Sunday, February 8, 2015

Character Profile: Dr. Lili Banta, Bound by Blood ~ by Margo Bond Collins

Character Profile

Character: Dr. Lili Banta

Book: Bound by Blood

Age: 30

Physical description: Lili stands only 5'3", and has long, dark, straight hair that matches her dark brown eyes. She is Filipino-American—her mother is Filipina, and her father, who died in her childhood, is Caucasian.

Quote that fits her personality:

The last time anyone saw this disease was twenty years ago, when I was twelve. It's why I became a doctor, actually. All of the children who contracted it went to my school, in a district that was made up of a largely Filipino community. But none of the Filipino children came down with it. My Inang, my grandmother, told me not to speak to the other children about it—but you know how kids are. As soon as she made it forbidden, I had to know more.

Best quality: Lili is strong and hardworking, and able to make tough choices when necessary.

Worst quality: She sometimes talks to the voices in her head. 


Sometimes the monsters in the dark are real...

As a child, Lili Banta ignored her grandmother's cryptic warnings to avoid children outside their Filipino community in Houston. When many of those other children fell ill, Lili ignored the whispers in her community that a vampiric aswang walked among them.

Years later, Lili returns to Houston to work for the Quarantine Station of the Center for Disease Control—but she is plagued by dark, bloody dreams that consume her nights and haunt her days. When a strange illness attacks the city's children, Lili is called in to find its source, and maybe even a cure.

But in order to save the city, she must first acknowledge the sinister truth: A monster stalks the night—closer than she ever expected....


Sitting straight up in bed, I gasped and threw myself back against the headboard, the thud dying away along with the remaining shreds of my dream.

But the word still ricocheted through my mind.


Until yesterday, I hadn't thought of the term in years—not since I'd left Houston for med school in Maine, determined to get as far away from home as I could.

But this resurgence of the same, odd illness that had swept my city years before was apparently also dredging up the old stories from deep in my subconscious: the aswang, a vampiric woman who lived a quiet life by day and fed on children in the night, flying back home on bat-wings just before dawn.

My unconscious mind had clearly also expanded on the idea, casting me in the role of aswang and adding schizoid conversations with a chorus of internal voices.

Great. I'm insane in my dreams.

And I'm a monster.

Shuddering, I wiped my hand across my gritty, raw eyelids.


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About the Author 

Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She has published a number of novels, including Bound by Blood, Sanguinary, Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.


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