Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bound by Blood Review

Bound By Blood
Laura Daleo
Genre: Vampire, Paranormal Fantasy

Five years crawled by at a painfully slow pace for young vampire, Beth; each year more agonizing than the next. The powerful unyielding spell which masked Amon’s whereabouts showed no signs of weakening. Influenced by the binding ritual and Amon’s blood surging inside her, Beth will stop at nothing, and risk everything, to find him and turn the tables on Osiris, Isis, and Hathor. In foggy streets of London, lives are threatened by a new breed of hunter, and nothing is what it seemed. Beth once again finds herself surrounded by betrayal. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between Philippe and Amon – knowing that her decision will change one life forever. But whose?

My Thoughts: I love a good gothic vampire story. I had nit heard of this author prior to being offered an ARC copy to review. I read the first book in this series Immortal Kiss to get a feel for what the story was all about. I am a huge Anne Rice fan and these books did not disappoint. The story starts with Beth Ryan falling in love and moving in with Phillipe Delon, a vampire. She learns all about their existence and laws and how she has been linked to them by her family. The first story has a lot to process but it is done so well that you don;t even realize how intricate a story the author has weaved. The second book picks up 5 years later with Beth struggling to find the immortal who has forced her to be bound to him through a blood ritual. She must find him and by doing so ends up having to choose between him and the one she has been in love with for the last 5 years. I will not give too much away but it was a brilliantly written sequel with enough twists to keep it from being too predictable.

I was born and raised in Sunny San Diego, California. A creative writing class in junior high sparked my desire to tell stories; however, Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles was my true inspiration to sit down a write a novel. Interview with the Vampire was published in 1976 and has gone on to become one of the best-selling novels of all time.

After reading the chronicles of Vampire Lestat, the driving passion to write my own vampire legend tingled in my fingertips. In 1996, I completed and copyrighted Immortal Kiss. It sat patiently on a shelf for 14 years. In 2010, while packing to move, I stumbled upon it tucked away in my closet. I dusted it off and sat down to read. I fell in love with the story all over again; though, being 14 years old it needed some modernizing. I set forth on the journey of reviving Immortal Kiss. 

In 2013, 3 years later, Immortal Kiss was off to the publishers and agents. In 2014, it found a home with World Castle Publishing, and 1 year later, Immortal Kiss, was hot off the press and available to the public. 

Currently, I am modernizing and reviving its sequel, Bound By Blood, that I completed and copyrighted May 2001.

Other completed works in the queue to modernize and revive are The Vampire Within (2004), A City of Vampires (2007), and The Soul Collector (2010). Future works for creation are The Ten, The Old Ones, and Vampire Amon. 

When I'm not writing, I hang out with my 5 Basset Hounds, Edie, Lucy, Stuart, Morgan, and Dexter. I love pizza and shoes. Can't live without either.

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