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Deadly Destinations: Michelle Rowen’s Jillian Conrad on Los Angeles

**Visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Deadly Destination tour of Lisa Desrochers’ Hell from Luc Cain & a chance to win ORIGINAL SIN**

Deadly Destinations day five takes us to Los Angeles with some pretty unique vampires.  Michelle Rowen’s Jillian Conrad was pulled into the dangerous world of vampires in Nightshade (read my review HERE), and now Jillian’s journey continues in Bloodlust.  Thanks to Michelle and the amazing team over at Penguin/Berkley, four of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book!  See details below.


Jillian Conrad’s Guide to Los Angeles, California

by Michelle Rowen

Michelle Rowen asked me to write this blog post up about my experiences here in the Los Angeles area. My name is Jillian Conrad and I’m the focus of her Nightshade urban fantasy romance duology— the second book, BLOODLUST, is officially out today!

That said, avoid Los Angeles whenever possible. It is a hotbed of vampiric activity. They’re all over the place. Secondly, avoid coming anywhere near me because I’m a magnet for vamps right now due to my Nightshade-infused blood. Let’s just say, I’m the flame and they’re the moths. Moths with sharp fangs and a driving need to feed. They’re drawn to me like crazy because I smell really good to them, but since my blood is poisonous to vampires, one taste and they go up in flames. Still, getting bit doesn’t exactly tickle, so I try to avoid this whenever possible.

So…tips for being in Los Angeles… Avoid biker bars. And anywhere else that looks seedy and dangerous. You’re safe during the day, of course. Vamps avoid the sun since it burns their eyes right out of their heads. That sounds like an incentive to love the nightlife, if you ask me. But they’re still awake during the day, so avoid any underground tunnels or passageways that look dangerous. I shouldn’t even have to say this really. Use common sense while here (or anywhere else). Trust your survival instincts. And don’t look in a vamp’s eyes because the stronger ones can influence you to do…well, all sorts of things. Mostly bad things.

I know that in Malibu there’s at least one multi-million dollar home that is vampire-infested—and it also has a network of underground tunnels beneath it. If you’re checking it out, bring a silver stake. And a tall, muscular, dhampir protector (although you can’t have mine because I’m keeping him very busy).

Lastly, there’s an amusement park right on the Pacific Ocean called “FunTown.” It might not be in your local listings, but it’s still there. It looks totally legit, but beware: it is owned by vampires who consider the humans who come to ride the Ferris wheel a tasty smorgasbord. Avoid dark areas and staircases leading downward.

And, really, before any trip you should make sure to have an up-to-date will. I’m not being negative here, just practical. There are things that go bump in the night. And sometimes those things have sharp teeth and big appetites.

Enjoy your vacation!


About Michelle:

National bestselling author Michelle Rowen writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy. She was the winner of the 2007 Holt Medallion for Best First Book and the 2009 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Vampire Romance.

You can visit Michelle around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Michelle Rowen?

Bitten & Smitten Fanged & Fabulous Lady & the Vamp Stakes & Stilettos Tall, Dark & Fangsome

Reign or Shine Reign Check

Nightshade Bloodlust

The Demon in Me Something Wicked That Old Black Magic

This giveaway is provided by Penguin/Berkley

Four winners will each receive a copy of Bloodlust by Michelle Rowen

Available on July 5, 2011 from Berkley Sensation

About the Book:

Jillian Conrad’s blood has killed the vampire king. Now an enemy to all vampires, she is targeted for elimination. So is the infant daughter of the dead king. If Jillian doesn’t stand in the way of her death, then everyone, living or dead, is in great peril.

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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6. All Deadly Destinations winners will be announced on August 7th.

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54 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Michelle Rowen’s Jillian Conrad on Los Angeles

  1. Destiny PhiliposeNo Gravatar

    I follow GFC (DestinyPhilipose), on Facebook (Destiny Philipose), and on Twitter (@DPhilipose)

    Thanks for a giveaway and thanks to Michelle for a great novel!! I’ve read all your other books and can’t wait for this one!

    Destiny P.

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  2. winnieNo Gravatar

    Thanks for sharing the post and for the giveaway, Michelle! These look like great reads.

    GFC follower


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  3. AmandaNo Gravatar

    I have books by Michelle and love them, the immoratilty bites series( :( i wish there were more) and the still going living in eden series, and now this series is gonna be just as greatif the first book was any indication. Hope i get this cough*signed*cough book by her ; )


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  4. Renée GschaidNo Gravatar

    Sounds excellent.

    Following on twitter and tweeted with @Vampire_Renee
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