“No fate other than the one I choose.”
The timeless creed, and tattoo, bore by the Rousseaus— a vampire clan with the purest bloodline of any vampire family. Out of this clandestine group came one who was different, yet the same: Ascher-a half-bloodling— half- human, half vampire.
Ascher questions the purpose for his existence and which world he truly belongs to: the human world or the vampire world. Two months from sealing to Ursula— a prearranged union to a woman he abhors — he’s at his wit’s end. He knows if he calls off the sealing, the Romanian clan will strike with deadly force, but he cannot see eternity with a cold empty shell of a woman like Ursula.
Just when he thought life was complicated enough, he meets Shauna— a beautiful, bi-racial human Wiccan — and immediately develops an unshakable attraction to her. She makes him feel alive and vital despite his origins and Ascher makes a decision that turns his immortal world upside down.
Blood Bonds (The Progeny Series #2)
“Forever. For always. For eternity.”
The ties that bind two hearts are powerful. For Ascher Rousseau and Shauna McCutchin, it’s more than just a blood bond. Their union is that of vampire legend. Their love is a predestined prophecy foretold centuries ago.
It’s a week before Ascher and Shauna's sealing and the couple is making final preparations for their eternity, but Ascher's ex has other plans. Ursula is hell-bent on revenge—revenge fueled by lover's scorn and her father's death—and she begins breeding a fresh army of newborn darklings to do her bidding.
When Ursula finds a new weapon—an ally with the capability to dismantle the Rousseau clan— Ascher and Shauna's bond is tested and they must stand together against Ursula or lose each other for eternity.
Blood Promise (The Progeny Series #3)
“Their love is fated by an ancient prophecy. Now the promise is fulfilled.”
Ascher Rousseau is a half-human, half vampire whose life has been a series of prophecies and predictions. After finding incredible love and passion with Shauna—a Wiccan with powers beyond anything he’s ever known—he seals to her and hopes for happiness. But his enemies seek to destroy all that he loves, and he finds that happiness never lasts for long.
Darkness is descending and a vampiric revolution is nearing. A new brood of hatchlings is born to join their darkling brothers, in preparation for war. A preordained chain of events is set into motion that could lead to the rise of the demonic “cloaked one” and his half-human fallen children, while ending humanity—as we know it.
Can a supernatural love and the loyal bond of a family save the Rousseaus and the world from certain extinction?
About Ashlynne Laynne
Ashlynne Laynne has always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun-loathing creatures of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music that is of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny. The vampire/witch pairing is unique and different when most books pair vampires with werewolves.
Ashlynne loves writing on the edge and teetering between the erotica and romance genres, and thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the wicked, damned version of Romeo and Juliet. She is currently working on book four of her Progeny Series, book one of her upcoming Rocker Series, and an untitled novella WIP. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family. She juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write full time one day soon.
Ashlynne lives in North Carolina with her husband and teenage son.
About The Progeny Series
At its core, The Progeny is simply a story about a man and woman who fall in love, and the fact that he’s a half-blood (half-human, half vampire) and she’s a Wiccan human are secondary factors. When we meet Ascher, he’s grumpy. Frankly, who could blame him? He’s engaged to seal to Ursula—a cold and careless vampire who wants nothing more than to get her hands on a bloodstone— and he feels conflicted about his existence.
All of that changes when he meets Shawnette McCutchin. She’s beautiful, intriguing and possesses some of the most potent blood that he’s ever smelled. A war immediately begins inside Ascher. He craves Shauna’s blood just as much as he craves her body and the closer they get, the harder it is for him to control his urges. After Ascher calls off the sealing to Ursula, the trouble begins. His family’s peaceful period ends when Ursula’s army attacks the Rousseaus.
This series encompasses a family dynamic of which we’ve never seen. The Rousseaus share a common mortal and immortal bloodline, but loyalty is the thread binding this clan. Shauna and Ascher’s dissuaded love only strengthens the family bonds. Their unique union transcends bloodlines and completes the prophecy, defying the archaic beliefs of centuries old covenants while shattering the wall between the Wiccan and vampire worlds that has existed for ages. This series is erotic paranormal romance intended for adults, as it contains adult sensuality, language and themes.
My favorite part of writing this series is building this love affair between these two amazing characters. I’m sharing one of my favorite scenes from Blood Promise.
“I thought something was wrong with me. I hated the woman I was supposed to love, and being with her made me physically ill.” The grimace on Ascher’s face brightened into a smile. “Then, I met you and everything changed. I felt my world shift the moment our eyes met in that crowded bar. I’ve never felt anything like that before. Then, I quickened and you became my world.”
Shauna paused, remembering how entranced she’d been when they’d met. Sure, he was a jerk at first, but she’d seen glimmers of the real Ascher beneath his standoffish demeanor. In hindsight, she understood why he’d reacted that way. He was a unique immortal being with an unbelievable prophecy on his shoulders, and a commitment to marry another.
“I was taken by you, too,” she confessed.
“Then, we made love that first time, and what I felt surpassed anything I’d been told, or could ever imagine. Sex stopped being a race to the finish line, or a dreaded task that left me mentally detached. With you, it’s about the connection, being right there with you—inside you, so that I lose myself. God, Shauna, you have no idea.”
His words floored her.
He kissed her forehead, his lips lingering on her skin. “I didn’t think it was possible for me to love, not this way, not the way I feel about you. I remember lying in the bed beside you, holding you in my arms and thinking how blessed I was to have had the experience. I knew, in that moment, that I’d protect you with my life.”
She paused, thinking about how far they’d come. The mere mention of Ursula had at one time been taboo...a forbidden subject that drudged up emotions and memories too painful for them to endure. Now, they talked about her and his feelings openly. She knew this was what he’d wished for, waited for and wanted more than anything else—his eternal love.
Shauna finally understood what he’d meant about sex being easy. Baring the depth of your soul was difficult, but they’d somehow learned to do it, and their relationship was stronger for it. She felt blessed to know only the feel and touch of a man who truly cherished her. Overcome by emotion, she could only stare in awe.
“I never thought this was possible—for someone to know the fiend inside me and still love me, despite it. Unconditionally. Wholly. Without question. I still don’t fully understand how you can love me, but I’m so grateful that you do.” His hands came to each side of her face, his gaze stabbing straight into her heart. “You are everything to me.” Placing her hand over his pounding heart, he stated, “My beginning. My end. My forever.”
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