Drawing Bloodlines The Princeton Allegiant Series Book 1
by Deborah Garland Genre: Paranormal Romance
Print Length: 260 pages
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC Publication Date: April 3, 2019
Award-Winning Author Deborah Garland presents a new paranormal series starting with Drawing Bloodlines about a vampire who takes a chance on love after a lonely century, only to be forcibly mated with a ruthless vamp from his dark past.
The TBR Pile said, it's "sure to heat your blood," and The Romance Reviews was "drawn into this new paranormal vampire world."
Dr. Alexander Manning's vampire allegiant demands loyalty and secrecy. Keeping their existence hidden from humans is the Prime Directive. So when he accidentally reveals himself to a woman, a beautiful woman he can't resist, he's forced to make a choice: report her to his commander or 'deal' with her himself.
Both Alex's loyalty and secrecy are tested.
Elizabeth should be afraid of tall, handsome, god-like Alexander, who she's figured out is a vampire. Knowing he'll come for her, she prepares for the worst and even considers sending her daughter away to live with her ex.
Alexander shows up, not to harm her though. To seduce her. Nights of unending pleasure however take a very serious turn, neither was expecting.
Until Alex's past catches up to him and threatens to destroy his precious secretive world with Elizabeth and loyalty to her and her adorable seven-year-old daughter.
Will Alex obey his allegiant commander and submit to a woman he hates, or fight?
Never force a vampire to mate...
The Princeton Allegiant Series features a recurring cast of hot and sexy vampires, but each book can be read as a stand-alone. No cheating. No cliffhanger.
After a set of passing headlights from the street below moves across Elizabeth's bedroom, I step inside. Her bed faces two tall windows covered in delicate floor-length drapes that probably billow softly in summer breezes. My back straightens, stiff and rigid when I see her slender sleeping body, fully clothed, laid out over the covers—a sign of extreme exhaustion. I don’t sense any lingering fear, however.
But for what?
A soft step closer, I notice she’s wearing the skirt and blouse from earlier today. My scent must still cling to the fabric.
Her hair cascades off the side of the bed like a golden waterfall. It wears away my resolve and draws me closer to her.
Against my better judgement, I reach out to touch the soft, silky strands. What must it feel like to be twisted around my fingers while I’m behind her, her ass pressed firmly up against me. The thought of what is underneath her skirt makes my cock throb.
The Princeton Allegiant Series Book 2
Print Length: 273 pages
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC Publication Date: September 27, 2019
Never steal a vampire's mate.
What's the world's most dangerous vampire to do when the only woman he's ever loved is about to be abducted? He strikes a devil's bargain, but Loren Tagaris is done playing nice.
Loren's gifts for destruction have made him the most feared vampire on the planet. To bargain for his progeny's freedom, he's forced to bend the knee to the precious New York Vampire Lords and find their missing commander in thirty days. Or hand Julianna, who's part witch, over forever.
Julianna's powers are more dangerous than Loren ever imaged. When their hunt for the missing commander unearths a buried secret that terrifies even Loren, all bets are off, and it's every vampire for himself. Suddenly the Lords abducting Julianna is the least of their problems.
Will Loren give up his own freedom once and for all to protect the allegiant world even if it means losing Julianna forever?
"Guarding Bloodlines and The Princeton Allegiant series is a refreshing twist on a vampire world which delivers on action-packed, deliciously sexy, fun reading that will have you turning the pages." - Jennifer Bray-Weber, Award-Winning Author
Loren Tagaris turned someone who hadn’t turned. Now the New York Lords considered her a rogue. The vampire directive to stay hidden was one of the rules he didn’t have a problem with. Yet, he sent a half-human/half-vampire out into the world. Running around. Running from him. From the New York Lords. For three centuries, he let it go. Let her go. He had his own life to live. Women to fuck. Veins to drink from. Julianna ran off. That was her problem.
Yeah, that’s what he told himself, but never really believed it. Any time he’d gotten wind of where she was he’d send her the same message: We do not destroy what is ours.
No response. Every damn time.
Realizing he needed to relax and play nice to get what he came for, Loren backed up.
“Go on, Loren.” Giordan’s shoulders relaxed, the grip on his dagger loosened.
Who he’d use it on was unclear.
Loren nodded politely to the one reasonable Lord he would spare, even guard his throne personally if Giordan were to survive the uprising Loren could feel coming. “As I was saying—”
“Do you have plans to mate with this woman?” Hamish asked. Crap. “I uh . . .” His jaw trembled.
“You say she’s one of us. A vampire. She can be taken to mate. Do you not want her?” Giordan added.
He wanted to bed her all right. But mate with her? Vampires mated for life and forever, unless something terrible happened. They were also forbidden to mate with humans. And most vamps despised him, so mating for life had never been a consideration. Falling in love fell into that same category. Not happening.
