Guest Post with author Emily Davis

Today I have author Emily Davis for a special guest post while she is touring her new book Paint for Blood. I already read it and you can find my review underneath the post.


What Do You Remember About a Place?

As a writer who prefers to live out of her closet instead of a suitcase, I don’t do much traveling but I try to hold onto memories of the places I do visit. When I was nineteen I took a Greyhound bus from West Virginia to Georgia. It was a long ride. A really, really long ride, riddled with stops along the way, mostly in tiny towns without actual bus stations–and at the end of the ride, Atlanta.

Great concrete overpasses welcomed me (and a slow-moving sea of commuter traffic) into the city just after sunrise – so early in the morning, the driver of a vehicle beside the bus was steering with one hand and operating an electric shaver with his other hand.

“Peach”-themed streets, restaurants, billboards and marquis’ told me all about the local agriculture.

The Underground intrigued me, but at the time I was warned not to venture into the Underground due to crime.

Little Five Points completely captivated me, and I ignored the warnings not to venture there.

My summer in Atlanta came during the height of the goth subculture of the ‘90s, when Manic Panic hair was fashionable and hardcore clubbers paid for vampire teeth implants. Ankhs and scarab beetles were the jewelry adornments of choice, crushed velvet and lace and choker collars were in demand even in the middle of a hot, muggy Southern summer, and Little Five Points with its alternative boutiques and vivid murals was the place to be.

I suppose it’s no surprise that fourteen years later, I revisited that nocturnal atmosphere in a gothic novel.

Memories of Little Five Points are what lured me back to Atlanta as the setting for my Chalice Blood series, which follows a young woman who’s seen too much, made decisions she felt like she had to make (some of them unwise, many not admirable at all) into a world she’d rather not even acknowledge, let alone live in. Vampires, blood, sex, scary monsters, tough decisions – Dessa Collier faces them all in PAINT FOR BLOOD, and I’m still not sure whether she comes out the end better or worse for the experience.


There’s only one substance on earth that can create a new vampire–the blood of a Chalice, a rare individual with magic in her veins. Atlanta’s human-vampire Civility Laws demand that if a Chalice is found, she must be destroyed. Vampire Teijon Reyes allowed the mortal girl Dessa Collier to live despite the threat she posed to society. If he ever finds her again, he will kill her, personal desires be damned.

Heiress to a family tradition of ward-working, house painter Dessa Collier has spent the past twelve years pretending vampires don’t exist. When a friend-enemy walks back into Dessa’s life after a decade-long absence, everything Dessa has been hiding from comes crashing down on top of her.

Thrown together on a mission to protect a city under seige, Dessa and Teijon can no longer hide from the powerful attraction that binds them…or the monsters out to destroy them.





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Emily Ryan-Davis is a lifelong East Coaster whose passion for the written word saw her through jobs writing obituaries, press releases and grants before she decided “I’m going to do this” and sat down to write a book. She made that decision in 2005 and has since published several short stories and novellas with digital publishers including Ellora’s Cave. On May 24, 2012, Emily left supervisors and payrolls behind in order to focus her efforts on writing and raising her son.

Emily has been a member of the Writer’s Digest-recognized writing community Romance Divas, where she volunteers as a moderator and organizes the annual "Not Going to Conference" Virtual Conference, since 2006.


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