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Kendra Leigh Castle
Author Ambush with Kendra Leigh Castle
LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are very proud to welcome Kendra Leigh Castle back to our sites today!
After growing up in northern New York, Kendra has spent the last thirteen years traveling all over the country as a Navy wife. She currently resides in Maryland with her family and a parade of furbabies, and spends her days giving us more of what we want ….creative writing!
Kendra is a 2011 RITA award finalist for “Renegade Angel”, and has 2 critically acclaimed series in her literary arsenal - THE MACINNES WEREWOLVES, and her latest addition, DARK DYNASTIES.
Her new release, “Shadow Rising”, Book #3 of the DARK DYNASTIES series, was just released on July 31, 2012.
For those of you new to Kendra’s work, we thought we’d give you the synopses for the books of the series so far to get you up to speed:
Enter the world of the Dark Dynasties…
For centuries, shapeshifting vampire Tynan MacGillivray has prowled the night as an outcast, valued only for his ferocious hunting skills. When a feud among the immortals escalates into all-out war, he is ordered by his ruthless queen to locate a Seer - a human woman with a special gift - who can secure victory for their clan. Ty’s search leads him to a quiet New England town, but once he has the Seer in his grasp, her touch awakens within him a hunger like he’s never known…
Lily Quinn has always been different. Since childhood, she’s had vivid nightmares and an eerie sixth sense. When a sexy, silver-eyed stranger demands her help, Lily plunges into a new world of danger and sensuality. With Ty, she discovers sizzling passions she cannot deny and powers she cannot control. Soon, it is clear that Lily is much more than a Seer - she holds the key to ancient secrets and unthinkable destruction. But will a vampire’s vow of eternal protection stop these evil forces…or unleash her dark destiny?
Two separate worlds … One passion that binds them
Wild and passionate by nature, Lyra Black is not just any werewolf. She’s the future leader of the powerful pack of the Thorn - if she can stay alive long enough to inherit the title.
One of the Cait Sith bloodline of vampire cat-shifters, Jaden Harrison has no interest in the wars plaguing the world of night. But when he rescues Lyra from a violent attack, they’re both captured by an insatiable desire that threatens to overwhelm them and bind them together for eternity… just as ancient enemies prepare to strike. And when they do, the Thorn and the Cait Sith - and Lyra and Jaden’s love - may never recover from the deadly blow…
*Find LITERAL ADDICTION’s Review of Shadow Rising HERE
Ancient Secrets, Dark Passions…
As one of the Grigori, a noble vampire dynasty shrouded in mystery, Ariane has spent her life hidden away in the desert. Like all of her kind, she is a watcher, fated to observe, forbidden to act. Yet when her best friend, Sammael, vanishes, she defies all rules and flees her safe haven to bring him home.
A shape-shifting assassin for the House of Shadows, Damien Tremaine is hired to locate Sammael. His hunt for the wayward Grigori leads him to Ariane, the rogue vamp who stands between him and his bounty. Damien never lets emotion interfere with his work, but a single touch from the sexy, beguiling vampire shatters his self-control. Drawn together by their common goal, what begins as an alliance of necessity soon becomes one of desire. But when the secret at the dark heart of the Grigori comes to light, Damien and Ariane must make a choice that could bind them eternally…or tear them—and everything they care about—apart.
COMING 1/29/13!! PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE!!!
The last-and most lethal-of his kind …
Wild, uncontrollable, and powerful, the lion-shifting Rakshasa were hunted down by vicious rival vampires who feared their dark, magical abilities. Somehow one survived, and now, after centuries of hiding, Tasmin Singh reemerges as fierce and fearless as ever at the door of the Lilim queen, seeking answers … and sanctuary.
The human best friend to a vampire queen, Bay Harper traded her quiet, comfortable life for a world filled with immortal assassins, warring werewolves … and this hauntingly sexy shifter. Only Bay’s gentle touch can subdue Tasmin’s inner demons, even as he brings out a passion and sensuality she never imagined she could feel. But when a bloody struggle threatens to tear them apart, can Bay risk everything on her faith in him-or will his dark side be stronger than even their all-consuming desire?
