Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Welcome Author Laurie London & Enter to Win Bonded By Blood!

Today I'm pleased to welcome Author Laurie London to Cheeky Reads. Laurie was nice enough to answer a few questions for readers and give us a look into her new Paranormal Romance Bonded by Blood!

First, here's the blurb for Bonded by Blood build your appetite:
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy—Guardian enforcers who safeguard humanity and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors.


Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she’s cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her…


Would you give readers a glimpse into the world you created? Tell us a little about what makes it special and how it came to you.


The Sweetblood world follows a team of Seattle-based vampire warriors, Guardian enforcers who safeguard humanity against Darkbloods, a rogue vampire faction that kills humans and sells their blood on the vampire black market. The rarest blood type, called Sweet, commands the highest street price and is highly addictive to vampires.

Bonded By Blood is the story of Dominic Serrano, head of the Seattle field team, and Mackenzie Foster-Shaw, a sweetblood human who works as a movie location scout, which takes her into some pretty unusual places.

The seed for the story started when my sister and I saw Fright Night eight times in a row as teenagers. I had a mad crush on Chris Sarandon’s vampire character—he was dark, mysterious and seductive—but I always wished he hadn’t turned into such a monster.

Dom is bad too...but in all the right ways.

Characters really make a story for me. What 3 words best describe your hero? What about your heroine?

I’m the same way with characters. If I love them (their faults and baggage too), everything they do is interesting to me. Three words? Okay, this is hard.

Dom: mysterious, burdened, driven

Mackenzie: pragmatic, spunky, devoted

What was your favorite part of writing this book and creating this world?

It’s difficult to single out just one part because I enjoyed the whole process. I set out to write the kind of story I enjoy reading with characters and conflicts that were compelling to me.

You have the second book in the series coming out this summer and more books planned after that. What can we look forward to in the next book?

Embraced By Blood comes out in July and is the story of Lily and Alfonso. Lily works with Dom as a highly skilled tracker with the Agency. Alfonso is Dom’s estranged brother who worked undercover for years in the Darkblood Alliance. He’s haunted and tormented by some awful things he did in his past. Talk about baggage. His growth through the story is pretty intense—I can’t wait for readers to meet him.

Also, I’m so thrilled that books 3 and 4 will be coming out next year and an e-novella, Hidden By Blood, will be coming out in June—just a few months from now.

Have you read any great books lately?

I loved The Bodyguard, an anthology with short stories by Cherry Adair, Gena Showalter and Lorie O’Clare.

A recent novel that blew me away was The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. The prose was achingly beautiful, and the story and characters were fascinating.

Thanks so much for having me on today!!!

Thanks Laurie!
Check out Laurie's Website here to read an excerpt of Bonded by Blood.

Enter to win an autographed copy of Bonded by Blood by telling us what 3 words would describe your ideal hero or heroine! The contest will run until noon on Friday, March 4th and is open to US and CAN residents only. The winner will be announced Friday afternoon.

17 comments:

  1. Thank you so much ot Laurie for being here with us today!

    I can't wait to hear from readers on the type of characters they love.

    I'm also really excited to read Bonded by Blood and get to know Dom and Mac. :)

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  2. This does sound like a great series! I like that you got the idea from wanting to rewrite a story that didn't go the right direction. :)

    I also like the 3-word character descriptions. My ideal hero: witty, indulgent, charming

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  3. intelligent, loyal, strong

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  4. Thanks for having me on today!

    I like all of your 3 word descriptions!

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  5. Hero: Strong, caring and understanding.

    Heroine: Sassy, Independent and wont let anything put her down (especially guy problems)

    Jamad :)

    jazzy_jay673(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. I have heard so many great things about this book.

    For a hero I think he should be caring, patient, thoughtful. I think a heroine should be the same.

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  7. This book sounds so good! Congratulations Laurie!

    My ideal hero would be: protective, charming & strong.

    My ideal heroine would be: smart, feisty & caring

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

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  8. mmm..the perfect hero for me would have to be loyal, brave and sexy (: lol

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  9. Three words to describe my perfect heroine:
    strong
    smart
    driven

    Thanks for hosting -
    bevsharp@desch.org

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  10. 3 words to describe my perfect hero:
    wild
    passionate
    witty

    Thank you for the giveaway.

    qladyhawke at gmail dot com

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  11. great interview.this book sounds interesting.3 words I'd use are strong,funny and protective
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  12. Thanks for sharing. Ive been reading a lot about this book. Really looking forward to reading it.

    My 3 words would be - loyal, smart, funny.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  13. I can't wait to read this book. It looks so good.

    My 3 words-witty, fierce, and passionate.

    iqb99@yahoo.com

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  14. My ideal hero - Strong, witty, loyal.

    Barbed1951(at)aol(dot)com

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  15. Wow, I'm loving this! Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and commenting.

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  16. Great post! I definitely need to get this book. My three words are: Loyal, honorable, passionate.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

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  17. Fright Night 8 times in a row?? That's devotion, lol. My very, very first vampire movie I'd ever seen was the Frank Langella version of Dracula and I thought he was sexy - how frightening is that?

    My three words: Smart, fierce, valiant

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