Monday, 3 June 2013

Q & A with Bella Forrest

Title:  A Shade of Vampire

Series:  A Shade of Vampire

Author:  Bella Forrest

Published:  December 2012

Page Count:  149

Read It & Reap Date:  December 19, 2013

Book Description:  On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks? 

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I’d been meandering along the shore for about an hour when I suddenly sensed that I wasn’t alone. Someone was approaching me from behind. My heart leapt. I was so sure it was Ben, that when a stranger showed up beside me, I couldn’t hide my disappointment. 

He must have noticed, because a smirk formed on his lips. “Were you expecting someone else, love?” 

I eyed him suspiciously, remembering how many times my father had told me not to talk to strangers. I looked him over, taking in his appearance. My eyes widened. I couldn’t find words to describe how fine a man he was. He was almost beautiful. The first thing I took notice of was how his blue eyes were about three shades brighter than any I’d ever seen before. It was such a stark contrast to his pale – almost white – skin and dark hair. Standing beside me, he was easily more than half a foot taller. His height, broad shoulders and lean build reminded me of Ben, but he had a presence that was far more imposing than my best friend’s. 

My gaze settled on his face. 

I realized that he was inspecting me just as closely as I was him. His eyes on me suddenly made me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. I gave my father’s advice a second thought, but quickly canceled out all notions of heeding to his counsel when I reminded myself that he stopped caring a long time ago. 

I straightened to my full height and mustered all the courage I had to keep myself from running away from this stranger. 

Big mistake.

The confident smirk didn’t leave his face for even a moment. 

“Like what you see?”

“A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?” I scoffed, annoyed by his audacity. 

He stepped forward, closer to me, and leaned his head toward mine.

“Don’t I have the right to be?” 

He knew he looked good and wasn’t about to act like he didn’t. 

“Whatever,” was my oh-so-brilliant comeback. 

My shoulders sagged with defeat as I took a step back, unsettled by how close he was now. I rolled my eyes and did a one-eighty, not quite in the mood to play whatever game this stranger was proposing. 

I would soon realize that I was about to play his game whether I liked it or not. 

He grabbed my arm and turned my body to face him. This motion alone made every single internal alarm I had within me go off in a frenzy.

This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength.

“Tell me your name,” he commanded. 

I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response. 

“Sofia Claremont.”

As soon as I revealed my name, his eyes lit up with a kind of sinister approval. Then he reached for my face and traced his thumb over my jaw line. 

“Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.” 

I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took in everything at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.

My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.

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Q & A with Bella Forrest

Q: Which character in your novel do you relate to most and why?
A: I think I relate more to Sofia - mainly for her refusal to wallow in self-pity, and for her optimism. But there are also parts of Derek I relate to, in particular his stubbornness.

Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
A: Yes. Writing is something I've always done for enjoyment since I was a kid. I had a hyperactive imagination and felt the need to express myself in words from a young age.

Q: What was your favorite scene to write?
A: I always have the most fun writing end scenes. They're the most satisfying for me.

Q: What do you love most about writing?
A: I love that I can completely lose myself for hours in a world where I make all the rules!

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: I'd love to visit New Zealand.

Q: What do you do to unwind and relax?
A: I read and go on long walks.

Q: What book are you reading now?
A: I'm reading a children's book: Howliday Inn, book 2 of the Bunnicula series. It's delightful.

Q: What are you working on now?
A: I'm working toward releasing A Shade Of Vampire, Book 3 - which should be out by the 8th of June.

About the Author:   I guess my life as a writer started when I was five; I'd sit under the kitchen table with my box of multi-colored wax crayons (I miss those) and create picture books. Creative writing was always my favorite subject and I used any free time I had to sit down with a notepad. Not much has changed, except that now I have developed vampirish habits: my writing "day" typically starts at 1am.

I'm an avid reader, a big fan of cookie ice cream and I'm often travelling. When working I have to disconnect the internet for fear of being endlessly distracted by websites such as . Oh, and unlike the beautiful girl on my cover, I'm camera-shy...

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  1. Love the cover. The story sounds interesting.

  2. The plot of the story is quite interesting. The challenge for Bella is how her book stands out in the torrent of Vampire stories that the readers are inundated with. I would love to read her book and hope she succeeds in building up believable characters and a fast paced story that makes readers rush from first to last page. Best of Luck and keep writing such tales.