Published by indie author on July 3, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romance, Time Travel Romance
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Roxanna Collins thinks her life as a Vegas singer is going nowhere - until she's dragged back in time by a vampire to Regency England. While Darren tries to convince her they are the perfect match, Roxanna is determined to stand on her own two feet.
Every singer needs a piano player, and sweet, vulnerable Phillip Branham is a natural. He takes the job, but Roxanna's modern ways threaten to send him running every time she opens her mouth. Phillip's heart overrides his sensibilities, however, and he's there for Roxanna, even when Darren isn't.
But Darren knows all Roxanna's secrets, and he gives her things she fears she can't live without. Must she choose or can she have them both?
An MMF time travel romance.
Content advisory: threesome scenes, bloodplay (biting, cutting), and one [brief] scene of attempted rape.
Books and music—are there two things in the world so adept at delivering the feels? So when author Alicia Rayn offered to share her playlist for her genre-bending novel, Blood Bond, I was definitely interested in learning what tunes would fire things up for the heroine and her heroes. After all, with an MMF paranormal time travel romance on my TBR list, I was keen to get a preview of the feels I could expect by way of some music!
Blood Bond by Alicia Rayn is available now on Amazon and other online stores for just $0.99, so if you want to pick up a copy after you learn a little more about the novel, its characters, and Alicia Rayn’s blood-pumping playlist (I was tickled to see some of the songs on my own playlists on it), check out the buy links above.
Guest post by Blood Bond author Alicia Rayn
Roxanna Collins, the heroine of Blood Bond, is a Vegas singer struggling to make ends meet while she waits for her big break. She’s mostly alone, mostly broke, and uncertain where her future lies. She’s also a cutter – a long-term cutter for whom pain has become an almost sexual pleasure.
When a vampire from 1815 dreams of her, of her blood, and manages to bring her to him, she thinks she’s lost her mind…or is stuck in a coma back in her shabby apartment. But she manages to get something she didn’t have in Vegas – a full-time singing gig. Okay, so it’s at a marginally disreputable gentlemen’s club, but at least she’s standing on her own two feet and not in jail or shacked up with the first tall, dark, and brooding vampire who walks into her hallucination, right? So what if he’s Darren Andrew Highmore, Earl of Richmond…
Her request for a piano player lands her in the company of the very proper, very innocent, Phillip Branham, who can’t decide whether he should be polite, disapproving, or…in love with her.
Roxanna’s journey is about a modern woman stuck in a time when women were taken care of, but also coddled and repressed. She quickly becomes disenchanted with the strictures placed on her because of her gender, and she uses her music to shock her audience, with both hopeful and disappointing results.
Roxanna interacts with Regency society and with her two lovers through her music. She gets the singing job because she’s talented, but also because she’s willing to titillate her audience. So for the sections where she’s performing at the club, I tried to come up with songs that a modern young woman would know, songs that had big vocals, and also songs that would be especially frank and passionate – and shocking to a 19th century audience.
Some of her selections are: “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks, “Never Close Our Eyes” by Adam Lambert, “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson, “It’s Raining Men” by Geri Halliwell, and “Womanizer” by Britney Spears. (The last one she sings directly to an impertinent young lord and… well, the idea of singing “It’s Raining Men” in that situation just makes me smile, so I put it in for everyone to enjoy.)
Roxanna also sings songs for and about her two, very different, lovers: Phillip, her knight in shining armor who would never hurt her and Darren, who hurts her in ways she needs to be hurt and who cares for her but believes he is incapable of love.
For Phillip, Roxanna sings “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield because he feels the course of his life is predetermined by society’s expectations, and she disagrees. She also sings Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero” when Phillip saves her from being attacked by a “gentleman” with the wrong idea of what she’s offering. And “I Touch Myself” by the Divinyls when she’s feeling especially naughty and has just had it up to HERE with Mr. Prim and Proper.
For Darren, Roxanna jokingly sings songs about their shared secret love – him biting her: “Hurt So Good” by John Mellancamp, “Precious Pain” by Melissa Etheridge, and “The First Cut is the Deepest” by Sheryl Crow. She also chooses songs to let him know she accepts what he is: “The Music of the Night” by Andrew Lloyd Webber (from Phantom of the Opera), “Love Bites” by Def Leppard, and “Cold Man’s Nightmare” by Cathy Davey.
There is a full song list at the end of the book – I tried to come up with enough to make it believable that she was a full-time singer for several weeks in Regency London. It’s got everything from Artic Monkeys to Tina Turner to Frank Sinatra.
There’s a partial YouTube playlist here:
(Check out the Darryl Hannah cameo as Robbie Williams’ love interest in the 2002 “Feel” video…I only discovered it when I had the video playlist on in the background while I was writing this post.)
My secret confession: I’m a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, and I first heard some of these songs on Spuffy fan vids (fan viders rock!).