- Skye and Liza started writing it over Facebook Messenger before moving it to Google docs
- They did not plot it out before writing it (something that makes Liza VERY nervous, to the point where she turned into a clingy girlfriend and messaged Skye constantly with questions)
- Lysander’s name was Tyler until a third into writing the manuscript
- The legend of the Lorelei is a real legend, originating in Germany, and you can visit the statue
- While talking about the untitled work-in-progress, Liza called it “the Skyza book”
- The book was finished before they realized Avery didn’t have a last name. Liza picked Bennett because she’s a Pride & Prejudice fan
- Charles was half elf before Skye and Liza decided he should be half faerie lord
- Keira Blackwood, another paranormal romance author (and Liza’s other coauthor) designed the cover
- The “real” Song of Blood (lyrics to the tune of “My Favorite Things” that Liza wrote after reading one of Skye’s battle scenes) was a random comment Liza threw into the margin of the manuscript as a joke
- Skye wrote the German words that Avery sings to heal Tasha
- A placeholder title on their Google doc read “Avery’s Epic Vandemic Tale”
- While writing and editing, Liza and Skye teased each other constantly about British English vs. American English
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I could lie to the sheriff and tell her I have a posse on the way, but I’ve found it best not to tell tall tales to the folks I want to pay me at the end of the day. She might never find out, or she might have a charm or two on her person. Charmslingers like me aren’t as uncommon as “proper” folk would like to think. Humans all over the west have been figuring out that life is just a tad easier sometimes with a little magic to help them along. They just don’t like to admit as much because they think it taints them somehow. They’d rather shout slurs at the ones who use it openly. Jealous, I suppose.
That leaves me with one other option—finding a posse in name only. They stay behind, out of my way, and I pay them a set amount upon my return. Best way, really; there’s no risk of betrayal. But the right person has to be a combination of greedy—wanting to take my money, vain—not wanting to mess his pretty face, and without valor—not minding that he looks like a coward for staying behind.
A man walks into the bar and takes off his hat to reveal sandy blond hair. He looks directly at me. His bright blue eyes seem to shine through the gloom, his nose is straight, his teeth all intact as he smiles.
Ladies and gents, I’ve found my posse.
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Blood Bounty comes out next week! So excited about this one. Old western vampires and humans who sling charms instead of bullets, scary fae creatures, and all kinds of great adventures.
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There are so many reasons vampires are popular, I’ll never be able to list them all. However, I can come up with a few key reasons of why I love the bloodsuckers, so let’s get to it. ❤
1. Vampires can be either creepy AF or sexy AF.
From Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Laurell K. Hamilton’s Jean-Claude to LJ Smith’s Damon to Joss Whedon’s Spike (okay, fine, and Angel), vampires can really run the gamut. They can be totally horrific and disgusting, or just…misunderstood, sexy bad boys (siiiiigh, Damon). I like books and films to have a little bit of both–scary vampires and sexy vampires.
2. They bring instant tension to any situation.
Whether that tension comes from their unholy thirst, the danger they present, or the power dynamic of their strength versus that of mere mortals, when a vampire enters a scene, you know things are going to get good.
3. Bite me, baby.
Even the creepy vampires can hold a certain allure. A vampire’s bite can carry with it the bliss of pain or the vulnerability of becoming prey, or perhaps the power of a sacrifice. A hero or heroine might donate their blood, or a vampire might take it without asking.
4. Flexible rules.
Vampires are creatures of lore and they aren’t real (the vampires paid me to say that–they don’t want me to give away their secret), so anything goes. If you want your vampires to sparkle, go for it! (But don’t get put out when people laugh.) Some authors and screenwriters might come up with very complex rules for how new vampires are made. Some vampires might be invisible in mirrors, or allergic to garlic, or maybe they’ll happily guzzle holy water to shock onlookers. It’s a blast figuring these things out when falling into a new vampire world.
5. You can find them anywhere.
Vampires have existed in lore for centuries, which means any place you feel like putting them in a story, they can go! Renaissance Italy; Forks, Washington; outer space (why not?); the wild west–all and more are up for grabs. I wrote my first wild west vampire in Savage Thirst back in 2017, although I quickly fast-forwarded her to the present day. Recently, I wrote Blood Bounty, which is set in the wild west, and there are vampires everywhere! (Incidentally, the heroines in both of these books are named Gracie. This was an accident. I must really like that name.)
Speaking of Blood Bounty, it’s in the vampire Story Bundle, Beyond Twilight, and there are only two days left to grab the bundle! Name your price and get up to ELEVEN fang-tastic vampire books! Tap the image below to visit the page.
Sharpen your stakes and grab your holy water–we have a collection of ELEVEN vampire books that will take us beyond Twilight! From the wild, wild west to college campuses, from evil vampiric monsters to battles with gods, this Story Bundle is sure to please anyone who loves our immortal fanged friends.
Our books are Team Edward, but we’re donating to Team Jacob. The authors and StoryBundle have partnered with the Southern Ohio Wolf Sanctuary, which saves wolf dogs from euthanasia and nurses them back to health. Wolf dogs that are able to be adopted out find homes, otherwise the sanctuary provides care for the life of the wolf. Currently they’re working to buy several thousand acres for their wolf dogs.