Sunday, February 23, 2014

PRINCE OF BLOOD AND STEEL by Nazarea Andrews and AJ Elmore: Guest Post

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Title: Prince Of Blood And Steel

Author: Nazarea Andrews and AJ Elmore

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: January 30 2014

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Seth Morgan has returned home after two years spent building an alliance that will take his family's crime syndicate to a new level in New York City's black collar society. He expects a warm welcome as heir of the Morgan empire. He hopes to finally marry Nicolette, the woman he's loved his whole life.
What he finds is a different world, one where his family's legacy is in ruins. His big brother, Caleb, has changed into someone cold and bitter, plotting to overthrow their patriarch. And Nicolette, daughter of the criminal banking industry, has left the family entirely.

When a vicious misunderstanding leaves Caleb dead, Seth is left reeling. Desperate for truth, Seth is forced to turn to his only remaining cousin, Emma, for support. As he tries to mend his relationship with Nicolette, he begins a search for answers that will take him from the dirty streets to the highest reaches of their illicit empire.

Torn between the desire to protect those who mean the most to him, and a need to learn more about Caleb's death, he grows distant to protect them. As each secret surfaces, he realizes that the only way to restore his family is to take his place at its head, and fully embrace the brutal way they live.


Guest Post

History of the Syndicate


So fun fact? While writing Prince of Blood and Steel, Aj and I wrote almost half a book worth of unused history pieces. We have scenes from Seth’s time in Cuba, and the brother’s together. Seth even graduate from high school in one—actually, that’s a huge favorite of mine.

We have a lot of backstory. Which make sense, because it’s a novel based on relationships, and the backstory we wrote, even if no one ever reads it, helped teach us about the characters—how Seth and Emma interacted with the dead matters just as much as how they interact with the living.

So we know a lot. For both of us, the Morgan syndicate does not exist just in the nine months that Prince spans.

The Morgan syndicate got it’s start three generations earlier—a relatively young mob family, as these things go. Job Morgan made his name and fortune during prohibition, when he cross the lines of race to work with all of the underworld families. It’s something that continues even into Prince—Seth and Emma don’t particularly care where you come from, if you can benefit their family in some way.

Although Job began to garner good will, it wasn’t really until the collapse of the real estate market that the Morgan syndicate really got their footing. Job and his sons bought up property at record low prices and that would give them the legitimacy to become one of New York City’s premire families. And as their criminal network increased and spread—to weapons, and smuggling and drugs. And with their own legacy and legitmcy established, the Morgans are finally able to begin branching out of their own family, and collect allies amongst other great crime families.


Author Information

AJ and Nazarea became friends in a writers group. Drawn together by a love of fictional bad boys and good wine, they are best kept several states apart but rack up a ton of emails and text messages arguing plot points. 



Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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Aj has seven tattoos, two dogs, and a bachelor's degree in journalism.  She enjoys live music, and a diverse range of writing styles and genres.  She has been writing creatively and therapeutically since childhood.  She also supports artist collaboration and cross-media projects.  She is an advocate of experience as inspiration.  She lives and works in southern West Virginia as a bartender novelist.




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