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Freda Warrington, fantasy author


A Taste of Blood Wine by Freda Warrington

A Dance in Blood Velvet by Freda Warrington

The Dark Blood of Poppies by Freda Warrington

Grail of the Summer Stars by Freda Warrington

Elfland by Freda Warrington

Midsummer Night by Freda Warrington

Court of the Midnight King by Freda Warrington

A Blackbird in Silver Darkness by Freda Warrington

A Blackbrid in Amber Twilight by Freda Warrington

Dracula the Undead by Freda Warrington

A Dance in Blood Velvet by Freda Warrington

Dark Blood of Poppies by Freda Warrington

Dark Cathedral by Freda Warrington

The Amber Citadel by Freda Warrington

The Rainbow Gate by Freda Warrington

Sorrow's Light by Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

Author of A Taste of Blood Wine, Grail of the Summer Stars, Elfland, The Court of the Midnight King, Dracula the Undead, A Blackbird in Silver Darkness... and many more fantasy novels.

Welcome to my author site!

This is the previous version of my home page for 2013. Scroll down for links to 2013 Blog Tours, interviews and so on.

< Back to 2014 News

*COVER REVEALS!* New for October - the long-awaited second book in my Blood Wine vampire series - A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET from Titan Books (Due April/ May 2014 in USA).

A Dance in Blood Velvet by Freda Warrington

And for April/ May 2014 - October 2014 in the USA - the stunning cover of Book Three, THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES.

The Dark Blood of Poppies

"Step forward Charlotte and Karl, a magnificent pairing, and a timeless couple that deserve a place up there with the very best of genre lovers." - British Fantasy Society. 

I'm thrilled that my "Blood Wine" vampire sequence is being republished by Titan Books - they're making a beautiful job of the cover designs - 

  • A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE (May 2013 UK/ Oct 2013 US)
  • A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET (Oct 2013 UK/ May 2014 US)
  • THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES (May 2014 UK/ Oct 2014 US)
  • THE DARK ARTS OF BLOOD (my brand new work in progress. Oct 2014 UK/ May 2015 US). 
A Taste of Blood Wine
A Dance in Blood Velvet
The Dark Blood of Poppies

For further news, watch this space (and Facebook). Scroll down for further details of the novels, and follow the Bookseller links bar below to buy or preorder.

These novels were first published in the 1990s, long before more recent vampire crazes. Many people have emailed me over the years asking for them to be reissued. Thank you for your patience - it's happening! 

My third novel for Tor, GRAIL OF THE SUMMER STARS, also came out in April. It's a contemporary fantasy with lots of adventure, mystery and... well, see for yourself! 

"If you like your fantasy deeply layered, sparkling and ethereal, do I have a book for you!" - LitStack


For A Taste of Blood Wine, A Dance in Blood Velvet and Grail of the Summer Stars I'm writing guest posts and interviews for various websites, to go with their reviews. Some sites have GIVEAWAYS and/ or short story extracts. Here are the links - I'm adding new ones as they come in. Scroll down for further news and info... and thank you, website masters!

Note - the excellent Upcoming4me site has compiled its "Story behind..." feature into an ebook where you can read many essays by well-known authors about their inspiration. Links below - it's a fascinating read.


*NEW* - This is where you'll find links to my latest interviews and features

UPCOMING4ME - Story Behind A Dance in Blood Velvet
SF SIGNAL - New interview
*Story behind Story - NEW book of essays by authors - Amazon UK/ Amazon US*
USA TODAY - Read an extract from A Taste of Blood Wine
HUFFINGTON POST - My favourite Gothic Romance Novels
BEFORE IT'S NEWS - A brand new interview about A Taste of Blood Wine
EXAMINER - same interview, on a different site
GEEK NATIVE - Review of A Taste of Blood Wine
Civilian Reader - preview of The Dark Blood of Poppies
TOR.COM - Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe
Booklist Online - Review


*NEW* - "AND THEIR BLOOD WILL BE PRESCIENT TO FIRE" - another rare short story set in my Blood Wine world. Visit each site in turn to read the whole story in five parts. WARNING - contains some adult scenes!

