Delighted to be joined today by Lindsay J. Pryor, author of the brilliant Blackthorn series. Today is publication day for Blood Bound, the seventh and penultimate book in the series. Now this is a genre that I wouldn’t normally pick up, but I have to say that it’s so fabulously written that it’s completely converted me! So it’s well worth going back to Blood Shadows (Book 1) and starting right from the start of the series!
Thanks so much Lindsay for finding time to chat with me today! I know publication day is a busy day for you and you have readers around the world who are taking the day off work so they can read your book today! How exciting is that! So, here are my questions:
Can you tell us a little about the story of Blackthorn so far and how Blood Bound fits in?
Blackthorn is a dark paranormal romance series set against an urban, gritty backdrop of social unrest amidst a stratified society where the ‘third species’ (vampires, lycans etc) are segregated and discriminated against for having shadows instead of souls.
Forced to live in a polluted, over-populated, rotten core of a locale, the third species are given the dregs in terms of location, provision, opportunities and rights whilst being ruled by the iron fist of the more privileged humankind. A whispered prophecy of vampires one day taking control only adds to human paranoia.
The story so far has been about four couples who have advertently and inadvertently become the catalyst for change – their forbidden romances playing an integral role in the future of both humans and the third species. Daring to cross boundaries, these couples’ relationships have breached conventions, broken the rules and, for better and worse, manipulated the fated outcome of the world in which they live.
Each book has focused on one couple and their relationships have then been revisited further into the series. All eight books are part of the intricate and complex overarching plot that runs throughout, so each installment builds on the last as the series works towards its conclusion. Blood Bound, out today, is the penultimate book.
So, Blood Bound (Book 7) is out today which means that Book 8 is just around the corner? How does it feel now that you’re approaching the end of the series?
I have mixed feelings. It was twenty years ago this month that I first came up with the concept behind Blackthorn. It became a labour of love – one of my many sideline writing projects – as I wrote other books alongside it. These characters – and their story – have been a big part of my life and, of course, it’s extra special to me being my debut series. I know I’m going to find it hard letting go next year, and my readers are only intensifying that feeling. Many of us have been rooting for these eight characters for a long time.
On the other hand, I’ve also been itching to share the finale for a very long time. Blackthorn has been like one giant puzzle – both in creating it and readers putting the pieces together as the story has evolved – so it’s going to be wonderful to share the finished product.
Also, I have lots more stories I want to be able to share after Blackthorn. I’ve been working on new proposals and have been involved in various discussions, and it’s equally exciting to be working with new characters and ideas.
Who is your favourite character from Blackthorn and why?
I truly love (in some cases loathe) them all equally. If I’d have to pick a favourite in terms of writing them though, I think it would have to be Caleb Dehain. I love working with dark, flawed and complex characters and he’s probably the most complex of all. He throws me the most curveballs, even when everything is intricately planned out. He certainly keeps me on my toes.
With the outcome for Blackthorn now hanging in the balance and Caleb an integral part of that, there’s a lot of speculation as to whether he will side with the light or the dark side. It’s a lot of fun creating a character where readers, even his biggest fans, can’t call it as to which way he’ll go.
So what’s next for Lindsay J. Pryor?
More published books, I hope! I’ll be writing the final Blackthorn book for Bookouture and I’m also working on another project ready to write in parallel to that. It’s going to be another busy – but hopefully fun – year ahead.
If you could give an aspiring writer one tip, what would it be?
Write because you love the process and genuinely care about your characters and their story. Retain those as your primary motivators.
How will you be celebrating pub day this time?
As you read this, I dare say I’ll be glued to my laptop, chatting to my readers and groups on social media somewhere. I tend to start early and clock off a little after midnight. After everything starts to settle down tomorrow, I’ll be heading to the beach and out for an evening meal with my husband, and have a very chilled Spa day booked soon after. I’ll see if I can sneak my notebook in with me somehow.
Love can be heaven. Or it can hurt like hell.
For exiled angel Jessie, falling for Eden Reece has been her salvation. When she discovers that her angel tears, used to heal Eden, are actually poisoning him the burden of guilt is crushing.
Jessie is determined to make things right and, with Eden by her side, they are a formidable team. But with Blackthorn surrounded by an impenetrable barrier and the army of Sirius Throme closing in, their mission is a desperate one. When Jessie discovers they are up against her own kind too, it looks impossible.
Eden and Jessie don’t just need a cure, they need a way out – and have less than 48 hours to find both.
Eden will fight to the last to protect Jessie, but when they are captured and separated, demons from his past return to haunt him. Suddenly, Jessie is forced to question everything she knows about the man she loves.
Yet the most shattering twist is still to come. Because what you care about most can be your biggest weakness.
For Blackthorn to survive, either Jessie or Eden will have to make the greatest sacrifice of all…
The thrilling penultimate story in the Blackthorn series will leave you breathless.