Not only is there a Belgium tie to Bloodthirsty Bastard, but also to my Shades of Red series! Emilie was turned during WW1 in Belgium! and Ethan from BB is from Belgium!
Here's your sneak peek Excerpt from Bloodthirsty Bastard!!
Ethan pursed his lips before speaking. “I was born into minor nobility in 1802 in what is now southern Belgium. My first language was French…”
“Any brothers or sisters?”
“I was the second living son, but living was hard back then, even for the wealthy. My mother died during childbirth when I was still in knee pants. My father and brother died during the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. If life were fair, it would be my brother here instead of me. He was smart, good, and kind, while I was devilishly impulsive and unpredictable.”
I placed my hand on his arm. “Ethan, you were so young. All kids are impulsive and unpredictable.”
He leaned on the railing and looked out into the forest. “I don’t usually speak of my human life.”
I gazed at his profile, wanting to touch him, to smooth that strand of dark hair out of his eyes.
“It’s good to know that you are human, after all…or I guess not human, but...” I trailed off.
He turned to me, his eyes bright, “I’m still alive, and I think for the most part—human. I have feelings and regrets just like you, I only have longer to live with the consequences.”
1.) Ethan from Bloodthirsty Bastard:
His first language is French, then Flemish (which is sort of a dialect of Dutch. (European friends - feel free to explain Dutch vs Flemish in the comments😂)
ALTHOUGH BELGIUM OFFICIALLY SPEAKS DUTCH, FRENCH, AND GERMAN - IN REALITY, THERE ARE TWO MAIN LANGUAGE GROUPS - FLEMISH OR FRENCH.
2.) Emilie from Crimson:
During WW1 or The Great War, many women worked on the front lines driving ambulances. This was the case for Emilie. While driving soldiers back to the field hospital, she was attacked and changed into a moroi (vampire).
I've included photos from Belgium as well as the Belgium coin Caroline buys from an antique dealer in Bloodthirsty Bastard.
*THIS POST HAS BEEN WRITTEN FROM MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES. I'M NOT CLAIMING TO BE AN EXPERT OR EVEN COMPLETELY ACCURATE.