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20 April 2011

Marie Treanor Guest Post

We are thrilled to welcome back once again to the Brazen Broads Book Bash author Marie Treanor.  Creator of one of our favorite characters in romance, Saloman, Marie is the author of the Awakened By Blood Series books, which include Blood On Silk and her newest book, Blood Sin.

Mad, Bad and Dangerous by Marie Treanor.

Hello! And many thanks to the Brazen Broads for having me back!

As you probably know I’m celebrating the release this month of Blood Sin, the second book of my vampire romance trilogy, Awakened by Blood. I’ve been waiting with bated breath to find out what the Broads think of it, because if you remember, they were very kind about the first book Blood on Silk. They particularly liked my vampire hero, Saloman, whom Moira called “Mad, bad and dangerous to know”.

Since this wonderful description was first applied to Lord Byron, it fits rather well with dark, gothic romance! And of course, there is a vampire connection to Byron too. He wrote a poem called The Gaiour, which made probably the first reference to vampires in western literature. In his poem, the vampire preyed first on those he’d loved most in life, his wife and children, whose curses would break his heart but not stop him. This piece later inspired Byron’s friend, John Polidori to write his novel, The Vampyre, published in 1819, which first introduced the vampire as an attractive aristocrat.

Enter Dracula. And Saloman

So, is Saloman mad, bad and dangerous? He was certainly accused of insanity when his enemies staked him in the seventeenth century. And he’s done what most of us would perceive as bad things… blood drinking, murder and other well-known vampire peccadilloes. I don’t think anyone would dispute that he’s dangerous, but for the rest… Does he have saving graces (beyond extreme sexiness)? Does the end justify his means?

You’ll have to make up your own mind!

Tell me what you think - either from having read the books or from the Broads’ reviews – is Saloman mad, bad or dangerous? Or which combination of the three? There’s a free copy of Blood on Silk or Blood Sin (winner’s choice) to one person who answers, or comments in some other way. Good luck!

Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband and three much-too-smart children. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.

Join the party on her new blog, Marie Treanor’s Romantic Theme Party:

Buy Blood Sin (Awakened by Blood 2) at

Buy Blood on Silk (Awakened by Blood 1) at

Watch out for Blood Eternal (Awakened by Blood 3, coming October 2011)

Thank you so much Marie for coming to our home on the web today!  We can't wait for the third book, Blood Eternal!  October is so long to wait!!

18 April 2011

Blood Sin-Marie Treanor

Saloman and Elizabeth Remain 'Silky-Smooth' In Treanor's Second Awakened By Blood Novel.........

Elizabeth has returned to her home in Scotland, teaching at university and awaiting the decision on her doctoral thesis.  Although some semblance of normalcy has found its way into her life, the responsibilities of being 'The Awakener' and a vampire hunter continue to weigh heavily on the same heart that feels an intense pull toward the ancient vampire, Saloman. 

Attempting to protect a fellow descendant of Tsigana's bloodline, Elizabeth finds herself in the presence once again of the mesmerizing Saloman at a gathering of collectors interested in ancient, mystical relics, and she must determine whether it is blood or blade that brings him after learning that a priceless sword rumored to be the 'Sword of Saloman', coveted by vampires and humans for its power and protection, is on site.  Struggling against her own passion, Saloman's enchanting ways, and the growing doubt that Saloman is, in fact, her enemy, Elizabeth Silk must choose sides in a new world where the lines between good and evil become blurred before pointing in a startling direction.

Treanor's vampire overlord has been praised by this Broad before, and he is just as fantastic in Blood Sin.  Cool and collected, appropriately arrogant, and always one move ahead of his adversaries, Saloman gathers his power throughout the novel all while oozing alpha male sex appeal.  The dialogue between Treanor's characters is well written, with Saloman standing out as superbly smooth. 

Blood Sin also delights with sensual tension between Elizabeth and Saloman.  Treanor capably walks that fine line, teetering on the edge of surrender with her heroine.  It works, in part due to a well written story supporting her strong yet ever-growing characters, and in addition because the author keeps a hint of danger alive in Elizabeth's relationship with Saloman by introducing an interesting prophecy into the storyline that suggests she may be the key to bringing the vampire down, but may also be the tool he needs to usher in a new vampire age.

This Broad's only disappointment is that I must wait until October for the next book in the series, Blood Eternal.  Once again, Marie Treanor earns four stars.

Just As Great The Second Time
As Moira has taken care of the summarizing, I can simply gush about how much I love Marie Treanor's writing. So often, I'm forced into being a contrarian on this blog. But novels like Blood Sin make me happy that I'm relatively stingy with my praise because I want people to know the great ones are just that:  great.

