Erotic Author Spotlight Series: Grey Francis & Bound To A Vampire

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This week’s erotic author in the spotlight is Grey Francis, author of the Into The Dark Woods series and the newly released Bound To A Vampire erotic book. You can find out more about Grey below, including a revealing Q&A and a hot freebie excerpt.

If you’d like to read about other erotic authors you can find the Erotic Author Spotlight Series here. Erotic author and interested in your own free feature post at Cara Sutra? Find the call for submissions page here.

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– Cara Sutra

Biography

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Grey Francis, a native of Los Angeles, has been writing since she was a teen, penning stories about ghosts, witches and vampires, among other denizens of the night. After graduating with a B.A. in Journalism from San Diego State University, Grey was employed in the New York publishing world before relocating back to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. She later explored her fascination with the paranormal as a screenwriter, but it wasn’t until the birth of her series, Into the Dark Woods, that she found her voice as an erotic novelist. When Grey isn’t writing her next book, she is busy full-time mother of two children.

For more information on Grey Francis or Bound to a Vampire, please visit: www.greyfrancis.com or www.amazon.com.

New Release: Bound To A Vampire

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Author Grey Francis Releases Bound to a Vampire, First in the Into the Dark Woods Paranormal Romance Series

Los Angeles, CA –Author Grey Francis announces the release of Bound to a Vampire, Volume 1 (ISBN 978-1-5023-3800-6), the first erotic paranormal romance novel in the Into the Dark Woods series featuring the vampire trio Cassandra Monteclaire, Killian Monteclaire, and Alastair St. Germaine.  A psychologically compelling and literary erotic novel, Bound to a Vampire combines the themes of sexual awakening with paranormal adventure and creates an admirable heroine in Cassandra, who must find her inner strength to combat demons from her past and her future.

Set in modern-day New York, Bound to a Vampire tells the story of Cassandra, a three-hundred-and-sixty-year-old vampire with healing powers. Her human life ends three centuries earlier when, condemned as a witch, she is rescued and turned by the sexually dominant and emotionally enthralling Master Vampire, Killian. Bonded in an erotic trio with their Protector, the brooding and ardent Alastair, the three live an exciting and dangerous life full of love, decadence, and dark passion. But when Killian suddenly vanishes, Cassandra and Alastair face an ever-changing and threatening world, where they struggle with the loss of their mate while trying to protect the vampire empire from destruction by human armies called Torians. Centuries later, when a close friend of Cassandra’s discovers that Killian is alive and executing members of the allied Sentient organization, Killian becomes a target for elimination. Cassandra vows to find him before time runs out, but she must first journey into her past and face her own demons before she can save Killian and reunite the vampire triad.

Filled with erotic passion, great tragedy, and dark mystery, Bound to a Vampire is a turbulent thriller that delves into the history of vampires and the dramatic events that shaped them into the complex and powerful beings they have become. For fans of paranormal vampire series such as The Vampire Queen by Joey Hill and Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward, Francis creates a vibrant world where secrets abound and the dominant and submissive power exchange between mates is as essential to their survival as the blood they drink.

“As much as I enjoy reading about vampires in today’s world, I feel as if I rarely get to see their personal histories and the events and people – human and vampire – who have shaped them into their beautifully flawed selves,” said Francis. “I wanted more than a glimpse into these histories. I wanted to be in those candlelit bedchambers, ride in those carriages, run through those moonlit forests and walk through the teeming streets of 17th century London. And by giving my vampires their histories and intertwining them with the present, I hope to give them the key to unlocking their hearts.”

Grey Francis, a native of Los Angeles, has been writing since she was a teen, penning stories about ghosts, witches and vampires, among other denizens of the night. After graduating with a B.A. in Journalism from San Diego State University, Grey was employed in the New York publishing world before relocating back to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. She later explored her fascination with the paranormal as a screenwriter, but it wasn’t until the birth of her series, Into the Dark Woods, that she found her voice as an erotic novelist. When Grey isn’t writing her next book, she is busy full-time mother of two children.

