Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway. Blood Avenged by Gabrielle Bisset.

I am everything you desire. I am vampire.

Powerful and manipulative, Vasilije does as he pleases. A vampire beholden to no one, he takes what he desires, drinking deeply the pleasures this life has to offer.

When one of his own is staked, Vasilije must travel to New Orleans to exact his revenge. There he meets Sasa, a beautiful woman who arouses him like no other has for centuries. Vasilije’s need for vengeance is equaled only by his passion for her, but what he finds in his revenge is just the beginning...

First seen in the novella Vampire Dreams, #1 in the Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy, Vasilije's back in modern times and just as hedonistic as ever! Contains adult sexual situations and language.
#1 in the Sons of Navarus series
My Review

Blood avenged is not just another vampire novel! I read a LOT of paranormal romance books and this is on my list to read again. I was completely taken in from the start!

Vasilije is a 400 year old vampire who's sire was killed in an act of vengeance and jealousy. With his sire gone, he has nobody to answer to. He has lived for centuries doing what he pleases. He has sired many of his own vampires in that time, so when he turned another young man, it was really no different then any other time. That is, until he finds out that this young man has connections to Tatiana. They have a history and it's an understatement to say that there is some bad blood between these two. From this point on their rivalry sets fire to the pages.
Sasa is an empath who is a human. She is taking care of her sick mother and would do anything to see that she is safe and not in any pain. Unfortunately, she gets caught up in the middle of Vasilije and Tatiana's conflict and she just doesn't stand a chance. She wants to do what's right but she must protect her mother at all costs. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place!

This book is HOT! Vasilije is everything you could ever want or dream about in a vampire! He is seductive and cunning. He has a very powerful and commanding presence. He is mysterious, dangerous and dominating. If you are looking for a dark and erotic romance with a sexy and fiercely passionate vampire, then you have found exactly what you are looking for right here! I look forward to reading more books written by Gabrielle Bisset!
Author Interview

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Gabrielle Bisset, and I write erotic romance, usually paranormal romance, but I have been known to write an historical from time to time. My day job is a college history teacher, and I live in Pennsylvania with my teenage son and a herd of pets.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I read early as a child and a lot, so I think possibly writing was a natural extension of loving the stories I'd been exposed to. My friends and I used to write screenplays in middle school based on the television shows we watched. Just writing that makes me smile because we had such a wonderful time doing it. But there was always something to write about.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

Good writing must be factually correct, first and foremost. Far too often lately, it's become fashionable to say facts don't matter because many readers won't know anyway. That's not the point. Books provide us with information, and if a story is based in a factual time and place, such as something historical, it must be accurate. To put out a book that's inaccurate concerning mannerisms and details of a time is more than just embarrassing. It encourages the idea that a book has no worth other than entertainment, and therefore, is easily thrown away and forgotten.

In addition, good writing must affect the reader. Good writing moves the reader to love or hate, laugh or cry. You always know when you've read something good because it stays with you. Of course, authors affect the reader through a well-constructed plot, full characters, and the use of language, so they're all important too. Often, though, readers won't know why a story resonated with them. They won't know it was the subtle choice of one word over another. What they will know is that after they finish the book, the story and the characters are a part of them.
Can you share a little bit of your current work with us?

Currently, I'm working on the follow up to Blood Avenged, called Blood Betrayed. It's the story of Saint, one of the Sons of Navarus and an entirely different kind of character than Vasilije. Saint is far more a man shaped by his past, and he's got a lot of demons to overcome. Here's the blurb:

I am everything forbidden. I am vampire.

Haunted by betrayal, Saint hides in the human world, giving his heart to no one and finding the only solace from his past in the arms of human women. Now as the Archons begin their takeover of the vampire world, this Son of Navarus has been marked for death.

Summoned to defeat the Archons by the world that shunned him, Saint must face his past and Solenne, the woman he loved and lost a century ago, for only in accepting her will his body and soul finally find salvation.
In Twitter fashion use 140 characters or less, sum up Blood Avenged for us.

An ancient grudge comes to fruition in New Orleans and what Vasilije finds in his revenge is just the beginning...

How did you come up with a story with such a whirl of events?

My stories are usually big and I have to scale them back so I don't get a Lord of The Rings size story. :) I like stories that take the reader to a number of places and events, so a whirl of events is the norm. I begin with an idea and then after thoroughly outlining it, the story takes on a life of its own. I love that about writing!

