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About the Progeny Series
At its core, The Progeny Series is simply about a man and woman who fall in love, and the fact that he’s a half-blood (half-human, half vampire) and she’s a Wiccan human are secondary factors. When we meet Ascher, he’s grumpy. Frankly, who could blame him? He’s engaged to seal to Ursula—a cold and careless vampire who wants nothing more than to get her hands on a bloodstone— and he feels conflicted about his existence.
All of that changes when he meets Shawnette McCutchin. She’s beautiful, intriguing and possesses some of the most potent blood that he’s ever smelled. A war immediately begins inside Ascher. He craves Shauna’s blood just as much as he craves her body and the closer they get, the harder it is for him to control his urges. After Ascher calls off the sealing to Ursula, the trouble begins. His family’s peaceful period ends when Ursula’s army attacks the Rousseaus.
This series encompasses a family dynamic of which we’ve never seen. The Rousseaus share a common mortal and immortal bloodline, but loyalty is the thread binding this clan. Shauna and Ascher’s dissuaded love only strengthens the family bonds. Their unique union transcends bloodlines and completes the prophecy, defying the beliefs of centuries old covenants while shattering the wall between the Wiccan and vampire worlds that has existed for ages. This series is erotic paranormal romance intended for adults, as it contains adult sensuality, language and themes.
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The Progeny (The Progeny Series #1)
“No fate other than the one I choose.”
The timeless creed, and tattoo, bore by the Rousseaus— a vampire clan with the purest bloodline of any vampire family. Out of this clandestine group came one who was different, yet the same: Ascher-a half-bloodling— half- human, half vampire.
Ascher questions the purpose for his existence and which world he truly belongs to: the human world or the vampire world. Two months from sealing to Ursula— a prearranged union to a woman he abhors — he’s at his wit’s end. He knows if he calls off the sealing, the Romanian clan will strike with deadly force, but he cannot see eternity with a cold empty shell of a woman like Ursula.
Just when he thought life was complicated enough, he meets Shauna— a beautiful, bi-racial human Wiccan — and immediately develops an unshakable attraction to her. She makes him feel alive and vital despite his origins and Ascher makes a decision that turns his immortal world upside down.
Blood Bonds (The Progeny Series #2)
“Forever. For always. For eternity.”
The ties that bind two hearts are powerful. For Ascher Rousseau and Shauna McCutchin, it’s more than just a blood bond. Their union is that of vampire legend. Their love is a predestined prophecy foretold centuries ago.
It’s a week before Ascher and Shauna's sealing and the couple is making final preparations for their eternity, but Ascher's ex has other plans. Ursula is hell-bent on revenge—revenge fueled by lover's scorn and her father's death—and she begins breeding a fresh army of newborn darklings to do her bidding.
When Ursula finds a new weapon—an ally with the capability to dismantle the Rousseau clan— Ascher and Shauna's bond is tested and they must stand together against Ursula or lose each other for eternity.
Blood Promise (The Progeny Series #3)
“Their love is fated by an ancient prophecy. Now the promise is fulfilled.”
Ascher Rousseau is a half-human, half vampire whose life has been a series of prophecies and predictions. After finding incredible love and passion with Shauna—a Wiccan with powers beyond anything he’s ever known—he seals to her and hopes for happiness. But his enemies seek to destroy all that he loves, and he finds that happiness never lasts for long.
Darkness is descending and a vampiric revolution is nearing. A new brood of hatchlings is born to join their darkling brothers, in preparation for war. A preordained chain of events is set into motion that could lead to the rise of the demonic “cloaked one” and his half-human fallen children, while ending humanity—as we know it.
Can a supernatural love and the loyal bond of a family save the Rousseaus and the world from certain extinction?
His vision saturated with a deeper shade of red, the beastly fiend struggling to break free of his remaining restraint. A thousand thoughts and sensations swept his primitive brain. Hurling her beneath him, he weighted her with his heated body, imprisoning her wrists above her head.
Shauna’s breaths came in excited, hurried gasps. “Take me, Ascher.” She should have been afraid; instead, her face displayed a curious look of satisfaction. Her nails ripped across his back, taunting the fiend inside.
Flipping her onto her stomach and scoring her back with his claws, his lips covered the back of Shauna’s neck with frenzied kisses. He wanted to fuck her. Hard. Reaching back, her hands caressed the tight muscles in his thighs, muscles straining with a virile type vigor that now concentrated in his pulsing cock. He was too close to the edge.
“I want you, Ascher. I want you to take me, right here, right now.”
He couldn’t think straight. The smallest part of him knew this was wrong, but the fire in his veins yearned for gratification. Blood muddied his vision as lust swelled in his shaft, disorienting him. Pulling her against him, Ascher engulfed Shauna into a tight hold. Her head fell back as their mouths merged, lips devouring with sinful and lustful kisses and tongues exploring the warm moist depths of one another’s mouths.
A vicious snarl sounded in his throat, as he squeezed the tempting flesh of her round rump. Wedging his arm between her legs and opening them, he guided his shaft to her slick folds. “Baby, you’re so damned wet.” He ran his clawed digits anxiously along the taut skin of her tummy, squeezing and teasing the nipples of her perky globes.
His mind clouded and vibrated with pain as he spiraled out of control. The mirror above the headboard gave Ascher a disturbing glimpse of his reflection, revealing a beastly deviant preparing to take his wife from behind—a position he knew she couldn’t handle, a position he loathed and promised himself he’d never use again. A million shards of shame pierced his heavy heart. This was wrong on so many levels.
To his surprise, Shauna’s eyes flashed with silver fire as her wild locks cascaded into her face, obscuring his view of her reflection. He needed to see her eyes again, to see if she was afraid. The bloodlust in his head wiped away his common sense and ability to channel her.
Shauna rocked her hips back against him, stroking his erection with her hand. “Don’t stop! Come on, Ascher. Fuck me!”
He reached to her neck, turning it to give her another passionate kiss, as the crown of his shaft rubbed against her hot flesh. “Damn it,” he groaned then whimpered, because it felt good, and he really wanted to take her. “No.” Love for her fought against the urge to fuck her until she collapsed, even though the blood-craving demon inside him wanted it.
“Come on, baby. Take me. I want you to.”
Gripping a handful of her hair, he pulled her back and against him. Her hips shifted, a soft sigh escaping her mouth as his swollen cockhead slipped inside her and sparks coursed his spine. “Oh, god.”
He palmed her rump, intending to thrust himself into her, but a rush of clarity flooded his mind. He couldn’t do it. “No, sweetheart—”
“You won’t hurt me. I really want this.” Her hips rocked back again. “I really want to experience you this way.”
“No!” He released her, letting her body slip out of his reverse bear hold and onto the bed. Backing away, his eyes fell downcast to avoid her stare. How could he look at her when he was so ashamed? Frantically running his hands through his shoulder length locks, Ascher balled them into tight fists at his sides. In the span of three heartbeats, he dressed and jumped over the terrace rails, soaring down to the beach below.
Ashlynne Laynne has always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun-loathing creatures of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music that is of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny. The vampire/witch pairing is unique and different when most books pair vampires with werewolves.
Ashlynne loves writing on the edge—combining the erotica and romance genres—and thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the wicked, damned version of Romeo and Juliet. She is currently working on book four of her Progeny Series, book one of her upcoming Rocker Series, and an untitled novella WIP. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family. She juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write exclusively one day soon. Find and follow here online on Twitter. Check out her Manic Readers page, Blog and Website, or leave her a note in her Reader Email.
Ashlynne lives in North Carolina with her husband and teenage son.