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Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Resisting the Vamps

Long before I became a reader, vampires were born into the literary world. They come in all shapes, sizes and genders, range from nearly human to completely supernatural, and their personalities are limited only by their author’s imagination. For years I have struggled with my fight against writing vampires. Why? Mainly becomes they’ve become cliché and there are few versions I haven’t read. Of those, there are also few I’ve enjoyed. I’ll admit I’m a picky reader, but when I write paranormal I try to use a new and unique voice. I wrote a graphic, horror type of vampire novella a few years ago, back before going through the editing process enough to know what I was doing wrong. It’s been sitting on the backburner waiting for me to notice it again. However, my mind has been occupied with other voices for a while and I was content to ignore vampires in my own mind. Then along came Detective Parsons.

Detective Greg Parsons is a vampire stuck on the day shift because of an undercover assignment gone horribly wrong. He is grumpy, restless and highly unsatisfied with his lot in life…until he is offered a deal he can’t refuse. That thrusts him into the normally humdrum life of Zaria Stonewell, stirring up embers neither of them were prepared for. Now he is ready to protect her from her ex-husband and the murdering vampire he seems to have on a leash.

The biggest surprise for me about this story was, though Greg is who initially popped into my head it was Zaria who wanted to be heard. After a couple of false starts that just didn’t feel right, Zaria took the lead and became the narrator. It is now told in first person from her point-of-view. That isn’t a new concept to me, as most of my erotic releases are also first person. I had just expected it to be Greg who won the battle. Shows what I know.

-Missy Jane

*Make reading a guilty pleasure…*

The sun’s not the only thing that’s too hot to handle.

President Vardin isn’t the first vampire politician to make empty promises. Humans can work at night, he says. Humans will be safe on the streets, he says. It’s all bull. I’m still stuck on day shift at Langley’s Round The Clock Emporium, trying to earn enough to live from night to night.

If I thought the sun’s harsh rays had turned society upside down, watch what happens when I witness a murder in the alley. The police keep bombarding me with questions until a detective with a bad attitude walks in and takes over. He’s unbelievably hot, way out of my league, and way, way out of my comfort zone. Because he’s the one thing I fear most. A vampire.

Then I learn why the police seem so interested in me. My ex-husband is drawing a series of murders in his new comics. I’m in every one of them, and it looks like I’m supposed to be the last victim. The detective’s interest in my past—and his protective instincts—are bordering on unprofessional, but I can’t seem to bring myself to care.

Because the last place I should want to be is the safest place on earth…a vampire’s embrace.
Warning: If you like your vampires sparkly and emotional don’t read this book. It contains an overworked, underpaid, bloodsucking hero who might break your heart.

Available from Samhain Publishing November 15, 2011

Today’s Giveaway is: a combination of promo items from Missy and I. From Missy, bookmarks, magnets, pin, as well as other trinkets and/or books Missy picks up from time to time. I will throw in a Beth Kery/Bethany Kane computer keyboard brush cleaner, a monitor/eyeglass cleaner, and a sexy privacy please door hanger. 🙂 Please leave Missy a meaningful comment on her post to qualify for the prize pack. And be sure to sign up for the Kindle Touch 3-G here.

19 comments to “Missy Jane and a Giveaway!”

  1. Liz C
      · November 17th, 2011 at 8:37 am · Link

    Missy, this sounds like a unusual vampire book, with a vamp president and cop. I’m intrigued. Are you planning more stories in this setting?

    • Missy Jane
        · November 17th, 2011 at 3:22 pm · Link

      Liz, yes I am planning more books in my vampire world. I’ve already started book 2 as my NaNoWriMo project but don’t think it will be done by the end of the month 😉

  2. Robin Snodgrass
      · November 17th, 2011 at 11:20 am · Link

    I love the sound of this. And, if I were a vampire stuck on the day shift, I’d probably be more than grumpy. Here’s to many sales and lots of great reviews!

    • Missy Jane
        · November 17th, 2011 at 3:23 pm · Link

      Thanks Robin!!

  3. elaing8
      · November 17th, 2011 at 12:37 pm · Link

    An unbelievably hot,day working vampire.This sounds like a really great book.
    Love the warning,lol.

    • Missy Jane
        · November 17th, 2011 at 3:24 pm · Link

      Heehee, thanks Elaine! My kids love Twilight but I can’t get over the “sparkling” thing, lol.

  4. Marika Weber
      · November 17th, 2011 at 12:46 pm · Link

    Hi Missy! You’re excerpts that you shared on the cafe were great. The dialogue and the tension were great. I really can’t wait to get my hands on this book. Congratulations! 🙂

    Plus, come on a vampire that has to work days and he’s not dust?

    • Missy Jane
        · November 17th, 2011 at 3:25 pm · Link

      Weeeellllll, I really wanted my vamps to be different than the norm. So, they’re not dead and not allergic to the sun or religious relics. And their bites actually hurt 😉

  5. Na S.
      · November 17th, 2011 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Vampires are my favorite paranormal creatures and I have always been fond of them even before they became romanticized and sparkled. I was fascinated with vampires when they were at their most primitive: pale white, slept in coffin and became dust mites at the touch of a sun. Even though vampires have become popular literary creatures I still like them and more so. They are diverse, are hybrids and have a personal touch from each author. No one is the same and I embrace them all. 🙂

    • Missy Jane
        · November 17th, 2011 at 3:26 pm · Link

      Awesome! Mine are really different than anything I’ve ever read so I if you decide to dive into my world I hope you like it 🙂

  6. Tracey D
      · November 17th, 2011 at 4:02 pm · Link

    Hi, Missy.

    You’re a new author for me but not for long. Day Shift sounds like it’s right up my alley; I look forward in reading it.

    • Missy Jane
        · November 17th, 2011 at 5:20 pm · Link

      Thanks so much Tracey!! I hope you like it 🙂

  7. Fedora
      · November 17th, 2011 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Ooh, I think I’ve missed this series, Missy–this sounds good! I do like vamps, and it sounds like you’ve taken this in a slightly new direction–how fun! Thanks for the intro and snippets today!

    • Missy Jane
        · November 18th, 2011 at 3:42 pm · Link

      You haven’t missed anything yet, Fedora. This is book 1 😉 Thanks!

  8. Diane Sadler
      · November 17th, 2011 at 8:22 pm · Link

    I’ve been reading paranormal for a long , long time; see how far we have gotten from the original vampire stories?

    • Missy Jane
        · November 18th, 2011 at 3:43 pm · Link

      Yes. I haven’t been reading paranormal romance for long, maybe 5 or 6 years. But I’m an avid horror fan. I love how PR can turn the monsters into heroes, lol.

  9. Nancy Gilliland
      · November 17th, 2011 at 9:36 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to reading this one-I am always on the lookout for something different in vampire stories, and this one certainly is unique.

    • Missy Jane
        · November 18th, 2011 at 3:44 pm · Link

      Thanks Nancy!! I hope you like it 🙂

  10. Missy Jane
      · November 18th, 2011 at 6:53 pm · Link

    Thank you to Beth for having me on her blog, and thank you to all of you wonderful readers!! Congratulations Diane, you’re our winner!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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