Worlds of Fire
Worlds of Fire: Blood Red Moon
by Deborah A. Bailey
GENRE: Romantic Fantasy
Out of the ashes, a new beginning...
When his family and most of their kind were destroyed by the Guild, Derek inherited the position of Vampire Lord. Alchemists held the keys to creating portals to other worlds, knowledge they passed down to phoenixes. Their utopian society was crushed when the Guild invaded, intending to unlock the powerful secrets phoenixes possess. Lovers Derek and Avani met the night their city was sacked and after the city succumbed, they were lost to each other.
Love will be resurrected in blood and fire…
Having lost her memory, Avani became a protégé of the Guild Master, conditioned by magic to believe shifters and vampires were evil. Eventually, she was made Seeker, tasked with finding the Vampire Lord in order to gain access to phoenixes.
When Derek finds Avani, he neutralizes the magic that's kept her from remembering who she is. However, the Templars have almost certainly made a pact with the enemy of all supernatural creatures, in order to gain access to the portals. Only a phoenix can save the world from utter ruin now, but that was precisely the asking price…
"You're thinking about the Guild, aren't you? They don’t deserve your thoughts, or anything else." Derek was standing next to the tub, undressing.
How had he known? Could he read my thoughts? Another thing I'd heard that vampires could do. As if in response the stabbing pain increased, like something within me was fighting to get out. Each stab cut deeper and deeper and I doubled over.
The water was shut off. I felt pressure on my back, moving me forward. Then splashing as Derek joined me in the tub. He sat and braced his legs on either side of me. He put his arms around me, holding on as I shivered.
His presence surrounded me like the water. A vampire. My enemy. A dangerous predator who I'd been taught to fear and hate.
Derek pulled my hair back and bared my neck. Soon he would sink his teeth into me to save me. Or he would have his revenge for what we'd done to his people. Maybe that had been his plan all along. I'd be less trouble dead.
In the cooling water, his touch melted me as he glided his tongue over my neck. The pain in my chest slowly subsided. Not gone but not dominant anymore. My body was becoming attuned to him. My gasps of pain lessening as my breathing matched his. In and out. In and out. Steady. Deliberate.
The Vampire Lord and the Seeker. Finally, together at last. But not in the way I'd always thought we'd be.
About the Author
Deborah A Bailey's Paranormal & Science Fiction Romance novels include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat.
Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers' Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun and are included in, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales. She's the author of non-fiction books, and articles for various online publications.
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Q&A With the Author
When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?
I've been writing since I was a child, though at that point I was writing for fun. I made my own comics along with short stories and poems. Years later after I changed careers into IT and became a computer developer, I stopped writing. I worked a lot of hours and it seemed like writing wasn't a fit. But eventually I changed jobs and had less overtime. That's when I started writing again and decided to take it seriously.
What advice do you have for a new writer?
A lot of people suggest that you write every day. That's not always possible though. Life can be busy and there's not always time to sit and write. But I would say to read as much as possible even if you don't have time to write. Expose yourself to what other writers are doing and have done. Once you begin, give yourself the chance to make mistakes. Don't try to be perfect (because nothing is). Keep learning. Seek out mentors and constructive criticism that is intended to help you, not tear you down.
What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?
I'm not sure any of it is easy! I can get into a flow then abruptly hit a wall and have to set the work aside. If there is an easy part for me, it's when I'm working on the first draft. I just write without editing or worrying where the story is going. The stressful part comes later with the editing!
What is your favorite part of this story?
My favorite part is near the end when the heroine finally comes into her own. She has to face her fears and because of that she can fight for herself and others. I think we can identify with those times when we must face what we’ve avoided. That can be where we find our strength.
Which Character was the most fun to write about? Why?
I'd have to say Roglan the werewolf was the most fun. He's a supporting character and doesn't really have a lot to do in the story until the end. But he's a down-to-earth sort of guy who is a big help to the hero (Derek) and heroine (Avani). He gives Avani some good advice as well.
Which Character was the hardest to write about? Why?
Honestly I think Derek the Vampire Lord was the hardest to write. I've never written vampires before, and I didn't know how to present him. He's got an edge to him, but I didn't want that edge – or the fact that he can be a predator – to take away from his being seen as someone desperate to find his lost love. I also needed to show how a relationship with a vampire would work. There had to be give and take – and not just taking – on his part. He acknowledges his natural needs and yet he has a measure of control over them. Which of course creates conflict within him. And perhaps that's part of what makes vampires so attractive.
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