Sunday, July 21, 2013

Interview and Giveaway With D.B. Reynolds

Vampires In America, Book 1

Malibu, California—home to rock-and-roll gods and movie stars, the beautiful, the rich . . . and vampires. Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he’d give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it’s too late. Cynthia Leighton is smart, tough and sexy, a private investigator and former cop who’s tired of spying on cheating spouses and digging out old bank accounts. When Raphael asks for her help in tracking down the kidnappers, Cyn’s happy to accept. But she soon realizes her greatest danger comes not from the humans, but from Raphael himself. Battling Russian mobsters and treacherous vampires, and betrayed by those they trusted, Cyn and Raphael find themselves fighting for their lives while caught up in a passion of blood and violence that is destined to destroy them both. 

Vampires In America, Book 2

Houston, Texas—Cowboy boots, baseball and journeys to the stars . . . right? Wrong. Because Houston is also home to Jabril Karim, one of the eight powerful Vampire Lords who control all of North America. And as Private Investigator Cynthia Leighton will soon discover, not all Vampire Lords are created equal. For Jabril is the face of evil in the new world, a vampire who values no life but his own, who enslaves those he desires, steals whatever he covets and destroys anyone who stands in his way. Running from L.A. and its seductive Vampire Lord, Raphael, Cyn sees the Houston job as a welcome refuge, a place to get away and heal her broken heart. But Texas will be no vacation. For inJabril KarimCyn will confront a true enemy, one who will go to any lengths to satisfy his lusts, enrich his coffers and expand his power. Fighting for the lives of two young sisters, Cyn’s journey will take her through the streets of Houston and back to L.A., where the human police are determined to bring Raphael down for the murder of one of their own. But the danger doesn’t end there. For Jabril has set his sights on Cyn, and he will stop at nothing to have her.

Vampires In America, Book 3

Buffalo, New York—Thundering waterfalls, great sports teams . . . and a treacherous Vampire Lord who is slowly losing his mind. New York City vampire Rajmund Gregor is the undisputed master of The Big Apple. He bows to no one but his Sire, the Vampire Lord Krystof, who has ruled the Northeast for hundreds of years. But when Krystof summons Rajmund to his headquarters in Buffalo, Raj finds his master slowly descending into madness and his territory crumbling around him. Raj is the only one of Krystof's children strong enough to seize power, but he’ll have to save his master before he can destroy him. Several women have gone missing and the local police are convinced a vampire is behind it. Is Krystof so lost to reality that he’s capturing and murdering human women? Is a rogue vampire moving into Krystof’s territory for the kill? Or is it something far more insidious, something that could threaten the existence of vampires everywhere? Sarah Stratton is living a lie. Her past holds a secret she shares with no one—not even her good friend Cynthia Leighton, the West Coast vampire lord’s mate. It's a secret that could destroy her carefully constructed life as a professor at a Buffalo university. It’s also a secret that could save the lives of the missing women. To save them, however, she must enter Buffalo’s vampire community and put herself into the care of Rajmund Gregor. But can she trust Raj, the dangerously seductive vampire who wants to lay claim to far more than her secrets?

Vampires In America, Book 4

The Pacific Northwest . . . home to lush forests and constant rain, to lumberjacks and computer geeks, especially those of the vampire kind. Sophia, beautiful and deadly, has spent the last hundred years dancing her way through the balmy nights and hot-blooded men of South America. But when her Sire sends an urgent summons, Sophia rushes home to Vancouver only to find he has disappeared, leaving nothing behind but three dead vampires and a letter with Sophia’s name on it. Colin Murphy, a former Navy SEAL, came to the Northwest seeking a quiet place to heal the scars earned in more than a decade at war. But when someone starts killing local vampires and torturing their mates, Colin takes on the mantle of a warrior once again as he sets out to find the killers and do whatever it takes to stop them, even if that means hunting with vampires. Following her Sire’s trail of death to a small town in northern Washington, Sophia unexpectedly discovers the heat of a South American night in Colin’s arms. But too soon Sophia and Colin find themselves in a race to uncover the killers before the next dead vampire becomes Sophia herself.

Vampires In America, Book 5

Washington, D.C. … capital of an empire. Powerful. Exhilarating. Corrupt. And in the shadows … vampires far older than the nation itself. A power unto himself, Duncan has served at Raphael’s side for a hundred and fifty years. But long laid plans have finally borne fruit, and the time has come for Duncan to leave Raphael and tackle the greatest challenge of his life. He will face treacherous vampires and murderous humans. He will rock the halls of human power if necessary. But Washington, D.C. will be his. Emma Duquet cares nothing for vampire politics. She just wants to find her missing roommate and best friend, Lacey. But Lacey’s been playing with vampires of a particularly dangerous kind, and Emma will have to deal with the new vampire in town if she’s going to find her friend. Battling powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets, Duncan and Emma will dig beneath the corruption and depravity that is Washington, D.C. and uncover the most heinous conspiracy of all.

