Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday Women: Sula Comyenti by Natasja Hellenthal

Good morning--and here we are with another Wednesday Women blog. This time Natasja Hellenthal interviews Sula from her Comyenti series. Welcome, take a seat and get to know Sula!
 
 
 
Interview Sula Comyenti

 I have a confession to make: this is something I don’t normally do; talk to my characters. Usually it’s the other way round; they tell their story to me and I listen, and at best write it down. I don’t make myself known to them, but rather lurk in the back ground. I am an observer.

Therefore this is very new to me, but exciting all the same. I feel it is a privilege to be able to finally ‘meet’ Sula Comyenti, the main character from my ‘Comyenti Series’.

She first appeared in ‘Call Off The Search’ and again in the sequel ‘Children Of The Sun’. Both full novels are available in e-book and paperback.

 

This is my interview with her.

 


I’m slightly nervous as Sula comes closer. I haven’t seen her in a while so I’m thrilled. We agreed to meet in a clearing in the woods near her house, just outside of Rosinhill. It is a sunny afternoon and the low rays shine through the spruce and pine trees down onto Sula’s face. Her dark long hair shines and appears more honey coloured brown at one side and black on the other. Her cheekbones are high and feminine, her skin is bronze and flawless as ever, but her almond shaped eyes are the most intriguing thing about her; they are a vivid green, like that of new leaves, but when I look again they are darker; jade. Is she reading me?

We greet and sit down on a fallen tree. She appears strong and charismatic and I understand why both Felix and Feline fell for her.

After the initial stage of awkwardness we begin to feel more comfortable and I ask her if she is ready for my questions. She smiles lightly and nods.

 

How do you feel about your mother, now that you’re an adult?

 My mother, rest her soul, I still miss her dearly. She did what she had to do for the continuance of our species and later she had my best interest at heart, I know that, but at the same time it hasn’t been easy to accept that I had to do the same thing; especially when I thought time was running out. Had I known, I perhaps would have waited. She knew so little about our kind, our physics; only from what she was taught as a child before the killings.

 

So you’re saying you regret meeting Felix and having Fay?

 No, not at all. I regret acting so soon whilst, in hindsight, I could have waited. I didn’t think straight when I met Felix, all I could think of, after saving his village, was him and how special he was. He wasn’t like any human I’d ever met. The promise I had made to my mother came to my mind and a decision was easily made. Felix knew of course, I had no secrets, but he didn’t object. In fact I believe he even suggested it, not with so many words but still.

 

What would have happened do you think if you hadn’t met Felix?

 If I hadn’t crashed into him that day you mean, ha ha? No seriously, I would have done the same thing with someone else. That was the promise I was nearly forty after all. I might not have stayed though. Now I know of course that comyenti women are fertile until they are seventy, so yes I think I would have rather waited. But then again it’s no use speculating. What’s done is done and I’m happy with how things have turned out.

 

But do you have any other regrets? Do you regret staying with him?

 Yes and no, sometimes.

 

That’s too vague. Can you explain?

 I’m a half-breed and I still don’t really know much about my species. What I’m sometimes feeling; that need for freedom and solitude: is it me or is it the comyenti in me? Feline understood, but Felix is not ready to find out about her and my feelings for her. I will tell him one day, but not now.

 

Alright. How do you feel about Shazar? He could have told you more since he is a full comyenti?

 Don’t get me started on him. He has his own hidden agenda. I’m sure he is a nice person underneath, but he lets his personal feelings and his task of ‘saving our species’ cloud his judgements. Even though I can read his mind, literally, I still don’t trust him completely. He is definitely blocking things from me, but it’s not comyenti things as he told me everything I needed to know. I’m not entirely sure what it is he’s hiding, but I will find out somehow.

 

What is your greatest fear?

That something will happen to my children. Especially since we suffered those attacks from the mysterious shapeshifting ypaka I don’t know if we’re safe here. All we can do is prepare our children to be more powerful and train them.

 

What do you want from life?

 What everyone else wants; a peaceful simple life whereby we can all live in harmony and safety. Perpetual happiness.

 

What, in yourself, is preventing you from getting it?

 Like I mentioned before; I very much need my freedom and solitude, and sometimes I struggle with the right balance between being happy by myself and being there for everyone else and at the same time keeping them safe.

