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Series Spotlight, Reviews, Character Interview and Giveaway for Laura Wright!
Hello everyone! We are very excited to have the fantabulous Laura Wright on our sites again for her ETERNAL DEMON Blog Tour and to help celebrate today’s release of Eternal Demon, MARK OF THE VAMPIRE Book #5, and the recent release of its predecessor, Eternal Beauty, MARK OF THE VAMPIRE Book #4.5, which just came out on April 2nd.
Laura WrigKA - Writer Lady) is the creator of the phenomenal MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (MOTV) and BAYOU HEAT series, as well as, some great standalone novels (for a complete list of Laura’s standalone romance titles click HERE). In case you’re not familiar with Laura yet, here’s her bio so you can learn some more about her:
Author of the Bestselling Mark of the Vampire series, Laura Wright spent the early years of her life immersed in the worlds of singing, acting and competitive ballroom dancing. But when she started writing, she knew she’d found her true calling. Laura lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, two children, three dogs, two frogs and two fish. She’s been thrice nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and loves hearing from her readers.
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As most of you already know, we’re HUGE fan girls of Laura and her MOTV series. If you have not yet read this series, we highly suggest that you do. Laura created an original and creative spin on the vampire world and every book grabs you from the beginning and leaves you counting down the days until the next release.
For those of you that have not read the series yet, we have posted all the books below in reading order plus their synopses, some quick buy links, and our reviews of the last several books to get you all caught up:
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE series
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE Book #1
FEAR IS IN THE BLOOD
Alexander Roman wants nothing to do with the controlling rulers of his vampire breed or the family he escaped from a hundred years ago. But as a new threat to the pureblood vampires emerges, Alexander’s ties to the past are forced upon him again, and without warning, he finds himself - disoriented, terrified, and near death - at the door of a stranger.
TRUST IS A RISK
Dr. Sarah Donohue is dedicated to removing the traumatic memories of her patients - like those of the stranger at her front door. But what he tells her of his past is too astonishing to be anything more than the delusion of a madman. Yet she has seen his flesh scarred by the sun and witnessed his inhuman strength. And never more has she felt so connected to a man, by both fear and seductive excitement.
LOVE IS ETERNAL …
But as their worlds collide, Sarah and Alexander are bound by something even stronger, as one becomes hunter and the other prey. And Sarah’s only chance of survival is to surrender to the final - and most unimaginable - desire of her life.
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE Book #2
Family is blood.
His father unknown, his mother dead, Nicholas Roman was raised by the vampire Breed with one wish: to live as a normal vampire. But once he’s transformed against his will into a gifted immortal, Nicholas now has one goal: to stop the Eternal Order of vampires from controlling his life and from transforming more males from his bloodline for their vicious reign. Then comes a beautiful stranger with a startling secret.
Vampire Kate Everborne claims she’s sheltering Nicholas’ long-lost son. If this is true, then who is the mother? And how endangered are they if, indeed, Nicholas does possess the bloodline so coveted by the Order? These are questions that with every seductive whisper, every silken touch, draw Nicholas and Kate intimately closer and nearer still to the truth. But aroused too are Nicholas’ fears that this tantalizing woman has even more secrets—both dangerous and provocative—she has yet to share.
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE Book #2.5
Gray Donahue is crippled by the guilt he feels for his father’s death. An Impure vampire cursed with the ability to hear the thoughts of others, he indulges in blood and sex to stave off the pain of his existence. He is then abducted by the Eternal Order of Vampires, who subject him to a nightmarish ritual. But when he is rescued by the icy pureblood vampire Dillon, he finds something that is worth living for, dying for, killing for….
*Check out L.A’s Review HERE
*Check out BMR’s Review HERE
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE Book #3
*Check out L.A’s Review HERE
*Check out BMR’s Review HERE
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE Book #4
A Taste of Blood
Ever since his abduction by the Eternal Order of Vampires, Gray Donohue has finally found his true calling: vengeance. He will stop at nothing to bring his fellow Impure vampires the freedom they deserve. Now if he could just release his primal need for the beautiful vampire who saved his life—and rules his thoughts and desires…
After nearly killing the senator she was assigned to protect, Dillon is now in mortal danger. The jaguar within her has been unleashed, and she can no longer control it. Sex is the only thing that can tame her shift. And Gray is the only man who can make her surrender to a passion strong enough to overpower her inner beast. But she doesn’t want to surrender—she wants her life back. Because she is determined never to belong to anyone, especially not Gray—the male whom destiny claims is her mate…
Well, now that we’ve got you all online downloading and buying this outstanding series, let’s see what Laura did for us when we let her take over our sites for the day…
*Check out L.A’s Review HERE
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE Book #4.5
JUST RELEASED 4/2/13!
