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This is Book 2 in my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles. Here are links to Midnight Conquest (Book 1), Midnight Hunt (Book 3), Midnight Eclipse (Book 4), Midnight Savior (Book 5) & Midnight Deliverer (Book 6)
Audiobook narrated by David Monteath
Blurb & Extras:
Cailin MacDougal has lived a dangerous life being the adopted daughter of vampire Broderick “Rick” MacDougal, so she had no choice but to learn to fight in order to protect herself. However, such behavior is hardly desirable in a dutiful wife who's supposed to embroider and run a household. This aggressive side of her behavior should be easy enough to hide from her betrothed…shouldn't it?
After being away at fencing school for seven years, James Knightly has returned as a master swordsman, ready to captain his own ship and finally wed his childhood sweetheart, Cailin MacDougal. However, what he finds waiting for him is a dagger-toting hellion for a bride, an immortal father-in-law, and an enemy bent on extracting his revenge by threatening the family James holds most dear–the MacDougals.
Broderick MacDougal is lured away from his family with the promise of–at last–learning a way to protect those he loves from his clan enemy, Angus Campbell. Broderick knows he's headed for a trap, but the bait it too tempting to resist…and he unravels the beginning of a prophecy that will lead to redemption for all vampires. The cost of such redemption, however, may be the very soul of the woman he would die for…his wife, Davina.
Read Prologue & Chapter One excerpt here!
Genre/Category: paranormal fiction, vampire romance
Status: e-book and trade paperback
Flame Rating: 4 flames with some anal play (visit “Adult Fiction” page for flame ratings chart)
I'd fallen in love with Cailin as an infant and really wanted her personality to come out, so I thought it only natural to want to tell her story. As such, I had to sit down and craft that story…and it didn't come as naturally as I hoped it would! You can have a lot of events and scenes going on, even have the plot outlined completely…and still run into writer's block. I'm a plotter, not a panster, so this was very frustrating. I got stuck in the planning stages for a very long time. However, through many brainstorming sessions with my husband and a wonderful book by Alan Watt titled The 90-Day Novel: Unlocking the Story Within, I was able to get to the theme of the book, which helped the motivation of my characters come alive. Note to aspiring authors: If you're having a hard time figuring out what TRUE internal conflict is versus external conflict, this is the book to buy! I highly recommend Alan's workshops, which are also available online. As an editor, I recommended it to all my authors.
Books 1 & 2 of Bonded By Blood set the foundation for this entire series. In MIDNIGHT CAPTIVE I delve much deeper into the lore of vampires I've created, which is what Broderick explores during his side-story (he and Davina take a backseat to Cailin and James). I love to take a traditional philosophy (e.g., vampires being afraid of crosses and holy items, vampires being in league with satan) and give it my own twist. I barely scratched the surface of this lore in Book 1 and the vampire enthusiasts with whom I've shared my lore have been very excited about where the series is going. So am I.