Wednesday, April 1, 2015

C.P. Mandara's Desiring Death ♥Review & Interview☠

Title: Desiring Death
Author: C.P. Mandara
Series: Evading Death (Book 1)
Genre: Paranormal/Vampire/Erotica
Publisher: Chimera Books UK
Release Date: Jan 22 2015
Number of Pages: 154
Word Count: 62,000
Edition/Format Available In: eBook

Violetta is an executioner… of vampires. Famed for her fiery beauty and mesmerising personality, she has never failed an assignment.
Monsieur Martinet is no ordinary vampire, though. He is a master at his craft and can control humans with the merest flick of his eyelids. The vampire huntress with the porcelain skin and flaming red hair has killed all of his brethren, without exception. He now seeks the ultimate revenge: her submission in HIS bed.
If he’s allowed to stay alive long enough, that is.

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Christina (C.P.) Mandara was born in the UK, but has spent most of her life travelling the world. She speaks three languages and has been chiefly employed in the fields of finance and travel. Her favourite city is Sydney and her favourite holiday destination is the south of France.
She loves keeping fit and enjoys running, cycling and water sports. No, not those kinds of water sports; think surfing or sailing. That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t enjoy BDSM in all of its glorious forms, be that pony girls, bondage, edge play, orgasm denial or a damn good spanking. Her favourite item in the toy closet (a box simply isn’t big enough) is her riding crop.
In her spare time she’s usually cuddled up with a good book, exploring the countryside or baking in the kitchen. In fact, she loves her kitchen so much she’s one of few woman who wouldn’t mind being tied to it! Her first and foremost love is writing, however, and more often than not you’ll find her on a laptop spinning tales of romance, erotica or dark, paranormal fantasies.
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Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your books published?

Haha! Challenges in getting them published or challenges in getting them to stay published? In all honesty, I was very lucky to find a publisher for the Pony Tales Series. I only applied to two publishers and thankfully, one said ‘yes!’ Erotica is receiving a very hard time from online book stores at the moment, unfairly in my opinion, because all manner of things can go on in horror stories and yet the erotica department seems to be policed ridiculously. I don’t see anything wrong with a naughty little fantasy, it’s what reading is all about – escapism.

What author do you admire most?

Anne Rice. She had the courage to write the Beauty series many years ago and is now moving on to have them made into a TV series. I loved her vampire tales, too. Lestat is one of my all-time favourite vampires!

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’m now finishing up my ‘Pony Tales’ series which is extremely kinky BDSM. Think medical exams, pony-girls, restraints, bondage, breath play, latex - you name it and it’s probably in one of the Pony Tales books. This book is going to be especially good fun as Mark Matthews is trying to rescue Jenny from her enforced captivity at Albrecht stables. To do that, he’s going to have to submit to the owner, Michael Redcliff, for the night. I love watching a man get naked and taking a little pain for his girl!!

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

Horror, funnily enough. I can’t watch scary movies without hiding under my duvet, so actually writing a horror book would be nearly impossible, LOL.

Have you ever had writer's block? What is your best cure if you have? Or how do you keep it at bay?

Yes. It strikes every now and again. If it’s really bad, I just move on to a later chapter in the book until my imagination finally comes around to solving the problem. It’s taken me up to two weeks to bash through the block before!

What movie do you love to watch over and over? Which one scares you so much you can't sleep?

I don’t watch scary movies, see above LOL! As to over and over and over, it’s the Matrix Trilogy. I love the way it messes with your head. I also love Twilight. The angst between Bella and Edward was wonderful.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The best compliments are when people visit my Facebook/GoodReads page and actually take time out of their day to tell me how much they enjoy my books. It always bowls me over and I’m on cloud nine for the rest of the week.
As to the toughest criticism - I’m all for it –  and if I can put the advice to good use I do. I guess the worst thing an author can get is a one star review with no reason. There’s really not much you can take away from that.

How much research do you usually do for a book? What is your biggest research gathering tool?

I usually do a fair bit and my Facebook page is full of my quirky research musings. Lately for ‘Pony Tales’ I’ve had to research latex paint and an artificial gill for an underwater bondage scene. There’s never a dull moment in BDSM lol!
As to my biggest research-gathering tool it would have to be Google and then friends. If I get stuck on something, I’ll blog and ask for help and usually someone will be sweet enough to come up with an answer for me.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Good or bad, it’s all good in my opinion. Most people don’t leave reviews full stop, so for those that do – I thank them wholeheartedly. If you leave a bad review, it’s always nice to know what you didn’t like so hopefully I can take something back from it and try and improve my game, but I do realize that not everyone is going to like my work. You can’t please everyone all of the time and you’re lucky if you please a few people some of the time!

Do either of your main characters from Desiring Death have a real life inspiration?

