Book 6 Update: Sent to Beta Readers!

Midnight Redemption Coming Soon!

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HOLY BANANAS! I cannot believe my last release was March 2016 with Midnight Savior (Book 5). That was four years ago!!!! Four years this March.

*Arial excuses herself for a moment to cry*

Personal events just sucked the life out of my writing, worse than a vampire on a binge! 

The good news is I'm mostly back on track with my writing. We are in the middle of getting our house finished, so that's going to pull me away a little, but not as much as before. So YAY!! 

This means more books coming soon!!

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Where is Book 6 Now???

In the hands of my beta readers.

Once I hear back from them, I'll be setting up my promotion campaign. I want to give my beta readers the final chance to give me input on the conclusion of the series to make sure I'm not missing anything.

This means I might have some more editing to do. Hopefully, I didn't forget something drastic and have to do rewrites. I'm hoping (crosses fingers) that at this point, they'll only catch typos and minor issues.

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UPDATES: Book 6 is in Editing

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Sorry for the long wait, my faithful readers!! Book 6 was not only extremely difficult to write, but I have a higher priority going on in my life at the moment – taking care of family.

Book 6 was a BEAR to Write

Not only was I writing the EPIC conclusion to the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles, I had a TON of loose ends to tie up. And I changed the title of the book, too. Midnight Redemption is the new (and better) title.

Rest assured, it will have action and suspense and (I hope) a slew of unexpected twists and turns to keep you guessing how this story and series will end.

I had hoped to get it published in mid-November, but that proved to be very difficult due to some recent family issues…

Family Priorities

May the Gods love and bless my mother-in-law! Her parents are in their mid-90s and she has been taking care of them for the last ten years on her own. 

For the last two years, I've been going over there on Wednesdays for the full day to give her a break and some much needed time off and rest. I've also filled in for her when she and the family took a vacation.

However, Grandma is no longer able to walk on her own. She's too weak to get out of bed anymore and is now bed ridden. Grandpa's status is also declining. UPDATE: Grandpa passed on December 20, 2019, and Grandma passed on 1/25/2020. RIP.

When my mother-in-law literally collapsed emotionally and physically from exhaustion, I had to step in and take over…or we would end up burying her before her parents.

For an entire month, I was there from 9am – 9pm every day to get hospice started and take care of Grandma & Grandpa. Mom had to spend the night at her parents' house just in case Grandpa got up in the middle of the night – which he does EVERY NIGHT. Unfortunately, dementia patients also fall alot, so she needed to be there to in case he had an episode. Though she might not be able to pick him up on her own, she could at least call me and my husband to come over and help.

Needless to say, I had no time to finish the edits for my book.

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Where is Book 6 Now?

I am slowing pecking through the edits as I have time, which is usually no more than a half-hour at once. My mother-in-law is not strong enough to turn her mother in bed, but I am. I'm then responsible for turning her every hour or so to prevent bed sores. And then I have to change her diapers.

Rewriting scenes is very difficult when Grandpa – Gods love him – is coughing and hacking next to me in the living room.

(As people get closer to their final days, their body produces a LOT of phlegm – something I did not know until I started going through this experience.)

And then we have someone coming over from the Hospice organization almost every day to either check up on their health or give them their baths. Grandma & Grandpa cannot make their own meals, so that falls on me and my mother-in-law, as well as any of the house chores. And Grandma's almost to the point where she needs to be fed, since she is losing the dexterity in her hands to properly bring her food to her mouth.

I thought I could get Book 6 finished before Christmas, but that's not happening. I would like to say I'll get this done before the spring, but I'm not making any promises.

This has been a very trying time for the family and neither my mother-in-law nor I have our own lives anymore. We are living for her parents at the moment, waiting for them to pass and taking care of them the best we can while still letting them know we love them and want to help them maintain their dignity.

The good news is the hospice organization has a wonderful social worker who is helping us to obtain funding so we can get in some part-time help. We just can't afford to pay nursing assistants to take care of their needs out of our own pockets, and affording a nursing or assisted living facility is out of the question. Costs range at a minimum of $4000 and upwards to $20k per month PER PERSON.

Advice for YOU

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't be in denial about getting into your older years. PLAN for your retirement and your final years on this earth and do not leave that responsibility to your family members. It's not fair to expect them to be wiping your ass and feeding you.

