Blurb for Bulls and Blood:
Breaking the rules has never been Wesley’s way…until he meets Mino.
Rule Number Two that the Thorn brothers live by is that employees of the ranch are off-limits. Wesley has always followed that rule, never stepping out of his comfort zone to do more than talk to one of the cowhands that help run his family’s ranch. Being a vampire makes it easier, since he doesn’t go out during the day.
Mino’s been interested in the youngest Thorn brother since he began working at The Blood & Thorn Ranch. It’s those stupid rules that hold him back from making the first move. Well, those and the fact that Wesley could kill him in a blink of his eye. Being human in a world of supernatural creatures makes living difficult, since he’s considered prey.
These two males, from different species and societies, must find a way to meet in the middle of their worlds if they have a chance at love.
General Release Date: 18th August 2015
Oak was right. Mino knew that, but it didn’t mean he had to like it. Well, he didn’t like rule number two. It said the employees of the ranch—human or otherwise—were off limits to the customers, but the bosses had always kept separate from them as well. He assumed it was because they didn’t want to take advantage of the life and death power they had over the people who lived on their ranch.
“I wish they weren’t quite so noble.”
Oak laughed so hard he almost fell over. “You’ve got to be kidding me. Noble? Who the fuck are you talking about? There’s nothing noble about our bosses. If they were, they wouldn’t be bringing people in for rich vamps to hunt and drink from. They’d understand how terrible it is and stop it. It’s not like they need the money or anything.”
Mino kicked Oak to get him to shut up as Loman approached them. They both straightened, letting their gazes drop to the ground. It didn’t pay to upset any of the brothers, though Loman tended to be the most easy-going.
“Are you two done gossiping like old men?” Loman showed his displeasure by flashing his fangs then held out his hand for the first-aid kit. “This shifter’s going to bleed out if we don’t try to slow it down until Callibry can get out here.”
“Sorry, boss.” Oak shot a glance toward the group of men gathered around the downed bull. “Are you going to do anything about this? It’s illegal to sell shifters like regular animals.” Loman growled and Mino wanted to take a few steps away from Oak, but he steadied his nerves. Oak was his friend. He’d do what he could to mitigate the damage if Loman decided to punish Oak for his impertinence.
“You think you have any right to remind me of the law? I am fully aware of what is legal and isn’t legal when it comes to your kind.” Loman shot forward, pushing into Oak’s space. While Oak was several inches taller than the vampire, there was no way he’d risk doing anything Loman could take as a threat, so the cougar shifter froze with his gaze on Loman’s feet.
“Sorry, Mr. Loman,” Oak spoke in a submissive tone. “I’m just upset about his condition. His wounds were obviously meant to kill him.”
More than likely Oak is having flashbacks to when he was attacked during a hunt. Mino could understand why he’d speak up. He exhaled a soft sigh when Loman backed up. Obviously Loman was more concerned about the injured shifter than putting Oak in his place.
Thank you for having me stop by today. My new book, Bulls and Blood, is out now and it’s the first book in the series, The Blood & Thorn Ranch. Cowboys and Vampires. An intriguing mix, but one I enjoy writing about.
Vampires are mysterious paranormal characters. A lot of the mythology about them came from Dracula, but I’ve always thought there a million ways vampires could come to be. Viruses and parasites. Genetic mutations.
I’m not sure being a vampire would be as romantic as authors have made it out to be, especially in romance novels. Only being able to go out at night and having to drink blood to survive. Also, the other little quirks. Fearing garlic and holy water. Not casting reflections in mirrors.
There are pluses. Superhuman strength and living forever unless you’re beheaded or stabbed in the heart with a wooden stake. Okay…so the beheading and wooden stake death isn’t a plus. But immortality is.
Being able to glamour your prey so you can get close enough to drink from them is a good thing. At least romance writers have turned it into a good thing. Vampires have become heroes in our stories.
I’ve always believed that vampires wouldn’t see humans as anything other than prey. That’s how the Thorns tend to see most mortals, though they don’t treat the men who work for them as slaves. Of course, they do hunts for wealthy vampires who want to relive the old days. And while they don’t allow the clients to kill the prey, they do allow them to drink from them.
So, my vampires are rather neutral about mortals. The Thorns understand they hold the lives of their employees in their hands and they don’t take advantage of that. But Wesley discovers that breaking one of the rules the Thorns live by might be worth it, even if he falls in love with a human.
Thank you for letting me stop by. I hope you get a chance to check Bulls and Blood out.
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About TA Chase:
There is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates TA and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how she shares those insights. When not writing, TA's watching movies, reading and living life to the fullest.