I am so thrilled to be a part of the BLOOD ENTANGLED Blog Tour. When I saw the tour announcement in my inbox with this second book in the series’ beautiful cover I just had to take a peek at the book’s description. And it sounded absolutely delicious.
Kos Maras and Lena Isaakson’s relationship sounds complicated. Their lives appear to be even more so. With ailing vampires, hunters, and “humiliating rejections” the possibility for romance between the two seems slim. But the promise of seduction from a new vampire means that BLOOD ENTANGLED will definitely deliver some heat.
I love the fact that there is a large cast of characters in the Blood Vine series, though I was initially wary when I learned that there were multiple character POVs in this book. I typically find changing character POVs to be confusing, but the author’s use of the character’s name at the outset of each scene to define whose point of view the reader will be following makes a huge difference.
To learn a little bit more about the characters in the Blood Vine series and just why the author says “The More the Merrier” when it comes to them, check out the books’ descriptions and the author’s guest post.
And if you’d like the chance to snag a set of BLOOD VINE and BLOOD ENTANGLED, be sure to scroll down to the giveaway which I’m offering up at the very bottom of this post.
But for now, here’s a little bit about the two books in this series….
About BLOOD ENTANGLED (Blood Vine #2)
Release Date: July 23, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
KOS MARAS’s orderly life is in shambles—he must distribute Blood Vine to a population of ailing vampires, but Hunters block him at every turn. To make matters worse, each night he watches over a temptingly beautiful woman sleeping in his bed. He is convinced love cannot last a vampire-long lifetime and an entanglement will only cause them grief, but he doesn’t have the heart to send her away.
From a long line of blood servants, LENA ISAAKSON is destined to serve a vampire, but a string of humiliating rejections thwarts her pleasure. When Kos shows her kindness, she hopes he will claim her. Instead he proves himself a coward in the face of love and sends her to serve another.
Will the dark seduction of a rakish new vampire finally bring Lena the pleasure she desires or deliver her into the hands of Hunters who want to destroy everything the Maras family has worked for?
About BLOOD VINE (Blood Vine #1)
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
In Blood Vine, bites are an inconvenient bliss, exiled vampires are wasting away, and the fate of their kind depends on the perfect PR campaign.
When public relations pro Zoey Porter arrives at an enchanting California winery, she discovers her sexy new client is the almost one-night stand she can’t forget. After her husband’s suicide, Zoey has vowed never to risk her heart again. But can she walk away from the intriguing winemaker a second time?
Driven from Croatia by his ancient foes, vampire Andre Maras has finally made a blood-like wine to cure his fellow refugees. Now he needs Zoey’s PR expertise to reach them. After his wife’s death, Andre has a vow of his own—never to risk another painful blood bond. And one taste of the tempting Zoey would bind him to her eternally.
His secrets stall her PR plans. Her jealousy is stoked by the blissed-out beauties leaving his bedroom. At every turn, he utterly fails to resist her. When she discovers he is a vampire, will she be lost to the golden-eyed Hunters, or lose herself to the emptiness in her heart, before she can help him save his kind?
From the moment I began writing Blood Vine, I had an enormous ensemble of folks involved in the story—mostly members of the Maras and Bennett families. The sequel, Blood Entangled, is no different—the story is told by six different characters.
As a new author, I had read enough romance to know that the way I was writing was unconventional. Shouldn’t only my hero and heroine have the microphone? And maybe the bad guy could share some of the focus. But not the hero’s son, and his gay assistant and his gay assistant’s secret crush!
But some of my favorite writers, J.R. Ward to name the obvious, had pulled off this kind of ensemble story with multiple plot lines, romances, and points of view. All the characters in my head demanded I try too.
Yes, it’s more complicated to say the least, because each of these characters has to have a fully developed relationship to all the other characters, and when you put them all in the room together and add conflict, it’s a pretty complicated spider web, rippling with a variety of emotional dynamics. But as I developed my writing style, I came to realize my interest in family psychology (and how all the personalities in a family fit together) shapes how I write.
I especially love showing the characters from different people’s perspectives. One of my favorite examples is how Kos sees Lena, versus how Andre sees her.
In Blood Vine, Lena is infatuated with Andre, and he sees her as a minor-turned-major irritation. Meanwhile, Kos takes pity on her for the way Andre disregards her. Of course, this makes for all kinds of fun conflict between father and son!
I love big, complex books with lots of characters. But I know some readers do find that annoying. I try very hard to orient the reader into the new location and character right away. And early in my writing journey I learned a trick from my critique partners that I’d never noticed before, even though I’ve been a compulsive avid reader my whole life: In most fiction the very first name that appears at the start of a new scene or chapter is the person who’s head you are in. So if you pick up The Blood Vine Series, you can count on me to give you that clue at every scene break and hopefully you will enjoy all the characters you get to meet.
About Amber Belldene
Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book. As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons—an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days.
Amber is an Episcopal Priest and student of religion. She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths. Some people think it is strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to her, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco.
Aug. 1 – Contagious Reads – Excerpt
Aug. 2 – What the Cat Read - “The Bad Guys of Blood Entangled” Guest Post
Aug. 5 – ParaYourNormal – Interview + Excerpt
Aug. 6 – Leena.Me – “Lena Isaakson” Character Spotlight
Aug. 7 – The Avid Reader – “Pedro Torres” Character Spotlight + Excerpt
Aug. 8 – Fae Books – Character Spotlight
Aug. 9 – Readers Confession – “The Bad Guys of Blood Entangled” Guest Post
Aug. 12 – Book Cracker Caroline – Excerpt
Aug. 13 – SMIBookClub – Promo + Review
Aug. 14 – Books Make Me Happy – Interview
Aug. 15 – Fiktshun After Dark – “The More the Merrier” Guest Post + Giveaway
Aug. 16 – Crossroads Reviews – Promo Spot
Aug. 19 – A Little Bit of R & R – Guest Post
Aug. 20 – Penny For Them – Promo Spot
Aug. 21 – Reader Girls – Character Spotlight
Aug. 22 – Parajunkee’s View – Guest Post
Aug. 23 – Book Suburbia – Promo Spot
Aug. 26 – My Book Addiction – Guest Post
Aug. 27 – Fall Into Books – Promo Spot
Aug. 28 – A Life Bound by Books – Character Spotlight
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