Q&A with Grey Francis

  1. Bound to a Vampire is an erotic paranormal romance that takes place in both modern-day New York and 17th century Europe. What inspired you to write a vampire novel set in those times and places?

I wanted to set my novel in the present and in the 17th century, going back in forth through memories, in order to show how the past shapes a vampire after centuries of living. This time-shifting allowed me to show vampires not only living, but being hunted, having love affairs and experiencing great tragedy.  I also wanted to take my readers deeper into my characters’ histories, exploring how they became vampires, how they found each other, how they lived, and ultimately how they lost one another. Since the 17th century is one of my favorite time periods, and a dramatic contrast to the times we currently live in, setting the book during that time allows us to understand the past, so we can sympathize with a particular vampire’s motivations and desires.

  1. Bound to a Vampire features the female healer, Cassandra, who is turned into a vampire by the mysterious and powerful Master Vampire, Killian, and who becomes the member of a sexual triad that includes the dark and brooding Protector, Alastair. What’s special about Cassandra and how did you come to choose her as the main character for your first Into the Dark Woods novel?

This genre is dominated by male vampire protagonists. What I wanted to see was a strong female vampire, who is driven by ambition, passion and romance and willing to fight for those she loves. As a 17th century human midwife, Cassandra’s talents were misunderstood and feared, and ultimately she is persecuted as a witch. As a vampire, her former talents are transformed, giving her ability to heal and create life, making her very powerful. She goes from a simple peasant to vampire royalty. Flame haired with an exquisite kind of delicate beauty, Cassandra is spirited, strong-willed, and nurturing. She quickly finds herself in a passionate love triangle with her Sire and her Protector. Cassandra is the perfect compliment to each of them, but her true gift is her ability to bridge the gap between these two powerful males, whose love for one another is dark, tangled and complicated.

  1. There are strong erotic elements, including passages that describe submission and bondage, in Bound to a Vampire. What made you decide to pursue these thematic issues in your Into the Dark Woods series and in this new novel?

When I envisioned my vampires, I saw them as highly sexual creatures. But I didn’t think that vampires would express their sexuality the way most typical humans do. BDSM and the power exchange between a dominant and a submissive rang true to me in terms of the vampires’ natures and their ability to attain nourishment from that exchange. I also think there is a connection between pain and pleasure with vampires. The vampire bite, at least in my books, is both painful and euphoric. The pain some submissives crave, as Alastair does, is a component of that particular crossover. There is also a strong psychological component to BDSM that parallels the emotional bonds within my vampire world. Some vampires, like Killian, are Masters and demand ultimate trust and surrender from their mates. In return, their submissive mates feel protected and ultimately loved.  This dynamic felt so organic to me, I believe it was the perfect way to structure the sexual relationships of my vampires.

  1. What do you find the most fascinating about the paranormal romance genre?

There are interesting fluctuations in what creatures are capturing the interests of readers. Recently, I’ve seen a popular rise in books about shape shifters, dragons, sexy demons and angelic warriors. A few years ago, the Fae world was popular.  Before that, it was witches. Many writers have been combining a number of different supernatural creatures in their books for years, creating very developed and complex worlds where vampires, shifters, Fae, and others creatures, co-existed to varying degrees of animosity and peace. I find many of them fascinating, and I faithfully follow a number of writers.  And yet, I see vampire stories enduring, being recreated, the rules of their worlds ever changing and expanding. For me, the vampire remains as intriguing and sexually charged as he was 30 years ago when I picked up Interview with a Vampire.

  1. What would you like readers to remember most about you and your books?

The characters. They get under our skin and we can’t shake them.  What I would like people to remember are the emotional layers that exist between my characters as they develop and evolve. All three main characters go through transformations, be it with through love, sex, power, loss, or reconciliation. Their pain haunts us. Their love grips us. It is these emotional resonances that I hope stay with my readers.

