Hi Megan and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Blood Guard!
Please summarize the book for the readers here:
Blood Guard is about a human named Tendra who learns that her blood is the key to strengthening a clan of vampires, and in turn, saving humanity from a rival vampire clan who wants to turn all humans in blood slaves. The vampire groomed from birth to protect her is Athan Gregorie, who must deliver her from the depressed city where she lives to his family’s stronghold, where she is fated to be with his brother—the future king of their clan. While on the run from assassins, Athan doesn’t anticipate falling in love with Tendra, even though touching her, and especially drinking her blood, is forbidden.
Please share the opening lines of this book:
Brex circled my legs, meowing incessantly, and I nearly tripped over him on my way to the kitchen. “Shit, shit, shit,” I mumbled. I was running late for work, and after all the time I’d missed recently, I was in danger of getting fired.
Please share a few Fun facts about this book…
- Tendra is my all-time favorite heroine I’ve ever written. She’s sarcastic, funny, and brave.
- Tendra’s cat, Brex, is not a normal cat. He plays a big role in the book!
- Athan is the kind of alpha I always wanted to write—brave and strong and a true leader.
Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?
Tendra Parrish is the heroine of Blood Guard, and she definitely surprised me. I intended to write her a little more cold, and she refused to be written that way. She’s strong and street-smart, but she’s also funny and kind and has a big heart. She refuses to let herself be taken advantage of. At the beginning, her life changes completely, but through the whole book, she makes sure it’s on HER terms. I enjoyed writing her so much.
If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?
Can I first say that I LOVE this question? Such a great question! I think I’d use a scene where Tendra and Athan are starting to learn a little bit about each other and trust each other. There is a lot of emotion and confusion but it’s where there is also the first glimmer of chemistry. Here is a snippet:
I gulped my coffee now, and set down the mug, my stomach unsettled. I had gone from being completely self-sufficient to relying on this man to keep me alive. “Look, I have to admit, I’m trying to adjust to this news, but it’s hard.”
Athan stood up slowly, and I peered up at him as his frame towered over me. He had to be at least six-six or six-seven. His jaw worked, before he spoke slowly. “This is new for me, too.”
“Are you around humans much?”
He shrugged. “To feed, but other than that, no.” He jerked a thumb at the closed bedroom door. “Zeb loves human women.”
Loves them? “Like, loves to eat them?”
Athan’s eyes bulged. “Tendra, we don’t eat humans.”
“Drink! Drink from them.”
“Oh, he likes that, too, but mostly he likes to fuck them.”
Athan looked away, and I studied his profile. His straight nose and full lips. What would he look like when he was aroused? When he was . . . fucking? Maybe it was my delirium because I found myself asking, “Do you?”
He turned to me. “Do I what?”
“Do you like to fuck human women?”
He didn’t speak for a solid thirty seconds, and those dark eyes bored into me. His chest heaved, his breath leaving in a gust, as his fingers tightened and then relaxed at his sides. My blood was heating up on the inside, the warmth pooling in my belly. I gripped the sheets tightly because despite everything, my body was drifting toward him, like I was a ship on the tide and he was the shore. When Athan spoke again, his voice was somewhat garbled. “Sometimes.”
With that one word, he left the room in two strides and shut the door behind him.
What do you want people to take away from reading this book?
I want them to have fun. I want them to root for Athan and Tendra. And I especially want them to see a little bit of themselves in Tendra—a strong woman who’s faced with a massive change in her life, and fights to take back control. I also want them to see Athan for what he is—an alpha who is a real leader, who cares about his people and humans.
What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2017?
I’m working on BLOOD VEIL, which is the second book in my Mission series! I’m also working on finishing up ZERO HOUR, which is a romantic suspense series about hackers that is out in January.
Thanks for blogging at HJ!
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Excerpt from Blood Guard:
I focused on clearing the table in front of me. After all the dirty glasses were on my tray, I was passing a damp rag over the table when the hair on the back of my neck rose.
I didn’t stop cleaning. I trusted my instincts, but didn’t want to alert whoever was watching me that I noticed. Not yet. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a man in the corner booth. He was alone, a full draft of beer in front of him. His brow was so prominent that his eyes were in shadow, but I was sure he was watching me.
Shit. Shit, shit, shit. I’d never seen him before, and this was a neighborhood bar, which rarely saw new people. We were in the section of Mission where most buildings were full of squatters with needles in their arms rather than reputable businesses. That same fear I’d felt early that night tightened my chest, but I was curious, too. That was the only reason I didn’t haul ass away from him. Plus, this bar was my territory. He was on my turf.
My heart pounded while I wiped the table over and over again until I could see my reflection on the surface. I could ignore him, but now I wanted him to know that I’d seen him. Sometimes when men were confronted head-on, they were less likely to see me as weak. Sometimes. I flipped through everything I’d been taught in all the self-defense classes I’d taken. I decided to act normal, see if he needed to place an order, as if the gaze on my back didn’t freak me the hell out. I took a deep breath and turned around. As I began to make my way toward his table, and he lifted his chin slightly, I knew that this might have been a mistake. A big one.
His eyes were so dark, they looked black; his jawline so sharp, it could draw blood. His black hair was pulled back at his nape, but several strands hung over his eyes, and his entire presence was like a fog that made me a little dizzy. He wore all black from what I could see. A long leather trench and black shirt underneath that did nothing to hide the breadth of his chest. Jesus, this man looked like he could pick up the entire length of the bar and toss it over his head.
The only bouncer we had was Kev, and he weighed a buck sixty and could carry fewer cases of vodka than I could.
Deep breaths, Tendra. Just act cool. I pointed to the man’s beer. “Need anything with that? A water? Kitchen is closed but I could wrangle up something for you if you’re hungry.” Ugh, why was I being so chatty?
He shifted slightly, his hands flattening on the top of the table before relaxing again. He shook his head, then studied me for a minute, and when his gaze dipped to take in my body, I felt it on my skin like flames. When he met my eyes again, a fire ignited in my belly.
This was when I decided to get turned on? Some stranger who could probably snap my neck with one hand?
I was demented. Or losing it. There was absolutely no reason for me to be turned on by him. But yet . . . those dark eyes held me. Ensnared me.
I snapped out of it, breaking the connection with a jerk of my head. “Right, well, I’m Tendra. You need something, just holler.”
Then I walked away from that mountain of a man as fast as my short legs would take me.
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.
Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .
Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.
Meet the Author:
Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.
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