Bloodgifted (The Dantonville Legacy #1) by Tima Maria Lacoba {.99 SALE}

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In 2010, Bloodgifted came runner-up in the Atlas Award for fiction, and 2012 was listed among the top ten finalists (missed out by two points to be included in the final six)in the Choclit competition.

 

Bloodgifted (The Dantonville Legacy #1)
by Tima Maria Lacoba
Published August 7th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

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Being unable to age is only the beginning … 

Laura Dantonville is shocked to learn her strange genetic mutation, is linked to a dark family secret—a centuries-old curse that turned her Roman ancestor into a vampire.

Now that she has come of age, she is the key to breaking that curse. But she’s also the prey of rogue vampires who inhabit the city’s frightening and violent underworld, as her blood gives them the ability to daywalk. For her protection she’s assigned a guardian—the handsome, sexy and dangerous Alec Munro.
 

Former military doctor and current leader of the Brethren, Alec Munro has no intention of being responsible for Laura. After all, it was her damned family who was responsible for his untimely death and subsequent transformation. He owes them nothing, yet he also knows his own fated role in breaking the curse, and the unthinkable consequences should he not accept.  

To the Brethren, the ending of the curse spells disaster. Among a powerful few malice grows… 

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Prologue
Villa of Antonius
Lugdunensis, Gaul AD 263

I always believed I’d die in battle. It certainly would have been preferable to the way my life did end. One day, a soldier in the service of Rome, the next a creature from my worst nightmares.

Demon. Bloodsucker. Vampire.

It was meant to have been just a routine patrol. A search, destroy and retrieve mission - search out the Pictish raiders who were attacking Roman settlements south of the Wall, destroy them and retrieve any captives they may have taken.

Straightforward. Instead, it turned into the day from hell.

We were attacked and one of my men wounded. Nepos. I sent him back to the fort with another of my men, Melander, to make sure he got back safely. Then the rest of us got back on our horses and tracked the raiders to a small village deep in Pictish territory, north of the Wall. We rode in, cornered and killed them. Search and destroy accomplished. But as we searched for the Roman captives, the native women emerged, dragging their bound prisoners after them—terrified women and children—and slit their throats.

‘They were sacrifices to our great goddess,’ one of them screeched, a large, flame-haired woman with the beauty of a goddess.

I heard the quick indrawn breaths of my men. In other circumstances I’d let them toss for her, but all I wanted was to slit her own lily-white throat! Those captives had been Romans. I dismounted, pulled out my sword and strode over to her. ‘I would have spared the lot of you. Not now.’

‘Kill me Roman, and you’ll incur the wrath of the goddess, Melusine.’

As she spoke, people streamed out of the huts—mostly the old and infirm, and children. They stood behind her. Silent. Waiting.

‘Don’t make the mistake of thinking I fear your gods. I don’t. You should fear me, woman, for sending your warriors into Roman territory and taking our people for your disgusting, savage rites.’ ‘Your people and mine aren’t so different,’ she said. ‘We sacrifice to honour our gods, but you kill in your arenas for entertainment. Which one of us is the real savage?’

I was in no mood for a debate and raised my arm to give my men the signal. One good turn deserved another, I figured.

‘Would you slaughter the innocent?’ the woman cried.

‘Innocent!’ I pointed to the murdered Romans. ‘They were innocent. Take a look! See the blood?’

‘We sent them to the gods.’

‘And you’re about to follow.’ I lowered my arm and my men slowly started forward.

The children screamed and hid behind the women’s skirts.

‘Then hear me first, Romans.’ She raised her arms upward and looked at each one of us in turn. ‘You dishonoured our gods this day and took the blood due them, so their curse is now on you. Human blood will be your food. And as beasts that kill only in the night, so you too will walk in darkness. Sunlight will be your enemy. And you’ —she pointed to me— ‘will pass this on to your children and they to theirs for as long as the moon circles the earth.’

The bitch cursed us.

 


Tima Maria Lacoba is a paranormal, urban fantasy romance writer, who loves to include a bit of history, a bit of suspense and lots of thrills in her books. Her Dantonville Legacy Series--although set in modern-day Sydney--spans a two-thousand year period, and the ending of an ancient curse.

Both Bloodgifted and Bloodpledge, the first two books in the series, were in Amazon's Top 100 in Gothic Romance.

Bloodgifted was also awarded 4th place in the Atlas Award, and Top Ten in the annual Choclit Competition.

Tima lives on the Central Coast, an hour's drive north of Sydney in Australia in a little house surrounded by bushland, possums and seed-dropping Rosellas on one side, and waterways on the other.

Prior to that she was a practicing archaeologist, having worked on some amazing digs around the world. After several years in the field she was drawn to teaching and ended up as Head of History in a local high school. It enabled her to take her students overseas to visit various archaeological sites in Europe and Britain. It was a way for her to combine her love of history with travel, and share it with others. On one tour, in Italy, she managed to indulge her other passion--gelato ice cream.

Nowadays, when not working in her garden, Tima's writing and plotting the next series of books.

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