{eBook Tour} Review: VAMPIRE IN DISTRESS by Dale Mayer & Giveaway

 

Title: Vampire in Distress
Author: Dale Mayer
Publisher: Valley Publishing
Series: Family Blood Ties, #2
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Action, Adventure, Mystery / Thriller, Romance
Length: 68k words
Source: CBLS

Buy: Amazon

Note: This is Book 2 in the Family Blood Ties series and picks up exactly where Book I left off.

When Tessa rallies friends and family to find her missing date, they uncover a secret…and start a war that causes ripples in all aspects of their lives.

A vampire with throwback human genes. Sixteen-year-old Tessa finds more than just her friend in this journey…she also finds herself in need of rescue … Imprisoned, she has to find a way to escape and reunite with her family before this war takes out those she loves.

The youngest of his ancient line. Eighteen-year-old Cody descends from flyer vampires wants Tessa back at his side where she belongs – even as he struggles with conflicting emotions about his best friend’s kid sister…

A human determined to protect his people. Seventeen year-old Jared thought his life was over then he finds out that his rescuers are vampires…how can he trust them? And then he finds out the truth about Tessa…and that she’s been taken, too…

Three brave souls struggle as war breaks out around them…a war that shows them no mercy.

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{eBook Tour} Review: VAMPIRE IN DENIAL by Dale Mayer & Giveaway

 

Title: Vampire in Denial
Author: Dale Mayer 
Publisher: Valley Publishing 
Series: Family Blood Ties, #1 
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Action, Adventure, Mystery / Thriller, Romance
Length: 68k words 
Source: CBLS

Buy: Amazon

Blood doesn’t just make her who she is…it also makes her what she is.

Like being a sixteen-year-old vampire isn’t hard enough, Tessa’s throwback human genes make her an outcast among her relatives. But try as she might, she can’t get a handle on the vampire lifestyle and all the…blood.

Turning her back on the vamp world, she embraces the human teenage lifestyle–high school, peer pressure and finding a boyfriend. Jared manages to stir something in her blood. He’s smart and fun and oh, so cute. But Tessa’s dream of a having the perfect boyfriend turns into a nightmare when vampires attack the movie theatre and kidnap her date.

Once again, Tessa finds herself torn between the human world and the vampire one. Will blood own out? Can she make peace with who she is as well as what?

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{eBook Tour} Interview with Dale Mayer, Author of the Family Blood Ties series

Please welcome Dale Mayer to the House Millar. She has managed to sneak away from her demanding characters for a little while and stopped by to let us pick her brain a bit, lol.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in Ottawa, Ontario and currently call the beautiful Okanagan home.

What or who inspired you to write?  And how long have you been writing?

I never had a specific inspiration to start this journey, but always had the thought in the back of my mind to start writing. I’ve now been writing for a decade!

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?

They talk now! They constantly tell me their stories and berate me when I don’t get it quite right.

Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?

They tend to scream. I have several that sit on my shoulder and nag me to death.

Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?

My characters create the most twisted plots anyone could imagine. And they freely order me to do their bidding 🙂

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

No. I’m careful to keep reality and fiction a long ways apart.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I’m a pantser. So if opening a blank page and pouring out 90k plus length books is a style – then that’s mine!

It is a style! Glad to meet a fellow pantser 😉
How did you come up with the title?

The titles almost always come to me early on the writing. I can’t say that’s an area that causes me any trouble. Now revising on the other hand…

Do you have plans for a new book?  Is this book part of a series?

This is part of a series and book 3 is a nugget in my head, but not as yet developed enough to consider writing. My plate is a little too full to add another project at the moment.

Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?

Buried in books! I’m seeing the start of the avalanche now. It could be a major event down the road. I never seem to run out of ideas, although I understand that’s a possibility, and would expect to have another 20 plus books out by then!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Hmmm. Maybe the Caribbean. I love the ocean and the beaches.  Not so fond of cold winters, unless I get to snowboard and ski my time away!

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I prefer paperbooks but love the convenience of ebooks.

Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?

Both! I am published in nonfiction as a traditional publisher and chose to go the Indie route with my fiction.

What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?

Characters that grab a hold of the reader and won’t let go. Plots that are fast paced and keep the reader turning the pages are next and to top it off, there needs to be great writing!

Have you ever suffered from a "writer’s block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?

Nope. I’d like to ‘block’ my characters sometimes though!

Have you ever read a book more than once?

Lots of my books on my shelves are ‘keeper’ books and I go in stages of rereading my old favorites.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/ paperback/ hardcover)?

I’m currently rereading my Jayne Ann Krentz collection.
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Cats or dogs?

Cat

White wine or red?

White!

Coffee or tea?

Dark, black and preferably espresso styled java!

Favourite food?

Any edible, sigh.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

Chocolate!

Laptop or desktop for writing?