“Pity, you can’t get her to submit to you.” Samson licked his dark red lips. “You make us doubt your powers, Loren.”
“Oh yeah?” He released his hands and shook one of his wrists.
The blast of fire created a hole in the wall behind him. He glanced at the smoke and then back at the Lords. Stepping into a shimmer of light created by a burning lamp, he let the Lords see the fire in his eyes. Orbs that could send a bolt of lightning into their thick skulls.
Matching Bloodlines The Princeton Allegiant Series Book 3
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: December 4, 2019
VAMPIRES DON’T DATE. THEY POSSESS.
Award-Winning Author Deborah Garland is back with an all new steamy vampire romance in Matching Bloodlines, an angst-fest about a vampire in search of a new mate and the matchmaker he hires who ignites decades of unmet needs and passion…only she’s off-limits.
Never match a vampire with the wrong mate…
Nothing could have prepared Francisco St. Claire for living as a single male after centuries of being mated. The serious and scary Commander of the Princeton Allegiant is now heartbroken and that makes him one dangerous vampire. Still, he has an allegiant to run and there is trouble on his borders.
When the ruling lords demand he hire a matchmaker to find a new mate for himself as well as the other males who have sworn to him, the loyal commander follows orders but vows he’ll never love again.
Princeton Matchmaker, Charlotte Kincaid is drowning in debt. She’s so desperate for cash, she agrees to work for a mysterious rich businessman requesting a ‘mate’, who just happens to be a vampire. If only this intoxicating Frenchman with the most sensuous lips she’s ever seen wasn’t her client.
Since meeting Charlotte, Francisco’s emotions and senses have awoken, including his primal need for a woman’s body against his. But if he takes Charlotte to mate and turns her, she can’t find matches for the rest of his vampires.
Will the Princeton Allegiant Commander show his strength by mating with the woman he craves or will he continue to follow orders?
The Princeton Allegiant Series features a recurring cast of hot and sexy vampires, but each book can be read as a stand-alone. No cheating. No cliffhanger.
“Thank you for meeting me, Francisco. I’ll get right to business. We are once again permitting vampires to turn humans,” Loren Tagaris, newly anointed New York Lord said to the commander of the Princeton Allegiant. “For mating purposes only.”
The news shocked Francisco. With every other policy, process, or political crap, though, he always thought about his allegiant first. Except decades of pushing away his own needs had left Sophia empty and unhappy.
This was a positive development for the vampires in his command, though. Unmated males were a pain in the ass. “I am quite impressed you are willing to put such a policy into action.”
For so long, the New York Vampire Command had taken the innate pleasure of siring a progeny away from vampires. The previous regime, four very old, very stubborn, very out-of-touch vampires could not be reasoned with for decades.
Their population had to be kept low in numbers and the less interaction with humans the better. Humans would no doubt eradicate vampires from the planet.
“I set up a meeting for us with someone who can help you,” Loren said, tapping away at his keyboard.
“Help me turn humans?” Francisco bared his fangs with a hiss. “I am quite capable of that. Although I have no intention of turning anyone.” Ever again.
“How are you doing by the way?” Loren sat back and eyed him with steady scrutiny. “Accepting the whole Sophia thing?”
“That’s my business.” He would never confess the hell he’d been going through dealing with Sophia choosing to stay in Philadelphia with Aiden.
“As one of the ruling Lords now, an erratic, unstable commander is my business.” Loren stood and strode toward him.
“Do I seem erratic and unstable?” Francisco’s chin drifted downward emphasizing the one inch of height he had above the wicked vampire.
“No. Like I said before, I like you, Francisco. My wife likes you. Things are finally secure for me. I may not have intended to mate with Julianna or become one of the New York Lords but . . .”
“You just never know sometimes, Francisco.”
He backed away. “What is this meeting about then?”
“The other Lords and I have been doing some research. We need to have our vampires mate in a controlled setting.”
“Like a zoo?”
“No!” Loren scoffed in frustration. “You have how many unmated males in your command now?”
“I don’t keep track of such things.”
Loren growled and grabbed his iPad. After swiping and tapping the screen, he said, “By my count, you have seventeen. Eighteen including you.”
“Don’t include me.” He groaned inwardly, furious his allegiant’s demographics sat on a cloud server somewhere.
“Don’t you want your entire allegiant to know Sophia didn’t break you?” Loren’s question stung.
Had she broken him? Yanking the subject away from that dangerous edge, Francisco shot back with, “So just males?”
“Let’s start with the males and see how this works,” Loren said, pursing his lips together. “There’s a company right here in Princeton. I noticed the storefront a few times while checking in on Alexander. It’s a matchmaking agency.”
“Seriously? A matchmaker?” He dropped his hands.
“It’s exactly what we need.”
“With all due respect, this is a waste of my time. I know all of my vampires very well. When you make the official announcement, I will hold a council meeting and go over the parameters with them. Goodbye.”