  1. Are you working on a new Into the Dark Woods novel and, if so, what can you tell us about it?

Yes. The second book in the Into the Dark Woods series is called A King in Chains, and it focuses on Alastair and his dynamic yet tumultuous history with Killian. The story also explores Alastair’s present day struggle to move forward as king without Killian by his side, while battling a powerful and malevolent vampire from his past who threatens everything he holds dear. In order to save his kingdom, Alastair must make the ultimate sacrifice for those he loves. That’s all I can say for now!

Free Excerpt

Bound to a Vampire by Grey Francis

Book One in Into the Dark Woods Series

Synopsis of book and Excerpt

Set in modern-day New York, Bound to a Vampire tells the story of Cassandra, a three-hundred-and-sixty-year-old vampire with healing powers. Her human life ends three centuries earlier when, condemned as a witch, she is rescued and turned by the sexually dominant and emotionally enthralling Master Vampire, Killian. Bonded in an erotic trio with their Protector, the brooding and ardent Alastair, the three live an exciting and dangerous life full of love, decadence, and dark passion. But when Killian suddenly vanishes, Cassandra and Alastair spend decades searching for him, struggling to survive in an ever-changing and threatening world without the Master they are bonded to.

Until now. Centuries later, through a human ally, Cassandra’s discovers Killian has surfaced, but is targeted for elimination by a human watchdog organization. Cassandra vows to find him before time runs out, but she must first journey into her torrid past and face her own demons and the events leading up to Killian disappearance before she can save her Master and reunite the vampire triad.

Going back and forth from the 21st century to the 17th and 18th centuries, we get the flavor of the erotic vampire world Cassandra and her mates inhabit. Filled with erotic passion, BDSM, great tragedy, and dark mystery, Bound to a Vampire is a turbulent thriller that delves into the history of vampires and the dramatic events that shaped them into the complex and powerful beings they have become. For fans of paranormal erotic vampire series such as The Vampire Queen by Joey Hill, Francis creates a vibrant world where secrets abound and the dominant and submissive power exchange between mates is as essential to their survival as the blood they drink.

Note from the Author

The following excerpt from the Chapter entitled “The Third.” This scene takes place in1662. Killian, the Master vampire and Dominant, Cassandra, his vampire Mate and submissive, and Alastair, their human Protector/warrior and a Switch, are about to become a sexual three-some for the first time. They are in Killian’s bedchamber and Alastair is being combative and arduous (he has his reasons), but more than anything, he is provoking the Master who he loves and whose domination and punishment he desperately needs. This is being told from Cassandra’s perspective, who wants more than anything to watch her two mates together. She has experienced bondage and discipline with Killian, but she is curious about about the darker place Killian and Alastair once shared and are about to reawaken. 

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As he revels in his own bad behavior, I am fairly certain he does not see the darkening of Killian’s eyes. I brace myself, wanting to warn him. Or throw myself in front of him.

Or just watch.

Killian appears behind Alastair, clutching him by the throat. “This little temper tantrum is amusing. And altogether typical of you,” Killian says in a cool voice. “You finally get all that you desire and you haven’t the slightest idea what to do with it. Happiness is a frightening prospect, is it not, dear love? I should know. It took me only five hundred years to deserve the right to mine. Much easier to carry around all that pain than simply to let it go. Pain becomes like an old friend after a while. We hardly know what we would do without it. After a while, you doubt your worthiness of such gifts of love, don’t you?”

Alastair silently seethes, his chest rising and falling under Killian’s hold while his throat remains locked in Killian’s unyielding clutch. Killian lowers his face, pressing it against Alastair’s.

“Yes, my love, I know you well,” he says a sensual murmur. “But let us call this evening’s performance what it really is. You wish to lash out because more than anything, you wish to be punished. You need your pain, don’t you, Pet? That, and the fact that you drank the forbidden nectar. A highly punishable crime. But you knew that when you did it.”

