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It’s December, a time to reflect on the past year, look forward to the new year and bust your butt getting ready for holiday cheer. Most new and aspiring authors are too busy with the other job while trying to prepare for the upcoming festivities, so I’m not going to bother talking about the craft of writing. Like I said, this is a time to reflect and look forward to upcoming projects.
I have to say that 2011 was a banner year for Seventh Window, with new titles from Xavier Axelson, Bebe Burnside, Christopher Trevor, Evan Gilbert and Zachary Wild. It was exciting introducing three new authors to the M/M community while working with an author who had already been published by Silver Publishing and looking for another press to showcase his talents and Christopher Trevor, who was looking to move his highly erotic stories in a new direction. It was both an honor and a pleasure to work with these people and I look forward to being a part of their publishing careers in the coming years.
So what does Seventh Window have in store for you all in 2012? I’m working on new projects with Bebe Burnside, whose latest manuscript landed on my desk last week; Xavier Axelson has a new novella that goes off in a new direction; and Michele L. Montgomery has a new novel titled Dammit! coming out with Seventh Window in both eBook and print late March 2012! I’m very excited to add Michele to our growing list of authors.
Sure, that’s what’s coming up, but what’s going on now? I’m presently working with a new author on a novella that is hard edged, sexy and sweet. The book is called Scar Tissue by GL Roberts. Scar Tissue is sure to get your hearts thumping and set your sex drive racing. Get ready for some sexy fun set in the mid 1970s. Men, guns and romance, what more can you ask for?
This coming year is going to be fun! So break out the Menorah and mistletoe and get ready for a sexy year ahead from Seventh Window.
(Book 2 in Pushing Through the Midnight series)
Author: Zachary Wild
Publisher: Seventh Window Publications
Characters: Victor & Dylan
Book Cover Rating: 4
For those of you who enjoyed Eternal by Zachary Wild but feel as if it left too many questions unanswered, get ready to have those questions answered in Sanguine.
Is Dylan the man Victor thinks he is? How long can Victor keep the truth about himself a secret? And what about Ivy who was left on the brink of death? Find out the answers to those questions and more in Sanguine. The story of Victor and Dylan continues
Let me start this off with saying that I am relieved that Zachary Wild decided to revisit Victor and Dylan in this sequel to his first book, Eternal. At the end of that story I was left with several questions and a bit on the: what was that side of things. I had no idea Mr. Wild had plans to continue on with this story and due to that, I was a tad bit lost and not sure of the plot. You can see my review of Eternal here: Eternal. My biggest issue was that I didn’t feel closure but what I didn’t know was that I wasn’t supposed to just then. I was supposed to wait and see.
When I heard Zachary released this follow up, I couldn’t wait to read it. I had to see what happened to Ivy who was left on the edge of death at the end of Eternal. I had to know what was up with Dylan and Victor, and I wanted more of Carlos.
Zach answered my unanswered questions in Sanguine and he did so mostly through the thoughts of Victor who is still that cold hearted killer. But you know what I discovered? He’s hurting. He’s a vamp in love, but under that? He’s a man in love and the love of his life was taken from him long ago so of course he has a reason to be that cold…vamp that he is. He is also very smart and when All Hallows Eve comes around he is offered a taste of what could be between him and Carlo’s and he will stop at nothing to have that love back. Dylan wasn’t on scene much in this short but his part is huge and extremely important to the future of them both.
Mr. Wild takes us deeper into Victor’s dark mind; he uses angst and love and spins them as one until you’re trapped. And he also left me wondering what in the hell happened to Ivy? Zach?
Zachary Wild likes to tease his readers, he builds a character and gives you small tastes until you’re practically begging him to open up and let them all out! Stay tuned for his next piece: Ankh, the next installment in the Pushing Through Midnight series.
Author: Zachary Wild
Publisher: Seventh Window Publications
Scene Setting: Modern Day
Sub Genre: Paranormal
Book Cover Rating: 4
Victor Diaz has been walking the Earth for centuries, alone and empty. The loss of his lover to an angry mob is his last human memory. And now, on a dark city street Victor finds the one man who could be the reincarnation of his dead lover. Could this be a second chance? If it is, Victor will not let anything get in the way of rekindling their love.
Caution: The vampires in Eternal are the old fashioned type vampires and not the more modern vampires depicted in most romances published today. This story contains blood.
As the blurb explains the vampire in this story is indeed old fashioned. He will burn up in the sun, he does sleep in a coffin, and there is indeed blood in this story. This particular vampire actually rips the throats out of his victims and drinks until he’s full. Right at the start of this short story, I met Victor in an alley eating some young boy in an alley and when he heard footsteps he drug his find out of the lights in the alley and hid from the unseen person walking his way. That reminded me of those animals in the wild that drag off their fresh kills to eat in peace. I can just picture that vamp crouched over, his face full of blood, snarling with those pointy teeth protruding from his gums looking at an innocent passerby. Oh the image.
Victor reminds me of a vamp I met in another series. He has the same attitude, the same thought process, and the same looks too. He’s a lonely one as well. Apparently he lost the only man he loved centuries ago to an angry witch hunting mob who burned him at the stake in a foreign country. I think Victor was from Spain as his lover, Carlos was and they relocated to another part of Spain so they could live with one another however, they weren’t out and still hid their love from the public to avoid the scandal that was sure to follow. After a few locals came up half eaten, the mob decided Carlos did it and did away with him. Poor Victor tried to save him, but the was next on the menu for the vampire. It was that night he was turned and Victor takes us to his past while he watches a young man approach him in that dark alley. It just so happens that the young boy, whose name is Dylan, reminds Victor of his ex-lover, Carlos. Carlos has been dead over 300 years and not once in all that time does Victor find another to love…Until Dylan.
Theirs is a rushed romance, and it just so happens that Dylan has a best friend named Ivy who meets Victor and instantly he raises the hairs on her neck. Smart girl! She puts doubt in Dylan’s innocent mind and guess who picks up on it? Yes, Victor. What does he do? He kidnaps her, bites her to turn her to a vamp but is stopped in the process…Why does he want to turn her, why doesn’t he just kill her and be done with it…Because Ivy is Dylan’s friend. What a nice guy. So, he’s stopped in the midst of turning her because Dylan shows up at the house and the vampire leaves her barely alive on the floor to go tend to his lover. While I kept wondering if she was alive at the end of the story, Victor was planning his future. With Dylan none the wiser as to what Victor really was or what he’d done to Ivy. I still have no idea if she ever made it. Last I heard she was dying I think in Victors coffin.
This is this authors first book out and it’s a promising start. Zachary sure knows how to put the story together, the sex is hot, and he did a good job of bringing Victor to the forefront. I would have liked to spend more time with Dylan and would have loved to know what in the world became of Ivy. And I would like to know if Victor turns Dylan too or?
If you need a short vamp read to fill in an hour or so, give this a try. I’m glad I was able to read a new author!
Keep them coming Zachary.