Are you freaking out!? We know… they sound absolutely fantastic! THEY ARE! Make sure you get them on your TBR and find them from your favorite bookseller. Until then however, let’s see what Kendra gave us when we let her take over our sites for the day…
An Interview With Damien Tremaine
Conducted by Kendra Leigh Castle
Welcome readers! I’m here at Mabon, Chicago’s premiere vampire club, to interview the hero of Shadow Rising, Damien Tremaine. Let me give you a taste of what this place is like: it’s crowded, full of beautiful, pale-skinned people, and the air pulses with music. Huge, ornate mirrors line the walls, and the only light comes from what must be hundreds of candles. The vamps love their candlelight. Everything here is dark, warm wood and rich fabric. I’m alone, sipping a Bloody Mary that, despite the smirk I got from the bartender, doesn’t actually have any blood in it. Damien’s late, as usual, and—oh, wait, here he comes. Tall, lean, built, with tousled light brown hair and the slight quirk of his lips that makes him look like a naughty schoolboy. He isn’t a schoolboy, though. He’s an assassin, a thief, and one of the most lethal vampires to ever skulk around the periphery of the Dark Dynasties. He’s also an operator. I get a kiss on the cheek before he settles onto one of the tall stools at our little two-person table.
Damien: Don’t frown at me, darling. I got caught up at the door.
Me: Caught up, or collared for being here at all? I’m surprised you picked this place, considering you set it on fire, what, not even a year ago?
Damien: *shrugs* Anura and I have an arrangement.
Me: Yeah. It was my understanding that the arrangement was that she’d kill you if she ever found you in here. This club is her baby.
Damien: Yes, well, someone refused to let it rest until I made a sizeable donation to the club to—*he cringes*—make amends.
Me: I’m guessing this someone has pretty violet eyes and a few of those nasty things called morals.
Damien: *sighs* Ariane’s eyes are more than pretty. Just like the rest of her. She’s ruining my bad nature, you know. First it’s making restitution for burning down a club, and before you know it she’ll have us opening a Home for Wayward Vampires.
Me: You’re pretty wayward, and she lives with you, so I’d say it’s already happened.
Damien: *grins* I think you’re right. I certainly keep her busy enough for twenty vampires. She’s awfully fetching when she draws one of her blades on me.
Me: No doubt that happens on a regular basis.
Damien: I like to keep her on her toes. All those dull centuries she spent in the desert…she’s making up for lost time. And for some unfathomable reason, she wants me by her side while she does it.
Me: Because she loves you, genius.
Damien: And I her. *for a moment Damien’s ice blue eyes soften before his gaze drops to the table*
Me: Are you…blushing?
Damien: Absolutely not. I’m a bloody assassin. I have a body count to rival Genghis Khan’s. I can’t even remember the last thing that made me blush, though I’m sure it was completely obscene. *his eyes narrow* I can try to remember, if you like. It may have involved an odd little bar I stumbled into once. And farm animals.
Me: NO. Fine. You’re not blushing. Whatever. I’m sure it’s just the lighting in here. Or something. No stories.
Damien: *smirks* As you wish.
Me: So since we have an interested audience, Damien, what I wanted to talk about was all that’s happened to you in the last couple of months. What would you like readers to know, going in, before they read your story?
Damien: I’m even more attractive and talented than they think.
Damien: You love me.
Me: Because I’m responsible for you. You’re still an ass.
Damien: A loveable ass.
Me: Granted. Okay, apart from talking up your superiority in all things, what would you like to say to those about to meet you and Ariane through your story?
Damien. *blows out a breath and runs a hand through his hair* Hmm. I suppose they should just keep in mind that what happened really was quite an adventure. And that underestimating pretty kittens who carry improbably large swords is a bad idea. I learned my lesson there.
Me: Readers shouldn’t underestimate you, either.
Damien: Darling, I like it when people underestimate me. It makes it much easier to put a blade through their necks.
Me: Oookay, on that note, I think we’ll end the interview and let readers get to you know better on their own. But thank you for threatening to stab people when they aren’t looking. That’s always charming.
Damien: *grins* I’d hate for anyone to think I’ve changed that much. I’ll see you later. Ariane’s waiting for me back at Vlad’s. I promised I’d teach her to dance.
Me: You could have brought her. There are plenty of people on the dance floor here, and the music is good.
Damien: *quirks an eyebrow*
Me: Oh. I didn’t realize “dancing” was a euphemism.
Damien: That’s all right. Neither does she. Yet.
Damien gives me a genteel bow, a wicked grin, and then turns to vanish into the crowd. I just shake my head. If you haven’t guessed, he’s a little impossible. But he’s right…that’s one of the things I love about him. If you’d like to read his story, and meet the woman who finally got under his skin and stole his heart, then check out Shadow Rising, available now! Thanks for reading!