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Aaron is one of the few major characters of the Creatures of Darkness series that I haven’t really talked about yet. He’s only mentioned a few times in the first book, so you probably just know him as “the oldest vampire in the world,” “that guy everyone’s afraid of,” or “one of the 17 million people that Kallias hates.” I think the best way to describe him is this: he’s the character you’ll love to hate. While Alana is the one with good intentions (and a complete lack of sanity) that happens to be the villain, Aaron is the one with very BAD intentions that happens to be on our side. He’s ruthless, manipulative, and usually apathetic. Officially, he rules over the largest vampire colony in the world. Unofficially, he practically rules over ALL vampires. Because if you do something he doesn’t like, he’ll send someone to kill you. And the person he sends is usually Kara. (Sorry, not a good chance of surviving THAT.) Kara respects Aaron because she’s a Viking, and as a Viking, she learned to respect strong leaders who protect their people. And despite Aaron’s many faults, he has spent thousands of years protecting vampires. Or…well…sending Kara to do it…because, as Rose says, he’s too prissy to get his hands dirty (and Kara obviously isn’t). Yeah…you can just imagine how well Rose’s smart mouth goes over with the most powerful vampire in the world. He’s definitely a fun character to write, and it’s a very good thing that he’s on our side. But make no mistake: he is NOT trustworthy.

P.S. – In case you’re wondering, yes, I am finally updating the character section of my website. Give me a few days, and it should be finished.


Happy Anniversary, Buffy!

It’s the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which makes me feel really old, all of the sudden). 😳

I didn’t watch a whole lot of television as a kid (or teen). Just a few anime shows and this. At the risk of sounding a little melodramatic, I have to admit that this show played a big role in my life. It was funny and entertaining, yes, but it was also inspiring. And so ahead of its time. It was full of strong female characters (when strong female characters weren’t quite as common) and full of people overcoming adversity. And…as a geeky, awkward, insecure little girl, do you know how much it meant to me to see Willow kick some butt? ❤️❤️ 

Joss Whedon is one of my favorite writers (Ahh…Firefly! Why?!!!), and I’m so grateful for this awesome show he wrote.

And it also MIGHT be partially responsible for my lifelong fascination with vampires. It and Anne Rice, of course. 😊

Happy anniversary, Buffy! ❤️

Release Date for THE TOMB OF BLOOD

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Several people have asked for a release date for The Tomb of Blood, but I was afraid to set one because I didn’t want to disappoint anyone, and with the pregnancy and a new baby, there was just no way for me to predict how much time I’d have to write. But I’m close enough now (I think) to safely set a tentative release date. The Tomb of Blood should be out this May. 😊 So, two months from now, and exactly one year after the release of The Stone of the Eklektos. (I know, I know…I’m such a slow writer. But hey, at least I have George R. R. Martin beat. 😂)
I’ll set a more specific date when I start my final edits.

Here’s the blurb/summary:
(Keep in mind that this is the rough, rough, rough draft.)

As Rose adjusts to life as a vampire, the world is thrown into chaos by a series of highly publicized murders that all have one significant thing in common: the bodies have been drained of blood. Rose, Kallias, and Erik have no choice but to intervene, if they want to prevent the imminent war between vampires and humans.

But when they realize that the woman behind these murders is Alana—a vampire they believed to be long dead—intervening becomes complicated. Alana is as powerful as she is seductive. She is a master of manipulation and the queen of mind games. She craves vengeance, and she doesn’t care if she has to tear the world apart to get it. And now, she has an army.

Outnumbered and overpowered, Rose, Kallias, and Erik turn to the only person who might be able to help: a cunning and skilled warrior by the name of Kara Unnarsdóttir. Kara is the second-in-command of the largest vampire colony in the world—the Tomb of Blood—and she offers to help them infiltrate the Tomb of Blood and form an alliance with Aaron, the most ancient vampire known to exist. There’s just one problem: Kara is Alana’s lover, and Aaron is the last person in the world that should ever be trusted. No one knows who will betray whom, only that betrayal is inevitable.

In this second installment of the Creatures of Darkness series, Rose will unravel more of the mystery behind what she is and further explore what it means to be the Eklektos.

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