Just like in Blood On Silk, the chemistry between Saloman and Elizabeth is almost palpable. I was sitting in my car reading the book (time is at a premium for me, so car reading it is!) and as I read, I felt a rush as I read the scenes between the two lovers.  I looked around to see if anyone was noticing my reaction.  Thankfully, at my job, no one hangs out in the parking lot.  But if you saw me reading Blood Sin, you would have seen the effect Marie Treanor's writing has on readers. 

I think what I appreciate most about her books is how much of them are actually story and not just dialogue.  So many times these days, books are filled with dialogue in the mistaken idea that this is where the story should be told.  Story is told through narrative, and dialogue can certainly move the story along.  But I don't need soliloquies from my romance characters.  Leave that to the Bard's characters.  Or worse yet, I don't need pages and pages of one line dialogue.  That's pablum. What readers want and what they get from the Awakened By Blood series is good storytelling. 

I continue to be impressed by Marie Treanor's ability to keep me dying to want more of that divine vampire, Saloman.  I freely admit I read romance for the men, and Saloman doesn't disappoint.  While the love scenes are well written, what are particularly enjoyable for me are the scenes where he exhibits his considerable power.  No wonder Elizabeth can't deny him much.  I wouldn't be able to either. 

I'm eagerly awaiting Blood Eternal, due out in October.  Thanks again to Marie Treanor for delivering another fantastic read.  In a sea of vampire stories, her creation stands out as one of the best. 


Please come back on Wednesday, April 20 when Marie Treanor stops by to guest post and talk about her new book! 

10 April 2011

Worth Any Price, Lisa Kleypas

When Is Love .....Worth Any Price? 

Worth Any Price, by Lisa Kleypas, is set in London, England in the late 1830's, centering on Miss Charlotte Howard, a young woman on the run from an undesirable marriage, and Nick Gentry, the Bow Street runner hired to retrieve her.  Upon finding her whereabouts, Nick discovers Charlotte to be quite different than what he expected, so instead of returning her to her family and thereby sentencing her to a life of misery under the cruel hand of Lord Radnor, he asks her to marry him.  Now discovered, Charlotte has little choice but to agree, and something about Mr. Gentry makes her eager to be his bride, even though she believes the marriage will be in name only. 

Lisa Kleypas is a big name in romance, so I confess to expecting big things inside the cover of her novel, Worth Any Price.  The first few chapters were, quite frankly, a disappointment.  The circumstances in which Nick finds Charlotte are nicely contrived, but the fact that he seeks to seduce her from the moment he finds her didn't match the personality assigned him by the author.  Furthermore, the first proposal offered by Lord Westcliff added nothing of interest to the story, but did give Charlotte the escape she desired from Radnor, and it seems ridiculous that she would have refused it, even if she did feel he was sacrificing too much for her.  Even more awful was her offer to Mr. Gentry to become his mistress in exchange for his protection from Lord Radnor and financial support.  That Nick counters with his own offer of marriage at least set things to rights, but the book's beginning did little to impress this Broad.

 That being said, once Kleypas secures the marriage between Nick and Charlotte, the story becomes very good indeed!  As a couple, Nick and Charlotte are well matched characters.  Kleypas writes a wonderful male lead, adding an interesting background for him that she blended well within the romance itself.  His occupation as a Bow Street runner was a refreshing treat, and his cases were another point of interest in the story, although even Kleypas couldn't escape the confines of 1800's England, and our poor Mr. Gentry must  have a double identity -  the long lost Lord Sydney.  His rejection of the title and responsibility after being discovered by a fellow Bow Street runner can't last, as once he is revealed, Bow Street cannot keep him on any longer, but it was nice while it lasted. I particularly enjoyed the transformation the author had her male hero undergo in the novel.  Nick goes from existing to living not in a moment, but little by little as his bride influences him and he awakens to the connection he feels to his wife.  Certainly, he has a moment where it all becomes clear to him, but this is more a reckoning with his changed ideals than a catalyst for change. 

 Kleypas also gets an honourable mention, as she wrote some of the best love scenes I've read in the genre.  That she ably prolonged the sexual tension between the characters until midway through the story before the aforementioned love scene without leaving the reader feeling like .....,"Ohhh get on with it already.".... gives testament to her romance writing ability.  In addition, Kleypas maintains sensuality throughout the novel, which is something many authors fail to do once 'the deed' is done. 

Despite a slow and awkward beginning, Worth Any Price earns author Lisa Kleypas a recommendation of "Read It!",  to romance lovers. 




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