Friday, August 31, 2012

Family Blood Ties Series by Dale Mayer : Interview & Excerpt



Author's note: This book is 182 pages and is book 1 of the Blood Ties Series... Blood doesn't just make her who she also makes her what she is.

Like being a sixteen-year-old vampire isn't hard enough, Tessa's throwback human genes make her an outcast among her relatives. But try as she might, she can't get a handle on the vampire lifestyle and all the...blood.

Turning her back on the vamp world, she embraces the human teenage lifestyle--high school, peer pressure and finding a boyfriend. Jared manages to stir something in her blood. He's smart and fun and oh, so cute. But Tessa's dream of a having the perfect boyfriend turns into a nightmare when vampires attack the movie theatre and kidnap her date.

Once again, Tessa finds herself torn between the human world and the vampire one. Will blood own out? Can she make peace with who she is as well as what?

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No, Cody had some serious skills, at least according to David. It would take a lot for someone to get the drop on him.
He just didn't have much class. Turning around, Tessa watched Cody land in front of her. His graceful controlled landing made her instantly jealous.
"There's no sign of anything unusual going on."
"No, of course not. Why would there be? It's not like they're going to advertise that they've kidnapped humans." She studied the huge stone mansion. "The captives are most likely to be downstairs."
"Whoa. You're not going into the house. If you're determined to take this further, we go back to our parents and let them go to the council. They will determine the best course of action."
Tessa stared at him in disbelief. Everything about the night had taken on a surreal appearance. She was here, where Jared was being held, with someone who could actually help her and he wanted to go for their parents. No knight riding to the rescue here.
Then he'd been raised by the old belief that vampires don't go against vampires - without just cause. She didn't think she could come up with enough evidence to prove her case.
She snagged his arm, willing him to listen. "We have to at least see if they are here."
"No Tessa." He shook his head, his vampire eyes glowing with terrible heat. "That's enough. This isn't a kid's game. This is vampire business."
"And who's going to believe me? No one. I'm not like you. My word doesn't mean anything to the others. If you don't see that Jared's been taken and kept as a captive yourself, you won't be able to convince them either."
He shook his head.
Fine. She'd go in alone. Turning away, she headed to the back of the house. "Go back home. I don't need you."
"What the..." He raced behind her. "Tessa stop. You can't go inside there. You're not allowed."
"And they're allowed to take humans?" She snorted. "I don't think so." The moon slid out from behind the clouds. Off to the left, a set of stairs cut down to a narrow wooden door. Probably the cellar. Perfect. She picked up her pace, reaching for the knob in seconds. She bolted though the unlocked door before Cody could drag her back out. Down a narrow hallway, she fled through another door that led to a wide open space. Empty space. Damn it. Could the prisoners have been moved already? How? There hadn't enough time for that.
"There, are you satisfied now?"
She spun around at the sound of Cody's voice. "No." She walked the perimeter of the room. At the far end, the room curved down and around. At the far end, her nostrils flared. Her weird knowing sense kicking in. Animal. Death. Fear. Pain.
This area had been used as housing for animals during the cold winter months. Horses, most likely. Ancient farm smells permeated the air. Hay. Manure. Blood.
"What's the matter?" Cody whispered.
She looked at him. "Can't you smell it?"
"Smell what?"
"Pain. Death."



This is book II in the Family Blood Ties series. Book one is Vampire in Denial. Both books end on big cliffhangers. Book II picks up exactly where Book I left off.

When Tessa rallies friends and family to find her missing date, they uncover a secret...and start a war that causes ripples in all aspects of their lives.

A vampire with throwback human genes. Sixteen-year-old Tessa finds more than just her friend in this journey...she also finds herself in need of rescue ... Imprisoned, she has to find a way to escape and reunite with her family before this war takes out those she loves.

The youngest of his ancient line. Eighteen-year-old Cody descends from flyer vampires wants Tessa back at his side where she belongs – even as he struggles with conflicting emotions about his best friend's kid sister...

A human determined to protect his people. Seventeen year-old Jared thought his life was over then he finds out that his rescuers are can he trust them? And then he finds out the truth about Tessa...and that she's been taken, too...

Three brave souls struggle as war breaks out around them...a war that shows them no mercy.

