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Crimson Desires: Eternally Hers

Dark desires. Immortal Passions.
An unquenchable thirst for human blood

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Doctor turned immortal, Yelena has resisted the darker side of her vampiric thirst for nearly sixty years. Reclusive, she diligently focuses on her research from her French countryside lab, until an unexpected invitation from the French court thrusts her into the seductive path of Lady Suzette Dieudonnée.

A 2,000-year-old pureblood vampire, the alluring beauty shares none of Yelena’s moral qualms. Falling into a forbidden and tumultuous romance, passions burn through steamy nights as Suzette teaches Yelena she can remain true to her Hippocratic oath while fully embracing her vampiric nature.

Along the path of their newfound passion, Suzette realizes she’s found her destined mate, but has to convince skeptical Yelena their bond is unique. Together, they must reconcile their love and fears, or be doomed to walk eternity alone.

Kindle & Paperback:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BPKTFHT8

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New Orleans – Halloween 2022

I spent Halloween in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans! We flew in on a Thursday evening and, after dropping off our bags, headed down in search of our long-missed Bourbon street. Even though Halloween was still days away, the party had already begun!

My friends and I have a tradition in New Orleans, to begin each trip at the Acme Oyster House, featuring some of the best cajan cuisine to be found in the Crescent City. We indulged in starting the meal with fried crawfish tails and followed it with po’boys and a large platter of fried fish with hush puppies. Everything was wonderful as we enjoyed each bite before wandering down the crowded party street, admiring early costumes & happy resellers (and grabbing a margarita…to go)!

We also discovered the French 75 Bar. As a lover of crisp, dry bubbles and sparkling cocktails, it was a must-stop on our trip!

The next morning, Friday, we took a day to explore some familiar places. We began at the Carousel Bar inside the historic Hotel Monteleone. A sparkling jewel of the French Quarter, the Hotel Monteleone is one of the last family-owned-and-operated hotels in New Orleans, and has been since 1886. The bar inside is on a moving platform, where guests are rotated in a full circle once every 15 minutes. With a traditional champagne cocktail, we enjoyed the luxurious decor and took a spin or two before heading to a late lunch at Brennan’s.

Another staple of the New Orleans food scene, Brennan’s features an innovative creole menu which combines both French and Spanish influences. Our brunch menu included Eggs St. Charles (composed of catfish and a poached egg, topped blood orange hollandaise, served over a bed of cremed spinach) and Eggs Hussard (like a traditional Eggs Benedict, but with a rich red wine sauce as well) The result – scrumptious! 

As it turned out, in addition to being Halloween weekend, it was as the fourth Friday of October…also known as international Champagne day! So in the courtyard, the restaurant manager taught a group of customers how to properly sabre open a bottle which bartenders proceeded to pour from!

We then proceeded to walk the rows of Bourbon and Royal Street, enjoying people watching and dropping into a few shops to peruse the fantasy and gothic offering of the city. 

Saturday morning was a meeting with friends over breakfast. The group included members of the Anne Rice scene like coven members Michelle, Vampires Louis du Pont du Lac and Lestat de Lioncourt (No. Seriously. It’s their actual names!).


 
Our group close friends usually meets in New Orleans once a year, but have been unable to do so due to Covid. It was great visiting and renewing old friendships as we caught up on each other’s lives.  

Then, we ventured to Metairie Cemetery on a more solemn and important pilgrimage. 

As we reached the cemetery entrance, the sun vanished behind dark grey clouds and the sky opened around us. As the rain poured down, our group of four wandered through the sacred grounds in search of the Rice Family Mausoleum. It took time to find it, the patter of splashing rain surrounding us before we finally gathered at the final resting place of our beloved Anne Rice. 

For those who don’t know, my MA dissertation and a portion of my PhD studies centered on Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Meeting Anne was one of the greatest moments of my life, and being an invited guest to her ball for several years was one of its greatest honors. She was a woman who inspired both my academic and creative work. A writer who taught me about the kind of author I wish to be. The time I was granted with her, and the conversations we had, are cherished memories which are dear to my heart. 

Almost a decade ago, Anne also introduced our small group, and it was with sombre, but grateful, hearts that we laid flowers upon the mausoleum steps, the final resting place of the woman who had meant so much to us on so many levels of our lives. Together we paid our quiet respects, speaking our farewells and thanks to Anne, for all she had given us and the numerous ways she, and her enduring legacy changed our lives for the better. 

The following morning, Sunday October 30th, began on a lighter note, as my husband and I took a riverboat jazz brunch cruise down the Mississippi. With good food and lively music, we took in the sights along the river and enjoyed a few rays of sunshine. 

