Tranquilli Bloodline Series, Prequel
by Celia Breslin
by Celia Breslin
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Champagne Books
Date of Publication: October 7, 2013
Number of pages: 20
Word Count: 4,000
Cover Artist: Petra K.
This is a prequel to Haven. These events occur three months before Haven starts
Clothed in darkness and power, Jonas watches Carina from the periphery of her life. With all that he is, he secretly protects his young charge from harm. Only three months remain in the twelve-year prohibition forbidding contact with his little warrior when he fails.
Abducted from her dance club, Carina suffers a vicious attack by a newly-turned vampire. Jonas’s retribution for the lowly spawn’s code violation is swift and brutal, and merely the beginning of his vengeance. Fineas, the uninitiated newling’s maker, has committed the greater offense. And Jonas intends to make him suffer.
I am The Executioner, the slayer, the ruthless hand of justice. Code Breakers beware.
“You touched her.”
Jonas’s sword whistled through the air and sliced off the cowering vampire’s hand in one clean blow. It plopped into the mud. The hatchling howled in agony. Clutching his bleeding arm to his chest, he trembled at Jonas’s feet.
“You kicked her.”
The sword sang down again, lopping off one leg just below the knee. The lifeless limb joined the other in the mud.
The vampire peon passed out.
Jonas shoved his sword into the ground and grabbed the vampire by the hair, holding him aloft with ease. He summoned his power and pushed it into the wounded man, forcing him back to consciousness.
Awakened once again, the vampire screamed, eyes wide with horror.
Jonas bared his fangs. “You bit her.”
He plunged them into the weakling’s neck. He tore a flap of flesh from the front then spat it onto the growing pile of body parts at his feet.
“No more.” With one practiced twist, he wrenched the vampire’s head from his body.
The headless corpse crumpled to the ground. Jonas tossed the head onto the bloody heap, collected his sword and stalked into the night.
Can you please share with us a little about yourself?
Hi Bridgette! Thanks for having me over for a visit. Let’s see, some tidbits not in my bio: I’m Scottish/Irish with a smidge of Italian thrown in there. I have a serious dark chocolate obsession but make up for it with boot camp style workouts. I have a tattoo I designed myself. I write urban fantasy and paranormal romance with a particular preference for vampires and the Fae.
Have you always wanted to be an author?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid, mostly short fantasy or horror stories back then. I ventured into novel-length fiction as an adult, post grad school. A medical scare prompted me to submit my first manuscript. It was all “carpe diem” after that.
Can you share with us your typical writing day. Is there anything you have to have while writing?
Necessities: Water, laptop, music. A typical writing day looks something like this: Chauffeur child to school, exercise, write, line edit and/or read slush pile for indie publisher, pick up child, spend evening with family. Rinse, repeat.
What would you say is the most challenging or rewarding part of writing?
Challenging: Carving out enough time to write each and every day! Rewarding: I have a lot of stories and characters in my head asking for their time in the sun (or moon in the case of my vampires, lol). Nothing beats bringing their stories to life on the page.
Can you please tell us about your latest book?
Vampire Code is a short story prequel starring Jonas, my favorite vampire in The Tranquilli Bloodline Series. The story is set a few months prior to the beginning of Haven, the first full-length novel in the series. Jonas and the rest of the Tranquilli vampires have spent years in the shadows watching over Carina. One night, a naughty newbie vampire attacks Carina. Jonas delivers swift and painful vengeance.
How did you come up with the idea for this story?
I love Jonas. When I developed his backstory for the series, I knew he was going to be super fun to write. So, giving him his own story in which to shine was an easy decision. I may have to write a few more shorts for him, too. He’s demanding like that.
Can you share with us your current work in progress?
The second book in the Tranquilli Bloodline Series is in progress. Dixon, one of the naughty vampires from Team Evil in Haven, resurfaces in the second book to torment Carina. She knows it’s going to be a bad day when her archenemy has a box of blood delivered to her house...
Who are some of your favorite authors?
There are so many awesome authors in the world, and in so many genres... Let’s do paranormal romance: Laura Kaye, Larissa Ione, Kresley Cole, J. R. Ward, and Amber Belldene.
Do you feel that any of your favorite authors have inspired your writing style?
I think a writer’s style is as unique as their fingerprints.
Open your book to a random page and please reads us a few lines.
His mind flashed to her as a little girl. He almost cracked a rare smile at the memory of her dark ringlets bouncing around her snow-white face as she bounded up to greet him every night with the same request.
“Let’s fly, Jonas! C’mon!” she’d insist, beguiling him with her dark eyes, arms uplifted in excited anticipation.
And he had acquiesced every time. I could deny her nothing.
He, the most feared vampire of the Tranquilli cosca, her father’s left hand and third in command of the fiercest vampires in existence, Jonas the Executioner….brought to his knees by a child.
What’s in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
I’m looking forward to reading J. R. Ward’s Lover At Last from my TBR pile, and also Laura Kaye’s Hard As It Gets, releasing November, 2013.
Have you ever used anyone from your real life encounters in any of your books?
Nope. Haven’t met any vampires. Yet. LOL ;-)
What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while you were writing?
Music inspires and motivates my Muse.
Here’s Haven’s playlist:
Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.