Alastair turns his head as much as Killian will let him, glaring at him with hard, unrepentant eyes.

“She is mine, too,” he growls through clenched teeth. “I should hardly require permission to taste my own mate.”

Killian chuckles grimly, stroking the pulse of Alastair’s jugular. “Now, Alastair, you know until you are vampire, it does not work that way.”

Killian wraps an arm around Alastair’s neck and drags him backward to where the chains hang from the ceiling. Killian moves so quickly, his strength so overpowering, there is no time for Alastair to fight what is happening to him. Killian roughly yanks his arms up, clamping manacles around his wrists.

His arms suspended above his head, Alastair growls, pulling violently against the restraints, an impressive barrage of obscenities spilling from his mouth.

Killian’s eyes shift upward, his mind manipulating the pulley that raises and lowers the chain. Alastair is lifted off the ground, suspended by his wrists, his feet dangling. He flails and kicks wildly at Killian, who remains largely indifferent, staying just out of reach.

“Calm yourself, Pet. You will only make it worse for yourself.”

“I am yours to punish, not hers. Do not humiliate me in this manner!” he cries, something desperate in his voice now.

“Your Master decides these things, not you, Alastair. Stop fighting it.”

“Go fuck yourself! ” Alastair snarls, his fury rolling through the room. “You bloody self-righteous, sadistic bastard! You think you know what’s best for me. You know fucking nothing! Nothing! All you know is what’s best for you!”

“We both know that’s not true,” Killian says in an even voice. “I remember quite well how much you enjoy being on exhibition. And let us not forget, if we are to be a True Third, then Cassandra must know this part of us.”

With a strike of claws, Alastair’s shirt is shredded and torn from his body, revealing sculpted biceps and pectoral muscles straining under his own weight. Wearing only his leather breeches, slung low on his waist, I cannot help but admire the hard masculine beauty of this captured warrior—the hollows of his stretched stomach muscles, the alluring v-shape extending down his hip, and the sizable bulge straining against his leather breeches. Killian moves behind him, a hand snaking around his waist, unlacing Alastair’s breeches, then yanking the leathers down in one snapping motion to his knees. Alastair, seeing his power being stripped away, throws his head back and lets out a pained groan of defeat. Killian kneels behind his captive, roughly pulling the breeches to Alastair’s ankles and tightly winding the material there, binding his ankles together. Killian takes several steps back to survey his work.

Strung up, naked and panting from his wild flailing, Alastair’s hard biceps now visibly strain under the suspension, and I wonder how long Killian plans to keep him like this. Already, I can see the metal cuffs biting into his wrists. Despite his anger and exertion, Alastair is powerfully erect, his magnificent cock standing to his belly. I notice that his entire pubic area is shaved clean of hair, as smooth as a vampire’s and I realize this must be one of the preparations Killian demands of him.

Killian’s eyes narrow as he edges closer to his captive, his eyes sweeping over every inch of the restrained flesh. Liking what he sees, Killian lets out a low animal rumble. Alastair squirms under his Master’s hungry gaze, his hostile grey eyes shooting back daggers.

Not certain of my role in all this, I tentative approach. I am startled by a fierce territorial growl from Killian, stopping me in my tracks.

“I will tell you when you can enter the scene, Cassandra,” he says without taking his eyes off his captive. “Until then, go sit there on the floor against the wall. I want you to see everything I do to him.”

As I often do with Killian’s reprimands, I feel the sting of his hard tone. With a lump in my throat, I do as I’m told, hugging my knees to my chest. Killian now moves up close to his captive, wrapping his hand around Alastair’s cock with complete ownership, cuffing him up and down, while his other hand cups the heavy testicles.

Responding to Killian’s firm male touch, Alastair lets out a strangled moan.

“Only way you can share, Kil?” he rasps. “String me up and take away what little power I have. Afraid of how much she wants me?”

A husky chuckle from Killian, nothing less than entertained. He releases his firm hold on Alastair’s testicles, his hand sliding over the male’s waist and down his backside. Here he spreads those muscled cheeks apart and slides two fingers deep into Alastair’s body with practiced ease.

