Spotlight: Return of the Vampire Hunter by Catherine Green @SpookyMrsGreen #Excerpt

When Catherine Green’s email arrived letting me know she had a new book coming out and I read the description I knew I had to be involved in the promotional shenanigans and offered a spotlight, so here we are. You will be thrilled to know that this book is available FREE for the remainder of January, you just need to head to InstaFreebie to claim it, it’s quick and easy. I will give you the link again at the end of the post.

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Just your average Cheshire housewife – who used to hunt vampires!

Hannah Oakley used to be a vampire hunter. She retired from active service when she fell in love with the female vampire she was hunting, but old wounds refuse to heal. She and the vampire fought almost to the death, and now it seems that the vampire has tracked her down. Hannah must return to work, grudgingly accepting help from a new hunting partner, and she is determined that this time she will finish the job. But can she ignore the old lust for her vampire lover? Is the mother able to be a vampire hunter one more time? And will her marriage survive the ordeal?

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We were on the motorway and I was in the passenger seat. I had been passing food to the children in the back seat, and as I twisted back round to face forward, I glanced at James. My heart skipped a beat and then pounded heavily as the world spun around me.

 

 

“What is that on your neck?” I asked sharply.

 

 

James glanced at me and then checked his mirrors as he moved into the middle lane.

 

 

“What?” he asked absently.

 

 

“That,” I said, “On your neck.”

 

 

I reached across and gently touched the mark on his skin. It looked like two small, neat puncture wounds. A vampire bite. Shit.

 

 

James touched the bruise, winced, and then shook his head.

 

 

“I don’t know,” he said, “I must have cut myself shaving.”

 

 

“That is not a shaving wound,” I said.

 

 

He glanced at me again and frowned.

 

 

“Why are you so upset about it?” he asked curiously, “It’s nothing.”

 

 

I stared at the tiny wound as my whole world flipped upside down. Was it Elaine? Had she finally found me? Or was it another stray vampire? One thing was certain; I had to return to work. This one had to be destroyed before it came for my whole family. Gathering my senses, I shook my head and smiled.

“Oh, forget it,” I said lightly, “It looked more serious at first, that’s all. But, if it doesn’t hurt then it doesn’t matter. Can you see the sea yet, girls?”

About Catherine Green

Catherine Green - Author ImageAuthor of British paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels, Catherine Green was raised on books from a young age, and has happy memories of Saturday mornings spent in her small local library, devouring the contents of the shelves. Catherine has always been fascinated by the supernatural world, and it feels natural for her to write about vampires, werewolves, witches and other mystical creatures in her contemporary stories.

If you sign up to Catherine’s newsletter, she will send you a free copy of her Redcliffe short story, It’s Complicated, to introduce you to her fictional supernatural seaside town in Cornwall, England.

You can find Catherine in the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpookyMrsGreen

Author blog: http://www.catherinegreenauthor.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter page: https://twitter.com/SpookyMrsGreen

Personal Blog: http://spookymrsgreen.com/

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TitleReturn of the Vampire Hunter
Series: N/A
Author: Catherine Green
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy | Vampires
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: January 2018
Review Format: eBook
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Pages: TBA
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#WeekendBlitz: Blood Bank by Zoë Markham @ZoeMarkham @Kristell_Ink @NeverlandBT #Excerpt

Welcome back to day two of the weekend blitz for Blood Bankorganised by Neverland Blog Tours. Today I have an excerpt from Blood Bank for you and I was over the moon with the excerpt I was given as it features my favourite character from the book. If you want to find out more about my thoughts about the book and you missed my review then check out my review which I posted yesterday.

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Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the down-and-outs, the desperates, the addicts. He’s been building his reputation, saving for a way out – but when he rescues a young woman from the nearby estate, he may just have stepped too far out of line…

Lucy is ordinary; a girl with a deadbeat boyfriend, a normal life and college studies. But when her world takes an odd twist, she starts to wonder about the people she’s meeting, the situations she’s in, the odd aversions and attacks happening around her. They’re just coincidences…aren’t they?

And Zack is in deep trouble. He’s losing his girlfriend, drowning in debt, and has dwindling job prospects – and that’s not the worst of it. His debt is to people who won’t ever forget it, and who want the things closest to Zack’s heart: his blood – and his life.

In the heart of Swindon, an ancient order hides in plain sight, spreading their influence through the streets like a disease. But despite their widespread power they are catching up with the modern world: the vampires are going online, and the Order is about to become more powerful than even they would have dreamed…

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Ben locked the front door behind him and grimaced as he was hit by the full force of half a dozen warring stereos. How can they listen to that stuff? It wasn’t music, it was just noise, discordant, repetitive and pointless. Like them. No wonder they were always so angry – how could anyone not be when that reverberated around them day in, day out?

