Wednesday, July 6, 2011

BREAK OUT Virtual Book Tour

Reader Girls is very proud to be participating in the Virtual Book Tour run by Bewitching Book Tours for Nina Croft's latest novel, Break Out: Book One of the Blood Hunter series. Science fiction. Romance. Vampires. Ms. Croft's newest book encompasses all three genres and has already been generating stellar reviews for a title which was only published yesterday by Entangled Publishing (go check out Entangled Publishing's website--their titles look and sound aah-mazing). The author also has a guest post to share with us about her cast of characters.

Here's the blurb for Break Out:

Irreverent. Irresponsible. Insatiable.

Who says immortals can't have any fun?

 The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

Doesn't the cover art make you wonder about the face that goes with that leather clad body and those weapons? We welcome Nina Croft.

The Cast…

My novella, Break Out is a bit of a hybrid. It’s a science fiction, paranormal, romance. It’s also book 1 of the Blood Hunter series.

The series gets its name from a space ship—a mark 3 space cruiser—El Cazador de la Sangre, which means Blood Hunter in Spanish. And the series follows the fortunes of the crew of El Cazador.

I seem to spend a lot of time talking about Rico, the hero of Break Out, so I thought I spend a bit of time introducing the rest of the crew, along with Rico.

Owner and Pilot: Rico is the owner and pilot of El Cazador. Rico was born in Spain, in 1452—and he’s one thousand five hundred and ninety six years old. He’s also a vampire. Rico is gorgeous (think tall, dark, Mediterranean), and he knows it and uses it. But in his defense, he’s found that the best way to keep the vampire darkness firmly inside him, where it can’t do any harm, is to indulge in sex, lots and lots of sex. He reckons it’s got to be better than killing everyone. But despite the vast number of more than willing lady friends, Rico has never been in love. Until now…

Captain: Tannis is the captain of El Cazador
 (Rico likes having his own space ship but doesn’t want the responsibility of being captain—he’s not the responsible type). She’s also Rico’s best friend—well actually his only friend. Tannis is a GM or genetically modified, she’s mostly human but with a little bit of snake DNA in there (doesn’t show much except she’s long and thin, with luminescent skin and yellow eyes). She’s fiercely loyal to her crew but more than a little mercenary and has an annoying (or so Rico thinks) tendency to sarcasm when she should be providing sympathy.

Cabin Boy: Al
the cabin boy. Al is a bit of a mystery. They picked him up starving on an out of the way planet a few months ago. Apart from that, they don’t know much about him except that he’s terrified of Rico (which drives Rico spare—it’s not as if he makes a habit out of eating the crew—he has some standards). 

Co-Pilot: Daisy is the co-pilot. She’s another GM, but she has plant DNA, and she’s green, and I mean totally green, like green hair, green skin, green eyes. She can actually photosynthesis, which is really cool, though she prefers eating proper food. She’s crazy about flying and will pinch Rico’s pilot’s seat every chance she gets. She also dresses like a mini Rico and follows him round “like a puppy” (Rico’s words—he says he finds this annoying, but I think he secretly likes it.)

Systems Specialist: Janey looks after the ships computers, hacks into everyone else’s, and comes up with really nifty gadgets. I’m a technophobe (along with the rest of the crew of El Cazador) so I don’t really understand what she does—but she’s very good at it. She’s also perfect—perfect hair, clothes, make-up—she’s the sort of woman you’d hate if she wasn’t so nice.

Engineer: There’s not much to say about the Trog, because nobody knows much about him, and he keeps to himself down in the engine rooms.

So there they all are. Each book in the Blood Hunter series will focus on a member of the crew and how they find love. Break Out is Rico’s story.

It was easy for me to pick which crew member I wanted to write about after Rico, but who do you think should be next to find love on El Cazador

About the author: 
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.

Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

Author's links: 
website / facebook

Next up on the tour: Flutey Words
Break Out Virtual Book Tour: list

We thank Nina Croft, Bewitching Book Tours and Entangled Publishing.


  1. Sounds like a great cast! Can't wait to read it!

  2. I love finding out about the other characters....They each sound funny and fascinating in their own rights. Let's see????who's next to find love? My money is on Tannis.
    Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

  3. An excellent cast! Tannis is my favorite. :)

  4. Well Tannis is certainly going to find love at some point - though she's a tough one...

  5. The synopsis had me at immortality and earth no longer being habitable. Sounds amazing! I'm going to check it out right now!

  6. Hi
    Why 1596 years old?

    And I agree, the next should be Tannis!


  7. Daniela - don't tell me I got my maths wrong - off to find a calculator - no it's right!

  8. Hey Nina
    It was not wrong... just wantd to know why that exact number of years? why not 2000? Sorry,,
    I know it was silly to ask

    Daniela. :)