The whole reason this responsibility has unexpectedly fallen on me and my mother-in-law is because her parents have been in complete denial about what will happen in their final years. They ignored it and avoided thinking about the provisions they needed to have in place when they became too old to take care of themselves.


Don't ASSUME your kids will be wiping your ass. They have their own lives to live and it's selfish for you to expect them to drop their lives for you.

Don't ASSUME Medicare will cover your expenses. It won't.

Don't ASSUME Social Security will cover the expenses to have people come into your home and take care of you. It won't.

If you're a veteran, like I am, you might have some financial assistance. HOWEVER, as we are learning by trying to get financial aid for Grandpa (a veteran), the VA takes their sweet ass time. Off the record, they're hoping Grandpa dies before they pay out the benefits. We're going on SIX MONTHS waiting for the aid to be approved and they denied us because they didn't give us information we had NO CLUE they were asking for. We now have to appeal.

What You Can Do

If you're uncertain where to begin preparations, it will depend on how old you are.

Start saving NOW! If you're older (50s+), it's not too late to make investments, so do invest…but you may have to be a bit more aggressive about your savings and options. The younger you are, the better off you'll be.

Everyone should look into investment opportunities and start building a portfolio. Subscribe to investment magazines to start learning about your options. AT LEAST invest in a 401k if you can. OR put money away in an IRA. If you don't have enough money to start an IRA, put it into a savings account and save it up until you do.

If you can, investigate financial advisers and look into index funds. Although Social Security can contribute to your elderly expenses, they will only cover a small portion. Medi-Cal will also only cover a small portion. BUT you have to be at poverty level on your income to get financial aid of almost any kind – including VA benefits or state funding.


I wish I had the answers, but my husband and I are approaching the 50+ range and scrambling to form our plan. I'll try to publish ideas in future posts, but don't rely on me. You must take care of yourself now so you can arrange to have someone take care of you later.

All my best wishes for your future! And I'll keep you posted about Book 6 – MIDNIGHT REDEMPTION.



Zodiac Shifters – Tears of the Dragon by Cara Wylde

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A collection of books with an astrological spin on love. From Aries to Virgo… discover all-new tales of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

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Aries – Loyal, Competitive, Courageous

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Tears of the Dragon by Cara Wylde

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Fiction Friday – Royal Trouble

Well, I got tired of waiting around for someone to create an inspiring writing prompt challenge, so I decided to do it myself! Not to say there aren't good writing prompt challenges out there, but I haven't been able to find any that jive with my brain. Paving the way for example, I'll participate in my own writing prompt, which I've posted HERE on my writers blog. Any of you aspiring writers out there should take a look and get involved! Here's the prompt for this week…

Writing Prompt #1

Use this somewhere in your writing exercise:

Hands trembling, she opened the envelope.

My Entry…

He tossed the letter onto the table before her. “Go ahead. Open it.”

Amanda gawked at the embossed seal with the familiar crest. Picking it up, she turned it over to examine the writing. Fancy script by a skilled calligrapher swirled across the high-quality paper. The return address did not have a name, but she knew it all too well. Hands trembling, she opened the envelope. With her thumb and forefinger, she dipped inside and tugged at the enclosed card. Gold-embossed letters gleamed in the overhead light. Her heartbeat quickened. Her breath caught in her lungs.

The Royal Renaissance Faire Committee
is proud to announce that
Miss Amanda Simmons
has been selected as this year's
Renaissance Faire Queen 

Amanda dropped the formal announcement as if she'd been burned. “No! I'm not doing it!”

The FBI agent frowned. “Nothing is going to happen to you, I promise. You said you wanted to help. Here's your chance.”

She almost choked on her protests. “Not by becoming bait for the killer!”

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Zodiac Shifters – Pisces: Bound by Water by Monica La Porta

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Zodiac Shifters

A collection of books with an astrological spin on love. From Aries to Virgo… discover all-new tales of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

Zodiac Shifters features New York Times, USA Today, and other bestselling authors. Each month expect new releases based upon the twelve astrology signs.

Pisces – Artist, Dreamer, Romantic

Bound by Water by Monica La Porta

Sometimes, water ignites fiery passions…

The only merman shifter alive, Atreides is a famous painter, rich, and sophisticated. In his spare time, he helps the police recover stolen art.

A mere human—although exceedingly strong-willed—Ariel is an accomplished art thief who has sworn never to steal again. Until she’s forced to repay her father’s substantial debts, and the only way out is robbing an Etruscan artifact.