Laptop

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

Anywhere and any time!

One of your favourite quotes –

Go Big Or Go Home – and I have no idea who said that first!

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Title: Vampire in Denial
Author: Dale Mayer 
Publisher: Valley Publishing 
Series: Family Blood Ties, #1 
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Action, Adventure, Mystery / Thriller, Romance
Length: 68k words 
Source: CBLS

Buy: Amazon

Blood doesn’t just make her who she is…it also makes her what she is.

Like being a sixteen-year-old vampire isn’t hard enough, Tessa’s throwback human genes make her an outcast among her relatives. But try as she might, she can’t get a handle on the vampire lifestyle and all the…blood.

Turning her back on the vamp world, she embraces the human teenage lifestyle–high school, peer pressure and finding a boyfriend. Jared manages to stir something in her blood. He’s smart and fun and oh, so cute. But Tessa’s dream of a having the perfect boyfriend turns into a nightmare when vampires attack the movie theatre and kidnap her date.

Once again, Tessa finds herself torn between the human world and the vampire one. Will blood own out? Can she make peace with who she is as well as what?

Title: Vampire in Distress
Author: Dale Mayer
Publisher: Valley Publishing
Series: Family Blood Ties, #2
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Action, Adventure, Mystery / Thriller, Romance
Length: 68k words
Source: CBLS

Buy: Amazon

Note: This is Book 2 in the Family Blood Ties series and picks up exactly where Book I left off.

When Tessa rallies friends and family to find her missing date, they uncover a secret…and start a war that causes ripples in all aspects of their lives.

A vampire with throwback human genes. Sixteen-year-old Tessa finds more than just her friend in this journey…she also finds herself in need of rescue … Imprisoned, she has to find a way to escape and reunite with her family before this war takes out those she loves.

The youngest of his ancient line. Eighteen-year-old Cody descends from flyer vampires wants Tessa back at his side where she belongs – even as he struggles with conflicting emotions about his best friend’s kid sister…

A human determined to protect his people. Seventeen year-old Jared thought his life was over then he finds out that his rescuers are vampires…how can he trust them? And then he finds out the truth about Tessa…and that she’s been taken, too…

Three brave souls struggle as war breaks out around them…a war that shows them no mercy.

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Dale Mayer is a prolific multi-published writer. She’s best known for Tuesday’s Child, Hide’n Go Seek, her romantic suspense novels that was one of the final four in the Kensington Brava/Romantic Times contest this last year. Besides her romantic suspense/thrillers, Dale also writes paranormal romance and crossover young adult books in several different genres. To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print format as well.

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REVIEWS:

5 stars! Original YA vampire story.
“Vampire in Denial by Dale Mayer is a delightfully different addition to the teen vamp paranormal genre. Can’t wait for the sequel.” (Charlotte)

5 stars! Do love.
“This is the first book I’ve read from Dale Mayer and I’m sure going to be reading more because this is my new favorite vampire romance book since Twilight!” (PrincessZelda))

5 stars! Another exciting series from Dale Mayer
“Oh, book! You were so FUN! I was getting all tense and worried about how poor Tessa was going to prove herself and it was exciting and I desperately wanted her to realize that her tangled up feelings about a certain someone were not all brotherly. But, but…why did you leave me hanging on such a cliffhanger?!?! I MUST KNOW what’s going to happen to her!

In most ways, Tessa is an average teenage girl. Her parents don’t really understand her, she feels like she’s caught between two worlds and she’s not sure if the boy she likes likes her back. The fact that she’s a vampire who’s literally caught between two worlds doesn’t change any of that. Her parents really don’t have a clue how hard it is for her, a genetic throwback, and no one in her family understands that how the full-blood vampires treat her like a stupid little girl.

All in all, this was a fun, fast read with a girl who definitely came into her own as the story progressed. I thought Cody and his slow revelations about Tessa were adorable. I like how her mother rose up to defend Tessa once things were brought to her attention. I like that Tessa wasn’t willing to abandon a friend, even if he was "only human".

I can only guess as to where the next book in this story is heading but I’m DYING to read it now. DYING, Dale Mayer. DYING!” (Kelly Rubidoux)

4 Stars! Exciting first installment in a new YA vampire series!
“This book managed to stand out amongst the plethora of vampire novels out there. I liked how vampires had different abilities and how some of them, like Tessa, seemed more human than vampire (i.e. could be out in the daylight, didn’t crave blood). It added a bunch of new dimensions to the world and I’m liking where the series is going.

This really was a great read. I was entirely able to relate with Tessa and enjoyed watching her change throughout the story. Just a warning, the author leaves us with one heck of a cliffhanger, so I can only hope that the next book comes out soon!” (Jamie “Bookerella”)

Book Launch: Blood Bound, a House Millar book

Today is the official launch of Blood Bound, book #2 in the House Millar vampire novel series. Its current reviews average is 4 stars on GoodReads.com.  I have a series of launch posts coming to stay tuned! I’ll link them all below.

