Thursday, 13 June 2013

Book Tour: Blood Flows in the Empire by N. Isabelle Blanco; Guest Post + Giveaway

Blood Flows in the Empire (Szolites Series – Book 1)
Author: N. Isabelle Blanco
Genre: Erotica, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffeeshop
Publish Date: March 7th, 2013
Number of pages: 210

Dyletri, God of Fertility, has locked away his powers. No woman is allowed to touch him, not until he can return his long-dead lover back to life. All he has to do is sacrifice one human girl, a girl who unlocks his powers and rips his dormant lust right out of his body. Trapped by his promise, Dyletri has no choice but to watch Ismini die, no matter how much he wants her.

Yet the darkness of his calling is spiraling within him, demanding he claim the human as his. If he goes back on his promise, the energy of the Fates will cause untold destruction in the Universe. That doesn’t change how Dyletri’s begun exhibiting symptoms that point to more than just lust. How does he allow Ismini to die when she’s come to own him from the inside out?

Desire and torment spiral into something much darker than obsession, more turbulent than an addiction, and something much more brutal than a mere soul-mating. As a war is being rekindled right under his nose, Dyletri will have to come to terms with a destiny eleven thousand years in the making. He thought he’d known what path his future would take, but he’d been wrong. Now the one woman he truly loves might pay the price for his decision.

Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first in a series that will pit free will against Destiny, Destiny against Fate, and love against brutal desire. Everyone likes to think they have a choice as to who they end up with, but as they rise to face the greatest threat they’ve ever known, even the Gods will learn they have to bend to Destiny’s whim to survive.


“You’re so beautiful, girl. Just looking at you drives me wild.” 

That new, demonic half of his voice had to be the sexiest thing she had ever heard.

His words were even more so.

Dyletri’s expression made her arch into him, made her want to believe him. His thumb caressed her lips, and before Ismini realized it, she was once again moving on instinct. She opened her mouth and tilted her head, sucking the digit right in. A shock of power shot into her mouth, almost as if she’d put her tongue into an electrical socket. 

Ismini loved every bit of it. She sighed around his thumb, sucking it deeper. 

Dyletri moaned, baring his teeth. She bit down on his flesh, her stare locked on his large canines.

She had no right to his blood, but Ismini wanted it inside her. That should have scared her. In reality, Ismini was too far gone for that shit. Fear had no place inside her. Only need and hunger.

And insanity.

Because that’s what he brought out in her.

His thumb slipped out of her mouth, and she pouted, a hungry mewl leaving her. Dyletri cupped her face, lifting her head and lowering himself onto her.

His lips stopped a mere breath away from hers, his exhalations leaking in between her lips and sliding over her tongue. Ismini froze, realizing what he intended. And knowing damned well that she had no experience when it came to kissing.

Dyletri sensed her hesitation, and he stopped, as well. Every inch of that big, hard body was touching her. He was breathing hard, and his brow furrowed as he stared at her. She could see that he was confused, that he was wondering why she’d stopped.

In that moment she wanted to kick herself for being such an idiot. She was afraid that what she was about to say would turn him off.

“I—I’ve never . . . I don’t know how,” she whispered, dropping her gaze to his lips. She couldn’t stand to see the reality seep back into his face.

But Dyletri surprised her. As he lowered his head, he held hers still, and he placed a gentle but intensity-filled kiss to her cheek. A spark of energy pulsed through every cell of her skin.

“I know,” he murmured, placing another kiss closer to her mouth. And another. And yet another. “I’m dying to be the first one to show you . . . dying to be the first one to taste you. To take you.”

He thrust against her as he spoke, licking the corner of her lips when he talked about tasting her.

Her mouth fell open, and she moaned. “Dyletri.” His lips landed on hers, and a groan escaped him, the sound hitting her straight on. She wasn’t sure who opened first, but it was definitely she who sucked in his bottom lip, pulling it between her teeth. With heavy-lidded eyes, she watched his lip curl. Another growl left him, and his incisors grew even longer.

Then his fingers on her jaw became almost brutal, forcing her open, holding her still even though all she wanted to do was attack him. The urge grew when his tongue slid in, moving against hers. It was hotter than any other part of him. Sinuous and sinful in every way.

All lingering uncertainty flew right out the window. Their breaths and moans mixed as her tongue connected with his.