One night, they meet. He isn’t looking for a soulmate, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship. Yet, it only takes one passionate kiss under the full moon to intertwine their fates. Unfortunately, there’s a werewolf biker gang on their heels, and they won’t leave Atreides and Ariel alone.

Will love triumph over a bunch of enraged shifters?

Release date: Mar. 16th 2017


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Excerpt Bound by Water

Closing his eyes, Atreides felt the Tide calling him back into the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

He stood and walked toward the water’s edge. The sole of his leather shoes skidded on the slick pebbles of the beach. Atreides inhaled the salty sprays, filling his lungs with the familiar scent that sent him back in time. When he was a child, he used to swim with the dolphins populating the coast. Pollution and global warming had changed the marine landscape, robbing the wild seabed of its rich ecosystem, but its beauty was still undeniable.

Atreides kicked one shoe off, then the other. His naked feet touched the smooth rocks that composed the bed of the beach. Foamy water lapped at his skin. One brief glance around confirmed him he was alone.

At three o’clock in the morning, no other swimmer had made his way down the path that hugged the medieval castle of Santa Marinella. It was a fortuitous coincidence Atreides had every intention to exploit. Tourists had fled the heat of Rome and took refuge in the city, but the ones who weren’t sleeping were dancing the night away. That worked just fine. Atreides felt he was too old to gyrate at the rhythm of music resembling industrial noise and had lost any familiarity with the lyrical sonatas it had stemmed from.

His suit trousers followed the way of the shoes, discarded on the rocky shore, alongside his button-down shirt, his silk tie, and suit jacket. Finally naked, Atreides raised his head and looked at the Moon. His skin tingled in anticipation as he waded into the water. Pleasure akin to sexual relief engulfed him when a solitary wave covered his loins in a liquid embrace. Salty and cold, the water reached his chest, and a soft moan escaped his lips. His latest couplings hadn’t evoked such bliss.

The pull from the Tide was impossible to ignore.

Although Atreides believed in denying pleasure to sharpen the senses, he couldn’t postpone his shifting any longer. Under the blanket of the dark waters, his legs were already changing, leaving behind his human effigies for a more elegant shape. An iridescent tail formed where his feet had been a moment earlier. Atreides waited for the protective film to cover his eyes and for the gills to open on his throat, then slowly submerged his head under the surface and gulped a mouthful of water. Mediterranean saltiness replaced the air in his lungs. A set of fins protruded from both sides of his torso. The change was almost complete. He commanded his tail to push against the incoming wave, his head bobbing above the surface as he gave one last look at the marina.

The sound of steps started Atreides, forcing him to turn and face the dark walls of the castle.

“Who’s there?” he called, forcing his tail down into the water.

About the Author

Monica La Porta landed in Seattle several years ago. Despite popular feelings about the Northwest weather, she finds the mist and the rain the perfect conditions to write. Being a strong advocate of universal acceptance and against violence in any form and shape, she is also glad to have landed precisely in Washington State. She writes love stories in every shade of romance, from futuristic to paranormal, fantasy, and even contemporary, depending on her mood.

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Spring into Paranormal Audiobooks!!

Woo hoo! I'm super excited to announce that Midnight Hunt is now available in audiobook format AND I'm participating in an even this week with a bunch of my author pals! There's a giveaway and a huge sale and a Facebook Hop! Click the banner above to join. CLICK TO TWEET Scroll down to read more.

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Zodiac Shifters – Pisces: Out of the Ashes by Julia Mills

Here's another Zodiac Shifters story coming your way!!

A collection of books with an astrological spin on love. From Aries to Virgo… discover all-new tales of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

Zodiac Shifters features New York Times, USA Today, and other bestselling authors. Each month expect new releases based upon the twelve astrology signs.

Pisces – Artist, Dreamer, Romantic

Out of the Ashes by Julia Mills

Meet the Guardian of the Zodiac and their companions the Dragon Guard of the Sea! Lost and thought dead, these mighty dragons arise from the depths to not only help to save all mankind but reunite with others of their kind.

The mission is simple – get into the enemy camp, free the humans, return the demons to Hell and return home the victor. For a Daughter of Poseidon and her constant companion, Drákon – a centuries old water dragon, that’s called a good day at work.

