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Book Info

Title: A Thousand Lifetimes

Author: Kate Hawthorne

Publisher: Self Published

Published: 3 October 2019

Cover Design: Samantha Santana / Amai Designs

Length: 51,000 words

Keywords: gay romance, paranormal romance, fated mates, vampire, cinnamon roll character

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My name is Ezra Clarke, and I’m twenty-three.

Forever.

If you’re counting in vampire years, I’m actually two-hundred and eight, and if living that long has taught me anything, it’s that nothing lasts forever. And that’s been fine. It’s… whatever. I’ve never wanted anything that long, anyway, which is why I’ve never taken a mate, but that all changed when I met Declan Byrne.

He’s young, handsome, and he doesn’t do what I tell him to. He smells like cinnamon and has eyes that remind me of the daytime sky. Every kiss we share feels like home, and no touch lasts long enough.

I need him to be mine.

And for the briefest moment he is, and life is perfect… and then it isn’t. Rogue vampires threaten to pull us apart, and complicated politics are painful reminders that a world exists beyond our privacy of our bedroom.

But if anyone thinks they can keep me away from Declan, they have another thing coming. My mate and I have a thousand lifetimes to live, and we’re just getting started.

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Review 

Ezra is a vampire and heir to the council leader who wants to retire, but Ezra must mate to succeed his maker.

Ezra does not want to take on the responsibility and certainly does not want to settle down.   At least that is what he thinks until he crosses paths with Declan.

Declan instantly is attracted to Ezra, but Ezra tries to push him away, until he sees Declan with another vampire and Jealousy runs through his cold veins.  There is energy pulling the two of them together and neither can fight it, not that they really want to.

But when Ezra loses control while being intimate with Declan and turns him.  Ezra hates himself for turning Declan without asking him.  The exact same thing that happened to himself.  Not only has he turned Declan, but he has claimed him as a soul mate.

But that is just the start of the chain of events that puts them both in danger.  The other vampire that was with Declan, is closing in on Declan’s family’s territory and will not let anyone get in his way.  What follows is a thrilling and dangerous ride, and Declan is in the line of fire.  Can Ezra’s family save him in time?

I really enjoyed the story of Ezra and Declan as they fight to protect themselves and their family, up against a vampire that does not play by the rules.

I liked the contrast between Ezra’s broodiness and resentment for being turned, and Declan’s easy-going outlook on life and acceptance of his vampirism, he seems to be excited by his new status.

I enjoyed the kidnapping and the torture scenes, though I wish the grittiness in these scenes was in more scenes, but that is just my darker side talking lol.

 

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If you’re familiar with my back list, you’ll know A Thousand Lifetimes isn’t the normal sort of story you should expect from me. I’m more known for writing kinky and gay contemporary romance with a little angst and a lot of heat. Before I started writing Ezra and Declan’s story, I’d known I wanted to do something a little different, but I wasn’t sure how. I’ve played around with the idea of something paranormal for quite a while, but I’ve always thought it wasn’t my lane and I shouldn’t write it, but I decided to do it anyway. I planned to release it around Halloween (my favorite holiday) and see how it was received.

One of the things that really appealed to me the most about writing this story was that I could completely create my own world. If I wanted humans to know vampires existed, I could do that. If I wanted them to live in secret, I could do that. I could play with the way humans get turned and what makes a mate or an heir. I was able to create my own political hierarchy for Carver County (where Ezra and his family live). While it was a lot more work to keep track of the rules that I made myself, it was also really liberating to be able to tweak and bend the laws and expectations to fit the story I wanted to tell.

Another reason I wanted to write this story was that I love the idea of soul mates. It was an idea I wanted to play around with for a while, but can’t really do in contemporary romance, but in this new world I was able to play a bit with shimmery magic and fated mates and all that kind of stuff.

One thing I’m super excited about is spending time in this new world I’ve made up has shown me some ways I can mix my fascination with soul mates into a contemporary story so I’m really ready to see about telling that tale!

 

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Excerpt

The whole drive back to the house, Declan smiles at me like I’ve given him all of his Christmas presents a day early. It’s unreal, the way it makes hope and want and happiness bloom inside a place that’s sat vacant for two centuries.  As soon as we get out of the car, he’s at my side, lacing our fingers together and he presses against me like he wants to be attached, and I don’t hate it. The way Declan acts around me makes me feel like I’m bigger than I am, like maybe I didn’t do such a bad thing after all. 