It’d been centuries but Francisco remembered how vampires sired their progeny. It was visceral. Whether it was for a mate or for a companion or even a co-conspirator to fight with. Vampires chose a human based on gut-feelings and passion.
He turned to leave but the door slammed shut in front of him. Damn vampire and his powers.
Facing the Lord again, he said, “You know I can smash it down. It’s nice and looks rather expensive. I don’t want to ruin it.”
Deborah Garland is now an Award Winning Author! Must Be Crazy has won The Carolyn Readers' Choice Award.
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Deborah’s childhood on Long Island, NY can be described as Cinderella meets Carrie. A latch-key kid, she spent her days after school, cooking, cleaning and looking after her younger brother to help out her very strict working parents. Those hours of nothingness sparked a wild imagination and a few invisible friends.
After years of doing the whole corporate thing, it was finally Deborah’s turn to make the dream come true of being a published author. Her 2017 debut novel, Must Love Fashion, was a Golden Leaf finalist for Best Contemporary Romance. She writes strong and witty heroines and heroes that fall hard for them. Her novels have received words of praise from RT Book Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, InD’tale Magazine, Library Journal, and Uncaged Magazine. In addition to a great book, she loves pugs and chocolate ad eats her bacon cheeseburgers with a Grey Goose Cosmopolitan.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Thanks for asking!
A common threshold for writers to feel like a ‘real writer’ is when we get our first rejection. I guess every author has been rejected at least once or there would be no real writers out there. I didn’t wait to get that first heart-wrenching rejection. All rejections hurt. For those of us still writing from the heart to deliver stories about characters we care about (vs those authors/organizations who have productized books for volume), rejections still feel as if I’ve been rejected personally. Because every character I put on the page is someone I’ve fallen in love with.
But I considered myself a writer when I completed my first manuscript and knew I had something that someone else may want to publish. That was Sept 2013. For the record, I’d started writing that book in August 2010. So in my head, this has been close to a decade long journey.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
Despite the morbidity, I love this question.
I hate to disappoint my fans, I won’t be digging up old manuscripts and handing them out to others to publish. My sister in law has all my passwords and if she wants to dig through my laptop, she is free to do-so.
I’m choosing the answer this question because it has nothing to do with writing. But tells you where my real priorities are. I’ll preface my answer that I do not have children, so I hope no one thinks, I’m a terrible mother and don’t want to spend time with my kids. LOL.
I’ve been to Paris and stood on the top of the Eiffel Tower. I’ve walked along the Seine. I’ve walked along the Thames. I’ve walked across London Bridge. I’ve seen Niagara Falls (and bounced around a boat beneath the falls and got very wet). Perhaps I’d want someone to ship me off to the Grand Canyon, but several years ago I found myself walking around a gourmet grocery store the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I’d said to my husband, if I’m told I have 24 hours to live. I’m going to spend 23 hours in that place.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
This is an author’s dream. Of all my books, I would love to see my vampire series, The Princeton Allegiant made into either a movie or a cable series. It’s time again for sexy, sophisticated vampires on TV. Right?
Particularly, I think Guarding Bloodlines would be best portrayed on film. Loren Tagaris, the only magical vampire with his powers would be great to see on the big-screen. There’s also a scene in that book that would blow fans of Harry Potter away. Think Dumbledore vs Grindelwald.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the Princeton Allegiant Series?
I had only intended to write one vampire book. I wasn’t intending on writing ‘series’, books that are set in the same ‘world’ but features different main characters (MCs). Drawing Bloodlines had originally been titled, An Affair with a Vampire. It technically stands as the second book I’ve ever written (to completion). The original title was appropriate because there wasn’t much of a plot. Just the ‘affair’ with a vampire. I.e. Sex. I was still learning story structure and slowly developed a more solid plot.
It was a slow go. Probably two years, as I layered in my ideas of vampires connected through a geographical location. Think Underworld. The dark castle. Early visions in my head had scenes in that type of setting. What is the Princeton Allegiant?
In my world (The Allegiant World), vampires are banded together in what I call ‘allegiants.’ The military version of a ‘coven.’ The leader in every allegiant is the Commander. Every state has one Commander and they chose where to set up their command center. I chose Princeton as my vampire commander’s choice because I loved the gothic feel of the sleepy university town. Loosely, each vampire MC is a member of the Princeton Allegiant (or becomes one as part of the plot).
