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Friday, September 21, 2012

Guest Post/Giveaway: Desire by Blood by Melissa Schroeder

Desire By Blood
(By Blood, #1)
A Vampire Alliance Novel
Melissa Schroeder

A man with a secret.

Nicodemus Blackburn has seen the best and worst of mankind. Five hundred years of dealing with them teaches the vampire to be very wary of the creatures. Unfortunately, alarming events leave him no choice but to enter the world of the ton to hunt a villain. He must find a rogue vampire, one who is making his own army of bloodthirsty vampires. Searching for the villain is not the worst of his troubles. That can be laid at the feet of bluestocking Lady Cordelia Collingsworth.

A woman on a mission.

Cordelia has always been an outcast, even in her own family. She has forged her way in the world with her ability to write, and Nico Blackburn is the focus of her next article. Before she can obtain any information about the mysterious man, she is pulled headlong into a scandal that leaves her with no choice but to marry Nico—a man with dangerous secrets.

A passion that consumes them both.

Thrust into a world she knows nothing of, Cordelia finds herself falling in love with a man who claims to be a vampire. As their passion grows, so does the danger around them and Nico will have to call on all of his powers to protect the one thing he has realized he cannot live without: his opinionated, infuriating, and thoroughly delectable wife.

Hey, everyone. First I want to thank Liz for having me on the blog today! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Melissa Schroeder. I am best known for my best selling Harmless series. Today, I want to talk about my newest release Desire by Blood. It is a Victorian vampire romance.

When I came up with the idea for the series, Nicodemus Blackburn was the first character that came to mind. He is a good man, a Born, a vampire who was the result of a Carrier (a woman who can birth vampires) and a vampire. His duty forces him to London to find a vampire who is making vampires, or Mades. They are unstable and threaten to expose the underworld of vampires to humans. While he is a good man, he is also set in his ways. And that is when the character of Lady Cordelia came to me.

She is a woman who has been left to make her way in the world, and she has survived.  She his smart, opinionated and head-strong—which makes her perfect for Nico. I like throwing opposites together and seeing how they fare together, and Nico and Cordelia did not disappoint. Here is an EXCLUSIVE excerpt that I have not posted anywhere before to show you just that. Cordelia has been “compromised” by Nico and he has arrived the next morning to sort it all out.  You can also read the entire first chapter on my site.

Desire By Blood


Setting her cup aside, she squared her shoulders and faced him. “I know you did not come here for the refreshments.”

The smile he offered her told her he had been testing her. He placed the cup back on the saucer. “No. I have come to discuss our situation.”


He studied her for a moment. “Indeed. By now, what happened in the Smythe’s library has been recounted to every nosey dowager and debutante in London. If not, it will be by sundown.”

“Every detail?”

She watched as his jaw flexed telling her he was grinding his teeth again. It seemed he was always doing that around her. “Well, not everything. Just...the particulars.” She could not help the snort that came out of her. “I'm sorry, but I find that unbelievable.”

He frowned. “You do not think that Lady Smythe did not tell every gossipy hen she knows she found us in the room, your hair a mess, and your dress...well, it did not look as it had earlier.”

She waved that away. “No. I expect that to be making the rounds this morning. It will probably end up in the gossip pages. Most people expected that kind of behavior out of me a long time ago, if you must know.”

A look of understanding lightened his eyes. “Yes. It is hard to live up to society's expectations.”

Her throat closed up, and tears burned the back of her eyes. His voice had turned so gentle, as if he knew exactly what she spoke of, of what it felt like being an outcast in your own family.

Cordelia cleared her throat. “I was speaking of the fight.”

“Oh, that.” He sighed. “More than likely Lady Smythe will tell everyone he was fighting for your honor.”

She rolled her eyes. “If anything he was trying to replace you.”

Nico's eyes widened then narrowed as he studied her. “Indeed. But he is no concern of yours.”

She opened her mouth to respond to that, but the icy look in his eyes told her not to pry. She would let it go, but only for now. She would find out just what was going on with the viscount’s strange behavior.

“Now, to get on to the business at hand. Gray is going to make sure we have a special license.”

A strange combination of relief and irritation twisted through her. He meant to marry her, but he was not planning on proposing. Granted, their situation—especially hers—was perilous. Without a marriage, she was ruined. They both knew it. It did not mean she didn’t deserve a proposal.

“Is he?”

The foolish man did not hear the warning in her voice and continued his explanation.

“I assume that we can get married any time after that, and we can actually have the archbishop oversee it, thanks to Gray again.”

When she said nothing, he turned to her. “Is there something wrong?”


Finally, he truly looked at her. “Yes, there is.”

“You seem to have everything planned.”

He nodded. “Yes. That way you will have no worries.”

“You have every detail taken care of.” He smiled at her. Stupid man. “You, however, do not have a bride.”

He frowned, confusion clearly stamped on his features. “You are my bride.”

She cocked her head to the side and studied him. “Am I?”

“Who the bloody hell do you think I am going to marry?”

She pursed her lips as if in deep thought. “Maybe a woman you asked?”

