Nights of Passion is excited to welcome Katie Salidas!
Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. Costumes. Candy. Crazy parties that will no doubt end up leaving a trail of social media fodder for years to come.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve got a few blackmail photos floating around. And you know you do too….
It may be the night where the veil is thinnest allowing a peek into the otherworld, but truth be told, it’s a night to step out of your own skin and embrace your fantasy life. We all wear the mask of normalcy in our daily lives. In our interactions with others we have to maintain the appearance of what is expected. You wear the business suit when you’re heading into a meeting. You don the apron when you are cooking for a dinner party. You glam it up to the max when you’re about to paint the town red. But, on Halloween, you can throw caution to the wind and let the mask slip. Sure, they call it a costume, but really it’s just revealing your own secret alter ego. Living the fantasy if only for that one night. You can be whatever your imagination dreams up, or play as a character in your favorite story. Undercover agent. Deadly and mysterious vampire. Mistress of Enchantment. Dragon rider. Hey, maybe we you want to be a sexy nurse. It’s all good!
Dammit, I am the mother of freaking dragons. So, that’s the costume I’m wearing this year. Well, my own version of it. Try as I might, I just can’t seem to get my dark hair to go platinum blonde. But hey, they make wigs for that, right?
That’s the beauty of this holiday. And one of the many reasons I became a writer. Living in the fantasy. As an author, I’m allowed to exist (in my head) in fantastical realms on a daily basis. I can experience the magic and go on adventures with characters I wish I could be. In my Chronicles of the Uprising series, I lived the life of Mira, a Vampire Gladiator fighting for survival on a quest for freedom. In my Olde Town Pack series, I ran with the wolves of Massachusetts, uncovering secret plots to destroy the fragile peace between the supernatural races. And as my Author alter ego, Rozaline Sparks, I met a pair of sexy vampire twins at the Fantasy Fetish Halloween ball here in Las Vegas.
Daily life takes its toll, we all know that. And for that reason, I believe so many adults really latch on to this holiday. We can claim it is just a bit of fun, but the truth is, donning those costumes is as much therapy as it is fun. We all need that night to truly let loose.
Want to know a little about me?
Find all my books on Amazon.
Katie Salidas is a best-selling author known for her unique genre-blending style that led to the award-winning Paranormal Dystopian Thriller: Dissension.
Host of the Indie YouTube Talk show, “Spilling Ink”, nerd, Doctor Who fangirl, Las Vegas Native, and SuperMom to three awesome kids, Katie gives new meaning to the term sleep-deprived.
Since 2010 she’s penned four bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, and the RONE award-winning Chronicles of the Uprising. And as her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.
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Chronicles of the Uprising (about each book in the series)
In the dark, militant society that rose up in the aftermath of the apocalypse, vampires once thought to be mythical, have been discovered, assimilated, and enslaved. Used for blood sport in the gladiatorial arena, their immortal lives are allowed to continue only for the entertainment of the human masses.
Mira, a proven warrior with a blade as sharp as her fangs, has spent the last thirty years in the arena, where life and death are determined by the stroke of a sword. Finally she sees an opportunity to escape. But the path to freedom leads her straight to Lucian Stavros, the city’s regent, a human, and the man directly responsible for her people’s enslavement.
Mira’s survival depends on her ability to play the deadliest game of all: to earn the trust of her enemy.
Narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Magistrate, and with the Iron Gate army close behind, Mira travels west, toward the coast with three human fugitives, searching for the mythical land of Sanctuary.
After encountering a pack of wolf shifters, headed by the charismatic-and brazen-Stryker, Mira learns that Sanctuary is real after all.
Caldera Grove: home of the Otherkin. Hidden in the mouth of a dormant volcano, it has protected its residents from humans since the early days following the great cataclysm.
For Mira- a vampire-Caldera is a land of peace; an escape from the relentless persecution of the humans who once enslaved her, and an end to the daily struggle and bloodshed of being a gladiator.
For the humans accompanying her, Caldera Grove means death. Trespassers are destroyed before they can penetrate its borders.
Follow Stryker toward freedom and peace, or honor the humans who risked everything to aid her escape, and stand and fight against the army of humans closing in on them?
A choice must be made, and Mira alone will have to shoulder the consequences.
Peace is an illusion. Blood, violence, and death follow Mira like shadows.
Battle lines have been drawn between human and Otherkin, and a bloody war is on the horizon: one that will end in either a shift in the world’s balance of power…or ultimate destruction.
In spite of their strength, powers, and a rage known only by the oppressed, the Otherkin are evenly matched by the superior numbers of the human army. To tip the balance in their favor, the Otherkin need more soldiers – and their only options are the Gladiators of New Haven city.
Mira is sent across enemy lines to recruit any able-bodied vampires to her cause. But what she discovers along the way will blur the lines between friends and enemies. Seeds of doubt weaken Mira’s allegiance, and she finds herself torn between the old masters who used her as entertainment and the new ones who consider her as nothing more than a weapon.
As the war draws near, Mira will have to decide what she is truly fighting for.
Peace is just a breath between battles for Mira. Hardened by slavery and war, she longs for the simpler life, knowing that it might never be hers to enjoy. There is always another battle waiting to be fought, another foe on the horizon. Peace between humans, vampires, and otherkin may be nothing more than a dream, but Mira holds out hope.
It is during this brief respite that Mira is gifted one of her greatest weapons. Though it brings with it memories of a time when she was not so jaded, it also comes with a reminder of terrible pain and loss. Awakening deeply hidden emotions within her, if Mira can use this to her advantage, she’ll have a new ally in the next battle to come.
Immortality is never guaranteed…
As much as Mira dreams of a simpler existence, blood and violence are her way of life. Former gladiator turned freedom fighter, she has carved a trail from New Haven to Caldera Grove and back, freeing her people, the vampires, from enslavement by the humans.
But with victory almost within reach, a new and powerful enemy emerges. One who’ll be satisfied with nothing less than complete subjugation–or destruction–of all supernatural beings.
With a secret army of his own, he’s more than prepared for any resistance Mira and her patchy rebel forces can offer, and demands their immediate surrender.
Never one to back away from a fight, Mira believes she’s ready for anything. But with the battle lines drawn she will be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Kill or be killed.
Death is the easy way out.
The sole driving force toward peace, Mira, had sacrificed everything. But her strength alone was not enough.
It will take the strength of many to finish what she started. As the world lurches toward war, each party has much to lose. Human. Vampire. Otherkin. The only outcomes are peace… or death.
Other Series and Books by Katie Salidas are:
The Olde Town Pack: Mated, Moonlight, and Being Alpha
The Immortalis Series: Carpe Noctem, Hunters & Prey, Pandora’s Box, Soulstone, Dark Salvation
Little Werewolf Series: Pretty Little Werewolf, Curious Little Werewolf, Fearless Little Werewolf
(Contest! Contest! Contest!)
What are you going to be for Halloween?
Let me know by commenting and include your email, and you’ll be entered in my CHRONICLES OF THE UPRISING giveaway.
One winner will be selected to receive the entire Ebook collection of the CHRONICLES OF THE UPRISING!
(ebook formats: Kindle and Epub)
Books in the series: Dissension, Complication, Revolution, Transition, Retribution, and Annihilation
This contest is worldwide and ends at midnight Eastern time on Oct. 30th, 2017. Void where prohibited by law. Good luck!
Thanks, Susan, for having me on Nights of Passion!