Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

It’s great to be here today discussing ALL THAT BLEEDS, the first novel in my Etherlin series. The new series is paranormal romantic suspense and features archangels, human-vampire half-breeds, and descendants of the ancient muses.

Here’s the ALL THAT BLEEDS book blurb to introduce you to the story:

ALL THAT BLEEDS (Etherlin #1) – January 3, 2012

He’s the darkness she can’t resist…

In a glittering community in the Colorado Rockies called the Etherlin, the descendants of the ancient muses live behind a wall that separates them from the world and the dangerous creatures who crave them.

Alissa North is inspiration made flesh, so she should never have met Merrick, a deadly half-vampire enforcer, but when they do meet, the connection is instantaneous, and an illicit flirtation is born. He sends her secret gifts. She writes him secret letters.

The long-distance friendship was never supposed to go any farther. But when she is kidnapped and thrown briefly into his world, everything changes. Now Alissa realizes he’s the only person she can trust, and Merrick finds he’ll do anything to protect her, even risk his life by crossing the wall.
As both worlds close in on them, Alissa knows that getting caught with Merrick could cost her everything she’s ever cared about, but giving him up proves harder than she ever imagined…

* * *

In a recent interview, I was asked about the research I did for the novel. While I researched a number of different areas such as Greek mythology and post WW2 American history (for the series’s back story because there’s an event in the 1950s—a vampire “plague”—that changes the course of human history), one of my favorite areas of research involved cocktails.

Merrick, the love interest in ALL THAT BLEEDS is a syndicate enforcer who kills a demon when he meets the book’s heroine, Alissa. Part of Merrick’s backstory is that his first job was as a bartender and when the story opens he’s living in a penthouse apartment in the same building that houses his club, Crimson. I wanted his world to be very stylized and cool. And because he’s smooth, I pictured him mixing Alissa a distinctive drink when she’s with him.

In doing the research, I ended up on the website of a popular men’s magazine. It had a ton of colorful descriptions and historical anecdotes about various cocktails. The drink I had Merrick make Alissa is called a Maiden’s Prayer. The site also hypothesized that Hemingway invented the Scotch Lime, which is what I have Merrick drink.

Here’s an excerpt from that ALL THAT BLEEDS scene:

“Mr. Merrick, I don’t have any real experience getting out of trouble because I don’t normally get into it. May I hire you?” Alissa asked. “I need your advice and expertise.”

The corner of his mouth curved up. “There’s only one kind of work-for-hire that I do.”

She frowned. “I understand.”

“No, I don’t think you do. I said you can’t hire me. I didn’t say I wouldn’t help you.”

She raised her eyebrows. “What would you hope for in return?”

“Longer letters?”

She laughed softly, surprised and charmed. “I don’t believe for a minute that that’s the only thing you hope to gain.”

“I’m going to have a drink. I’ll make you one, too. Then you can tell me what illegal or immoral activities you’ve been involved in.”

“What?” she exclaimed. “Why would you say that?”

“Cato Jacobi came here to get you back, effectively announcing that he’d had you kidnapped. He wouldn’t have done that if he expected repercussions from your side of the wall. What could he know that would make your family and friends refuse to come after you?”

“Nothing . . .” She trailed off, thinking of her father. Even if someone had found out about that, she couldn’t imagine anyone helping a ventala to kidnap her. That was effectively being an accomplice to murder, since most ventala would have bled her to death—as Jacobi almost had. She clenched her teeth. Had she really been betrayed by someone she knew? If so, that person couldn’t be allowed to get away with it. Alissa would have to find out who had done it and why.

Merrick stood at the bar, his back to her. The sound of ice sliding along the walls of a cocktail shaker filled the air. “We don’t have a lot of time.”
“Mr. Merrick, if you give your word, do you honor it?” she asked.


“I’ve heard that you do . . . keep your word, despite the way you make your living.” She paused, sitting up straighter. “Will you give me your word that you’ll keep what I tell you a secret? And that if you’re not inclined to help me, you won’t prevent me from leaving?”

