Now that the Vlad Dracula arc is up and running with Books #1 and #2 For Whom The Bell Tolls and The Path To Decay, I have turned my focus back to the Bound By Blood arc, the part of the story where I introduced Dracula the vampire in Book #6. For the last six months, Bound By Blood has undergone re-writes and has been sent to the USA for fresh edits, and now a final re-write. Bound By Blood will be released anew on July 18th and what was previously Bound By Blood – Volume 2, will appear in October/November after a complete overhaul as The Headless Cross.

Today, I want to share with you the fantastic new trailer for Bound By Blood. I hope it is to your liking.

Author 1EXPERIENCE THE ULTIMATE BATTLE OF GOOD VERSUS EVIL.THE BATTLE FOR SOULS HAS BEGUN.

The Dracula Chronicles is a new and exciting series adding a fresh dimension to the Dracula legend, which combines the real historical Vlad Dracula with a new and different version of Dracula the vampire. The series has been released in two arcs, one that follows Dracula the man and the other following Dracula the vampire. It is written in a style that is both literary and cinematic, that places you there in the thick of the action always.

The books are historical novels of Gothic horror; religious corruption; political intrigue; tragedy; war; dark paranormal fantasy; and deep romance. The premise is built around Creation and the divide in Heaven that results from Lucifer’s jealousy of the creation of man. This leads to the First Great War of the Angels and Lucifer’s eventual expulsion from Heaven with all those who sided with him. The annihilation of the angels continues, but rather than destroy Lucifer, God agrees to a truce. By its terms, Lucifer can contest the soul of every living being as long as he does not interfere with their free will. Should he control more souls than God at any time, he can ascend again to Heaven and cast God and the angels out. He would then have a free hand to destroy all mankind.

Lucifer turns man against God with ease. God responds by sending his prophets one after another to bring man back to the path of righteousness. It seems to be merely delaying the inevitable and in one last effort to thwart Lucifer, God sends his son made man. In giving his life on the Cross, Jesus wipes away man’s sins. This leaves Lucifer back to where he was at the beginning and means he has to start again. The Catholic Church is born on that fateful day in Jerusalem as Christ’s church on the earth. Lucifer then believes if he can destroy this great icon of God, he can turn man against God once more. He searches for over a millennium for the one who can lead his assault on God. The Crusades give him renewed hope, and he is sure the conflict between Christian and Moslem will provide the one he seeks. When this does not materialise, he turns his attention to the Balkan region where this conflict is renewed with Ottoman expansion into eastern Europe. He finally identifies the second son of Vlad Dracul as the one he can manipulate into achieving his ends. God has prepared for this event, and in the very moment that Vlad Dracula draws his first breath, so does another child sired by Dracul, though born to a gypsy woman. This child, Andrei, is blessed by the angels and bestowed with great powers as a balance to the evil about to be unleashed upon the world.

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With Bound By Blood finally coming out this weekend past, I felt it a fitting time to express my thoughts and feelings on the book, as it is now and while writing it.  Owing to its size I have had to split it into two volumes, but both are available as I write, so the wait is over.

I had so much fun writing this book.  I wrote the first chapters back in November 1992, but didn’t touch it again until September 2006.  With a complete re-write of the original and an extra seventy chapters of the new, Bound By Blood, is a finished product at last.

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On December 2nd I was interviewed by Books Direct about Bound By Blood

What sparked the idea for this book?
I have had a long-standing love affair with Dracula and have always wanted to create something new with him.  Dracula is one of the best-known names in the modern culture of the western world, but despite this I have wanted to take him one step further.  The idea for my series has been with me a very long time and evolved as I wrote.  I wanted to write about Dracula the man and Dracula the vampire and built a premise where I could accommodate the two.

Read the full interview on the Books Direct site.

Have you read the book? Why not leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads, I’d love to know what you think.

What a great start to what I’m expecting to be a great series. The Birth of a Monster is a action filled account of Vlad Dracula the man and the world altering events, which culminate in his demise and resurrection. I loved his depictions of the paranormal element in the less than thirty page read. Shane has done a great job of setting the stage for the coming attraction, The Blood Chronicles, Bound by Blood. Can’t wait to get my copy of this one!

The Dracula Chronicles: Birth of the Monster, is exactly what the title promises it is. It’s the origin story of O’Neill’s take on the Dracula story. Before I read this, I was convinced vampire stories were done and that the market was saturated without room for another “Twilight”. This is no Twilight. The Dracula Chronicles is unique in the world of vampire stories in several ways. It is clear that a great deal of time went into carefully researching the mythology then crafting it into a clever premise. It’s well written. The characters are complex. The story is immediately compelling.

This is only a small sample, but it is a strong foundation on to which a solid series can be built. Do know when downloading Birth of the Monster you are getting the opening chapter as a sample. But it is a clever tease. There is just enough to leave me wanting more.

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Author 1Shane KP O’Neill is the writer of The Dracula Chronicles, a new and exciting series adding a fresh dimension to the Dracula legend, which combines the real historical Vlad Dracula with a new and different version of Dracula the vampire. He has released the series in two arcs, one that follows Dracula the man and the other following Dracula the vampire.

The author developed a fascination with Dracula from an early age. Like many others he was enthralled by Christopher Lee’s portrayal of him on the big screen. It was in his late teens that he discovered Dracula the man and the love affair began from there. An avid lover of history, he studied the period in which the real historical Vlad Dracula lived, 15th Century Balkan, for many years. It followed from there then that with his love of writing he would always choose Dracula as his subject. He built a concept and premise where he could accommodate both Dracula the vampire and Dracula the man.

Away from writing, the author has a wide range of interests. He reads a lot of books from a wide variety of authors, though his main interest lies in the horror genre. His love of books is matched only by his love of the countryside and of course, his family. As an added note, he has lived and travelled all over the world. He has a love for all things historical, with a particular fascination for medieval Europe. Anywhere he travels, he likes to search out locations with an historical interest and will always hunt for the ruins of an old castle before heading to the beach.