 

What, in the outside world, is preventing you from getting it?

 I can’t wait for my children to grow up and leave the house, ha ha! No, I love them dearly and we are very close, but sometimes it gets too much and I need space. They accept the way I am and that is the best thing I could ask from them. I try to give them all the tools they need for life but somehow I fear it might not be enough. The ypaka and even Shazar might prevent our happiness, our safety.

 

How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period?

 Oh, another personal question. Ahem, well, I think with Felix I was quite taken from the moment I saw that single strand of blonde hair of his underneath his dark hood fluttering in the wind. It was quite a poetic moment. And when I met his eyes…and when he started talking… Er, so yes I suppose it was love at first sight, although I tried to deny it of course at first and was a bit harsh on him.

 

And with Feline?

 That was different because I was already with Felix, so she was out of the question. I’m faithful when I’m with someone, but I’ve always felt an amazing attraction towards her and we soon became best friends. At first I thought it was because she was his twin sister and because I had a Heartmerge with her brother that it, somehow, stretched out to her. Now I know that it was more than just that and if it weren’t for Felix-

 

How do you decide whether you can trust someone? Is it from experience? Can you tell from first impressions? Is it more intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?

 Before I met Felix, who is human of course, I generally distrusted every human. I had every right to as they almost exterminated my entire species. But it was an instilled distrust. Whether it was in my genes or if my mother is to blame I don’t know, but over time I learned to see not all people have bad intentions. That mistrust has kept me safe for years. My intuition is quite spot on, but if I’m not sure about someone, I will read their minds, not always literally their thoughts, as that’s beyond my limits with humans I haven’t merged with, but their intentions. They are easy to read for me. Body language is very important but also the images they send out, like any other animal does.

 

Is one sense more highly developed than another?

 When I’m in a Mindmode it depends on what animal skills I have borrowed. If it’s just me; half-comyenti, half-human, I would say my sixth sense takes over. My vision and hearing are superb, but looking is not the same thing as seeing and listening is not the same thing as hearing.

 

What do you consider are your strengths?

I don’t give up easily. I try to get to the bottom of things to find out the truth, and try to set things right if I can.

 

What do you consider are your weaknesses?

 I feel too much. All those triggers sometimes cause an overload on my senses and the world around me starts to spin. I am powerless in situations like that. It is the curse of the comyenti and we still haven’t found a way to beat it.

 

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? And why?

 I lied to Felix. It is not in my nature and it feels really wrong.

 

If you could change into any animal, which would it be?

 Why would I with my abilities? However, if I could literally change shape I would like to know what if feels like to have wings, so perhaps an albatross or goose.

 


 

(Graphics provided by author)
 
When we say our goodbyes I can’t help but feel sorry for her somehow. I don’t know why. She is such a strong woman, but also vulnerable and sensitive. Only I know what will happen next, but I can’t tell her that. She knows it and doesn’t ask. I’m more than an observer of course. I can influence everything, for I’m the author after all; the author of her story; of both her and her family and of her kind. I am their judge and executioner. But even I don’t know the details yet. I first have to sit down and open my mind to it.

But I save that for another time.

 

Book 3 in the series, ‘Controller of The Senses’ is expected later in 2015, so stay tuned.

The e-book of ‘Call Off The Search’ (book 1) is currently free until the 20th of February. Keep reading in Book 2, ‘Children Of The Sun’, or get ‘The Comyenti Book Bundle Volume 1&2’ for an easy reading experience.

 

My books can be found here: www.amazon.com/author/natasjahellenthal

 

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wednesday Women: Cantor Gold by Ann Aptaker

It's time for another Wednesday Woman! Today, Ann Aptaker introduces her heroine Cantor Gold. The first in the series is out there for you to enjoy, and a second one is coming this September...but wait. You can enter to win an e-book and meet Cantor. How? Just leave a comment on this blog, with some info on how I can find you (email works best), and your name will go in the hat. The winner will be drawn, as usual, next Tuesday noon EST.

Many thanks to Ann and Cantor for visiting!


