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Book Title: Nasu (Blood Sealed Book 1)
Author: Jet Lupin
Genre/s: M/M Paranormal Romance
Length: 83 000 words/ 156 pages
Release Date: November 25, 2017
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This story can technically be read alone, though there are unsolved things that are further explored in the next book
Go to work. Come home. Repeat. Phil’s life is boring and he loves every second of it. No excitement, no boyfriends breaking up with him over cereal in his underwear. When everything’s predictable, nothing bad happens. But nothing good does, either.
One night, when his best friend forces him to step outside of his comfort zone, he meets Shige who’s too enigmatic to really be interested in him. He’s trouble, but Phil can’t help ignoring his own advice.
Decades have gone by while Shige’s kept himself locked away. He’s tired of the world, of humans and vampires. He was happy collecting dust until one day he wasn’t. On a whim, he ventures out and meets Phil, setting them on a path that’ll change them both.
Whatever this is between them, it won’t come easy. Plagued by distrust and danger from within and without, but if they survive, it just might be worth it
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Title: The Vampire’s Quest
Series: The Realm of the Vampire Council, Book Two
Author: Damian Serbu
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: February 11, 2019
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Genre: Paranormal, LGBT, 19th century American South, vampires, angels, established couples
The Vampire’s Quest brings back the beloved gay vampires, Xavier and Thomas, in the anticipated sequel to The Vampire’s Angel.
In 1822, the Archangel St. Michel orders Xavier to go on a quest to America, a quest that violates the Vampire Council’s laws to the point of a possible death sentence. Worse, Xavier must abandon his lover, Thomas. Xavier runs to his aging sister and pleads for Catherine’s help as Thomas races after them. With Thomas and the Vampire Council vying for Xavier’s soul, Xavier and Catherine struggle to obey the former priest’s divine calling before their inevitable capture.
On 1st December I am releasing a new short story called Never Change and in today’s post I’m going to talk a bit more about it.
Never Change is a short story that I originally wrote in December 2014. Set in the Demon’s Blood universe it can be read either as a stand-alone or as part of the Demon’s Blood story as a whole. It takes place in Nagasaki in winter 1889 which is Taku and Thane’s first winter together. As a newly turned vampire Thane is still struggling with aspects of his new life; mainly having to kill humans for their blood. He is also disturbed by Taku’s pragmatic approach to this. The entire story is written from Taku’s perspective, showing how he is torn between his desire to protect Thane from the harsh realities of their existence and his responsibility as Thane’s sire to teach him how to survive.
Taku refuses to talk about his own past and its effect on him. Haunted by the death of his first lover, Minoru, Taku is afraid that a similar fate may befall Thane. Being abandoned by his own sire deepens the sense of loss and grief that Taku feels. Believing that dwelling on the past only causes pain he’s managed to shut himself off from it and cannot see that even now it influences his every decision concerning his lover.
Thane himself shies away from his vampire nature and desperately tries to hold onto his humanity. Deep down he did not want to become a vampire; he just wanted to save Taku the pain of their eventual parting by his death. His inability to accept what he has become further enforces in Taku’s mind that Thane is too fragile to deal with the realities of their eternal life.
Never Change shows the crucial moment where Taku consciously makes his decision to protect Thane’s gentler nature. Years later during the events of Demon’s Blood Taku is unable to save himself due to this decision, which leaves Thane vulnerable. In Demon’s Blood’s sequel Thane is not only having to find a way to save Taku, but also embrace the vampire side of himself that he rejected so many years ago.
Never Change will be released on 1st December 2018. Also from 1st to 8th December readers will be able to purchase Demon’s Blood for $0.99 on Amazon.com.
Demon’s Blood is a vampire novel. It focuses on an origin of vampires and also the human side of the supernatural beings, and how they deal with the darker sides of their immortal lives.
“Demon’s Blood has an interesting combination of different characters and conflicts that these characters face,” says Shari Sakurai. “There are characters who embrace their eternal lives and have no qualms about drinking blood to survive. Yet they are not without their demons. You also have characters for which it is a real struggle and are constantly battling with their instincts and their more human natures.”
Demon’s Blood is set in the fictional city of Norfield in southern England. Japanese vampire Kokawa Taku and his English lover, Thane Bremen, were forced to flee their home in Tokyo after being discovered by vampire hunters. When the novel begins they are already settled in Norfield, however, both are battling their inner demons. Thane is haunted by the events in Tokyo and suffers from reoccurring nightmares. Yet unknown to Thane there is more to those events than he is aware of. As a consequence Taku is struggling against something much darker, something that could ultimately destroy him.
Demon’s Blood is available now in ebook format from most major ebook retailers.
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