Blood Of The Fallen
Blood Of The Fallen by Ashley Bucci
In a world where vampires and witches have made their not-so-mythological existence known to humans, Lyla Haile lives an ordinary life. And… she couldn't be happier about it. When her idyllic world is shattered by a violent attack, the detectives assigned to her case dig deep into her past, reviving the old obsession of the identity of the father she never knew. As they work towards a resolution, Lyla begins to suspect that her father may not be as distant as she thought he was… Or that he may not be as human as she thought he was.
About the author:
Ashley lives in the quiet rural state of Vermont where scenic views and wildlife are plenty but the heart-pounding adventures are few and far between, unless you enjoy fleeing from said wildlife after poking it repeatedly with a stick that is. When she isn’t writing or devouring the teetering stack of books littering her house she is spending time with her rather extensive Italian family or her furry distractor.
Our interview with Ashley Bucci:
Tell us about your book/series. What makes it/them worth reading?
My series follows Lyla Haile through a period of self discovery in her life. The first book, Blood of the Fallen, is mostly about her learning about her past and overcoming the trauma that brought about the realizations. As far as what makes them worth reading…. Its not your common girl meets vampire and falls in love tale. There are a lot of issues about specism, racism, what makes someone a monster, nature vs. nurture, and acceptance that add a lot to the story. There is also a wide variety of supernatural creatures and characters that are all integral parts to the story line. I, like most authors, write what I love to read and I feel like this really adds another dimension to my work.
How long have you been writing and what inspired you to do it?
I think I have been writing all my life in some form or another. For a long time it was just creating stories and/or characters without actually writing them down. It took me a couple years of hardcore reading addiction to decide to try my hand at actually writing some of the stories down.
Without sounding too much like a crazy person, what inspires me to write are my characters. Some of them are more vocal than others but they all compel me to tell their tales and so I do. There are times that I honestly feel sad that other people don't know my characters the way I do.
What do you think causes people’s enduring fascination with vampires?
I think that vampires are a sort of socially accepted taboo. Of course with the newer mythology being created for them they seem to be less of a monster and more of an anti-hero. There is also a heavy amount of seduction in the basic understanding of vampires. The whole biting the neck and sucking the blood is a very erotic action. And hey, sex sells.
What are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
I'm actually reading four books at once right now because….well because I'm an addict and I like to hop around when/if i get bored with a genre. So let's see I've got The Teachings of Don Juan, Ghost Girl, Night Embrace, and a Society of Sinners collection of four novellas. Right now I'm thoroughly enjoying them all. Novellas are usually a little harder for me to get into because their short length unfortunately equals a more condensed plot line. But I've gotten one and a half finished and they are very interesting despite the brevity. I would definitely recommend Night Embrace though it's the third book in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series so I'd also say read them in order. It makes it better. The only one I wouldn't really recommend is The Teachings of Don Juan and that is only due to the fact that it was revealed to all be an elaborate hoax. The story is so compelling and well written that learning it was all fake was disappointing.
The vampires are attacking! Grab the first thing you see to your right and hit them with it! What was it? And how do you think you did in the ensuing fight?
Seeing as to this is me, the first thing to my right would probably be a book or my kindle. Other than making this vampire angry and/or laughing at me I think it probably wouldn't have that much effect.
The afore mentioned vampire attack didn’t go so well and you were bitten by the vampire…now what?
Well if this is the type of vampire transition that only requires one bite to change, well then I'm in for a few days of pain but then I'd probably be excited about being a vampire! If this is just one of those times when all a bite does is hurt like crazy, well then I suppose I'd try and wrap it up somehow and head to an ER.
In the event of a zombie apocalypse what item would you make sure that you took with you to your underground safety bunker? (we will presume that your family are already safely in the bunker!)
Darryl Dixon! I'm kidding! (Unless that's an option, then I'm totally not.) Seriously though, I would probably take a sword with me so that I could practice my decapitation moves.
You are planning an awesome dinner party. Which 3 celebrities/fictional characters/historical figures (past or present) would you add to your guest list?
Hmmm….this is a good question. I am a history buff and currently watching Spartacus so I think I'd have to vote him in. I have too many questions to let that opportunity slide. Vlad Tepesh, the real one. Cause again…so many questions. And lastly, I would invite Michaelangelo. He is my favorite artist and getting to spend even just a few hours with him would be priceless to me.
Can you give us five random facts about yourself?
1) I can sing the alphabet forwards and backwards as well as recite it in about four different languages.
2) I am hopelessly in love with the Civilization computer games. I go through as every civilization on every difficulty level and beat it one at a time.
3) I have eleven aunts and uncles on my mother's side alone.
4) I was actually writing a different story when I decided to take a break and flesh out some more of the idea that eventually became Blood of the Fallen.
5) My first fictional character crush was Erik The Phantom of the Opera
Where can readers find your books?
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
Thank you! And if you like what you've read so far stick around because there is a lot more to come.