 
 
 
 
MID-CENTURY FOLLIES

by Ann Aptaker

 

I love writing crime and mystery stories. I love letting my imagination run around in dark places where good and evil clash and get so tangled up they can’t be pulled apart, their individual definitions no longer absolute. One person’s evil is another person’s justice. One person’s crime is another person’s business opportunity, or food on the table.

I especially like writing about crime in the past, in the days before computers did our thinking for us, before we were perpetually connected to everyone else through our electronic devices. There was delicious anticipation in waiting for that all important letter to come in the mail. There was mystery in the missed phone call.

My current novel, CRIMINAL GOLD, takes place in 1949 New York. The next book in the series, TARNISHED GOLD, due for release from Bold Strokes Books in September, is set in 1950. And the third in the series, which I’m currently writing, takes place in 1952. The series will move through the 1950s and into the early 1960s. So my protagonist, the smuggler and dapper dyke Cantor Gold, her associates Rosie Bliss and Judson Zane, her nemeses Sig Loreale, Mom Sheinbaum and the police, and all the femme fatales, mobsters, grifters, denizens of the hidden LGBT world, and everyone else in Cantor’s milieu, must pursue or elude each other through their own ingenuity, without benefit of Google searches, instant messaging or GPS. They must rely on their own brains to find their way through the thicket of their situations. In other words, in order to commit the crime or solve it, escape crime’s consequences and stay alive, or escape beatings or arrest, they must rely solely on the organic properties of being human: seeing, hearing, touching, talking, acting, reacting, thinking.

All of this is a pretty rich experience for me as a writer. It forces me to get back to the basics of human inventiveness in order to believably present a time when we had to figure things out on our own. And if popular culture is anything to go by, stories set in the 1950s and ‘60s provide equally rich experiences for readers, and for film and TV audiences, too. From TV’s “Happy Days,” “Crime Story,” and “Mad Men,” through film’s “Grease,” “Back to the Future,” “Revolutionary Road,” and the upcoming “Carol,” we seem never to be done with the ‘50s and early ‘60s. Why does this nostalgia for a recent past have us in its grip? After all, the ‘50s and early ‘60s weren’t all rosy, not if you were a woman, a racial minority, or Queer.

I think, though, we recognize that life in those pre-digital days was, perhaps, more organic, dare I say more human. Nowadays, tethered to our electronics, perhaps we fear we’re merging with them; or rather, they with us, relentlessly, and possibly against our will. We are rarely alone with our thoughts: our devices track us, our online searches anticipate us, our email and texts arrive all day and demand constant response. In our pre-digital past, we were freer

We were also, by and large, richer, especially here in America. Post-World War Two America experienced economic abundance the likes of which had never before been achieved, sprinkling its benefits across large portions of the population; capitalists, white collar, and unionized blue collar workers alike. With all that spare cash floating around, even the average Jane and Joe aspired “up,” releasing their pent up desire for the good life after the double whammy of the Depression’s deprivations in the 1930s and the death and destruction of the Second World War in the ‘40s. People bought houses with back yards and with separate rooms for the kids. They bought flamboyant cars, TVs, and closets full of up to date, mass produced clothes. Frankly, post-war America was fun! And we looked great in those fabulous clothes.

So what of crime and mystery stories like CRIMINAL GOLD set in that warmly recalled time? Remember, the mid-20th century was the Golden Age of noir, when popular culture wasn’t shy about exploring the dark side of post-World War Two confidence in the “American Dream” of a car in every garage, a steak on every table, and a wife in every kitchen. Noir expressed the awareness hiding deep in the mind that all was not quite right, that the shiny surface of the good life can hide a festering core of injustice, corruption, and numbing conformity. Post-war noir, in movies and books, demanded that we face facts, even when those facts were presented in the guise of juicy fiction. And noir was where the hero, or more precisely the anti-hero—troubled, outraged, morally ambiguous—acted on our behalf, taking on the Law that kept us in line, the politicians who stole our cash and votes, the mobsters who corrupted our neighborhood businesses. And all the anti-hero had to show for it was a black eye or a bullet to the gut.

And still, we can’t get enough of the ‘50s and early ‘60s. Maybe it’s the lure of the anti-hero’s outlaw bravery. Maybe it’s the cars. Or the clothes. Maybe we’re nostalgic for those days before we were wired to everything and everyone, before our electronic devices threatened to become inseparable with our minds and bodies. Maybe we long to be fully human—and only human—again.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wednesday Women: Trinity and Graciela by Anastasia Vitsky

Welcome to a new Wednesday Women blog--meet Trinity and Graciela from Anastasia Vitsky's upcoming title Mistress on her Knees. There's a giveaway, too!