He is captivated by the one who saved him from death—until he finds out who she is…
Eternal Beauty is an intense & sexy novella!
As the series has been subtly doing, with the growth of the cast, the world has been expanding as well, and this novella takes a journey into yet another new corner of the wonderful MARK OF THE VAMPIRE world.
Eternal Beauty gives us a wonderful peek into the dark and revenge-bent mind of Syn, and some more in depth knowledge of where Petra has been all of these years.
I'm very excited to read more about Syn and Petra and see how things play out with their insinuation into the rest of the Roman/Impure/Mutore society. This couple is sexy as sin (forgive the pun) and this is a story that cannot be missed for all MOTV fans!!
LITERAL ADDICTION gives Eternal Beauty 4 Skulls.
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE Book #5
JUST RELEASED today – 5/7/13!
When Erion’s son is kidnapped by the evil vampire Cruen, Erion vows to stop at nothing to find his hideaway—including intercepting the traveling party of Cruen’s beautiful bride-to-be. But instead of a vulnerable caravan, Erion is met by a feral band of female demons that includes Hellen, the bride—a creature of dark magic and darker passion.
Though the safety of his son is foremost, Erion can’t deny his unexpected connection to Hellen—inflaming a manic desire as primal as it is irresistible. As their bond intensifies, they move toward an inevitable and terrifying battle. With time running out, Erion realizes he must not only find and rescue his son but protect Hellen from Cruen and the underworld forces waiting to destroy her for her betrayal.
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE Book #6
Love and Vengeance...
Well, now that we’ve successfully turned some new readers on to the series and have you all building up your TBR lists and staking them out from your favorite booksellers, and reminded long-time MOTV fans why we love this series SO very much, what do you say we let you in on our BIG surprise for today?? We have the transcript of our long awaited meet and greet with the Cast of MOTV for you! *Woot* May we present, the cast of MARK OF THE VAMPIRE...
This interview contains some small spoilers for events that happened in earlier books of the series!!
O.K, so this is an interview over 2 years in the making. One that we desperately hoped to have one day, but weren’t sure we’d ever get the chance to do. So, as we sit here about to get started – a little bit nervous, A LOT excited, and desperately trying to contain our inner fangirls (pffssh, yeah right!) – we wanted to give you all a little bit of background into how this meet and greet came to be, and just how important it is to us.
Laura Wright and the Roman brothers are pretty much how your dynamic duo came to be. It was May of 2011 and we were having a Live chat with the lovely Writer Lady about her boys and her books, and that was the day the two of us officially met online. About 2 weeks later we did our first joint Event together and the rest, as they say, is history.
Laura is a repeat offender on our sites and the very personification of a “V.I.P” to us. We’ve been mutually squeeing fangirls since before we even met, and would read the damn phone book if Laura wrote it. And then there are the Roman brothers… yeah, our hearts will forever hold the mark of those vampires! *sigh* However, as those of you who read the books know, it’s not easy to pin those boys down for a Q&A! Jeesh. We’re relentless though, and after mucho groveling, promises, and finagling, we were finally able to secure a date to meet the gang up close and personal. So, without further ado, here’s the transcript of our once in a lifetime day with the cast of MARK OF THE VAMPIRE:
[After finally nailing down the specifics (and yes, having minor heart attacks) we headed off to the Compound in SoHo. The place was huge and beautiful – even from the outside - but also very obviously under construction. The gang was in the process of merging the Roman Credenti with the Mutore Credenti next door so that they could have one huge sprawling estate, and the evidence of that was there for us to take in while we waited for someone to meet us at the gate and grant us entrance.]
[As we chatted excitedly with one another we saw a couple coming towards us from the house on the left. Two women, one with long dark brown hair and the other with long blonde hair, walked towards us laughing with each other. It looked like we were about to meet Sara and Kate.]
[With big welcoming smiles the ladies opened the gate for us and gestured us inside…]
Carla: *Reaching out to shake hands* Holy crap! Er, sorry… I’m just a little bit excited to meet you guys. *laughs* I’m Carla from Book Monster Reviews. Thank you guys so much for letting us come out here today to talk with you all. This is incredible.
Chelle: *Smiles and shakes hands as well* Yeah, you’ll have to forgive us. We’re a bit starstruck. *laughs* But she’s right. Thank you so very much for taking time to talk with us and letting our readers get a bit of the inside scoop. We really appreciate it. I’m Michelle from LITERAL ADDICTION, but everyone calls me Chelle. It’s so good to meet you.
