FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JANUARY
BLOODGIFTED IS ONLY
Being unable to age is just the beginning.
Laura Dantonville has a rare blood type that prevents normal ageing. As decades pass, she continues to look like a twenty-year old. But things are about to change as she learns her family’s dark and shocking secret – a centuries-old curse that turned her Roman soldier ancestor into a vampire.
Now she is the key to breaking that curse.
Having to undergo a frightening coming-of-age rite, Laura is propelled into a violent underworld stalked by rogue vampires who covet the rare gift her blood bestows – the ability to daywalk. But only one can claim that privilege – Alec Munro, her guardian, and leader of the powerful D’Antonville vampire clan.
Being guardian to the granddaughter of his enemy is the last thing on Alec’s mind. After all, her damned family was responsible for his untimely death and subsequent transformation. He owes them nothing, yet he also knows the unthinkable consequences should he not accept.
Determined to end his connection with the D’Antonvilles once his time as guardian is over, Alec reluctantly consents. But Laura’s wit and feisty nature arouses feelings in him long buried. A dangerous attraction grows between them, escalating the tension simmering between Alec and her detective boyfriend, Matt Sommers.
Can Laura defuse the conflict or will Matt’s jealousy expose her to a far greater danger?
I spun around to face him, but as I was still out of breath all I could do was stand there, with my hands clenched by my side, and glare at him. He moved away from the door and came slowly toward me. I took a step back.
‘It occurred to me I don’t like the idea of becoming a single mother,’ I managed to say between breaths.
‘You should have thought of that sooner.’ He pulled his T-shirt over his head and dropped it on the floor.
I stared open mouthed at his chiselled body, the rippling muscles of his torso and the sword and serpent tattoo on his left breast. It was identical to the image on the stained glass window. On impulse, I reached out and touched it.
‘All the men have one. It marks us as belonging to Luc’s clan,’ he said.
‘Does he have one too?’
‘Yes.’ The look in his eyes intensified. ‘Keep touching me, Laura.’
My hands traced the hard planes of his chest, stomach and the delectable trail of dark hair that disappeared below the tops of his jeans.
‘You told me never to touch you again. You still feel that way?’
‘If I did, I wouldn’t be agreeing to this. It’s only sex, nothing more. A means to an end.’
‘Did I promise anything more?’
No, he didn’t. This was, as he so succinctly put it, a business arrangement.
A short story about a silver locket, a mysterious young man and a fated meeting.
When eighteen-year-old Laura Anne Dantonville goes on her end-of-school trip to Italy, she is accompanied by her two best friends, Beth and Angie. As soon as they arrive in Sorrento, she meets the mysterious—and devastatingly handsome—Philippe. He is gallant and charming, and Laura loses her heart. Their meetings are brief and secret, and Philippe gives her a lovely silver locket. She swears to wear it always. Until one night…
This short story takes place some years before BLOODGIFTED and reveals more of Laura and Philippe’s history.
Ending a curse was never meant to be easy
When Laura Dantonville learnt her family’s well-kept secret and the reason for her inability to age, she never suspected it would impact her relationship with her police-detective boyfriend, Matt Sommers. But neither had she expected the growing attraction she and her vampire-guardian, Alec Munro, would have for each other.
In those few days, Laura had entered the world of the Brethren—vampires who rule the city’s dark underworld, and where resentment and anger grow at Alec’s privileged position as daywalker. Among a powerful few, alliances are made and conspiracies formed, threatening a war that could destroy them all and endanger every human on the planet – creatures who would do anything to prevent the curse from ending.
To protect Laura from the Rebel faction, who sees her as their ticket to the daylight, Alec must invoke the Pledge, an ancient ceremony that enforces Brethren loyalty to the Principate. But will it be enough to ensure her safety and bring about the ending of the curse that has plagued her family for centuries?
The Saga Continues…
Hidden in caverns deep beneath Chateau D’Antonville in a misty French valley, lies a priceless treasure – the Bloodvault. Containing thousands of Ingenii blood vials, just one sip enables a vampire to daywalk. For nearly eighteen-hundred years, the family has kept the vault’s existence secret from the Brethren. But now, the Rebel leader, Count Timur, has learned of its whereabouts.
Faced with an imminent attack on her family’s ancestral home – Chateau D’Antonville – Alec and Laura must flee Sydney to confront this new threat. But the Rebels are not their only enemy. Will Count Timur leak the secret of the vault, and cause even their loyal allies to turn against them?
With the very survival of the Principate at stake, Alec and Laura must try and persuade her father, Luc, to share the secret and open the Bloodvault or risk losing everything.
In the midst of this, from among their own, comes a betrayal so deep, so unexpected….
Tima Maria Lacoba is a former ancient historian and archaeologist who accidently smashed a 3,000 Egyptian vase while on her first dig! Her supervisor made her glue it back together again. It took a week. From there she went on to specialise in late Roman-British archaeology, and the military forts along Hadrian’s Wall, because buildings don’t smash as easily. Now Ms Lacoba’s combined her love of history with another passion—story-telling—to create a dark tale of Roman soldiers cursed by a British witch.
Tima Maria has always been a storyteller, but it wasn’t until five years ago that she seriously ventured into writing. The result was Bloodgifted. In 2011 it was shortlisted in the Atlas Award and eventually came fourth place. In 2012 it was listed among the top ten in the Choclit Search for an Aussie Star Competition. In 2013, she was offered a publishing contract but declined in favour of going indie, preferring the idea of being in charge of her own creation.
Bloodgifted is just the start of a four-part series entitled, The Dantonville Legacy. Book 2, Bloodpledge, was released in 2014, and Book 3, Blood Vault, is due for release for Christmas 2015. She also intends to satisfy her fans requests by writing individual books on the other characters in the series. So Terens, Cal Jake and Sam will each have their own story.
Tima Maria currently lives on the Central Coast, an hour’s drive north of Sydney in Australia. Her little house is surrounded by bushland, possums and seed-dropping Rosellas on one side, and waterways on the other.
Between bouts of writing, she can be found in the kitchen baking yet another chocolate recipe. This activity is responsible for forming more gothic, urban fantasy stories in her mind for future books.