Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Taste of Thursday

I could use your help. I have 2 tastes of my 4th book I could use as an excerpt when it releases on my publisher's site. Could you help me choose one pretty please? *bats eyelashes*

Excerpt # 1

He didn't want to have to drag her all the way to a tree. It was bad enough he'd need to tie her up. Elfess plus honey would be a nice treat for the malevolent fairy. He'd be more than willing to come back for a fresh bite. The disease inside him wouldn't settle for anything less once it smelled the flesh and honey mix, like sugar to ants. There was no other way the bounty would come back otherwise, and if he didn't pay off his gambling debt, then someone would be sent for him. Sent to hurt him until he paid. Mother Earth forgive him for his trespasses against this female. If he thought the bounty would come for a male dipped in honey, he'd do it himself, but the fear she would put off would be all consuming for the wicked Malevolent that had taken over the creature.

He waited for the trees to surround them, for plenty of space between the hunter office and Cayenne. When she figured out what he was doing to her, he wanted to be far enough no one would hear her foul mouth .

"So where are we headed?" Cayenne asked.

"Go for that skinny tree over to the left." His voice came out low and even, thankfully. He chose the skinniest tree he could so the rope would fit around it and her. If he worked fast enough and took her by surprise, she wouldn't know what he was doing until it was too late. Besides, she carried a good right hook, and he didn't want to feel it again so soon.

Cayenne sauntered over to the brown trunk and stopped. She glanced up the tree and then back down to the ground. "What's so special about this one?"

Thorn took a deep breath. His heart protested loudly in his chest. If he was going to do this, now was his chance.

He rushed her with the rope stretched out in his hands. She slammed into the tree with an oof. He kept his body pressed roughly up against hers, twisted the rope around her wrists, and then closed his arms around the trunk. His fingers worked quick to tie the knot on the other side.
"What the fuck are you doing?" Her voice came out in a high shrill.

He didn't answer her. If she was confused and irate, it would increase the lure like whip cream on a human sundae. He hoped she didn't become too afraid, and as soon as the spell was broken, he'd tell her he'd come back for her. Cayenne struggled against the restraints.
"Hawthorn! You bark rot! What have you done?"


Excerpt # 2


Hawthorn stood before her. Dark hooded eyes, broad shoulders filling up the space, and every bit the male she had seen a few hours ago. A jar of honey in his hand.
"What are could––"
"I find you?" His voice rolled out calm and deep, slipping over her and moistening her panties.
"Yes. Find me." She swallowed. She looked at the jar of honey and back to him. His gaze bore into hers, and she averted her eyes opening the door. "Come in."
He walked over the threshold, his boots thumping softly on the floor. "I have a knack for finding the things I'm after." He grinned.
Cocky bastard. She shut the door and crossed her arms. "And what are you doing here?" Inside, butterflies tossed in her stomach. She wanted him to say he'd come for her but, at the same time, was terrified at the thought of hearing him say it. Her mind jumped from one side to the other. Her hands fisted her shirt where he couldn't see.
"I told you I'd find you." He took one long stride toward her. "We left things a little..." He took another step, and she backed up until she hit the wall. "Steamy." His voice dropped so low she barely heard the last word. Her heart hammered at her ribcage.
"What...ah." She cleared her throat. "What do you want?"
Thorn put his free hand on the wall beside her, and she melted into him. How had he gotten so elfing good at teasing her? "I want you of course," he said, his lips barely above hers.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

13 fun facts about Lotus Petals

13 Fun Facts about Lotus Petals

Have you read Lotus Petals? This story of a reluctant vampire bride and the courtesan she falls in love with is out in print, and it's been pulling in great reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and the Breathless Press website!

Whether you've read the book or are thinking of picking it up, here are 13 fun "insider" facts I think you'll really enjoy.
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1.     Vampires are the "Fourth Blood" of demons. The other Bloods are: Exsul (incubi and succubi), Werewolves, Shadiil (shadow-walkers), and Coven-Kin (witches and warlocks).

2.     The numerical order of the races denotes the order in which they were created by the Drogh Lord. This makes vampires the second-youngest race.

3.     Rhiannon, like all my main characters, is left-handed. This is an homage to my brother.

4.     Over the course of writing Lotus Petals, I watched Memoirs of a Geisha 23 times, and listened to the audiobook twice. This was so I could keep an audible "feel" for dialect and speech as I wrote Aijyn, Nagisa and Gohachiro.

5.     Aijyn's is Japanese for "lover". Sölva's name is Norse for "sun warrior". Rhiannon's name is derived from the Celtic for "great queen".

6.     Aijyn was originally written as a kin-born vampire. I changed her to a human when I realized she was too "watered down" as a vampire and there wasn't enough conflict as to her fate.

7.     Sölva is probably the most unforgivable and unredeemable character I've ever written. She's a character designed to make you cringe. I love to know readers despise her.

8.     In Her Dark Rewards—a prequel short to Lotus Petals and part of the Breathless Press Crimson Anthology, Vol. 2—Sölva asks Rhiannon if she's ever taken a lover without Sölva's permission, and Rhiannon says no. Rhiannon a naughty liar.

9.     Helena Donovan—Rhiannon's dam—was strongly inspired by Countess Carmilla from Vampire Hunter D, and bears a very strong resemblance to her.

10.  In Rhiannon's stories, as in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, vampires do not change after they become immortal. This is directly inspired by the scene in Interview with a Vampire when Claudia tries to cut her hair, and it grows back immediately. Rhiannon's own hair fiasco in Lotus Petals is a direct reference to this scene.

11.  The reason Rhiannon's guild tattoo doesn't disappear like any other scar or wound is because it is alchemically treated with, among other things, trace amounts of silver. The presence of silver prevents the immortal's supernatural restoration from simply wiping the tattoo away. It's actually an unhealing wound.

12.  Yes, it is worth noting that Rhiannon's body becomes animated in the throes of intense emotional sensation. No, it does not mean true love will bring her to life.

13.  Even I don't know who Rhiannon's father is. If I had to guess I'd say he's some sort of vampire pool boy.


Rhiannon Donovan, daughter to the vampire Queen, would rather die than be made a bride to a demon Lord. Aijyn, courtesan to the undead Daimyo of Kansai, can think of nothing more horrifying than his promise of eternal life.  In the halls of the Blood Lotus Temple, the two women struggle against the chains of their fate, and find a solace in each other that could mean freedom for them both... or might cost each of them their lives.

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When she isn't visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can't handle coffee unless there's enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.

In addition to her novels, Brantwijn has had several stories published in anthologies by Breathless Press, including the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology.  She's also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm and the anthology Coming Together Through The Storm. She hopes to have several more tales to tell as time goes on.  She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon, and loves to see reader comments on her work. Her short stories occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog at