Today, I'm pleased to introduce a great tale: Blood and Guitars, by Heather Jensen!
I was living a rock star’s dream and, from the outside looking in, I had everything a guy could wish for. But there was something missing. I had never imagined there was anything better than having thousands of devoted fans scream out my name. That all changed the night I looked into her poison green eyes. - Trey
He shouldn't have been able to make me feel anything, least of all alive. I would be risking everything to be with him. He was human and that was dangerous enough, but for all my moon-given talents, I was powerless against him. - Aurora
When Aurora meets Trey, a famous singer and musician, she’s only hoping to get her fill of human blood for the week. The last thing Aurora expects is for Trey to make her feel alive for the first time since she was, well, alive. It begins with a casual painting lesson at her art studio, The Waking Moon, and quickly turns into a forbidden romance. Aurora is forced to hide her true identity from Trey, while keeping her relationship with the human a secret from other vampires in her Brood. Trey’s band is recording a new album and with Aurora as his muse, Trey is writing songs like never before. After being hired by their record label to paint the cover of the new album, Aurora has a legitimate reason for spending so much time with Trey and his band mates. Aurora can’t deny the unexpected connection she has with Trey, which is fueled by glimpses into his emotions every time they share a kiss. Caught between two worlds, Aurora must attend celebrity award shows and vampire rituals, find time to feed, and protect Trey from the dangers of the night, all while preserving her secrets.
I've been an avid reader my entire life. The first author whose work I really felt a connection with was Bruce Coville. I loved Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher so much that my copy is literally falling apart. (Yes, I still have it, thanks to my Mom.) I'll probably need to invest in a new copy to read to my son. When I was around 16 I discovered Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and In The Forests of the Night. If I hadn't already been fascinated by vampires, this would have done it.
I began writing Blood and Guitars years before Twilight came out. In fact, I was still in high school when I wrote about half of the book. There are a lot of reasons it has taken me this long to get the book finished and out in the world, but I'm grateful that it's come this far.
I live in Southern Utah with my husband and son. I've lived in Utah my entire life, and don't plan on leaving. I grew up in Emery County and still visit there often, but sunny Saint George is more my style.
When I'm not writing or reading I love to travel, play board and card games, decorate cakes, kill zombies on the Xbox 360 with my hubby, play guitar, listen to music, go to concerts and spend time with friends and family.
I have a serious addiction to Oreos and White Knight drinks from Perks. Also, to the Backstreet Boys, and I'm not ashamed to admit it!
My favorite holiday is Halloween. I was almost born on Halloween, but my mom insists she didn't want to have a 'spook' for a child. Her words, not mine.
Barnes & Noble
Heather Jensen’s debut novel, Blood and Guitars, tells the story of Aurora and Trey—a vampire and a human who risk everything for love.
This modern-day, albeit paranormal, love story begins with a flourish, introducing readers to the tragically beautiful Aurora, while offering a glimpse into the secret world of vampires that she inhabits. The pace slows when Aurora meets Trey, and the lines between their two worlds slowly disappear. This part really showcases Jensen’s solid writing and more than passing understanding of songwriting and the music industry. All the while, the reader braces for the repercussions of the main characters’ forbidden romance.
And the repercussions do come. In fact, just when Jensen leads you to believe that disaster has been averted … she lowers the boom.
Blood and Guitars is the satisfying first book in a trilogy. I already have book two, so I’ll soon have more to share.
I recommend Blood and Guitars to YA, NA, and adult paranormal romance fans.
Be sure to check it out and let me (and Heather) know what you think!
Blood and Guitars is book one of the "Blood and Guitars" series. Stop back Saturday for my review of book two, Immortals and Melodies--which is free today on Amazon. Get your copy here.
Tue, November 20, 2012
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