Thursday, October 11, 2012

Catriana Sommers: Bound by Blood

Please welcome my guest, Catriana Sommers, author of The Arcanus Series. I read and enjoyed Destined, and I'm looking forward to reading Book 2, Bound by Blood. Catriana is a master at world building and today she's sharing some of her secrets as well as an excerpt from her new release.
Here's Catriana...
Thanks for having me! Hi everyone. It's Giveaway Time! I'm giving away a free e-book copy of Bound by Blood via random drawing. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with your e-mail address and we'll contact you if you're a winner!

Balancing Worldbuilding

Destined focused on primarily on the elves with only a smattering of human influence, and while Bound by Blood does focus mainly on the vampires, various other races and cultures of mentioned, referenced to, and introduced. Even the elusive dragons have more than a brief mention within. From Rioran we learn a bit about the kass'na race and how they live. I wanted to touch on each race just a tad, although even doing that only scratches the surface on a tiny piece of a wider spectrum of the world.

Through Liari we learn much about the vampires, such as their history, their lifestyle, and even more interestingly, how they've interacted with their human neighbors and the difference of technology between all the different races. The Mixed (human/vampire hybrids) are one of the major catalysts for this change. Humans, while not prominently featured themselves, influence the story with their advanced technology and in how their agenda is driving the plot forward. Definitely expect to see more of us as the series goes on.

Developing all of this has been an exciting challenge that's ongoing. With each novel I hope to build upon the world more and more. One of my goals is to show the readers how rich and vibrant Meedia is, and I hope Bound by Blood whets the appetite for more.

Bound by Blood now available!
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Rioran is a Kass'na'vah, king of a magical race, and his kingdom has been frozen by Olde Magick. Along with his brother Viron, the only known survivor of the attack, he travels across Meedia looking for leads to these mysterious practitioners of an eons-dead magic.

Their quest hits a snag when Rioran meets his lifemate, a dying seven-year-old vampire noble named Liari Varian. To save her life, he gives her his blood, binding himself to her. Now he's stuck, physically incapable of leaving her, forced to watch from the sidelines until she comes of age and he can continue the search to free his people.

The world doesn't remain idle while he waits, however. Tensions between races are building, war is brewing, and behind it all is a mysterious organization bent on eliminating all magic in the world.

CONTENT ADVISORIES: This title is erotica; it is not a romance title. This title contains both MF and MM sexual situations.


I am surrounded by incompetence.

Kien Varian reluctantly waved away the two voluptuous women sitting on either side of him. They flashed him pouty looks as he blew them apologetic kisses. Their hips swayed seductively as they quietly exited his social room.

The playful expression on his face morphed into an icy mask. Warm amber eyes, turned cold and predatory. Before him, a Mixed male kneeled on one of his fur rugs, one fist pressed firmly to the ground.

"Markus Lotros." Crossing his legs, Kien raised a well-manicured hand to stroke his goatee thoughtfully. "Care to repeat those words?"

The messenger winced despite the pleasant tone. "I saw the heir leave her party moments ago… with Lord Larian. I had heard you wished not to be disturbed, but the young master instructed I come to you."

Kien blinked and the stroking stopped. "Young master? Ah, you mean Eris." Eris Lotros, heir to the strongest clan in the vampire community. A bit older than the birthday girl tonight by a few years, but his interest was obvious. A good match, if any were worthy of his little Lili.

If she survives.

"Yes, Lord Kien." Markus's head remained lowered out of respect and fear. Even being from another clan, there were few who could claim ignorance concerning Kien's capricious behavior.

Fortunately, the vampire lord had other things on his mind. "Guardian?" he queried.

"Her whereabouts are unknown."

Right. Of course Reila couldn't be found. Had Alik listened to him and put a pureblood in charge of protecting Liari, Larian's obvious ploy would have been less likely to succeed. The last of the Ancient's resources and abilities had gone into ensuring the heir's conception; a replacement would not be forthcoming.

"Be grateful your prince is an only child." Kien finally stood from his plush red sofa, straightening his ruffled blouse. He blew out an exasperated sigh, fingers pinching the bridge of his nose in a futile attempt to thwart an oncoming headache. "Do you know where they were headed, Guardian? Stand up, man. I swear I won't unleash my crazy on you."

About the Author: I live in a beautiful hilly town in the state of Washington. I have a wonderful husband and two cute dogs who are huge parts of my life. I've been writing for as long as I can remember, and I cannot imagine my life without it. I'm a fantasy/romance author, but I love reading Sci-fi/Fantasy, high fantasy, romance, and I've recently delved more heavily into steampunk.

I've been a published author since 2011. When I'm not writing, I'm procrastinating on websites like tumblr and roleplaying forums, I'm out and about learning the local area, or I'm playing video games. I've won National Novel Writing Month for two consecutive years and hoping to make 2012 my third.

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Catriana S. said...

Thank you so much for having me! I had a family emergency that took me out of town so I wasn't able to post earlier. :)

Gale Stanley said...

My pleasure. Hope everything is okay.
Have a good weekend!

HNK said...

Hopefully I did this correctly, but I'm fired up to have a copy of Catriana's Bound by Blood. E-mail address:

Hope everybody's having an enjoyable weekend! :D

elendramear said...

The second book~ I've been waiting for this! X3 (unfortunately I've been off tumblr and DA since school started up so I didn't see it came out)