I unlock the front door and hear clinking glassware from down the hallway. My parents are up, obviously. I want to pull Declan upstairs because I’m not ready to share him yet. I only want him to be mine and I want this time to be ours. Just for one more night. 

That’s a lie.

A lot more nights.

I want at least four more years of nights before I need to worry about whatever my parents are about to unload on us.

“Ezra,” my father calls from the dining room, and the hope inside of me plummets into the floor.

“We’re going upstairs,” I answer.

“Ezra.” This time it’s my mother and I curse them both under my breath because they know I can’t say no to her. I’ve never been able to. 

“It’s okay,” Declan whispers against my neck. “I hope they like me.”

I turn and cup his face in my hands, and I’m pretty sure it’s impossible for someone to not like him. He’s perfection.

I nod and lead him into the dining room where he stands nervously half a step behind me. My mom gets up and comes around the table and looks at me like I’ve done something wonderful. She has this proud smile on her face and her eyes shift to look at Declan.

“And who are you?” she asks in this soothing way she has about her. She’s trying to get him to relax, and I equal parts appreciate it and hate it. 

“I’m Declan,” he answers, staying still. “Declan Byrne.”

“Old name.” 

“That’s what Ezra said.” 

Her lips twitch into a smile. “How are you feeling, Declan? Let’s come and sit down.” 

She returns to her seat at the table and we both follow. Declan slips into the chair he sat at earlier, and I take mine. My parents both have drinks in front of them, and my mom asks if we want anything. Declan reaches over and grabs my thigh, his fingertips treacherously close to my sac.

“I’m alright for now, thank you,” he says. 

“Declan, these are my parents, Birdie and William Clarke.” 

“It’s nice to meet you.”

“How are you fairing, then?” my mother asks again. She slides her hand across the table, palm up, and my father tangles their fingers together.

“Fine, I think.”

“He’s fine,” I answer. “We’re both fine.” 

“You, darling, were far from fine when it was your time. Have things changed so much now that such a life changing experience can be so well-received?” my mother says, and I bristle at the insinuation. I reach beneath the table and take Declan’s hand.

“Our circumstances weren’t comparable,” I whisper, clearing my throat when the words catch. I don’t want to have this conversation.

“I really am doing okay,” Declan interjects. “I think it will be an adjustment, obviously. But it’s not the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.” 

A wave of fear and disgust washes over me and I blink Declan into focus. He’s looking across the table at my mother, but there’s no doubt we’re feeling the same way. I grip his hand tighter, and hope he knows that he has me now, and whatever happened to him in the past won’t ever happen again.

“I’m sure Ezra has told you the basics, yes?” My father finally speaks up.

“No sun. No food. No silver.”

“I assume since you’ve turned the two of you have… been intimate?” He looks properly embarrassed, and I wonder what he would have looked like if he could blush.

“Yes,” I answer.

“Was there… a blood exchange?” 

“Yes,” I bite out.

“Good. The mate bond is sealed.”

“What now?” I cock my head to the side. 

“Once the mate is turned, the bond is there, but it’s weak until it’s sealed with a blood exchange. If you’ve done that, the bond is sealed.”

“Why haven’t you ever told me that before?” 

“I honestly never expected you to take a mate, Ezra,” my mother answers, taking her hand out of my fathers and folding them together neatly in front of her.

“You wanted to go to Hawaii,” I grumble.

“You’re such a wonderful boy.” 

“I can hear his thoughts,” Declan blurts out. “Is that normal?”

My mother raises an eyebrow and shoots a quick glance at my father. “Sometimes.” 

“What does that mean?”

“It means there’re different degrees.” He waves his hand in the air with a small flourish. “Sometimes the bond between mates is stronger, more solid.”

“Like soul mates,” my mother supplies.

“Soul mates?” I ask

“What else is there?” Declan speaks over me, and my parents ignore my question for his.

“It’s a list,” my mother laughs. “It varies, I think. Some of it develops over time, some never. Like William said, it varies.”

“What kinds of things though?” 

“I don’t think that’s appropriate dinner conversation.” 

“I’ve had dinner.” Declan shoots a challenging look across the table.

 

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Author’s Bio

Born and raised in Southern California, Kate Hawthorne woke up one day and realized she had stories worth sharing. Now existing on a steady diet of wine and coffee, Kate writes stories about complicated men in love that are sometimes dirty, but always sweet. She enjoys crafting hard-fought and well deserved happy endings with just the right amount of angst and kink.

From estate sale shopping to shoe worship, there’s something in at least one of her books that’ll tickle your fancy. Visit her website at www.katehawthornebooks.com