Amazing. He was fucking amazing, and the way his tongue tasted was nothing short of sexual. She’d never had sex, of course, but her body knew that was what he tasted like. Ismini swirled her tongue around his, opening her mouth further for him and tilting her head.

Dyletri thrust against her, over and over, his dick pressed right where she needed it. His tongue mimicked the movement of his hips, making her tighten her legs around him and pull him close.

Every moan out of his mouth was like a bolt straight between her legs. Every rock of his hips was answered by one of her own. Her hands traced every muscle on his back, fondled every ridge.

So much power.

She could feel him holding back. She knew it was probably because she was human and he had the power to break her and yet, she wanted him to. She needed him to. She was dying for him to just slam into her with everything he had until there was nothing left of her.

Dyletri pulled his head back, one elongated tooth stinging Ismini’s lower lip as he gave her a gentle bite. She cried out, the thought of him tasting her blood sending her into a frenzy.

It was an instant deluge. She began thrusting against him, her nails digging into unyielding flesh. Her moans escalated. Her orgasm was right there and already washing over her.

Until he pulled away. Again.

A growl rumbled behind her words, warping her voice. “Dyletri.” He laughed darkly, looking way too amused for her liking. “I swear to fucking God—”

He grabbed on to the waistband of her pants, his fingers harsh. “I am your fucking god!” Oh . . . oh my . . . “You’re not coming until I let you to, got it?”

Guest Post- Kick Ass Heroines

I read a lot of books. Hundreds a year sometimes. If I didn’t have a 9-5, I’d probably read thousands. Just as any other reader, I have my pet peeves. Those things that I read in some books that make me want to fling my poor Kindle against the wall. Above all, however, I have to say that the one that drives me the most insane is The Damsel in Distress.

Don’t get me wrong. Please. I love the idea of a trapped female in a hopeless situation and the sexy hero busting down the door, muscles flexing, possibly bleeding, and all ready to fight for her and save the day.

*Cue Bonnie Taylor’s “I Need a Hero.”*

But, there’s a difference between the female that needs help, and the female that just can’t help herself in any way, not even to save her life. *Sigh* Those are really popular, too. I don’t get why. I love women who can stand up for themselves. Kresley Cole’s and Gena Showalter’s females come to mind. Those are some kick-ass women.

I don’t think it’s so much that I love them, either. I think it’s more a matter of respect. There really isn’t that much of a difference between what a man can do and what a woman can do. Not anymore anyway. The modern world has given us females the type of freedom and power that our ancestors would have killed for.

And if we’re talking paranormal, that line is completely gone in that genre. Most of the females in those books can bench press a Hummer just as well as the men can.

It’s a dream of mine to see more and more kick-ass females in books someday. I don’t think some writers realize that yes, some of our stories actually do influence our readers. Even if it’s just a teeny, tiny bit. It’d just be real nice to see more women stand up for themselves, what they deserve, and what they want in books, instead of just letting the men lead the way.

Being a kick-ass female doesn’t mean you’re not vulnerable either. I’m reading this really great book called Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza about an android girl that doesn’t know she’s a robot. She just thinks she’s a regular 16 year old girl. Then her life gets turned inside out, she learns the truth, and she’s thrown into an identity-shredding mess that threatens to rob her of her emotions, or “humanity.” Yet, as scared, confused, and heartbroken as she is, this girl rises up to every challenge. And even if she doesn’t surpass the challenge, she learns from them and keeps on fighting.

That’s inspiring. Something that can easily translate to real life and lift anyone’s moral up. That’s what I love when it comes to the tough females. Those are the types of females I strive to bring to life with this series.

About the Author

N. Isabelle Blanco was born in Queens, NY (USA). At age 3, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she had already begun to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life. An avid reader in her teens, a fascination with Japanese anime eventually led her to the universe of fanfiction.
Her on again, off again hobby for the next ten years, She amassed a following of fans that, by her own admission, she would never be able to live without. It was those fans who encouraged her to step beyond the fanfiction realm and try her talent in the publishing world.
N. Isabelle’s first ebook, “Destructively Alluring”, came out July 2012, followed by "Addictive Lunacy" in September. The third novella in this debut series, "Allure Magnified," is due in November 2012 and her first full-length novel is due out next spring.
Certain not to disappoint, “Blood Flows Deep in the Empire” is a fast-paced, erotically charged thrill ride from cover to cover. Look for in both print and ebook formats on March 7, 2013.

Author Links: Website and Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


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