Are you looking for a new Paranormal Romance series? Tracy Tappan has released the first novel in her Community series, and it looks intriguing. Read on to learn more about this first installment and the author, herself as she shares her experiences with creating the series. You can also visit Tappan’s website to enter a giveaway offered during this tour.
The Bloodline War (The Community Series # 1) by Tracy Tappan
Publication Date: December 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Adult Fiction
Beneath the streets of San Diego, California, a unique race of human beings called Vârcolac lives on the brink of extinction. Desperate to save their dying people, a brotherhood of warriors deploys to the surface to steal genetically superior women for a repopulation program.
A car accident changes everything…
A computer hacked hospital blood test confirms that Dr. Toni Parthen carries a gene that’s the key to salvation for a unique race of human beings. Abducted to a secret, underground community, Toni is asked to do the unthinkable: procreate with a man from a race called Vârcolac—a species that must consume the blood of other humans to survive. Then bizarre turns dangerous, because a new, mysterious enemy also wants her special DNA, and Toni finds herself in the middle of an all-out war to possess her.
Destined to be alone…
It’s the job of Jaċken Brun, leader of the Warrior Class, to keep the captured women safe from a demonic race of humans who rule a neighboring part of their underground world. His challenges multiply when Toni inflames the women into mutiny, and then there’s his biggest problem…his growing desire for the infuriating woman herself. Afflicted with a dark genetic makeup, Jaċken can never be with a woman. Until Toni uses her scientific ingenuity to find a way for her and Jaċken to be together. But then the new enemy faction unearths Toni and drags her to their hidden lair, where they’ll inflict an unspeakable cruelty on her to gain access to her valuable genes.
It will take every warrior skill Jaċken owns to save the woman he loves, but only if he can find her in time….
Big, Dark and Murderous was standing over by a black entertainment center, his hands planted on his hips and a scowl knitting his eyebrows into a fierce vee. The proverbial tower of manhood and menace. He was dressed in that super sexy all-black workout gear the warriors wore for training, and although he was still his usual scary self, he also looked surprisingly…well…super sexy.
Toni’s stomach gave a start and then a funny flutter at the sight of him. Powerful muscles stood out in rigid relief against the tight fabric of his gear, his body so clearly articulated with grooves and crevices he could’ve been held up in anatomy class as an example of the perfect male specimen. These are the quadriceps, class, this, the tibialis anterior, and this part right here between his legs is the…oh, my. Let’s just all make a ‘yum’ noise, shall we.
Toni briefly closed her eyes. She really needed to get some help.
“Well?” he pressed in a peeved tone. “I asked you a question.”
“Yes, I’m…uh…” I’m here to steal a key card so that I can instigate an escape plan. She covertly scanned the room for inspiration on another excuse, figuring the truth wouldn’t go over well with a man of Jaċken’s temperament. It was then she noticed just how black his bedroom was: black wooden dresser and entertainment center, sleek black lacquered wet bar, black bedspread with a dark gray geometric design on it. Sheesh. If her bedroom was Louis XVI, Dev’s like a cozy room out of a château, then this bedroom—in keeping with the whole French theme—was Marquis de Sade all the way. Well, at least the bedroom fit the man this time.
“I just came to see if, um…” Her gaze zeroed in on a stack of DVD’s in his entertainment center. “If you wouldn’t mind if I borrowed a movie.”
“You ever hear of knocking first? I was about to get into the shower. I could’ve been standing here naked, lady.”
That gave her pause. Despite all logic, the thought of Jaċken naked wasn’t a wholly unpleasant prospect. Not at all, in fact. Clearing her throat, she started forward. “I’m a doctor, Mr. Brun,” she said in the kind of overly patient tone she knew would annoy him. “You surely don’t have anything I haven’t seen before.” Mmm, that was about as big a joke as it had been with Dev.
She drew up right in front of him, and startled as a tingle of sensual awareness lit off a short burst of heat in her belly. She was close enough to smell him now, clean male sweat and a hint of Old Spice deodorant and Irish Springs soap; everything that was completely masculine and just about curled all the fine hairs on her body. An immense power radiated off of him, like the force of a tornado barely held in check, along with determination and confidence and ruthless intelligence, and something…strangely raw.
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After earning a master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, Tracy Tappan enjoyed several years of doing clinical work before devoting herself full time to writing. She was born with a fertile imagination that has compelled her to write gritty romance novels, spanning paranormal, historical, and military suspense genres. During nearly a quarter of a century spent as a military wife, she lived all over the United States and in Europe, enjoying seven years overseas in the diplomatic community, first in Rome then in Madrid. She is also the founder and creator of a fan-based website called The Character Couch, where romance’s favorite couples are brought into a session with therapist, Regan Malloy.
