Character Interview: Dr. Lili Banta, from Bound by Blood by Margo Bond Collins

Bound by Blood
A Night Shift Novella by Margo Bond Collins
Urban Fantasy, Horror

Release Date: November 10, 2014

Character Interview: Dr. Lili Banta

  1. Lili, quick. Describe yourself in seven words or less!

Filipino-American, Texan, doctor, epidemiologist, scientist.

  1. Tell us something about your current hometown.

I recently moved back to Houston. I went to medical school in Maine because I wanted to get as far away from home as I could—but eventually, I was ready to return. I’m staying with my mother—my Inay—until I find a new place. That might take longer than I initially planned, because my ex-boyfriend just called me in to consult on a strange case at his hospital.

  1. What’s the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?

When I was a child, my grandmother warned me about the aswang hunting the children at my school. An aswang is a woman who turns into a monster at night and attacks women and young children. I didn’t believe in them . . . but I might be changing my mind.

  1. What’s your favourite food?

I love the traditional dish adobo from the Philippines. My grandmother—my Inang—made it with chicken and peppercorns, cooked in soy sauce and olive oil, and lots and lots of garlic. At the last minute, she took it out and pan-fried it to get the edges just crispy enough. Mmmm.

  1. Can you tell us a little about what to expect in Bound by Blood?

When I get called in to consult on Will’s case, we’re all surprised by what we discover. I don’t want to give away too much, but my past and Will’s present case are all tied together in ways we never expected.

 

  1. Can you tell us something about yourself we don’t learn from the book?

My father died when I was very young—I don’t even remember him at all.

  1. What is your author Margo Bond Collins like?

She’s kind of quiet until you get to know her—she likes to sit back and watch for a while before jumping into any kind of social situation. But then it’s hard to shut her up! She grew up in Texas, and after living all over the country, has come back to North Central Texas, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and a bunch of pets.

  1. Name five items in your purse or pockets right now.

Two IDs: one for the CDC in Houston, the other for Houston General Hospital. My car keys and cell phone. A scrunchie to tie my hair back. A pen. And that’s pretty much all my lab coat pockets have room for!

  1. If you had one chance to change anything about your life, what would it be?

I wish I had believed my grandmother—that I had figured this out before someone got hurt . . .

Sometimes the monsters in the dark are real…
As a child, Lili Banta ignored her grandmother’s cryptic warnings to avoid children outside their Filipino community in Houston. When many of those other children fell ill, Lili ignored the whispers in her community that a vampiric aswang walked among them.
Years later, Lili returns to Houston to work for the Center for Disease Control—but she is plagued by dark, bloody dreams that consume her nights and haunt her days. When a strange illness attacks the city’s children, Lili is called in to find its source, and maybe even a cure.
But in order to save the city, she must first acknowledge the sinister truth: A monster stalks the night—closer than she ever expected….
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Excerpt

Sitting straight up in bed, I gasped and threw myself back against the headboard, the thud dying away along with the remaining shreds of my dream.

But the word still ricocheted through my mind.

Aswang.

Until yesterday, I hadn’t thought of the term in years—not since I’d left Houston for med school in Maine, determined to get as far away from home as I could.

But this resurgence of the same, odd illness that had swept my city years before was apparently also dredging up the old stories from deep in my subconscious: the aswang, a vampiric woman who lived a quiet life by day and fed on children in the night, flying back home on bat-wings just before dawn.

My unconscious mind had clearly also expanded on the idea, casting me in the role of aswang and adding schizoid conversations with a chorus of internal voices.

Great. I’m insane in my dreams.

And I’m a monster.

Shuddering, I wiped my hand across my gritty, raw eyelids.

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About the Author

Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She has published a number of novels, including Sanguinary, Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.

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Connect with Margo

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/margobondcollins

Email: MargoBondCollins@gmail.com

Website: http://www.MargoBondCollins.net

Blog: http://www.MargoBondCollins.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin @MargoBondCollin

Google+: https://plus.google.com/116484555448104519902

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mbondcollins/

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Book Blitz: Lessons in Love by Clarissa Carlyle

Lessons in Love (Lessons in Love #1)
Release Date: 02/24/14
New Adult
183 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
Book 1 in the Lessons in Love New Adult Romance
seriesThe Lessons in Love series follows the story of high school cheerleader Alex
Heron. She’s pretty, blonde and popular. Alex seems to have it all, but she’s
hiding a dark secret from her past that threatens to destroy her future. Only
the handsome new math teacher, Mark Simmons, can see past Alex’s façade to the
real girl hiding inside. He wants to help Alex overcome her past, but will
their developing feelings for each other get in the way?

