Blood Bond follows the story of twin brothers Cassian and Bowen who are vampires. This is book two of the Blood Shade series and follows the story of Cassian. He's charged with caring for a friend who's been bitten by a werewolf and is fighting the change leaving him crippled. After hiring a healer for him, Cassian begins to have feelings for her. This is a problem since Cassian is a Shade and is the vessel of the goddess of chaos. They team up with Bowen to save the lives of those they care about, as the goddess intends on releasing a malevolent evil into the world. Ha! I'm trying not to give anything away.
2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?
I learned that I really like writing about dark characters. Everyone has a story, a reason why they behave the way they do and I love exploring it.
3. Do you have any interesting or quirks or rituals?
Not sure if it's interesting but when an idea pops into my head I dream about it. I explore plot, setting, and characters by allowing them room into my subconscious and seeing how things play out. Sometimes it's quiet, but when the idea holds it really embeds itself in my mind until I have no choice but to get writing. This sounds so mental. Lol
4. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
My sisters and brother-in-law read my first completed manuscript and really loved it. I know, family will, but it gave me the spark I needed. I got that same manuscript in front of strangers through a critique group, and I learned I needed to learn how to write better. But it also gave me a platform to build upon and seek likeminded writers. Writers helping writers. I found so many writers online willing to help and inspire. It's just awesome.
5. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
They think it's great.
6. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I love working in the community. I gave an essay writing class to high school youth and loved it.
7. Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?
I'm working on book three in the series.
8. How can readers connect with you online?
When Bowen pleads for Cassian's help in saving his beloved from Eris, Cassian must fulfill his duty as Shade and lead the shadow army, risking more than just his soul.
Centuries ago, Cassian formed a bond with the goddess of chaos and stripped all that made him human, releasing the evil inside him. He became a Shade, leader of the shadow army. But Cassian could never allow the evil to fully entrench his heart.
Anna is running away from her life and her father. Switching places with her maid, she accepts a job as a healer, unaware that the job would require much more—her body and her heart. She gives both willingly to Cassian.
When Bowen pleads for Cassian's help in saving his own beloved from Eris, Cassian must fulfill his duty as a Shade and submit to Eris in order to save her. But it requires releasing Nyx out of Hades, along with a shadow army to rule over the humans. And with Anna's life at stake, Cassian has much more to lose than just his soul.
Only working together with his brother will allow them to save those they love and, hopefully, the world. If they don't kill each other first.
Cassian pulled away, releasing her lips from his, but remained close enough to feel the heat of her breath on his face. Her scent a mask he wore over his heart. He wanted to tell her to be afraid of him, of Bowen, even of Bas. To stop risking her life for them. But all that came out was, "Drop the visual of him and think of me."
She smiled, a hint of blush on her cheeks, as he felt a fool. Grateful that they stopped, he stepped out of the carriage and into the night.
The ship bobbled in the still, calm waters. The sails fluttered as the men began preparing the voyage. But Cassian didn't pay much attention to that. What he did see was a tall woman with flowing red hair waiting for them on the deck. Anna let out a groan.
Versandi smiled a brilliant smile at Cassian, and Bowen laughed beside him. "She is something, isn't she?"
"She's not here for me, dumbass," Cassian scolded.
Bowen dropped his smile.
"Isabeau wants you to feed." Cassian turned to look at his brother. "And if you ever, ever, lay your hands on Anna again, I will kill you."
Bowen narrowed his gaze. Cassian was glad Anna had already boarded with Samir so she wouldn't feel guilty of the threat. Bowen seemed to recover, and a smile spread on his face, though his eyes were hollow. "You better keep her close then." He tapped his forehead and climbed on board.
Lisa Casian is the author of Bloodrose and the sequel Blood Bond, published by Breathless Press.
Lisa completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at Northeastern Illinois University, and works in the community strengthening families. She spends her spare time reading and writing great romance with tough heroines and bad-boy heroes.
Lisa resides in Chicago with her family, a household of kids, and the bliss of chaos. You can follow her on her blog www.lisacasian.wordpress.com; on twitter @LisaCasian; and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LisaCasianAuthor