Welcome back for another Friday Feature at NA Alley!

Before I announce today's FF, I want to announce the winner of our last Friday Feature's contest, winner of a copy of SM Blooding's Hand of the Tarrot:  Christine Simons!  You will be contacted shortly by the author.  

Today, we're featuring Margarita Felices' book, Judgement of Souls 3:  The Kiss At Dawn, a vampire tale which has been called fast-paced and refreshing by readers on Amazon and Goodreads.  

Tell me about your book (blurb):

JUDGEMENT OF SOULS is a Paranormal Romance/Gothic Horror in which a naïve pure-blood Vampire is tossed into the mortal world. Rachel meets Daniel, a nightclub owner and his group of friends and after Daniel’s best friend is murdered by Max, Rachel’s ex-lover, becomes embroiled in the search for an ancient vampire artefact. Rachel tries to fight off her feelings for Daniel, even siding with her Vampire friend Arun to think again about Daniel’s involvement, but he’s her love and she’s going to protect him, no matter what.

Describe your main characters:

RACHEL is my lead and she was born from two pureblood vampires.  In the vampire world there can only be a child made if there is a sacred ceremony performed by the Elders.  Rachel’s parents are highly regarded in the Elysium (Vampire colony), so when they ask, because of their work they are granted a child.  But Rachel is born mortal so when she is 16, she is initiated into the vampire life.   That is when the Book of Cain is stolen by Max, the mysterious stranger that comes to the Elysium and seduces the naïve Rachel. While she is being initiated – she has to be in the darkness in this transition for a month – she comes back to find that her parents have been banished and Max was responsible.  So her journey starts to find the book, redeem her parents’ honour and if she can, kill Max. 

ARUN is Rachel’s vampire friend.  They have known each other since childhood.  Arun is not born from purebloods, he was rescued and taken back to the Elysium and then made into a vampire in the same sort of initiation.  He leaves the Elysium to keep an eye on Rachel, to keep her safe and to help her in her quest.

DANIEL is mortal.  He owns a club in Cardiff with his best friend Tobey.  Daniel’s family has its own secrets that are revealed in this book and shocks Rachel.  When Max kills Tobey, Daniel decides to help Rachel find the book.  One night, Rachel and Arun sit Daniel down and tell him who they are.  Usually a closely guarded secret, Rachel believes telling him who or what they are and what he’s up against, might just save his life. 

MAX arrived at the Elysium with the intent of stealing the Book of Cain and raising Lilleth, the demon goddess of the Underworld and mother to all vampires, in the hope that he will be rewarded and made into a higher superior vampire.  He comes to the Elysium and targets Rachel just to get close to her parents.  But Max should be careful who he regards as friends, because once he steals the book, he’s double-crossed and spends the next 300 years avoiding getting his head removed from his shoulders.

Daniel’s best friends, who live with him and work at the club are:  Tobey, Cassie, Juliette, Pogue and Joshua.   

 What was your favorite scene in your book?

It was any part that has Daniel and Arun together.  There is a section where Daniel and Arun are chained together and Daniel won’t stop talking and Arun wants him to shut up.   I found it funny to write, a curious mortal and a fed up vampire!  Or the time just before they tell him what they are and Daniel wanders around the rooms of the house, sees a coffin in one of them and goes in to take a look, when he lifts the lid he sees Arun in it and Arun is just about to bite him when Rachel runs in to stops him.  He wasn’t really going to bite him; he just wanted to have some fun at Daniel’s expense!

 What was the hardest part of the book for you to write?
I love writing dark stories, so when it came time to write any sort of romance I found it really difficult.   Because this wasn’t really a romantic story, it was a story about revenge and redemption, but as I wrote the story, I could sense what Rachel was beginning to feel for Daniel, so it had to be written.

 What compelled you to write your book?
I’ve always loved to write, and vampires or anything paranormal is my favourite.  I had this story in my head for such a long time about a strong willed female vampire because I wanted to write something different.   When I first sat down and started to write, there was no Max - Rachel was the villain.  But I soon realised that this was wrong, so I started over and made their relationship different to anything else I’ve read or seen.

 Now, about you in a few words:

I live in Cardiff with my partner and three little mad dogs and I work for a well-known TV broadcasting company. I love living in Cardiff because, for all its modernisation, there are still remnants of an old Victorian city. I love writing and base my stories in Cardiff because it has such character.  When I can, I go out to the coast and take photographs, mind you, we have a lovely castle in the city centre and a fairytale one just on the outskirts, so when I feel I can’t write anything, I take a ramble to those locations and it clears my head. 

When I left school, I wrote short stories for magazines (one of them has since been rewritten and published, it’s called The Psychic, go find it), and it paid my way through college.  I am Gothic; I love the fashion, the architecture and the music. The club in my novel is real. When I was writing this book, I got all my club material and clientele from there, I wouldn’t have finished that section without it.

 What books is sitting on your TBR pile that you can’t wait to read?
Oh I have so many on my Kindle.  First I’m going to finish reading Golden Chariot by Chris Karlsen, then I’m going to finish Ancient Blood: A Novel of The Order (The Order Saga) by Brian McKinley (I’ve foolishly started both), then I want to read the new Stephen King and the new Anne Rice books – or maybe catch up on the last ones that I’ve missed…  

 If you could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Anne Rice.   (Closely followed by Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and Jane Austin).   I find her such an inspiration.  She is always available to answer any queries you may have with regards to your own writing.  She gave the whole vampire genre a different look with Interview with the Vampire.  I was so fed up with the cliché cape and fangs vampires.  

 What’s up next?
I’m writing the prequel to Judgement of Souls 3: The Kiss at Dawn.   This is called Judgement of Souls 2: The Call of the Righteous.    This story will start when Rachel puts her parents in their coffins to sleep and ends at the time we start JOS3, at the tower of Cardiff Castle.  She’s going to have such adventures in this one.  She makes her first mortal friend, she meets a dashing Count and saves him from the guillotine and helps him rescue prisoners from the French Revolution, and she travels the world searching for Max and the book.   I also have a new short story in its final editing stages which will be up very soon, it’s called The Story of my Heart – my first ever romance story!  

If you log into my Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/#!/JudgementOfSouls3TheKissAtDawn   there are some pictures of my characters and some of their surroundings, as well as a sneak preview into Book 2 and the Knights of the Righteous.

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  1. Congrats, Christine!!! Sending your email now!

  2. And while I'm here, Margarite, your book looks fantastic!! Great interview, too! Though, I would probably pick Bram. You can tell what you REALLY like to read from your list of authors there. LOL! It was great to find out more about you! You're on my TBR now!


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