Wednesday, 9 April 2014

BEWITCHING TOURS **REVIEW**: "Ravens Blood" by Cassandra Lawson

Raven’s Blood
Moon Virus (Book 1)
Cassandra Lawson

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication:  03/25/2014
ISBN: 978-1495234514 
Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 85,088

Following the death of her wood nymph mother at the hands of vampires, Raven worked hard to build a life for herself in one of the few remaining human settlements. Her life takes a frightening turn when she finds herself an unwilling guest in a vampire settlement, but things are not anything like she expected them to be. Still, she cannot help but feel that her attraction to the vampire leader is a betrayal to her mother’s memory and her human friends.

From the moment Connor first laid eyes on Raven she has thrown his entire world off-balance. In order to prove his strength as a leader, he has no choice but to take her up on her offer to trade her freedom for that of her human friends. Having begun his life as a slave, he has no interest in keeping the wood nymph captive. As a man, he has no desire to feel this overwhelming attraction to a woman who hates him and his kind.

As Raven spends more time with the vampires, her feelings for Connor grow even stronger and Connor finds that she may be the one thing he cannot live without. Unfortunately, a new danger emerges that could threaten the survival of vampires and humans alike. As Connor struggles to unravel the mystery of the attacks from a new species of vampire, a madman will go to any lengths to get Raven’s blood.

Raven's Blood Playlist

I have always been a bit of a rocker. For that reason, I wanted to share some of the songs that I listened to while writing Raven’s Blood. Since Raven’s Blood is set in Oakland, Alameda, and San Ramon, I decided to limit my playlist to San Francisco Bay Area musicians.
Raven's Blood Playlist by CASSANDRA LAWSON on Grooveshark

Connor was shocked when Raven took off. She skipped the overgrown trail and headed straight into the trees. He followed her, awed by her graceful movements. If he’d been human, he never would have been able to keep up with her. With each step she seemed to gain strength.

Connor finally caught her arm. “Slow down some, little nymph.”

“Why?” she asked with a radiant smile. “Are you having trouble keeping up with me?”

Connor stepped in closer to her body and leaned in until she was trapped against a tree by his much larger body. Her gasp made him smile. She had obviously noticed his erection pressed against her belly. “Vampires get excited by the chase,” he said. “It weakens my self-control.”

Her eyes widened. “I thought you said you didn’t want an unwilling partner.”

“I don’t,” he said. “That’s why I would have to lay you down on the ground and lick every inch of your sweet body until you begged me to take you.”

Her pulse quickened and Connor couldn’t resist the temptation to lean forward and run his tongue across it. That made him even harder and he hadn’t thought that was possible.

Damn, but she seemed to be considering letting him do it. The green tint to her cheeks deepened. Never in a million years would he have guessed that green tinted flesh would be a turn-on. This hadn’t happened before so he assumed it had something to do with her proximity to nature. He suddenly wondered if other parts of her body flushed green when she was excited. Damn, he really would love to strip her naked and find out.

Finally, she let out a shaky breath. “Sorry, I’ll move slower.”

He released her and adjusted his jeans. “We need to stop for a minute so I can get things under control,” he said.

“I’m sorry,” she said nervously. “I wasn’t trying to do that to you.”

“You never are,” he said mostly to himself.

Raven’s Blood Cookies

I love to bake and I am always experimenting with new cookie recipes. Okay, I also love eating cookies. As a busy mom and author, some days I need a simple recipe to satisfy my cookie cravings. This recipe requires very little effort but results in a cookie that is chewy on the outside with a moist cakey center.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 18-20 minutes
Makes: 22-24 cookies
Preheat: 350ºF (175ºC).

Chocolate Cookie Base
1/2 cup butter softened                  
1 box of chocolate cake mix         
1 egg and 1 egg yolk                     
2 tbsp. vegetable oil                        
1 tbsp. vanilla extract                   
1 cup mini chocolate chips           

  • Mix butter until it has a nice creamy consistency, around 5 minutes.
  • Add cake mix, egg, egg yolk, oil and vanilla extract.
  • Mix until well-blended.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Form balls of dough and drop on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Place about 1 inch apart.
  • Press down on center of balls with a spoon to make an indent.

Red Velvet Center
1/2 cup butter softened                  
1 box of red velvet cake mix         
2 eggs                                              
2 tbsp. vegetable oil                       

  • Mix butter until it has a nice creamy consistency, around 5 minutes.
  • Add cake mix, eggs and oil.
  • Mix until well blended.
  • Form smaller balls of dough and then drop them in the indents on the chocolate base.
  • There will be extra red velvet dough.
  • I recommend forming balls of dough, dropping them on the cookie sheet and sprinkling powdered sugar on top.

Bake cookies for 18-20 minutes. Allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cassandra Lawson is an author and homeschooling mother of three from the San Francisco Bay area. She has always had a very active imagination and loves making up stories. When she is not writing she enjoys baking, spending time with her family, listening to music, or curling up with a good book.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for being a part of my blog tour and hosting today. I will pop back in later. If anyone has any questions about the book or me, I will be happy to answer them.


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