Sara: *Shakes both womens’ hands* We don’t normally allow humans inside the compound, but of course you two are special. O Positive, right?
Kate: *sniffs, then grins* Definetly O Positive. The boys’ favorite. What a great welcoming prezzie, by the wayJ
[We walked with the ladies up to the house making small talk, and followed them inside the Compound. The place was amazing - huge, and yet instantly inviting. Even from just inside the front door we could hear the murmur of a good number of voices from the other room and our excitement grew.]
Chelle: *looking around in awe* So… who all is joining us today?
[The comment is cut off by a very large man with a military haircut, deep red eyes and key shaped brands on his cheeks sweeping into the room to plant a big kiss on Sara. Looks like we get to meet Alexander.]
Carla: *Looking over at Chelle* Well I guess that answers the question of whether or not Alex will be here. *laughs*
Alex: *puts his arm around his mate* Welcome, Ladies. My beautiful veana here is a spectacular hostess. Just make sure she doesn’t tire herself out *He touches her growing belly*
Sara: *laughs* I’m fine and so is your balas. Kicking and punching, just like a true Roman.
[As we were chatting we made our way into the great room where everyone was sitting around talking, drinking, and laughing. Kate had already made her way over to Nicholas and was sitting on his lap sharing an intimate private smile. Lucian was over by the fireplace holding Lucy, and Bronwyn was nearby in one of a reading chair set talking with Synjon Wise. We did a double take at Erion sitting on the floor playing with Ladd because at first we thought it was Nicky, and Dillon and Gray were sitting on a nearby loveseat arguing playfully with one another. It looked like the whole gang was pretty much here. We were really only missing the other Mutore.]
Synjon: *Looks up* Who the bloody hell is this?
Lucian: *grins* Lunch.
Bronwyn: Not in front of Lucy, Luca. I refuse to let her grow up into a sarcastic, tough little—
Dillon: *laughing* Too late.
Gray: *stands, gestures to a leather couch* Ladies, please sit. I promise all those with fangs will keep them tightly leashed until you depart.
[We took our seats on the open couch and glanced around the room in a bit of a daze.]
Chelle: As we told Sara and Kate at the gate, thank you all so very much for taking time to talk with us today. Our readers are going to be ecstatic!
Carla: Yes, thank you all. It’s truly an honor to be here. We promise not to take up your entire day, but we definitely wanted to talk to each of you who Laura’s featured in a book a bit to allow our readers a little ‘behind the scenes’ treat.
Nicholas: *nods* Ask away. We have nothing to hide.
Lucian: *snorts* You of all people did not just say that.
Nicholas: Shut it, Luca.
Synjon: *growls* Yes, Frosty. We all like you better when your trap is shut.
Brownyn: *turns and growls back at him*
Synjon: Stand down, Veana.
Carla: O.K, so first up is Alex and Sara. How has the adjustment been with the growth of the family as of late, and what are your thoughts on growing the family in a more personal way in the not too distant future *winks*?
Alexander: I can’t wait to be a daddy. And I can’t wait to see my beautiful mate be a mother. She’s going to be outstanding.
Sara: *blushes and smiles at him*
Alexander: *reaches out and stroked her belly*
Chelle: Nicky, it had to have been an adjustment meeting your twin after all of those years. Can you explain the feelings?
Nicholas: *his gaze shifts to Erion, then back to Chelle* I feel like I got a raw deal. Being a twin and not knowing it...you always feel as though something’s missing, and you have know idea what it is. You know, I have hopes that over time, we can get some of that back.
Erion: *nods* Definitely.
Chelle: And Kate, it had to have been a relief to you to be able to keep Ladd with you, and now he has an entire huge family to help care for him. What’s that been like?
Kate: *her eyes are a little sad* I can’t imagine not having Ladd in my life. He’s so special to me. I can’t help thinking of him as partly mine.
[Ladd comes running over and throws his arms around her. Her sad eyes shift to utter happiness.]
Carla: So Luca, the new Breeding Male huh? *shakes head* It must be a huge relief for you to have Bronwyn by your side to help balance things out though, and now you have Lucy to spoil rotten. *smiles* How did you two get through it all up to this point without going crazy?
Lucian: *his eyes narrow* I may be the Breeding Male by blood, Carla, but I am Bronwyn’s Male through and through. She doesn’t balance me, she turns me upside down and inside out, and fuck, it rocks!
Brownyn: *grins broadly* I love you, Luca, but please don’t say ‘fuck’ in front of our child.