PART ONE - Shelf Abuse
PART TWO - Vicky Hooper Blogspot
PART THREE - Curiostiy of a Social Misfit Blogspot
PART FOUR - The Tatooed Book Blogspot
PART FIVE - Titan Books


Titan Books

"LITTLE GOOSE" - a  rare short story set in my Blood Wine world - visit each site in turn to read the whole story in five parts.

Little Goose PART  ONE - Fantasy Cafe
Little Goose PART TWO - Pissedoffgeek
Little Goose PART THREE - Sci Fi Bulletin
Little Goose PART FOUR - British Fantasy Society
Little Goose PART FIVE - SF Book Reviews

All five links in one place on SF SIGNAL

A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE - reviews + more

British Fantasy Society - review
Geek Native - interview
Horror Unlimited - general information
Starburst - review
Forbidden Planet - buy signed copies
Forbidden Planet - pre-order A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET

Fantasy Literature - general information

Each blog is on a different subject!

NEW - Fantasy Book Addict - interview and contest
Fantasy Book Cafe - guest blog
Fantasy Literature - guest blog
My Bookish Ways - guest blog
Evie Bookish - guest blog
The Book Smugglers - guest blog
Fade into Fantasy - guest blog
Author Sounds Relations Tote Bags n' Blogs - guest blog
A Dribble of Ink - guest blog
Upcoming 4 Me - guest blog
On the Broomstick - guest blog

GRAIL OF THE SUMMER STARS - reviews + more 

SF Signal Mind Meld - authors on faeries
The Page 69 test - does p69 represent the novel?
Page 69 Test on America Reads
What Are Writers Reading?
Literally Jen - review
Before It's News - review
Layers of thought - resume/ gievaway
Lit Stack - review
Happily Drowning in Books - review 
Rising Shadow - resume and buying links

And in view of recent excitement over Richard III, I'm working on reissuing THE COURT OF THE MIDNIGHT KING... To keep things simple, here's the schedule:

  • April 2013 - A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE (Titan UK), paperback and ebook.

  • April 2013 - GRAIL OF THE SUMMER STARS (Tor US), hardback and ebook - the third in the Aetherial Tales series followng Elfland and Midsummer Night. 

  • Easter 2013 - I was Fantasy Guest of Honour at 'EightSquared' in Bradford, UK, the annual BSFA Convention. See my Facebook page for pics!

  • Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Sunday June 9th 5pm - 6pm, panel discussion with Kim Newman
  • EdgeLit event in Derby, Saturday 13th July, 2013
  • October 2013 - A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET (Titan UK), second of the Blood Wine sequence, reissued in paperback and ebook. A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE issued in USA.

  • World Fantasy Convention in Brighton - I was there! See my Facebook page for pics.

  • April 2014 - THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES (Titan UK), third of the Blood Wine sequence, reissued in paperback and ebook. I'm in the middle of re-editing.

  • And coming in October 2014 - a brand new Blood Wine novel, THE DARK ARTS OF BLOOD!

  • RICHARD III - following the discovery of the remains of King Richard III in Leicester and the renewed interest in this most controversial and fascinating of monarchs, I'm preparing my 'alternative history' Ricardian novel THE COURT OF THE MIDNIGHT KING for ebook publication

Currently I'm working on several books at the same time - edits on my vampire series and on my Richard III novel, The Court of the Midnight King, plus writing the new one, The Dark Arts of Blood. It's good to be busy, but this is getting crazy!

You'll mostly find me on Facebook and also on my LiveJournal blog. Please come and chat - scroll down for more links. For my contact details and links to other sites, click on Contacts at top of page. Follow Novels for info on all my work to date. There's also a link to buy my books just below.

"So are your books any good, then?"

Yes, I have been asked this very question by a slightly squiffy convention member. Well... most people seem to like them, once they actually read them. Go on, give them a try!

A Taste of Blood Wine by Freda Warrington   A Dance in Blood Velvet by Freda Warrington   

If you love the 1920s, a period of change and decadence... If you prefer your vampires passionate, sexy, grown-up - and not afraid to be vampires...

