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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Blood Shackles (Rebel Vampires Volume 2) by Rosemary A. Johns - Book Tour - Book Sale - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Rosemary A. Johns and her new book, “Blood Shackles (Rebel Vampires Volume 2)”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card.  Also, come back daily to interact with Rosemary and to increase your chances of winning! 

Also, both books – Blood Dragon AND Blood Shackles are on sale during the book tour for ONLY $0.99 each!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this exciting giveaway!

Blood Shackles
(Rebel Vampires Volume 2)
by Rosemary A. Johns


GENRE: Urban Fantasy Paranormal Romance




Light is a Rocker Blood Lifer with a talent for remembering things. He’s meant to be the predator. It’s been that way since Victorian times. But not now. Not since someone hunted him. Enslaved him. Ripped out his fangs. Who are these ruthless humans? Who’s their violent leader? And who betrayed the secret of the Blood Lifer world?


London, Primrose Hill. Grayse is the commanding but alluring slaver’s daughter. The enemy. She buys Light, like he’s a pair of designer shoes. So why does Light feel so drawn to her? Especially when his family is still in chains. Will he risk everything – even his new love – to save them?


Does a chilling conspiracy lie behind it all? A stunning revelation leads Light to an inconceivable truth. If he can face his worst terrors, he can save his family and his whole species from slavery.

Maybe he can even save himself.

**The third book in the series, BLOOD RENEGADES, will be out Spring 2017**


‘So I’m behind the times because I died a Victorian?’

Your cool gaze seemed to be sussing me out. ‘You don’t look Victorian.’

‘Didn’t exactly stay dead.’ I pushed away from the fireplace, jumping up to sit on the arm of the leather sofa. I scrutinized your serious features and those intent grey peepers. ‘You really don’t know anything about us Blood Lifers, do you? How we evolved or--’

‘I know enough.’

Surprised, I drew back. ‘As in, only good Blood Lifer’s a dead Blood Lifer?’

You shot me a sharp look. ‘You wouldn’t be here, if that’s what I thought.’

‘Alright then, as in, only good Blood Lifer’s one in shackles?’

Your mouth tightened into a thin line. ‘And what about humans? Do we come in small, medium or large?’

‘In America you can supersize.’ I grinned, but you didn’t return it: some birds have no sense of humour. Of course, Ruby would’ve clocked me for that comment. ‘Look, that’s not who I am now. I’ve been on blood abstention for fifty years.’

Your voice was so cold it could’ve given frost bite. ‘Good for you.’

‘Not asking for a medal, sweetheart. I just wanted you to know I don’t… Not First Lifers. Not for a long time.’

‘Makes no difference to me.’

‘It does to me. You’ve no idea how much.’

‘OK.’ You turned back to your laptop, opening it with an air of indifference. Then there was that blasted clack clacking.

I listened for a moment in silence. Then I couldn’t hack it any longer. ‘What does?’

‘What?’ You didn’t stop typing or look away from the screen.

‘Make a difference to you?’

You didn’t even pause. ‘The profit margin.’



The Worst Jane Austen Scene Ever…Well, Maybe Not Ever – Creating an Anti-hero:

Firstly, thanks for having me on your site!

I’m a rebel. Who’d have guessed that with a new fantasy series out called Rebel Vampires?

But Light? The British Rocker rebel with the photographic memory? He’s even the rebel of the vampire world. Now that’s impressive.

Rebel Vampires is set in a hidden paranormal London, where vampires are both predator – and prey.  Where death drives desire. There are vampires, romance and rebels. And a whole new twist on the vampire myth. And in the midst of it all? Light. The vampire, who won’t conform. He tried it once. Didn’t fit.

I love anti-heroes. Dark. Complex. Struggling on redemptive journeys against terrible odds. There’s something far more passionate about a love story, which shows an adult love: obsessive, destructive, agonizing – but true to the end. And capable of changing anything.

The dedication in both Blood Dragons and Blood Shackles is one of Light’s lines: ‘There’s nothing but snowflake patterns.’

Everyone is an individual. Different.  And Light? He’s unique.

And that’s the challenge when writing the anti-hero. To create a true individual. The bad along with the good. Light fails, makes bad choices and suffers. But he still fights on. He’s loyal, persistent and keeps his promises. And you allow the reader to fall as deeply in love with the character as you are.