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"Do you not know others in the Council or on committees we can trust? Are all the elders untrustworthy?"
Shocked silence surrounded her.
She closed her eyes and groaned softly. The fragile egos of the elders. "I didn't mean that the way it sounded." She tried again. "I'm trying to understand why you don't trust more people."
"We have elders we trust with many issues. This problem, however...well, it divided the Council when it happened before. It's looking to do the same again, on a much larger scale."
Rubbing the back of her neck, Tessa stared at the two men. "Surely there has to be someone you trust to take control. Or you can bring in many someones. You suggested the Council, then switched to the enforcers. Why?"
"I don't know," Serus muttered, "I started thinking about the members who'd been pro blood farming decades ago."
"It is an ancient problem," she said. "Then bring in young blood. Ones who don't have the same prejudices and beliefs. My generation."
Both men snorted, and Goran said, "We're not bringing in children to do a man's job."
"Why not?" She snapped at him. "I dare you to say that to Cody, Ian, or David."
"That's different. They're men."
Even Serus winced and closed his eyes as if waiting for Tessa to strike Goran a mortal blow.
"I'll ignore that comment, thank you," Tessa said stiffly. Once again, she realized, they'd had a group of vampires together and nothing had gotten done. They'd talked themselves into circles without achieving anything. Pulling out her cell phone, she texted David, repeating her words aloud as she typed. "Who can we contact to help? Dad suggests the Council and the enforcers, and yet has admitted both are problematic."
"Who are you texting?" Serus stared down at the phone in her hand suspiciously.
She smothered a smile. "David."
"David? Why not your mother?"
"Because I figure she's your age and will have the same prejudiced suggestions you do." She shot him a wry glance. "Am I wrong?"
He grimaced. "Probably not."
The wind picked up, chilling them as she waited to hear back.
The longer she waited, the more worried she became. Finally, she looked at her father. "Do we know if our group is still safe? That the people you called in haven't overpowered our people and locked them up?"
"Don't say that. Rhia would have let us know." Serus's face took on a grim look. "I would know if she were in trouble."
The cell phone jingled, relieving Tessa's anxiety, and she hurriedly read David's text.
"He suggests we bring in the media," she said, studying the mixed feelings crossing both men's faces. "Hmm. What do you think of that idea? Or do you consider that another age old prejudice?"
Goran's snort left no doubt about his opinion. "The media can't be trusted at the best of times. This isn't going to be any different."
"Don't you know anyone who's honest? Someone from before? Who, whether you liked them or not, you respected?"
"Hell, no."


Welcome Back, Dale!  It’s always so great to have you visit.  J Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

Tessa, from my Vampire series, is one of my all time favorite characters. She's a mix of child, teenager and burgeoning adult. She's svelte yet gauche. Classy and yet insecure. She's such a mix of confused teenager on a mission – yet she's gusty, scared and…adorable.


Tell us about your next release.

My next two releases are YAs. The first is a mystery adventure series called Gem Stone, A Gemma Stone Mystery Adventure. It's about a young girl who accidentally takes a picture of something she shouldn't have seen. And about what the men, caught in the photo, are willing to do to gain her silence. 

The second new release is Deadly Designs, book 2 of the Designs series.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

For me, the hardest part of writing is the revising stage. I love to write and let the words pour, but to make sure that all t's are crossed and I's are dotted is not so easy. Making sure each character has the same color eyes and hair they started with by the end of the book and to make sure that they drive the same vehicle in chapter 2 as well as in chapter 15 is challenging!

Plotter or Pantser? Why?

Pantser! It's the only way I work. I've tried plotting and that system is so not for me! I love a blank page – I know, I'm odd!

What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?

Having a sense of humor! And having your feet firmly based in reality. The life of a writer is not dreaming of the one big NY Times book, but in putting words on the page. Each book needs to be the best it can be. And every writer needs to stay focused on the book in front of them.

That I have a supportive family is the gold in my life. That I wake up with a smile on my face ready to go – each and every day – is a blessing.

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

Morning! I'm awake at 5 in the morning – every morning. I'm always dead tired by 10pm – every night. I also need 7 hours of sleep – or else! J

Entice us, what future projects are you considering?

I've got lots of great ideas percolating in the back of my head! Book4 of the Psychic Visions series is due out In October/November and I'm planning to write book 5 during NaNoWriMo this November. I'm getting ready to start a brand new YA series. In truth I'm a third of the way through the first book, tentatively titled Child of Darkness. I also have a romantic intrigue trilogy coming this fall. Book 1 is in the rewrite process now.

In the far future? Almost anything. I'm seriously considering an adult paranormal/fantasy suspense series that could go a good ten books. I'm letting everything meld for awhile while I see what pops up first. J

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

Creating a book that other people enjoy! There is nothing like getting emails from happy readers. Truly, it is a joy and gives me purpose and motivation on those crappy days when I'm sitting down and working on a book that won't cooperate or I'm sure is sheer garbage. Making readers happy – makes me happy!


Freelance writer Dale Mayer lives in the beautiful Okanagan valley in British Columbia, Canada. She's multi-pubbed in nonfiction and is currently writing The Essential Series including The Career Essential Series(The Resume, The Cover Letter, The Interview), Lifestyle Essentials (Ergonomics for today's world, Raising the dyslexic child, etc.), and the Gardening Essential Series, (Beginning with Bulbs, Urban Farming, Gardening for Seeds, etc.).

Stay tuned as she adds to these and several other proposed series. For the last decade, she's written on all of these topics either under her own name or as a ghostwriter. As a researcher and technical writer, Dale has a wealth of knowledge she can't wait to share!

However, fiction is her passion. Here, she writes taut psychological suspense with romance and paranormal elements. She has recently branched out into writing both mystery and urban fantasy books for young adult with the occasional vampire book thrown in just for fun.

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donnas said...

Thanks for sharing!!

Ashley Montgomery said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'm a sucker for vampires. :)

Autumn said...

The books sound amazing! Will be adding them to my TBR pile. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

Lona said...

Books sound great, cant wait to read them. Thx for giveaway.

Karen Arrowood said...

A vamp who can't standblood? that's different. And flyer vamps? That is different. I look forward to reading these books. thanks for the opportunity.

Brooke said...

This looks interesting. Nice to see a strong young woman protagonist. Thanks for the chance to win.