Now you can see the book trailer for my Vampire Territory series.
Now you can see the book trailer for my Vampire Territory series.
Now my complete Vampire Territory series is available in trade paperback. Get this hot collection for your bookshelves today, or download the e-books.
My hot, action-packed vampire romance Drinking Partners is now available in e-book and trade paperback.
Being the master vampire for the Mid-Atlantic Territory is a tough job. Between the Human Rebellion trying to kill him with poisonous suicide donors and snobby born vampires bucking his authority, Lucas Thane has his hands full. What he needs is a regular drinking partner to feed from and a bigger power block. He finds both in the form of Alexandra Gage, the master of the territory south of his.
Alex could use a little help herself, but she has no intention of letting Lucas take over. Turned into a vampire against her will, she has had enough control taken from her. She’ll never let Lucas usurp her right to rule, but will she let him steal her heart? Passion ignites between them, and it’s amazing what vampire bodies can do.
Drinking Partners, the first book in my Vampire Territory series, has been freshly edited and has a brand new cover. Get in on the fanged action for only $3.99. You can preorder the e-book now:
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And don’t miss the print editions! The entire Vampire Territory series will be released in trade paperback on 1/15/2018.
(excerpted and adapted from a Character Sketch posted on Romance Lives Forever 1/14/15)
How did you find love in such a violent world?
Alex: It was more like love found me. Lucas showed up on my doorstep looking to do a little political maneuvering between master vampires. The sexual attraction between us was instantaneous. Then I got to know him better, and I was a goner, though real trust between us took a little longer.
What is it like making love to another vampire?
Alex: (grins) There’s a lot of sucking involved.
What is your philosophy in life?
Alex: I’m not really the philosophical type. I tend to focus on the present, and at the moment my strategy is simple. Survive, squash my enemies, and enjoy the pleasure I share with Lucas.
Why do you think your writer decided to write about you?
Alex: I think Allie Ritch enjoys action scenes and was ready to write a heroine who is a real warrior—one who doesn’t need a man but is certainly strong enough to handle a master vampire, both inside and outside the bedroom.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise?
Alex: Before I taught her about weaponry, Allie knew nothing about guns. Zilch. She kept asking me where the safety was on my Glock and what a caliber meant. It was embarrassing.
Why does your writer love to write?
Alex: She’s creative. I respect that. Maybe I’d do something more artistic with my creativity if I weren’t busy fighting other bloodsuckers. Instead, I apply my skills to building more innovative booby traps around my home.
Is there anything you want to say to your writer?
Alex: Yeah. Did you have to let me get shot? I know I can handle it, but bullet holes still freaking hurt! Then again, the multi-orgasmic sex with Lucas is amazing, so I guess that makes things even.
(excerpted from a post originally shared on Cara Bristol’s blog 4/21/15)
The truth is I’ve been a fan of vampire fiction for a long time. Anne Rice, Tom Holland, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kresley Cole, Fred Saberhagen—I could go on forever naming authors whose works I love. Pair vampires with romance, and I’m captivated. A man who can live forever has to pick up some serious skills in bed, right? Never mind that he can penetrate you with his fangs as well as his… But I digress. Having read tons of vampire romance over the years and dabbled in it some, I finally decided to jump in and launch the Vampire Territory series.
Although the books can be read as standalones, readers can follow the characters from the beginning if they want to read the series in order. The first book, Drinking Partners, introduces master vampires Alex Gage and Lucas Thane. Sparks fly when these two alpha personalities clash, but they’re the ultimate power couple.
Just My Type then picks up right where book one leaves off, only it focuses on Alex’s personal assistant (Melody) and her guard (Eryx), who like to trade barbs. The sexual tension between the two mounts over time, but Eryx isn’t the only contender for Mel’s attention. Alex’s human brother Wess has been spending a lot of time with Mel, and she likes his delicious human heat. Which man will she choose?
I’m thrilled by the enthusiastic reception readers have already given Drinking Partners and hope they enjoy the sequels. This series is definitely sexy, dark, violent (à la Kill Bill), and just a bit campy. I mean, who doesn’t like a heroine who literally takes people’s heads off when provoked?
