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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

VBT, EXCERPT, INTERVIEW, & #GIVEAWAY - Blood Shackles (Rebel Vampires #2) by Rosemary A. Johns


Urban Fantasy Paranormal Romance




Light is a Rocker Blood Lifer with a talent for remembering things. He’s meant to be the predator. It’s been that way since Victorian times. But not now. Not since someone hunted him. Enslaved him. Ripped out his fangs. Who are these ruthless humans? Who’s their violent leader? And who betrayed the secret of the Blood Lifer world?


London, Primrose Hill. Grayse is the commanding but alluring slaver’s daughter. The enemy. She buys Light, like he’s a pair of designer shoes. So why does Light feel so drawn to her? Especially when his family is still in chains. Will he risk everything – even his new love – to save them?


Does a chilling conspiracy lie behind it all? A stunning revelation leads Light to an inconceivable truth. If he can face his worst terrors, he can save his family and his whole species from slavery.

Maybe he can even save himself.
The third book in the series, BLOOD RENEGADES, will be out Spring 2017

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‘London’s not yours.’

I stiffened. ‘The Lost have walked these streets as long as you humans,’ I whispered, low and intense, ‘which makes them ours, as much as yours.’

I might as well have clouted you. You drew back, with a shiver. ‘You hunt here – parasitically. But England? The world? It belongs to us. You’re just…’

‘Parasites?’ I offered. You didn’t even have the decency to look away.

‘These are my streets,’ you tapped the sticky table for emphasis, in a boozer, street, postcode you’d never have ventured into, if it hadn’t been for me.

I took a drag of my e-cig. ‘Over hundred and fifty years says different, sweetheart.’

You wore that narked expression, which I’d hoped we’d left behind for the night. ‘My home. Not yours.’

‘Any reason it can’t be both?’

‘On account of you’re…’ You stopped yourself, pushing your Guinness away with a jerky shove. Your shoulders slumped. You finished softly, ‘…not human.’

‘Right. Because I’d missed that.’ I took a mouthful of nuts, munching thoughtfully. You’d withdrawn hermit-crab like, your hair falling in two curtains over your mug. ‘There were humans once, who thought like you, the last time a Blood Lifer had the courage to reveal himself to a First Lifer. It was one of my ancestors. A man of reason, in an age of superstition. He reckoned our two species could live out in the open - side by side - so I was told. These First Lifers? They thought he was the devil.’ You’d raised your nut. I could see your peepers - dark grey now - through the veil of your hair.


‘They burnt him.’

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Interview with a Vampire – And His Name? Is Light

Firstly, thanks for having me on your site!
I’m here today with the hero…
Oi, anti-hero, if you don’t mind.
OK - the anti-hero of my new book Blood Shackles.
Blood Shackles is the standalone second novel in my new fantasy series Rebel Vampires. It’s set in a divided world where Blood Lifers (vampires) both hunt and are hunted by First Lifers (humans).
In a paranormal London Blood Lifers are the predators and the prey. And death drives desire.
That’s good that. Been practising it a lot?
What? Erm..? Right, back to Light. He’s the British Rocker vampire with a photographic memory.
Light is at the heart of both Blood Shackles and the first novel in the series Blood Dragons.
Tell them about the heart. How everything comes down to the heart.
Who’s interviewing who here?
You tell me. Or hang on a tick…don’t. All the glories of the world. The dark horrors and the infinite sublime possibilities. And you’re yakking about…
Oh, right. Carry on then.
His name is Light. Or Thomas Blickle back when he was a human or First Lifer...
Thanks, mate. Good for the image that. Rebel here?
Of course. And that’s a good question. What are you rebelling against?
Society. Conformity. Those wankering labels, which pin us to charts. The good. The bad. First or Blood Life. When everything is shaded to grey. We’re all in chains, yeah? Only most don’t see them. Or don’t care enough to fight. I thought Blood Life had freed me. I’d evolved past all that bollocks. I was wrong.
When did you first realise you were…
Dashingly handsome?
No. That you were…
Bright, brave, blinding…
Lovely, you are. OK – if you mean my photographic memory? I’m a savant – some would call it. I can remember everything I’ve ever seen. And when you’ve lived 150 years as a Blood Lifer? It’s no blessing. It’s a curse. Still, when you need to save your family from slavery – and the world – useful talent to have.
Still found time to fall in love though…
There’s always time for love. Remember what I said about the heart? Obsessive git here. For over a century I was in love with the whirlwind of death that was Ruby. We danced in the carnage and the flames. We ate the world ripe. And then Kathy? Yeah… you don’t get that memory. You already have Blood Dragons. My Soul’s in there.
And Grayse?
You’re making me sound like some sort of…
Don Juan?
I was going for whore… OK, so Grayse was all set to be my mistress. I was defanged and delivered to her in a crate, like a statue. And let me tell you that’s not a comfy way to travel.
And you fell in love..?
She wasn’t what I expected. And me? I wasn’t what she’d picked out all pretty, like a mutt in a pet shop either. But when skin meets skin and raw nature asserts itself? There is no mistress or slave. No Blood Lifer or First. There’s only a woman and a man. And that’s why I’m a rebel. Because we all need to set ourselves free.
Thanks Light. That was…
Blinding? But what about my Triton? Or The Stones? And you didn’t even ask about my leather jacket, vintage that is…
And that was my interview with a vampire. And his name is Light.
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ROSEMARY A JOHNS is a traditionally published author of short stories under the name R. A. Johns. She is the author of Blood Dragons the compelling first instalment of the Rebel Vampires series.

Rosemary A Johns wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of ten, when she discovered the weird worlds inside her head were more exciting than double swimming. Since then she’s studied history at Oxford University, run a theatre company (her critically acclaimed plays have been described as "uncomfortable, unsettling and uneasily true to life"), and worked with disability charities.

When Rosemary’s not falling in love with the rebels fighting their way onto the page, she heads the Oxford writing group Dreaming Spires

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  1. Hi and thanks for having me on your blog! The blog tour is in full swing and I'm open to having anything thrown at me...not literally, of course. So anything you'd like to know? Hope everyone has a great day!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with your book :)

    2. Thanks - great to be here and thanks for hosting ( I love your site - it's gorgeous!).

  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. Hi Lisa - good luck and hope you're having a good day!

  3. Loved the interview, thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thanks Victoria - hope you're having a good week!