His face blanked then flushed. Seeing Nicodemus Blackburn blush was somehow endearing.

“I beg your pardon, my lady.”

“It was not as if I expected poetry, but I did expect to be asked.”

He cleared his throat. “My apologies.”

It took every bit of her propriety not to laugh. He was being subservient but he did not like it, not one bit. It went against everything she knew of his character. He stood then came to her side. Her nerves jumped to life, her heart beating faster. She stared up at him, wondering what he was about now. He sighed as he took her hand, signaling that he expected her to stand. With an arched eyebrow, she stood and he dropped down to his knee. Mortification filled her.

“Oh, for goodness' sake, get up.”

He gave her a knowing smile. “Will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?”

She looked down at him, the clear intent in his eyes, and knew that no matter if he asked or not, they would be married. Blackburn had an impeccable reputation...not even the whisper of a mistress, and he took great pride in that fact. There was no way this man would allow her name to be ruined.

“Yes, Mr. Blackburn, I would be,” she swallowed, “pleased to be your wife.”

He rose to his feet and, before she could stop him, pulled her hard against his chest. And just like that, her pulse fluttered, and her breath caught in her throat. “I think we should seal it with a kiss.”

His rough voice shivered over her flesh, caused her head to spin. He dipped his head and brushed his mouth over hers in an innocent caress. With a sigh, she leaned into him, into the kiss. He deepened his touch, slipping his tongue between her lips. The intimacy of the action had her head spinning. He pulled her tighter against him, his body surrounding her. She slid her hands up his arms and behind his neck and gave herself over to the kiss. He slanted his mouth over hers, again and again as he built up the heat that burned her the night before.

Would you like a chance to win a print or digital copy of the book? Let me know, what is your favorite kind of coupling? Do you like opposites, best friends, etc. Answer for your chance to win. Make sure to leave your email in the comments for a chance to win!

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  1. My favorite type of coupling is probably where the hero or heroin doesn't want to see that they also need to be "rescued", or the person is fighting the inevitable. When everyone knows the couple are meant to be together if only they can get out of their own way.

  2. Hi Liz! Hi Melissa! My favorite couplings are opposites. I love seeing how different two people are and how those differences end up complimenting each other's strengths and weaknesses giving the couple balance. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    ehaney578 at AOL dot com

  3. My favorite coupling is big brother's best friend. This does sound like a book I would love. I love Colleen Gleason's Gardella Series. I can't wait to read this book. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I don't really have a "favorite". I go where the author takes me :)

  5. I don't really have a favourite or a preference. It all depends on how well the story is written.

  6. I too go with the story. But I do love when the brother's best friend is her target. :)
    Thanks for this chance. Loved the excerpt.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  7. I love friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, older brother's best friend. I guess I like them all.
    This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.

  8. i realy enjoy them all but I think enemies to lovers is my favorite.Thank you for sharing with us today .Have a fantastic weekend

  9. I like the relationships that start out with tension in novels but in real life, friends are better. I would love an ebook copy. It sounds wonderful!
    PhoenixCarvelli at gmail dot com

  10. My fav kind of coupling is the friends to lovers. I like it when there is already an emotional connection between the characters and they are getting ready to deepen it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Loved the question. For me, I always enjoyed when enemies become lovers. The opposites but finally they found that they were completed each other.
    I'd love printed book if it possible. Thank you for this giveaway and a chance to win.

  12. Forgot my email : amel(dot)armeliana(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. I like Oppisites. The tension always makes it better!

  14. I don't think I have a favorite as long as there is some very extreme hot sex. It depends on my mood. If I'm mad or grouchy, I like to read about enemies to lovers. If I'm sad and emotional, I want to read about great friends who love each other with some great sex. Then there are times when I just don't care as long as someone is getting laid.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  15. I don't really know...I love the opposites because they tend to bicker and have great often snarky comments. But I have always loved the friends to lovers or friends of siblings to lover stories too. Basically though, if the characters and story is well written, I will love it :)
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  16. Hi Melissa (and Liz!) - for couplings, I'm kind of partial to Mentor/student couplings (Pritkin/Cassie, Bones/Cat) and I love opposites like the guy is totally HOT and the girl is kind of plain but exceptional (Rhage/Mary, Rhevenge/Ehlena). Yep, the girl always rises to the occasion...

    Thanks for the giveaway! I've read some great reviews of Desire and you're on my TBR now! I'm really lovin' historical PNR.

  17. My favorite has always been the best friends sister. They know each other and then they KNOW each other. For me it is being with someone that you have cared about your whole life and still having that forbidden thing.
    tinyauthor at yahoo dot com

  18. Favorite coupling,....I don't think I have a favorite as long as stories was good and i enjoyed reading it. I like them all :)
    Thanks for this chance. Loved the excerpt.

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  19. I think opposites attract, i love two people who don´t stand each other, finds themselves more and more intrigued and finally, give in to temptation *happy sigh*

    best wishes, Linda
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

  20. Former best friends or the sibling of a best friend.

  21. Best friends and opposites, both are great depending on the story.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com


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