stubbornly hunt for Anthony and Louis, pushed by Hesrah’s desire to avenge her human best friend, Alexa. The baseborns are divided between rallying with those challenging the rule of Ankhsis and obeying the trueborns.
What emerges from the portal between Earth and Ankhsis in the middle of the turmoil rocking both worlds is more dead than alive. Neither human, nor baseborn, and certainly not trueborn. This new being will either damn them all or be their race’s most powerful weapon. Will they trust it not to destroy them, or will Ankhsis decide putting it down is the only solution?
In the end, who is guilty? Who will pay? Will anyone survive its wrath?
Alina, thanks so much for stopping by. So, tell us a little about yourself.
Thank you so much for having me here! It’s always a pleasure to pay you a visit. I am a Romanian writer and I like genre hopping. I do prefer paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction, but I take just as much pleasure in reading or writing contemporary or romance stories. Writing has been my passion since I was still in primary school, but I only started focusing on my writing career a couple of years ago, with my debut novel, The Edge of Hope, being released in April 2014. I am known to be quite the coffee addict and I love traveling.
How did you get started writing?
Well, it started with a boy. Yes, I had a crush on him! He was a bit older and so cool. Also my reading buddy. We’d meet over the summer at our grandparents and when we weren’t running around climbing trees and getting into trouble, we’d spend long hours reading. We started writing a book together one summer. It was so bad! Anyway, after I returned home, I continued writing on my own. My first attempt at a novel involved karate, a male lead who resembled my crush quite a bit, and it had the feel old martial arts movies had :D
I had been dabbling with a vampire story for quite a bit, not getting it quite right, when the inspiration for the Bad Blood trilogy hit. It was a pretty low point for me, emotionally, and in a way, it was part expressing my creativity and part purging my demons. It is probably why Alexa, the main character of the series, is so much like me. And by so much, I mean close to exactly me.
I felt a need to put it in writing that there was life after heartbreak. Well, several heartbreaks actually. The other part, the vampire setting, that seemed a perfect fit, along with the realms I’d come up with, the history, the tension, and the under-the-surface conflict.
What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
Mystery! I would like to write a good mystery at some point. I’ve read a lot of them and quite enjoy them.
Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
The genre I haven’t written in and probably never will is horror. I can’t really take horror stories in books or movies. I know some are brilliant, but they just scare the life out of me. I can’t imagine myself writing scary stuff in the middle of the night ;)
What are you up to right now? Do you have any releases planned, or are you still writing?
I have a gay romance released planned for… oh, gosh, it’s sooner than I thought :) Strength to Let Go will be released by Wayward Ink Publishing on July 7th and it will be the first in a werewolf series called Tales of the Werewolf Tribes. I am quite excited about it.
I have another few things in the works, a contemporary series of novellas (Famous on the Internet), a fantasy series (Warriors of Vis), and the third book of Bad Blood, The Fall of Darkness, which should be out in November.
Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color?
Still red! I expect it to change, but no, it’s always been my favorite color although I’ve toned it down a bit over the years. My wardrobe no longer contains 60% red clothes.
I don’t have one favorite movie. Same as with books, music, and other things I love, I have a lot that I like. I grew up with action/adventure movies, from Bruce Lee to Van Damme and the Rambo series, with science fiction and fantasy films, and enough dramas and comedies to have a few favorites in all genres.
Book that inspired you to become an author?
There wasn’t one book that inspired me. I started to write early on, and I was addicted to reading even earlier. By age five I was reading books on my own and I guess a lot of those have inspired me. I’ve read folk and fairy tales from different cultures, a lot of mythology, especially Greek, more adventure and action stories than I can list here, and by middle school I had added a few mysteries, crime novels, and science fiction books. The Young Adult books I read were also on the adventure and mystery side, and I was pretty late at picking up romances of any kind.
I guess what I’ve read has influenced me and my preferences in how I write my story. There were authors, both Romanian and foreign, who inspired me and still do, but I can’t pinpoint just one or just one book. Wishy-washy, I know!
You have one superpower. What is it?
Flying! It’s by far the most fun. And quite effective, especially for someone who likes to travel.
You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?
Well, Bruce Lee, clearly he’d be there. He was the first man I wanted to marry (until I figured he’d died before I was born and proceeded to cry my little heart out), Mihai Eminescu, the greatest Romanian poet ever, if you asked me. You could think of him as a Sheldon Cooper who wasn’t socially awkward and far more striking. Tall, dark, handsome, and yes, brooding at times :D The third? I’d have to pick Artemis. She was my favorite Greek goddess during my childhood.
Of course, if you ask me the same question a few hours later, I would probably choose three other people. Maybe switch it up from two dead and one fictitious!
Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
Like I said, Alexa is the closest I’ve ever gotten to turn myself into a character. But I have put pieces of myself in others as well. Shiki from Strength to Let Go and Wynn from Craving Stains both share some of my beliefs and characteristics.
That’s all from me, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!
Thank you so much for having me here today and hope to see you again very soon!
Make sure you read book one of the series before enjoying book two!
The Edge of Hope – Bad Blood Trilogy, Book 1
Everyone she loved betrayed her. She felt lost and broken. Getting away from the pain and embracing a new path, Alexa decided to leave her old life behind and chase a long forgotten dream in Malta. There she met a gorgeous man, bearing the scent of fresh love. He led her to a new city to explore, Amsterdam. Is the tall, dark, and delicious man a dream come true or just a risky gamble?
Alexa chose hope and new beginnings over fear and warning signs only to be brutally dragged into a world she never really thought existed. Vampires, their feuds, and her future held tightly in their hands.
Trapped in a mysterious world, Alexa gives love chance after chance. Following her quest of self-discovery in a blood bound world, will she survive the journey?
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