A TASTE OF BLOOD WINE: 1918: Amid the horrors of a First World War battlefield, vampire Karl fights to be free of his monstrous creator, the tyrannical Kristian.

1923: Charlotte Neville, the shy daughter of a scientist, develops a feverish obsession with her father's enigmatic new assistant, Karl. But is their passion worth any sacrifice? For Kristian intends to teach Karl a lesson in power... by devouring Charlotte.

"Throbs with lush romanticism" - The Times

A DANCE IN BLOOD VELVET: 1925: Charlotte thought her bond with her vampire lover, Karl, would last for eternity - until Karl's former flame, the seductively beautiful Katerina, reappears. Now she wants to reclaim her life... and Karl.

In despair, Charlotte turns to a prima ballerina, the spell-binding ice maiden Violette. But Charlotte's obsession with the dancer unleashes a far darker threat than the vampires could have imagined...

"The true Queen of the vampire novel" - Black Tears Magazine

THE DARK BLOOD OF POPPIES: 1926: The ballerina Violette Lenoir has undergone a terrifying tranformation into Lilith, demon mother of all vampires. Haunted by her dark sensuality, Charlotte and her immortal lover Karl are drawn to the dancer - both to protect her, and to shield others from her savage nature.

For Violette has enemies, and the heirs of Kristian are out to destroy her. Innocently embroiled in the endgame, courtesan extraordinaire Robyn finally meets her match as she is torn between the two ultimate lovers: the sinister Sebastian Pierse - and Violette herself.

"A gorgeous grave-throbber" - Time Out

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Award-winning AETHERIAL TALES from Tor US

Contemporary fantasies with lots of mystery, character interaction and Otherworldly adventure, not to mention a dash of sex, love, jealousy, conflict and magic. Each novel can be enjoyed on its own. However, the brand new third book, GRAIL OF THE SUMMER STARS, completes a larger story arc across the three books that I hope you won't want to miss!

Grail of the Summer Stars by Freda Warrington  Elfland by Freda Warrington  Midsummer Night by Freda Warrington

ELFLAND won the 2009 Romantic Times Award for Best Fantasy Novel

Young Aetherial Rosie Fox grows up to learn many difficult lessons about life and love - but while the Great Gates to the Otherworld remain sealed by a malevolent force, the whole Aetherial race is under threat.

"Sensuous and intense - buy it, read it, love it!"  -  Melanie Rawn

MIDSUMMER NIGHT made the Booklist Online (American Library Association)
Top Ten SF/ Fantasy Novels of 2010

Renowned sculptor Dame Juliana Flagg little knows what she's unleashing when she creates a disturbing group of statues... but when visitors Gill and Peta discover long-lost Aetherial paths, they unlock more dark dangerous secrets than Juliana could ever have feared.

"Exquisite sense of wonder that makes the heart of this old reader sing" - Charles de Lint


A visionary painting brings Stevie Silverwood into contact with a stranger, the gorgeous Mistangamesh. But her artist friend Daniel has gone missing, and Mist has troubles of his own. For thirty thousand years, Mist has been doomed to pursue his treacherous brother Rufus to avenge the destruction of a legendary Aetherial city, Azantios. Daniel may hold the clue to Rufus's hiding place - if only Stevie and Mist can find him before his visions of apocalypse come true...

"A classy, beautifully rendered tale... a complex enterprise with real heft, a rich back story and characters that grow with the narrative... A must for existing fans, while being easily accessible to newcomers."  - Kirkus Book Reviews

As for me...

I've been writing since I was five years old. Writers such as CS Lewis, Tolkien, Tanith Lee and Michael Moorcock captured my imagination... and in 1986 my first novel A BLACKBIRD IN SILVER was published by NEL

A Blackbird in Silver by Freda Warrington

Since then I've had twenty novels published (to date) all of varying types of fantasy - sword n' sorcery, contemporary, vampire/ gothic romance, supernatural, alternative history, epic... For lots more information, and a full bibliography of my work with my notes and thoughts.... just follow the links. To cut down on spam, the email link isn't live - you'll need to copy it and remove the spaces. Thank you!

Freda Warrington - About the Author



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