“I will be inclined to help you, and I will let you leave,” he said, his voice as smooth as the polished steel of the shaker.

He strained a mixture that looked like hazy sunlight into a chilled cocktail glass.

She took a deep breath and exhaled, rubbing her forehead.

This subject makes her weary, Merrick thought.

“I’ve been secretly using my influence to help someone. I’ve lied about it. If anyone from the Etherlin found out what I’ve been doing, I would get into a great deal of trouble.”

He walked over to her and held out the glass. “Who have you been helping?”

She tilted her head, her pale blue eyes widening slightly in an innocent expression that made Merrick both hungry and wary.

As she took the drink, she said, “I’d rather not say.”

* * *

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One of the great things about visiting blogs is being able to do a giveaway to celebrate the release. To be entered for a chance to win a copy of ALL THAT BLEEDS, please visit the comments section and tell me either (a) your favorite cocktail or (b) your favorite night out. Three winners will be chosen.
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  1. I enjoyed the excerpt and I’m looking forward to reading All That Bleeds. Love the cover by the way, it’s beautiful.
    I’m not much for drinking or nights out, but if I were to drink it would be a wimpy one like a wine cooler. A night out for me is a nice dinner and a movie, or spending the day into the evening at an amusement park.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  2. thanks you for this great giveaway, the cover is magical i love it

    My favorite cocktail…in fact i don’t drink but i love creating some for special occasion. the one i did for New Year i called it Sweet Kiss is orange juice, red currant ( mixed with one small appel) and a bit of pisang ^^;;
    More juice than alcool but my brother is diabetic so it’s better this way

    As for a night out….just a movie perhaps once or twice a year^^;; ( i’m a very nice girl)

    all the best

    gfc follower: miki or isabelle frisch


  3. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I’m too cheap for cocktails most of the time, but I love mojitos!


  4. This sounds like it might become a “Must read” series. The excerpt definitely left me wanting to read more. Favorite mixed drink…. hmmm, usually I’m a straight shot girl, but if I’m going for a cocktail it would be a tie between a green dragon. It’s made from Absinthe and Midori, very potent but absolutely delicious, or a backwoods daiquiri made with moonshine and muscadines.

  5. I enjoyed the interview. I’m always excited to be introduced to a new author. I don’t drink one, but in my youth, I enjoyed a Long Island Tea. They always knocked me on my butt! Thanks for the giveaway.
    srbagby 50 at gmail dot com

  6. Love the excerpt, I’ve not read any of your books yet(hangs head in shame). Will be adding them now.

    I am currently addicted to Whipped Vodka. I love it with Sunny D and a splash of sprite and my own concoction I call Guilty Pleasures Hot Chocolate – Hot Chocolate with a shot of Whipped Vodka topped with peppermint marshmallows.

    [email protected]

  7. My favorite cocktail is a Jolly Racher flavored drink serves at Lucky Strike, a high scale bowling alley. This giveaway is great and your book sounds fanastic. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  8. My favorite cocktail is Lemon Drop or Kamikaze. My favorite night out is just being able to have a date night with my husband away from the kids. Those nights are very rare.


  9. I don’t drink cocktails, but I do love Yellow Tail Shiraz wine with a York peppermInt patty. Yum-O. I really enjoyed your Would be witch series. Excited about this new series. Thanks for the giveaway and great post.
    I am a GFC follower of this blog. Plus FB and twitter. Lol. Love it.

  10. Love this excerpt, this book sounds right up my alley! I just discovered my new favorite cocktail while on vacation in hawaii! My sisters and I made it up, it’s a Lychee-Tini, lychee vodka, passion fruit & cranberry juice (well shaken) and a sparkling muscato wine topper..sooo good! now i just need to find lychee vodka on the mainland…. Thanks so much for the contest! Book Savvy Babe

  11. Loved the excerpt!
    My fav cocktail is a classic. Dirty Martini… must be Grey Goose or Kettle One…easy on the olive juice… cheese stuffed olives…..or alternating blue cheese stuffed with anchove stuffed olives…..mmmmmmmmm
    On a cold winter’s night, however, I can be found sipping Frangelico… front of the fire…….reading, of course!

