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Stompin’ To The Beat with Celia Breslin + Giveaway #StompvsRomp

Stomp vs Romp

Stompin’ To The Beat

Greetings from Team Stomp!

Writing a good Stomp is one of my favorite parts of creating urban fantasy goodness. And music most definitely feeds my Muse.

When working on my Tranquilli Bloodline series, a lot of thumping tunes rock my writer’s cave. For action scenes, I usually crank up some industrial rock, techno (big beat and minimal), electro, breakbeat, and house. Sounds loud, right? Well, my kickass heroine Carina IS a dance club owner. And she shakes things up both on and off the dance floor. 🙂

Here’s a taste of Carina in action. Some pesky vampires from Team Evil interrupt her first date with Alexander…

HAVEN Excerpt

(For this excerpt, I was listening to The Prodigy, Live World’s On Fire)

               Alexander stiffened and his head snapped up. His eyes glinted black as night, wild with lust and…aggression? He bared his teeth in a snarl, canines morphing into fangs. Long, sharp, lethal.
               On instinct, I pushed against his chest to get some distance between those teeth and my neck. He ignored me, head whipping around to survey the room. A feral growl erupted from his throat and he shoved me under the table.
               My cries of protest were drowned out by animalistic roars and breaking furniture. From my spot under the table, I felt around on the bench for my coat, all the while keeping an eye on the room. Dark blurs flitted back and forth, pieces of table and chair flew by…Bingo. My coat. I searched the pocket for my phone. Once in hand, I hit the button for my boys.
               The fighting around me stopped. The familiar techno ring tone of Mark’s phone broke the sudden silence. He’s here?
               The table above me was tossed away. Steel hands grabbed my legs and dragged me, face down. I dropped the phone and flattened my palms on the floor, trying to resist. One hand bumped into a steak knife and I grabbed it. My assailant flipped me over and lunged. I aimed for his heart but the knife plunged into his throat.

Haven Soundtrack on Spotify: Featuring songs by NIN, The Prodigy, Meat Beat Manifesto, and more…

My vampires on Team Good are passionate, fiercely protective, possessive and loyal. Here’s a look at Jonas, aka The Executioner, in action. He gets a tad upset when someone hurts Carina…


(For this excerpt, I was listening to Front Line Assembly, Echogenetic)

               “You touched her.”
               Jonas’s sword whistled through the air and sliced off the cowering vampire’s hand in one clean blow. It plopped into the mud. The hatchling howled in agony. Clutching his bleeding arm to his chest, he trembled at Jonas’s feet.
               “You kicked her.”
               The sword sang down again, lopping off one leg just below the knee. The lifeless limb joined the other in the mud.
The vampire peon passed out.
               Jonas shoved his sword into the ground and grabbed the vampire by the hair, holding him aloft with ease. He summoned his power and pushed it into the wounded man, forcing him back to consciousness.
               Awakened once again, the vampire screamed, eyes wide with horror.
               Jonas bared his fangs. “You bit her.”
               He plunged them into the weakling’s neck. He tore a flap of flesh from the front then spat it onto the growing pile of body parts at his feet.
               “No more.” With one practiced twist, he wrenched the vampire’s head from his body.
               The headless corpse crumpled to the ground. Jonas tossed the head onto the bloody heap, collected his sword and stalked into the night.

Vampire Code Soundtrack on Spotify: Featuring songs by Front Line Assembly, Ministry, Skinny Puppy…

Author Bio

Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.

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San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.

Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.

With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its axis, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life… without getting killed in the process.


Thanks for visiting Team Stomp today! Before you go, please vote for Action, Action, and more Action! And enter my giveaway, too. In keeping with our Stomp theme, I’m giving away three e-book copies of my urban fantasy short story, Vampire Code (a Haven prequel). See the Rafflecopter to enter! (p.s. there’s an e-gift card up for grabs, too!).

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  1. That’s quite the excerpt
    blodeuedd recently posted…Romance Friday: Surrender of a Siren / A Lady of Persuasion – Tessa Dare

  2. I think Vampire Code should be a full-length novel. There was a level of intensity and grit to it that hit all my Must Read Now buttons.

  3. Love these excerpts – and darn, you’re adding to my tbr list again this Friday, Carmel! This action sounds intense, and well … lol …hot 🙂
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  4. Go team Stomp! Freakin’ love these books!

  5. Well, I was already convinced to read Haven after Lorna’s review. But after reading those excerpts, it’s moved up in priority. I appreciate Ms. Breslin sharing the beat to which she stomps. 😉

    Go Team STOMP!

    • I’m so glad that you caught Lorna’s review earlier this week. Enjoy Haven!

    • Hi Brandee, Music is a powerful motivator for me. I’m editing the next book in the series this week (aka DESTINY) — today I’m listening to dance music (mostly DJ sets) while I edit a club scene. Thanks for visiting Team Stomp! 🙂
      Celia Breslin recently posted…Celia’s DESTINY Cover Reveal & Stomp vs. Romp!

  6. This is a new to me series but I am always up for a good vampire read!
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  7. *does little happy dance* Looks like I just found a new author to read and that’s always a good thing. 😉
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  8. Oh yea… this looks like something I would totally enjoy. A great addition to team STOMP! 🙂
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  9. Enjoyed the excerpts. 🙂 My favorite was the second one. Sometimes I listen to music when I’m reading but only if the book is boring ahah. And also when writing sometimes light…like reviews or a journal. 😉
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    • Glad you liked the excerpts, Lola!

    • I often listen to music while reviewing to help get my groove on, but very rarely when reading because I find it distracting. Unless, like you said, the book sucks. LOL

  10. Nice experts. GO TEAM ROMP!!
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  11. Because of you and your stompiness, I have Haven on my Kindle…and might just have to queue up the soundtrack while I listen to it (I think I have most of these, even!).
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    • Hi Mary,
      That stompiness note with music items was my reply to you, but for some reason it didn’t get nested under your post. Anyway, yay music! Thanks for adding Haven to your Kindle! 🙂

    • Sounds like you’re in for a STOMP’ingly good Friday night. Enjoy!

  12. LOL, hurray for stompiness! 🙂

    I haven’t made a Spotify playlist for the third book (Destiny) yet, but this is one of the DJs that will be on it:

    Steve Lawler –

    NIN will be on it, too, specifically Year Zero.
    Celia Breslin recently posted…Celia’s DESTINY Cover Reveal & Stomp vs. Romp!

  13. I can see where he’s coming from. I don’t write stomping scenes but I love listening to rock music when I’m kicking butt in video games. haha I’m definitely checking out the soundtrack on Spotify.
    Dea S. recently posted…Blog Tour & Signing Event: Proxy by Alex London (with Excerpt & Giveaway!)

    • Hi Dea, Hope you enjoy the Spotify playlists! 🙂

    • Rock music definitely helps to get the adrenaline flowing; it’s great during traffic hour too. Road rage anyone? 😉

  14. Another new to me author, I’ll be checking out. =)
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  15. Loved the excerpts!!!!
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  16. Nice scenes

  17. I love the way music inspires can really help give the action scene the right beat! Great excerpts too 🙂
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  18. I am digging the playlist…very nice 😀 Wonderful excerpts too!
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  19. Another new author for me! Thanks for the giveaway!