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Excerpt

The shirt did little to conceal his impressive physique. Unlike other teachers at Woodsdale, who were as wide as they were tall, Mr. Simmons arguably appeared to be in better shape than half of the school’s football team.

He watched Alex with angry impatience. There was no lustful longing in his eyes, his gaze never drifted to either her breasts or her legs, both of which were teasingly exposed. Mr. Simmons seemed immune to her female allure, which made him a notable adversary and someone Alex couldn’t easily win over with her charm alone. However, she had nothing else in her arsenal that day other than all-out rudeness.

“Why don’t I want to read the note?” Mr. Simmons asked.

“Because it’s of a sexual nature,” Alex answered with surprising honesty, causing most of the class to giggle.

Mr. Simmons, however, remained unmoved, not even flinching at the revelation.

“To read it would make you complicit, and the last thing a new teacher needs is a sex scandal.” Alex kept her voice sickly sweet, hoping to at least infuriate him.

Books in the Lessons in Love series:
Lessons in Love
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Letters of Love
http://bit.ly/LettersofLove

Living with Love
http://bit.ly/LivingwithLove

About the Author
I have been an avid reader and and writer since my earliest school days. Reading was my first and earliest passions, often seeking the safe sanctuary of my room or the library to read everything I could. My favorite has been romance. I penned some romantic poetry in high school and was winning school awards for my short stories when I was just 16. In college I would hibernate in the library for days at a time, consuming every short story and novel I could find. My diploma says Bachelors in English Lit. which I’m very proud of.
I probably drink too much coffee and eat too much junk food, but to compensate do like running when the weather is nice. I love shopping in the mall even if I never find what I’m looking for. I’m a hopeful romantic who prefers novels with a happy ending.
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Winter Warm-Up Blog Hop: A Very Night-Shift Holiday ~ @MargoBondCollin

Winter Warm Up Blog Hop

Welcome to the Winter Warm-Up Blog Hop!

I have had an absolutely wonderful month, full of good news and cheer.

My book Sanguinary is up for the Kindle Hub Best Vampire Book of 2014 (if you’re on FB and feel like giving it a vote, feel free ~ just click here!)

My manuscript SKIN DEEP is one of five finalists in the Launching a STAR romance-writing contest.

The audio-book version of Bound by Blood was released.

And I’ve had a great writing month, working on several manuscripts.

So I’m going to share my good cheer by giving away a Night Shift series bundle: A Sanguinary ebook and Bound by Blood in either ebook or audiobook.

There’s also a GRAND PRIZE of a $75 gift card–be sure to enter to win!

You can enter to win my giveaway in two ways:

Join my Vampirarchy Street Team on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vampirarchy/

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Leave me a message telling me how you entered (if you do both, it’s worth two entries, and if you’ve already joined/subscribed, it’s worth an entry!) and what your favorite holiday tradition is.

Check out the books I’m giving away below, then HOP to the next participating blog!

Only fifty years left before vampires rule the world.

When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city’s vampire unit, she planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the department.

But she didn’t know then what she knows now: there’s a silent war raging between humans and vampires, and the vampires are winning.

So with the help of a disaffected vampire and an ex-cop addict, Cami is going undercover, determined to solve a series of recent murders, discover a way to overthrow the local Sanguinary government, and, in the process, help win the war for the human race.

But can she maintain her own humanity in the process? Or will Cami find herself, along with the rest of the world, pulled under a darkness she cannot oppose?

Sometimes the monsters in the dark are real…

As a child, Lili Banta ignored her grandmother’s cryptic warnings to avoid children outside their Filipino community in Houston. When many of those other children fell ill, Lili ignored the whispers in her community that a vampiric aswang walked among them.

Years later, Lili returns to Houston to work for the Quarantine Station of the Center for Disease Control—but she is plagued by dark, bloody dreams that consume her nights and haunt her days. When a strange illness attacks the city’s children, Lili is called in to find its source, and maybe even a cure.

But in order to save the city, she must first acknowledge the sinister truth: A monster stalks the night—closer than she ever expected….