Vampires In America, Book 5.1

Nine stories of seduction and intrigue set in the Vampires in America universe. For the first time in print … The Vampire Vignettes, originally appearing on D. B. Reynolds’ blog, some of the Vignettes are mere glimpses of life between the books, sensual interludes from New Year’s Eve on the beaches of Malibu, to love in a penthouse over Manhattan. Others continue the stories told in the books, including a challenge fought on a snowy night in Montreal. And all of them take the reader behind the scenes with the author’s ultimate alpha Vampire Lords and their beautiful and independent mates. And Never Before Published – Two brand new, full-length short stories. You Belong To Me follows Duncan and his mate Emma as they consolidate power in his new territory, while generating plenty of heat in private. And then it’s time for The Wedding, as readers join Rajmund and Sarah for their big weekend ... and Cyn’s girls-night-out bachelorette party. Unfortunately, some local kidnappers have other plans, and Cyn and Sarah will have to outwit their abductors before Raphael and Raj start hunting, and the entire wedding is ruined!

BETRAYED (A Cyn & Raphael e-Novella)
Vampires In America, Book 5.5

Love, the ache in your heart when you meet the one. It can take you to soaring heights; and it can leave you bleeding in the wreckage. Loyalty, the thing which binds a Vampire Lord to his children for eternity . . . unless it rots from within, birthing hatred. Betrayal, it comes in many forms and from many sources…love…loyalty…betrayal. War has come to the North American vampires, and Vampire Lords are reaching across territorial lines to strengthen allies and weaken enemies. The most powerful Lord of them all, Raphael, could change the course of the war and determine who raises the final banner of victory. But at what price? And will his mate, Cyn, be the one to pay it?

Vampires In America, Book 6

THE BADLANDS of SOUTH DAKOTA . . . haunting landscapes, legendary outlaws, and . . . vampires? LUCAS DONLON, Vampire Lord, is one of the most powerful vampires in North America and beyond. Charming and irreverent to his friends and lovers, he enjoys everything about his life as a vampire. But when a neighboring lord makes the mistake of declaring war, he quickly discovers that Lucas is every bit as lethal as he is charming. KATHRYN HUNTER doesn’t care about powerful vampires or their wars. Her baby brother is missing and she will do anything to find him, even if it means going against both her FBI bosses and the local vampire lord. But Lucas Donlon has other plans for the lovely FBI agent who’s landed on his doorstep. Waging war against their enemies and each other, Lucas and Kathryn will risk everything to keep the most deadly vampire war in hundreds of years from engulfing every vampire, and human, in North America.
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HUNTED (A Cyn & Raphael e-Novella)
Vampires In America, Book 6.5

POWER, it comes down to this . . . those who have it, those who want it. REVENGE, the need for it is a fire in the soul, a goad for the unwise. HUNTED, the fate of the foolish when they think to become the hunter. Power . . . Revenge . . . Hunted. The Lord of the Midwest is dead, and the powerful vampires of North America are gathering to choose his successor. The Vampire Council will be there to oversee the competition and to keep the violence to a bloody minimum, including Raphael, who will do whatever it takes to ensure the victor is a vampire he can trust. But someone is determined to stop Raphael and his mate, Cyn, from ever reaching Chicago, a hunter who may soon become . . . the hunted.

Vampires In America, Book 7
Coming November 2013

*********  INTERVIEW *********
United By Books is pleased to have D. B. Reynolds on the blog today so we can learn more about her amazing books........

1 ~ Can you please share with us a little about yourself?

Let’s see … I live in the L. A. area of California, in one of those flammable canyons you see on the news every once in a while. I’m married, with no children, buthave a very big family. I love books and movies, and traveling to unusual places.

2 ~  Please tell us a little about your newest release ?

Hunted is a Cyn & Raphael e-novella set in my Vampires in America world. The most powerful vampires in North America are gathering in Chicago to select a new Lord of the Midwest, and Raphael wants to be sure the winner is someone he approves of. But someone else doesn’t want Raphael to make it to Chicago at all, and doesn’t care who gets caught in the crossfire.

3~  Would you like to share an excerpt with us today?

“Raphael,” she said, letting everything she felt for him flood the link between them, “I love our life together. I love you. Without you, I’d still be sneaking around taking pictures of cheating spouses and probably end up getting shot anyway as a prowler. I’d much rather spend my life with you, no matter the risks. I love you,” she repeated.

He kissed her then, his lips moving over hers in a sensuous caress as he pressed his hips between her thighs. There was no foreplay, no preparation, just his cock, familiar in its weight and thickness, in the velvet stroke of it as he pushed deep inside her with a single thrust. She was wet and ready for him, had been ready from the moment he’d rolled her beneath him. She hungered for him always, for his touch, his heat, the spark of silver in his eyes, the deep growl of his voice.

