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BLOOD PROMISE by ASHLYNNE LAYNNE
“Their love is fated by an ancient prophecy. Now the promise is fulfilled.”
Ascher Rousseau is a half-human, half vampire whose life has been a series of prophecies and predictions. After finding incredible love and passion with Shauna—a Wiccan with powers beyond anything he’s ever known—he seals to her and hopes for happiness. But his enemies seek to destroy all that he loves, and he finds that happiness never lasts for long.
Darkness is descending and a vampiric revolution is nearing. A new brood of hatchlings is born to join their darkling brothers, in preparation for war. A preordained chain of events is set into motion that could lead to the rise of the demonic “cloaked one” and his half-human fallen children, while ending humanity—as we know it.
Can a supernatural love and the loyal bond of a family save the Rousseaus and the world from certain extinction?
BLOOD PROMISE by ASHLYNNE LAYNNE
“I thought something was wrong with me. I hated the woman I was supposed to love, and being with her made me physically ill.” The grimace on his face brightened into a smile. “Then, I met you and everything changed. I felt my world shift the moment our eyes met in that crowded bar. I’ve never felt anything like that before. Then, I quickened and you became my world.”
She paused, remembering how entranced she’d been when they’d met. Sure, he was a jerk at first, but she’d seen glimmers of the real Ascher beneath his standoffish demeanor. In hindsight, she understood why he’d reacted that way. He was a unique immortal being with an unbelievable prophecy on his shoulders, and a commitment to marry another.
“I was taken by you, too,” she confessed.
“Then, we made love that first time, and what I felt surpassed anything I’d been told, or could ever imagine. Sex stopped being a race to the finish line, or a dreaded task that left me mentally detached. With you, it’s about the connection, being right there with you—inside you, so that I lose myself. God, Shauna, you have no idea.”
His words floored her.
He kissed her forehead, his lips lingering on her skin. “I didn’t think it was possible for me to love, not this way, not the way I feel about you. I remember lying in the bed beside you, holding you in my arms and thinking how blessed I was to have had the experience. I knew, in that moment, that I’d protect you with my life.”
She paused, thinking about how far they’d come. The mere mention of Ursula had at one time been taboo, a forbidden subject that drudged up emotions and memories too painful for them to endure. Now, they talked about her and his feelings openly. She knew this was what he’d wished for, waited for and wanted more than anything else—his eternal love.
Shauna finally understood what he’d meant about sex being easy. Baring the depth of your soul was difficult, but they’d somehow learned to do it, and their relationship was stronger for it. She felt blessed to know only the feel and touch of a man who truly cherished her. Overcome by emotion, she could only stare in awe.
“I never thought this was possible—for someone to know the fiend inside me and still love me, despite it. Unconditionally. Wholly. Without question. I still don’t fully understand how you can love me, but I’m so grateful that you do.” His hands came to each side of her face, his gaze stabbing straight into her heart. “You are everything to me. My beginning. My end. My forever.”
More About The Progeny Series
At its core, The Progeny Series is simply about a man and woman who fall in love, and the fact that he’s a half-blood (half-human, half vampire) and she’s a Wiccan human are secondary factors. When we meet Ascher, he’s grumpy. Frankly, who could blame him? He’s engaged to seal to Ursula—a cold and careless vampire who wants nothing more than to get her hands on a bloodstone— and he feels conflicted about his existence.
All of that changes when he meets Shawnette McCutchin. She’s beautiful, intriguing and possesses some of the most potent blood that he’s ever smelled. A war immediately begins inside Ascher. He craves Shauna’s blood just as much as he craves her body and the closer they get, the harder it is for him to control his urges. After Ascher calls off the sealing to Ursula, the trouble begins. His family’s peaceful period ends when Ursula’s army attacks the Rousseaus.
This series encompasses a family dynamic of which we’ve never seen. The Rousseaus share a common mortal and immortal bloodline, but loyalty is the thread binding this clan. Shauna and Ascher’s dissuaded love only strengthens the family bonds. Their unique union transcends bloodlines and completes the prophecy, defying the beliefs of centuries old covenants while shattering the wall between the Wiccan and vampire worlds that has existed for ages. This series is erotic paranormal romance intended for adults, as it contains adult sensuality, language and themes.
Ashlynne Laynneis a songwriter, poet and author of erotic paranormal and contemporary romance, who has always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun-loathing creatures of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music that is of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny. The vampire/witch pairing is unique and different when most books pair vampires with werewolves.
Ashlynne loves writing on the edge—combining the erotica and romance genres—and thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the wicked, damned version of Romeo and Juliet. She is currently working on book four of her Progeny Series, book one of her upcoming Rocker Series, and an untitled novella WIP. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family. She juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write exclusively one day soon. Find and follow here online on Twitter.Check out her Manic Readers page, Blogand Website, or leave her a note in her Reader Email.
Ashlynne lives in North Carolina with her husband and teenage son.
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**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Ashlynne will give away a PDF copy of BLOOD PROMISE to one of her lucky readers who comments on either her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, May 6, 2013. Thanks, Ashlynne, for sharing your stories with us!