 

Ben’s small two-bed terrace was in arguably the worst possible part of town. Penryll was a sprawling, run-down council estate, dotted with a few private properties and banked by a lush green which was impressive in the daytime, but lethal at night. Ben had survived almost ten years on the estate now. No mean feat, as it wasn’t a place for the faint of heart or gentle of soul. When the cash from the first round of web sign-ups had come in, Viktor had thrown him a generous advance, and Ben had found a company who soundproofed domestic walls and blown the lot. He couldn’t have lived there without it. His home was his own personal oasis of calm in a microclimate of depravity. It had put his savings plan back a little, but saved what remained of his sanity in the process. And if Viktor continued to let him develop the sites, it should be less than a year now before he’d finally be able to afford to move out of the estate.

 

It hadn’t been easy to convince Viktor of the benefits to an online branch of the business. Always one to favour the direct approach, he had little time for hiding behind computers. But Ben had taken things painfully slowly, researching his projects meticulously and carefully projecting a set of figures that would hold Viktor’s attention. Ben recognised the web as the future of the business. That was exactly why he’d been brought in to the operation, of course, to see opportunities the others wouldn’t. And now that the money was starting to roll in, Viktor was slowly coming onside. Real expansion of the online business was on the cards at last.

 

One more year, Ben repeated to himself like a mantra. One more year and then he could think about moving to the other side of town, or maybe go one better and get out of Swindon altogether. There were some peaceful-looking little villages on the outskirts that would be his idea of heaven. But Ben didn’t qualify for heaven. That was why, in some small way, he felt relieved to be living smack bang in the middle of hell.

 

About Zoë Markham

Mild-mannered editor by day, puppet-master of broken souls by night.

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TitleBlood Bank
Series: N/A
Author: Zoë Markham
Genre: Horror | Paranormal | Vampires | New Adult
Publisher: Kristell Ink
Publication Date: 25 May 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 156
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#WeekendBlitz: Blood Bank by Zoë Markham @ZoeMarkham @Kristell_Ink @NeverlandBT #Review

I have been looking forward to this book for a really long time and signing up for this blitz organised by the very lovely Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours was a no brainer. As it’s a weekend blitz I’m taking part on both days because, well Zoë is an absolutely awesome person as well as a fantastic author and I really wanted to show my support for this book. Today I’m reviewing Blood Bank and tomorrow I have an excerpt and you really won’t want to miss that!

Description

Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the down-and-outs, the desperates, the addicts. He’s been building his reputation, saving for a way out – but when he rescues a young woman from the nearby estate, he may just have stepped too far out of line…

Lucy is ordinary; a girl with a deadbeat boyfriend, a normal life and college studies. But when her world takes an odd twist, she starts to wonder about the people she’s meeting, the situations she’s in, the odd aversions and attacks happening around her. They’re just coincidences…aren’t they?

And Zack is in deep trouble. He’s losing his girlfriend, drowning in debt, and has dwindling job prospects – and that’s not the worst of it. His debt is to people who won’t ever forget it, and who want the things closest to Zack’s heart: his blood – and his life.

In the heart of Swindon, an ancient order hides in plain sight, spreading their influence through the streets like a disease. But despite their widespread power they are catching up with the modern world: the vampires are going online, and the Order is about to become more powerful than even they would have dreamed…

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Review

Zoë Markham told me absolutely ages ago that her next book was about vampires in Swindon. That was all she told me and that was enough to have me chomping at the bit. I love Zoë’s writing style, the way she teases you through the book and leaves you hanging where other authors would fill in gaps.

I sat down to read Blood Bank and immediately got pulled into the seedy underworld in Swindon. Unlike Zoë’s previous books this was aimed at a slightly older audience, definitely more new adult than young adult but it hits the mark and still sits firmly in the horror and paranormal genres.

Taking a unique twist on loan sharks, Zoë Markham has given us a character in Zack who is up to his neck in debt to the vampires. His only way to keep the interest off his debt is by giving blood. But he has no hope of ever clearing his debt, and if he runs away or kills himself his debt will pass to a loved one such as his girlfriend Lucy.

Lucy is sick of Zack, he’s become lazy, uninterested in anything, and now he’s dumped her in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night. Because that isn’t dangerous at all.

Then there is Ben who is a vampire, he works at the vampire club, but isn’t like most of the vampires, he’s solitary, a coder and prefers to be alone until he rescues a human and feels a connection that makes him go against the boss which could be lethal for him and her.

