Monday, November 28, 2011

Tour: Deadly Pursuit by Nina Croft (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Welcome back lovelies! Today I'd like to welcome author Nina Croft who is stopping by on her book tour for the newest release in her Blood Hunter series, Deadly Pursuit! Nina is a new favorite author of mine who has created a fantastical world of exciting space adventures with sexy vampires and werewolves! I think Nina fits right in here at RBtW so I hope you'll enjoy her post! P.S. You can check out my review on this series *here*

I love the title of this blog – reading between the wines – it pretty much sums up my life – well reading and writing between the wines.
I’m Nina Croft. I’m English, but I live on an almond farm in the mountains of southern Spain. And on the farm, I have a small vineyard, which clings to the side of a mountain (so steep it has to be ploughed by mules) where I grow grapes and make red wine (my beverage of choice). Not on a big scale, just enough to keep us going – 500 liters or so.

I spend a lot of time talking about writing, so I’ll make a little detour here and talk briefly about wine making.  I love making wine, it’s like magic, and it’s really quite easy as long as you have lots of sunshine. All you do is grow the grapes, pick them (that’s the hard work, and we normally get the neighbors in to help), crush them, squeeze them, put the juice in a big barrel, and that’s it. There is natural yeast in the atmosphere here (in fact we’ve come to the conclusion that the air is around 14% proof—that’s my excuse anyway) so you don’t need to add anything. Some time later—you have wine.  Then you drink it!

Anyway, enough of wine (though honestly, it’s a fascinating subject) and on to why I’m really here, which is to talk about my latest release: Deadly Pursuit.
Deadly Pursuit is book 2 in my Blood Hunter series.
The series follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of the crew of the space ship, El Cazador de la Sangre, which means Blood Hunter in Spanish.
The novels are set in a future where man has fled to the stars (and on the subject of alcohol—in the future it’s been banned as deleterious to human health—though like me—the crew brew their own!) and there they have discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Extremely rare and exorbitantly expensive, Meridian is available only to a select few, and a new class has evolved—the Collective—super-rich and immortal, they rule the universe.
But as well as being science fiction, the Blood Hunter series also has a paranormal twist (I think I might have been lying under a fig tree, imbibing some of that wine, and thinking that absolutely anything is possible, when it came to the planning of this series.)
Book one, Break Out, focuses on Ricardo Sanchez, owner and pilot of El Cazador, who also happens to be a vampire and how he finds love with the beautiful, but mysterious, Skylar Rossario, who employs the crew to break her brother out of the Collective’s maximum security prison.
Book two, Deadly Pursuit, takes place in the fallout from Break out and follows the story of Skylar’s “brother”, Jonathon Decker, ex-prisoner and assassin who also just happens to be a werewolf, and who finds himself pursued by a very unlikely member of the crew.

Okay back to winemaking… or maybe wine drinking…

Title: Break Out
Author: Nina Croft
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance/Vamps
Length: Novella
Release Date: July 5th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-937044-04-6
Blood Hunter Book 1
Irreverent. Irresponsible. Insatiable. Who says immortals can't have any fun?
The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.
Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

Title: Deadly Pursuit (Blood Hunter, #2)

Author: Nina Croft
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance/Vamps/Shifters
Length: Novel
Release Date: October 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-88-6
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-89-3
BLOOD HUNTER SERIES - Book Two by Nina Croft
Breaking assassin Jonathon Decker out of a maximum security prison on Trakis One seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, pursued across space by the two most powerful factions in the universe, the crew of El Cazador are having second thoughts. They’d like to give him back. Unfortunately, that no longer seems an option.
Jon is used to working alone. Now, he’s stuck on the space cruiser El Cazador until he can work out just what he’s supposed to know that puts him on everybody’s most-wanted-dead list. He’s not happy that the crew includes a runaway priestess with designs on his virtue—such as it is. Jon likes women, but he gave up the role of protector a long time ago, and Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, is an accident waiting to happen.
After twenty-four excruciatingly boring years of doing her duty, Alex is finally having some fun. She never meant to run away—it was a rash impulse—and she means to go back—eventually. But first, she’s going to squeeze enough excitement out of the situation to last her a lifetime. And what could be more exciting than a stunningly gorgeous werewolf?
Meanwhile, the Church are chasing their missing priestess, and the Collective are pursuing their escaped assassin. Being hunted has never been more deadly…or more fun.

About the Author:
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

Nina is giving away one digital copy of Deadly Pursuit. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and then fill out the rafflecopter below with your name and email address. Additional entries are available but not required to enter. Good luck!


  1. Love the sound of this series. I get my favourite genres all in one book,sci-fi paranormal and romance!
    Irene Jackson

  2. What a nice blog site! And what a great post!

    I've made my fair share of wine, too. My father-in-law grows the grapes in his yard and every year it's a family get-together sort of tradition. :)

  3. That sounds so fun! I'd love to actually see the whole wine making process in action. I wonder if the alcohol level varies depending on how the wine is made. Any thoughts?

  4. I loved Break Out, and I'm looking forward to Deadly Pursuit. It's such an unusual blend - vampires in space, plus mysterious immortals!
    Please count me in for the giveaway!

  5. Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I just purchased book one, so I was so thrilled to see this giveaway!

    Hope everyone has a fabulous Holiday!

  6. Thanks for hosting me here today, Crystal!

    Irene - they're my favorite genres as well!

    J.K. - it's a great thing to do isn't it - very sociable - and the drinking is as well!

    Clarissa - what really determines the alcohol level- at least here where we are very nontechnical - is the sweetness of the grapes. If they are very sweet they make very strong wine (as long as you allow all the sugar to ferment) so you check before you pick for sweetness.

    Kara - so glad you enjoyed Break Out!

    Erin - hope you enjoy Break Out!

  7. I really enjoyed Break Out and have been waiting for the sequel to be released - yay! In my head, Rico looks like David Gandy... mmm... oh, sorry, what was I saying???? LOL.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. And I'm quite jealous of Nina - her life in Spain sounds wonderful!

  8. the book sounds like a whole lot of action! :D

  9. the covers are great. i like it a lot ^^ i hope i am lucky and win a book.

  10. These both sound excellent. And the covers are great too, btw! Thank you for the chance.

  11. Sounds great!! Would love to try a new read!!

  12. Break Out was so good, Nina, you've got me hooked, and I can't wait to read Deadly Pursuit.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  13. I have not read this author, but just the creative mix of Sci-fi, Fantansy, Adventure, and Romance have me extremely curious.

    Thanks for the interview post and the giveaway opportunity.

  14. new author to me... i like the covers and the storys sounds amazing..

  15. This post made me want to own a vineyard! Many thanks for the interview.

  16. The world-building of Nina's stories sounds different from what I usually read. Thank you for the giveaway.

  17. Hi everyone - thanks for the comments - I'm trying to think of something intelligent to say but I've been totally sidetracked by the slide show - wow!

    Special thanks to anyone who said they liked Break Out - what a lovely way to start the day!

  18. My father-in-law was a great wine maker and I assisted by tasting often and doing grocery runs for sugar.

    New author for me and I've added them to my wishlist.

  19. "Irreverent. Irresponsible. Insatiable." Whats not to like LOL Thank you for sharing about this awesome sounding series, I enjoy a good glass of wine, but a good book will top it every time :)

  20. Hi
    I really enjoyed book one and can't wait to know what happens in book two.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

  21. This sounds like a great series, can't wait to get started

  22. This sounds so good would love to read it! Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

  23. Sounds like a great book and I LOVE the cover art!!


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