Love Lies Bleeding
by Aspasia S. Bissas
Genre: Dark Fantasy
What happens when a predator loves its prey?
Centuries-old Mara is dying a slow death when she meets Lee, a young man whose life has never belonged to him. Thrown together, they're forced to fight those who would destroy them and survive a slew of enemies they never expected, even as Mara falls into a downward spiral of delusion and obsession. Will she make a devil's deal to save both their souls? With pasts like theirs, can they ever have a future?
by Aspasia S. Bissas
Myth and magic collide in this story about choices, transformation, and retribution.
On the run from both vampires and hunters, Mara and Lee are forced to confront the bleak reality of their future together. But an unexpected turn of events offers Mara the chance to shift things in her favor--at a cost. Will she walk away or will she embrace the magic?
Blood Magic is a standalone short story that takes place within the novel Love Lies Bleeding by Aspasía S. Bissas. You don't need to read Love Lies Bleeding to enjoy Blood Magic (but it doesn't hurt).
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Aspasia wrote her first short story at the age of six and illustrated it with a pink highlighter. She no longer does illustrations but she's been writing stories ever since. She lives in Toronto with her partner in crime, three cats, a plethora of plants, and a Disney movie's worth of wildlife in the yard. Her dark fantasy novel Love Lies Bleeding is now available in paperback and on Kindle. She is currently working on the next book.
Guest Post: About the Names
Aspasía S. Bissas
While some of the names in Love Lies Bleeding are just random ones I chose because I liked them or thought they suited the character, a couple are more significant. Emma means mother in Estonian (ema), which seemed appropriate for my oldest and most prolific vampire; it also sounds like the Greek word for blood (αίμα). Ash is short for Ashwin, a Hindu name that means “a star” (a good name for an actor, I thought). I also gave him the middle name Devin, which means “resembling a god.” And Mara, short for Amarantha, means “unwilting” or “unfading.” It also ties in to the title of the book because Love-Lies-Bleeding is a plant in the Amaranthus genus, which shares a root and meaning with Amarantha. As a botanist, plants are important to Mara, particularly this plant (as readers will discover). The title fits the story in other ways, as well.
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