Hearts Unleashed Spotlight: L.A. McGinnis

Posted August 2, 2021 by Jen in Book Spotlight Tags: ,

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Let’s take a closer look at one of the stories…

About the Book:

  • Title: Black Heart
  • Author name: L.A. McGinnis
  • Series: Darkfell Vampire Clan

He thinks he owns me.

He thinks he’s won.

He has no idea what he’s up against.

My life isn’t my own—not until I turn eighteen and the King has claimed me for his. Once I’m blood bound to him for the rest of my life, he’ll control me forever, which is the whole twisted purpose of this.

Insurance I’ll never rise up against him.

But when he threatens my men, my family, in exchange for my obedience, I discover four reasons to fight him. A warrior in exile, a poet with the face of a god, my very best friend and the man I once betrayed.

 I’m told to choose, but I want them all.     


book cover Black Heart by L.A. McGinnisI found Tessa in the drawing room, Rafael dead asleep in her lap, staring out into space. Her pale brown eyes shimmered with tears, though she was so lost in thought, I didn’t think she noticed she was crying. I didn’t have to ask what she was thinking about. It was what we were all thinking about. 

I’d flown to Chicago to liquidate all my assets, to do my part to prevent what was about to happen to her, although knowing our psychotic king, our well-laid plan might not work. 

This has to work, we have nothing else.

Tessa and I’d been best friends since we drew breath. My mother had been Countess Lilliana’s lady in waiting, and since they’d both been pregnant at the same time, me and Tess had spent our entire lives together. 

From womb to tomb, we’d once promised, and I meant to keep my word. 

Tessa was everything.  She was the reason I drew breath, the reason I got up in the morning. Without her…my breath shuddered out of my lungs as I watched her, silent tears spilling down her face. 

She finally woke from her daydreaming, smiling when she saw me leaning in the doorway.

“Markus. I didn’t…I thought you were coming back tonight?”

“I couldn’t stay away.” I told her, glancing down at Rafael, still dead asleep in her lap as I leaned in to kiss her. As always, she tasted of jasmine and lemons, and I skimmed a thumb across her cheek to brush away the tears as I kissed her again, deeper this time. 

As if wanting her this badly might save her from the king.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Viktor’s sloppy, dark scrawl on a letter, and I swiped the damned thing from the seat, where it fluttered beneath the settee, thankfully out of sight for the moment.

Viktor, the bastard king of Darkfell, had set his eyes on Contessa long ago, when we were practically children, and made no secret of the fact. And why should he?

He held all the cards in our world, and we knew it.

I sucked her tongue into my mouth, her low moan finally waking Rafael, who pushed me away. 

“I was fast asleep, thank you very much.” He grumbled, shaking his ridiculous hair out of his eyes, sliding off her lap to settle in right beside her, his face buried in her neck, a protective arm thrown across her waist. “We had a long night.”

“Good.” I told him, grateful he’d stayed with her and kept her occupied. “I flew back from Chicago this morning, and came as quickly as I could.” 

We’d made a bargain, the two of us. Sworn a year ago, when Tessa turned seventeen. Never leave Tessa alone, never let her out of our sight. Keep her fed, keep her strong and keep her mind occupied. We were powerless in this fight, but we could at least do that for her.

“I’m right here.” She snapped. “Don’t talk around me as if I’m not.” 

But she patted the other side of the settee and I slid in beside her, my arm going around her tense shoulders, the strain of her coming birthday evident on her face. I ran a finger up the side of her face, bringing out a small smile. 

“Sorry Tessa, I know I left at the worst possible time. But I’m here now.”

“Yes.” She said, licking her lips. “Yes, you are.”

Fun with the Author:

What is your favorite paranormal creature?

Vampires, lol

PNR or UF?


Professor Lupin, Adam Hauptman, or Teen Wolf?

Adam Hauptman

Angel or Spike?


What magical gift would you like to wield?

Reading people’s thoughts

About the Author:

head shot of L.A. McGinnisPerched on the edge of a national park, L.A. McGinnis spends her days writing steamy urban fantasies filled with brooding heroes and smart, bold heroines. A life-long fascination with mythology and storytelling inspired her to weave these contemporary tales of legendary fated mates set in gritty, urban settings like New York, Chicago and London.