Monday, April 23, 2018

Blog Tour: Theoden by Nicholas Bella (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)

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THEODEN
A New Haven Series Prequel
NICHOLAS BELLA
GAY HORROR
RELEASE DATE: 03.21.18

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COVER DESIGN: JAY AHEER/ Simply Defined Art
COVER PHOTOGRAPHER: WANDER AGUIAR


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My name is Theoden, this is the story of my life. Apparently, there has been a huge demand for me to tell it. Normally, I do what I want, unless the command comes from my Sire, Ara. But, revealing the tale about how I became the powerful vampire Prince of the City is something I think I will enjoy telling. You'll see my first mission for the church, my first kill, the life-changing moment when I lost my virginity, and how I chose my first son, all of the things that mean something to me, that made me the vampire I am. So, sit back, and give me all of your attention, as I want your eyes on me. Now, let's begin.

Prepare to be entertained to new heights as Theoden delivers you a unique tale of his life from childhood to the vampire Master you know him to be.

Warning: This is a prequel to the highly erotic, extremely dark and twisted New Haven Series and the spin-off, Odin Chronicles. I can't stress enough how strong the sexual, violent, and adult content is in this book. It will steam up your glasses, and melt your contact lenses. The temperature in the room will rise to unbearable degrees. Pearls will be clutched and you may utter the words: "Oh my God" several times while reading. You have been warned. For mature readers only.

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EXCERPT
Once I was outside in the garden, I could no longer hold back, and I vomited blood onto a rose bush. But once it was out of my stomach, I felt better. For me, sex would never overflow, but blood could. Another lesson learned. I wiped my mouth with the back of my hand and, before I could take to the skies, three vampires appeared before me.

“Where do you herald from?” one of them asked me. He gripped a silver dagger in his hand a little more tightly as he waited for my reply.

I looked at each one them, gauging them and their positions to my own. I didn’t fear them because I knew just how powerful I was and I was confident in my training. This was the other part of my mission, one that Ara was certain I would encounter.

“From the Kingdom of Ara, my Father,”I declared proudly. Ara wanted me to do so, and in doing so, leave my mark.

“Is this a declaration of war?”the same vampire asked.

I shrugged. “I think not. I had an old debt to settle.”I gestured toward the rectory, and then to my clothes that were covered in the blood of my victims.

“You dare kill on our territory!”another vampire said.

“Breaching another vampire King’s territory without permission is punishable by death,”the first vampire said, then he advanced on me. He was fast, as fast as Nolan, and I had to react quickly before he could plunge the blade of his dagger into my chest. Thanks to my training with Tylendel, I knew the silver could not kill me, but it could weaken me, and that, I could not allow.

I grabbed his wrist just as the tip of the dagger pierced my flesh, burning my skin. I didn’t hesitate to take advantage of our close proximity. I sank my fangs deeply in his shoulder and injected as much venom as I could.

He cried out, and I pulled back. He released his grip on his dagger and staggered back. The other two vampires looked at him and glared in shock as his skin began to turn pale. Sweat poured from his pores as his veins began to protrude through his flesh, looking bright red against the nearly translucent skin.

I didn’t know the effect a dragon’s venom could have on a vampire and still didn’t know, as I was only half dragon. But its effect was deadly and looked to be extremely painful as the vampire had been rendered powerless against my bite until he died. I looked at the other two vampires and aimed my hand at the one who had not spoken a word, then conjured up my flames, releasing them in his direction.

The other vampire dashed out of the way, his sword drawn, but he stayed his position as he watched me burn his companion into a cinder. The vampire howled as he spun around in an attempt to extinguish the flames, but he couldn’t. I controlled them and only relinquished that control once he fell to the ground, motionless.  The last remaining vampire was thinking about fleeing or fighting, which was the only reason he was still there. In the end, he decided to flee, and I chased after him.
I was shocked that I had caught up to him because I could sense his aura and knew he was at least a century older than I was. I tackled him to the ground and he rolled over, scooting away from me.



4.5 stars!

This book is a prequel to the author's New Haven series and lays out the story of Theoden, a powerful vampire.

I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this one initially, the warnings on the book and the New Haven series made them sound very dark and violent. Once I started reading it though, I didn't want to set it down. It is violent at times; the vampires in this story are not cuddly and nice. Humans are treated as cattle unless found worthy of being embraced, turned into a vampire. The vampires themselves are very sexual, so you expect a lot of sex while reading this book.

Theoden starts his life as an orphan that the Church is training to hunt vampires. He's kept separate and treated differently than the other boys, but is repeatedly told that he's special and will be their ultimate warrior. After he managed to kill several vampires, he is sent after one of the original ancient vampires, Ara. He finds himself caught, unable to escape, and has his view of the world turned upside down, inside out, and twisted for good measure. He discovers more than he ever knew about himself. Ara has him brought into his powers as well as embracing him into the life of a vampire. He is an anomaly in this world, a half-dragon human turned vampire.

As violent and perverse as the vampires seem, the author still manages to make you root for Theoden and his family. You learn to dislike one of Theoden's brothers as much as he does and see how he learns to not only accept his heritage as a half-dragon, but take his place as a warrior for his sire, Ara. I wasn't expecting to find myself so invested in this book, but the author managed to convey the world he created in a way that kept my rapt attention without overwhelming me.

I'm new to Nicolas Bella's books, but I will be reading more after this one.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***



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About me? Hmmm, I'm just a person with a wild imagination and a love for words who was sitting around the house one day and said, "Why hasn't anyone written a book like this before?". As with every storyteller, I wanted to share mine with the world. I like my erotica dark, gritty, sexy... and even a little raunchy. I'm not afraid to go there and I hope you aren't afraid to go there with me. When I'm not writing, I love watching movies and TV shows, clubbing, biking, and hanging out with family and friends. I love life.

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3 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read this one!! I'm a Nicholas Bella addict!!

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  2. That excerpt already has me hooked.

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  3. I am a Nicholas newbie. This sounds good. colby69@verizon.net

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