She’s now settled back in sunny San Diego with her husband, a menagerie of pets, and two children who seem to think they can come and go as they please.
The Character Couch http://www.charactercouch.com/
Your new book, The Bloodline War is the first in a new series. Can you tell us more about the series and what we can expect in future installments?
Action, twisty plots, and deep, powerful relationships. The overarching theme of the first book will continue throughout.
This series is called “The Community” because the people in the story—the Vârcolac—reside in a secret town buried beneath the streets of San Diego; I thought it would be a unique change for them to live hidden away instead of trying to coexist in strained harmony among other humans. But life is not always tranquil underground. A demonic race of Om Rău is in competition with them, and this proves fodder for quite a bit of battling. Book one introduces a new, more ruthless faction of Om Rău living topside, and this group will continue to be problematic to the Vârcolac throughout the series. As I said: lots of action.
But these are romance novels, and so a central relationship must always take center stage. Each book focuses on a new couple who live in the community, however the heroes and heroines who readers have fallen in love with along the way in the series won’t be forgotten. For instance, Jaċken and Toni are introduced in THE BLOODLINE WAR, and even though they won’t be the stars of future books, neither will they just be window-dressing. They’ll continue to have their trials and triumphs, and in a way that will play into the main storyline.
Who was your favorite character to write and why? Also who was the most difficult?
I had fun developing both my heroine, Toni, and my hero, Jaċken, but I think that there is always a part of a romance writer that must fall in love with her hero every time she writes one. For that reason, all of my heroes hold a special place in my heart. The day they don’t, I figure I’m doing something wrong!
The most difficult character to capture correctly was a side character, Kimberly Stănescu. She is one of the women who was kidnapped previous to THE BLOODLINE WAR by the Vârcolac, who need women with a special gene to save their race. Kimberly is understandably miserable, seeing as she was ripped from her life, but sometimes it was a struggle for me not to let her get too caught up in bemoaning her situation. I wanted her to be proactive, and work at upending the community to get her life back in order. Not whine all the time. Thank goodness for editors!
What have been the most enjoyable and challenging experiences for you in writing The Bloodline War?
The most challenging part of writing THE BLOODLINE WAR was interconnecting my stories. All of my books in The Community Series have at least one main relationship plus two or three sub-relationships going on simultaneously. Somehow each story must have meaning, however small, to one another. Figuring out these interconnections can be a real challenge.
During the writing of THE BLOODLINE WAR, I had the opportunity to travel to Romania, where the ancestors of the Vârcolac in my series hail from. I researched sites and history for the ongoing books in The Community Series, but, mostly, I reveled in the atmospheric quality of the Carpathian Mountains and especially Transylvania. The country is steeped in the Dracula legend. I was in my element! This was definitely my most enjoyable experience.
If you could pick a song or playlist to match your main character’s life, what would it be?
You know, I don’t really think in terms of songs and characters. But I like to jog to rock ‘n roll, and one day I came across a song by Year Long Disaster called “Show Me Your Teeth (and cover your neck).” I couldn’t help but chuckle over how this sounded like a vampire romance novelist’s theme song. However the rest of the lyrics aren’t at all romantic, so…maybe not so perfect in other ways.
Have any other authors had significant influence on your writing?
I admire JR Ward and Suzanne Brockmann for their ability to write great alpha heroes, snappy dialogue, and to manage multiple plotlines successfully. I aspire to be that good.
I’ve been told I have a unique voice, however, and that’s important. As much as an author can be influenced by other writers, we ultimately want to stand alone.
Tell us an interesting fact about you that’s not included in your bio.
How about one of my most embarrassing moments? When I was in 7th grade, my biology teacher asked me to read out my definition for organism. To which I answered, “An orgasm is a single-celled life form that—”
I couldn’t get any further. Everyone in the classroom (the teacher included) was laughing their butts off. While I, of course, sank beneath my desk. You know…now that I think on it, I should’ve seen that as a foreshadowing of things to come. With orgasms on the brain even at that young age, how could I not end up as a romance author?
A special thank you to Ms. Tappan for taking time to participate in this interview for Sun Mountain Reviews!
The author is running a giveaway on her site during the tour. USA residents only, please.
Prizes (4 total): (1) $50 gift card to Chili’s Restaurant, (1) One pound box See’s Candy assorted chocolates, (1) $15 Amazon gift card, (1) swag pack, including Character Couch T-shirt, scented sachet, bookmark.
Link for Giveaway: http://www.tracytappan.com/
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