Friday, November 22, 2019

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Blood Rose by Rachael Vaughn

Title: Blood Rose
Author: Rachael Vaughn
Publisher: Glasswing Press
Publication Date: November 22nd 2019
Print Length: 398 pages
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Fleeing her past and a dark tragedy that haunts her every waking moment, Rose settles for a crummy retail job in a crummy town in the middle of Indiana. Her one solace – the sprawling forest behind her apartment complex – leads her down a dizzying path into a topsy-turvy world where Rose escapes her painful memories…but finds herself at the center of a dangerous plot.

A mysterious (and frequently unconscious) stranger, a technicolor landscape, and a sinister but charismatic leader pull Rose deeper into an unexpected adventure…where nothing is as it seems.

Follow Rose on her journey through this perilous but beautiful land, as she wonders if she can save it…or herself.

Once they were both settled at the table again, Ydenda’s feet tucked up under her skirts and her own mug gripped in her hands, she leveled her shrewd red gaze on Rose and said, quite bluntly, “Are you from the sister world, then?”

It was a phrase Rose had never heard before—“sister world”—and yet without a doubt she knew the answer. “Yes, I suppose I am,” she said. “I’m not sure how I got here though…”

Ydenda nodded sagely and took a long sip of her tea. “You got here the same way planeswalkers always do. Your blood let you in.”

“My blood?” Startled, Rose raised her palm again and stared at the faint line. Ydenda reached across the table and gently took Rose’s hand, bending her head to examine the mark there. When she raised her head, her expression was unreadable. “You’ve got a spell on you.”

Rose grew unaccountably nervous. “Yes, I thought so. The man in the castle…” She broke off when a flash of confusion crossed Ydenda’s face.

“What castle?”

Rose stared. “The castle through the woods. I told you. He was hurt, and I came for help.”

Expressions seemed to flit in quick succession across Ydenda’s ravaged face. Confusion gave way to suspicion, then fear, then something Rose couldn’t interpret before her face cleared like a slate being abruptly wiped clean. Rose started slightly at the blank expression.

“I’m sorry,” Ydenda said after a moment, “what were we talking about? Would you like another cup of tea?” She gestured at Rose’s untouched mug.

Unwilling to give up, Rose tried another angle. “You said ‘planeswalker.’ What’s a planeswalker?”

“Oh,” Ydenda smiled. “A planeswalker is a person that can pass between the gates to the two worlds. Their blood has a magical quality that activates the gate.” She heaved a wistful sigh. “I remember when they used to come through regularly enough. They’re rare, you know, but I used to see them passing through on their way to Trelissar.”

“What’s Trelissar?”

“It’s the capital city,” Ydenda explained. “You have to pass through there to see the King.”

Rose wasn’t sure if she was making headway or just deepening the mystery of the place. Deciding the king could wait, she pressed on with her original line of questioning.

“So, you think I’m one of these planeswalkers?”

Ydenda gave a startled laugh. “What? Don’t be ridiculous. We haven’t seen a planeswalker here in decades. I’m not sure there are any more of them.”

Rose gave her head a shake. No, she definitely wasn’t making any headway. Desperate, she gave it one last try.

“What are the black marks on your skin?” The words were out before Rose could stop them, and she was appalled at her own lack of tact. “I’m so sorry; I didn’t mean to be rude,” she tried to backpedal, but Ydenda didn’t seem offended. Looking up from her mug, she met Rose’s eyes directly, and the vague abstraction that had been there passed as she focused on Rose with a piercing intensity.

“It’s Rot,” she said softly, and Rose could hear the emphasis she put on the word. She found herself holding her breath as she looked into Ydenda’s face, her gaze drawn to the milky white eye surrounded by the slashing lines of shiny black. Unsettled, she shifted her focus to the other eye, but the intensity of the red gaze was equally unnerving.

“It’s Rot,” Ydenda repeated, her sharp gaze lucid and her voice barely above a whisper, “and it’s spreading. And if you really are a planeswalker, you must never let it touch you.”


Rachael Vaughn is the creative brainchild of husband-and-wife writing duo, Laura Rachael Black and Trenton Vaughn Hockersmith.

Laura is the wordsmith of the pair, and a bona fide dabbler. With interests in everything from mosaics to wood carving and playing the hammered dulcimer, there isn't much that doesn't appeal to her insatiable need to create. When she isn't writing, Laura stays busy as the co-owner of Firefly Tattoo--one of Indianapolis's premier tattoo studios--where she is also a full-time artist. You can check out her professional tattoo gallery by clicking here.

Trent acts as the bookends of the writing process. He serves as the team's world-builder and plot developer on the front end, and acts as an editor and proofreader (plus the ultimate voice of reason) on the backside. His educational background in English and psychology help him craft vibrant worldscapes and compelling, authentic characters. When not mired in the trenches of world-building, Trent enjoys reading, playing video games, and practicing jiu-jitsu and tai-chi.

The team shares more than a pen name. Their home outside Indianapolis is also inhabited by their daughter, Seva, and Helena, the world's fluffiest cat.

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  1. This sounds like an excellent book. It is now on my Christmas wish list!

  2. Definitely a book I would love to read.

  3. Sounds like an excellent story and I love the cover.

  4. I love, love, love the cover. The blue rose really catches the eye.

  5. The cover is lovely and the story sounds great. Best wishes on the novel.

  6. This looks like a fun read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. The cover is so mysterious, why was a blue rose chosen?

  8. sounds like a fun one

  9. Sounds like a great read! Love the cover!

  10. Oh this sounds really good. I have a feeling it would be hard to put it down. Rachael Vaughn is a new author for me.

  11. The cover is very pretty. I like the rose.