Today on my blog I have the Ascend Blog Tour stop. On my stop there is a spotlight, excerpt, guest post, and giveaway.
About the Author:
Alexandra lives in the
enjoys a steamy romance, a happy ending and isn’t afraid of things that go bump
in the night.
She is the author of two paranormal, erotic series: The Dark Hart Chronicles and The Vampire Destiny Series.
What sets your book apart from others in the same genre?
The Vampire Destiny Series began when my muse decided it was time for me to write not just a paranormal romance, but a paranormal erotic romance. Immediately, I knew that I wanted to make my vampires different; I was tired of reading about immortal creatures that ‘die’ for the day. It restricted the possibilities of the story and what I could do with my characters.
With the choice for my story complete, I made my vampires day-walkers. They could walk amongst humans, easily able to blend in with society around them. They could be sitting next to you at the movies, standing behind you at the bank…it adds a little intrigue to the story and opens up so many doors for my vampires.
The other decision I made was to make the story erotic. I was tired of reading fade to black sex scenes, or stories where the language was vague, filled with colorful euphemisms to describe the act and the parts of the body. I didn’t want to limit myself to writing stories with ‘purple prose’. Throwing away the rules of romance, I plunged in head first, writing The Vampire Destiny Series.
The series revolves around Josephine Anderson and Stefan Lifsten. When we meet Josephine back in Fated (Book 1), she’s a human with psychic empath abilities. Stefan is my vampire hero, a millennia old psychic vampire that’s on a mission to find his fated love after he had a vision of our heroine 200 years ago.
Their paths finally collide, and their attraction to one another is immediate. It is as if they both know they’ve met their other half; the part that makes them complete.
The road hasn’t always been easy for Josie and Stefan, but with each book the depth of their predestined love becomes more and more apparent. We watch Josie find her long lost father (a vampire), and we travel along with our couple as they deal with her changes as a half-human hybrid to dealing with a corrupt vampire Council in Illusion and Awakening (Books 2 and 3). I have a cast of important secondary characters that provide comic relief at times and add depth and realism to the story.
In my current book of the series, Ascend, Josie is now a vampire. She doesn’t have a lot of time to adjust to the changes that true immortality brings: she has her evil, sneaky father to contend with…and she’s trying to put together the mystery of her own past. We discover that Josie is more than a vampire – and her past with Stefan goes much deeper than either can fathom.
This seems like a very long-winded answer to what I feel sets my story apart from others in my genre. I try to add the erotic elements of sex in with a twisting – and evolving storyline.
Waking up as an immortal…
Josephine Anderson awakes as true vampire, leaving her half-human life behind. She has little time to adjust to the change however; her evil father has gone missing and wants nothing more than to destroy her and her vampire mate, Stefan Lifsten. But they have other plans…
Secrets and revelations are revealed…
Josephine and Stefan head back to her childhood home to search for the lost journal her uncle kept – a journal that may unlock Stefan and Josephine’s shared past. While searching, Josephine’s world is once again turned on its axis when she meets Liev Banin, who reveals a long-kept secret that will change everything for Josephine….and her family.
Still reeling from their discovery, they are rocked to their very core when a trusted friend betrays them…and threatens to destroy them all.
*This is a romantic, erotic book. It contains sexy vampires, graphic language, adult content and situations that aren't for the faint of heart. Consider yourself warned.*
Stefan reluctantly lifted his mouth from mine, his lips moist and kiss swollen. He pulled back and rested his head on his hand, leaning over me. His fingertips traced along the side of my cheek and down the curve of my jaw as he studied my face carefully. When his blue eyes finally met my gaze, his hand cupped my chin. His gentle touch made my breath catch and my bottom lip catch between my teeth. His thumb tugged at my lower lip, pulling it loose. “I fear things, Josephine. I do not know how it is possible to remember something that has been forgotten. And if I do remember, how do I begin to live with myself knowing I forgot about you…about us? How does one disregard such an important memory?” He sighed and his hand dropped to drift down my neck. “You have given up so much of yourself already...you have given up your life. I do not want you to lose yourself in this mission to remember. What will happen if what we discover is too much for you to bear?”
His words stunned me for a moment. My emotions, already harried, were warring between agreeing with him and pure anger. Did he think I would walk away from discovering something so important to us both, regardless of the outcome?
Pushing away from him, I sat up, letting the sheet drop to my waist. "I won’t lose myself. And Stefan, I’m still the same person and I will be regardless of what we find out. I’ll still be the same woman that melts when I hear your voice say my name, that aches to feel your skin against mine and has loved you for longer than we both know. But if I do lose myself, you'll be right beside me to bring me back. There is no you and me, Stefan. We're one being, one soul...en själ. That much I know."
"En själ." Stefan murmured thoughtfully. He seemed surprised to hear his own language roll from my lips so easily. His cerulean blue eyes became glassy, gleaming in the soft lighting. He blinked twice, but they stayed locked to mine. "One soul. Ett hjärta. One heart."
He placed his hand between my breasts and I intertwined my fingers with his. His pink tongue swiped across his lower lip as he echoed his own words, barely louder than a whisper. "En själ. Ett hjärta. Evinnerligen."
One soul. One heart. Months ago, I would have been petrified to even think those words, let alone agree with them but now…now I knew it was true. There was no reason to deny the truth. I was created for him, as he was created for me. You could come up with a million corny ways to describe the bond we share, but we were two halves of one whole, only complete when together.
I fell back into the soft cocoon of blankets, dragging Stefan back with me. I burrowed my head into his chest, inhaling deep, greedy breaths of his heady scent. I’d given up trying to focus on his mind anymore. It was like a beehive, humming with thoughts and out of control emotions. We’d both been silent for quite some time, content in each other’s arms. When he finally spoke, his deep, lilting voice startled me.
“From the first moment I saw you, my heart knew you. I do not need a memory to know this much.”
His love and adoration barreled through the bond, encasing me in contentment and happiness. Raising my head from his chest, I moved to cover his body with mine. Despite his hulking size, we aligned perfectly; my soft curves molding against the chiseled, hardened muscles of his body. “Your love for me never has wavered, Stefan. It took me awhile to get there, but honestly, it’s always been you. And it always will be.”
WOW what an excerpt! I really want to get these book to read. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I also wanna say Thank you to Alexandra for being on my blog today and Thank You to Jaidis for letting me participate in this tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway.