A big welcome to Lou Sylvre as part of her blog tour for Vasquez and James Volume 1 from Changeling Press.
Hello! I’m Lou Sylvre, and I’m happy to be back here on Drops of Ink with good news. After a brief hiatus (a few months off the market), the Vasquez and James Series is back. These are the stories readers loved in the first edition, put together into a brand-new box set edition. Check out Bryan Keller’s brilliant cover for this Changeling Press edition, Volume 1, which includes books 1-3. (Watch for Volume 2 on July 27th!)
About the Books in Volume 1
When badass meets artist, sparks and bullets fly. Blazing romance, chilling suspense, enduring love…
* Loving Luki Vasquez: Renowned but reclusive weaver Sonny Bly James masters color, texture, and shape in his tapestries, but when he meets Luki Vasquez, an ex-ATF agent and all-around badass, his heart and desire spin out of control. The heat between them won’t be denied. United by danger, can Sonny and Luki put fear and anger aside, and fight together to save Sonny’s nephew and their own lives?
*Delsyn’s Blues: Devastated by loss, Sonny James listens to a voice singing the blues from beyond the grave. Convinced he’s failed in an all-important life task, he tries to shut out Luki Vasquez and love just when he needs him the most. But when Luki finally breaks through Sonny’s fortress of grief, it’s just in time for the newly reunited couple to face a new, violent, escalating danger.
*Finding Jackie: When Sonny James asked Luki Vasquez to marry him, Luki’s “yes” was accompanied by a request — a wedding in Hawaii. Months and many trials later, their hilltop island ceremony is poignant and funny, and every bit as beautiful as they’d hoped. The honeymoon is all sex, surfing, and sunshine… until Luki’s sixteen-year-old nephew is kidnapped by a sadistic killer. When it all comes to an ultimate showdown with evil, it’s not only love at stake, but their lives.
L-D on Goodreads about Loving Luki Vasquez (1st edition)
This book pretty much had everything that I like in a book or a movie. A hot, sexy, gruff, gun-toting badass that knows martial arts and has a scar that intimidates everyone but his lover… huh, wait a sec….come to think of it, that’s pretty much my only criteria. Okay, while that’s not entirely true, I DO love me some macho badassery. I’m a total dude when it comes to movie preferences too – if it has weapons, fighting, explosions, intrigue, and sex then I’m going to love it. Plot is preferred but action is critical. If this book were made into a movie, I would want to watch it on the IMAX big screen with a huge tub of popcorn.
Monique at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews on Delsyn’s Blues (1st edition):
I love this series and the excellent and at times beautiful writing from Lou Sylvre, through her words the emotion, heartbreak, fear, love, uncertainty, hope, all of it, I feel and experience… she puts me right there with them and I am now hooked and totally invested in the future of these two characters that I have come to adore.
Dianne at Live Your Life Buy the Book, on Finding Jackie (1st edition):
“I’m happy to acknowledge that I have been in love with both of them ever since reading the first 2 pages of Loving Luki Vasquez. … The love between these two is palpable…. They are rocks for each other throughout everything that happens. I love the sensual feel to their entire relationship. The sex between them is extremely hot, intimate and always exudes emotional purpose. …Lou presents an incredibly riveting story that is as beautifully woven as Sonny’s art. It grabbed me immediately and demanded not to be put down until finished.”
A Brief Excerpt from Delsyn’s Blues
After a few hard, shaking breaths, Sonny walked across the studio to the bank of sound equipment he had stacked on narrow shelves and turned off the blues, which had grown raucous in the long minute just passed. Silence emerged like something that had been lurking in the shadows all along, and in it, Sonny turned his ear, but not his face, toward the door. “Luki,” he said, voice a little hoarse but otherwise intact. “You’ve been there a while.”
Silence. No eyes.
“What was I thinking? What was I doing?” Sonny set his jaw in defiance, or belligerence, or in a desperate bid for control.
“Forgetting!” Finally Sonny turned to face him, his eyes not defiant after all, but filled with need. “I can’t forget, Luki. It hurts right here.” He slammed his fists into his solar plexus.
“Sonny, don’t!” Luki still couldn’t move from the door.
“All the time, day and night. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, I can’t stop remembering. Dammit, I don’t want to live with it anymore. I want to forget, Luki. I just want to forget.”
The anger had drained away with those last five words, but Sonny still seemed like a caged and dangerous animal. When Luki finally found his legs and stepped toward Sonny, he knew he was taking a risk, knew Sonny might find his desperate rage and lash out. As once before, Luki realized that if there was anyone in the world that he wouldn’t fight, even for his own safety, it was this man, this precious man standing across the room staring at him, waiting for him, or for something. The thought frightened him, and once again he raised a hand to the St. Christopher medal beneath his shirt.
But when he got there, stood a foot away from Sonny, he looked into his lover’s brown eyes and found there a captured image of himself. And Sonny melted. Shook. Actually shook with the pain of letting his guard down, trusting Luki not to break him altogether. “Let me help,” Luki whispered. “Just let me help if I can.”
Lou Sylvre loves romance with all its ups and downs, and likes to conjure it into books. The sweethearts on her pages are men who end up loving each other—and usually saving each other from unspeakable danger. It’s all pretty crazy and very, very sexy. As if you’d want to know more, she’ll happily tell you that she is a proudly bisexual woman—a mother, grandmother, lover of languages, and cat-herder—of mixed cultural heritage. She works closely with lead cat and writing assistant, the (male) Queen of Budapest, Boudreau St. Clair. She lives in the rainy part of the Pacific Northwest, and hearing from a reader infallibly brightens the dreary weather. Find her through her links listed here, or drop her a line at email@example.com.
Thank you all for stopping by Drops of Ink, and many thanks to Anne Barwell for hosting me along with the ever mischievous, entertaining, and heartrending Luki and Sonny!