Alastair gasps, his body bucking rebelliously. “No, Kil, not that. I won’t last…oh God…”

“Behave, Pet. Or I will bind that troublesome mouth of yours.”

“You think I give a rat’s arse what you do to me? Has it not all been done already?” Alastair shouts, his voice catching on the jagged edge of his emotions.

His voice claws into my chest and twists my heart. I see Killian stiffen, struck down by something painful in their shared memories. But it is only a moment. Undeterred, he continues plunging his fingers in and out, deep enough to stroke the sensitive gland within. He does this while reaching around and fisting Alastair’s cock with his other hand, moving in a steady rhythm up and down the thick shaft. Within seconds, Alastair is panting hard.

“I don’t need to remind you of my rules, do I, Pet?” Killian purrs in his ear. “You may not come until I give you permission.”

Alastair groans in frustration, throwing his head back, sweat pouring out of him from the strain of his chains. Killian suddenly withdraws, leaving Alastair in this near-bursting state, twisting on his chains. He strides over to the odd table he pulled out earlier and gives it a shove with his foot, sending it sliding across the floor, stopping directly in front of Alastair.

“Bloody hell.” Alastair curses under his breath, the dread on his face telling me he knows exactly what this is and what is about to happen.

It is more of stool than a table, the top approximately two feet by two feet, and covered in smooth leather, with four prominent legs on the outermost corners. But I now see, as Killian positions it in front of Alastair, hitting him at just the right height, the bench is perfect for bending a human body over.

Killian moves behind Alastair again, stretching a leather gag across his mouth and tying it tightly behind his head. Alastair yells his objection through the gag, thrashing his head from side to side, his eyes burning with fury and fight.

“I warned you, Pet. Did you think I was playing? You knew how rough this is going to get and yet you push me,” Killian says, smacking Alastair’s bottom with a resounding slap. “That tells me a great deal.”

Alastair’s body almost sags at these words. Killian removes the thick bindings imprisoning his ankles, and the chains release just enough to set him back on the tips of his feet, taking the some of the pressure off his upper body. Working fast, Killian kicks Alastair’s legs far apart, binding each ankle with a leather strap to the outside edge of the wooden legs.

With a flick of his mind, Killian releases the chains from the ceiling, which clatter down on top of the stool in front of Alastair. With a hand on Alastair’s lower back, he firmly pushes his captive down, flat on his stomach, bending him at his waist. Killian then moves to the opposite side of the stool, pulling the chains and drawing his captive forward by his manacled wrists. Killian pulls the chain until Alastair’s belly is completely stretched over the leather top and his upper body is draped over the other side, his head hanging down. Killian then stretches each arms down to the opposite two legs and binds them tightly so that Alastair lies spread-eagle, face down, tied over this table.

From behind, Alastair’s muscled arse is enticingly spread and slightly lifted, his testicles and cock left exposed between his open legs.

Killian circles his captive, looking at him from every angle.

“Beautiful,” he says in a pleased, lustful voice, his firm touch tracing up and down the taut musculature of Alastair’s back and arse. “I have missed seeing you like this, Pet.”

I sit transfixed, awed by Killian’s mastery and by the delectable display he has made of our mate. Killian flips open the lid of the rectangular box. Inside, I see a braided flogger, a cane, and a whip. Killian’s fingers dance over these instruments, finally landing on the menacing-looking flogger. This is nothing like the soft leather tendrils he used on me. This has six braided tails of hard leather that look like they could rip open skin at first strike.

Killian snaps it in the air, letting Alastair know his intent. “Now, my dark angel, about that punishment.”

– Grey Francis

 

 

If you want to read more from Bound to a Vampire, the book is available on Amazon or if you just want to find out more about the book and the Series, Into the Dark Woods, please visit my website at greyfrancis.com or facebook.com/greyfrancisauthor.

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