Guest author Alexandra Anthony brings along her new release today



Welcome back to author Alexandra Anthony.









I’d like to thank Elodie Parkes for having me on her blog once again to talk about my newest release in The Vampire Destiny Series, Ascend.  It’s the fourth book in the series.

In this book, we go back and revisit Josephine’s childhood home as they search for her uncle’s secret journal that can unlock her mysterious past.  Along the way, they meet a old colleague of her uncle…and his secret will change everything for Josephine.


Ascend Blurb

Waking up as an immortal…
Josephine Anderson awakes as true vampire, leaving her half-human life behind. She has little time to adjust to the change however; her evil father has gone missing and wants nothing more than to destroy her and her vampire mate, Stefan Lifsten. But they have other plans…

Secrets and revelations are revealed…
Josephine and Stefan head back to her childhood home to search for the lost journal her uncle kept – a journal that may unlock Stefan and Josephine’s shared past. While searching, Josephine’s world is once again turned on its axis when she meets Liev Banin, who reveals a long-kept secret that will change everything for Josephine….and her family.

Betrayed…
Still reeling from their discovery, they are rocked to their very core when a trusted friend betrays them…and threatens to destroy them all.

*This is a romantic, erotic book. It contains sexy vampires, graphic language, adult content and situations that aren't for the faint of heart. Consider yourself warned.*


Excerpt from Ascend

There were so many memories and they all seemed to hit me at once. I was trying my best to remember only the good; but in the back of my mind, rage was throbbing like a toothache.  One vampire had destroyed the only family I knew and it was my own father.
Bitter and seething, I dropped on the edge on the bed, sending a fine mist of dust to scatter in the air around the room.  Stefan went to the window, pushing the curtains aside and opening it, letting clean, fresh air flow into the stuffy room.  He only lingered at the window a moment before he slowly approached me, stopping only to stand before me, towering over me.  Twisting my hands carelessly in my lap, I stared vacantly up into his concerned face.  His blue eyes were locked on me.  He crouched down at my feet and I reached for him, sighing as I felt the comfort of his arms encircle my waist tightly.  His warm breath tickled my neck and his soft lips kissed the soft, sensitive spot behind my ear.
I knew he wanted me to say something, to verbalize the pain I felt as I toured my childhood home, but I simply didn't have it in me at the moment.  He sensed it and wisely just held me, allowing me to have my moment and was willing to wait for me to speak.
"I feel like an outsider here.  I didn't expect to feel like this, Stefan," I said in a halting rush, pressing my forehead against his and squeezing my eyes closed.  “This was my home.  And somehow Kian has managed to taint every memory I have.  Every. Fucking. Memory.”
Seething inside, my fingers gripped the shoulders of his shirt as I fought with the last bit of restraint I possessed.  He rose so our faces were almost level and the tender, yet brief brush of his lips across mine set fire to my soul.
"Confronting your past after your change is always difficult.  Your knowledge that Kian was responsible for their death makes it worse.  We will not talk. You do not have to worry," he crooned softly against my lips, his voice laced with understanding and comfort. "Tell me what you need, vackra.  Whatever I have is yours.  You know this."
His selfless offering diffused my pent up anger and my body trembled as I let out a rush of air.  I knew that I sounded needy, but I didn’t care.  I finally begged him for what I needed.  "Kiss me.  And don't stop…I need to feel something real.  I want to feel like I belong somewhere."
A muscle in his chiseled jaw clenched and the intensity in his eyes gleamed brilliantly.  His hands gripped my hips.  “You do belong somewhere.  You belong with me.  Your place is at my side, for an eternity.”
Releasing a breathless moan, his words did nothing but incite me.  “Then show me I belong.”  My lip trembled as my voice wavered.  “Show me…”
Sliding closer, I leaned over him as he did exactly as I asked.  He kissed me with a gentle, languid kiss, trying to slow my frantic pace down.  He knew what I needed better than I did.  He was willing to put me back together after helplessly watching me fall apart, piece-by-piece.
His hands held my waist, but they glided up my sides to the inside of my jacket, which he effortlessly pushed off my shoulders.  I let go of him just long enough to shirk out of it, only to reach for his face again, slipping my fingers into his hair to secure him to me.  Firm hands cupped my ass, giving it a squeeze over the outside of my jeans, tongues danced, swirled, tasted as I loomed over him, and finally, I grasped the bottom of his T-shirt.
"Skin," I whispered against his lips. "I need to feel your skin.  Now."
He switched to speak to me telepathically.  His lilting voice was like velvet-covered steel. “You are playing with fire.  Can you take the heat?”

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