Interview: Avery Daniels (First Bite) ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

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Hello and Welcome All!

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Avery Daniels author of First Bite.

Hi Avery, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

I am very happy to be interviewed for your blog, thank you for having me on today.

For those readers not familiar with you, would you please tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration, and have worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense my entire life. My most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. I still live in Colorado with two brother black cats as my spirited companions. I volunteered for the Humane Society and a cat shelter for several years, I enjoy scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. I am a member of Sisters in Crime. I inherited my love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books and history at the dinner table. As a result, I was the odd child in third grade who could recite Henry the Eighth’s wives and how they each died.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I read mostly mysteries and suspense thrillers, so when it comes to writing I naturally wanted to write what I read. I do read sci-fi and fantasy too but not near as much as I do mysteries from historical to cozy. Now there are paranormal cozies and I wanted to jump in because it is such a fun spin on the regular cozy.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Besides being a cat mom, I do scrapbooking (behind in that at the moment), card making which relaxes me, and I do amateur photography. I also paint in watercolor and acrylics.  I am looking forward to planting flowers, but in Colorado you have to wait until after Mother’s day. I occasionally crochet, but never learned to knit.

What are some books you have enjoyed recently?

Silence in the Library by Katherine Schellman, Love and Death in Burgundy by Susan C Shea, Peril at Pennington Manor by Tracy Gardner, and A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons.

Tell us a few Fun Facts about your upcoming book?

This is the first paranormal story I’ve even written and I loved it. Misty has a talking tuxedo cat named Winston and at first I imagined his voice with a British accent.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Misty is just a secretary, until she is made a vampire.  Now she is investigating in place of her PI boss.  Her already innate desire to help people is amplified as a vampire and now her desire is to take a bite out of crime in her small town.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

When the big bad head of the local vampires is trying to convince Misty there are vampires and shows her his teeth. Misty grabs his teeth to see how he did it. That was fun to write.

Readers should read this book…

If they like humorous cozy mysteries and a quirky vampire lead.She is the most unlikely vampire I could come up with so it is a light-hearted paranormal.  If you like Duffy Brown, Nancy Warren, Nova Nelson, Dionne Lister, Trixie Silvertale, or Leighann Dobbs, then you’ll love this series

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.




Author: Avery Daniels
Publisher: Blazing Sword Publishing, Ltd.
Pages: 290
Release Date: May 1, 2022
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery


In 24 hours, Misty Summers had the worst date of her life, was bit by a vampire, and her PI boss may close his business as he goes through a divorce. Looking on the positive side, she decides to use her new vampire assets and become the private investigator to keep her income. She doesn’t know what her future holds, but it can’t be any worse! When she starts following up on a missing woman’s case, she finds herself in the middle of murder.




     After several songs had passed with us oblivious to any other living being, just wrapped up in each other, we stepped outside to stroll in the golden glow of a nearly full moon before heading to our room.  We walked hand-in-hand until we were surrounded by the landscaping around us and the shimmering moonlight through the trees.  Mason stopped and wrapped his muscular arms around me.

“I am so grateful for you in my life.  I hope I never take you for granted or forget to tell you how important you are to me.”  He kissed me, sweet and slow.  He drew me closer, and the kiss deepened.  I slid my hands up his chest and around his neck.  My head and heart were spinning.

Then I felt something brush my foot.  Don’t spoil the moment LaMere, focus on the kiss.  I succumbed to the kiss again.  It had probably been a rabbit startled out of its hiding spot, right?

After another moment of blissful necking, my foot was brushed again before a hand – yes, a hand – grasped my left ankle.  I let out a yelp and jumped.  Mason pulled back and looked into my eyes.

“A hand just latched onto my ankle!”  I don’t know why I was whispering, whoever owned the hand knew they had me in their grasp.

We shifted and looked down to see an arm in a soiled white blazer reaching out from the bushes along the pathway.  The hand at the end of the arm was attached to my ankle.  I shook my foot, and the hand slipped away.  Mason released me, took a hold of the arm, and dragged Merritt, face up, out from the foliage.  He had an ancient looking arrow of wood protruding from his chest and blood drenched his shirt.   Mason bent down and placed two fingers to his throat.

Merritt’s head twitched, and he breathed out a few words, “It’s the curse.  I didn’t believe it.  The curse got me.”  And he seemed to deflate like a balloon leaking air until he went flat, like the animating force had left him.



Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. She volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.

Her latest book is the paranormal cozy mystery, First Bite.

Connect with her on Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, BookBub, Newsletter, and Bingebook.





I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

5 comments on “Interview: Avery Daniels (First Bite) ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

  1. Seems like a really good book! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Angela,
    Thank you for hosting me on your fun blog and the interview. Best wishes.

    • It was my pleasure and thank you for the interview!

  3. Great interview, First Bite sounds like a fantastic mystery for me to read and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful TGIF!

    • Eva,
      I hope First Bite enterains you. I look forward to hearing from you on how you liked it.