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Sittin’ On The Porch With Kelly – Author/Publisher Margo Bond Collins – On Being Indie #amwriting

Margo Bond Collins:

Check out my guest post on Write with Kelly: “On Being Indie”

Originally posted on writewithkelly:

Today I’m sittin’ on the porch with Margo Bond Collins, author and publisher extraordinaire. We’re sipping on some sweet iced tea and talking about Margo’s journey from author to publisher. She has some great insight we can all learn from. Let’s listen…

Indie Publishing. It means a number of things these days, from self-publishing to publishing with a small press, to publishing with a bigger publisher that still isn’t one of the Big Five.

I’ve never thought of myself as entrepreneurial. In fact, if anyone had asked me two years ago if I wanted to start my own publishing company, I would have laughed. I didn’t want to publish. I just wanted to write.

But then I became a published author.

Don’t get me wrong—I love the publishing companies who have published my books. I wouldn’t change a thing about my experience with them. In fact, I have sequels planned…

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Book Blitz: After I Fall by Amity Hope

After I Fall
Release Date: 12/15/14
Summary from Goodreads:

When EmLynn’s dad loses his battle with
cancer, the last thing she wants is to move across the country to live with her
Mom. Her mom left her dad years ago to start a new, improved family with her
new, improved husband.
When Eric finds himself in the middle of a mess of someone else’s making, the
last thing he wants is to be dumped into the foster care system. He’s spent
most of his life on his own, so he doesn’t see the point of having a pretend
family now.

A chance meeting has them both thinking that maybe their new town of Roseville
isn’t so bad. But as they grow closer, an unknown enemy, along with a tangle of
secrets and a web of little white lies, may just be enough to make their
newfound love unravel completely.

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About the Author
A little bit about me…
I live in beautiful northern Minnesota with my two sons, two cats and our
Rottweiler.
If I’m not writing, or spending time with my kids, I’m most likely reading.
My next planned releases are:
After I Fall in mid-December
Avenge (Malice #2) will be out late January.
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Character Profile: Reese, from Sanguinary by Margo Bond Collins

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Character Profile

Name: Reese
Occupation: Former police officer
Species: Vampire
Speaks: English
Age: 35 human years + 8 years as a vampire
Height: 6’1″
Hair Color: Dark brown
Eyes: Green
Physical marks: Dimples

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EXCERPT: Description of Reese

“I’ll have to see that she gets over it,” a voice drawled from behind me. I whipped my head around in time to see a man standing up from a barstool behind me. I hadn’t even noticed he was there
God knows how I could have missed him.

He wore jeans and a dark blue button-down shirt. He had on dark brown cowboy boots, and as he turned away from the bar, he picked up a black felt cowboy hat from the seat next to him, placing it on his head. On anyone else, I might have assumed that the hats and boots were an affectation. On him, they looked perfect. He was utterly beautiful, with bright green eyes, and dark hair that curled down to barely brush the back of his collar.

I am undercover, I reminded myself sternly. Here to do a job.

When Garrett caught my gaze in his, flicking his glance toward the cowboy vamp, it was all I could do to keep from sighing aloud.

Would it have killed my partner to be a little more descriptive when he briefed me?

Of course that was the vampire cowboy I had to get close to tonight.

No making eyes at the informants, Cami.

But damn, he was hot.

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Sanguinary, by Margo Bond Collins
A Night Shift Novel

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Sanguinary-Night-Shift-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00MR5VGV8/

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sanguinary-margo-bond-collins/1120452301?ean=2940046208542

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/sanguinary-1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sanguinary/id925269933?mt=11

Paperback:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sanguinary-Night-Shift-Novel-1/dp/0990743322/
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sanguinary-margo-bond-collins/1120491882?ean=9780990743323
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Blurb:

Only fifty years left before vampires rule the world.

When Dallas police detective Cami Davis joined the city’s vampire unit, she planned to use the job as a stepping-stone to a better position in the department.

But she didn’t know then what she knows now: there’s a silent war raging between humans and vampires, and the vampires are winning.

So with the help of a disaffected vampire and an ex-cop addict, Cami is going undercover, determined to solve a series of recent murders, discover a way to overthrow the local Sanguinary government, and, in the process, help win the war for the human race.

But can she maintain her own humanity in the process? Or will Cami find herself, along with the rest of the world, pulled under a darkness she cannot oppose?

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About the Author

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Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She has published a number of novels, including Sanguinary, Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.
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Connect with Margo

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/margobondcollins
Email: MargoBondCollins@gmail.com
Website: http://www.MargoBondCollins.net
Blog: http://www.MargoBondCollins.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin @MargoBondCollin
Google+: https://plus.google.com/116484555448104519902
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy
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Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mbondcollins/

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