(excerpted from a post originally shared on Jianne Carlo’s site 1/15/15)
The journey for some books is longer than others, and Drinking Partners had by far one of the longest. I was looking through stacks of my old writing journals, which I use to jot down ideas for books, when I came across a concept I’d thought of in the 1990s. You didn’t misread that. Yes, I really said the 90s. Back when P. Diddy was still Puff Daddy and Madonna was reinventing herself and becoming a mommy. So many book ideas run through my brain that some get shoved to the back, and this one finally elbowed its way to the forefront. The idea was simple: two master vampires — both strong alphas, lethal and cunning — fall for each other but have trust issues.
I’ve always loved vampire fiction, starting with writers like Anne Rice and Fred Saberhagen and continuing with Laurell K. Hamilton, Christine Feehan, and other great authors today. When I rediscovered my premise for my own vampire book, I couldn’t wait to run with it. Drinking Partners was born. Or should I say reborn?
This book is definitely the darkest and edgiest one I’ve written. I may have watched Kill Bill around the time I was writing it, and there’s definitely a lot of action. The heroine, Alexandra, is a badass with guns and swords and even a machete. She doesn’t go looking for trouble, but because she’s a turned vampire — one considered lower class — plus a member of the “weaker sex” according to the older bloodsuckers, trouble has a way of finding her.
Lucas has his own battles and is ruthless in protecting those he cares about. Once Alex and Lucas team up, she becomes the person he cares about most. And what does a master vampire get his lover when she likes to shoot and decapitate her enemies? Find out in an excerpt from Drinking Partners:
She reached inside for the sparkly handle of a short sword. The hilt was made of walnut as dark and rich as her brown leather coat. The wood had been carved, and centered within each diamond etching was a pale-blue gemstone.
“It’s exactly what I wanted. How did you know?”
“I pay attention to everything that interests you.”
That was a very smooth answer.
“Are those real sapphires?” she asked.
“Blue diamonds.” Lucas traced the curve of her cheek with one finger. “They’re the same color as your eyes.”
Her heart flipped. He’d gotten her diamonds after all.
Alex’s hand trembled as she reached for the exquisite weapon and pulled it free of its sheath. The blade was clean and unmarked and so sharp it sang when she sliced it through the air. It was a work of art.
There was more, though. She reluctantly set aside her new sword so she could pull out the large wooden box that rested next to it. The lid was hinged, and she swung it open to see a matching handgun. He must have had the pair custom-made for her, though she hadn’t a clue how he’d managed to have them done this quickly.
“Do you know what it is?” he asked.
She was practically drooling over the gun. “Are you kidding me? It’s a Colt M1911.”
“You know your guns.”
“My father taught me.” She let the remark slip without thinking.
Lucas regarded her closely. “That’s an unusual thing for a father to share with his daughter. Was he in the firearms business?”
“No, more like a military man,” she said. “This is a beautiful custom-made piece. A collector’s wet dream.”
He barked out another laugh. “You could say that. I knew you’d shoot me on the spot if I gave you some dainty compact pistol.”
The idea didn’t bear thinking about.
A sensual shiver traveled down Alex’s spine when she traced the stylized fleur-de-lis engraved along the slide and frame. The grip panel was made of walnut with the same pattern of carvings and blue diamonds as the sword. She picked it up and felt a smile split her face.
The single-stacked magazine offered her a narrower handle, which was a much better fit than some of the stockier pieces. All those gemstones were cool against her palm and made sure her grip didn’t slide. She liked the weight and balance too. All in all, it felt pretty damn good.
“I’ll get you something else if this doesn’t suit you,” Lucas said.
“Oh, this suits me.” She might never put it down.
Alex kept it in her hand, muzzle pointed toward the floor and finger off the trigger, as she stepped into his body. She tilted her head to press her lips to his and slipped her tongue behind his teeth when he opened for her. He was yummier than any chocolate, with the same amount of dark and sweet in his makeup. If she hadn’t been sure before, she was now. She’d fallen for the vampire.