All magic has its price, and no one knows that better than Victoria Warrick. Gifted with a centuries-old blood curse, Tori has finally learned to master her blood’s demands and has emerged triumphant with Christian Devereux, a vampire overlord, at her side.
But the worst is yet to come …
In the infamous City of Lights, home to both the Witch Clans and the Vampire Council, Tori enrolls at the exclusive Belles Fontaines school in Paris, where she is faced with a devastating choice: choose Christian and be an outcast, or choose the coven and secure her place with the witches.
When the fate of the supernatural world is targeted by a sinister new threat, Christian and Victoria must unite their two warring species to defeat it. Their bond will be tested, twisted, and sorely weakened, and Tori will find herself in uncharted territory—a dangerous place to be when her blood’s magic has its own dark agenda.
But to save them all, she may have no choice but to invoke its deadly power.
Bloodcraft by Amalie Howard
Series: Bloodspell #2
Genre: Upper YA/NA (mature content), Fantasy
Publication: December 15th, 2015
Interview with Christian from BLOODCRAFT...
1) Christian, can you describe the lure of Victoria’s magical blood?
C: That’s a complex question. Suffice it to say that it’s warm, rich, layered, and somewhat aphrodisiacal. It’s a scent that takes over every part of you and makes you think of nothing else but having it. Think of the most delicious food you’ve ever smelled, so mouth-watering that you can actually taste it on your tongue before consuming it, and then multiply that by a million—that’s a fraction of what I’m talking about.
2) What is it about Victoria that made you fall in love with her, despite the obvious challenges you both face?
C: Well, Victoria is smart, she’s beautiful, she’s caring, and she’s fierce as hell. She’s the total package. At first, my desire to protect her outweighed everything else, including the laws I was bound to uphold under penalty of death. In the beginning, it was easier to combat my natural attraction, but then I got to the point where it was simply impossible to fight it. Regardless of the obstacles, we are meant for each other.
3) If you could be human, would you choose to do so, and why?
C: Yes. It would have been nice to have children one day.
4) Do you really think your relationship with Tori can last?
C: I hope so. I mean, there are things between us that may cause some friction, like the sway of the Witch Clans or the Vampire Council, but right now, we are taking it one day at a time. I think couples have to work to stay together. Relationships are always going to be tested by external and internal forces, and it’s up to the two people in question to decide whether it’s worth the fight.
5) What’s the one thing you’re looking forward to most in getting older as a vampire?
6) What’s the deal with your brother? Do you really think he can be redeemed?
C: Lucian is ... misunderstood. He has always felt as if he was being left behind—part and parcel of being a second-born twin, I expect. But I think everyone deserves a chance for redemption, no matter how lost they may seem to be. Lucian is my brother, and at the end of the day, I can never give up on him, no matter how much he tries to push me away.
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About the Author
AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island (Trinidad & Tobago) where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.
An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie’s poem “The Candle,” written at age twelve, was published in a University of Warwick journal. At fifteen, she was a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Award (a global youth writing competition). A Colby College graduate, she completed simultaneous Honors Theses in both French and International Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa. At Colby, she was cited for research and criticism in Raffael Scheck’s article, “German Conservatism and Female Political Activism in the Early Weimar Republic,” and his subsequent book, Mothers of the Nation. She also received a distinction in English Literature from the University of Cambridge (A-levels) as well as a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, marketing representative, teen speaker and global sales executive.
agold-authorShe is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children. She is represented by the Liza Royce Agency and is a member of SCBWI.
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