GET TO KNOW THE CHARACTERS
Charmeine Hunter (aka Charleen Davis): Married to Tabbruis, Queen of the Light-Bearers – Throws white lightning, knows when someone tells a lie, flies extremely fast like a bullet, can make it hail, and hold people with her lightning. She is the owner of the Castle Charmeine.
Tabbruis Hunter: Married to Charmeine, King of the Blood-Hunters – Super speed, can hypnotize, and is an expert in martial arts and sword-fighting. He is an Administrator of the Castle Charmeine.
Shane (Kelly) Hunter: Son of Charmeine and Tabbruis – he is a Blood-Hunter and Light-Bearer Hybrid – Throws white lightning, can make it hail, and served in the US Army in Special Ops.
Sandra (Gomez) Hunter: Married to Shane Hunter – Throws blue lightning and fire, tough, deadly strategist, served in the US Army in Special Ops.
Dmitri Maximus: Married to Hera – Blood-Hunter, very old and wise. He is the Advisor and Administrator of the Castle Charmeine.
Hera Anastos Maximus: Married to Dmitri – Light-Bearer – Throws pink lightning and wife of Dmitri and mother of Percival and Athena.
Percival Maximus: Older son of Dmitri and Hera – Light-Bearer – throws green lightning and can see glimpses of the future.
Athena Maximus: Young daughter of Dmitri and Hera – Light-Bearer – throws yellow lightning and can see Auras which surround people.
Thomas Daskolas: Son of the Evil Pascal, Head of the Elder Council – Blood-Hunter – Married to Laura, Blood-Hunter, and Deacon in the Catholic Church. He is the Spiritual Advisor of the Castle Charmeine.
Laura St. Claire: Married to Thomas – Light-Bearer – Throws purple lightning, Medical Doctor and Surgeon. She runs the Hospital at the Castle Charmeine.
Neal Michaels (AKA Nemamiah Michaels): Married to Hameal – Blood-Hunter – Over seven feet, muscle-bound, strong, skilled in all military strategy, and fierce fighter. He is the Protector of the Castle Charmeine.
Hameal Rahotep: Married to Neal – Light-Bearer – Throws red lightning, used to be a Blood-Hunter, builder, designer, very skilled in martial arts. He is the Architect of the Castle Charmeine.
I love “The Light-Bearer Series”
When I write, it’s just me and my characters in my head.
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AUTHOR SHERON PARRIS
Vampiric Short Story
“A Night of Frivolity”
When the daring Miss Clarke enters a gentlemen’s club in London on one cold day in January, the year 1714, she is met with a most cunning vampire who would only see her his before the night is through.
With several onlookers, unwanted solicitations, and the watching dark eyes of the mysterious Alexander upon her, Miss Patricia Clarke is forced before long to decide whether her desired night of frowned-upon fun is worth the trouble…and the blood…in A NIGHT OF FRIVOLITY.
5 STAR REVIEW OF
“A Night of Frivolity”
Truthfully, I don’t liken myself a fan of Anne Rice or even much period piece literature, so I went into this short story with mixed feelings. That being said, having finished the story – I have to say, I was impressed. Despite not being a fan of the genre, S.C. Parris still managed to captivate me with the style and prose of which it was written and delivered a really good and interesting tale. I’m not going to delve much into the storyline since it is a new release and I’m not looking to spoil, but I have to give props to anyone who can get me fully invested in a story, regardless of how long or short, in spite of having a pre-conceived stance on the genre of which it happens to reside. ANoF is a worthwhile read, not just for horror fans, but for readers in general. I recommend.
INTERVIEW WITH SHERON PARRIS
To start things off, how about you introduce yourself to readers who many not be familiar?
“I’m Sheron Sylvestre (pen name S.C. Parris), I live on Long Island with my family and my Siberian Husky. I’ve written stories and poems for as long as I can remember, had half-starts with stories when I was younger, and had a poem published in a book of students’ poetry in middle school. I’ve explored many avenues of art, such as drawing and the like, but the things that have stayed with me have been writing (books, poems, screenplays), and acting. I guess I’m just drawn to the written word – or at least story-telling.”