We then headed to the Garden District Book Shop, hosting the memorial second line in honor of the late Anne Rice. Nearly a thousand people showed up to honor the life and legacy of the writer who had immortalized New Orleans through her novels, as much as the immortal creatures within them. It was an incredible and humbling site to see how many gathered to honor Anne, and I was grateful to be a part of the event. (photo with Sue Quiroz)

After, we grabbed a quick bite a our favorite hole in the wall, The Howlin’ Wolf. With gator dogs, fried crawfish and local beers, it’s a great place to grab a quick bite in the city.

We then returned to the hotel to get ready for the Dark Gift Alliance Resurrection Ball. Hosted by our friends Michelle and Lestat, the event was a gorgeous gathering of those who love the gothic, vampiric, and the soul of New Orleans. Everyone was dressed to the nines, from gothic costumes to dazzling ballgowns. Featuring an array of live music, good food, and friends, the event was lovely and one I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a fun Halloween night. 

At the end of the night, as October 30th transformed to Halloween Night, attendees of the ball left the ballroom and ventured to our outdoor location  on the banks of the Mississippi River. Lead by the master of ceremonies, Madame X, a tribute was held to honor Anne Rice. I was one of three featured speakers at this memorial event. I was honored to have been asked, and to share my memories of Anne with a group of those who held her in similar fondness. 

When the event wrapped up, hugs were exchanged with heartfelt thanks and goodbyes as we ventured back to the hotel and began to pack for the journey home. 

The trip was an amazing assemblage of renewed friendships, reminiscing old memories, and honoring the memory of Anne Rice. It was a trip which filled my heart with happiness, comfort, and healing. I am grateful for being able to venture to the city which shall always hold a piece of my heart, and the many whose friendship has come to mean so much over the decade since my first trip.

Until our next meeting, my dear New Orleans. 

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Vampire Interview

I recently gave a live recorded interview with book blogger and fellow author Des M. Astor on my background in vampire lore and fiction and my own vampire novels the vampire novels. For those who don’t know, my MA degree had a focus on vampire literature and I have spoken at various conferences on vampires all over the world, from Oxford, to Romania, to New Orleans. I wanted to share the interview here, along with a link to the book series we discuss in the interview!

Interview can be found here: https://therealdesastr.com/2022/02/26/books-with-a-bite-forever-chosen-vampire-brides-by-k-l-bone-book-blog-post/

Forever Chosen:

Vampire Brides

Amazon:
http://mybook.to/foreverchosen

Audible:

 http://bit.ly/foreverchosenaudible

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45356965-forever-chosen

Five hundred years ago, Hayden fell into Caleb’s brutal hands, the ruthless vampire who first claimed his mortal life, then his mind. Tortured into absolute submission, Hayden spent centuries at the powerful lord’s right hand, a broken shell of the man he had once been. Until the night he was sent to kill ‘her’. Katherine, a young woman whose innocence and sweet nature woke a part of him Hayden had thought long dead.

After joining forces with the local vampire clan, Hayden turned on his master, betraying the man he had sworn to eternally obey. However, before the villain could be laid to permanent rest, Caleb vanished.

Katherine fell hard for Hayden’s protective nature, while his mysterious aura captivated her. Yet after only a single night in his arms, Hayden pushed her away, stating their love could never be. Confused by the rejection, Katherine struggled to move forward, left with no options but to deny her heart the battered soul it craved.

Now, Caleb has returned, set on delivering vengeance against both the man who betrayed him, and the catalyst for his defection. Katherine and Hayden must discover a way to avoid Caleb’s evil intent, while determining if there is any future for their love.

Forever Chosen is a novella featured in the Vampire Brides series.

Books in the Vampire Brides series can be read in any order.

More series information can be found here: https://klbone.com/midnight-coven-novellas/

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Eternal Night – Boxset Release!

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Forever comes at a price….

From international bestselling author K.L. Bone come the tales of the Turrim Londoniarum Vampire Clan. A group of immortals whose journeys span from the shores of Scotland, to the Towers of London, to the streets of New Orleans.

Forever Chosen:

Five hundred years ago, Hayden fell into Caleb’s brutal hands, the ruthless vampire who first claimed his mortal life, then his mind. Tortured into absolute submission, Hayden spent centuries at the powerful lord’s right hand, a broken shell of the man he had once been. Until the night he was sent to kill Katherine, a young woman whose fiery spirit woke a part of him Hayden had thought long dead.

Immortal Skye:

Rónán, a selkie knight, had saved Julia’s life when she was a child. Instead of being rewarded, he was enslaved by her father. Forced to serve the Skye family against his will, Rónán’s only comfort comes in watching over the lord’s daughter, whose innocence and sweet nature steals his heart. Can Rónán save Julia from her father’s evil intentions, or will their love be forever lost beneath the silvery waves?

Wicked Desires:

Summoned to New Orleans on Samhain night for an annual gala, Kiera struggles to come to terms with her impending ascension as the rightful heir to the Bargarran Coven. However, before she can make her final choice, a curse whisks Kiera through the veils of time.

