Hunted by a vampire prince. Caged by his rescuer. Can Michael escape the dark destiny written in his blood, or will his own heart be his undoing?
“I know who you are because you belong to me. You were born to be mine.” ~ Alexei Vasiliev, the vampire prince.
Haunted by the death of his parents, Michael Blakeley wants answers. The twenty-six-year-old martial artist seeks their killer, but he also wants to know why electronics short out at his touch, and why his libido is a raging fire.
When a group of soldiers calling themselves Guardians rescue him from a back alley ambush and claim to have the answers he needs, he agrees to go with them. Especially when they tell him the attackers were vampires. But nothing in this supernatural underworld is as it seems, and when the silver-eyed commander cages him instead, Michael's answers slip further away.
Can Michael find safety from the vampires who claim him? Can he escape the dark destiny he discovers is written into his blood? And will he break the chains of the commander who keeps him captive? The one man he has no desire to leave?
Dark Flame is the first pulse-pounding book in the Flame Born LGBT urban fantasy series. If you like enemies to lovers, shifters, sexy vampire princes, and scorching heat, you'll love this smoldering tale of bloodlust and magic.
Warning: Dark Flame is a gay erotic love story. It contains explicit language and sexual scenes between men, and is meant for adult readers only. There is content some readers may find distressing. See inside for potential triggers.
Cover Artist: Bookfly
Release Date: February 6, 2021
Genre/s: MM paranormal/urban fantasy
Trope/s: Enemies to Lovers
Themes: Finding home and self. Self-discovery. Self-acceptance. Learning to trust.
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 82 000 words/310 pages
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a full-time nurse in a lovely small nursing home run by an order of Augustin nuns. They genuinely care about their residents, and I feel very fortunate to work there. When I’m not doing that, I’m either writing, critiquing, marketing my book, or talking about writing with writer friends. I’m obsessed. Story is my passion. The only other thing I’m interested in is my lovely family.
Do you have a favorite quote (either from your own books or one’s you’ve read)?
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi
How long have you been writing and what made you fall in love with writing?
I’ve been writing 5yrs. It happened over night. One day I’d never written before, the next, I started and couldn’t stop. It was story that drove me to put pen to paper. The desire to write out the stories I’d been carrying around in my head.
Did you always want to be a writer?
No. Writing a book had only occurred to me once before, but I dismissed it, thinking it wasn’t something I could ever do.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I would never leave nursing, but I do hope one day I can afford to go part-time so that I can write more. A balance between the two would be nice.
What’s your favorite part of writing?
Creating a whole scene from nothing, and bringing characters alive.
Tell us about your writing style.
My writing style does depend on what I’m writing. But I tend towards a style that doesn’t lounge around describing things. I like a smooth, flowing pace that doesn’t stop too long to examine the wallpaper.
What does your writing process look like?
I write as often as I possibly can, but because I work full-time, and long shifts, there are only 16 days out of a munchkin which I can write. On those days I wake at 5, and after settling with two cups of tea, I write all morning until lunchtime. I only stop for quick breaks for more tea and maybe some toast. I’m unfortunately a slow writer, I’m too fussy to write fast. I’m trying to work on that.
When/where is your favorite time/place to write?
Morning. In bed.
Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance/fiction?
I’m bisexual, and not entirely cis-gender. MM romance with a bisexual character felt like the most comfortable and satisfying option. I tried writing through a female protagonist and really struggled. I’m much more at home with a man to play with. Haha.
Do you write any other genre?
No. But I may dabble in the future.
Describe a scene in your writing that has made you laugh or cry?
I laugh a lot as I write. I’ve not cried while writing Dark Flame but I have cried on other projects.
Give the readers a brief summary of your latest book or WIP. What genre does it fall in?
I'm writing Dark Fate the second book in the Flame-Born trilogy.
Give us a little insight into your main characters. Who are they?
Michael, 26yr old martial artist. Good looking and knows it, hot headed and impulsive, but sweet and loyal and looking for a home.
Commander Gabriel Flanagan, a 359 yearr old Lycanthrope originally from Finland. He commands the Guardians of Blackriver, where they protect and train people new to their abilities. He’s a 6ft 7 wall of muscle. Looks like a Viking. He’s solid and steady and patient, but he’s also living with a monster inside him that makes him fierce and blood-thirsty.
And then there’s the antagonist, Alexei, the vampire prince. Beautiful, arrogant, crafty and manipulative, but fiercely loyal to his people.
Will we be seeing these characters again? Is this book part of a series?
Yes, it’s a series. There will be at least 6 books.
Which actor would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I’ve honestly never thought about it.
What genre/s do you enjoy reading in your free time?
I read all romance. Mostly MM, and mostly fantasy, but I also enjoy some MF, and contemporary stories. Now and again I’ll read a YA, but there has to be a romance.
What was the last book you read?
Beneath the Opal Arc by Lee Colgin.
What did you like about it?
I loved the characters and her world building, and really shipped the romance from page one.
Have you held any interesting jobs while you worked on your books?
Nursing gives you some very interesting moments. People are endlessly interesting.
How do you relax?
That doesn’t happen very often, but I’ll either read or watch something on Amazon Prime.
What hobbies do you have outside of writing?
Ha. None. Writing is my passion and my life.
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I kneel and hang my head and wait. I have to. I want to. There’s an elation in my chest, as though I’m about to meet a secret beloved I’m only now remembering. My attention draws upward, compelled to the stunning creature. I couldn’t look away if my life depended on it, but I avoid meeting his dark gaze.
With unearthly grace, the vampire saunters toward me, his eyes riveted to my face. The closer he comes, the more the battle slips into the background. It could be only the two of us here in the steelworks. Weapons fly around him—bolts and swords whistle through the air, heading for his chest, but stop midflight before they can meet their target and clatter to the concrete. He doesn’t spare them a glance.
The nearer he stalks, the harder my heart pounds. My breath comes in shallow puffs. Cold sweat soaks my T-shirt. My nails puncture the soft flesh of my palms. I feel defenseless.
The prince stands in front of me, close enough to touch, a towering demigod, his immense wings creating a shadowed cavern.
I force my eyes down, fixing them on a patch of crimson blood painted across the concrete. I resist a baffling urge to lean and rest my head against his hip.
Strong, elegant fingers cup my chin to lift my face. I tense, my stomach twisting with panic. I’m certain that once I meet those black eyes, it’s over. His fingers burn hot against my chin. The touch tingles my skin like champagne. I melt into his hand and look up, finding two pools of darkest night. My resistance vanishes.
Master. The word hangs in my mind.
I will never let it leave my lips.
A wonderful debut novel from the author, it had me captivated, I couldn’t put it down, even when I’d tell myself I’ll just finish up the chapter and go do something it wouldn’t be until halfway through the next one that I remembered. It was written in a smooth and easily consumable way which pulled us through each scene with ease and I found myself having to finish it. However, there were a few things that had this book not be a perfect for me which you can read here
I’m a simple northern English lass with an addiction to writing, as well as all things romance. Also addicted to cats, cat videos, and anything with, you know, cats in it. And there's chocolate, and tea, coffee too, and rainy Sundays. Okay, I have many addictions. But my first love has always been story in all its forms, from movies to books to anecdotes told over a beer at the local pub. If we're sharing a story, I'm all ears. And if it's fantasy with sexy heroes and vampires and lots of angsty luuurve, I'm probably drooling. Come in, pour yourself a tea, and kick your shoes off. Let me tell you a story.