From Ana: I will offer one book of reader's choice (excluding Living in Sin and Mistress on her Knees) to a random commenter on this post.

Plus, you can win one of dozens of prizes for Love Spanks 2015, an extravaganza of free stories about women who love women. More information here: https://governingana.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/announcing-love-spanks-2015/

But now, on to Trinity and Graciela (thanks for joining the Wednesday Women:

(graphic provided by author)


Flawed, powerful women have always fascinated me. We hear about flawed, powerful men all the time, but women are often expected to be passive, saintly, or both.

Passive saints are boring.

However, it is risky to write a woman with strength, humanity, and failings. Readers, even female readers, will often accept more flaws in a man than a woman. A man “has leadership skills” while a woman is “bossy” or “shrill.” An alpha hero is sexy, while an alpha heroine is often portrayed as frigid or in need of a good man to soften her feminist edges.

We teach our little girls to be quiet and obedient, while we shrug our shoulders at little boys misbehaving and say, “Boys will be boys.” A male college student who rapes is forgiven his “youthful indiscretion,” while a female college student who is raped must have “asked for it.”

Within the world of BDSM and DD (domestic discipline), the gender-based double standards are just as strong. Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey has become an icon of sexy power, while women (even dominant women) are reduced to inert objects of desire. Where are the sexy, powerful women who make mistakes but are individuals in their own right? Where are the sexy, powerful women who love them?

In Mistress on Her Knees, (forthcoming on March 1, 2015), Trinity Maddox and Graciela Fairbanks meet over a delivery of moo shu pork and cream cheese wontons. Graciela is a professional Domme who helps Trinity escape from an abusive situation, and they fall in love. There are two problems.  (What is a great love story without complications?)

First, Trinity’s negative experiences make Gracie wary. She keeps her distance at first, insisting Trinity is too young and naïve to make a life commitment.

Second, Trinity sleeps with Graciela’s best friend.

For most people I know, cheating is the automatic do-not-pass relationship ender. Gracie feels the same way. She kicks Trinity out, moves to another country, and cuts off all communication.

And yet…and yet! Their paths cross ten years later, and Gracie is faced with a choice. Should she forgive the woman who destroyed their relationship, or does this flawed, powerful woman deserve a second chance?

What would you do if you were Gracie? Can love overcome the worst betrayal?

 

 
Mistress on Her Knees

 Thou shalt not covet thy host’s submissive

 When a Domme loves a Domme, strange things can happen. When a Domme loves a Domme who is her former submissive and cheated with her best friend, all of the usual fun with handcuffs turns into something darker.

 Graciela struggles to control her attraction to the headstrong, beautiful woman who broke her heart ten years ago. She offers temporary shelter to a fellow human in crisis, nothing more. But when Trinity buckles under Graciela’s righteous anger and begs for forgiveness, Graciela’s resolve wavers. Can she ever trust again? Does Trinity deserve a second chance, or is this yet another manipulation?

 Previous books in the series:

 


Mira’s Desire (two-book set of Desire in Any Language and Mira’s Miracle)

Fire of Desire (free serial available on Governing Ana)

 

Author bio:

 Cookie queen, wooden spoon lady, and champion of carbs, Anastasia Vitsky specializes in F/F erotic fiction. She hates shoes and is allergic to leather. When not writing about women who live spankily ever after, she coordinates reader and author events such as Spank or Treat, Love Spanks, and Sci Spanks. Her favorite event is Ana’s Advent Calendar, a month-long celebration of books, community, and making a difference.

She is too afraid to watch Dr. Who, but she adores The Good Wife and anything with Audrey Hepburn. In her next life, she will learn how to make the perfect pie.

Where to find out more about Anastasia Vitsky and her books:

Blog (Governing Ana)
Twitter: @AnastasiaVitsky
Facebook page
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday Women: Rowan Knight by Liz McMullen

Good morning! It's Wednesday Women time, and Liz McMullen is in the house! She's presenting Rowan from the short story A Taste of Home. You can find it in the anthology Appetites: Tales of Lesbian Lust. Curious? If you leave a comment on this blog before next Tuesday, noon PST, you can enter the giveaway to win this anthology in e-book format.