No way! (Although I wish they did). I’d love to meet Monsieur Martinet and spend a week or two in bed with him… J

After reading your book I have noticed at least one of your main characters tends to have scars, whether they are inside or bared to the world. I admit your ability to making me love your wounded heroes far better than anyone else. Is this just what you like to write or your style?

I love a wounded hero – in this case Martinet is nearly destroyed with grief. Every member of his family has been taken and killed, for the most part violently, from right under his nose. His rage is palpable and his need for revenge is great, but even with all that on his shoulders, he’s not the monster Violetta suspects him to be. Both of my main characters have their flaws, and they’ll both be put to the absolute limit before the ‘Evading Death’ series is finished. (Both inside and outside the sheets!)

Other Works by C.P. Mandara

Pony Tales Series

Evading Death Series

Desiring Death (1)


The door opened silently and she was greeted by the dim interior within, lit up by little more than candles and a few strategically placed bulbs, but, oh, how they reflected the light. Rushing inside her sanctum and striding forwards, as if being further inside the church would help her in her plight for safety, she couldn’t help but be stunned by the richness of its design. There was a reason it had been given the nickname of ‘Chiesa d’Oro,’ or ‘Church of Gold.’
Glittering mosaics lined both the floor and the ceiling, and the gold glass created a shimmering movement that was truly incredible. Looking up into the vast height between herself and the domed ceiling, she had reason to feel very small. Then something clicked inside her and she realised that not only had she not seen a priest at the door, but no-one had a made a sound since her entrance. Spinning around to scan the area behind her, she saw that while the door had been closed firmly shut there appeared to be not a soul in sight. Whilst Violetta would normally have been more than capable of taking care of herself, she was in no fit state to defend herself this evening. She could only hope that the benevolent priest who had answered her call had left her some privacy in which to pray.
‘My, what an impressive effort, cherie. Futile, of course, but impressive, nevertheless.’ Jumping up in shock, she looked around and searched frantically for a member of the clergy to come to her rescue. There was no-one to be found. ‘The priests have been disposed of, cherie. It’s just you and me.’ And there he was, pristine perfection, looking cool, calm and unruffled. His full-length dark-grey wool coat had not a mark upon it, his loafers were polished to a high shine and his hair flopped in beautiful ebony planes against his face. Not even the wind was able to mar his beauty. He was lounging against a sixteenth century font to her left and looked exceptionally comfortable there. She wanted to burst into tears.
Speechless, she watched as both of his hands cupped themselves together and gathered water from the font. He liberally splashed himself with it and she knew that he wanted a reaction from her. Goddamn the man was an utter bastard. She refused to give him one. Violetta Cancellaro was not going to run over to him and try to tear his eyes out of his head. That would give him exactly what he wanted. She could not school her expression, however.
Her eyes shot out of her head and her mouth dropped open in dismay. ‘You,’ she accused, though no further words were forthcoming. Her hands were shaking at the thought of what he might have done to the priests.  If she had not come here tonight, they might still have been alive. She had an awful moment where she wondered how many deaths would be heaped upon her conscience this evening. ‘Why did you have to kill them?’ Her legs crumpled downwards and her knees sank to the tessellated carpet of marble below. They hit the cold, unforgiving floor with a dull thud.

‘Oh yea of little faith,’ he mocked. ‘Contrary to popular belief, I do not go around murdering messengers of God or deflowering virgins on a regular basis. For you, I’ll make a special exception, but the general rule is to steer well clear of them.’ He raised an eyebrow at her, knowing full well that she did not believe him. ‘Relax, cherie. I sent them to sleep. They are having a quiet snooze up near the altar.’
She immediately scrabbled to her feet and turned around to confirm his words. On closer inspection she found two figures, both clad in voluminous black cassocks, could be seen strung across the front pew. A few halting steps forward, and she could see that he had in fact told the truth, for both chests were rising and falling and the sound of gentle snores could be heard. She remembered to breathe.
‘Come now, princess. It’s time to take a little trip. I have a four poster bed and several sets of handcuffs with your name on them, although I think that the dark, black rope would look particularly fetching wrapped around your alabaster arms. What do you think, darling?’

Desiring Death was a bit different than I expected. It was a very dark paranormal erotic. Violetta is a vampire hunter until she becomes the hunted. Martinet is suppose to be who she hunted but he has revenge on his mind and Violetta is going to satisfy it. This is a cat and mouse kind of book with erotic dark scenes. The timeline had me confused a bit but once I got the hang of how it went I was good to go. C.P. Mandara is fantastic at building anticipation and is great at telling a story.

This book has dark violent scenes and is not for the faint of heart. Martinet is intent on revenge and his brand of revenge is Violetta's kind of Hell. 


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    1. It was a pleasure! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my interview questions :D