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Welcome Author Sydney Winward!

Please welcome Author Sydney Winward to my blog with her new release, Bloodbond, part of the Bloodborn series! If you love vampire romance, you're going to want to pick up this book!

Once a feral vampire, always a feral vampire!

GENRE: Paranormal romance



Zachariah Degore spent ten years locked under ground as a feral vampire. Now he has to redefine what it means to be healthy and whole. With his human life behind him, he starts anew in the vampire city of Ichor Knell with the vampire shah as his kin. He must prove he is worthy of his place in this new world.

Laurel Covaci is vampire elite, she would never court a feral vampire. After two hundred years she has yet to find a mate who meets with her satisfaction. She hides the pain of past hurt and abandonment behind a cold façade. Zach is confident that Laurel is the vampire for him, but can he break through her icy walls and convince her he's the mate she's been waiting for?



She stared at him. And stared. Until it became uncomfortable.

So he stood and started to pack up his things, but she glared at him and pointed to his seat.

“Sit.” He did. Who could disobey a tone like that? “You can’t kill?” she asked incredulously. “You only recently came out of being feral, correct?” He nodded. “And you can’t kill? Human blood doesn’t send you into a rage. You refused to drink from the goblet at the service.”

“Have you been spying on me?”

She ignored his comment, and her mouth puckered slightly as if in deep concentration. He couldn’t help but stare. He’d never seen her do it before. Another endearing quality he added to the lengthy list of what made Laurel Covaci absolutely perfect.

“I have searched high and low, but I simply cannot find any answers to this particular conundrum,” she finally said. Heat rose to his ears. She’d been thinking about him?

He grinned. “Well, well, Lady Covaci. I didn’t realize I was filling up your thoughts.”

She blushed prettily, and he almost expected her to get up from the table and leave, regretting she even sat down in the first place. But she stayed put. In fact, she stared right back as if challenging him. He enjoyed the eye contact. Her eyes were so blue. So beautiful. They took him back to green fields of his childhood, of staring back at the blue sky as clouds lazily drifted past.



Sydney Winward was born with an artistic brain and a love of discovery for new talents. From drawing to sewing to music, she has loved to explore every opportunity that comes her way. At a young age, Sydney discovered her love of writing, and she hasn’t been able to stop writing since. Her active imagination and artistic mind take her away to different worlds and time periods, making every new story a fantastic adventure. When she is not writing (or fawning over animals in the neighborhood) she spends time with her husband and children at home in Utah.


Hardest Things About Being a Writer

Finding the time to write: Between juggling an attention-seeking toddler and a ten-month-old who wants to be held all the time, finding time to write is a struggle! I have to write a sentence here, a sentence there, and then write when they’re finally in bed.

Reviews: For most of my life, I wanted to be an author. The one thing I overlooked were the reviews. Some will be good, others will be bad. I just have to remind myself that what I write won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. I just need to develop a thick skin and celebrate when I do get a good review.

The editing process: For this, I also need thick skin. Whether I get feedback and critiques from beta readers, a critique group, or my editor, I have to remind myself that many of these edits will make for a better story.

Building a platform: Unfortunately, this takes time! And it can even cost money, especially when you do a book tour. I just have to keep writing and keep publishing books, and building a platform will happen organically.

Best Things About Being a Writer

Getting to live inside my own head: I get to travel to many different worlds! I get to meet many different people! And my favorite, I get to experience a romance (because I write romance novels) from the perspective of many different characters. There is never a dull moment when all I need is my imagination to take me away from reality.

Holding my finished book in my hands: There is no better feeling than holding something in my hands that I spent so long writing, editing, and then getting it published. Countless hours of work went into my book, and it’s surreal to finally hold it in my hands.

Getting the cover art: There is so much anxiety and excitement around getting the first peek at the cover art for your book. As a traditionally published author, I don’t have complete control over the cover, so when I see it for the first time, I can’t help but jump up and down and squeal with excitement. My husband in unfazed by my author giddiness.

Connecting with other authors: I LOVE meeting other authors and learning about their work. I especially love reading their books and learning more about them that way. I’m currently at 46 books on my Goodreads reading goal and still counting!





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Anna Taylor Sweringen
Anna Taylor Sweringen

Thanks for sharing the excerpt and your writing insights. Good luck with Bloodbond.

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