Allegiance by Angela Louise McGurk‏

Angela is the author of the Vampire Alliance series. Books one and two, Absolution and Allegiance, are both available for Kindle. Antithesis will follow later in 2014.

While currently occupied running her wedding stationery and graphic design business, Angela spends much of her free time writing, reading, and trying to find a way of saving all the worlds in her head before they evaporate to some forgotten place never to be retrieved. As well as being a designer, business owner and writer, Angela is the mother to two fantastic children and wife to a husband who still hasn’t read her books!

She grew up in a small Northumbrian pit village and briefly lived in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne where the Vampire Alliance series is set. One of her favourite places in the world in Rome and when she gets around to finishing the re-write of the prequel to the Vampire Alliance series this will be set in Rome. The prequel, currently going under the working title of ‘Irredeemable’ has been a workin progress for fourteen years, originally written in Angela’s early teens it is currently being re-‘vamped’ and will be published sometime after ‘Antithesis’.

Eve hadn’t wanted a second marriage, she wanted to remain happily unmarried rather than curse another good man to Rob’s fate. If only Tul had listened to her protestations. Instead the Senate are intent on making her relive her own personal hell. Worse, the instrument they seem intent on using to bring about her suffering is the creature, the merciless drone they’d created from all that remained of Rob.

The world seems to be conspiring against Eve and the Alliance, and even among Johan’s band of rebels not everyone is happy to have Eve as part of the group. With Tul missing and friends few on the ground, Eve begins to slip back into the pit of despair which had once consumed her and that may just lead her to behave more recklessly than ever before. Mistakes have consequences however, and for Eve the consequences of her actions may just decide the course of the future.

Is there a way to save Tul? Does anything of Rob remain in the Senate controlled puppet his body’s become? More importantly, why are the Senate determined to take control of Eve and just how far will they go to gain possession of her?

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Allegiance: The Vampire Alliance Book Two was written because there was so much more to the story and the world than I could fit into Absolution: The Vampire Alliance Book One. It develops that story, takes it to new levels, and explains more of ‘why’ the events of Absolution happened while also giving the main character a wider set of problems.

The series as a whole, if I’m honest, was developed first and foremost because I’d read every vampire book in the paranormal romance and urban fantasy sections of my local bookshop. I needed a new story and wanted something gritty and local so I decided to write my own book. I quickly realized I had a story to tell, a story that incorporated a mythology I’d developed years ago. Then I realized that the story I wanted to tell needed more than one book to do it justice.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
To write this one took me three month to write the first draft then I let it sit while I wrote the first draft of book three, then came three months of re-writing, editing, etc. There’s about six months of work in Allegiance: The Vampire Alliance Book Two. Book One, Absolution, took three years so Allegiance was done quite quickly really!

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Creating a new world and new characters. Writing is a great way to experience things you can’t in real life, much like reading. It’s an adventure.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Editing. It’s a soul destroying task. However, not as soul destroying as realizing you’ve missed a typo in your finished manuscript so it really is worth spending a lot of time going through any writing with a fine tooth comb.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Dead or alive? If I’m allowed to choose a dead person then Anne Boleyn, although not on the day of her execution. I’d like to know the truth about what she saw in Henry VIII and what it was like to be such a strong willed queen in a dangerous court.

Alive? J K Rowling. It might be my only opportunity to experience being a famous author!

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Milk, it’s been there a week and a half. We forgot to bin it before we went away to visit family and we’ve only returned home tonight.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Antithesis: The Vampire Alliance Book Three which will be released later in 2014. It’s the end of this story arc and after Antithesis I’m not really sure if I’ll be doing sequels, prequels, spin offs or something entirely new as I have plans for all of the above.

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