The allegiant and how it’s organized and vampires’ responsibilities within each allegiant served as the backdrop to Drawing Bloodlines. Alexander, a lonely vampire, is forced to mate with a ruthless mate from his dark past. It’s his allegiant commander who mates him off. Alex’s sire just happens to be the only vampire with magical powers (convenient), but Loren is highly feared and until Alex’s forced mating, has remained in the shadows. It’s coming to Alex’s rescue (not that he really needs rescuing), that drags Loren out of the shadows. Loren is the MC in the second book, Guarding Bloodlines. And that mean, scary commander, who I didn’t even really like when I first created him, Francisco St. Claire, is the hero in book 3, Matching Bloodlines.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I always knew Alexander Manning, Drawing Bloodlines, Book 1 would be played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Or better known as Jaime Lannister. Alexander isn’t a warrior. But the physical attributes were dead on.
Read the book and tell me, this isn’t the man in your head?
Since the likelihood of Mr. Coster-Waldau will ever grace the screen as my Alexander, if you are a Jaime Lannister fan and want a good laugh, watch the movie, The Other Woman. His character in that movie can not be farther than Jaime. You’ll enjoy watching him brought to his knees. Hysterically.
What did you edit out of this book?
I hear readers love deleted scenes. Since writing Drawing Bloodlines was an epic task that once reached over 100,000 words and a little all over the place, I had scenes, that for timeline purposes, had to be cut. Because Alexander had been forced to mate with the neighboring new female commander of the Philadelphia Allegiant, I created a medieval mating scene. I’m in the process of cleaning it up and getting it ready to be handed out to readers.
Do you want it? Email me!
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
I love this question. It’s no secret, Loren Tagaris showed up in Drawing Bloodlines and wouldn’t go home. I created him on a whim, when the book didn’t have much structure because I wanted another vampire. Many authors will talk about the characters who land on the page and take over. That was Loren. I had to put him on a leash in Drawing Bloodlines. He’s primarily the reason there’s a series. I knew when I reached the end of DB, I had to give that vampire his own book.
While Alexander and Elizabeth (the single mother he falls in love with and fights to the death for) get their happy ever after (you’ll have to read to find out how), I left a subplot open for Loren. There I created the rhythm of the series. At the end of each book, the main plot is resolved, but then a last-minute wrinkle arises and is put into the lap of a different vampire.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Absolutely not. There’s always a surprise character. And it’s those unplanned secondary characters that have huge impacts in my books. For my small-town series, that was Greg Mallory. That series had a similar journey as my vampires. There was only supposed to be one book. In the first book of that series, Must Love Fashion, my heroine is walking home from the train station after her interview at Prada, where she killed it. For some reason, I had the spur of the moment idea, what if she had a brother, who was a cop, who stopped to pick her up so she didn’t have to walk.
Greg Mallory is my Loren Tagaris. Greg took over the Darling Cove series, appearing in nearly every book afterward in some kind of meaningful way. And not just a cardboard cutout. Loren is now a very important secondary character in all the future Princeton Allegiant books. When a character is fun to write, you can’t let them go.
Describe your writing style.
With very few exceptions, I follow a strict organization worksheet when plotting out a new book. The worksheet just reminds me what’s supposed to happen in each chapter. Normal World. Inciting Incident. Complications Arise. Complications Grow. New Complications. Etc. I fill in each box with brief details and use it as a tool to write my first draft. I simply sit down, and check my next box and write.
There are certainly tweaks along the way. And many times, where I thought a story would go, often goes in a different direction. But nearly every time, my story ends exactly the way I envisioned it.
A day in the life of the author?
I’m so lucky to do this full time. My wonderful husband, after double checking our finances concluded we could live on one income and he allowed me to pursue this full time. This is my job. So I make sure to approach it like a job, with a set schedule. With little exception, here’s my usual day:
Wake Up: Between 5 and 5:30. But I toss and turn and don’t physically get up until around 7am.
Coffee: Have to have coffee. With coffee, I usually check my phone for emails and then go to my computer and answer any messages that came in over night. You’d be surprised how many people like to email me at 2 a.m.
First Shift: Depending if I’m writing or editing, or if I have a book with a critique partner or editor, I’ll either do writing/editing or what I call ‘busy work’, Marketing, writing posts, researching during the time of 7 to 9am.
Gym: I make sure to go to the gym at least five to six days a week. My gym has a lot of classes I like to take at 9:15. So I leave the house at 9 and then return around 10:30.
Second Shift: After a shower I write from 11 to 1pm. Then I have lunch. I may or may not put the TV on. Depending if I’m writing. If it’s busy work, I may put on the TV.
Third Shift: 2 to 4pm. That’s hitting hard whatever I’m working on.
4pm to 7pm- Me time. Relax, watching TV, cooking and eating dinner with hubby.
(Most nights): Fourth Shift: 7:30 to 9pm. (unless I’m under a deadline- or if my eyes can’t take it anymore).
Oh, that’s Mon-Friday. I work Saturday and Sunday too.
It’s important to know how much time and effort I put into my writing, and if I give away a book, that’s money lost. I know some readers want free books and feel they don’t have to pay for books. Look at how much I work and then tell me if you think I should give away my books?
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