July 8, 2013

Spotlight on: Vampire Elite by Irina Argo


Vampire Elite by Irina Argo 
Genre: Paranormal 
Release Date: 6/7/13 

Purchase Link: 
Amazon 
Price $1.00 

Book Description: 
How can you make a choice between saving your people and destroying the one you love?

A millennia-long war between two immortal races is about to come to an end. Long ago, the Vampire Elite began capturing members of another race of immortal beings, the Amiti, forcing them to become their blood suppliers—bloodstock—and locking them in underground cells, where they are treated like livestock. Now, the few remaining free Amiti are making a final attempt to strike back. The Queen of the Amiti has been proclaimed a traitor and executed. Her death makes possible the rise of a new Queen, her young daughter Arianna, who becomes the last hope of her dying race.

Arianna totally embraces her mission and is ready to fight for her people to the last drop of her blood but encounters an unexpected challenge—the vampire King Tor. The Amiti Queen and the King of the vampires are drawn into a trap of love where each has to make the ultimate choice: to kill their loved one or risk the extermination of their people.

Vampire Elite is an epic story of a bitter conflict between two peoples, and the effect of that conflict on everyone living in its grip. The characters are driven to love and betrayal, vengeance and sacrifice in a world without easy black-and-white answers.

Based on an ancient Egyptian legend, packed with action and intrigue, Vampire Elite will pull you into the entrancing world of immortals and open new portals into their hidden universe.

The first two books “Vampire Elite: Prophecy” and
“Keepers of the Key” will be released as a bundle in June .
 The story is too dynamic to end at the conclusion of Book 1.
 At the same time it is too long for one book (600+ pages).
The authors will give the second book to the readers for free.

Excerpt:


She loved tormenting him, making him tremble with anticipation, his breath hitching in his throat. She knew it turned him on, and she’d also discovered that his blood tasted even better than usual when he was aroused.
“Now go to the wall and spread your arms. Make it easy for me to punish you,” she commanded.
Oberon obeyed, leaning against the wall and placing his wrists into the metal cuffs embedded in the wall. Simone locked the cuffs and left him like that.
A moment later, she returned looking like Catwoman in a black latex bodysuit, her hair pulled into a high, thick ponytail. She’d accessorized with thick studded cuffs at her wrists, a braided whip at her waist and a dagger in her hand.
Walking slowly and deliberately toward Oberon, she sliced through all his clothing, removing it and his weaponry piece by piece. Dropping the dagger she tilted her head to appreciate the sight of him: completely naked, vulnerable, and helpless—and hard for her, of course. Good.
She showed him her fangs then lowered her mouth to his jugular and bit into the skin lightly, releasing only a few drops of blood. She lowered her head to his chest, tracing the muscles there with her tongue, and then, using her fangs as daggers, she pierced his skin in unexpected places: his chest, shoulders, biceps, abs, hips. The blood oozed from the cuts, and soon Oberon’s body was covered with crimson streaks that formed random, vivid patterns across the golden skin of his torso and legs.
“You look incredibly sexy,” Simone heard herself saying as she shifted into an altered state, seeing nothing but this tantalizing male body bleeding for her.
 

Prophecy (Vampire Elite, #1)Prophecy by Irina Argo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book! It has such a different and interesting spin on the Vampire world, that it is definitely not like reading the same old vampire story. The addition of the Amiti (see above Guest Post for more details), really adds interesting and intriguing elements to the story. It just opens up so many new possibilities for story lines. For instance, the idea of a blood-bond between a vampire and another creature has been seen before in countless other vampire books. However, the blood-bond between an Amiti and a Vampire is different. Not only can the Amiti bound with countless vampires at a time, but a Vampire can break a blood-bond with an Amiti, by bonding with another Amiti. Plus, the Vampire can make the decision to live with the Amiti as their mate, not just use them as bloodstock. This is very important to the story because of the unique properties of the Amiti blood-bond. Amiti can use their blood-bond to either enhance the strength, power, and pleasure of the vampire they're bonded with - or to kill them by burning them from the inside out. There are numerous scenarios in the book where the Amiti/Vampire blood-bond are central to the plot.

