Yes. This tour was to head with writer, Elin Gregory, over to some very sandy, stunning beaches and all but it looks like the balloon’s been high-jacked and not just by the A-Z challenge Elin is on. No. And there was me going to wheech you over to Spetses to show you the Black Wolf’s cave….
….yes, the Bekiris doubling for that. Look. Inspiration found in all sorts of places. Just be glad it’s a warm place, although you will get somewhere like that when Elin gets done with the challenge. That is provided we get out of our next guest’s world.
I am sure having survived beneath the Black Wolf’s nose we will, but let me tell you this trip, in true Jules Verne tradition, is not just unexpected, it is to an imaginary and dangerous world. The world of (cue scary music)
Today’s guest is the talented Lindsay J Pryor, British paranormal author of the series and having stepped aboard the balloon-high jacked it rather, (her cover is gorgeous so we will forgive her) she’s here to spill beans….let’s hope the ride isn’t too bumpy.
Welcome to Blackthorn by Lindsay J. Pryor
Blackthorn was inspired over sixteen years ago, when I’d moved to a big city over 300 miles away from everything I knew. Walking home one night, I got lost in a very isolated and run-down part of the city. Iron bars were on windows. Metal shutters were on doors. The place was dead, but the idea for Blackthorn was born.
In an imaginary future, the world is controlled by humans who rule over vampires with an iron fist. Society is divided and ‘third species’ are both feared and discriminated against. Additional seeds of unrest are sown by whispers of a vampire prophecy foretelling the overthrow of the human regime.
Blackthorn itself is the most impoverished of several, newly formed administrative districts – a real melting pot for vampires, lycans and humans – and a subsequent hive of social unrest. Guarded borders, corruption and injustice add to the claustrophobic feel of a society about to implode.
But primarily, this dark and dystopian urban backdrop is the setting for intense forbidden romances – romances that will not only impact on the fate of humankind, but also on the fate of the ‘third species’ who have spent far too long waiting for their time.
My Blackthorn paranormal romance series is primarily based around one polluted, over-populated, rotten core of a locale. It is the district where vampires (and the fewer numbered lycans) are forced to live. They’re given the dregs in terms of location, provision, opportunities and rights. I wanted the physical environment my characters live in to enhance a sense of segregation created by humans. I wanted a world that was dark, unfair and oppressive.
I also wanted the setting to pose the same threat and conflict that echoes not only the nature of the stories but also the characters who inhabit them. Dark and dangerous, sexy and unrelenting, unpredictable and with hidden depths, Blackthorn is a physical representation of many of the anti-heroes that inhabit it.
With this shady, threatening backdrop, overarching storylines and romances that skirt dangerously close to the edge, Blackthorn isn’t a series for the faint-hearted. But if you like your heroes edgy, your heroines willing to fight back, a complex story and a new twist on an established subgenre, Blackthorn might be the series for you…….
SO THERE we have it folks, the tour has gone from Sisi’s Vienna to Lindsay’s Blackthorn, via Noelle’s Cambodia, the Black Wolf’s Glencoe, oh and of course Fury’s Genoa, although frankly, getting Fury back this week has proved difficult. I don’t even know where the blazes she is now with all these pictures and postcards of hers but she says she is appearing with Aimee Duffy not duggy tomorrow… Maybe Flint will get her back before then and spare Aimee? It only remains for me to tell you about the talented Mz Pryor whose world can be glimpsed here on Pinterest.
And to wish her the very best for her forthcoming release, Blood Roses.
Lindsay J. Pryor is a British Paranormal Romance author who writes dark, intense, multi-layered stories set in the dystopian world of Blackthorn. Her writing was first discovered through Mills & Boon’s New Voices competition, where she finished as a runner-up in both 2010 and 2011.
Blackthorn really captured the imagination of Lindsay’s publisher as a fantastically vivid and complex world, one which readers will utterly lose themselves in. She paints this multi-layered world effortlessly, and uses it as the setting for intense forbidden romances.
Combining sizzling passion and dark, sinfully seductive vampire heroes, Lindsay J. Pryor’s writing is an exciting new find for those who love paranormal romance and urban fantasy. If you’re a fan of J.R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kelley Armstrong, Christine Feehan, Kresley Cole or Felicity Heaton then you’ll love Lindsay J. Pryor’s books too.
Following the critically acclaimed Blood Shadows, Blood Roses, book two in the Blackthorn series, is to be launched next week. Blood Torn will follow in the Autumn of 2013.
Find out more about Blackthorn at http://www.lindsayjpryor.com
Blackthorn is urban fantasy dynamite.’ ~ GraveTells.com
‘Earns a place alongside Paranormal Romance’s best writers.’ ~ Michele Hauf
‘An incredible voice for paranormal.” ~ Rhyannon Byrd.