Boxset also includes bonus story: Blood Daughter!

Now Available in Kindle Unlimited & Paperback: https://books2read.com/u/bpDNpJ

And Individually on Audible:

Forever Chosen: http://bit.ly/foreverchosenaudible

Immortal Skye: http://bit.ly/immortalskyeaudible

Wicked Desires: http://bit.ly/wickeddesiresaudible

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Undying Embrace – Audiobook

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Undying Embrace: A Dracula Novella

 Now available in audiobook format! 

Narrated by: Kylie Stewart

 
Death, Christabel thought bitterly. An inescapable fate that, for her, would remain forever elusive.
 
Life was perfect before he came. The vampire who shattered the world she knew. Handsome, intelligent, and charming, a single taste of Dracula’s touch overrode Christabel’s cautious sensibilities and left her breathless, craving a life beyond traditional expectations. A destiny of knowledge, which could only be found in the creature’s eternal embrace.
 
Fueled by unquenchable passion, and a desperate belief that the brilliant Christabel might break the curse condemning him to darkness, the vampire prince will do anything to claim her.
 
As her traitorous heart opens, will Christabel resist the vampire’s dark desires, or become his immortal bride?
Now available:
 
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BBC Netflix Dracula Watch Party

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I’m both thrilled and honored to be one of Dacre Stoker and John Guarnieri’s  invited Guest Authors attending the Netflix Watch Party June 5th,  8pm US eastern time zone.  

We are going to be watching the 1st episode of the BBC Netflix adaptation of “Dracula.”  

I have been asked to introduce myself and display a cover of one or more of my books about Dark Fiction, Horror, or Vampires. 

I am an international bestselling and award-winning author of dark fantasy and paranormal romance, best known for the Tales of the Black Rose Guard series. I am also a PhD candidate at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland and wrote my MA thesis on Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. I have traveled to Romania twice on trips which included visiting both Bran and Corvin Castle. I have also presented papers at conferences for the International Gothic Association (IGA), Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia (GANZA), and San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). 

My vampire fiction novels include:

Undying Embrace: A Dracula Novella

Forever Chosen (Vampire Brides)

Immortal Skye (Vampire Mates)

Wicked Desires (Cursed Coven) 

Academic papers include:

“Location and the Vampire: The Impact of Fictional Stories upon Associated Locations,” in Dracula: An International Perspective;

“Tragic Monsters and Heroic Villains: Anne Rice’s Contribution to the Rise of the Heroic Vampire,” in Concerning Evil.

Leave the Lights On: Literary and Other Monsters – Editor

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To attend the event: 

You will need a Netflix account and can access it on your computer using Google Chrome, it is easy to register, and it is FREE.

We ask that you are considerate and respectful of others with your comments. I know there are folks who hate this version of Dracula, there are others, myself included, who enjoy and respect originality, and the many different adaptations of Bram’s timeless classic.

This Watch Party is organized by Silver Spear Security and The Dracula Store, to register please email John Guarnieri of Silver Spear Security: guarnieri.john@gmail.com.

There will be book giveaways at the end of the Watch Party, in addition, all who register will receive a special 15% off discount coupon code to use at the Dracula Store on Etsy on June 6 and 7th.

Special Guests include: 

Dacre Stoker, the great-grand nephew of Bram Stoker and co-author of both the International Bestselling novels Dracula the Un-dead and Dracul. 

JD Barker is an International Bestselling Author of the 4th Monkey series, co author with Dacre Stoker of the International Bestseller, “Dracul”, co author with James Patterson “The Coast to Coast Murders” due out in early September.

JM Guarnieri the Chief Operating Officer of Silver Spear Security , a premiere private security firm. He is an avid fan of books and movies about Vampires, and Werewolves.

James A. Moore was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for “Best Novel” for his book “Serenity Falls”. In 2006, the novella “Bloodstained Oz “(co-authored by Christopher Golden) was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for “Best Long Fiction”.

Charles R Rutledge is the author of ‘Dracula’s Revenge’ and co-author of ‘Congregations of the Dead’, and a collector of books, movies, and comics involving Dracula and vampires.

Rena Mason is a Bram Stoker Award winning Dark Fiction author and monster fan of all things Dracula and Vampires.

Amanda DeWees is a scholar of 19th-century vampire literature and author of vampire fiction.

Darrell Grizzle is the author of ‘I Never Meant to Start a Murder Cult and Other Stories.’

Adam Messer is the author of “The Savannah Vampire Novel” series and publisher of Valhalla Books.

Cliff Biggerss is a horror/weird fiction author, a comic book writer, an a comics journalist who had to add an extra home to house his monstrous collection. He denies all rumors that he keeps the head of Bela Lugosi in a jar in his closet.