I was also very intrigued by all of the mythological history that this book is based on. It is very obvious that this book and its' origins were very well researched by the authors. I loved how they incorporated all of the interesting data into the story. The glossary at the beginning of the book is extensive, but very interesting reading. And, you have the choice to either read it before you begin the book, or refer back to it periodically when you need clarification on something in the story. It's not just one big info dump as soon as you jump in to the book. This allows you to enjoy the story without getting bogged down in all of the details.

I think that this book has it all: love, betrayal, good vs. evil, and vampires! The pace of the book never flagged for a moment and I did not want to put it down. There are several critical plot developments and crises that keep the story twisting and turning - and I was engrossed from beginning to end. I also really loved how the story was structured. One character, or couple, would be introduced in the present day, and then there would be a flashback that would explain their history and how they met, or what their significance was to each other and the story. Very well done.

I loved this book and can't wait to read the next installment in this series!




About Irina Argo:

Irina Argo is a combined pen name for two authors, Irina Kardos and Jo-An Torres.

Irina

Irina’s world is dark. She works as a clinical psychologist in a Juvenile Correctional Facility dealing with the extremes of human behavior on a regular basis and takes care of her paralyzed husband who suffered a stroke several years ago. To bring light into her life she writes. Writing has always been her passion. She is originally from Russia where she was employed as a TV journalist.

Jo-An

Jo-An is a Leo, a lioness who has emerged to follow her dream, to someday write a book of her own. She owned a costume shop for 15 years and was able to satisfy and excel in her creative nature. She is an over-achiever and believes that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and ignore the nay-sayers.  Her philosophy is based on Shakespeare "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves." She currently resides in California with her 5 cats and 1 husband.




3 comments:

  1. THANK YOU JESSICA for hosting our tour! We have a contest going...either copy and paste the contest into an email to me Argo@vampire-elite.com (we do not SPAM or collect emails unless requesting to join our group)

    Irina Argo is the PEN NAME for Jo-An Torres & Irina Argo
    A Gentle Reminder

    This is for our "Vampire Elite' members and those who join our group before the end of the contest.
    You can join our group at http://www.vampire-elite.com

    We will be having contests and giveaways and will also let you know when our first printed copy is published.....AND when the next book in the Series is released . ..TEN PRIZES will be presented!!

    We have a bet going about the cover of the book. So, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to PICK which cover "YOU" like best.

    The one shown above at the beginning of this tour???? OR the one on AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/kindle-store/dp/B00D3XWOUK

    You don't need a Kindle, Amazon has FREE software that allows you to downlod to almost any device! cut and paste here ..http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771

    To be fair to everyone, and prove that you actually checked for the difference, you need to click on the book cover on Amazon, copy the URL in the Address bar at the top of the page and paste it into your reply mail with your choice.

    I LIKE THIS ONE_____ I LIKE AMAZON ONE____

    PASTE URL _________________________________________

    We would also appreciate knowing how you heard about the contest.

    This email_____ Facebook___ Twitter____Goodreads___ Friend ____

    Other(define please:)____________

    Your First Name_____________ Your Last Name______________________

    Send your reply to ARGO@VAMPIRE-ELITE.COM.

    CONTEST ENDS ON MIDNIGHT JULY 13TH,2013
    Only ONE vote is allowed per member.

    Warm Regards and Good Luck!!!!

    Irina & Jo-An


    This is the prize, an elegant silk and crystal book swag ..10 WINNERS will be randomly chosen and their names will be posted on FACEBOOK. We will also contact you for your mailing address.
    URL OF PRIZE IN CASE IT DOES NOT SHOW
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jo-an-torres/8772217823/

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  2. Hi All .... hope to see some postings today ... Thank you Jessica for hosting our tour ...and WE ARE HAVING A CONTEST! It ends soon and if anyone is interested they can email me for their own copy...(we do not SPAM or 'collect' emails) Argo@vampire-elite.com ...or, they can copy the contest and paste it into an email to me ...THANKS!

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