Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Bound to You (Vranthian Vampires, Book 1)

Book Description:
Under the dark skies of Vranthia The Wasting has spread, claiming victims by the thousands. Disease, madness and death shroud this fierce warrior race.

With the recent death of their mother, Queen Srionna Balacjek, and the imminent demise of their grieving father, King Kamet; three brothers must now find their own path. Will The Wasting’s dark madness claim them all as deceit and lies turn brother against brother. Or, is the key to saving their people in the legend of the trion. And will they find it in time?

Draven Balacjek -- warrior, Prince, immortal. Fierce in battle, sure and deadly as a dark a storm or the shadows he walks among, must choose between the ties of brotherhood or the possibility of a life without the parts of his soul he has bound in blood and magic.

The Vranthians have taken everything from Ook. Desecrated the Darengy people as a whole. But the visions of a grave-warrior tell no lies and the spirit of the human along with the fierce strength of his Prince, Draven Balacjek call to him as nothing before. Can their love together heal the wounds that time has wrought and free him of his darkness?

For singer, Leah Allen, the choice was never hers to make. But life, like the music her heart clings to, has a way of playing itself out. Will this strange new world and the fierce warriors she meets within it bring her shattered past the healing she has always needed or will the strangers she finds herself bound to be her hearts undoing? Can she make a choice between dark, intense Draven and exotic, muscular Ook?

Leah knew the date was over five minutes before it had even begun. Really, when was she going to learn her lesson? Never let your friends and co-workers set you up on blind dates. It was a rule. Or should have been. Or would be from now on, damn it. What the hell had she been thinking?

It was bad enough that the normal crowd that gathered at McKellon’s Pub on Wednesday nights was usually the business conference leftovers, or that they were mostly in their late fifties and on their third marriage or second mistress. But this guy…this guy just screamed slimy used-car salesman. He even had that comb-over thing going for him.

Ugh! Was Cyn trying to get back at her for something or what? She had just finished her second set--she sang four nights a week, mostly the blues, for tip money and the door fee to help make ends meet--when her friend Cyn told her that the date she’d agreed to was at the bar waiting for her. Then Cyn tilted her head to the left of the bar where car-guy, Bob, sat sucking an olive pick, poking it between his teeth like he was digging for gold or a new route to China.

The nausea started after one quick glance. “Cyn, you cannot be serious,” Leah questioned, her groan curling her lip in distaste. “What? What do you mean?” Cyn quizzically responded scanning the bar, her dark almond eyes shining brightly against the backdrop of her caramel skin. Cyn was the loveliest woman Leah had ever met. She had a deep, rich skin tone that looked like milky caramels. Her eyes were like large, dark almonds, and her lips were a perfectly sculpted pout. In a word, beautiful.

She even wore her hair shaved so short to her head that it showed her face to perfection. But, by the tone in her voice, Leah could tell she was completely bewildered by her statement. Not to mention a little hurt, as though Leah had run over her puppy, her Gucci handbag and her cell phone all at the same time. Drama! “Seriously, Cyn. Are you freaking kidding me? You set me up on a date with serial killer Joe over there? I mean, look at him. Mr. Comb-over? The dude picking his teeth?”

Cyan’s bark of laughter startled Leah so badly she jumped, and when she looked back at her friend she was bent over, holding her side, laughing so hard tears were running down her face. “Jeez, Leah,” she finally gasped. “What kind of friend do you take me for? I know it’s been a dry spell for ya, but ain’t nobody that desperate, girl,” she hiccupped.

“Glad I could be so amusing,” Leah huffed, blowing the length of her dark hair from her eyes. “So if it’s not Greasy Bob, then who? Cyn stood up straight and taking Leah’s arm, pulled her over behind a column that had obviously been blocking her view. Sitting on the last bar stool, back up against the wall, Leah spotted Mr. Perfect.

