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Friday, October 23, 2020

UF/PNR author Celia Breslin: Carina’s Halloween Cocktail and Snack + giveaway

ORIGINS Tranquilli Bloodline Book 3 
by Celia Breslin
September 9, 2019 
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Champagne Book Group
ISBN: 9781393477938
Number of pages: 250
Word Count: 94,000
Cover Artist: Melody Pond
The Chosen One is home. Bad little vampires beware…

In HAVEN & DESTINY, San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli finds love and fights her vampire family’s enemies. Now, in ORIGINS…

En route to reunite with her estranged father in Italy, Carina is kidnapped by a human organization intent on vampire genocide. Beaten, starved, and forced to fight fellow captives, she finally manages to escape. Along the way, she encounters the group’s leaders—their identities shock her to the core.

Once home, Carina warns her family of this new threat, but dear old dad is missing. In his absence, the Tribunal, the governing body for all vampirekind, lies in disarray, with an old enemy making a bid for her father’s throne. What’s worse? The usurper wants her for his queen…and slave.

With a human-vampire war looming on one side and a vampire-vampire battle brewing on the other, Carina will have to rally her troops, take back the throne, and fulfill her destiny as the Chosen One. If not, her whole world will fall, taking everyone she loves with it.

The car stopped. […] I couldn’t convince myself to step out. […] What if this was a freaking, injection-induced hallucination? What if I was still back in the damn prison? 

Besnik helped me out. […] 

The mansion’s mammoth double doors eased open. The man illuminated in the doorway chased away the numbness, pumped my heart so hard it might pound right out of my chest. He opened his arms wide, calling me. My lips curled upward in the first true smile I’d cracked since the last time he’d held me in his arms. That man, my man, loved me more than any other on this whole damn planet. 


I ran to him. 

Alexander’s arms closed around me, his hold so tight I could barely catch a breath. Tremors ran through his hard body, again and again. 

“Carina,” he croaked, voice sandpaper rough. “Carina.” 

Nuzzling his neck, I planted fevered kisses along his tan, heated skin. He’d fed recently to be this warm under my lips. Temptation had me licking his pounding pulse, nipping at the vein. Couldn’t resist it. My fangs slid home. 

Energy exploded between us, our mate bond bursting to life and tearing away whatever magical wall had separated us for far too long. My bite, the catalyst, his blood the cure. Awash in the force of our reunion, Alexander staggered then clutched me closer while I pulled out of his neck and laved the rapidly healing holes. 

As our power continued to bubble and stitch us back together, he whisked us into the grand entryway, planted my ass on an ornate, antique cabinet, and devoured my mouth like a starving man. His hands roamed everywhere, searching, cataloguing, as if to reassure himself this wasn’t a hallucination, that I was really here, in his arms, relatively unharmed. 

The more he kissed me, the more those wonderful, golden threads of our connection resurrected inside me, around me, between us, and I felt like freaking Sleeping Beauty awakened from her magical slumber by a kiss from her fated handsome prince. The silly thought made me giggle against Alexander’s seeking mouth, and then I was crying while my love cupped my face between his hands, wiped away my tears with his thumbs, and pressed tender kisses to my forehead, my cheeks, the tip of my nose… 

“Alexander.” I fisted his shirt tight. Please, God, let him be real. “I… I don’t want to wake up.” Please, don’t let this end. 

His smoky blue eyes bored into mine, his brown hair spiked in every direction, a bit longer than in my memory. It’s not a dream, baby. You’re here. You’re home. 

Oh my God, I can hear you. I swiped some willful bits of hair away from his forehead, touched his full lips, ran my fingers along his strong jaw, taking in the whole handsome, bad-boy package. You’re back in my head. I’d never been happier to have someone inside my mind. Silence was seriously overrated. 

And back in your arms.

Carina’s Halloween Cocktail and Snack 
Carina Tranquilli, the star of my Tranquilli Bloodline series, owns two dance clubs and has been known to mix a wicked cocktail. Here’s one of her favorites, plus a savory appetizer she likes to eat with it. Enjoy while watching your favorite spooky movies or reading a spooky tale… 

The Bloody Carina 
* 1-2 oz. vodka (optional) 
* 4 oz. tomato juice (Carina prefers V-8) 
* ½ - 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce (Carina makes her own!) 
* dash of celery salt to taste 
* pepper to taste 
* Tabasco to taste 
* dash of lemon juice 
* twist of lemon as garnish 

Pair your tasty beverage with Deviled Eggs. 

Carina likes Mary Nolan’s recipe on the Food Network 
* 6 hard-boiled egg yolks (set aside egg-white halves for later) 
* ¼ c mayo (Carina uses Vegenaise for an egg-free, dairy free option) 
* 1 tsp vinegar 
* 1 tsp yellow mustard (or to taste. More, if you like it tangy like Carina) 
* 1/8 tsp salt (optional in Carina’s opinion) 
* black pepper to taste 
* smoke paprika for garnish 

Mix. Dispense into the egg white halves. Eat!

About the Author
Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for werewolves, vampires, and the Fae. Her stories are action-packed and typically include one of the many varieties of romantic entanglements: fated mates, second chance, rescue romance, opposites attract, friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, and more.

When not writing, you’ll find Celia exercising, reading a good book, hanging with her family, or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies, as well as everything in the Marvel Universe franchise. Of course!

Spooktacular Giveaway 

1 $20 USD, US e-gift card


  1. Thanks for the blurb and excerpt. Sounds like she is going to have one heck of a time.

    1. Hi Victoria, Yes, indeed, Carina is put through quite a series of challenges in this novel. It was a lot of fun to write. :-)

  2. HI Sharon and Team, Thanks for hosting my vampires on your blog for the Spooktacular Tour! Always a pleasure to hang on your blog. :-)

  3. Replies
    1. Hi Joseph, Thanks! Hope you enjoy the series. :)

  4. thanks this sounds like a great book