Can you tell us what your favorite scene is from the story?

I love the first time Vasilije and Sasa are together. It's very sensual and very earthy, just like he is.

I must ask, if you could pick one actor to portray Vasilije on the big screen, who would it be and why?

I have a hard time with this because I can't find one that really fits the part. A while back on the show ER there was an eastern European actor who would be perfect (assuming he hasn't aged!) but I can't remember his name.

Was there anything particularly challenging when writing this book?

I decided right after I began writing it that I wanted it to be the start of a series about a group of vampires sworn to protect their world in the face of the Archon uprising, but I didn't want to go too much into the non-romance story in the first book. The challenging part to writing Blood Avenged was to not include all those great details and to save them for the later books.

Just for fun ;)

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk chocolate

Tea or coffee? Tea

Favorite beverage? Iced tea

What are you currently reading? Guns, Germs, and Steel

Is there anything else you would like to add? I love meeting readers. They can find me online in a bunch of places.

Website: Gabrielle Bisset
Blog: Gabrielle Bisset: A Writer's Blog
Amazon Author Page

My books:
Blood Avenged-Available now
Blood Betrayed-Coming this spring!
The Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy
Destiny Redeemed

One person will win an E-book copy of Blood Avenged! Please leave a comment for the author! Good luck!!


Unknown said...

Vampires and New Orleans, a combo I just love! Everything about New Orleans speaks to me. It can be dark and mysterious with lots of alleys to hide a Vampire seeking revenge!

Thanks for the interview Gabrielle!

goaliemom00 (at) cox (dot) net

Denise Z said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us today. Blood Avenged sounds great and I wish you every success with this release as well as in your current writing of the followup. I just love reading a book that I know down the road there will still be a little taste more :) Do you ever have students from the "day job" bring in a book for an autograph? If not send me some names and I will be happy to have them do it for me LOL


Unknown said...

Thanks Laurie! And Denise, no students have yet, but I write under a pseudonym, so they'd have to connect my picture on blogs to who they see talking in front of the class every other day. But it would be funny, wouldn't it?

And thanks to WereVampsRomance for having me here today! Your review made my very early morning. :D

tears_of_fire said...

Sounds great and nice cover :o)

Sally said...

Never get enough of Vampires!

Read Between the Lines said...

awesome interview I love reading interviews and guest post. and great review books sounds intriguing. can not wait to read it.

Nat (Lendo Romances) said...

You should read her other works, especially VAMPIRE DREAMS, I think you'l love it!

I really like your vision about inaccuracy in romance novels, Gabrielle, the reader has to believe in the story or it can be a very dissapointing experience =/

Patti P said...

You are a new author for me but I am going to be picking this one up.
I think it is wonderful that you are a teacher. My son is currently working on his masters in history and he wants to teach college also.

musicalfrog at comcast net

Teresa K. said...

Hi Gabrielle,

I love the interview. I just love anything that has to do with vampire's. And what better than to have a story with Vasilije in New Orleans.
I'm sure you'll do his story justice. I can't wait to read his story.

Teresa K.

June M. said...

This does sound like a great story. I can never get enough vampire stories to read. Thank you for the great review and giveaway.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

SacredmOOn said...

Great review and interview! I've followed this blog for awhile and if you say it's not just another vampire novel that's good enough for me to add to my tpr pile. I'm always looking out for another blown-me-away fantastic vampire novel and author. I haven't read anything from this author...yet that is. Thank you for introducing me and for the chance to win it!
DeAnna Schultz

Joanne said...

Thanks for the wonderful interview. Cannot get enough of vampires. This sounds like a great book. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.


booklover0226 said...

I have read some excerpts for Blood Avenged and believe me, they were smokin' hot.

Blood Avenged is on my must have list.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

Just stopping by to show my love Gabrielle!

Unknown said...

Thanks to everyone who came out to comment! And thanks to the ladies of WereVampsRomance and their great blog. :)

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for the review and interview. I am always looking for a new vamp read. delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo.

lindalou said...

Your post drew my attn: I love anything with vampires AND New Orleans is a great site for paranormal stories (it's a great site for almost any story!) Thanks for the giveaway!

Julie said...

Great interview, great giveaway! I find vampires fascinating, and I can't wait to read this.

Krysykat said...

Between the cover model and the mention of milk chocolate I am seriously drooling :P

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