Blog Tour for Blood Justice by Leslie J Linder

 
Revenant:
Blood Justice
Leslie
J Linder
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Date of Publication: May 26, 2017
ISBN:  1612968759
ASIN:  B071W8WSSC
Number of pages:  283
Word Count: about 93,000
Cover Artist: Layton Washburn
Tagline:  Justice is always on the menu.
Book Description:
You have probably heard a lot
about vampires. The bloodthirsty prowling, the rapacious sex—the bats, mist,
and mind control. Enid has heard it all too. And since she is an actual
vampire, she could tell you which rumors are true. But the first thing that
Enid would want you to know is that you humans really have it all wrong. To
her, being a Chosen One is all about the distribution of justice. And right
now, trouble is brewing.
Any vamp who has been undead for
longer than a heartbeat can tell you, when Countess Erzsabet Bathory is in
town, things are going to get messy. Enid knows what she would do to a human
predator, but has never fought another vampire before.
It is against the old laws. But
when the blood starts to boil and their feud breaks wide open, there may literally
be hell to pay.
Amazon
BN     Black Rose
Writing
     
Excerpt:
Prologue
It was a dark
and stormy night. That’s how these things are supposed to start, right? Well,
you can forget that shit. This isn’t your average monster story.
Humans use
monsters to help them understand what is monstrous within them. For instance,
they clutch crosses and run home at sunset, in fear of vampires. They say vamps
are former humans who traded their souls for the immortal power to become
rapists, killers and child-stealers. But the real rapists, killers and
child-stealers are usually waiting for them around their kitchen tables.     
They tell
themselves disturbing tales about normal, innocent humans who are bitten by
infected animals and cursed to become nocturnal, amnesiac killers. Then in real
life whatever or whoever they do when they get black-out drunk seems vanilla by
comparison.
Sometimes bad
things happen to good people, is how it goes. Sometimes those good people turn
into something even worse than anything lurking in the shadows. This can’t be
helped. Evil is something that happens to humans, not something that humans do.
Talk about a fairy tale.
The roster of
monsters, as humans understand them, goes on and on. It scintillates as well as
terrifies. It’s a cabinet of curiosities in which to keep those predatory
desires. Human vices become something outside the human realm, as well as
outside the individual ability to control. Convenient, right?
This is how
humans see monsters. But how do monsters see humans? How do monsters see
themselves?
These are
foolish questions, you may say. Monsters aren’t real. They are a human
invention; an entertainment, a release. You wish.
Listen, how
humans understand things is not necessarily the truth. The planet Earth isn’t a
rec-room. Trees aren’t fences. Pigs aren’t bacon. Rats aren’t a Petri dish
meant for studying infections, or testing shampoo. Similarly, monsters are not
archetypes for humans to use as sexual and predatory catharsis.
Pay attention to
this bit—especially if you are human. What I’m telling you is that monsters are
real.
You knew it when
you were a child. You still know it when the lights go off, the moon waxes
full, or someone you fear moves into the house next door.
Like a deer that
catches the scent of a lion, you know it in your bones. Your technology, your
bombs, your medicine don’t matter. You still aren’t the top of the food chain.
There is no top, because life and death are a circle. Ashes, ashes, we all fall
down.
I know this shit
may scare you. That’s a good thing. That fear is the birthplace of stories, and
you need stories. They were meant to protect you. Even if most stories are
wrong.
But hey, even a
broken clock is right twice a day. Your stories have their place.
The boogie man
teaches children to obey their parents. The werewolf teaches parents to keep
those children close and protected. The vampire teaches men and women to keep
on the paths of righteousness, and to always safeguard their souls.
Knowledge is
power. This is how a species endures. Understanding the beasts of the world can
be the key to survival.
But there’s an
important detail to remember. Stories tend to be diluted over time. True
monsters may be missed while you focus on mere prejudice. What was once encoded
with arcane information may now be nothing but soft porn. Especially if you’ve
seen it on cable.
Pay attention to
this part. It’s important. It’s the moral of the story you are about to read.
Understanding
the true nature of vampires can mean the difference between life and death.
Knowledge is power, because no one is off the menu.
About
the Author:
 
Leslie Joan Linder, M.Div. lives
and works in Downeast Maine. Her nonfiction work has appeared in Circle
Sanctuary Magazine, SageWoman Magazine, and the Project Intersect Journal. Her
poetry has appeared in publications like Wicked Banshee, Forage Poetry, and
Rat’s Ass Review.
Leslie is a member of the Horror
Writer’s Association, Horror Writers of Maine, and New England Horror Writers.
Recent horror publications include the short story, “Catharine Hill,” in the
“Northern Frights” anthology at Grinning Skull Press. Leslie’s debut horror
novel, “Revenant: Blood Justice,” is available from Black Rose Writing.

 

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