Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bound by Carmen Fox - Guest Post & Book Review

 
 About Carmen Fox
 
 
Carmen lives in the south of England with her beloved tea maker and a stuffed sheep called Fergus. An avid reader since childhood, she caught the writing bug when her Nana asked her to write a story. She also has a law degree, studied physics for a few years, dabbled in marketing and human resources, and speaks native-level German and fluent Geek. Her preferred niches of geekdom are tabletop games, comics, sci-fi and fantasy.

She writes about smart women with sassitude, about pretty cool guys too, and will chase that plot twist, no matter how elusive.

Guarded (The Silverton Chronicles – Bk. 1) became a no. 1 bestseller in the vampire and werewolf mystery categories.

For details on this or Carmen's other work, visit her website at

Guest Post

Why I Write

I’m a writer who never intended to put her work out there. But what I publish, I believe in. I’m not saying I push the envelope, but I try new things. This is what gets me excited.

I know my way around urban fantasy, so I feel confident that Divide and Conquer was original in several respects. Two female protagonists. One main character dies. A danger that isn’t touchable or fightable. A prophecy that fails. Divide and Conquer is perhaps not “ground-breaking,” but the story is unusual enough to stand out.

Guarded was my homage to urban fantasy, and the first book I ever completed. It features any paranormal species you can think of: vampires and werewolves, fae, demons and djinn. What tickled me about this book, in particular? My vampire isn’t a sullen Twilight character, but a charming, funny guy who’s more metrosexual than typical “alpha male.” The werewolf alpha is grumpy all right, as befitting the genre, but both the main character and her sidekick make fun of him for that. The vampire is NOT intended to be a love interest. The djinn don’t fulfill anyone’s wishes. And the main character isn’t a doe-eyed human, but a sexually charged (half) satyr, who must embrace who and what she is. And then I heaped so much mystery onto it, it takes an alert reader to keep up.

Bound is another departure for me personally, as I’m venturing into romance territory. It’s still an urban fantasy, light in tone and written only from a male POV (which was a new challenge for me) and delves deep into the funny, charming vampire from Guarded. Rather than being a proud specimen of his kind, he’s rather embarrassed about being a vampire and does his best to act and think like a werewolf. Then he falls in love with a werewolf (who hates vampires), and he’s forced to deal with his identity. This is highlighted by the return of the sire who made him. His sire, in turn, can’t stand werewolves. Oops. I didn’t want another vampire versus werewolf story. I wanted a vampire as a werewolf story.

My next book in the Silverton Chronicles is intended to offer a different reading experience to people who have read Guarded and Bound than to people who haven’t. Also, I’m introducing a new type of magic and will focus more on the djinn angle.

My point is this. I love it when readers get involved and feed me ideas. If I can accommodate them, I will. No problem. But I need books to offer me this “never done by me before” feel. That means that no two books of mine will be the same. Writing makes me feel like Christopher Columbus. Except I’m not just exploring new worlds but also new ideas, mixing genres in a way that no one’s thought of.

Come join me on my adventure.

Book review
 
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Review by Anniek

Florian is a vampire, but he is now a worthy member of Parker's wolf pack. He is known for his negotiation skills and during the day he is also a private investigator. Florian is bound to Ali. Ali is the right hand to Alpha Parker. Ivy who is Florian's best friend is bound to Parker. They did this to make the pack stronger. When someone is bound in the wolf community it means that they are meant to be together. For Florian this is a strange situation since he is not gay.
 
Keely is a female Alpha in a group of only female wolves. They had a male Alpha once, but he took advantage of the women so Keely killed him. They have sworn to never submit to a male Alpha again. Keely decides to set up camp on Parker's territory. It's more than rude to do so when you have no intention of joining the pack that already lives there. In her pack there are some pregnant women and they are not fit to travel anymore during their pregnancy. The only choice they have is to stay put even if it means they have to fight for it.
 
Florian is sent over to Keely's pack to negotiate. He has to find a solution both packs can live with. He never intended to fall in love with Keely, but it happens the moment he sees her. As a vampire he can claim his one true love. This means that their love will last for all eternity. There is only one problem Keely doesn't know that Florian is a vampire.
 
When Florian's father manages to come back from exile things are made even tougher. His father who is also his sire doesn't respond well to the new Florian. Florian was able to become a master while his father was away and is now a grown man who makes his own decisions. What will happen when his father is willing to risk everything to become master of the world? Will Florian be able to save the ones he loves?
 
Bound is a story that grabbed me from the start. I really liked that vampires and wolves are working together instead of staying in their separate worlds. I found it really refreshing that in Bound love is not necessarily between a man and a woman, but can also be between people of the same sex. It's an angle that worked really well for this story.
 
The characters are all coming to life very well and they each have their own strengths. The women are just as strong and capable as the men. Carmen Fox made a good choice writing her story like this. Bound is a fast-paced story that will hold your attention until the very end. 

2 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for your kind review of Bound. I appreciate it.

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  2. Interesting story line. I'm not usually a fan of same-sex romance, but would like the fantasy aspect of the wolves.
    Dianna

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