Today I have author Marie Treanor for a special guest post. You can all see how beautiful the cover for Blood Guilt is.
A Toast to Vampires by Marie Treanor
Greetings, book travelers! I’m thrilled to join you for today, since this month I’m celebrating a new release and a new series. Blood Guilt, first of the Blood Hunters vampire romance series, came out earlier in June, so I hope you’ll party with me – cyber-champagne for all!
Talking of champagne, have you ever wondered how much fun it would be to clink glasses with a character from a book? I was brought up in the hard-drinking city of Glasgow, Scotland, so I suppose it’s not surprising that most of my characters drink alcohol at some point – whether a dainty white wine, elegant cocktail, rare malt whisky or down-to-earth beer. Even if the drinking isn’t an essential part of the plot, I find it adds a bit of extra personality to my characters when I know what they drink. For example, Chris, earthy Glaswegian busker in Guitar Man drinks beer, the famous “pint of heavy” that makes my heroine wrinkle her nose in disappointment. The brooding composer, John Maxwell in Ariadne’s Thread is partial to single malt whisky. Jenny in Hunting Karoly will drink almost anything, having never quite grown out of the “minesweeping” tactics adopted by many students in my younger days!
The difficulty starts when considering what vampires drink. Blood, of course! But can they drink anything else? The blood is obviously more to them than a drink is to humans, and it has to be processed differently by their bodies. So can they drink alcohol? Should they?
I once had a vampiress who liked to mix a drop of red-wine with a glass of blood, just to give it a little buzz (Loving the Man in City of the Damned). And Saloman, vampire hero of the Awakened by Blood trilogy (who also crops up in Blood Guilt), likes both red and white wine, being particularly partial to champagne. In fact, my vampires are capable of getting vilely drunk – I’m imagining the alcohol stays in their system for rather longer than it would in a human, mixing with the blood that keeps them in continued, unchanging existence and repairs any wounds to their bodies. So it would probably also have a more powerful effect.
As you can read in Blood Guilt J. When we first meet Maximilian, my vampire hero, he’s been on a bender and is almost killed by a bunch of much weaker vampires. What can I say? There were special circumstances. He’s a much more exciting and winning drinking companion the rest of the time…
What’s your opinion? Would you share a bottle with a vampire? Always keeping that stake handy, of course!
Blood Hunters #1
eBook coming 5th June 2012
The first of a new vampire romance series, a sequel to the Awakened by Blood trilogy.
Natural enemies, deadly attraction…
Mihaela, a fearless vampire hunter secretly haunted by loneliness and childhood tragedy, finds it difficult to adjust to the new world order where vampires are not always the bad guys. She’s taking a much needed vacation in Scotland when she sees a little boy being chased through the streets of Edinburgh.
Rescuing him brings bigger problems – two vampires from her past: Gavril, who killed her family; and the reclusive and troubled Maximilian, gifted Renaissance artist and one-time overlord of the most powerful undead community in the world. Maximilian once saved her life and now needs that favor returned.
The earth moves for Mihaela in more ways than one. From Scotland to Budapest and Malta, she races against time to prevent a disastrous, vampire-induced earthquake and save an innocent yet powerful child – all while fighting a dreadful attraction to Maximilian, her only ally, whom she can’t afford to trust. For Maximilian, the hunter becomes a symbol of renewed existence, as he struggles to accept his past and rediscovers his appetite for blood and sex – and maybe even happiness.
Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband and three much-too-smart children. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.
Marie Treanor has published more than twenty ebooks with small presses, (Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press and The Wild Rose Press), including a former Kindle bestseller, Killing Joe. Blood on Silk: an Awakened by Blood novel, was her New York debut with NAL.
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