A FIRE IN THE BLOOD by Amanda Ashley is a standalone paranormal romance novel, so it's ideal for readers who may not be familiar with this author. This book is classic Amanda Ashley -- tall, dark, enigmatic stranger with fangs, and a heroine who faces the choice to either embrace immortality or enjoy her immortal lover for a brief time before she dies a human death. Andrei Dinescu is an example of the kind of well-crafted, broody vampire hero Amanda Ashley has been creating before Buffy's Angel graced the small screen, and Stephanie Meyer's Edward set hearts aflame on the big screen. As a fan who has enjoyed Amanda Ashley's recent books that were part of a series, I enjoy this change of pace. Tessa Blackburn is the girl- next-door, working in a bank with her BFF, and completely unaware of the danger headed her way.
Unbeknownst to Tessa, vampires are flocking to her in droves over tales that her blood is like ambrosia for young vampires, and will increase their strength. Enter sinfully sexy vampire Andrei, his evil vampire wife Katerina, and good guy vampire hunter Luke. A FIRE IN THE BLOOD is a fairly straightforward tale of good versus evil with one or two paranormal twists. Andrei intrigued me from the beginning because he initially struck me as being a little bit morally ambiguous, and I was unable to guess his next move. Andrei's vengeful ex Katerina makes a convincing villainess and is a wonderful contrast to the strong heroic female characters in A FIRE IN THE BLOOD. I think Tessa differs from some of Amanda Ashley's previous human heroines because, although Andrei's vampire nature initially creeps her out, she is quick to see the bigger picture and be pragmatic about her situation.
A FIRE IN THE BLOOD is an exciting vampire romance with a slew of fascinating paranormal characters -- the good, the bad, and the unequivocally evil. There is a fair amount of excitement and suspense in A FIRE IN THE BLOOD, but the romance remains paramount. Amanda Ashley builds the sexual tension between Tessa and Andrei as the story progresses. There are several weddings in A FIRE IN THE BLOOD -- ranging from the sweet, the unusual yet poignant, and the bloody. Shape-shifters make appearance in A FIRE IN THE BLOOD, and I'd love to see more Amanda Ashley stories with these types of characters.
THE LATEST NEWS
I've been hard at work the last few weeks, working on my new book. I shouldn't really call it work, since I'm having a great time with this story. I'm a third of the way into the book. Another 50,000 words and I'll be done
There's poll on the In The Works page where you can let me know if you'd like to read more, or if I should just forget it! Would love your feedback. I'm happy to say the feedback has been 96% positive!
Happy to say nothing but good reviews of A Fire in the Blood. Always a relief!
The rights to the following books have reverted to me and will be temporarily out of print ~ The 4 Ashley short stories -- The Music of the Night, Masquerade, Jessie's Girl, and Sandy's Angel,will be published as an anthology titled MASQUERADE AND OTHER TALES.
The 5 Baker short stories - Capture the Lightning, Catch the Lightning, Seize the Lightning, Reckless Destiny and Passion's Promise - will be published in a new edition titled WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES.
MAIDEN'S SONG, IN THE SHADOW OF THE HILLS, LOVE'S SWEET EMBRACE and MIDNIGHT AND MOONLIGHT will be published separately.
Wishing you a wonderful summer!!!!
BAKER NEWS ~
All of my reverted books are now available on Amazon.
The rights to my Silhouette Romances have reverted to me. Three of them - CALLIE'S COWBOY, EVERY INCH A COWBOY, DUDE RANCH BRIDE, AND WEST TEXAS BRIDE, are all now available on Kindle.
The last story, WOLF SHADOW, is a historical romance that was part of an anthology titled Lakota Legacy. It will also be available in the near future.
I have bookmarks for NIGHT'S SURRENDER, BEAUTY'S BEAST, NIGHT'S PROMISE, AS TWILIGHT FALLS and NIGHT'S MISTRESS, as well as for many of my older books. If you're interested, please email me at DarkWritr@aol.com Be sure to let me know which bookmark(s) you're interested in.
As Twilight Falls
Beneath a Midnight Moon
Bound by Blood
Desire the Night
His Dark Embrace
Available from Recorded Books and Amazon
AS TWILIGHT FALLS
DESIRE THE NIGHT
BOUND BY NIGHT
BOUND BY BLOOD
SHADES OF GRAY
A DARKER DREAM
DEEPER THAN THE NIGHT
EMBRACE THE NIGHT
THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT
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He comes to you disguised as everything you ever wanted.
How cool is it that the same God who created mountains and oceans and galaxies looked at you and thought the world needed one of you, too.
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