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Straddling the Genres: The Blood Series by Shira Anthony
I love contemporary romance. I love fantasy. I love supernatural. I love historical. I love sci fi. Depending on my mood, I’ll read any subgenre of gay romance. So when I envisioned my vampires, it wasn’t a huge surprise to me that their universe encompassed more than just the supernatural genre. The Blood Series blends supernatural elements with fantasy, and is set in both the present and the past (19th Century France).
Fantasy and supernatural always seemed a natural pairing to me, especially since vampires possess superhuman abilities. The vampires and hunters in the Blood books manipulate elemental energy through their swords. Those swords are the focal point of their powers and are a physical manifestation of their souls. Their swords appear and disappear when they will them to, and they take on traits connected to their wielders.
For the hunters who keep the vampires in check, their abilities mirror the vampires’. Vampires manipulate water and ice, while hunters favor fire. It’s a natural balance. So what happens when vampire and hunter combine?
Meet Adrien Gilbert, the eldest son of the Gilbert hunter clan. When Adrien is mortally wounded trying to rescue his brother from prison, vampire Nicolas Lambert saves his life by giving him the gift of immortality. The gift doesn’t turn Adrien into a vampire, but it imparts Adrien with vampiric abilities. Adrien finds he can manipulate both fire and ice. He also develops a power not seen in more than a thousand years: he can travel through time.
Although Adrien’s time travel ability isn’t a true sci fi ability (think more “wibbly wobbly timey wimey” rather than time machines), it does draw on that subgenre. And Adrien’s immortality allowed me to explore present and past. When Nicolas is kidnapped by another immortal hunter who threatens to destroy the truce between vampires and hunters, Adrien finds himself in the past in his own, teenaged body. It gets even more interesting when Adrien mistakenly changes the past and creates an altered future for himself and Nicolas.
At its heart, the Blood Series is a romance adventure. But I had a lot of fun skirting the various subgenres of romance and letting my imagination lead me and my characters. I’ll leave you with an excerpt from the first book in the series, Blood and Rain, the first chapter where a 100+ year old immortal Adrien is looking back with longing at the past. Don’t forget to read down to the bottom of the post to see how to enter the Blood and Ghosts Blog Tour giveaway contest to win your own Dr. Who “Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey” pendant!
Sequel to Blood and Rain/Blood: Book Two
With vampire Nicolas Lambert’s marriage to a rival clanswoman only weeks away, Adrien Gilbert struggles to come to terms with his defeat at the hands of Verel Pelletier, a vampire hunter and an immortal like himself. Adrien and his former teacher, Roland Günter, begin to explore his newly acquired abilities. But without his soul’s sword, Adrien flounders.
On Nicolas’s wedding day, a two-hundred-year old secret is revealed, sending the wedding party into a blazing battle between hunters and vampires. Once again Adrien finds himself facing Pelletier’s superior strength. Just as Adrien believes all hope of a future with Nicolas is lost, he finally learns his true gift—he can turn back time. But time travel comes with a high cost. To save Nicolas, Adrien must become strong enough to use his power without descending into madness.
SUNSET WOVE fingers of purple and red through bands of clouds and vapor trails that crisscrossed the sky. The scent of exhaust from trucks and cars mingled with the tang of salt from the ocean. People scurried about as they returned from work, trying to finish last-minute errands before dinnertime, all oblivious to the lone figure perched atop the high-rise at the edge of the Miami River.
Adrien Gilbert gazed down at the tiny figures below, vaguely aware of their presence. For more than a century, he had seen generations of humans be born, reach adulthood, start families, grow old, and die as their loved ones watched, helpless to slow time. He had grown numb to the cycle of life—a cycle to which he was immune. He was an immortal, a hunter who had shared the soul of an ancient vampire. His beloved soul.
He closed his eyes, trying to picture that perfect face. It had grown strangely difficult to remember over the years, and yet he could still easily remember the face of his mother, who had been killed when he was just a child.
I won’t forget you… Nicolas.
It would have been far easier to give in, to erase Nicolas from his memory forever. Certainly far less painful than knowing Nicolas was out there somewhere, unable to find the way back to him. Less painful, too, than admitting he couldn’t find his way to Nicolas. He would suffer the pain of knowledge; it was a small price to pay to preserve the memory.
The irony that a hunter sworn to protect humankind would suffer the loss of a vampire so deeply was hardly lost on Adrien. He’d believed that in spite of the treaty between hunters and the hunted, vampires were not to be trusted. He’d believed his duty as a hunter was simple, straightforward: kill those who threatened humanity, tolerate those who did not. But that had been before he’d met Nicolas. Before he’d lost his heart. Before Nicolas had given him immortality.
Adrien had everything a human might wish for. The small transportation business he’d started when he moved to the United States over a hundred years ago had blossomed into an international empire with cargo ships, airplanes, trucks, and dozens of storage facilities around the globe. He owned homes in Europe, Thailand, Japan, the US, and a dozen other places he rarely visited. Despite his prosperity, the men with whom he shared his bed—human, vampire, hunter—rarely stayed long. He had seen to that, with his aloof manner and his cold heart. Only one man had ever touched his soul.
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Shira Anthony is a complete sucker for a happily-ever-after, and rarely reads or writes a story without one. Never a fan of instalove, Shira likes to write stories about real men with real issues making real relationships work.
In her last incarnation, Shira was a professional opera singer, performing roles in such operas as “Tosca,” “Pagliacci,” and “La Traviata,” among others. Her Blue Notes Series is loosely based upon her own experiences as a professional musician.
Shira is married with two children and two insane dogs and when she’s not writing, she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she’s not working, she can be found aboard a 36’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.
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