She’d been a fool to think she could ever leave him.

“I love you,” she whispered, as he plunged between her legs, harder and faster until they tumbled over the edge of ecstasy together, their passion a searing heat that entwined their fates forever.

And God help any creature who thought he could tear them apart.

“I am yours,” Raphael rasped against her ear. “Always,lubimaya. Always.”
4~ What's in store next for your readers?

Next up is Aden which is the 7th full-length novel in the series. The main character is actually introduced inHunted, and the events in the book follow directly after the events in the novella. Driven by the demons of his past and the power of his Vampire blood, Aden is determined to become the next Lord of the Midwest. But as powerful vampires line up and the battles begin, Sidonie Reid walks into his life with a challenge he cannot ignore. Vampires are running slaves out of Chicago, and Sidonie wants Aden to shut them down, permanently.

5~ What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?

I sometimes wonder what would happen if someone who didn’t know about my writing took a look at my browser history. I’ve investigated the best ways to kill people and the best weapons to do it. I’ve checked into how long it takes to bleed a person out after they’re dead, and whether you can test for drugs on a body that’s been in the ocean for a few days. And I have some truly gruesome crime scene photos of what happens to a person’s head after they’ve been shot with a 50 caliber sniper round.

6~ What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?

I read all sorts of things. I love well-written mystery/thrillers with a hard edge to them. I don’t like cute mysteries or the ones where old ladies solve crimes. I do love several kinds of romance, mostly contemporary, suspense, science fiction, paranormal and urban fantasy.

7~ What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

If I told you, it wouldn’t be a surprise.  Generally, though, I think my personality and preferences come through pretty clearly in my writing, so no surprises there.

8~  Do you sing and dance around the house while picking up?

Yep. I love to sing, but only when I’m alone. My darling husband tells me he loves to listen to me sing while I clean up the kitchen at night, but he’s the only one who ever hears me.  

9~ Describe yourself in three words?

Tall, blond, cynical.

10~ What is the most embarrassing thing you got caught doing?

Well, I’m a control freak, so if I make mistakes, I hate it and I’m terribly embarrassed almost regardless of what the mistake was. Other than that though, I’ve reached the point in my life when I’m comfortable in my own skin. I do what I want, and as long as I’m not hurting anyone else, the rest of the world can suck it. J

11~ How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

My darling husband took me to our favorite restaurant on the ocean. I’m not much of a party person, so it was a quiet celebration for just the two of us.

12~ What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?

Most readers are surprised to learn that it’s the sex scenes I have to work the hardest on. It’s a constant challenge to find new ways of describing and detailing what is essentially the same few basic acts. It involves lots of foreplay, lots of innovation, and always pressing the envelope. And actually, in Aden, I take the sex in a whole new direction.

13~ Is there anything special you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?

Every chance I get, I thank my readers with my whole heart for embracing my Vampires and letting me do what I love … telling stories. I couldn’t do it without all of you.

D.B. Reynolds is the award-winning author of the popular Vampires in America series, as well as other paranormal fiction. She lives with her husband of many years in a flammable canyon near Los Angeles, and when she's not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else's.
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D.B. Reynolds HUNTED Blog Tour - July 15 - July 31

7/15- Book Chick

7/16- Miscellaneous Thoughts of A Bookaholic

7/17- Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews

7/18- Book Monster Reviews

7/19- Penny For Them

7/20- Mad Hatter Reads

7/21 - KT Book Reviews

7/21- United by Books

7/22- Paranormal Haven

7/22- Book Pages & Dripping Ink

7/23- Kelly P's Blog

7/23- Toot's Book Reviews

7/24- Literal Addiction

7/25- Dalene's Book Reviews

7/25- Vampires, Werewolves & Fairies Oh My!

7/26- Bookin' It Reviews

7/27- GotFiction?

7/28- Urban Girl Reader

7/29 - I Smell Sheep

7/29- Wicked Readings by Tawania

7/30- My Secret Romance

7/31- Romance Junkies

7/31- Books-N-Kisses

******** GIVEAWAY *********
D.B. is giving away  the following prizes at the end of her tour:

GRAND PRIZE:  signed set of the Vampires In America series, including both novellas

RUNNERS-UP:  Five (5) runners up will receive an eBook of their choice from the VIA series
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1 comment:

kazza16 said...

I have been both fortunate and not so fortunate to meet many authors I admired in person, and must admit to having left books on my shelf unread after meeting authors with a rather high self-opinion.
While it's always nice to have an author acknowledge their readers, I would like to say that though I have only met Ms Reynolds through cyberspace, I am in awe of her genuine regard for those of us who wait less than patiently, with bated breath for every story she writes.
Vampires in America hold a special place in my heart and Ms Reynolds is an extremely talented author. I wish her all the success she deserves.