This is a short book, only 156 pages but a lot happens in those pages to keep you riveted to the page. As these three characters come closer together their stories weaving together the story becomes more terrifying the vampires in this story are not fluffy and sparkly. These are mean and terrifying vampires, the kind who will rip your head off for looking at them the wrong way. They are devious and clever, and not at all kind or sweet. Well with the exception of Ben maybe, who definitely seems to have a pinch of humanity in him.

We meet Zack at a point where he is utterly desperate, it’s hard to like him but it’s also hard to dislike him. I felt desperately sorry for him but he was in a deep hole which he had dug himself and getting out was going to be almost impossible. The problem was he was pulling Lucy into the hole with him.

Lucy is a strong young lady, the youngest character in the book but she in some ways is the strongest and full of gumption. She knows her own mind and is willing to stand up for herself completely.

Ben was my favourite character, because he was a vampire? possibly but I think because he was a little geeky and a little insecure but also had a strength that he didn’t like to show unless it was completely necessary. But when he did it was terrifying and enticing all at once. He was quietly brave and yet he makes some decisions which could make you question whether he is good or evil in the end.

Zoë Markham’s writing didn’t disappoint, as with her previous books, so many questions were raised around morality, mental health, and loyalty. Many weren’t answered directly leaving the reader to decide how this story pans out.

Another excellent offering from Zoë Markham which I enjoyed as much as I expected to! I’m really quite hoping for a sequel to this one.

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TitleBlood Bank
Series: N/A
Author: Zoë Markham
Genre: Horror | Paranormal | Vampires | New Adult
Publisher: Kristell Ink
Publication Date: 25 May 2017
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 156
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#Review: The Darkness of Love by Catherine Green @SpookyMrsGreen

Description

Lord Gregory Stockton is a powerful and respected businessman embracing the modern era of the Victorian industrial revolution. He owns a grand and beautiful manor complete with a repertoire of servants and a charming attractive young wife. The only thing he lacks and desires is an heir to the family estate. Lord Gregory knows he can never produce a child, for he is a vampire, and his wife and servants know nothing of his secrets. However, there may be other ways to provide an heir for his estate. Lord Gregory notices the subtle growing romantic attraction between his wife and the handsome young stable hand Marcus Scott resulting in the humans becoming unwitting pawns in a vampire’s game of lust, love and control.

Review

Lord Gregory Stockton is the typical Lord of the Manor, throwing lavish parties, he has the adoring pretty wife, and a house full of servants. What is different about him is he is a vampire.

Noticing that sparks are flying between his wife Sarah and his stable hand Marcus he decides to start a dangerous game between them in an effort to bring Marcus into his inner circle.

There’s much talk of love in this novel, Sarah talks of loving her husband but also loving Marcus. Gregory talks of loving Sarah, and Marcus talks of loving Sarah. But, everyone is boinking everyone and their Mothers. This book is a lust-filled mess and it’s honestly a bit of a mess to keep up with who has boinked who.

Now we all know I’m no prude with the old boinking and I quite enjoy a good boink-fest but a lot of this felt unnecessary to the story.

We also know I like really strong women, no scrub that strong characters in general. Sarah was what I would refer to as a wet flannel (this is kind of why I avoid historical novels in general) she was completely submissive, and naive and I just found her very frustrating. I would have liked a bit more courage from her, a few more balls!

Overall I did enjoy this novella and it made for interesting afternoon reading.

A huge thanks to Deborah A. Wolf and Titan Books for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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TitleThe Darkness of Love
Series: N/A
Author: Catherine Green
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Vampires
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 8 September 2013
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 185
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#BlogTour: Dark Promise by Nikki Landis @landisnikkiauth @UFBooks #Review

Today I’m pleased to welcome Nikki Landis to BrizzleLass Books as part of her blog tour for Dark Promise which is the first book in the NightWalkers series. Below you will find my review of the book and there is also a giveaway where you can enter to win the chance to win one of five ebook copies! Good luck!

Description

A love story between two people who live in two very different worlds; is it right to keep a promise when it hurts the one you love? Can the darkness survive in the light?

Mare’s life is in danger. An unknown enemy seeks to destroy her, only months after her mother’s brutal death. Andre stumbles upon her attack, saving her life, immediately drawn to the innocent beauty. Against all odds they seek to find the truth, all the while fighting their mutual attraction, until their passion can no longer be contained.

Mare latches onto Andre, attracted to his fierce determination to protect her. Andre’s dark promise, hidden in his heart, becomes his only objective. Can he save her in time? Or will he be lost, forever damned, in his pursuit to have her, at any cost?

