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Claudette Melanson writes & edits in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband Ron and four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. She’s wished to be a Vampire since age five. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many books living inside her head.
 
In her spare time she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories….along with other great fiction. She is also very interested in good health and is an advocate of Ketogenic eating, using whole and natural foods. Her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.
 
Future dreams include writing many more books and spending more time with her son Jacob. Her biggest dream is to make Universal Halloween Horror Nights a yearly event with hubby and son. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.
 
Connect with the Author here: 
The 3rd book in the 1st of several
trilogies featuring Maura & her family! 
Maura has never felt so alone in her life…nor has her existence ever been so overshadowed by peril… 
 
Not only do both her parents—her distant but loving mother and recently- returned father—remain absent from her life, but due to
the hideous error in judgement executed in collusion with her best friend, Valdamir, and adoptive sister, Susie, Maura has been cut off from the pair’s friendship and support, forbidden by both her father and the fallout from the dire outcome to see either of them. The heartbreak she suffers, brought on by the weight of these estrangements, is only intensified by the continued mysterious absence of her supernaturally-destined mate, Ron…whose disappearance delivers grave consequences Maura would have never dreamed possible…
 
Despised by her vampire cousin, Aldiva, for reasons Maura cannot yet comprehend, the young changeling will be forced to guard her
back with every step, as she comes to realize this member of her vampire family would love nothing more than to bring about her demise. Aldiva’s wrath calls forth other members from both Vancouver covens, forcing them to rush to Maura’s aid—even though her father, their king, has expressly forbidden the other vampires to initiate contact with his daughter. Will her extended family on
Vancouver Island obey, abandoning Maura to her doom, or will they instead rebel against Maxwell’s wishes in order to save her life? 
 
In addition to the menace personified in her unsolicited enemy, the unlikely vampire princess will find herself drowning as she is pulled down into the depths of a far more devastating crisis…one which may condemn her to a fate she considers much more undesirable than death. But in order to tear herself free from the deadly pull which is drawing her under, Maura must enlist the help of her preternatural family, exposing her newfound friends to a danger none of them have ever had the misfortune to face before. Can she be saved or will the riptide drag Maura under…along with those she loves the most… 
 
In this third and final book of The Maura DeLuca Trilogy,the first of several trilogies to come, the reader will delve even deeper into the secrets guarded by Maura’s father, the mystery of Ron’s role in her life and the identities of the mysterious Vancouver Island Coven members who have, up until now, remained hidden in the shadows. This trilogy rounds out the segment of Maura’s life during which she discovers she is a member of The Born—a human destined to complete her transformation into a vampire! This series of young adult fantasy novels has been enjoyed by readers of nearly every age and are found by them to be dramatically different from any other vampire books they have read in the past. Discover a magical world filled with fae, angels, elves, pixies and other enchanting creatures in addition to two families made up of some of the most likeable vampires—for the most part—to ever exist.

 

 

Q&A With The Author:
1.         When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author? I started writing at the age of five. My mom read to me since I was a baby, so I always loved stories. I wrote a continuing fairy tale for my ballet class and my teacher let me read it at the beginning each week. I was always narrating things in my head. My first big influence was Stephen King. Since my mom thought I was too young to read his books,  my Aunt Betty started slipping them to me when I was about twelve.
2.         Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it? Yes, I have two books which are being published next month. The first is my 2nd Children’s Book, Teggie Wants a Hippo for Christmas. The book is based on a running joke in our house with our eldest bunny, Tegan, aka Teggie. The eBook is on sale for $1.99 until its release date on November 1st. I will also have a Christmas Horror Anthology coming out around the end of November titled, The 12 Terrors of Christmas. It will include a bonus story by Author Lynn Lamb, a story I wrote for Halloweenpalooza (previously only found on the blog), and eleven original stories written by me. One of those will be a sneak peek at Maura’s last Christmas, skipped over in Riptide that
will include some new information for fans of the Maura DeLuca Trilogy.
3.         What is your favorite writing snack? Does tequila count? LOL, I do like to have a bit if I’m having a hard time or getting blocked. It frees up the thought process. As far as food goes, I do love grass-fed beef jerky. Plus, it has the added benefit of being easy to eat while typing.
4.         If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve? Definitely would have to be Millicent. I love her snark and the way I know she could scare the bejeezus out of me with her dark humor. I would have to serve me since Millicent is a vampire and could only hope to talk her into making me one of her kind. The dinner conversation would be fantastic, given her nearly six centuries of experiences. Plus, she loves a good book 😉
5.         Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Being an indie author is not easy. Marketing is a necessary evil but steals away too much of my writing time.
6.         How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing? Going to any amusement park and riding all the coasters. I also love to read every night before bed. It helps me escape from the stress of never being able to get everything done. And of course, I love hanging out and playing with my bunnies. They bring me immeasurable joy!
7.         What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it? I want to hit the NY Times bestseller list. The only thing I can do is keep writing more books. I have pages of ideas, so I plan to keep at it for as long as I’m breathing.
8.         What do you fear most? Losing those I love. My bunny who moved from Vancouver with me, Cuddles, passed away four years ago, and losing her crushed me. If one of them isn’t feeling good, I go into full panic mode.
9.         What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day? Keep writing. Thatis the best thing you can do. Watch your time on social media and marketing; don’t let it eat up all your writing time. Just keep pushing. The only way you will ensure your failure is to give up.
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