Everything is going as planned. Una, eldest daughter and Guardian of Pisces, has checked one and two off her list, and is headed to three when things get complicated. Brody Mason bows at her feet, pledging his allegiance to not only her but also, the gods and the Light. As a show of loyalty, he promises to take her to the portal from Hell and with his own blood help her close the door on the Underworld. This one act will rid the world of evil forever. There’s only one problem…he’s a Hellhound.

It doesn’t matter that Drákon doesn’t believe him, fearing it yet another trick of Hades to deter them from their mission or that there’s fire in his eyes and the smell of brimstone on his olive skin, she can feel the truth in his words. It also doesn’t hurt that with just one glance he sets her heart ablaze and her pulse racing. Not that this is about love or lust, it is all about saving the Earth, protecting the humans, defeating her uncle’s evil…or is it?

One leap of faith leads Una and Brody on a race against time and facing the fight of their lives. Hiding from Poseidon, Hades and an army of Guardians led by her sister, Zoe, this couple may have the best intentions but in the end, isn’t that what paves the road to Hell?

Release date: Feb. 28th 2017



Excerpt of Out of the Ashes

“They have invaded the entire western and southern borders. I fear the coast is next. I’m going to need you to go and help the humans with this battle. They are ill-equipped and just not strong enough to fight evil on such a widespread scale.”

Una looked at her father, Poseidon, the god of the sea, as hestood beside his periscope with a worried look. She’d never, in all the millennium since her birth, seen the great god anything but confident and unencumbered by the woes of the Earth and Her human population, but this was different and much more personal. She hated to see the deep lines feathering from his glowing blue eyes or the downturned expression emphasized by his thick white mustache and beard.

Family issues sucked, especially when you were a deity and your whims effected the world as everyone had come to know it. Hades, Una’s uncle and Poseidon’s older brother had caused trouble in the past but nothing so catastrophic or life how to order valium online no prescription threatening to the beings Una and her sisters had been charged with keeping watch over.

Named the Guardians of the Zodiac, the Daughters of Poseidon had long been protecting Earth and her humans from afar. Una could scarcely remember the last time her boots had walked the terra firma, smelled the sweet scents of the many blossoms and tasted of the bounty only the small blue and green planet had to offer. It had always been their directive to lend assistance from afar, never to cross paths with the humans and always remain the deities they were intended to be. Things had now changed. Una would be the first of her sisters to fight alongside the ever resilient race with the hopes of saving them from certain demise. The first to do what they’d been training for since they were old enough to hold their weapons.

Bowing, her bow at her side, the Guardian of Pisces asked, “When shall I leave? Shall I take Drákon?”

Without turning away from his view of the Earth, Poseidon nodded, “You will need to leave this night, my daughter. When the veil between our worlds is the thinnest. By all means, take the dragon with you. You will need the help.”

Breathing asigh of relief, Una called to her constant companion and training partner, Drákon, a centuries old sea dragon her father had given the power to change from his original form to that of a human man. “We’re a go. Put on that flesh suit you’re so fond of and meet me in a hour at the docks.”

“Hell yeah,” Drákon cheered, using the human vernacular he’d been studying for centuries. “Yippee ki yay…”

“Whoa, there cowboy,” Una smiled, glad she’d been paying attention when her companion read out loud. “That’s a good way to meet the pointy end of Dad’s trident.”

“Duly noted.” The ancient being was once again all business. “See you at the docks.”

Working hard not to chuckle and happier than she could admit to be leaving the pomp and circumstance of her father’s court, Una answered, “See you there.”

About the Author

Hey Y’all! I’m Julia Mills, the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Dragon Guard Series. I, without a doubt, admit to being a sarcastic, southern woman who would rather spend all day laughing than a minute crying. Living with my two most amazing daughters and a menagerie of animals, keeps me busy but I love telling a good story. Now, that I’ve decided to write the stories running through my brain, life is just a blast!

My beliefs are simple. A good book along with shoes, makeup, and purses will never let a girl down and no hero ever written will compare to my real-life hero, my dad! I’m a sucker for a happy ending and alpha men make me swoon.

I’m still working on my story but I promise it will contain as much love and laughter as I can pack into it! Now, go out there and create your own story!!! Dare to Dream! Have the Strength to Try EVERYTHING! Never Look Back!

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Thank you for reading my stories!!!

