Friday, October 7, 2016

My Top 5 Vampires- by Marie Johnston

When I made the transfer from fantasy nut to die-hard romance reader, I started with vampires. I’m still with vampires. I write vampires. There will always be vampires! I haven’t read all the vampire books out there, of course, but I wanted to highlight the top 5 vampires in my reading history (in no particular order).

1. Kyrian of Thrace, Night Pleasures by Sherilyn Kenyon—He was my first, the vampire who carried me over to romance completely. Maybe I read vampires before this, but I don’t remember. There was no one before Kyrian, and I know exactly why he grabbed me. Bad boys get the glory, but show me a good guy who acts like an ass once in a while, and I’m putty. 

2. Marcus Cage, I Thirst for You by Susan Sizemore—I rarely save physical books, but this one I still have. Marcus is a good guy, if you ignore him kidnapping Josephine. What makes this book a keeper for me is the scene where they—pardon my middle school vernacular—do it. I love how Sizemore pushed them past their resistance into the backseat of the vehicle.

3. Zhadist, Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward—Let me hold myself back from gushing about the Warden. Because I will, for a long time. I l-o-v-e her work, and I love Zhadist’s story and how it’s carried on through the series. He’s still Zhadist, not a case of hey, found my mate, and look-at-that I’m a jovial fella. Nope. He’s still the same tortured, loyal, deeply caring vampire we adore.

4. Xhex, Lover Mine by J.R. Ward—I liked her as soon as I read her. This story was deeply touching, and seriously, the sh-t she went through? But like Zhadist, Xhex isn’t suddenly hanging up her guns and planning her next macramé project. She’s still the same tortured, loyal, deeply caring, completely badass vampire John Matthew adores. 

5. Lothaire, Lothaire by Kresley Cole—He breaks my good guy trend. Lothaire is not a good guy. He was such an ass to Ellie, yet he was so completely enjoyable to read and his character arc stretched across the sky. But—trend alert—he was still arrogant, crazy Lothaire at the end of the book.

New Vampire Disorder
Book Two
Marie Johnston

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication: Sep. 30, 2016

ISBN: 9781370881147
ASIN: B01JF2149M

Number of pages: 220
Word Count: 62500

Cover Artist: P and N Graphics

Book Description:

Grace Otto was a vampire child adopted by humans and raised in a secluded but loving environment. When she stumbles across their murders, she comes face to face with Rourke, the male who’s haunted her nightmares, who might have killed her birth family. It’s not long before she realizes the mysterious male is not the one responsible for her parents’ demise, but their pasts are irrevocably linked and she’s forced to leave the human world to find out how.

Around Grace, Rourke dares to think of a better future, one that can overwrite his traumatic history. Until she unwittingly commits an act of betrayal that threatens her and their entire species. To save Grace, Rourke will need to hunt down the demons of their past.

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Involuntarily, she shivered. That voice! His smell! Coupled with his looks—he was dangerous on so many levels.
She flashed again, two more miles up the trail. Her logical mind informed her that he’d followed her twice already. She hadn’t even known it was possible.
He appeared in front of her, an eyebrow arched. “Did you have something to do with the humans’ deaths?”
At the mention of her parents, she went wild.
For all the good it did.
She punched, she kicked, she kneed. All easily deflected. He clasped her arms to pull her toward him and spin her around. Both of her legs pumped and flailed, trying to kick back into his shins or loosen his grip, but he restrained her like it was something he did every day.
From his domineering presence and grim demeanor, maybe he did.
He jolted her so hard her teeth clattered. It stunned her into momentary stillness. When she tensed to start all over again, he repeated the movement—harder. Her breath whooshed out like she’d been heimliched. 
She struggled to inhale against his vice-like grip. He was an immobile wall at her back. Humiliatingly enough, she wanted to seek comfort in that wall.
Tears pricked her eyes. She sniffled.
His grip loosened, then tightened again. “Don’t think that’ll work on me,” he sneered into her ear.

The dam broke and sob after sob escaped her. 

About the Author:

Marie Johnston lives in the upper-Midwest with her husband, four kids, and an old cat. Deciding to trade in her lab coat for a laptop, she’s writing down all the tales she’s been making up in her head for years. An avid reader of paranormal romance, these are the stories hanging out and waiting to be told, between the demands of work, home, and the endless chauffeuring that comes with children.

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