Friday, February 10, 2017

Author Guest Post: Black Bullet (The Order of the Senary #2) by L.D. Rose

Release: November 9, 2016
Romance Subgenre: Paranormal Romance, Dark Romance, Urban Fantasy
Series: The Order of the Senary #2

Fledgling vampire Jonathan Kerr has just met his match.

Not even his past life as a former marine and FBI agent could prepare him for the battle against the monster inside him, struggling to take hold. After an old nemesis of the Senary surfaces in Brooklyn, unleashing chaos and terror in the battered borough, Jon sets out to take him down. Instead, he ends up with far more than he bargained for when he clashes with the beautiful half-vampire hybrid, Lawan Knight.

After escaping near death and suffering unspeakable horror at the hands of vampires, Lawan trusts no one, regardless of species. In between bouts of drunken stupor, her only goal is to exterminate all those who've wronged her, including every member of Jon's vampire bloodline. But Jon’s soulful eyes and quick smile crawls under her skin, transforming her black and white world into a hazy shade of gray.

As the days rapidly grow darker, Jon and Lawan turn to one another, but their inner demons threaten to tear them apart. The only way either of them will survive is if they overcome their greatest fear—love.

Author Guest Post and Playlist
It's Black Bullet playlist day! L.D. Rose has been extremely generous and has agreed to share her playlist for the second book in her The Order of the Senary series, Black Bullet. You can see Linda's guest post for the first book in the series, Releasing the Demons here.

Welcome back and thank for sharing, Linda!


Thanks so much for having me (again!) on your blog, Erin!

Hey there! My name is Linda (writing as L.D. Rose), doctor by day, writer of dark PNR/UF by night, and I’m thrilled to be here (again!) on The Romance Playlist! As I mentioned before, music is a major inspiration for my work and today I’m sharing a few songs for the second novel in my Order of The Senary series, BLACK BULLET (a dark paranormal romance). :D

BLACK BULLET was a super intense story to write (I actually had to take breaks from it). It deals with a lot of dark issues, even darker than the first, RELEASING THE DEMONS. Jon Kerr is a vampire, but he managed to retain his human soul during his conversion, keeping his memories and mind intact (sort of). As a former Marine and federal agent who hunted vampires to the ends of the Earth, he abhors what he’s become—the monster he hates most. Struggling to find a reason to live, he resorts to channeling his anger into fighting and develops a reputation amongst the leeches in NYC as the Black Bullet. The song (which the story is named after!)“Black Bullet” by the Kidney Thieves inspired this book’s premise and the lyrics are also oh-so perfect for my hero.

“When I’m walking on the line, I am,
when I think that I could kill, I am,
when I think that I’m in love, I am,
I am a black bullet...”

I MUST share another song for him here too, since it inspired so many of Jon’s scenes in the book. “Nutshell” by Alice in Chains really gets in his head and perfectly represents how he views the world.

“And yet I fight,
yet I fight,
this battle all alone.
No one to cry to,
No place to call home...”

The heroine in this story, Lawan Knight, is severely damaged. As a rogue half-vampire hybrid, she’s been alone for most of her life, without siblings or an Order to guide her. After being captured and maimed at the hands of the villains—twin vampire brothers named Regin and Taylon Ramsden—she manages to escape with her life intact but not much else. She often self-medicates with alcohol and whatever pills she can get her hands on, and her only goal is to exterminate the Ramsden bloodline...until she meets Jon, that is. “Crawling” by Linkin Park inspired much of her personality and how she responds to others thanks to her past.

“Crawling in my skin,
these wounds they will not heal,
fear is how I fall,
confusing what is real...”

The villains in this story are my worst villains yet. They’re both twin brothers, however one is alive (Regin) and the other is dead (Taylon). I won’t give too much away here since I don’t want to spoil anything, but Regin will stop at nothing to have Lawan back in his clutches and Taylon will help him do just that from beyond the grave. “You and Me and the Devil Makes Three” by Marilyn Manson instantly comes to mind when I think of Regin, since it describes his sentiments about Lawan (and Jon, for that matter) throughout the story.

“Hell-flavored, I've got mood poisoning,
it must be something that I hate.
I'm just a prison of property,
buckets full of better misery,
there's not a word for what I want to do to you,
there’s not a word for what I want to do to you...”

For Taylon, “The Wicked” by Stone Sour just perfectly represents him and his relationship with Jon.

“Oh, suffer to be mine,
I want to be cruel to be kind,
I’ll get inside your head,
Live so hard you’ll wish you were dead, yeah...”

So, if it isn’t obvious yet, my musical inspiration is heavy on the alternative rock. ;) But I do enjoy all kinds of music (and I mean ALL kinds). Rock just happens to fuel my creative muse when it comes to this series!

Want to see the entire playlist? Check it out here on Spotify:

Thanks again for letting me share BB and some of my favorite music with you all! And a big thank you to Erin for letting me take over two days here at The Romance Playlist. <3 Hopefully you discovered some new tunes you enjoyed. :D

About L.D. Rose
L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she's been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a PAN member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive boxer, and her two devious cats.

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  1. Great to find new music - love Black Bullet

    1. Thanks, Anne! 💜 Hope you enjoyed the soundtrack. :D

    2. I agree. Discovering new music is fun; especially when it inspired a book that I adore!

  2. Thanks so much for having me, Erin! 💜

    1. I loved sharing your playlists. Thanks for sharing! I'm anxiously awaiting the next The Order of The Senary novel!

  3. Love the playlist idea!! #GetSocial17