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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Guest Post: Blood Lust by Charity Santiago (Blog Tour & Giveaway)


Welcome to the Blood Lust Blog Tour. Blood Lust by Charity Santiago is a paranormal romance that might just peek your interest. Charity has provided us with an interesting guest post and she is offering a blog tour wide giveaway at the end of the post. Enjoy.

Blood Lust
By Charity Santiago
Rapid City Wolves, book 1
Genre: Paranormal romance
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon
Summary
Eve came to Rapid City to escape her parents' messy divorce, but what she finds in South Dakota exceeds her wildest dreams- and nightmares. After Eve is attacked by a wolf outside her grandmother's house, she stumbles into a new and frightening existence as an alpha werewolf. Fated to lead the pack and obligated to choose a beta to lead beside her, Eve still cannot bring herself to forget Jericho, the mysterious vampire who saved her life. Will the wolves force Eve to choose between her destiny and her soulmate?

TITLE: Welcome to Rapid City

Before Twilight, Forks was just another sleepy town in Washington, but Stephenie Meyer changed all that. The bestselling series that arguably reinvigorated pop culture’s vampire craze brought notoriety to Forks. Fans from all over the world journey to Forks for Bella’s Birthday Weekend, the annual celebration in honor of the Twilight Saga.


I didn’t truly appreciate Stephenie Meyer’s preference for setting her books in real-life locations until I read The Host, which prominently features specific landmarks in my home state of Arizona in its story. One of those landmarks was Picacho Peak, which I drive by regularly when visiting family in Phoenix. Recently I stopped and took photos of the convenience store where the heroine, Wanderer, stops to purchase water and supplies before making a trek through the desert. There was something exciting about seeing the actual location from the book and picturing where Wanderer might have stood, might have walked. It was another way of connecting with the story.
 
I knew I wanted to do something similar with the Rapid City Wolves series, and so I meticulously researched Rapid City, South Dakota, during the writing of my book, Blood Lust. There was something very appealing about the idea of this community of werewolves existing behind the scenes in modern-day Rapid City, and seamlessly blending with human society. Today I’d like to take you on a tour of just a few of the places mentioned in Blood Lust. There are some minor spoilers here, but nothing that will spoil your reading experience. If you’re ever in Rapid City, be sure to stop by these places and take a picture! I’d like to visit them someday myself!
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1. Main Street Square
 
Website: http://mainstreetsquarerc.com/


Main Street Square is a gathering place in Downtown Rapid City, and a prime location for concerts, festivals and town gatherings. When Eve (heroine of Blood Lust) decides to hang out with Mara at the carnival, she walks to Main Street Square.


2. Firehouse Brewing Company


Who doesn’t love a brewery, right? The Firehouse is named because its building used to be the Rapid City fire station. When the fire station was moved, the old building was renovated and turned into a brewery and restaurant. In Blood Lust, Eve has lunch with her father and his girlfriend at the Firehouse.



3. Ifrit’s Hookah Lounge

Website: http://ifritshookahlounge.com/


I’m not into hookah, necessarily, but there is something very appealing about the comic relief of someone’s grandmother being addicted to hookah. The moment I saw the name of this lounge on the Rapid City website, I knew that it was the perfect hangout for Eve’s grandmother, Grandma Sam. My hope is that Ifrit’s Hookah Lounge features even more prominently in later books in the series.


4. Adoba Eco Hotel & Suites

Website: http://www.adobaecohotels.com/


I love this hotel and plan to stay there if I ever get the chance to visit Rapid City! With the current “green” craze in the US, I thought it would be fun to feature a company that is truly trying to make a difference. This hotel has all sorts of environmentally-friendly programs in place for their guests and their staff. It’s nice to know that some companies are actively trying to minimize their carbon footprint.


5. Delmonico Grill



Eve goes to dinner at Delmonico Grill in Blood Lust, and I made sure to check the menu so I’d know exactly what she would order. I could totally appreciate their pescetarian-friendly menu, but since I’m not much of a fish eater, I think I’d probably go for one of their pasta dishes.
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If you’re ever in Rapid City, be sure to stop by one of these establishments and check out a few of the locations that helped shape the story of Blood Lust!

Author Bio
I first discovered the world of self-publishing in February 2011, when my 7-month-old son was admitted to the hospital with severe respiratory issues. During his stay in the hospital, I tried to keep us both entertained by downloading several books on my Kindle and reading them out loud.
I read a number of self-published books and realized that I had an opportunity to share my writings with the world. I soon decided to quit my full-time job in the insurance and financial services industry, stay home with my son and write. It was the best decision I've ever made. My son's health has improved drastically, and I've never been happier.

I prefer to read and write YA fantasy, romance, and paranormal romance. The next book in my Rapid City Wolves series, “Blood Oath,” will be released for Amazon Kindle on June 1, 2013.
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8 comments:

  1. I appreciate learning about how you created the setting, and used real places as well

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  2. I love reading about real places in my fantasy books as well, it grounds them somewhat and gives them a realistic flavor. It also just makes it that much more fun to visit a new to me city!

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    1. I know, I love visiting places in books. I've done it a couple times.

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  3. Thanks, Brandi and Elisa! I think using real places in books makes it seem like these fantastical events could actually happen. As a reader, I just feel more personally connected. I'm so glad you agree!

    Jennifer, thank you so much for hosting a stop on my tour! I truly appreciate all your hard work and effort! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Charity, for a wonderful guest post.

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  4. This is so cool to me! I think the Firehouse Brewery has the neatest back-story, but I also think it's great that Santiago checked out the menu to make sure her character would order something from the menu at the Delmonica Grill. Love the attention to detail here :D Thank you so much for sharing! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

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    1. I love when authors give great attention to detail. I respect that.

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