Thanks so much for stopping by. So, why don't you tell us a little about yourself?
Well, I feel like I should stand up - Hello.  My name is K.A. M'Lady and I'm a book nerd, with a writing habit.  I should wear a sign that states, “Will sell blood for books filled with words.”  I'm a mother, a wife, a writer, and a sometimes old movie geek.  I watched the original Dr. Who, played D&D as a teenager (do I dare admit that out loud?)  Have a weird shoe habit and read poetry to de-stress sometimes.  I write paranormal, historical time-travel, sci-fi and gothic erotic romance and use the money to buy more weird shoes and books.  If the shoes have words on them, even better.  See, I'm addicted.

How did you get started writing?
I've written since I was a kid.  Silly stories written to cut-out pictures, these turned into poems, then really bad songs and more poems.  One day I just took a leap.

What was the inspiration for your book?
Like most of my stories, it started with the blurb.  Sometimes, I'm not even sure where it comes from.  I just get an idea and I write it down.  After multiple rewrites it becomes the start of something.

What's the one genre you haven't written in yet that you'd like to?
I haven't found it yet.  I like paranormals with a twist.  Historical time-travel romance.  Vamps and weres, anything otherworldy.  So, I write what I like to read.  Right now, the monsters are good.

Are there any genres you won't read or write in? Why?
I don't tend to read or write contemporary.  Reality is difficult; the point is to escape it for a time.  Leave it and its normality behind.  My days are filled with numbers and health stuff and planning.  It's nice to get away from planning anything and just chill in the ever-after.

So, what are you working on right now? Got any releases planned, or still writing?
The next two books in my Vranthian Vampires trilogy will be out by year end; Book 2 - Claimed By You and Book 3 - Redeemed By You.  So there is a lot going on with both of those releases.  In my 'to be finished pile is Book 8 in my Faith Savage Demon Huntress series - Messenger.  I'm also trying to finalize Book 4 in my Realm series - Blood Oaths ~ Warrior Rising.  There are a few others awaiting their turn.  Thankfully there is always something in the pile awaiting my attention.  I just need to find the time to work on them.  I have a few others on the release horizon; Vikings, Witches, Fairy-realms filled with Vampires and Ogres.  I've usually got a dead man lying about somewhere.
Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color?
I have three actually, the first would be purple, then green and then black.  Even though black isn't actually a color.

Favorite movie?
Um…I tend to watch movies like I read books, over and over again.  And it's never just one.  I have a list, really.  And never one genre.  The Silence of the Lambs,  Pretty Woman, The 13th Warrior, Taxi Driver, Heat, Full Metal Jacket, old Westerns with my husband, Sherlock Holmes movies, all of the old horror movies from the 40's and 50's, musicals.  Movies rock.

Book that inspired you to become an author?
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  Love that book!

Alright, you have one superpower. What is it?
Perhaps the power of healing.  Imagine if you could heal the world's woes.
You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?
E.A. Poe, Nostradamus, and John Wayne.  Imagine the stories they could share.
Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
There's a bit of me in each of them.  Headstrong, stubborn, hopeful, unsure, kind, free-spirited, loyal, determined.  It's the same with all writers.  Somewhere in each character you'll find something, be it good or ill.  Sometimes it's the darkness we unleash for a time, or the light we choose to share.  Always a piece of us stays behind.

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About the Author:
Author K.A. M’Lady lives a few stone throws from corn fields, chaos and congestion; all lying on the outskirts of the many burbs of Chicago. KA M'lady spends her days calculating life expectancies, mortality and the certainty of death and taxes while in her free time the dead wander freely, buy shoes, homes, the occasional odd business or two and, if you even think of charging them too much in taxes…well, let’s just say the tax man may never come back. But if he does he might just shamble a bit.

An All Romance eBooks bestselling author, K.A. M'lady's work has been described as scary, descriptive, beautiful, dark, frightening, addictive, sexy and believable. She loves to read paranormal romances, watching horror movies, westerns on Sundays with her husband, playing fetch with her pocket beagle, Chevy and buying weird shoes. Her friends call her eccentric, her family refuses to comment. She’s been lost in the world of fiction since she was a small child, and frankly, never wants to be found—at least not any time soon. “Myth and magic builds dreams and inspirations – and in an insane world, it is our dreams that spark the revolution of change. No matter which world is being conquered. Within our dreams – all things are possible.”

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