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Andre is a vampire, but not just any vampire he’s one of the elite, from a royal line. He does his best not to mix with human’s seeing them as little more than vermin. Then he catches the scent of Mare one night, a human woman in danger, after he saves her from an attack he feels drawn to her and from here things get weird and complicated for him.

I haven’t read a paranormal romance in a while so it was nice to brush off those vamp cobwebs and dive in and this was such a good book to do it with. Nikki Landis wastes no time in heating up the tension between our characters and the sexual tension is at full heat within a few pages. Now those who are adverse to insta-love are going to have issues with this book but bear in mind it’s a paranormal romance and things start to make sense the further into the book you get. I always dive into these books with an open mind and that’s definitely the case here.

As for characters I loved them, they aren’t perfect, they don’t fawn over each other (because that really does drive me a bit nuts) but they argue and butt heads as they try to find common ground to come together. Andre’s old fashioned, protective nature versus Mare’s modern, strong willed woman was at times funny but also left you wondering if they could work through their issues.

I also absolutely loved Mare’s brother and really wish we had seen more of him. I felt he added a great dynamic to the story and was willing him back onto the page when he wasn’t around!

The book ends with a gasp out loud cliffhanger meaning that I really hope the story of these wonderful characters is continuing in book two!

A huge thanks to Nikki Landis for an eARC of this novel in return for my honest review.

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About Nikki Landis

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Nikki Landis is the award winning author of over a dozen novels, mostly in the romance genre. She grew up sneaking her mother’s romance novels intrigued with the characters, the stories, and the historical settings from authors that have greatly influenced her writing like Johanna Lindsey, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, and Bertrice Small.

She is also a fan of the classics and adores Jane Austen. Books like The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit have shaped and molded her vision of fantasy and inspired it, contributing to her popular series The Fight for Light novels.

Nikki holds two degrees, in Dietetics and Nutrition, and her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness. She’s a wife and mother, spending her free time reading, writing, and enjoying the outdoors.

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TitleDark Promise
SeriesNightWalkers #1
Author: Nikki Landis
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Vampires
Publisher: Dark Arrow Publishing
Publication Date: 23 July 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 251
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#Review: Written In Red by Anne Bishop @AceRocBooks

Description

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

Review

This was my first foray into an Anne Bishop novel (I know, I know!) and I absolutely devoured it. The premise turned everything we know about urban fantasy on it’s head. In this world humans are weak and vulnerable they do as they are told and stay where they are told. The Others (being the paranormal creatures we are used to seeing lurking in the dark) rule the world and hold the keys to the kingdom so to speak.

Meg Corbyn has escaped from her owner, as a Cassandra Sangue, a blood prophet, she has even less rights than a standard human, essentially a slave she has been used for her psychic abilities. Now that she has escaped she has no intention of going back even if that means working for The Others.

As I read this novel there were things I expected to happen, things that would fit the formula of an urban fantasy cum paranormal romance. But Written in Red didn’t cross that line. It stayed firmly in urban fantasy, with some fast-paced action, heavy suspense, and strong world and character building neither of which overlapped on the story which was full of emotion.

There were a variety of threats from different angles, making this multi-dimensional and meaning as a reader you didn’t know where the attack may come from exactly. It made reading much more enjoyable and interesting than just waiting for “that” person to make their move.

Meg was a wonderful character, she was strong but still showed immense weakness that was relevant given her trauma. Her vulnerability was something she didn’t like to show but it would come out at times and with certain characters as her trust built. I felt a real affinity with her which only grew as I got to know her more as the book progressed.

Simon is the leader of the Others in the Lakeside community, a werewolf who lets Meg live and work in the community. He is strong and I felt Anne Bishop shows strongly he is a wolf through and through, even when he is in human form the wolf is always there, he never forgets who is is first and foremost.

Whilst this doesn’t slip into being a paranormal romance, it is clear there could be a romance element in future books. I don’t think this would overwhelm or take away from a main storyline though. Anne Bishop has very carefully woven the underlying elements of what could be a romantic storyline into the book but it is subtle and not a main part of the story.

I haven’t enjoyed an urban fantasy this much for quite some time, I will definitely be getting the second book in this series as soon as I can and will be checking out more Anne Bishop novels very soon.

I read this novel as part of my Discoverability Challenge for February, and the Flights of Fantasy Book Club. You can check out my Flights of Fantasy Challenge list here.

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TitleWritten in Red
SeriesThe Others #1
Author: Anne Bishop
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Vampires | Werewolves
Publisher: Roc
Publication Date: 5 March 2013
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Audio | Hardcover
Pages: 514
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