Bloodcraft by Amalie Howard
Series: Bloodspell #2
Genre: Upper YA/NA (mature content), Fantasy
Publication: December 15th, 2015
All magic has its price, and no one knows that better than Victoria Warrick. Gifted with a centuries-old blood curse, Tori has finally learned to master her blood’s demands and has emerged triumphant with Christian Devereux, a vampire overlord, at her side.
But the worst is yet to come …
In the infamous City of Lights, home to both the Witch Clans and the Vampire Council, Tori enrolls at the exclusive Belles Fontaines school in Paris, where she is faced with a devastating choice: choose Christian and be an outcast, or choose the coven and secure her place with the witches.
When the fate of the supernatural world is targeted by a sinister new threat, Christian and Victoria must unite their two warring species to defeat it. Their bond will be tested, twisted, and sorely weakened, and Tori will find herself in uncharted territory—a dangerous place to be when her blood’s magic has its own dark agenda.
But to save them all, she may have no choice but to invoke its deadly power.
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1. Tell us a little about Bloodspell and Bloodcraft?
BLOODSPELL, which was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine summer read, is about a girl who discovers that she a witch powerful enough to destroy the entire world because of a mysterious family curse, and must learn to control her magic before it destroys her. The sequel, BLOODCRAFT, resumes when Victoria and Christian head to Paris to learn more about the dreaded Cruentus Curse and whether it can be controlled, only to find out that both their species are being hunted by a supernatural force none of them ever expected.
2. What was the most challenging scene to write?
Writing some of the romantic scenes was tough because I had to be so conscious of my audience and manage the scenes accordingly. A lot of younger people read BLOODSPELL four years ago when it was first released, but now in BLOODCRAFT, Victoria is an adult (she’s eighteen in this book). I needed to keep the relationship authentic to the development of characters while being sensitive to my YA readers. Despite the challenge, I think I achieved a good balance. However, due to violence, language, and sensual themes, BLOODCRAFT is recommended for ages 14+.
3. Did you have to do a lot of research for this book?
I’ve been to Paris many times and studied there for years, but I did have to do some refresher research on certain neighborhoods to make sure I represented them correctly. I also did some fantastic research into Norse myths, which I used as the foundation for my warlocks in this novel.
4. Why did it take you so long to write Bloodcraft?
Unfortunately, I had other contract deadlines with other publishers that I had to meet, which meant that this story had to wait. I’m glad I was finally able to finish it, though.
5. From level 1 to 5, how would you rate the romance in Bloodcraft?
I would rate it at a solid 4. This story is essentially the story of two people from two different worlds who have to fight to remain together when everything is pulling them apart. It’s a paranormal romance at its core, but there are also many other exciting elements, especially for those readers who like a little more action with their romance.
6. Tell us something about Bloodcraft readers don't know? or Bloodspell.
BLOODCRAFT was written 100% for the fans of the series (check out the dedication). I wasn’t initially going to write a sequel because of other deadlines and time constraints, but then a reader wrote me last year asking whether she should give up hope waiting for Book 2. I mean she was waiting years to read this sequel. It floored me. I was so incredibly humbled that someone loved my book so much that they refused to give up hope on waiting for the second book in the series. I didn’t want to disappoint her (or any of the others who have taken the time to write me or tell me how much they loved Christian and Victoria’s story, including an eighth grader who said she hated reading until she read BLOODSPELL). As a result, BLOODCRAFT is dedicated to my amazing readers—thank you so much.
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About the Author
AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island (Trinidad & Tobago) where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.
An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie’s poem “The Candle,” written at age twelve, was published in a University of Warwick journal. At fifteen, she was a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Award (a global youth writing competition). A Colby College graduate, she completed simultaneous Honors Theses in both French and International Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa. At Colby, she was cited for research and criticism in Raffael Scheck’s article, “German Conservatism and Female Political Activism in the Early Weimar Republic,” and his subsequent book, Mothers of the Nation. She also received a distinction in English Literature from the University of Cambridge (A-levels) as well as a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, marketing representative, teen speaker and global sales executive.
She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children. She is represented by the Liza Royce Agency and is a member of SCBWI.
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