Who would you cite as your primary influences?
“Edgar Allan Poe jump-started my love of writing. His macabre, grim, yet beautiful way of penning a horror story/poem reached my adolescent heart in ways I didn’t even realize would influence me so directly. J.K. Rowling is, of course, another inspiration of mine as I’ve read her books since my mother pushed the first Harry Potter in my hands and told me it was okay to read. I believe it’s Misses Rowling that’s really inspired me to set aside the short stories and poems and delve into full-length stories. I also pick up bits and pieces from all authors’ works I read, far too many to name, of course.”
Why don’t you tell us, without spoiling anything, what your short story is about?
“A woman with a head for rebellion meets her match in a strange man on a night out in town.”
You actively chose to set the story in the 1700s. What was it about that era that you found so appealing?
“Ah, I’ve always been drawn to the cobble-stoned streets, gas-lit lamps, and horse drawn carriages that marked that period. There was always something magical about it and I guess I find it somehow easier to draw upon the world and characters that live (and thrive) in that time. I have been called an “old soul” by many.”
Recently the whole ‘vampire’ genre has undergone a complete makeover as a result of the Twilight series, and I think a lot would argue for the worse. Where do you stand on Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series?
“I read New Moon first without knowing it was part of a series and there were many times that I literally threw the book across the room – I’m obviously not a fan of what Mrs. Meyer has “done” to the vampire genre. […] I believe that she hasn’t really done anything to the vampire genre – only put her own bizarre twist on these creatures and called them ‘vampire’. Regardless, there is something enigmatic about vampires, about the burdens they face, their lust for something they cannot possess freely – it’s all fascinating to me and it always has been. (My mother confessed to watching tons of vampire movies while I was still in the womb.)”
Where do you think your interest stemmed from?
“I believe my first (memorable) encounter with vampires was in the movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – I was equal parts horrified and enamored with the creature that wrapped so many around his long finger. The lore has stayed with me ever since.”
In your opinion, what do you consider the greatest vampire story ever told?
“As I’m not yet finished reading the original novel of Dracula by the one and only Bram Stoker, I can’t count it as one of the greatest ever told, though it sure is shaping up that way. Of all the vampire novels I’ve read and movies I’ve seen, I’m hard pressed to name one that’s stood out to me as the greatest ever told. If movies are allowed in this, I would say the movie adaptation of Interview with the Vampire has stuck with me as a great vampire story, though I haven’t read the original novel so I’m not certain how much weight that holds.”
Do you have any other writing projects coming up? What other genres do you like to explore?
“I have many. I’ve self-published two vampire/fantasy novels (The Dark World & The Immortal’s Guide) in the past two years and I’ve three more in that series due out soon. Besides those, I’ve many other projects lined up to be completed either this year or within the next two. One of those being a paranormal romance set in modern times currently entitled ‘Judgment’ and another that will be the start of a new series, a purely fantasy/adventure novel set around an assassin/mercenary and his band of hired men as they go around their deceptive world, doing the most untouchable work for the highest pay.”
WHERE CAN I BUY “A NIGHT OF FRIVOLITY”?
Author of The Dark World, and The Immortal’s Guide.
Vampiric Short Story, “A Night of Frivolity” set to be released, April 18th, 2013, from Before Sunrise Press.
She lives at home with her family and Siberian Husky, and attends college when not working and writing books.
*Other Pen Name for Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy/Contemporary/Fiction: Sheron Parris.
STALKER LINKS FOR SHERON PARRIS
WordPress Blog: http://sheronparris.wordpress.com/
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OFFER OF A FREE BOOK
BY DAVEN ANDERSON
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My review of
by Daven Anderson
Jack Wendell is a person with Down’s Syndrome and a Gold Medal Special Olympics runner! He is bit one night by a rabid vampire and the adventure begins there.
Jack finds there is a world that he never knew about but in books and that wasn’t even right. There are vampires who are human and then there are vampires who are alien called, “Pures.”
Now, the human vampires have a rule that any vampire which is mentally handicapped is put to death.