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Zodiac Shifters – Aquarius: Tethered by Beth Caudill

A collection of books with an astrological spin on love.
From Aries to Virgo… discover all-new tales of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

I am THRILLED to announce a new series of books with a slew of amazing authors I'm privileged to call my pals! And I'm going to be contributing some stories to this series.  For those of you familiar with my Elementals (introduced in Midnight Hunt and featured in my novella Frostbitten Hearts), I'll be doing some of their stories in this series. As you know, the Elementals in my books derive their powers based on the sun sign to which they were born. AND I'll be doing a Unicorn Shifter story!! Be sure to subscribe to my VIP Club to stay informed of each new release in this exciting series!

Zodiac Shifters features New York Times, USA Today, and other bestselling authors. Each month expect new releases based upon the twelve astrology signs. If you're a ravenous reader and love shifters, you'll love this series! The books are unrelated, by the way, so they all take place in different worlds and carry the theme of the Zodiac. Up first…

Aquarius – Logical, Curious, Rebellious

Tethered by Beth Caudill

Evelyn Brooks lives with the freedom only her kind can know—in her human form as a photographer, and in the skies as a falcon. When a stalker drives her from her home, Evelyn discovers a beautiful, wild sanctuary in North Carolina. After a bolt of magic knocks her from the sky, leaving her helpless, she realizes too late that danger has invaded her refuge.

Park ranger Lawke Morgan’s day goes from bad to worse when his ex-wife unexpectedly drops off their 13-year-old daughter, Zoe, in the beginning of a dangerous storm. His life takes a turn for the bizarre after he finds an injured Peregrine falcon that transforms into a lovely woman.

When his daughter is kidnapped by an Aztec priest, one who should have been dead for centuries, Lawke learns that Evelyn holds the key to the priest’s demands. Together they must confront blood sacrifices, defy ancient gods, and find a way to trust each other when Zoe’s life hangs in the balance.

Can a woman used to soaring amongst the clouds embrace love with a man firmly rooted on the ground?

Release date: Feb. 14th 2017


Excerpt – Spicy – You have been warned!

Aware of his eyes on her, she wiggled out of her jeans. Next she stripped off her shirt and let it fall to the floor.

He stood before her in his shorts. Her gaze locked in on his ribbed, muscular chest. She wanted to photograph him. Up close and very personal. Know every inch of him. Rub herself against all that hot, hard flesh and lick her way down his chest.

His throat cleared. “What are you thinking?”


His arrogant smile ticked her off.

“What were you thinking about? Your eyes got this faraway look and you were rubbing your fingers together.”

“That is none of your business.” Heat crept down her skin.

He took her hand in his and pulled her against him. “If you were thinking about me, then it’s entirely my business.”

His chest muscles rippled beneath her touch and his heart buy ambien how to thumped to a wild beat. She inhaled the masculine scent of the wild outdoors. Found herself drawn closer to him. Yearning for so much more.

He tilted his head down and kissed her. Like a man drowning and only she could save his life.

She moaned and pressed against him, wanting so much more.

He lifted her in his arms, carried her to the couch and laid her down. His weight settled against her, and his hard cock nested between her legs. It was torture not having him inside her.

His blue eyes glittered with need as he stared at her. “Do you want this?”

“Yes.” Her breath caught in her throat. More than she imagined, she wanted to be his. Even if it was only this one night.

He leaned down and kissed the side of her neck. Her eyes fluttered closed as his stubble rubbed against her skin. Her body softened while she wrapped her arms around him, drawing him closer.

He lifted her shirt up, exposed her breasts to his gaze. He undid the clasp in the front of her bra. She was thankful for finding a supplier for that particular style. His lips locked around her nipple. Heat pulsed throughout with each suckle he made.

Her hands slid under his shorts to glide over his taut buttocks. She grasped them and pulled him closer. There was a strength within his body that she wanted to explore. To engage with in pleasurable battle.

He lifted his head, and their eyes locked. His normally light blue eyes blazed a dark sapphire. “You’re beautiful. All mine to enjoy.”

The intensity of his gaze inspired a well of feminine desire to soften her hunger. Their passion was more than just sex. She wanted to be his, to surrender to the ferocity of the need to mate with him.

Outside, lightning flashed and the loud thunder boomed so close that the cabin shook. The storm reminded them of its presence.

She pulled his head down and bit his lower lip. He growled and hungrily took her mouth in a frenzied kiss. His tongue swept in, tangled with hers in tempestuous kiss. Nothing existed but the fevered rush of his touch.

