Katelyn Young is the author of The Vult and The Four. Her love of vampires and literature has inspired her to write vampire novels. When she isn’t writing she is glued to the television or spending time with her dog, Baxter. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her family.
It starts with a bite.
The prolonged feud and hatred between the vampires, the Vampulets, and humans, the Monte family, has been the source of violence and bloodshed for years. Yet, when the youngest generations, Jewel and Omeo, accidentally meet at her birthday Masquerade party, their lives become altered forever.
This deadly spin on the classic tale of forbidden lovers takes a dark turn when Jewel imprints on Omeo. Their unbreakable attraction draws the pair to each other, growing stronger as they experience intense visions of their future. As their bond grows, so does Jewel’s lust for Omeo’s blood. Meanwhile, Jewel’s parents desire for her to marry a prince to match her royal blood. Time is running out for the pair to reveal their secret before deadly consequences ensue. As tensions brew, the couple must act fast before everything burns.
Omeo and Jewel is filled with heated tension, bloody battles, and passionate romance. This pair has much more at stake than ever before, and the aftermath of these decisions may be irreversible.
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Knocking into a firm body, I heard a loud grunt. The stench of blood filled the air as I looked up and gulped. I just ran into Bolt Vampulet and by the grimace on his face, he wasn’t happy with this form of blood. Looking in his arms, I saw a small frail woman who was now bleeding profusely from the neck.
I quickly took a step back to put as much distance between the two of us as possible. If he recognized me, I was screwed.
“Excuse you, donor,” Bolt spat at me.
He raised his hand, ready to strike me, and I turned my shoulder inward so that he would hit the back of my head and not my face, but the blow never landed.
I looked up and saw the gorgeous woman, who I recognized from the staircase, Jewel Vampulet. She was holding onto Bolt’s forearm, stopping him from hitting me.
“No need to get violent, Bolt,” she said in a lusciously soft voice. I melted at the tone. Why was I melting? She was a sucker and it didn’t matter that her voice was as velvety as cake. “Why don’t you go clean that up and I’ll take care of this gentleman.”
The bronze goddess turned her affection to me and I was breathless as her green eyes met my brown ones. We gazed into one another’s eyes as time slowly ticked by.
I had no idea what to say in the presence of this immaculate being. I wanted to be mad at this sucker for causing such a stir in my chest but I couldn’t be. She broke the silence by brushing her fingers along my hand.
“Would you care to dance?”
Speechless, I nodded. She took hold of my hand and led me to the dance floor where vampires and donors were all dancing in harmony. I placed my left hand on her waist and took her left hand in mine as her right hand landed on my shoulder. We waltzed across the dance floor, gazing into each other’s eyes. I noticed nothing besides the green embers floating in her sockets. I realized I was just a boy and she was a goddess. It didn’t even matter to me she was a vampire nor a Vampulet. We were just two creatures locked in a tango of fate.
“You dance spectacularly well for a donor,” Jewel’s voice dripped seductively.
“Thank you, beautiful,” I responded. Did I just call her beautiful? We’ve known each other for mere moments, but I already knew in my heart that I was whipped. She was the sun and I was just a speck of dust caught in her sunbeam.
She raised the corners of her lips into a sweet smile and my heart pounded in my chest. There was something radiant within her smile that made me weak in the knees.
Not knowing what to say, I twirled her out and pulled her back in flush against my body. She was cold, but it didn’t bother me in the slightest. I would hold on to an ice sculpture and give away all my warmth if it meant I could stay in her arms forever.
Her head fell back and an adorable giggle bubbled out of her throat. Melting, I held on to her tight as we continued to dance for the next few songs. Time ticked by slowly and I savored every moment.
“Want to go somewhere a bit more private?” She whispered into my ear as the current song ended.
The hair on my neck stood up, but I nodded vigorously.
She led me to the far right of the ballroom into a darkly lit corner. There wasn’t a ton of privacy, but enough for us to hear one another talk without worry of being overheard.
Her icy breath was back on my neck and I knew what was about to happen. I knew donors were fed on freely by the suckers, but I had never been fed off of. My brain was telling me to run but my heart wanted me to stay. I did my best not to squirm as her fangs sank into my soft flesh.
The first thing I noticed was that the prick wasn’t as painful as the one from the clinic needle and the second thing I felt was an immense bout of pleasure. Wave after wave of pleasure seeped through every pore of my body. It felt like my veins had turned to warm honey and with each pull, it was as if my body was stretching and cracking in all the right ways.
I grabbed onto the back of Jewel’s head and pressed her face and fangs further into my neck. I could feel each pull of blood leaving and as I closed my eyes, I was transported to another world.
I saw flashes upon flashes of different scenarios of Jewel feeding on me. Her feeding from me from behind, her feeding from my thigh, her feeding from my wrist.
Q&A with Katelyn Young
Q: Can you tell me a bit about yourself and how became an author?
A: I have always had a passion for writing since I was little. I remember the first thing I ever wrote was movie script in seventh grade called M for Monopoly. As I got older, I started writing less until I heard about National Novel Writing Month. I decided to give that a go and ended up writing my first full length novel and I wanted to publish it. So, I looked into self-publishing.
Q: What is your writing process like?
A: I try to write every day 1,000 to 2,000 words with a couple 5,000 word days sprinkled in. Writing every day helps me improve my writing skills and write books faster.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
A: I love watching television and spending time with my dog, Baxter.
Q: How do you celebrate when you are finished writing a book?
A: I take a break from the manuscript and reward myself with sweets.
Q: How do you celebrate when your books are released?
A: I post on all my social media and try to host a live event to celebrate with my readers and family.
Q: Can you tell me how the book/series came about?
A: I always hated the ending to Romeo and Juliet, so I wanted to write my own take on it. I love writing about vampires so I added a spin on the popular tale by adding vampires into the mix.
Q: Are any of your characters similar to real-life friends or family?
A: In Omeo & Jewel, I named a character after my aunt who has been so supportive during my self-publishing journey.
Q: What was the most challenging part of writing this book?
A: Deciding on an ending. I wanted to continue with having the ending be a tragedy but the book was too short and left too many unanswered questions. So, after the tragedy happens in the book, I continue writing until there was a happily ever after.
Q: What part of writing this book was the most fun for you?
A: Writing the imprinting scenes and writing my own spin on the concept of imprinting.
Q: What Authors or other Books have inspired you to write this book?
A: Romeo and Juliet inspired me to write this book. I like the idea of star-crossed lovers but I hated how they both died in the end. So, I rewrote the ending.
Q: What is your favorite passage from this book?
A: When Omeo and Jewel dance together at Jewel’s masquerade party.
Q: If you could meet any of your characters, who would it be and what would you say to them?
A: I would love to meet Omeo and just thank him for being such a caring and supportive love interest for my girl Jewel.