Title: Blood Bound
Author: Áine P Massie
Publisher: Geas Publishing
Series: House Millar, #2
Release Date: February 29th 2012
Genre:
Romance, Paranormal
Pages:  392

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How many ways can a hearts true love be shared? After poisoning, near death attacks, consummated passions, and possible insanity visit Anya, Nicholas, and Declán they embark on their future. Or at least they try to. Jealousy can be a pain, in more ways than one.

Can Anya protect her lovers, find peace within herself, and lead the House Millar? With her loves and guards, Nicholas and Declán, she sets out to do just that. If only life, eternal life, were that easy.

Come take a walk with our loving family and witness the strange turns and twists as life, love, and passions collide with greed, politics, and evil.

Excerpt

Stopping, he spun around looking at me with a strange, hungry glint. The look in his eyes set me ablaze in that moment. I struggled to maintain my control. I’m even more dangerous to him now than I ever have been before . . .

“Declán, a ghrá, what’s gotten into you?”

He didn’t speak. He reached out, grabbing my wrists, and started pushing me back into the tree that was just behind us. Pressing me into it, he covered my mouth with his, kissing me as he let out a whimpering moan. His mouth was hungry, and his body eager. My skin felt like it was burning everywhere he touched.

His attack knocked me off centre, and I lost more than a bit of my restraint. His heat, his intoxicating and maddening scent pushing me further . . . The craving for him was so exquisite, so painful. His sapphire eyes blazed as his body arched towards me, crushing me. Lifting me, he greedily devoured my kisses, clutching me tighter. My legs wrapped around him automatically. His fingers twisted in my hair pulling me tight against his lips. Letting out a rapturous moan, he pulled his face back arching his neck to me. I pressed my lips to the moist skin of his throat, feeling the pulsing, the dance of life beckoning to me – enchanted and tormented by the sweet fragrances that encompassed his being. I allowed my teeth to graze his skin.

No, no, no. This is too dangerous. I have to stop. I pulled away from his luscious throat but he used the grip on my hair to stop me. I watched with a surreal fascination as he pressed some strange metal object – it looked vaguely like a curved, sharpened thimble – into the flesh of his own neck and pulled me back to his neck.

What the hell . . . Oh Gods.

With a sudden gasp, I lost control. The moment his blood touched my tongue that strange ecstasy filled me again. This elixir, intoxicating and luscious, drove me into a frenzied euphoria, my body singing in delight. It was pure rapture as all of me delighted in the gift of his existence.

It was over so soon, almost too soon, as I was able to still keep my mind restrained, thankfully. I started to pull away, nicking my tongue and teasing lightly over the wounds with my blood – no need for him to hold the wounds.

“Why did you–”

Praise for Blood Bound

Áine gave me even more reasons than ever to love her strong and charismatic cast of characters. Each stepped up their game in the newest book. I will be looking forward to the next instalment of House Millar, which I understand will not be from Anya’s point of view. Sounds interesting.  If you love a good vampire story… Blood’s Voice and Blood Bound are great choices.
~ Kristin @ Better Read Than Dead

A wonderful read. ~ Kyanara @ Kyanara’s Mad Reviews

I would definitely say this series is for young adult paranormal romance lovers. Although it’s a book about vampires, there are some surprisingly well thought out themes that play through out the book.
~ Vanessa Booke @ Boekies Book Reviews

She [Anya] claims her position as Mistress in more ways than one and she does so very well. I especially liked the “letter” at the end! Definitely got me ready for book three!
~ Christina Irelan @ Intoxicated By Books

I was pulled right into the story. This book starts right where the last one ended. I enjoyed reading more about Anya’s back-story and got to know some more characters and their back stories. I recommend this book for paranormal romance fans for its sensual scenes and titillating drama.
~ Heather Powers @ Earth’s Book Nook

About the Author

Áine P Massie is originally from Florida, she now lives in Wisconsin where she works on her House Millar series full time while raising four children (the term herding cats comes to mind). Her major in College was Childhood Education (0-5) with a minor study in Deaf Culture/ASL. She is also a Wiccan priestess dedicated to the gods, family, and love.

A lifelong reader, Áine has always had a particular fascination with vampires, mythology, and the unusual. When she can escape from her children and books, she enjoys . . . oh yes, reading, playing, ritual, a good cappuccino, and working with her healing stones.

Her first published work came in high school where she was part of a writing and drama group. But, she’s been reading the likes of Shakespeare and Poe since late elementary school and enjoys most forms of fiction. Blood’s Voice has been a long time in coming and with its publication (June 2011) Áine embarked on a new chapter in her life.

Áine P Massie is currently working on her third novel, Glamour Blade.

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Would you like to interview me or one of the characters from the House Millar series?