Needing to breathe, she wrenched her mouth from his, gulped in air, and tried to regain her thoughts. “You’re dangerous to my peace of mind.”

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About the Author

Although Beth grew up in West Virginia, she currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, two sons and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who makes an excellent lap warmer. Blending the analytical and creative sides of her brain, she delights in creating fantasy worlds for others. Catch her online most days except when NCIS and Once Upon a Time air.


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Midnight Savior – Jack the Ripper Research

For you history buffs out there, I thought I'd include some notes I used for the research I did when I wrote Midnight Savior – Book 5 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles. Additionally, for those who don't know much about Jack the Ripper, I'll include a brief account of the Autumn of Terror and why this topic has been so fascinating to me through the years. WARNING: Some of the subject matter ahead borders on the gruesome to downright hideous. The Ripper murders were not pretty.

Illustrated_Police_News_-_Jack_the_Ripper_2Whitechapel Murders: An Unsolved Case

The biggest draw for most people fascinated with Jack the Ripper – including myself – is the fact that over one-hundred years later, the case is still unsolved. Forensic evidence was just coming into use with police procedures and, if I did my research correctly, the Whitechapel murders were one of the first cases where photographs were taken of any evidence.

There were a lot of other murders through the years that have been loosely associated with the Ripper murders, but the five “canonical victims“, as they are called, are as follows with the date of their murders:

nemesis-of-neglect-image RipperIn short, during the autumn months of 1888, which became known as the Autumn of Terror, women who lived and/or worked in the Whitechapel area were being targeted by the killer who was dubbed Jack the Ripper by the papers (mostly because of the infamous “Dear Boss” letter that was mailed to the press). All the women had two main characteristics in common: they were heavy drinkers and they were known to sell their bodies as a supplemental income to keep a roof over their heads or put food in their bellies.

At this time in history, and in this area of London known as the East End, this included a vast majority of the female population. Most anyone could have fallen prey to the Whitechapel Murderer. Alcohol was a common escape from the woes of poverty and eased the pain of their circumstances. People literally lived in stairwells or in crates in alleyways. Some people had enough money to rent a bed box for part of the day, which was frequenty shared with other tenants at other times of the day. Landlords took advantage of the space they had in ways that were not only unsanitary, but downright cruel.

Christabelle Williams – aka Davina reincarnated and heroine of Book 5 – was indeed poor, but she was better off than most women in her class because she had a respectable job as a laundress. Hard labor, for sure, but she made enough money to rent a one-room flat with Darla, her best friend and companion. The proximity of her location and her connection to Broderick is what puts her in the path of Jack the Ripper. Though Belle is no stranger to drink, she is lucky enough to have a good-paying skill so she doesn't have to prostitute herself. I know the conditions of her accommodations and the state of her world were pretty bleak, so I know some of the story was a bit dark. But that served its purpose as well and gave Broderick that much more reason to want to get Belle out of there and into a better life.

History Meets Fiction (Spoilers Ahead!)

If you're already familiar with my series, you may have noticed I included dates throughout Midnight Savior, which I don't usually do in my novels. The main reason was for those Ripper aficionados who might be tracking along with how my fictional events blended with the real-world events. Most authors should use everything that is put into a story. Although I could very well have just set the story in 1888 London and had the Whitechapel murders overshadow the the setting, I wanted them to be a key part of the storyline. Not only did I want the story to fall apart if the historical events were removed, I wanted Jack the Ripper to be a real threat to my heroine and hero, Broderick. A mere mortal would be no match for my vampire hero, which is why I made Jack the Ripper a vampire. And not just any vampire – one of the Ancients! Yes, I know…I put poor Rick through hell…again.

Real Life Characters Used in Midnight Savior

We already know Jack the Ripper was one of the main people in history I used in the story. But there were a few side characters who played roles with my fictional characters as part of the storyline.

