Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Vampire Elite by Irina Argo-- Writing Duo Jo-An Torres & Irina Kardos


Irina Argo is a combined pen name for two
authors, Irina Kardos and Jo-An Torres.
Irina’s world is dark. She works as a clinical psychologist in a Juvenile Correctional Facility dealing with the extremes of human behavior on a regular basis and takes care of her paralyzed husband who suffered a stroke several years ago. To bring light into her life she writes. Writing has always been her passion. She is originally from Russia where she was employed as a TV journalist.


Jo-An is a Leo, a lioness who has emerged to follow her dream, to someday write a book of her own. She owned a costume shop for 15 years and was able to satisfy and excel in her creative nature. She is an over-achiever and believes that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and ignore the nay-sayers.  Her philosophy is based on Shakespeare "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves." She currently resides in California with her 5 cats and 1 husband.

 The Writing Duo Answers a Few Quirky Questions

Any weird things you do when you’re alone?
Jo-An Carry on various conversations with myself
Kissing my cat, Joy, all the time…Irina
What is your favorite quote and why?..
 Shakespeare "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves."
Because you should never hold anyone but yourself responsible for your destiny. Jo-An 
“…if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without” Doreen Valiente.
We hold the entire universe within ourselves. We are whole, we just do not know it and are constantly searching for something which is already there. Irina
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Peach.. Jo-An
Chocolate. I’m a chocolate addict..Irina.
Which mythological creature are you most like?
Sekhmet, the Lioness, also called “Flame,” is the fire of enlightenment, the fire that redeems the soul of the dead, liberating it “to become a star of heaven”.. Budge, The Gods of the Egyptians..Jo-An
BAST, The CatGoddess, I have joy within even when everthing looks bleak.  I love the fluidity, graciousness and nobility of cats.  They are amazing creatures.  The masterpieces of the universe…Irina
What are four things you can’t live without?
Financial Security
Family, Books, Friends, my cat Joy..Irina
The Blurb...

Can the ultimate choice be made if saving
your race means destroying the one you love?

At the beginning of the twenty-first century of our era a millennia long war between two immortal races was coming to an end. The Vampire Elite, the strongest among vampires, forced the race of immortal beings, the Amiti to become their blood suppliers, called bloodstock, locking them in their underground cells and treating them like livestock. The surviving free Amiti make a final attempt to strike back. The Queen of Amiti is proclaimed a traitor and is executed. Her death signifies the rise of a new Queen, her young daughter Arianna who becomes the last hope of her dying race. Arianna totally embraces her mission and is ready to fight for her people to the last drop of her blood but encounters an unexpected challenge—the vampire King Tor. They both are captured into a trap of love where they had to make an ultimate choice; to kill the loved one or to let their races die.
Vampire Elite is the epic story of a bitter conflict between two peoples, and the effect of that conflict on everyone living in its grip. The characters are driven to love and betrayal, vengeance and sacrifice in a world without easy black-and-white answers. 
Based on an ancient Egyptian legend, packed with action and intrigue, Vampire Elite will pull you into the entrancing world of immortals and open new portals into their hidden universe.
Now for a taste...
She loved tormenting him, making him tremble with anticipation, his breath hitching in his throat. She knew it turned him on, and she’d also discovered that his blood tasted even better than usual when he was aroused.
“Now go to the wall and spread your arms. Make it easy for me to punish you,” she commanded. 
Oberon obeyed, leaning against the wall and placing his wrists into the metal cuffs embedded in the wall. Simone locked the cuffs and left him like that. 
A moment later, she returned looking like Catwoman in a black latex bodysuit, her hair pulled into a high, thick ponytail. She’d accessorized with thick studded cuffs at her wrists, a braided whip at her waist and a dagger in her hand. 
Walking slowly and deliberately toward Oberon, she sliced through all his clothing, removing it and his weaponry piece by piece. Dropping the dagger she tilted her head to appreciate the sight of him: completely naked, vulnerable, and helpless—and hard for her, of course. Good.
She showed him her fangs then lowered her mouth to his jugular and bit into the skin lightly, releasing only a few drops of blood. She lowered her head to his chest, tracing the muscles there with her tongue, and then, using her fangs as daggers, she pierced his skin in unexpected places: his chest, shoulders, biceps, abs, hips. The blood oozed from the cuts, and soon Oberon’s body was covered with crimson streaks that formed random, vivid patterns across the golden skin of his torso and legs.
“You look incredibly sexy,” Simone heard herself saying as she shifted into an altered state, seeing nothing but this tantalizing male body bleeding for her. 

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Mary Preston said...

Very interesting that you would both choose Egyptian Goddesses.


Ingeborg said...

Irina, I'm a chocolate addict too so you're not alone. lol

Christy McKee said...

Welcome Ladies,

So glad you could be with us on the blog today.

MomJane said...

Loved the comments by both of you. How nice that you can combine your talents and write a book that sounds as good as this one. I love the excerpt.

Anonymous said...

Pretty intense one today!


Irina Argo Jo-An Torres said...

And thank YOU for hosting our tour... We really appreciate it!

Irina Argo Jo-An Torres said...

And thank YOU for hosting our tour... We really appreciate it!

Irina Argo Jo-An Torres said...

Anonymous ..that was our intent!

Mom Jane.... waiting for your comments on the book itself :)

MARY- I think we both had a previous life in Egypt. you always have it at hand?

CHRISTY ...can't figure out how to post individually.....Help!

Karen H in NC said...

Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
kareninnc at gmail dot com