AUSSIE MONTH with Tima Maria Lacoba
Describe yourself in one word:
Tell us about Bloodgifted:
It’s an urban fantasy about a woman who stopped ageing in her twenties – What if you had the power to lift an ancient curse, but it came at a frightening price? Primary school teacher, Laura Dantonville’s ordinary life comes to an end when she learns her family’s ancestral legacy, and a shocking secret that explains her strange inability to age.
What inspired this novel?
While working on my Master’s thesis on Roman Britain, I came across an ancient Roman fort in the UK (Vindobala). It was abandoned in the mid 3rd century for no apparent reason. An idea popped into my head and I wrote it down. Ten months later I’d written Bloodgifted.
What are you reading right now?
I just finished reading Blood Dark, Lindsay J Pryor’s latest book in her Blackthorn series.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Best thing about being an Aussie?
What’s not to like? We live in the best country in the world.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Whether they admit it or not, people crave romance in their lives. It’s as necessary to our well being as breathing.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2016?
Book 4, Bloodwish, in my Dantonville Legacy series will be released just before Christmas.
What were your big achievements of 2015?
- Releasing Book 4, BloodVault.
- Bloodgifted voted runner-up in BLB’s Annual Readers Choice Award for Best Paranormal Book.
- BloodVault coming Third Place in SNSBAH Promotions 2015 Best of the Best Winner for Favourite Urban Fantasy Book and Favourite Young Adult Book.
Tima Maria Lacoba
Being unable to age is just the beginning.
Laura Dantonville has a rare blood type that prevents normal ageing. As decades pass, she continues to look like a twenty-year old. But things are about to change as she learns her family’s dark and shocking secret – a centuries-old curse that turned her Roman soldier ancestor into a vampire.
Now she is the key to breaking that curse.
Having to undergo a frightening coming-of-age rite, Laura is propelled into a violent underworld stalked by rogue vampires who covet the rare gift her blood bestows – the ability to daywalk. But only one can claim that privilege – Alec Munro, her guardian, and leader of the powerful D’Antonville vampire clan.
Being guardian to the granddaughter of his enemy is the last thing on Alec’s mind. After all, her damned family was responsible for his untimely death and subsequent transformation. He owes them nothing, yet he also knows the unthinkable consequences should he not accept.
Determined to end his connection with the D’Antonvilles once his time as guardian is over, Alec reluctantly consents. But Laura’s wit and feisty nature arouses feelings in him long buried. A dangerous attraction grows between them, escalating the tension simmering between Alec and her detective boyfriend, Matt Sommers.
Can Laura defuse the conflict or will Matt’s jealousy expose her to a far greater danger?
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