BLOG TOUR: Dark Flame by Kat Silver (Excerpt & Giveaway + Q&A with Author)
Book Title: Dark Flame (Flame-Born 1)
Author: Kat Silver
Cover Artist: Bookfly
Release Date: February 6, 2021
Genre/s: MM paranormal/urban fantasy
Trope/s: Enemies to Lovers
Themes: Finding home and self. Self-discovery. Self-acceptance. Learning to trust.
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 82 000 words/310 pages
Hunted by a vampire prince. Caged by his rescuer. Can Michael escape the dark destiny written in his blood, or will his own heart be his undoing?
“I know who you are because you belong to me. You were born to be mine.” ~ Alexei Vasiliev, the vampire prince.
Haunted by the death of his parents, Michael Blakeley wants answers. The twenty-six-year-old martial artist seeks their killer, but he also wants to know why electronics short out at his touch, and why his libido is a raging fire.
When a group of soldiers calling themselves Guardians rescue him from a back alley ambush and claim to have the answers he needs, he agrees to go with them. Especially when they tell him the attackers were vampires. But nothing in this supernatural underworld is as it seems, and when the silver-eyed commander cages him instead, Michael’s answers slip further away.
Can Michael find safety from the vampires who claim him? Can he escape the dark destiny he discovers is written into his blood? And will he break the chains of the commander who keeps him captive? The one man he has no desire to leave?
Dark Flame is the first pulse-pounding book in the Flame Born LGBT urban fantasy series. If you like enemies to lovers, shifters, sexy vampire princes, and scorching heat, you’ll love this smoldering tale of bloodlust and magic.
Warning: Dark Flame is a gay erotic love story. It contains explicit language and sexual scenes between men, and is meant for adult readers only. There is content some readers may find distressing. See inside for potential triggers.
I kneel and hang my head and wait. I have to. I want to. There’s an elation in my chest, as though I’m about to meet a secret beloved I’m only now remembering. My attention draws upward, compelled to the stunning creature. I couldn’t look away if my life depended on it, but I avoid meeting his dark gaze.
With unearthly grace, the vampire saunters toward me, his eyes riveted to my face. The closer he comes, the more the battle slips into the background. It could be only the two of us here in the steelworks. Weapons fly around him—bolts and swords whistle through the air, heading for his chest, but stop midflight before they can meet their target and clatter to the concrete. He doesn’t spare them a glance.
The nearer he stalks, the harder my heart pounds. My breath comes in shallow puffs. Cold sweat soaks my T-shirt. My nails puncture the soft flesh of my palms. I feel defenseless.
The prince stands in front of me, close enough to touch, a towering demigod, his immense wings creating a shadowed cavern.
I force my eyes down, fixing them on a patch of crimson blood painted across the concrete. I resist a baffling urge to lean and rest my head against his hip.
Strong, elegant fingers cup my chin to lift my face. I tense, my stomach twisting with panic. I’m certain that once I meet those black eyes, it’s over. His fingers burn hot against my chin. The touch tingles my skin like champagne. I melt into his hand and look up, finding two pools of darkest night. My resistance vanishes.
Master. The word hangs in my mind.
I will never let it leave my lips.
Q & A With Kat Silver
Introduce yourself and your writing
I’m Kat Silver. I write romping MM paranormal/urban fantasy with plenty of heat and a touch of the epic. Vampires, werewolves, witches, and Fae populate my dark tale of bloodlust and magic. And what story would be complete without a hot, enemies to lovers romance churning at its core?
How long have you been an author?
About 5 minutes. But I’ve been a writer for 5 yrs.
What/who inspired you to start writing?
I just wanted to try writing the stories that had always lived in my head. My influences would be Anne Rice, Raymond E Feist, and Guy Gavriel Kay.
Tell us about your new release. What inspired you to write it?
I wanted to fully mash a romping and epic urban fantasy with a hot and kinky romance. It’s what I love to read, but it’s surprisingly hard to find.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write, write, write. And share your work with other writers. Learn to take unrelenting but kind criticism because it’s the only way you’ll improve.
I’m bisexual and not entirely cis-gender. I just found writing a male protag with a male love interest to be the best fit for me.
Do you have any genres you prefer reading, and if so what are they?
I read romance. Mostly MM and mostly fantasy, but I also indulge in MF romance and contemporary, and sometimes YA.
What other novels do you adore/ writers you follow?
Jex Lane, Hailey Turner, Ariana Nash and Adrienne Wilder.
Are you a panster or a plotter?
I’m a plantser. I lovingly plot the whole thing out, then completely ignore my wonderful plans and make the whole thing up as I go along.
Do you write often? Do you have a schedule?
I write every morning when I’m not in work. I get up at 5, faff about until about 6, then write straight through until lunch time, with a few stops for my many breakfasts.
Are you a cat person or a dog person? Tell us about your pets.
I’m all about cats. I had three, but two died, and now I’m only left with Phoebe. She’s my writing companion, but also my torturer if I don’t give her enough attention.
About the Author
I’m a simple northern English lass with an addiction to writing, as well as all things romance. Also addicted to cats, cat videos, and anything with, you know, cats in it. And there’s chocolate, and tea, coffee too, and rainy Sundays. Okay, I have many addictions. But my first love has always been story in all its forms, from movies to books to anecdotes told over a beer at the local pub. If we’re sharing a story, I’m all ears. And if it’s fantasy with sexy heroes and vampires and lots of angsty luuurve, I’m probably drooling. Come in, pour yourself a tea, and kick your shoes off. Let me tell you a story.
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