Blood Shackles by Rosemary A. Johns

Today I’m hosting Rosemary A. Johns and her urban fantasy/paranormal romance, Blood Shackles (Rebel Vampires Volume 2). Rosemary is giving away a $50 Amazon/B&N gift card. So make sure to comment, check out the other stops on the tour, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway! Rosemary is also here today to talk about the soundtrack for her book!

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by Rosemary A. Johns

Firstly, thanks for having me on your site!

What do you do if you’re a music fanatic? Too young to remember the ‘60s (if anyone does remember them). But loving everything before and since because it’s music, yeah?

You write a British Rocker vampire with a photographic memory – and a passion for music, who just happens to have lived 150 years of the best British music ever. ‘My name is Light’ – as he would say. That’s what.

Then what Light calls the ‘permanent soundtrack’ of his life? Becomes yours too.

Because I listen to the music I write into scenes – whilst I write them. And edit them. Double whammy. It’s like I’m there because I see scenes, as if they’re films. I’m just rushing to write them down. And I did say scenes.

I was a playwright (as well as a short story writer) before I wrote my new fantasy series Rebel Vampires.

Rebel Vampires is set in the supernatural world of Blood Life, in a hidden London where vampires are both predator and prey. I may love vampires. But I wanted to write a vampire book for adults. Where they weren’t simply the hunters but also the hunted. And death drives desire.

It’s a secret world of vampires, rebels and romance. In the first standalone book – Blood Dragons – Light is caught between his century old love for a savage Elizabethan Blood Lifer and his forbidden human lover.

Blood Dragons is out now (e-book and paperback). Click here:

In the latest book Blood Shackles Light has been abducted, defanged and enslaved by a secret human Blood Club. Why, how and the conspiracy behind his species’ enslavement? You’ll have to buy the series!

Throughout everything, Light is given hope, set free or helped to love by the ‘permanent soundtrack’ of his life.

Music has that power. Plus, as Light says to Grayse, who’s keeping him captive:

‘Your taste in music? It’s so bland it may as well be white noise. What you need are the greats: Billy Fury and THE FOUR JAYS, Jimi Hendrix and The Sex Pistols.

So I’d uploaded them.

Because your passwords..? They hadn’t been difficult for a bloke like me to memorise from a glance over your shoulder.

In the dark, I put on The Rolling Stones. It was like coming alive. Around me, London took on a psychedelia – a clash of experimental chaos.’

Blood Shackles (Rebel Vampires Volume 2)

So here’s the top 4 Blood Life soundtrack to listen to alongside Blood Shackles:

  1. The Rolling Stones – “In Another Land”
  2. The Beatles – “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”
  3. Amy Winehouse – “Back to Black”
  4. Spiritual – “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen”

And if you really want to have some fun… read Blood Dragons first. Immerse yourself in Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Billy Fury, The Small Faces and the Stones – as Light says ‘the greats’.

Blood Shackles is out now at the promotional price of $0.99. Click here:

Want to read Blood Dragons first? It’s out now. Click here:


Light is a Rocker Blood Lifer with a talent for remembering things. He’s meant to be the predator. It’s been that way since Victorian times. But not now. Not since someone hunted him. Enslaved him. Ripped out his fangs. Who are these ruthless humans? Who’s their violent leader? And who betrayed the secret of the Blood Lifer world?


London, Primrose Hill. Grayse is the commanding but alluring slaver’s daughter. The enemy. She buys Light, like he’s a pair of designer shoes. So why does Light feel so drawn to her? Especially when his family is still in chains. Will he risk everything – even his new love – to save them?


Does a chilling conspiracy lie behind it all? A stunning revelation leads Light to an inconceivable truth. If he can face his worst terrors, he can save his family and his whole species from slavery.

Maybe he can even save himself.

The third book in the series, BLOOD RENEGADES, will be out Spring 2017


‘London’s not yours.’

I stiffened. ‘The Lost have walked these streets as long as you humans,’ I whispered, low and intense, ‘which makes them ours, as much as yours.’

I might as well have clouted you. You drew back, with a shiver. ‘You hunt here – parasitically. But England? The world? It belongs to us. You’re just…’

‘Parasites?’ I offered. You didn’t even have the decency to look away.

‘These are my streets,’ you tapped the sticky table for emphasis, in a boozer, street, postcode you’d never have ventured into, if it hadn’t been for me.

I took a drag of my e-cig. ‘Over hundred and fifty years says different, sweetheart.’

You wore that narked expression, which I’d hoped we’d left behind for the night. ‘My home. Not yours.’

‘Any reason it can’t be both?’

‘On account of you’re…’ You stopped yourself, pushing your Guinness away with a jerky shove. Your shoulders slumped. You finished softly, ‘…not human.’

‘Right. Because I’d missed that.’ I took a mouthful of nuts, munching thoughtfully. You’d withdrawn hermit-crab like, your hair falling in two curtains over your mug. ‘There were humans once, who thought like you, the last time a Blood Lifer had the courage to reveal himself to a First Lifer. It was one of my ancestors. A man of reason, in an age of superstition. He reckoned our two species could live out in the open – side by side – so I was told. These First Lifers? They thought he was the devil.’ You’d raised your nut. I could see your peepers – dark grey now – through the veil of your hair.


‘They burnt him.’


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ROSEMARY A JOHNS is a traditionally published author of short stories under the name R. A. Johns. She is the author of Blood Dragons the compelling first instalment of the Rebel Vampires series.

Rosemary A Johns wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of ten, when she discovered the weird worlds inside her head were more exciting than double swimming. Since then she’s studied history at Oxford University, run a theatre company (her critically acclaimed plays have been described as “uncomfortable, unsettling and uneasily true to life”), and worked with disability charities.

When Rosemary’s not falling in love with the rebels fighting their way onto the page, she heads the Oxford writing group Dreaming Spires

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Author: Megan Morgan

Paranormal and contemporary romance author.

12 thoughts

  1. I always admire people who listen to music while they write. I never do! I try to think about what music would fit my books, though. I think there’s something inspiring about that. It helps you connect to your story.


    1. Hi Stephanie – hope you’re having a good day and your writing is going well! Yes, it definitely helps you connect to your writing. Even if it’s never mentioned I always know the type of music and bands a character loves – or hates! I listen to music if there’s music in that scene (especially in the first book in this series when it was in the 1960s). But when the chapter is silent – then I write in silence too!


    1. Hi Victoria! I’ve been listening to some amazing stuff for the third book the last few days – my writing really comes together when I know its soundtrack! Have a great day!


    1. Hi Trix! I love american rock! We don’t get too many coming over to us here…but I did see Eels not that long ago…seriously good!


  2. Hi Megan and thanks for having me on your blog! I’m loving the tour so far – what music would be the ‘permanent soundtrack’ of your life? Hope everyone has a great day!


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