October 30, 2012

Charleston Vampire Chronicles Blog Tour

L.A. Freed, author of The Charleston Vampire Chronicles, is a true renaissance woman and lives, works, and plays in Charleston, SC. She is employed full time and works nights at The Post and Courier. It's highly unlikely that she sleeps in a coffin during the day because she's too busy training dogs to compete in AKC, USDAA and CPE agility and obedience. She also dabbles in photography and art, and has won numerous awards for her work. In a past life she trained, showed and boarded horses. She is a life member of the AQHA and owns two Quarter Horse mares.

My heart slammed inside my chest as I fought him. My fear became anger; I knew I would die before I'd let him violate me. I squirmed beneath him and bucked violently, nearly knocking him off. He retaliated by driving his weight harder against me and shoving his knee into my belly. Vomit rose in my throat.
Cold pain pierced my neck, and I drew in a strangled gasp as I realized he must have a knife. Wet warmth slid across my throat. He pressed his face against me and locked his mouth over the source of my pain.
Warmth spread through me and grew into the heat of need. I found myself pushing into him as my fear dissolved. My heart slowed and matched each pull as he drew the very life out of me. Pounding. Pounding. Pounding. It was ecstasy, and I wanted it to go on forever. Then the sound of my heart grew faint, and he pulled away from me.
He lifted his head and turned to look at me. Blood colored his lips like the grease paint smile of a clown, and ran in a jagged line from the corner of his mouth to the tip of his chin where it hung in a small, clotted drip. He smiled. The sight of the small, sharp fangs shocked me back into fear. THIS IS DEATH.

My Review:
I had to no clue what to expect when I started reading Blood Thirst and WOW am I excited I did. I have no clue why I took so long to read this book.

Angela is on location for her job taking photos when she is attacked and left for dead. She wakes up in her car under water. Not knowing how she got there. She gets out and goes back to her hotel room but gets very ill. She gets a visitor the next day telling her he knows what she is going through and he can help. Angela dismisses him and tells him he is nuts. But Angela soon realizes that her mystery guest is telling the truth and if she doesn’t want to die she needs to feed from him and finish her transformation into a vampire. Angela decides that she doesn’t want to die so she goes to Elijah for help and she wants revenge on the vampire who attacked her. Elijah tells her she is no match for Matthew he is very old. But what Angela didn’t expect was the reason behind Matthew attacking her and the connection they have. Now she must decide if her revenge is worth it.

I loved this book so much. Angela is strong at every turn. She goes through so much during her transformation. The author really makes you feel it all right along with her. Elijah is so nice but he keeps some important things from Angela that annoyed me right along with her. Matthew took me longer to bond with but at times I loved him and other times I wanted to stake him myself. My favorite character is Angela’s dog Bong but I can’t really tell you much about him without spoiling him for you. But I will say I love that dog and would love to have him as my own.

If you are looking for a macabre, gore, darker type of vampire book then read Blood Thirst. Some of the scenes are not for the squeamish as L.A. writes graphic but it only adds to this story. I can not wait to read book two and see where this story goes. 5/5 Bats 

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Overwhelmed with guilt at the sin that was his undoing and the monster he's become, the vampire, Matthew Trenton, stows away on a ship bound for the New World in an attempt to start over.
     Through sheer perseverance, he survives the hardships and savagery of the untamed shores of Charles Town. Then, vampires begin to come to him to die, and he realizes what an enigma he is among them, but why? What makes him so different?
     He needs mortals for blood, but also depends on them for companionship and verification that his existence has reason.  He has an overwhelming need to guide them, protect them, and sway them with his ideas for the future of his new country.
     As his mortal companions die, and his country begins to tear itself apart in war, he faces despair so deep that he contemplates his own end … until he sees his sister's child on the docks. 
    Filled with a new reason to exist, he watches his family grow.  Time comes full circle when Angela Trenton is born. She not only carries his family name, but is the very image of his beloved sister. He falls hopelessly in love with her. And he knows in order to keep her with him forever he will need to discover why his blood is divided.

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Fifteen years ago, an auto accident killed Kate Delwen’s husband and son. In an instant, her life changed forever. Little did she know then, their deaths were no accident.
Tonight, her life will turn upside down again, just as the immortals intended so many years ago. She will die, be reborn and emerge as a reluctant hero amid a world of powerful vampires embroiled in an ancient Blood Feud.

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