  12. Loved the excerpt!
    My fav cocktail is a classic. Dirty Martini… must be Grey Goose or Kettle One…easy on the olive juice… cheese stuffed olives…..or alternating blue cheese stuffed with anchove stuffed olives…..mmmmmmmmm
    On a cold winter’s night, however, I can be found sipping Frangelico… front of the fire…….reading, of course!

  13. I love margaritas. It’s been so long since I’ve had one….

    My favorite night out is dinner with friends at a cute little bring your own wine Greek restaurant near us.

  14. Thanks for the post. The excerpt definitely caught my interest! I rarely drink but when I do its gotta be sweet like a lemon drop or mai tau 🙂


  15. Intriguing excerpt.
    I love to go out on the boat and fish throughout the night on the ocean. It’s fun, peaceful and quite beautiful with the moon’s rays shinning off the water. While drinking a white Russian or strawberry margarita’s. *heavenly peaceful* Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds like a fantastic read. GFC ~ DeAnna Schultz

  16. My favorite cocktail is an amaretto sour with Disaronno. But I actually prefer Disaronno on the rocks.

    Beautiful cover!

    GFC: ML
    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  17. I not much of a cocktail girl…give me a beer and pretzels and I’m good.
    My favorite night out is a night away from the kids with my hot and handsome husband…so we can play without interuptions.
    ctrim at wi dot rr dot com

  18. ALL THAT BLEEDS looks amazing. I’m not one for cocktails. My idea of a great night out is simple: movie & dinner at a great restaurant.


  19. Mmm well I love a good Sex on the Beach for summer and Swedish Berry pretty much anytime ^_^ Also, pina colada mixed with strawberry daiquiri is delish when just chatting at a restuarant or casual bar

    faefever25 at hotmail dot com

  20. This book sounds great! My favorite drink is a specialty drink at my favorite comedy club called a Purple People Eater, don’t ask me what’s in it but it’s yummy! If i’m not there, I usually stick to the basics Vodka and cranberry.

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  21. I love Grey Goose Cosmopolitans-ummm yummy! Your book sounds great and I hope I win, thanks for giving me this opportunity. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. I loved this interview, and this book is definitely being added to my TBR pile right now. My favorite cocktail is a Bourbon and Coke or any kind of fruity drink. And for a night out, I love girls nights at my friends house!


  23. Thanks for the great post. I would love a chance to read the book!

    I don’t really drink maybe once a year I have a Samuel Adams. That is about it….

    mary_reiss @

  24. I don’t drink alcohol at all, and if I’m going out, it’s to be a DD, so, for me, it’s either a virgin daiquiri or a Shirley Temple. xD


  25. Great excerpt, this book sounds like something I would really enjoy reading.
    My favorite drink is vodka with either tonic or 7up. I try to keep it simple.

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  26. I love the excerpt, I am definitely signing up for the newsletter and adding this to my TBR.

    As for favorite drink… in public I like captain & coke, or White Russians (yumtastic!!!)
    and in private at home I happen to be a master slushy adult beverage maker. My favorite mix involved coconut rum, frozen strawberries, and sour mix. It may not sound like it goes well, but it does wonderfully!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win, and best of luck with your release!
    Liz@ Fictional Candy
    [email protected]

  27. My favorite night out is a simple dinner and a movie. Even better if it’s a scary movie 🙂 A trip to the library is also fun for me. I like low-key, non-crowded areas 🙂

    Cambonified {at} yahoo {dot} com

  28. The excerpt looked interesting 🙂 My favorite night out is with a bunch of my friends over good food and wine. We talk, we eat, and we laugh (a lot)!

    emailj3nny at gmail dot com

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