Thanks Rowan and Liz for joining the Wednesday Women lineup!

(graphics provided by author)

Rowan Knight’s presence is the prevailing impression. She is tall with bold Native American features, and has a quiet strength that is incredibly sexy. Rowan may be butch, but she hasn’t forsaken her feminine side. Her long silky hair sways erotically when she is in motion. Rowan’s dark blue, nearly black, eyes make you want to get closer to discern their color, expression, and the inner thoughts that she rarely reveals.

"A Taste of Home," a short story featured in the Appetites Anthology, shows a different side of Rowan. She’s raw and struggling with the deepest hurt she has ever experienced. "A Taste of Home" is also the prologue for Words Left Unspoken. My intention regarding the prologue was to show the contrast between who she was when she arrived in Northampton, MA and who she has become years later. She finds her center in the intervening years between the prologue and first chapter. When the novel begins she is happy, at peace and a source of quiet strength and support for her friends. The prologue is important to keep in the back of your mind, it shows that she has secrets, painful ones, that will come into play as she falls in love.

Words Left Unspoken won’t be out until Spring 2016, possibly late 2015. Until then you can pick up a copy of Appetites, to get your first glimpse of this compelling character.

Leave a comment here for a chance to win the eBook version of the Appetites Anthology.

Link to the Amazon.com listing for Appetites: http://www.amazon.com/Appetites-Lesbian-Lizzies-Bedtime-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00SCQT050/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421511910&sr=8-1&keywords=appetites+tales+of+lesbian+lust&pebp=1421511914290&peasin=B00SCQT050





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Liz McMullen graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Political Theory, and has a Master’s degree in Education. She is an author, publisher, and talk show host. She has three radio shows: "The Liz McMullen Show," "Lizzie’s Bedtime Stories" and "JD & Liz Talk." Her debut novel, If I Die Before I Wake, was a Rainbow Award Finalist. Her first foray into erotica was "Hard Rock Candy", which was the start of her imprint, The Liz McMullen Show Publications.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday Women: Alicia Raymond aka "Berg" by Vanessa Skye


Detective Alicia Raymond, aka, ‘Berg’ by Vanessa Skye
 
(Vanessa has generously offered to give away three signed copies of The Enemy Inside, the first in the series (US). Please comment until next Tuesday, noon EST to enter).
 
 (graphic provided by author)

 

It's time for another Wednesday Woman! Today, Vanessa Skye gives us an analysis of the main character in her Edge of Darkness series (crime fiction), Detective Alicia Raymond, aka, ‘Berg’. 

 

Lets start with an excerpt of the first book in the series, The Enemy Inside:

 

‘Berg ran her hand over the spotless bathroom counter as she walked in to undress. Cleaning was one of her favorite pastimes, and when she wasn’t working, her weekends were a scrubbing, rubbing, and polishing frenzy.

You’ll never be clean, the shadowy voice in her head mocked.

She shoved the thought back down as she removed her clothing. Catching sight of her reflection in the large wall mirror perched over the sink, she stared at the bruises running across her naked abdomen and upper thighs before touching them in a detached way. Their purple, green, and yellow shades were livid against her pale skin. She probed them with her strong fingers, relishing the sudden, blunt ache for a moment. She frowned, unable to remember how they happened—or was it that she didn’t want to?

Berg glanced in the mirror. She could appreciate that she had a certain aesthetic charm to others, even if she couldn’t see it. Fortunately, the façade was all people wanted to see, so they never bothered to look any deeper.

She examined her face: brown eyes, high cheekbones, and heavy, arched brows. Running her fingers over the bump in her nose, she remembered the beating that had caused it. One of her stepfathers had been quite willing to use his fists against a small, defenseless little girl. She wore the bump like a badge.

She glared at the mask in the mirror, the mask that drew the men to her, the mask responsible for the pain. Loathing for both the men and herself rose like bile in the back of her throat as she stared. She wanted to claw the tissue from her bones with her fingernails, then crush the flesh in her bare hands, and watch it drip red into the pure, white sink.’

