Lexi: One of the reasons we love a good series is to see those mesmerizing secondary characters get their own happily ever after. She made us wait until book five so let’s not waste any time getting down to the questions. Welcome Amanda J. Greene!
Amanda: Hi! I’m happy to be here with Reading Between the Wines Book Club. I’ve been a devoted follower of the blog for years. One of the first reviews for Caressed by Moonlight, was on this site back in 2011.
Lexi: 👐 Wooh! You introduced us to Gabriel in Caressed by Moonlight, book one in the Rulers of Darkness series. We were taken with Victoria and Dorian’s story as she got side-tracked finding a suitable husband and him fighting his curse, a 4 wine read! But we also remember meeting Gabriel Erhard. How long had you been planning to write Gabriel’s story?
Amanda: I wrote the first draft of Caressed by Moonlight over 15 years ago and many of the series’ characters were not in it. I had planned separate books from Dimitri (book 2), Hadrian (book 3), and Gabriel (book 5). When I decided to revisit Dorian and Victoria’s story I did some revisions and decided to make it into a series in which my other leading men would fit. The Rulers of Darkness were born. I created surrounding characters who have developed over time and some will have their own books upcoming up - such as Gannon and Silvie. When I originally mapped out the series I had only outline 5 books, now it has grown to 6 and it may increase again...
Lexi: Gabriel’s got some serious baggage…but all the best heroes do. What is it about Gabriel that drew you to his story? Is there any piece of him, or characteristic, that really stood out for you?
Amanda: From the start I knew Gabriel was going to be a tortured character, a fromer blood slave turned hardened vampire. I like to think of all my heros as teddy bears with fangs. They can be sweet, kind, and unexpectedly gentle, but they will tear someone’s head. Gabriel has always had a special place in my heart and is hands down one my own favorite characters. His strength, courage, and perseverance have always stood out to me. His need to protect those in his inner circle is endearing.
Lexi: There may be some readers that are over the paranormal/vampire stories. But we certainly aren’t, and are excited to have Caressed by the Edge of Darkness out in the world! You’ve said before your favorite sub genres are historical and paranormal, as a reader do you miss the vampire boom? Have you noticed more interest in your Rulers of Darkness series recently?
Amanda: Personally, I only purchase historical romance and paranormal romance. I can’t get enough! I’ve been planning some historical books and hope to release them in the coming years. With the release of Caressed by the Edge of Darkness I have seen renewed interest in my Rulers of Darkness series along with an up take in my novella series, Under Realm Assassins. I will be releasing Wicked Passion, the third installment of the Under Realm Assassin series this coming spring.
Lexi: Congratulations on the upcoming release! One thing that always stands out in your writing are the sex scenes. How you manage to bring us book after hotter book, we’ll never know. We thank you, by the way. And in Caressed by the Edge of Darkness you bring a hunter and vampire together, so we know things are bound to get interesting. Care to share a sentence from your favorite Gabriel-Jordan encounter?
Lexi: Thank you so much for stopping by, Amanda. And an even bigger thank you for Gabriel and Jordan’s story in Caressed by the Edge of Darkness! We hope to see you again soon!
Amanda: I hope to release at least two titles this year. I wish everyone happy reading! Thank you!
Caressed by the Edge of Darkness
(Rulers of Darkness #5)
by Amanda J. Greene
Published October 10th 2017
Hardened by centuries of torture, former blood slave, Gabriel Erhard, is driven by an insatiable need to destroy his enemies. Violence darkens his battered soul, leaving no place for mercy in his world. Gabriel’s only desire is vengeance—until he finds her.
Seized by vampires, bound as a slave, and placed on the auction block, Jordan Culver is instantly entranced by the dangerous male who claims her. Jordan’s new captor vows to set her free, but his haunted gaze burns with savage desire and his wicked kiss makes her crave his touch and...complete surrender.
While Gabriel battles his enemies, he will break every sacred law to achieve his ultimate goal—uniting the Outcast Society and creating a new vampire Clan. But the distracting human with mesmerizing violet eyes jeopardizes his plans. With every soft whisper she evokes his tormented memories, testing his sanity and challenging his every boundary. Can Jordan help him overcome the miseries of his past and find a future with her?
Rulers of Darkness
About the Author:
Amanda J. Greene creates paranormal romance for ravenous readers. She lives in Southern California, where she enjoys escaping the rewarding but hectic world of writing by spending time in the sun and sand with her military husband and their two dogs. http://amandajgreene.blogspot.com