Chelle: Gray, how are things going with the Impure Resistance initiative?
Gray: *his expression is completely impassive* That’s classified, Ladies. But let’s just say, Times are a changing.
Chelle: And Dillon, how’s the new job? *winks*
Dillon: *Smirks* I fucking hate it. *she turns to Bron* Sorry about that Bron. I know you don’t want anyone saying ‘fuck’ in front of the kid.
Carla: Erion, where are your other brothers? Make sure to tell them ‘hi’ from us…
Erion: *nods* I will. They work on the home next door. Creating a new world for us on the roof. Perch for Phane, pool for Helo..
Carla: *gesturing to the happy little boy playing on the floor* You’re so good with Ladd! *smiles* How has it been having him in your life along with your twin?
Erion: Strange, yet surprisingly wonderful. He is a solid, intelligent, hardworking young male.
Chelle: *grimacing* Do you think you’ll ever be able to forgive Cruen for what he did to you and the other Mutore?
[The room gets quiet. No one speaks for a moment. Then..]
Dillon: No forgivness. Ever. There is no one who deserves it less.
[Everyone nods solemly.]
Carla: Speaking of Cruen… Syn, how goes the hunt? How are you holding up?
Synjon: *He says nothing, just stares at Carla with a watchful, solemn gaze.*
Chelle: We wish you all the very best and hope that things calm down very soon! Now that we got all of the serious stuff out of the way, *smiles* we always like to end our interviews by asking our guests to dish a bit about one another. So… *laughs* Who’s the hardest to live with?
The Entire Room: Luca.
Bronwyn: Hey! Not true.
Carla: *laughing* Oh boy, we’ve started it now! *shakes head* But, since we got you all rolling, how about this? We’re all a bunch of saps on BMR and LA, so for those of you with your mates present, what do you love most about each other (unless you’d like to tell us what you love or hate most about someone else in the room)? *snickers*
Sara: Alexander is the most loyal and loving male in the world.
Kate: Nicky is my other half. No one knows me like he does.
Nicholas: And no one ever will, my sweet.
Lucian: My mate should get a medal for what she has to put up with from me.
Bronwyn: But all I want is your heart.
Lucian *grins, kisses Lucy’s head.*
Dillon: I refuse to be sappy, but you know, I love the guy to death. And I mean exactly that.
Gray: Thanks, Baby.
Chelle: *still smiling* So, what’s up next for you guys? We know we get to read about it when the lovely Writer Lady gets the stories out there, but can any of you give us a hint or two?
Lucian: *knock his chin at Synjon* Brit Boy here gets a book of his own. Can’t wait for that insanity.
Syn: Fuck you, Frosty. *turns to Bron* Sorry about that.
Carla: Well this has been awesome! Thank you all so much again. We brought Swag from the sites for the ladies to thank you (don’t worry, we have awesome stuff, nothing useless) *laughs* The guys may even get some use out of some of it, but don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone. *smiles*
Chelle: Yes, promise, your secrets are safe with us! Well… admittedly not all of them, after all, we’re sharing your answers from this interview with thousands of people. *laughs & bounces a bit on the couch* I can’t wait to let our readers take a peek!
Sara: Thanks for coming. And for not being afraid to bring that fresh, human blood with you.
Kate: We’ll walk you both out.[As the thanks wind back down to small talk and chit chat around the room, we share a look with each other and a knowing smile. This has really been a dream come true. We’ve had some incredible trips to meet cast members from different series, but getting to meet the gang that brought us together initially is an interview we're not soon to forget!]
In celebration of the release of Eternal Demon, Laura is hosting a great giveaway on the Tour:
Grand Prize: One winner will receive a Kindle ($69.00 Value)
Runners-Up: FIVE (5) runners up will receive their choice of eBook from either the MARK OF THE VAMPIRE Series or the BAYOU HEAT Series.
To enter, find the Rafflecopter widget on our Character's Corner page (or at any of the other tour stops), follow the directions, take action, and mark as 'Done'.
Don't forget to follow along for the rest of Laura's tour as well!
5/05 - Under the Covers
5/05 - Cocktails and Books
5/06 - My Secret Romance
5/06 - Book Lovers Hideaway
5/06 - Reader Girls
5/07 - Book Monster Reviews
5/07 - Literal Addiction
5/07 - Books-n-Kisses
5/08 - The Reading Cafe
5/08 - Bookin' It Reviews
5/09 - GraveTells
5/09 - Wicked Readings
5/10 - Froggarita's Bookcase
5/10 - I Smell Sheep
5/11 - Book Lovin' Mamas