 

From the outside, many people who take Berg at face value would say she’s beautiful but ‘fucked up’. That’s true, but it’s also an oversimplification.

 

Berg is strong, but vulnerable. She’s tough, but weak. She’s caring, but emotionally shut down.

 

Berg’s a lot of things, but simple is not one of them.

 

While she’s had a tough childhood, and she’s been through the abuse and the foster care, it’s made her into the woman she is. As many abuse survivors will tell you, you become excellent at reading people—you can read the danger signs from a mile away. This is why Berg is the amazing detective she is, this is why she gets all the hard and cold cases, because she has a knack for finding out the truth and getting to the crux of a crime.

 

And it’s because of her past that she is driven to get justice for others. She will keep going, past the point of no return, and long past where other detectives might give up. She goes that extra mile, and won’t stop until she gets justice. Of course, there is a fine line between justice and vengeance, but I leave that up to the reader to decide.

 

Her job being what is, she has many emotional landmines to navigate in daily life. Every day, her childhood is starkly relived, and she deals with that in two ways: to protect herself from emotions, and to feed her addiction.

 

Like many survivors of a bad childhood, she anaesthetizes her pain in the only way she can, indeed in the only way she’s been taught, and that is through promiscuity. There is a strong gender theme through the books, that is: why women like Berg, who are promiscuous, are judged and considered ‘sluts’, when men carrying out the same ‘acting out’ are clapped on the back and congratulated.

 

There are also strong love and hope themes throughout the series between Berg and her partner. Berg has never been loved before, so of course once confronted with the intensity of these emotions, she runs for her life. It’s stunning to watch Berg come to terms with being loved, and therefore loving not only someone else, but herself, too.

 

Some people may read the series and think that Berg goes too far to get justice, and some may think she doesn't go far enough. Berg is all about an ‘eye for an eye’. But her partner, Jay, is far more forgiving and happy to work within the bounds of the law, even if that means that sometimes they don’t get the bad guy. To Berg, not getting the bad guy is intolerable.

 

Do you consider people like Dexter or Lisbeth Salander (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) to be villains? I personally don't, but others will likely disagree with this. So I urge people to read The Enemy Inside, Broken, and Bloodlines and judge if they consider Berg to be a hero or a villain for themselves.

 

 

The Enemy Inside (Only 99c January 8-29!)

While exploring the darkness in others, Detective Alicia Raymond discovers her own.

Chicago Detective Alicia Raymond, a.k.a. Berg, medicates her deeply buried depression and a brutal past with an obsessive desire to track down killers. Bringing murderers to justice is the only thing in her life worth living for.

So when she sympathizes with a vigilante who is exacting sadistic revenge, Berg faces a perilous choice: surrender to the powerful evil inside, or finally acknowledge the past she would rather ignore.

Like Dexter and The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Enemy Inside challenges the concept of justice, asks if the need for vengeance sometimes justifies murder, and explores whether you can ever heal from a broken childhood.

The Enemy Inside is now available in eBook and paperback on Amazon, Kobo, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, TWCS and Booktopia.

 

And at Pages & Pages in Mosman.

 

Broken

 

A Chicago mother is murdered in a robbery gone wrong...

A teenager is raped and beaten, her life hanging by a thread...

For Chicago Detective Alicia Raymond, a.k.a Berg, the need for justice burns deep and fills the emptiness when therapy and relationships fall short. And while Berg wages a life or death battle against a sociopath who is always two steps ahead, an old adversary will stop at nothing to end her career.

As Berg fights to prevent another murder, she will cross the line between hero and villain—and there’s no turning back.

Broken is now available in eBook and paperback on Amazon, Kobo, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, TWCS and Booktopia.

 

And at Pages & Pages in Mosman.

 

Bloodlines

Following the acclaimed debut of The Enemy Inside and its sequel, Broken, comes the stunning conclusion to the ‘Edge of Darkness’ series by investigative journalist Vanessa Skye, Bloodlines.

Detective Alicia “Berg” Raymond is lying. She’s lying to the Chicago Police Department, to her boyfriend, Captain Jay O’Loughlin, but most of all, she is lying to herself—about her past, her future, and her addiction.

