Vampires and Crosses

Poor Mr. Toussaint. I’ve made he wait much to long for sharing the remainder of Avery’s interview with him. I had the chance to travel so I jumped at it, and everything else fell to the proverbial back burner.

My now is my chance to atone for neglecting that oh so charming yet frustrating vampire. I hope you enjoy it!

Avery and Char…a battle of wits?

“This one is kind of personal,” I chew on end of my pen, unexpectedly nervous about his answer. “Are you married? Do you have a girl friend or boyfriend or are relationships not part of vampire society?”

He arches his brows at me, and for a moment he twirls the stem of the wine glass in his long fingers. “Of course we can have relationships, should we choose to do so. I choose not to do so. No, I am not married. I’m happy just as I am.”

“You know I have to ask a follow-up to that, right? I mean that door is wide open.” I try my own version of a sweet smile, but somehow it doesn’t make an impression on him. Go figure.

Oh, note to self: remember to ask him about that cross. Note added, I meet his eyes. “So, care to share about your non-relationship status?”

He doesn’t speak for what feels like an eternity. Oh crap, have I offended him? And then he releases what sounds like a long sigh, or else I’m just being melodramatic.

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Recent Reads

In the evenings, I’ve gotten back to reading. I’m filling up my tablet’s memory with Kindle books. Trust me, I’m not complaining. The only difficult thing, at times, is to figure out what I want to read next.

Screen Shot 2018-07-23 at 6.56.50 PMI started my “roll” with The Last Echo by Michael Connelly. It’s the first book in the Harry Bosch series. Harry is a detective in LAPD’s Hollywood Division. I’ve read through Book 11, The Closers, and then looked for something else. I wasn’t sure how I would like the books when Harry retired, but I kept on going. I finally took a break because I got the feeling Harry’s going to get really hard on himself, and I’m afraid that’s going to take away from the story. I could be totally wrong, but I decided a change was in order.

I tried John Sandford’s Rules of Prey, the first book in the Lucas Davenport series. It did not work for me. I couldn’t connect with Davenport (the detective), and some of the things that happened in the book left me sour.

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Wednesday Briefs: June 18, 2014

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak
Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak

The prompt Avery picked for this story is “Get on with it.” What you are about to read is the second installment of Bad Blood. If you recall from last time, we learned that Victor (a vampire) had been arrested for killing several sorority girls. Judd is mortified and not sure what to make of the news, given the awesome time he had with Victor. Chapter 2 gives us insight into Victor’s current situation.

 Bad Blood

Chapter 2

by Avery Dawes

Victor paced the confines of his small cell. The Paranormal Police Force had quickly discovered they couldn’t house vampires in human jails without retrofitting them for beings that had superior strength and senses. Giving into his frustration, Victor lashed out at the cement wall, which did nothing more than break some bones in his hand and scrape his knuckles. Before long, though, they would be back to normal. He cursed at the camera mounted in the far corner of the room before flipping off whoever kept watch over him. The bastards had turned the multitude of lights up to their highest setting, which caused a throbbing sensation behind his eyes. He turned his back to the camera before massaging his temples. Victor didn’t want to give the arrogant Detective Finan the satisfaction of knowing his tactics caused Victor distress. Although, the squirrely detective was probably hard at work – practicing his creative writing skills as he prepared the charges against Victor. Cause there’s no way he can have proof I killed those girls!

As a nearly 248 year old vampire, Victor had impeccable control of his thirst. Unlike the young vamps in the main holding area of the jail. That thought caused him to chuckle; one of the newbie vamps tried to get the best of Victor. When the “old fart” ignored the newbie’s taunts – “how much gel did it take to spike your hair” or “you really need to dress your age”, the guy tried some martial arts spinning move – much to his own detriment, of course. Now, Victor just wished for a shower to wash the young vamp’s blood out of his designer jeans. Sad to say, his punishment meant a transfer to the solitary confinement wing. Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs: June 18, 2014”

Ascend: The Vampire Destiny Series

Ascend Book CoverAscend: The Vampire Destiny Series Book 4 by Alexandra Anthony was published on June 1st, 2013.

Word Count:  approx. 54,000

Genre:  Paranormal Erotic Romance

Content Warning:  Erotic/sexual material and minimal violence.  Recommended Age – 18+


Waking up as an immortal…

Josephine Anderson awakes as true vampire, leaving her half-human life behind.  She has little time to adjust to the change however; her evil father has gone missing and wants nothing more than to destroy her and her vampire mate, Stefan Lifsten.  But they have other plans…

Secrets and revelations are revealed…

Josephine and Stefan head back to her childhood home to search for the lost journal her uncle kept – a journal that may unlock Stefan and Josephine’s shared past.  While searching, Josephine’s world is once again turned on its axis when she meets Liev Banin, who reveals a long-kept secret that will change everything for Josephine….and her family.


Still reeling from their discovery, they are rocked to their very core when a trusted friend betrays them…and threatens to destroy them all.

*This is a romantic, erotic book.  It contains sexy vampires, graphic language, adult content and situations that aren’t for the faint of heart.   Consider yourself warned.*

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