Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to the lovely Kelly for having me here as part of my Paranormal Pandemonium 2011 Blog Tour.
Secondly, I would love to introduce you all to my dark world of vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, demons, immortals and angels. My name is Felicity Heaton. Some of you might have heard of me. I’m a paranormal romance / science fiction romance author with over forty stories in my backlist, and around thirty of those are still available. I lean towards writing dark romances full of action and passion. With my stories, you’re pretty much guaranteed some good loving, some seriously deep emotions that will tug at your heartstrings, and some kick-ass fight scenes.
It’s a very special day in the calendar today. It’s the release of my latest vampire romance novel, and the first book in my new Vampire Venators series—Forbidden Blood. This is my seventh series, and the second to focus on my favourite paranormal species—Vampires. Only these are vampires with a difference.
Today, I’m here to talk about the book, and I can boil down the story into one simple question:
In the eternal darkness of his duty, can Amber become Kearn’s light?
It was something that ran around my head as I plotted the first novel in my Vampire Venators series and as I delved deep into the characters to bring them to life. It stayed with me as I wrote the first draft, and then the second, and even when I was polishing it and proofing it. It sums up the story so well, and in particular the hero.
Kearn is a vampire and a Noble. Born into the ruling line of the Savernake bloodline, he was once one of the elite in the vampire world that secretly co-exists with ours. His destiny as the second son was a life of leisure but the Sovereignty, a group of nine beings who preside over the nine species of demon and enforce the laws with the help of their Venators had different plans for him. They forced the role of Venator upon him. Kearn’s life spiralled into darkness and his eventual exile from his beloved family drove him to the edge of despair. With only his hated duty remaining, he lives from one hunt to the next until he meets Amber.
Amber is light embodied to Kearn, although he doesn’t realise it at first. What man knows he’s on to a good thing when he first comes across it? None, right? Well, vampires are just the same.
Readers who know me will know that I tend to write heroes who have been through the wars, have closed off their hearts to everyone, or have a side to themselves that they find it hard to accept. I love writing a hero who has had his share of pain and needs a good woman to walk into his life and kiss him better, and Kearn is probably up there with the best of them.
Writing Kearn as he gradually allowed Amber into his life and accepted his feelings and his need for her was one of the best emotional journeys I’ve taken in a book. It was right up there with Julian from my vampire romance epic, Love Immortal. Both men had been through so much pain in their past that they deserved someone warm and good to come along and love them.
But a story isn’t all about the hero. It takes a great woman to love a complicated man.
Attacked by what she could only call a vampire and saved by a mysterious silver haired man with an arm that glows bright blue, Amber is flung into Kearn’s world at warp speed. She finds her feet fast when Kearn tells her that she’s in danger and her only chance of survival is remaining with him. Amber knows when she’s on to a good thing. Surviving sounds good, but remaining with Kearn sounds better.
I wanted to write a strong female lead in Forbidden Blood, a woman who was going to reach out and take what she wanted, and not be deterred by the monumental task of winning Kearn’s heart. This is one woman who doesn’t easily give up, not even when she’s faced with Kearn’s cold demeanour and the titanium armour around his heart. She not only fights to crack it open but she fights with him against the vampire who wants her blood, bravely offering herself up as bait for the beast so Kearn can finally catch the man he’s been hunting for three years.
Amber is the sort of heroine who can face anything, but as she’s drawn into Kearn’s world and learns more about him, and about what he is, will she be able to still face him and accept that the man she’s falling for is also a vampire?
You’ll have to take a peek at the book to find out how this dark fairytale ends.
Forbidden Blood is available now in e-book formats direct from my site, on Amazon Kindle and on Smashwords, and will soon be available from Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBookstore, Sony Reader Store and other retailers. It will also shortly be available in paperback from Amazon.
In a dark world where vampires exist and where Source Blood, a rare human blood type, can bestow godlike powers upon them, the vampire Venators of the Sovereignty fight to protect the humans by banishing those who drink it to the endless dark.
Exiled from his family and with only his duty to sustain him, Kearn has been on the trail of an elusive Source Blood abuser for three years. When he saves a beautiful human female from the vampire’s grasp, it turns out she’s the lead he’s been waiting for. Amber is a Source Blood and the perfect bait, but for who?
As they race to catch the vampire and survive the cruel games he plays, Amber is pulled deeper into Kearn’s world and discovers the painful secrets he hides behind his handsome but emotionless exterior—hurt that she has the power to heal if she is brave enough.
Forbidden Blood is book one in the Vampire Venators series and a dark, sensual tale of betrayal, revenge and a love that knows no bounds.
Felicity Heaton is a romance author writing as both Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. She is passionate about penning paranormal tales full of vampires, witches, werewolves, angels and shape-shifters, and has been interested in all things preternatural and fantastical since she was just a child. Her other passion is science-fiction and she likes nothing more than to immerse herself in a whole new universe and the amazing species therein. She used to while away days at school and college dreaming of vampires, werewolves and witches, or being lost in space, and used to while away evenings watching movies about them or reading gothic horror stories, science-fiction and romances.
Having tried her hand at various romance genres, it was only natural for her to turn her focus back to the paranormal, fantasy and science-fiction worlds she enjoys so much. She loves to write seductive, sexy and strong vampires, werewolves, witches, angels and alien species. The worlds she often dreams up for them are vicious, dark and dangerous, reflecting aspects of the heroines and heroes, but her characters also love deeply, laugh, cry and feel every emotion as keenly as anyone does. She makes no excuses for the darkness surrounding them, especially the paranormal creatures, and says that this is their world. She’s just honoured to write down their adventures.
If you want to know more about me, or want to get in touch, you can find me at the following places:
I am an Avid reader and mother of 3 adult children. Now 7 years after creating my first blog, Demon Lover's Book & More; book blogging has become my passion. Creating www.GotFiction.com blog has allowed me the opportunity to review great books, make wonderful friends and meet amazing authors.
Five stars are like six-pack abs on a really tan, hunky guy not wearing much. They make us drool, we stroke them (the books, not the guys! - sometimes the guys...) and want to make sweet, sweet love to them. Five stars is the hottest, we mean, highest honor.
Four stars is a total hunkalicious of burning love, but maybe we didn't like his hair for some reason. We still think he's hot, and we're still going to recommend him, we mean, the book, to readers because it's a damn fine ass, we mean book.
Three stars = that awkward guy at the party. He's cute and you know he's cute, and if you look at him the right way, he even looks like Brad Pitt a little, but there are flaws. Surprisingly, he's good in bed (because you got drunk and shit happens).
Remember that - yeah we don't either.
One star is like expecting a somewhat attractive guy and being sent a Grumpy cat meme. We appreciate the effort, but no. This book was not for us. Grumpy cat might want to use it for litter though.