As Berg investigates a series of brutal rapes, she juggles finding justice for the victims, keeping her own sordid past buried, and wrapping her damaged head around living in a state of domestic bliss she’s certain she doesn’t deserve.

But when enemies from the past threaten her present, she is once again vulnerable to the demons that have plagued her. It’s only a matter of time before the lies unravel and destroy the fairy tale she’s finally started believing.

Can she save anyone from the lurking darkness or will her own bloodlines drag her under—this time for good?

Bloodlines will be released January 15, 2015, on Amazon, Kobo, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, TWCS and Booktopia.

 

Check out Vanessa’s Blog at www.vanessa-skye.com

 
PS: Vanessa Skye's Blog Tour for the release of Bloodlines, the latest in the series, stopped by last Sunday. You can find all the buy links and additional info.
 

 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Blog Tour: Bloodlines by Vanessa Skye

Please note that Vanessa Skye's heroine will also be in the Wednesday Women here on Word Affair this week!
Bloodlines
Book 3 of Edge of Darkness Series
by Vanessa Skye

Bloodlines-Hi-Res-Cover

Release Date: January 22 , 2015
Genre: FICTION / Suspense / Dark
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-366-9
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and TWCS PH

~~SUMMARY~~
Bloodlines-3D-Paperback-eReaderFollowing the acclaimed debut of The Enemy Inside and its sequel, Broken, comes the stunning conclusion to the ‘Edge of Darkness’ series by investigative journalist Vanessa Skye, Blood Lines. Detective Alicia “Berg” Raymond is lying. She’s lying to the Chicago Police Department, to her boyfriend, Captain Jay O’Loughlin, but most of all, she’s lying to herself—about her past, her future, and her ongoing addiction. As Berg investigates a series of brutal rapes and sinks under an ever-increasing caseload, she finds herself juggling every aspect of her life—finding justice for victims of crime, keeping her own sordid past buried from her colleagues, struggling with blackmail that threatens to push her over the edge, and protecting her lover from the details of all of it. Wrapping her damaged head around living in a state of domestic bliss she’s certain she doesn’t deserve, Berg is driven by the need for justice and a determination to stop a rapist before any more innocent lives are ravaged. But when enemies from the past threaten her present, she is once again vulnerable to the demons that have plagued her every day of her life. It’s only a matter of time before her lies unravel and the fairy tale she’s finally started believing implodes . . . but the biggest threat of all, as it turns out, is her very own bloodline. Can she save herself, and the casualties of crime, from the lurking darkness waiting to strike, or will her own mistakes drag her under—this time for good?  

 
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
vskyeVanessa Skye has always had a love of words and spent her school years writing poetry, speeches, and fictional essays. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism and studying psychology at Charles Sturt University, Vanessa got a job at Australia's largest publisher of regional and agricultural news and information, Rural Press, where she worked as a journalist in the central west of New South Wales for four years. Thousands of stories later, Vanessa decided to move back to Sydney and try her hand at public relations while studying for a master’s degree in communication. Skip forward a few years and Vanessa was once again joyfully studying various psychology subjects while managing a Sydney public relations firm. Enthralled with examining the motivations behind people’s actions, Vanessa realized what she really wanted to do in life was combine her love of words with her fascination for human behavior. So Vanessa quit public relations to begin the significantly more impoverished life of a professional writer. Inspired by a recurring dream, Vanessa wrote her crime fiction debut, The Enemy Inside, which challenges the concept of justice, asks if the need for vengeance sometimes justifies murder, and explores whether you can ever heal from childhood abuse. Broken is her second book in this series. In her spare time, Vanessa wrote a short story, The Piece, which was published in February 2012, by Dark Prints Press as a part of the 'One That Got Away' dark fiction anthology. Vanessa now works as a freelance writer, lives in Sydney’s northern beaches, and tries to immerse herself in salt water at least once a day.  

Be sure to look for Book One-The Enemy Inside and Book Two-Broken well!

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Praise for Bloodlines
"So good! As with the previous two books in this series, I absolutely loved it. The pacing was great, there was nice dry humour to lighten the very dark tone, and all the characters completed a satisfying arc from books one and two. Berg in particular is fantastic – I loved that she didn’t completely go back to her old ways when she was at her lowest, and the ending leaves us with hope for her future. " - Andrea

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