  • dearboss3_envelopeThomas J. Bulling – Thousands of letters came into the police and the press of people either claiming to be the Whitechapel Fiend or knowing the identity of the killer, so there weren't too many correspondences that were taken seriously. However, the Dear Boss letter, which I feature in Midnight Savior, had a connection to the double murders of Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, due to the reference of cutting a piece of the victim's ear and the two murders in one night. Later, however, evidence shows this letter could have actually been written by a journalist who was trying to stimulate paper sales (newspaper sales were suffering at the time). I, therefore, used this opportunity to rectify why a journalist would have key facts related to the double murders if his letters were hoaxes. In Chapter 5, 25 September, 1888, the Whitechapel Fiend forces Thomas to write the letter, and thereby keeps to the historical theory that Thomas J. Bulling of the Central News Agency did indeed write the letter, but under duress.
  • Catherine Eddowes – As I've already mentioned, she was one of the victims of Jack the Ripper. In Chapter 7, September 30, 1888 – Early Morning, I include a scene through her eyes as she is being murdered by the Whitechapel Fiend…and it was a very tough scene to write. Having to put myself in the mind of the victim and do the research to ensure how he killed her and all the grisly details ended up being a very disturbing experience. I, like many people who have “heard” about the Ripper murders, never really comprehend the reality of what this psychotic killer did. I won't post the pictures here. They're just too disturbing. but if you'd like to read the full account of her murder and see the post mortem photographs, CLICK HERE. In summary, her face was almost mutilated beyond recognition, her throat was cut through to her spine, and her abdomen was slashed open and stabbed multiple times, even organs removed. And this is being nice in my description. The only saving grace was she died almost instantly after her throat was cut and the mutilations to her face and body were done post mortem.
  • Mary Jane Kelly – In Chapter 28, November 3, 1888, I introduce Mary Jane Kelly as a friend of Christabelle's. Of all the victims, Mary Jane Kelly was the youngest and out of pattern for the killer. No one really knows why, so I decided to give the killer motivation by creating this fictional connection to my heroine and hero. Mary Jane and Christabelle do a little catching up and Belle gives Mary Jane her new address – Broderick's townhouse in London – encouraging Mary Jane to contact her for a possible job opportunity and to help Mary Jane get out of the slums by means of honest work. That little slip of paper spells doom for both women. In Chapter 29, I have Laurent sitting at the Ten Bells Public House, where in real-life witness accounts place Mary Jane Kelly sharing a pint of beer with Elizabeth Foster. He overhears their conversation, which I invent and Mary Jane is telling Elizabeth that she ran into “Crystal Bells”, her nickname for our heroine, and how she is about to marry the wealthy Broderick MacDougal. That seals her fate and Belle's. Laurent stalks Mary Jane to get that coveted piece of paper with Broderick's address and poor Mary Jane becomes the last victim of the Jack the Ripper. This murder was the most brutal of them all. The killer had the victim in a secluded room – the woman's one-bedroom flat – for almost a half hour. The gruesome photos can be found HERE. I hope you have a strong stomach.

Although I do play around with historical settings and take some artistic license, I do try my best to be as historically accurate as I can be, given the nature of the paranormal storylines. Research can be a little grueling and tedious, but in the end it lends a rich environment for my settings and characters. I hope you enjoyed some of the behind-the-scenes information connected to Midnight Savior!

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Status Update: Book 6 – Midnight Deliverer

The Exciting Conclusion is Coming Soon!

Who loves HOT Scottish Vampires??? My readers obviously do! I'm getting a slew of emails and comments on my website, asking me when Midnight Deliverer, Book 6 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles, is coming out. Well, I don't have a release date just yet, but I can give you a little progress report by answering some FAQs and I'll start with the new blurb I've written

bbb06_coming-soonBlurb for Midnight Deliverer (Book 6)

Broderick MacDougal refused to do what was foretold – sacrifice his beloved Blossom for the sake of redemption. But after burying himself for six years in a crypt, Broderick is awakened with a promise the manipulative Malloren Rune has found a way to save his soul mate. How can he believe her when the prophetess' sole purpose has been to see the prophecy fulfilled at any cost? But he can no longer resist the painful calling of Davina’s soul and rushes to get to her before the Illuminati does.

Davina Ferris was certain she inherited the crazy gene…until the HOT Scottish vampire in her dreams waltzes into her art gallery to claim her. But her mother’s obsession with Davina being the soul mate of the shipping company billionaire turns out to be the least of her worries. Every paranormal creature known to man is descending upon Los Angeles – bent on killing her!

After five-hundred years, Broderick and Davina are finally reunited, but the chance to seize their happily-ever-after is short-lived. Unexpected allies are called to defend the couple. Not just for the salvation of vampire souls, but the fate of the world, as the Vampire Prince finally claims his throne and unleashes the fury of Hell!


Yep! I'm throwing everything…and possibly even the kitchen sink…at our hero and heroine, but I promise it will all be worth it! This will be the best HEA evah!

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