Who Am I?: What Identity Means for the Characters in Blood Instincts

With: Marie Lavender


Whenever I read or write paranormal stories, I often think about identity – how we define ourselves in different ways. Who am I? For that matter, who are you?

If you think humans struggle with understanding themselves, I guarantee it would be tenfold for a supernatural being. Their individual species automatically defines them, sure, but what about autonomy? How might they build their different interests, as people usually do, accept whether their actions are good or bad on their own, yet also somehow align them with their paranormal identities? This is what you’ll find in Blood Instincts, book two of the Blood at First Sight Series.

Oliver, the vampire instructor, views himself as having two lives – before and after the change. Yet, he finds a way to identify himself as something more than just Other.

Myah, the female main character, struggles with her path. She isn’t sure how to define herself for a while, as she always thought she was only human. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

So, how do you define yourself? In many ways, I imagine. As a daughter? A granddaughter? A niece? A mother? Maybe you also include occupation, or hobbies, among other things. Would you define yourself as an executive? A…scrapbooker? A romance aficionado? How do you see yourself? Even our unique cultures, where we came from, make us who we are.

You might wonder why I think this issue is so important. I believe that the way we define ourselves, at least internally, can affect our lives exponentially. Isn’t it true that most of us are more capable of greatness than we ever give ourselves credit for? Perhaps it’s worth mulling over.

Should I keep redefining myself?

Don’t we? I think it’s a process humans go through many times in their lives. But at least with Myah, she gets a surprising chance to define herself all over again.

Read Blood Instincts, and discover Myah and Oliver’s journey. You won’t be disappointed, and maybe you’ll consider what makes you…well, you.



Blood Instincts

Enter the Other World at your own risk…

What if you found out that you weren’t exactly…human?

Myah Sullivan is suddenly living that nightmare. There are Others in the world, dangerous, supernatural creatures that make her mind spin and cause her to question the reality she’s always known.

Oliver King is her savior, a vampire who tries to show her the way. Through her journey she learns far more than she ever thought she would about herself, and about the past. Soon, she discovers that there is so much more to meeting Oliver than mere happenstance.

Can Myah accept her new reality, or will she retreat into that normal, safe world she once thought was her own?


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Publisher:  http://solsticepublishing.com/blood-instincts/ 

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About Marie Lavender


Multi-genre author of Victorian romance, UPON YOUR RETURN, and 23 other books. UPON YOUR LOVE and THE MISSING PIECE placed in the TOP 10 on the 2017 P&E Readers’ Poll. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART was nominated for the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards. The I LoveRomance Blog became a finalist in StartDating DK’s Romance Blog Awards of 2017. ILRB landed on Feedspot’s 2017 TOP 100 Novel Blogs and TOP 100 Romance Blogs. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART placed in the TOP 10 Books of 2017 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. TOP 20 Authors of 2017 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. Mystery Blogger Award for 2017. A to Z Blog Challenge Survivor in 2016. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title – winner of the “Broken Heart” themed contest and the “I Love You” themed contest on Poetry Universe. SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers’ Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013, 2014 and 2016. 2013 and 2014 Amazon Bestseller Ranking for UPON YOUR RETURN. Top 10 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.


Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 24 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several anthologies. Her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Eternal Hearts Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.


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