Amber Belldene joins The Author’s Journal for a chat about her newest release in her Blood Vine series, Blood Reunited, a Paranormal Vampire Romance.

Welcome to my site, Amber Belldene!

Amber Belldene, Blood Reunited, Blood Vine
Author Amber Belldene

We’re super-excited to learn all about you and your story, Blood Reunited here at The Author’s Journal, Amber.

Amber and I met several years ago online through Romance Writer’s of America, and the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal specialty chapter.

Let’s share your good news with the world about your stories, Amber!

1.   Who the hell are you and what do you write?

I’m Amber Belldene, and I’m an Episcopal priest and romance writer.  I’m very interested in the relationship between sex and spirituality. I write all sorts of stuff—paranormal, contemporary, historical, M/M, and I like to mix it all up whenever possible! My newest release is called Blood Reunited, and it’s book three in the Blood Vine Series.

~I’ve read your Blood Vine series Amber, and while I loved the first two books for some reason Blood Reunited really worked for me. I feel like you hit your stride writing this story, and a lot of that had to do, for me especially with your heroine Uta. Seriously, I could not put this book down. Uta is an amazing kick-ass vampire with a rich history, serious fighting skills, and a passion for her love, Bel Maras, that leapt off the page and kept me hooked. I loved her. Thank you for contributing such a significant character to our collection of fiction, Amber.

2.   Tell us what you love about your story.

I love the relationship between vampire Uta and halfling Bel, which goes from an unconventional friendship in his childhood, to being enemies, to learning to accept their fate as mates. It’s very poignant, and like all the other books in this series, it turns on one tragic event in the past—the suicide of Bel’s human mother.

~If you haven’t read this story, readers, you must treat yourself. Fated mates is one of my favorite romance tropes.

3.   What is your Protagonist’s FLAW in this story?

In this story my protagonist is stuck needing to understand things scientifically that are actually beyond explanation.  Also, he’s angry about something the heroine did to him in the past, and that makes it hard to accept his help.

~Bel Maras learns so much in Blood Reunited, thanks to Uta. His character arc is clear, important, and poignant.

4.   Do you prefer to read fiction or non-fiction?

Fiction ALL THE WAY. I really struggle to make time to read non-fiction.

5.   Romance/Thrillers/Historical/Horror/Paranormal/Contemporary…? What’s your favorite genre to read? Any recommendations for the crowd?

 I love romance in all genres and historical fiction. Currently I’m reading Hillary Mantel’s award winning historical fiction about Thomas Cromwell. She’s a genius, and any writer in any genre could learn from her brilliant skills at characterization.

~Amber and I bonded over Deborah Harnkness’s historical vampire romance, A Discovery of Witches. I simply love to read historical romances. Pair one up with a paranormal story and I’ve found my perfect time machine…

6.   Any Pet Peeves about Romance?

Oh, I have a few.  Characters that aren’t distinct, well-developed, or whose actions don’t make sense. Stupid add-ons clearly intended just to make a hero more alpha (like references to MMA fighting that have nothing to do with the book).  A heroine getting into inane danger just so she can get saved (as in a threat not really woven into the plot). And lately, out-of-the blue BDSM, like a guy that goes Dominant or starts spanking a girl when it seems totally inconsistent with the story. But this is really a flaw in characterization, and an attempt to capitalize on a trend in romance. I love a good erotic novel, so this just irritates me.

~Amen, Sister!

7.   Quick – Name the last movie you saw, and did you love it? If so, WHY? If not, WHY NOT?

 Ender’s Game. I did love it. I pretty much knew everything about the story, including the surprise end, but I liked the characters quite a lot and thought it was well-acted and the settings were cool!

8.   Any advice for new writers? 

Just the same advice I give myself when I am stuck or feeling impatient.  Butt in chair, words on page.  I am working towards my Malcolm Gladwell 10,000 hours, everyday, because you can’t help but improve if you just keep at it.

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Blood Vine, Amber Belldene
Blood Reunited
By Amber Belldene

Book Buy Links:

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BLURB

Blood Reunited: Book Three in Amber Belldene’s Blood Vine Series.

Brooding vampire halfling and biologist Bel Maras is determined to create a cure for the wasting disease that plagues his vampire family. His work becomes essential as the Hunters intensify their global and bloody campaign. When Bel’s cure fails, only his ancient and estranged godmother Uta Ilirije can help. But seeing the ice-cold Uta reveals something shocking–she is his bonded mate.

Amber Belldene, Blood Vine
Blood Vine
The Series

She may be a dangerous warrior, but Uta feels her failures acutely. She has been unable to protect her kind from Hunters, and vampires are dying out. Worse, she tied Bel to her long ago in an accident of blood, then abandoned him for his own good–a choice he has never forgiven. Many days, she is convinced Bel and the vampires would be better off if she just walked into the sun.

Biology has fated them to be mates. Now these old enemies must overcome their past to save the vampires and come to peace with the bond they never chose.

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EXCERPT:

She flipped the arm separating their seats up and laced her hands into his hair, pulling his ear to her mouth. Her deft, slender tongue traced a wet line around the shell before she nibbled on the lobe with blunt teeth. Tingles crawled from his scalp down his shoulders and arms, and he pulled her onto his lap.

She whispered. “I have done many things in my life. But I am not yet a member of this club for people who have had sex on airplanes.”

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She was already fumbling between them for his belt, her tongue pressed between her lips in determination.

He pressed his forehead into hers and chuckled. “Yes.” He ached to be with her again like this, but he wouldn’t make the same mistake as last time. This would change nothing.

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Blood Vine The Series
Blood Vine
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Blood Reunited Trailer

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Author Bio:

Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book.  As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons—an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days.

Amber is an Episcopal Priest and student of religion. She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths.  Some people think it is strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to her, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco.

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Amber Belldene, Blood Reunited, Blood Vine
Author Amber Belldene

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Thanks for taking the time to join us today at The Author’s Journal, Amber.

Comments are open.

And as always, good luck and many blessings for your future stories!

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4 thoughts on “Amber Belldene joins The Author’s Journal for a chat about her newest release in her Blood Vine series, Blood Reunited, a Paranormal Vampire Romance.”

  1. Hi Paula, thanks for having me!

    Hi Bonnie! I’m so glad you both loved Uta.

    LOL. No, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone quite like Uta. She just came to me, really! With the romance tropes as they are, we have so many ancient, brooding male vampires falling in love with spunky twenty somethings. I wanted to turn that on it’s head, and I wanted to play around with some of the things I love about great male heroes–an indifference and brusqueness that is charming and sympathetic, and how it would play as a female character.

    On a side note, I really like the urban fantasy Iron & Velvet by Alexis Hall because he takes that Twilight trope of the ancient male vampire’s young girlfriend and asks what happens when she outgrows a self-pitying, maudlin male vampire. So funny!

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  2. Hi Amber,
    *waves*
    I loved Uta, too. I loved how she knit all the time 🙂
    She has to be one of my all time favorite heroines.
    How did you come up with her character? Did you model some of her characteristics after someone you knew?

    I loved the interview.

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