I’m always interested in interviews so if you have an audience that might enjoy Blood Bound, or Blood’s Voice (Book #1 of the HM series).
For interviews, quotes and other inquiries please contact me at
anya.millar@gmail.com.

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Black Friday Sale: Blood’s Voice

In celebration of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Blood’s Voice (House Millar #1) will be on sale for only $2.99.  The sale only lasts until Sunday, November 27th 2011.  Take advantage of this one time only sale!  You have your choice of sites and formats for this eBook – see links below for the discount sites.

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Title: Blood’s Voice 
Author: 
Áine P Massie
Series: 
The House Millar #1
Publisher: Geas Publishing
Release Date: June 1, 2011 
Pages: 400

ISBN-13: 978-1463559274
ISBN-10: 1463559275
ASIN: B005405MYK
BN ID: 2940012757210

Anya Millar had no memory of her life or an instruction manual on how to navigate the insane world of humans, biting, and reality. Instead, Anya has had to learn to navigate the world of love, life, and sanity while avoiding those that would see her dead or enslaved.

This is the ongoing journey of Anya and Nicholas, human loving vampires and the human they love, Declán. What makes it all more complicated is that they are abominations in their own world and Declán is a natural born vampire hunter called a Guardian.

Anya must come to terms with who she is and her missing past, Nicholas must win back the object of his eternal love while dealing with new cravings in his silent heart, and Declán must learn to destroy the very creatures that he has unequivocally given his heart and blood.

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Interview: Mistress Anya @ Jeanz Book …

Interview with Anya Millar

Blood's Voice & Blood Bound Virtual Tour

A lovely young woman, I believe her name was Peony, led me out onto the veranda of the beautiful home that is the House Millar.  The charming Mistress Anya was already waiting on me.  She even though of my human needs – a snack and drink were laid out on the small table beside the empty chair.  Once I was settled Anya offered me tea as I thanked her for this rare opportunity.

Thank you for allowing me this inside peek into what makes you, you.

You are quite welcome.  I don’t mind speaking to others as long and they remember the rules.  *wink*  Though, you have to by default, being human and all.

True.  I’ll start off with an easy one.  You’re a vampire?

Yes.  Though I’m an aberration in my world.  I refuse to kill humans just to live.  I am not fluffy though – so do not underestimate me or those you see that live here.  We are lethal when we need to be but humans are off the diet.

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To see the entire Interview with Mistress Anya from Blood’s Voice by Áine P Massie, author of the House Millar series, visit Jeanz Book Read N Review by clicking on any banner or by clicking HERE.  Make sure to leave comments… Jeanz loves to hear from you!  Also, you can ask Anya questions and she’ll stop by to respond.

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Tour Recap:

Guest Post @ Laced Little Muffin's

Tour Stop: Guest Blog by Aine P. Massie

 

Hello everyone!  First, let me say thank you to everyone stopping by.  I’m in the middle of a virtual book tour for both Blood’s Voice (House Millar #1) and the soon to be released Blood Bound (House Millar #2).  Both books are paranormal romance featuring the strange and eclectic House Millar.

 

Today you will find a review for Blood Bound here at Laced Little Muffin’s Reading Corner so I thought we could discuss a little about the vampire world found with this series.

 

…  To read the entire post about the Vampire Houses and World in the House Millar series please visit Laced Little Muffin’s Review Corner.  Also, take a moment to check out all Kyanara Night has to offer by clicking on the banner or HERE.

Authors Note:

For the duration of the Combined Book Tour she is offering 25% off “Blood’s Voice”.
25% off Print Discount Code: K4AN2MSB or for those that prefer eBooks – 25% Off Smashwords Coupon Code: NZ88H Expires: December 1, 2011

Tour Recap

Tour Stop: Author Interview with Aine P Massie

Author Interview with Aine P Massie @ Close Encounters with the Night Kind

Blood's Voice & Blood Bound Virtual Tour
And of course we have the lovely Aine giving away a copy of her new YA vampire sensation Blood’s Voice.
Details about the giveaway are below! But now lets get to know a little about our lovely new author!!

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Make sure to check out all the news there and enter to win your own copy … 🙂
 Teaser:

What was your biggest influence that steered you towards writing?
Dr. Seuss!  I loved Seuss (still remember reading The Cat In The Hat Comes Back to my mom when I was little and she was sick.  She says it had memorized it by that point and wasn’t really reading but hey… to-ma-to, to-maah-to) and from him learned that you don’t have to think logically, linearly, or ‘normal’ to have fun or be successful.

Authors Note:
For the duration of the Combined Book Tour she is offering 25% off “Blood’s Voice”.
25% off Print Discount Code: K4AN2MSB or for those that prefer eBooks – 25% Off Smashwords Coupon Code: NZ88H
Expires: December 1, 2011
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