Release Day Spotlight – A. Morell: Puncture Wounds

James is at the end of a long crusade for vengeance against the vampire clan that destroyed everything he held dear. He has Ren, the final and most dangerous of them all, cornered at last in London. But victory remains just out of reach when Ren sets a feral vampire on James and makes his escape. With no other leads, James is forced to take in the feral until he can use its connection to its sire to track down Ren. But in caring for the vampire, James sees they might not all be the monsters he thought them to be. Faced with an ugly truth, his quest for revenge becomes a war for retribution, and the discovery of what it truly means to be human.

Puncture Wounds
by A. Morell

AVAILABLE NOW!

Happy release day! It’s been a fun ride getting the story to this point, and at long last it’s available to all. Join James on his journey, and help him see it through to the bitter end. Congrats to all my winners, enjoy your free copies! Read on for an excerpt and links to some exclusive sneak peeks into the story:

James fumbled to regain control, and it took a second to realize that it wasn’t teeth he felt now—it was a soft and damp tongue. The almost constant rumbling from deep in the creature’s chest had morphed at some point, from warning growls to what sounded suspiciously like a purr. James felt his skin crawl and tore himself away, stumbling a bit when he stood too fast.

He was reeling. Everything from the past twenty-four hours suddenly came crashing down around him at once. In so short a time, he’d had the last of his sworn enemies in the palm of his hand, let him escape, and brought a feral monster into his own house. And he’d fed it.

James fumbled his way into the kitchen, eying the sink as he felt his stomach threaten to heave. He pushed himself to the fridge, grabbing a nutrition drink and forcing its contents down his throat along with the bile. He reminded himself that he needed it to help his blood recover, and this was all according to plan—take in the feral and get it sane enough to track the one who’d made it.

He braced himself against the counter with both arms, repeating the plan in his head until the moment passed.

He was too busy to notice at first, but something was wrong—nothing hurt. He looked back down at his arm.

It had completely healed.

More on Puncture Wounds:

Start the first chapter | Behind-the-scenes glimpse | Have a taste | A look at the characters

About A. Morell:
A. Morell spent ten years writing silly things for herself, going through work, school, and a failed career path in the culinary arts before deciding it was time to submit to a publisher. She still writes silly things for herself, but now some of them get pretty-looking covers. She has never looked back.

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, she greatly enjoys food, baseball, shopping, tattoos, karaoke, and old bookstores. She is averse to spiders, zombies, over-used words, tardiness, inclement weather, and the misquotation of movie lines and lyrics. Her dream is to retire to Hawaii immediately. She has one cat.

For more A. Morell, stop by the blog or twitter, or contact directly at sans.morale@gmail.com.

Guest Post & Giveaway – A. Morell: What’s Your Sign?

Thanks for having me today, Charlie!

Now, I can’t say I believe in horoscopes, but I can’t help finding them fun. Like fortune cookies, only easier to relate to yourself.

Whether or not you believe in them, you probably at least know your astrological sign and which year of the Chinese zodiac you were born in. (Virgo, year of the Tiger for me.) If nothing else, we can read up on them to find out how accurate of off-base their descriptions of us are.

I doubt this is unique to me (I hope it’s not…), but whenever I’m making a new character, they’re not complete until they have an official birth date. Sometimes it takes a while, since they’re not always forthcoming about their history or present state of mind, but once I get a feel for who they are and how they think, I go to my trusty birth date wheel of fortune and pick a day that suits them.

(I have a feeling one day this will lead me, in my contrary nature, to make a character who doesn’t match their birth date horoscope at all.)

Are you done seeing what it says about your own birthday? ‘Cause I know you did. 😉 How did it stack up against reality?

In my new story, Puncture Wounds, we follow two main characters on opposite sides of a brutal battle who are forced to endure and rely on each other for help. Let’s see what the wheel o’ fortune says about them based on their dates of birth:

You are extremely methodical in your thought but you must learn to temper your opinion and accommodate other people’s point of view. Because you are hard working, you may tend to exceed your physical capacity and this may result to a high degree of self criticism. The number 4 is an extreme number, especially in its desire for material success. The combination of energies on your birth date show you are completely ruled by the planet Uranus, and somewhat by the Dragon. These revolutionary and abrupt influences speak of your unconventional nature. You should use these powers to produce things of a down to earth nature, rather than running off into untried or untested areas too soon. You have a very electrical aura about you, which makes you very enticing, very magnetic, not just to members of the opposite sex but also to members of your own sex. Use this energy to achieve success as there is no doubt you will make a great impact in the world.

You have such an excitable energy. There is an overload of energy on your nervous system. Being extremely emotional it is important for you to think carefully before reacting or diving into relationships. At times too you are changeable with decisions. Try to stand firm after taking time to note the pros and cons of any situation or any change that you wish to effect. One good trait that you do exhibit is your self examining nature which shows you do change those traits which need rectification. There may be hidden trials and dangers in your path, deception and treachery from others so be warned and don’t rush madly to any relationship, whether it be business or personal.

As with most astrological profiles, some things stick out and ring truer than others, but there are clues as to what lies in wait for this unusual pair in these readings. If you’ve read the blurb, which profile do you think belongs to which character? What do you think it means for them?

For a chance to win a free copy of Puncture Wounds and for an exclusive sneak peek, come join the Birthday Bash down below.

James is at the end of a long crusade for vengeance against the vampire clan that destroyed everything he held dear. He has Ren, the final and most dangerous of them all, cornered at last in London. But victory remains just out of reach when Ren sets a feral vampire on James and makes his escape. With no other leads, James is forced to take in the feral until he can use its connection to its sire to track down Ren. But in caring for the vampire, James sees they might not all be the monsters he thought them to be. Faced with an ugly truth, his quest for revenge becomes a war for retribution, and the discovery of what it truly means to be human.

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A. Morell has been writing for fun for the past decade. She once dreamed of being a professional chef—now she knows better and is taking a stab at becoming an author. Without so much as a Creative Writing 101 class under her belt it’s a bit of a stab in the dark, but she is comfortable flying by the seat of her pants.

She enjoys food, baseball, classics, word games, tattoos, shoes, handbags, escapism, and creating characters. She is averse to over-used words, spiders, zombies, tardiness, camping, and people who misquote movie lines and lyrics. She has one cat.