Anyway, Light isn’t one for ‘labels’:

‘So many labels I can’t keep them sticky in my mind.
Even when you shade to grey, you call things spectrums: rainbow arcs that everyone’s to be charted on. Sharp pins along a curve to mark our bleeding place.
        So there’s something wrong with us? But there’s nothing wrong with that because I slashed the chart up to confetti, fluttering pieces like paper snowflakes. No one pattern the same. And there’s nothing so pure as snow.’
Blood Dragons: Rebel Vampires Volume 1

In Rebel Vampires the world is divided between First Lifer (human) and Blood Lifer (vampire). But the Blood Lifers hide in the shadows from the First. Both hunter and hunted. They’re an evolved species. Yet who knows the true apex predator?

For 100 years in Blood Dragons Light danced in the carnage and the flames with Ruby – a savage Elizabethan Blood Lifer. Before his forbidden love for a human singer (Kathy) forced him to question Blood Lifer beliefs. To blood abstain. And to fight to save his love, both species and ultimately the world.

Blood Dragons is out now (e-book and paperback). Click here: http://amzn.to/2fGXy1q

Afterwards comes Light’s redemptive path. But as Light says:

‘Crawling out of the black, Kathy once told me, would be my redemption. I never thought redemption would be this much of a bitch.’
Blood Shackles (Rebel Vampires Volume 2)

An anti-hero needs a love. And abducted, defanged and enslaved by a secret human Blood Club in Blood Shackles (like Taken but with vampires…), Light finds it with the unlikely slaver’s daughter Grayse. She picks him out of a line up, like a kid choosing a puppy.

‘You glanced at me. ‘Cold?’
        ‘Yeah, it is rather parky, darlin’.’
        You gaped at me, as if you’d been expecting me to speak some strange Blood Lifer tongue and not the Queen’s English. Like you hadn’t assumed I’d sound…human. Then you gathered yourself together. ‘Here,’ you led the way to a sheltered trio of arches. ‘Better?’
        ‘Almost like I wasn’t starkers.’
        You gave a tight smile.
        I leant against a column, as I had a gander back at the silhouette of the great house, its steep terrace, and the drive sweeping down to it, between the dark sentinels of oaks.
        In some screwed up world, this was the worst Jane Austen scene ever.
        Well, maybe not ever…’
Blood Shackles (Rebel Vampires Volume 2)

The thing about anti-heroes? Their love is never smooth. It’s unexpected. Unpredictable. But it’s fierce.

As Light would say: ‘it’s no namby-pamby fairy-tale’. It’s real love. He’s a dark hero. But who else would you want to save the world?

Blood Shackles is out now at the promotional price of $0.99. Click here: http://amzn.to/2eIA33n

Want to read Blood Dragons first? Click here: http://amzn.to/2fGXy1q



ROSEMARY A JOHNS is a traditionally published author of short stories under the name R. A. Johns. She is the author of Blood Dragons the compelling first instalment of the Rebel Vampires series.

Rosemary A Johns wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of ten, when she discovered the weird worlds inside her head were more exciting than double swimming. Since then she’s studied history at Oxford University, run a theatre company (her critically acclaimed plays have been described as "uncomfortable, unsettling and uneasily true to life"), and worked with disability charities.

When Rosemary’s not falling in love with the rebels fighting their way onto the page, she heads the Oxford writing group Dreaming Spires.



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Goodreads Author Page:

Goodreads Book Page – Blood Dragons:

Goodreads Book Page – Blood Shackles:

Amazon Author Page:




Blood Dragons
(Rebel Vampires Book 1)

Blood Shackles
(Rebel Vampires Book 2)



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  1. Hi Ally and thanks for having me on your blog! I hope everyone's having a good day! What do you love about anti-heroes? And as always, feel free to ask me anything...

  2. If you could have played a part in a classic movie, which part would have been perfect for you and why?

    1. Great question! If I could become magically male - James Dean in A Rebel Without A Cause... I love that movie and it expresses the sense of being the individual - or struggling to be. I think at heart we all feel alone or the misfit - when in fact we all feel the same. Individual. The fight to be accepted for who we are - and to discover it - is central to what I write. And what I believe!

  3. Looks very interesting. Congratulations Rosemary on the new release.

    1. Thanks Sandy! Hope you enjoy the series and have a great day!

  4. A good antihero is always compelling!


    1. Hi Trix! Definitely - I love anti-heroes and have always been fascinated by what makes them and their journeys so compelling. Have a great day!

  5. Great post - I'm looking forward to reading both books in this series :)

  6. "In America you can supersize..." LOL. Thanks for the much needed chuckle!

    1. Hi Peaches - my pleasure! Hope you have a great day!

  7. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

    1. Hi Nikolina - glad you're enjoying the tour - I'm having a great time on it too! Have a good day!