Sydney Winward

The Bloodborn Series

Bloodborn

 

Release date: December 6, 2019 – Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Editor: Lill Farrell – Cover Artist: Abigail Owen

 

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Adam Degore’s personal need to find a cure for vampirism drives him to ensnare a vampire, but the creature he captures is Dracula’s daughter. Worse yet, he’s drawn to her—a monster he’s vowed to kill.

Despite her father’s wishes, Willow chooses to live among humans instead of the vampire conclave where she would be safe. She wants a life filled with more than shadows. Being captured by a human, not to mention falling in love with one, is not part of her plan.

With vampires and blood hunters closing in on their chosen prey, Adam and Willow need to trust one another. But will that trust come in time for them to survive and find a future together?

 

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What are common traps for aspiring writers?

The “NOW”. Get it finished fast, blast through editing, and publish as soon as possible. Writing and publishing take time, and it deserves more than the “now” trap.

 

Great Response! What does literary success look like to you?

Being published traditionally. At fifteen years old, I made a goal to get published traditionally and not self-publish. It’s taken years and lots of writing practice, but I’ve made it!

 

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Emotions. A writing critique partner once told me, “This is not a dude.” I’ve since had to look at the opposite sex in a different way and try to make them more masculine rather than show feminine emotion.

 

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

Decorating cakes. I watch cake decorating videos so much that my husband rolls his eyes when he catches me. And those Netflix baking competition shows? They are a must-watch.

 

Oh, I Love It! What is your favorite childhood book?

Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I loved anything and everything about dragons. As I child, I read practically every book at the library about dragons. I realized recently that I haven’t written any books about dragons, so now I have a WIP with dragons in it. 

 

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

About three-four months, but that depends on whether the kids sleep and if my brain is too tired by the end of the day.

 

What made you want to become a writer?

I grew up reading books, and one day, I had a dream I wanted to write down. That dream turned into a story, which turned into a book. I was floored by my newfound endurance ability. I had the endurance to write a book, and since then, I haven’t stopped. (Well, except in college. I didn’t write a single creative word!)

 

Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?

That’s a tough one… I love Oriel Covaci from an upcoming novel in the Bloodborn series. He’s a two-hundred and thirty-five-year-old vampire. The perfect gentleman. Selfless to the core. But if you hurt someone he loves, all hell will break loose. 

 

What’s the most reckless thing you’ve ever done?

I went paragliding with a stranger and didn’t tell anyone where I was going.

 

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Speed Dating…

(answer in ONE or TWO words)

Would you prefer living in the city or country?

Country

 

What color best describes your personality?

Purple

 

What are you most passionate about? BESIDES family!

Rollerblading

 

What do you consider your best attribute?

My imagination

 

What’s your favorite beverage?

Hot chocolate

 

What does your desk look like right now? Clean or messy?

Always messy

 

Are you a night owl or an early bird?

Early bird

 

What book are you reading at the moment?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 

What would you take with you to a desert island?

(three items)

Kindle, knife, volleyball

 

If you could invite anyone, dead or alive, to dinner, who would it be?

Bradley James

 

What would be your ideal holiday destination?

Austria

 

What time in history would you have liked to be born in?

Regency era

 

DIY or call an expert?

DIY

 

What is your favorite fruit?

Peach

 

What is your favorite thing to learn about in your free time?

Using Photoshop

 

What is your favorite time of day?

7:00 pm, kids are in bed

 

Are you a pantser or a plotter?

In between?

 

Music or silence

Silence, unless rollerblading, then music

 

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     “How could you?” she gasped, taking another step backward, but to back up much further would result in falling over the edge of the cliff and into the holy waters below. However, he was blocking her escape, a menacing sword close to penetrating her skin. Any false move would result in an iron sword through her heart. “How could you take me here?”

     “I couldn’t tell you,” he answered, his voice thick with emotion. “It’s the only way. It’s the last thing I could do. For Zachariah.”

     She felt numb. After everything that had happened between them, he still meant to kill her? But he was her mate. Mates were supposed to look after one another.

     “Don’t do this,” she whispered, taking yet another step backward but stopping in her tracks when the roaring of the falls crashed into her ears like the loud toll of a bell signaling a vampire getting burned at the stake. She would meet the same fate, except the only audience she would have was Adam and it was holy water instead of fire. She didn’t know which was worse. “I care for you, Adam. I want you to give me a chance.”

     “I don’t have a choice. I need my brother back. He’s the only family I have left.” 

 

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Links for Purchasing Bloodborn

https://www.amazon.com/Bloodborn-Sydney-Winward/dp/1509228713/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bloodborn-sydney-winward/1134112546

Links for Contacting Sydney

https://sydneywinward.com/contact/

https://www.facebook.com/sydneyewinward/

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Sydney Winward was born with an artistic brain and a love of discovery for new talents. From drawing to sewing to music, she has loved to explore every opportunity that comes her way. At a young age, Sydney discovered her love of writing and wrote her first book at twelve years old, and since then, she hasn’t been able to stop writing. Her active imagination and artistic mind take her away to different worlds and time periods, making every new story a fantastic adventure. When she is not writing (or fawning over animals in the neighborhood) she spends time with her husband and children at home in Utah.

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