Friday, October 13, 2023

Vampires for Halloween! by Celia Breslin, Author of Melanie’s Awakening (Heartland Fae Book Two) by Celia Breslin ~ #Review ~ #PNR ~ Haunted Halloween Spooktacular

Vampires for Halloween!

As vampire fans know, there are so many different spins on vampires in books, movies, and TV. Some vampires may sparkle in the sun while others disintegrate or burst into flames. Some are alive and aging while others are immortal and/or undead. Some fight for Team Good and others for Team Evil. Here are my recs for some fun Halloween month vampire viewing and reading, as well as a look at my take on these fun and feisty paranormal creatures.

Vampire Books:

* Anita Blake series, by Laurell K. Hamilton
* Black Dagger Brotherhood series, by J.R. Ward
* Immortals After Dark series, by Kresley Cole
* Tranquilli Bloodline series, by Celia Breslin
* The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

Vampire TV series:

* Angel
* Buffy the Vampire Slayer
* Moonlight
* The Originals
* True Blood
* Vampire Diaries
* What We Do in the Shadows

Vampire Movies:

* Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Blade: House of Chthon
* From Dusk Till Dawn
* The Lost Boys
* Renfield
* Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Underworld: Endless War, Underworld: Awakening, Underworld: Blood Wars

Happy Halloween!
Melanie’s Awakening
Heartland Fae
Book Two
Celia Breslin

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Celia Breslin
Date of Publication: April 2023
ISBN: 9798223505884
Number of pages: 124
Word Count: 30K
Cover Artist: Brantwijn Serrah

Tagline: They’re lovers from different worlds…and a Dark Fae is determined to keep them apart.

Book Description: 

When Melanie Blackstone is offered her bestie’s home in Illinois for the summer, she jumps at the chance. She has a jerky ex to forget and a fantasy-horror screenplay to finish for her agent back in California. But writing time is soon sidelined by strange lights dancing in the air and an even stranger dark figure lurking in the yard.

As a favor, Fae warrior Dealan agrees to look in on the female staying in his friends’ home. However, he didn’t expect her to be able to See him. Few humans possess the Sight, yet this one does. Even more surprising—the friendly and inquisitive woman seems to like him and want his company. A first for the solitary assassin.

But Dealan isn’t the only Fae fascinated by Melanie. A Dark Fae sets his sights on her as well…

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Dealan scowled, cursing under his breath as he strode toward the house. The female must be daft. Her ruckus could wake the dead, and that was the last thing he wanted to deal with at the moment. This living, breathing human was a sufficient problem without adding temperamental ghosts to the mix.

Near the back porch, his keen Fae hearing picked up the rattling of doors, the clicking of window locks, and the scraping of curtains tugged along metal rods. Room by room illumination ceased. Darkness wouldn’t protect her from his kind, however, should they wish her ill. He harrumphed. Which they didn’t.

At the foot of the deck stairs he paused, reminding himself why he’d agreed to watch over this skittish lass in the first place. His best friend Angus was a right pushy bastard, and sadly, Dealan had never been able to refuse his friend’s damn requests. Factor in kindhearted Eva O’Reilly, his chum’s mate and longtime friend of the flower fairies, and it was nigh impossible to deny either of them any little thing.

Or, one noisy, possibly unhinged, woman-sized being named Melanie Blackstone.

“She’s a funny one, isn’t she, Warrior?” Rosina’s airy voice chimed from behind him.

Giggling ensued when he merely grunted in reply, then the leader of the flower fairies appeared before him in a swirl of pink sparkles. “Let’s go inside to see what else she does.”

“I’ll enter,” he corrected her. “Alone.”

“Aw, you’re no fun,” Rosina pouted, crossing her slender arms and cocking a hip.

“And always much too serious,” Valeria and Poppy tittered in unison, fluttering past his head to join their leader. Their wings whirred, showering sparks over his form, their magic brightening the evening gloom with pulsating pink and orange light. The pleasing sight did little to improve his mood.

“She saw us, Warrior, did you see?” Poppy squeaked.

Valeria’s head bobbled quick. “And took our picture, too.” She struck a pose and preened.

“Aye, I noticed, Little Ones.” The human seemed to see him, too, right before she shrieked like a Banshee then fell on her arse inside the sunporch. Strange, since they were cloaked in their natural invisibility and usually needed to lower the mantle to reveal themselves to those who couldn’t See. And according to Eva, her friend didn’t possess the Sight. Although, Eva had mentioned her friend wrote fantastical stories, and creative minds were typically open minds, so—

Valeria and Poppy darted to the door.

“Stay out here,” he commanded, as they peered into the solarium.

“Ohhhh, she left pizza,” Valeria squealed. “Let’s cover it in sugar and eat it.”

“And put honey in the wine! Drink it down,” added Poppy.

Rosina laughed. “Good plan.”

Dealan grimaced at the notion. “Negative. You are to remain outside.”

“Boooooooo,” they sang in unison, all three glaring his way.

A shrill scream erupted from the house. Shite. Dealan summoned his sword out of habit and leaped forward, landing before the fairies and waving them away from the screened back door. 

My Review:

Melanie's Awakening is a fun paranormal romance with likeable characters, an evil willow tree, and a little deception. I enjoyed the world building as the author introduced Melanie to the paranormal world. The author expertly wove the paranormal with the mundane while unraveling Melanie's world. 

I loved Melanie and Dealan's characters. They were great and so were the secondary characters. I love Celia Breslin's writing style and storytelling. A quick read, I devoured this story, thoroughly enjoying the character development and world building written between the pages.

I was provided a copy of this book.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Celia lives in California with her family. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for werewolves, vampires, angels, and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find Celia exercising, reading a good book, hanging with her family, or indulging her addiction to fantasy TV shows and movies.


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  1. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

    1. Hi Tracie, Thanks for visiting the tour and for asking an intriguing question! I'd say any vacation I take usually turns into a "literary pilgrimage" as I do draw inspiration from the world around me. It's easy for the Muse to come up with new ideas while I'm relaxing on a vacation. :-)

    2. Love this-rest and relaxing and then the creative ideas flow- it's a win win situation! Many adventures and successes in your future!

  2. Hi Amber, Thanks for hosting Melanie, Dealan, and the flower fairies on your blog, and for taking the time to read and review their story! Happy Halloween month! :-)

  3. Do you have pictures or photos in your writing space, and if so whom/what are they?

  4. What does your ideal weekend look like?