Let’s welcome, Sydney and her characters from Bloodbond. I’m sure you’ll be delighted by the introduction. Sydney, here’s the mic:-
The Unique Setting of Ichor Knell
Bloodbond takes place in the vampire city of Ichor Knell, which means bloody toll. Or in this case, the name stems from a bell tower that, before Dracula took the throne, rang five times with each vampire death.
Instead of regular trees, Ichor Knell has trees with leaves made completely of jewels. Sapphires, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and more. If there was sunlight in the city, there would definitely be plenty of sparkling jewels. When the night falls, you can take a walk through the large palace gardens when glowing mushrooms will light up the path. It’s a mystical place that I wish I could see in person!
My husband often jokes that I’m a vampire because I hate the sunlight, bright lights frustrate me, and my introverted self hides away in the house. Can’t help that I’m a homebody! In Ichor Knell, vampires are safe from the harm that sunlight causes. Thick, dark clouds swirl over the city, effectively blocking out the sunlight. My kind of weather!
Zachariah Degore spent ten years locked under ground as a feral vampire. Now he has to redefine what it means to be healthy and whole. With his human life behind him, he starts anew in the vampire city of Ichor Knell with the vampire shah as his kin. He must prove he is worthy of his place in this new world.
Laurel Covaci is vampire elite, she would never court a feral vampire. After two hundred years she has yet to find a mate who meets with her satisfaction. She hides the pain of past hurt and abandonment behind a cold façade. Zach is confident that Laurel is the vampire for him, but can he break through her icy walls and convince her he’s the mate she’s been waiting for?
She stared at him. And stared. Until it became uncomfortable.
So he stood and started to pack up his things, but she glared at him and pointed to his seat.
“Sit.” He did. Who could disobey a tone like that? “You can’t kill?” she asked incredulously. “You only recently came out of being feral, correct?” He nodded. “And you can’t kill? Human blood doesn’t send you into a rage. You refused to drink from the goblet at the service.”
“Have you been spying on me?”
She ignored his comment, and her mouth puckered slightly as if in deep concentration. He couldn’t help but stare. He’d never seen her do it before. Another endearing quality he added to the lengthy list of what made Laurel Covaci absolutely perfect.
“I have searched high and low, but I simply cannot find any answers to this particular conundrum,” she finally said. Heat rose to his ears. She’d been thinking about him?
He grinned. “Well, well, Lady Covaci. I didn’t realize I was filling up your thoughts.”
She blushed prettily, and he almost expected her to get up from the table and leave, regretting she even sat down in the first place. But she stayed put. In fact, she stared right back as if challenging him. He enjoyed the eye contact. Her eyes were so blue. So beautiful. They took him back to green fields of his childhood, of staring back at the blue sky as clouds lazily drifted past.
About the Author:
Sydney Winward was born with an artistic brain and a love of discovery for new talents. From drawing to sewing to music, she has loved to explore every opportunity that comes her way. At a young age, Sydney discovered her love of writing, and she hasn’t been able to stop writing since. Her active imagination and artistic mind take her away to different worlds and time periods, making every new story a fantastic adventure. When she is not writing (or fawning over animals in the neighborhood) she spends time with her husband and children at home in Utah.
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