Following the death of her wood nymph mother at the hands of vampires, Raven worked hard to build a life for herself in one of the few remaining human settlements. Her life takes a frightening turn when she finds herself an unwilling guest in a vampire settlement, but things are not anything like she expected them to be. Still, she cannot help but feel that her attraction to the vampire leader is a betrayal to her mother’s memory and her human friends.
From the moment Connor first laid eyes on Raven she has thrown his entire world off-balance. In order to prove his strength as a leader, he has no choice but to take her up on her offer to trade her freedom for that of her human friends. Having begun his life as a slave, he has no interest in keeping the wood nymph captive. As a man, he has no desire to feel this overwhelming attraction to a woman who hates him and his kind.
As Raven spends more time with the vampires, her feelings for Connor grow even stronger and Connor finds that she may be the one thing he cannot live without. Unfortunately, a new danger emerges that could threaten the survival of vampires and humans alike. As Connor struggles to unravel the mystery of the attacks from a new species of vampire, a madman will go to any lengths to get Raven’s blood.
~ Bewitching BT
” Connor was shocked when Raven took off. She skipped the overgrown trail and headed
straight into the trees. He followed her, awed by her graceful movements. If he’d been human, he
never would have been able to keep up with her. With each step she seemed to gain strength.
Connor finally caught her arm. “Slow down some, little nymph.”
“Why?” she asked with a radiant smile. “Are you having trouble keeping up with me?”
Connor stepped in closer to her body and leaned in until she was trapped against a tree by
his much larger body. Her gasp made him smile. She had obviously noticed his erection pressed
against her belly. “Vampires get excited by the chase,” he said. “It weakens my self-control.”
Her eyes widened. “I thought you said you didn’t want an unwilling partner.”
“I don’t,” he said. “That’s why I would have to lay you down on the ground and lick
every inch of your sweet body until you begged me to take you.”
Her pulse quickened and Connor couldn’t resist the temptation to lean forward and run
his tongue across it. That made him even harder and he hadn’t thought that was possible.
Damn, but she seemed to be considering letting him do it. The green tint to her cheeks
deepened. Never in a million years would he have guessed that green tinted flesh would be a
turn-on. This hadn’t happened before so he assumed it had something to do with her proximity
to nature. He suddenly wondered if other parts of her body flushed green when she was excited.
Damn, he really would love to strip her naked and find out.
Finally, she let out a shaky breath. “Sorry, I’ll move slower.”
He released her and adjusted his jeans. “We need to stop for a minute so I can get things
under control,” he said.
“I’m sorry,” she said nervously. “I wasn’t trying to do that to you.”
“You never are,” he said mostly to himself. ”
1. What would you say inspired you to write the novel?
Like most of my books, Raven’s Blood started with a vivid dream. I was enjoying a romantic weekend in Carmel with my husband and this dream woke me up at three in the morning. I could not go back to sleep. I spent the rest of the morning obsessing over it. When we got home, I immediately started writing Raven’s Blood.
2. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
I’m not sure that I would call it writer’s block, but I do reach to points in a story where I’m not sure what’s going to happen next. I have a couple of techniques for dealing with those times. I always have at least three projects in the works. This allows me to step back from a book when I need to. Sometimes I will just go back and start the rewrite process. A lot of times reading what I’ve already written allows me to move past that mental roadblock.
3. Your all time favorite book?
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
3. What made you pick that one above all others?
My dad urged me to read it when I was in middle school. It is my favorite book because it is the first book that I could not put down. After that I found myself almost obsessed with finding good books to read. I credit my dad and Dickens for inspiring my passion for literature.
4. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
I have a book that I have been working on for the last four years. I love the characters and the concept, but it’s missing something. I just can’t put my finger on what it needs yet.
5. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
Yes, it has definitely changed me. I homeschool my youngest children. I love it, but I felt like I was losing my own identity. Writing allows me to fully express myself. It adds much needed balance to my life.
6. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
I start my day at four in the morning. This allows me to get in four hours of writing and a little cuddle time with my guinea pigs before I start school with my girls. Most of my days are your typical mommy days. When my girls are playing quietly, I slip into the office to do a little writing. I do love to bake and am secretly in love with my KitchenAid professional mixer. I think my husband is suspicious of us, but he loves the cookies too much to voice his suspicions.
7. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I don’t take it personally. I have read some books that everyone is raving about and I just didn’t enjoy them. I can’t write to please everyone. I think it is important for every author to keep that in mind. It is a little harder when a review is on the nasty side, but I don’t think people write their reviews expecting the author to read them.
8. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
This book is part of a series. Each book in the series will be about different characters. The next book in this series will be about Simon.
9. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
I am currently working on the next book in my Psy-Vamp series and a book about a middle aged witch named Millie. Millie’s story has been trying to work its way out of my brain for a few years.
10. What made you decide to go the self-pub way?
My primary responsibility is my children’s care and education. As a result, I needed the freedom to set my own schedule. Self-publishing allows me to set realistic goals and timeframes.
11. What would you say was the toughest part?
The hardest part was hitting the publish button the first time. It was truly a nerve-wracking experience. Actually, it is still a little scary each time I do it.
12. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
For my first book, I hired someone to design the cover. Since then, I have done all of my own editing, formatting, and cover design. I actually just did a book cover for another author, including the photography for the cover image. This is kind of ironic because I’m legally blind. I can see but my vision is very limited.
13. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’?
That is a difficult question to answer. I started working on Raven’s Blood in August. At the time, I was in the middle of Safe Hex with a Vampire. I took a week off to start Raven’s Blood and worked on it intermittently while I finished Safe Hex, but I didn’t start working on it exclusively until the middle of November. I would say it took around five months.
14. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
My books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iTunes, and Sony.
1. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
Only one book? That is cruel and unusual punishment! Make it one series and I promise to come up with an answer.
2. Name your favorite fruit.
Right now, it’s grapes. That is subject to change, especially when they are giving out samples at the farmer’s market.
3. Coffee or tea?
5. Favorite season?
Summer. I really hate cold weather. I know I’m actually a big baby about it. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area so it rarely gets really cold here.
6. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
Neither, but I was a cubscout den leader when my son was a little boy.
7. Favorite food for breakfast?
Vanilla yogurt with banana in it.
8. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
River Marked by Patricia Briggs.
9. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
I’m currently collecting book boyfriends.
10. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Red, because I just can’t be in a bad mood when I wear red. Although, I really do love all bright colors.
11. Drama or comedy?
Comedy. I love to laugh.
12. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
“What we want to see is the child in pursuit of the knowledge not the knowledge in pursuit of the child.” ― George Bernard Shaw
13. Cats or dogs?
14. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
That depends on my mood.
About the Author & Links:
Cassandra Lawson is an author and homeschooling mother of three from the San Francisco Bay area. She has always had a very active imagination and loves making up stories. When she is not writing she enjoys baking, spending time with her family, listening to music, or curling up with a good book.