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.
*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
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