BLOG TOUR: Crimson Siege by Jay Raven #GuestPost

Today I am sharing with you a Guest Post by Jay Raven where he talks about the challenges of revamping the vampire.  This is unscheduled and is something Jay wrote as a back up.  I have just finished reading CRIMSON SIEGE and although I haven’t read Horror for many years I found I was totally gripped and couldn’t put it down.  Having read it I thought It was important to share this with you.

Horror author Jay Raven whose novel Crimson Siege is launched by Junction Publishing this week talks about the challenges of revamping the vampire.

I’ve always wanted to write a chilling nosferatu series, pitting mankind against the most alluring, mysterious and deadly monsters to ever walk the Earth. I’ve been obsessed by vampires since sneaking out of school to watch Hammer Horror films at my local fleapit.
But when it came to actually planning the first of my Blood Riders books I came to a startling realisation. Vampires had been – if you’ll pardon the pun – done to death. A tidal wave of self-published horror novels had flooded the market with fang-filled fiends, so many that the bloodsuckers seemed hackneyed and dull.
Added to that, there was huge confusion about what a vampire was. Depending on who you spoke to, they wore tight leather cat suits and fired machine guns, acted like consumptive Victorian poets – all lace shirts and languor – or hung around with teenagers and twinkled.
My mission was to make these creatures of the night genuinely scary again – and original, offering elements and twists that would surprise and intrigue. So I tackled the problem from two directions. Firstly, a back to basics make-over.
My monsters were going to be… well, monstrous – vicious, cold, amoral predators with supernatural speed, strength and intelligence. They’d view humans as playthings, “fruit to be plucked from the trees” to satisfy any whim or desire. And to up the ante, they’d be able to communicate telepathically over short distances.
These would not be the kind of creatures to give you a playful nip on the neck, they’d rip your entire throat out in a single visceral gulp and go on to devour half your face.
Secondly, I wanted them to have a new context, a new environment in which to hunt and slay, so I made my 19th century Transylvania a mirror of the American wild west – lawless, violent, desolate and unpredictable. A decade on from a war between mortals and monsters, the vanquished aristocratic vampire families are holed up on reservations. To stray from their safe havens makes them fair game for bounty hunters.
Crimson Siege charts the horrifying consequences when the favourite son of the feared Modjeski vampire house is kidnapped and held in a small town jail. His kin invade the town but rescuing their leader leads to death, terror and destruction for both sides, as the small community is defended by the only man vampire-kind has good reason to fear…
I hope I’ve injected a dose of newness and awe into the genre. My fingers are crossed horror fans will think so too.


Crimson Siege ebook cover

Blood Riders – Book One: Crimson Siege by Jay Raven

Available from: Amazon

In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…
When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…


Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men.

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.




Twitter: @jayravenauthor

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 25: Sarah Hardy #TeamJoffeBooks

Day 25 of my Joffe Books Rolling Blog and today, in the limelight, is Sarah from By The Letter Book Reviews.  This is my last blogger/reader interview but stay tuned because coming up I have an interview with the amazing JASPER JOFFE but now lets see what Sarah has to say:


Hello, could you tell us a little about yourself and what made you start blogging?

Hi, I’m Sarah and i’m a wife, mother as well as working for Bloodhound Books. I also blog at bytheletterbookreviews. I started blogging after reading bloggers posts in an online book group. Due to the group i had discovered so many new authors to me and i wanted to help spread the word about the authors and books i enjoyed and blogging for me was the way to do it.


How long have you been blogging (when you first set up your blog)

I have been blogging for just over three years now and love it as much as i did when i first started. I have to admit i never thought i would get past setting it up never mind sticking with it but it has given me a new lease of life.


When did you start joining Blog Tours and why?

I’m not actually sure when i started taking part in them. To start with it would just be authors contacting me asking if I would read and review their book then I slowly started to get approached by publishers. I have to admit it was very nerve wracking doing my first one but there was no need and I love being involved in them.


Do you join blog tours for a lot of publishers? About how many?

I used to do them for quite a a lot of publishers but due to work and life in general I have cut down to a select few now as I just don’t have the time to read as many books as I used to.


What do you think of the books Joffe publish are they usually good, average, bad?

I have only read a few of Joffe’s books and have a couple sat waiting patiently on my kindle to be read but in the main they have usually been good.


How do Joffe Blog Tours compare to the ones run by other publishers?

They are probably along the same par in how they are run though they do tend to be more short notice.


Joffe Books is run differently to other publishers is the short notice of book releases a problem given how much in demand bloggers are?

Previously it wouldn’t have been to much of an issue for me but now a days, it’s not often I can help out with it being short notice unless it is to host a guest post as it doesn’t give me enough time to read and review it.