Greg Wilkey is the creator and writer of the Mortimer Drake series of YA vampire novels. His vampire cosmology is an adventurous mix of supernatural, mythological, and science fiction elements of storytelling.

Christopher Rondina is the author of Ghost Ships of New England and Vampires of New England and was a script consultant on the PBS documentary Ghost and Vampire Legends of Rhode Island, which was nominated for a regional Emmy.

Lev Butts is a Professor of Composition and Literature at The University of North Georgia, he is the award winning author of “Guns of Wasteland” series and co author with Dacre Stoker of two short stories related to “Dracula”, both to be released later this year.

For a change of pace the 2016 World Champion of Real Tennis Camden Scott Riviere will be joining us, he is the current World #1 ranked player and is preparing to get back to playing the unique game of Court, or Real, Tennis once this Coronavirus cloud lifts.

All are welcome!

 

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Crafting Dracula’s Future

Recorded Vampire Author Interview!

I was honored to be one of four featured authors on the Crafting Dracula’s Future panel, part of the Vampire Studies of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association national conference panels.

Authors include:

International Bestselling Author Dacre Stoker

 

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USA Today Bestselling Author Lux Karpov-Kinrade

 

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International Bestselling Author Greg Wilkey

 

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International Bestselling Author KL Bone

 

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The panel presentation can be found here:

 

 

 

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Undying Embrace: Now Available!

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Undying Embrace: A Dracula Novella

Death, Christabel thought bitterly. An inescapable fate that, for her,would remain forever elusive.
Life was perfect before he came. The vampire who shattered the world she knew. Handsome, intelligent, and charming, a single taste of Dracula’s touch overrode Christabel’s cautious sensibilities and left her breathless, craving a life beyond traditional expectations. A destiny of knowledge, which could only be found in the creature’s eternal embrace.
Fueled by unquenchable passion, and a desperate belief that the brilliant Christabel might break the curse condemning him to darkness, the vampire prince will do anything to claim her.
As her traitorous heart opens, will Christabel resist the vampire’s dark desires, or become his immortal bride?
Now Available on Kindle Unlimited:
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Fire & Ice Boxset

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Undying Embrace: A Dracula Novella

Death, Christabel thought bitterly. An inescapable fate that, for her, would remain forever elusive.
Life was perfect before he came. The vampire who shattered the world she knew. Handsome, intelligent, and charming, a single taste of Dracula’s touch overrode Christabel’s cautious sensibilities and left her breathless, craving a life beyond traditional expectations. A destiny of knowledge, which could only be found in the creature’s eternal embrace.
Fueled by unquenchable passion, and a desperate belief that the brilliant Christabel might break the curse condemning him to darkness, the vampire prince will do anything to claim her.
As her traitorous heart opens, will Christabel resist the vampire’s dark desires, or become his immortal bride?
Release Date: October 30, 2019 as part of the Fire & Ice Boxset. 
Details on the boxset: 
Fire & Ice

Fire & Ice:

A multi-author boxset featuring stories from 20 bestselling and award winning authors!

Fire and Ice… they are two of the most powerful elements known to man.

From the tiniest of sparks to a blazing inferno, fire is an intense energy that can consume anything in its path.

Ice is it’s unrelenting and frigid counterpart that can startle your senses and make you shiver.When put together, you’ll find a force that is stronger than anything you’ll ever encounter.

If you love the paranormal and can’t get enough of romance, then this set is exactly what you need in your library.

With mythical creatures, vampires, shapeshifters, and supernatural of all kinds, you’re sure to find something that will awaken your senses and set your soul on fire as you tremble with delight.

Includes my novella, Undying Embrace: A Dracula Novella

Links here: https://books2read.com/rcfireandice

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Wicked Desires: Pre-Order

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I bind you to dread’s cold embrace

Until your truth you boldly face.

Kiera never wanted to be a witch, and certainly did not desire to inherit her mother’s ancestral crown. Yet as the rightful heir to the Bargarran Coven, it is a destiny which becomes inevitable upon her parents’ untimely death.

Summoned to New Orleans on Samhain night for an annual gala, Kiera struggles to come to terms with her impending ascension. However, before she can make a final choice, a curse whisks Kiera through the veils of time.

Trapped in Medieval England, Kiera must come to grips with her deepest fears in order to return to her own time and protect those she cares for. However the journey is complicated by both an evil presence intent on preventing her return, and a blossoming love with a noble knight, Aisling, who aids the young witch upon her quest.

As Kiera is forced to face both past fears and an uncertain future, she is confronted with the greatest challenge of all. Does she give in to her heart’s desire and remain with her newfound love? Or return to her own time, to claim her rightful place within the Bargarran Coven? 

Both choices promise a heart wrenching price. 

A Midnight Coven Novella

Coming: October 18, 2019

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