Sunday, November 4, 2012

'The Charleston Vampire Chronicles' Book Tour

Welcome to the book tour for The Charleston Vampire Chronicles by L.A. Freed, hosted by Tempting Book Tours.

**My thoughts**

This vampire trilogy is different from others you may have read. The lead character is another female. What I noted about "Ainjul" is that she has a strong religious background that conflicts with her new position in life as a vampire. That conflict bothers her and is a source of struggle for her. Matthew is not a traditional "sexy" vampire who is just looking to score with women. He has his own personal family struggles that cross moral boundaries. And then there is Kate, plus a government conspiracy. Also notable is how much author L.A. Freed's love of animals shines through in her narrative. Have you ever heard of a vampire dog?

These are not light and fluffy novels filled with hot sex and sparkly vampires. They are serious, yet pull you in at the same time. There are twists and turns that keep you guessing. Some of the hidden stories that are revealed can be shocking. I was reminded of V.C. Andrews with one of the stories! These stories are also quite graphic. I wasn't disgusted by any of them, nor turned off, but I have a high threshold. Other graphic ones I have read actually bothered me. If you can handle Stephen King, you will be absolutely fine.

L.A. Freed also has her own interpretations of how vampires are created and how they live. Some of their traits parallel traditional vampire myths and legends. Some of them seem to be unique to this story. Each is fully explained and helps to make these stories unique in their own way. She is an excellent storyteller. You'll be sure to love this series!

Check out descriptions of each title in the series and then download them to your Kindle or purchase them in hard copy! If you're still unsure, watch the YouTube trailer to be convinced! Also be sure to enter the Rafflecopter down at the bottom!

Blurb for Blood Thirst:

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.

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Blurb for Blood Divided
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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Blurb for Blood Feud

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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About the author:

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. 

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