Some Bloggers leave room for Joffe Books are you one of those?  If so why?

Due to it being such short notice unfortunately not. My diary gets filled up quite quickly and with cutting down it makes it nigh on impossible to help out. If more notice was to be given then possibly yes i would save room to help out more.


Joffe Books has a launch team that get together in a virtual party setting and many of the authors support each other and chat with the readers and bloggers.  Do you think this is a good idea?  If so why?

I think it’s always great for there to be interaction between authors and readers and think readers are more likely to go on and read more of the authors books.


Have you ever gone to a Joffe Launch Party?

What do you think of them? Yes I have been to a few and they are generally a lot of fun.


JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 1 – T J Brearton

JOFFE BOOKS: What Their Authors Think. Day 2 – Ken Ogilvie

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 3: Helen Durrant

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 4 – Janice Frost

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 5 – Stewart Giles

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 6 – Derek Thompson

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 7 – Charlie Gallagher

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 8 – Joy Ellis

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 9 – Daisy White

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 10 – Faith Martin

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 11 – Anne Penketh

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 12: Gretta Mulrooney

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 13: Michael Hambling

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 15: Taylor Adams

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 16: Chris Collett

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 17: Black Books Blog.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 18: On The Shelf Reviews.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 19: Daisy White’s Wicked Words.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 20: Book Lovers Book Reviews.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 21: Sassy Redhead Book Reviews.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 22: Joanna Larum’s Reviews.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 23: Beverley Ann Hopper

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 24: Donna Maguire


BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Dead Bad by Helen Durrant

A big THANK YOU to all the marvelous bloggers on the Blog Tour for DEAD BAD by Helen Durrant.  Another Amazon top 20 and that is down to you guys you are THE BEST – many thanks from Helen, Joffe books and myself xx


Linda Strong Book Reviews

Another excellent addition to an excellent series! Well written and action packed, it can be read easily as a stand alone. But I highly recommend starting at the beginning.   Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

All of these strands are interwoven with consummate skill, making page-turning an absolute must and forcing the reader to give up on sleeping or eating until the conclusion is reached.  Read more here

On the Shelf Reviews

This was such an absorbing, fast paced read. With the kidnapping of Calladine and the brutal killer on the loose story lines, I just could not stop turning those pages!   Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Oh my where do I start with this book?  I don’t mean that in a bad way but in a good way.  There were several story strands to this book that were equally as good as each other and it would be wrong to just pick out one.  In case you hadn’t guessed I absolutely flipping, totally and utterly loved reading this book but more about that in a bit.  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

It has a brilliant story, it has the characters that I love and the writing style was superb as always. I loved the pace and it had me gripped from the first page to the last – so, so good – so as you can probably guess, yes it is 5 stars from me – I loved it!!  Read more here

J.V. Baptie

The novel is very pacey and there are several story strands to follow and each one opens up a host of questions, this is exactly how I like a book to be.  It’s hard to write this review without giving too much away but the characters face some interesting personal turmoil which also makes for good reading and there is a good balance of light and dark moments.  Read more here

Turn the Page Blog

I found this book easy to read and it kept me guessing!  Read more here

Mystery Thriller Week

Writing crime fiction takes a bit of skill and creativity, amongst other things, for the desired result. Dead Bad even though it’s a short read, has all those elements. Check out this series!  Read more here

Black Books Blog

This story  is a brilliant one as we learn a lot more about Bayliss and her life, including some possible decisions she has to make, which could affect everyone around her. The book has so much going on that at times it is hard to remember what has happened, but with so much happening you never lose interest and just as you think you have it sorted something comes up which throws you again.  Read more here

Beth in a Box

DEAD BAD.jpgDEAD BAD by Helen H. Durrant

Available from: Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon Australia  Amazon Canada

Looking for a brilliant best-selling crime mystery with great detectives?

Detective Calladine and Bayliss face a vicious serial killer in a mystery with a shocking ending.

A woman’s body is found in a disused church, a homemade stuffed toy by her side. The victim had been dumped there months ago. The crime has the hallmarks of twenty-year-old case whose alleged perpetrator is in prison.

Detective Ruth Bayliss must work out whether a serial killer has returned, or whether a new killer is just taunting the police.

Her partner DI Tom Calladine faces the fight of his life to clear his name of corruption accusations. And then things go from bad to worse for Calladine . . .

With the team under massive pressure and drugs flooding the streets, another gruesomely presented body is found.

In an ending with a huge twist, the detectives must unpick decades’ old lies before anyone else dies.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

DEAD BAD is book eight of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.

Tom Calladine is a detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She is balancing her professional life with looking after a small child.

The fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.





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