Karen’s Killer Book Bench #LGBTQ #Paranormal #Fantasy #Romance: BLOOD PACT, Youkai Bloodlines Book 2 by Courtney Maguire

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Youkai Bloodlines Book 2


In Hiro’s world, youkai are a supernatural story used to scare children into obedience, and to keep men out of back alleys and brothels. Until Sakurai Hideyoshi walks through his door with a fantastical tale of a samurai who had killed a thousand men and drank the blood of his enemies, a man that lived in darkness but sought beauty to keep it at bay.

A story both terrifying and romantic…and completely ridiculous.

Unless it is true.

Convinced something softer lurks behind Hideyoshi’s hard mask, Hiro follows him home. And discovers the story is real.

Only instead of the blood of his enemies, it is innocent blood taken.

Hideyoshi tells him never to return. Yet after Hiro’s mother is mortally wounded, Hiro runs back to the one being he knows with the power to save her. When Hideyoshi can’t, Hiro begs him for the next best thing: the power to avenge her.

As Hiro becomes youkai, he faces a new threat, something darker, older, and far more dangerous. With Hideyoshi at his side, Hiro must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice–and what he’s willing to do–to protect this new life before he loses everything for a second time.

If you like Bella Forrest, P. C. Cast, AJ Tipton, or Anne Rice, you will love this beautiful dark paranormal fantasy romance.

Publisher: City Owl Press (May 4, 2021)
Releases on: May 4, 2021
Genre: LGBTQIA Dark Historical Paranormal Romance
Language: English
ISBN: 9781648980831

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://mybook.to/BloodPact
B&N: https://smarturl.it/Youkai2BN
Kobo: https://smarturl.it/Youkai2Kobo
City Owl: https://smarturl.it/Youkai2CO
Add it on Goodreads: https://tinyurl.com/3b3jec53

About Author Courtney Maguire… Courtney Maguire is a University of Texas graduate from Corpus Christi, Texas. Drawn to Austin by a voracious appetite for music, she spent most of her young adult life in dark, divey venues nursing a love for the sublimely weird. A self-proclaimed fangirl with a press pass, she combined her love of music and writing as the primary contributor for Japanese music and culture blog, Project: Lixx, interviewing Japanese rock and roll icons and providing live event coverage for appearances across the country. Her first novel, WOUNDED MARTYR, is a 2019 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist in the Contemporary Romance: Short Category. You can find her on social media: Facebook, Twitter or at www.courtneymaguirewrites.com

Love the Youkai Bloodlines Series? Keep an eye out for Blood Bound, coming in Spring 2022. Worried you might miss it? Join Maguire’s Reader Group, Courtney’s Coven: https://tinyurl.com/3yuh2vxc or sign up for her newsletter at the bottom of her website: https://www.courtneymaguirewrites.com/about to make sure to keep up to date on your favorite characters.

Special Giveaway: Courtney is giving away an ebook copy of Blood Pact to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog. Happy Reading!

Thanks for sharing your book with us today, Courtney!


5 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench #LGBTQ #Paranormal #Fantasy #Romance: BLOOD PACT, Youkai Bloodlines Book 2 by Courtney Maguire”

  1. Not only an interesting excerpt but a fascinating background for the author.
    Thanks, Karen and Courtney.

  2. Good morning, Courtney, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. What a fascinating premise! I’ve never heard of the Youkai. Are they the Japanese version of the succubus? Anyway, it will make for an interesting story. Thanks for sharing it with us today!

    1. Youkai in Japanese literally translates to ‘mysterious calamity’ (more or less) and in early history was used to describe pretty much anything paranormal. Youkai could be good or bad. As literature evolved, the image of the youkai skewed more demonic and they come in many, many, MANY forms.

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