So, needless to say, Jack is on the run for his life from a merciless venerator, (vampire law-keeper) Damien.
What makes it more confusing for Jack is that Damien’s wife, Lilith, is the Vampire President!
She wants to save Jack but Damien wants Jack DEAD!
Now, Lilith is not all warm and loving… no way! She is just as twisted and ruthless as her husband, Damien. They have a small love and big hate relationship. Damien and Lilith are constantly one-upping each other. Damien with his mistress and Lilith with her covertly hiding Jack. The power-play between these unsavory characters was vicious.
Damien can’t get Jack so he calls in the “Big Guns” from Romania to catch him called Zetania! She is an accomplished venerator and very skilled to bring Jack in.
However, what Damien doesn’t know is that she is working on the slide for Lilith… How can Jack survive? Will he be able to change the world of human vampires? Will he make them accept him the way he is?
“Vampire Syndrome” by Daven Anderson is a ground-breaking and unbelievable vampire story.
I was taken aback at how he was able to actually capture Jack’s thought process so clearly. I have a brother who is mentally handicapped and the words and actions were so similar… it was like my brother was talking. I also thought Jack was the only hero of the book. The vampires were so twisted on either side and Jack was the only light to make both sides come together.
I was amazed by some of the action sequences because they were so well detailed and drawn out. Mr. Anderson’s writing is well-thought out and kept moving. There was something on each page of my Kindle that made you want to hit the arrow button to the other page. I was spellbound by “Vampire Syndrome.”
The point of view was textbook and easy to read. Mr. Anderson depicted word pictures that made my imagination fly. The characters were three-dimensional and fluid. Critically, I thought the book to be almost perfect.
Please be aware “Vampire Syndrome” has two versions one is YOUNG ADULT and one is EROTIC.
However, if you are a Paranormal Fan like me and want a pioneering, innovative and action packed vampire story, “Vampire Syndrome” is for you!
For this and so much more, I give Daven Anderson’s “Vampire Syndrome” a hearty five star rating!
Can Special Oympics champion Jack Wendell survive, now that he’s been turned into a vampire?
All Jack wants is to be accepted as a valued member of the vampire community. But he can’t do this when Chief Venator (vampire law enforcer) Damien Tepesh has ordered Jack to be killed.
Fortunately, Jack wins the respect of a powerful ally. Lilith Morrigan, President of the Vampires, hides Jack from the ruthless Venators and gives him a chance to prove his worth. But she cannot stop her husband Damien from targeting Jack.
Damien summons Romania’s Chief Venator Zetania Vinescu to Colorado to help him hunt Jack. Lilith over-rides her husband and orders Zetania to protect Jack from the Venators.
As Damien and Lilith battle over control of Jack, a new threat emerges. A space-alien Pure vampire has come to Colorado, specifically to kidnap Jack. Even if Damien and Lilith settle their differences, can they keep Jack safe from the Pures?
Interview with Daven Anderson
Please share about how in the world did you come up with the idea for “Vampire Syndrome”?
On June 13, 2009, I finished reading “Breaking Dawn.” I found the ending to be flat, and I thought, “I could write something better that that.” By the time I went to bed that night, I had the basic storyline and my four main characters (Jack, Damien, Lilith and Zetania) clearly defined in my mind.
“Vampire Syndrome” is so different from what I’ve ever read before. What was the thought process behind it? Did you have to do research into the condition of Down’s syndrome?
I have worked side-by-side with special-needs individuals (Down Syndrome, autistic, etc.) for over twenty years. The grocery industry makes notable efforts to employ special-needs individuals and use their skills to the best advantage for all concerned. Special-needs individuals are valuable members of our team, just like anyone else. When they work as a team with everyone else, it builds their self-esteem and gives them a sense a purpose in the world. That’s what we all want, really!
When you have worked with special-needs persons for as long as I have, I have done all the “research” I could ever need to do simply by observing them, interacting with them, and being friends with them. As Yogi Berra said, “You can observe a lot just by watching.”
I have a brother who is mentally handicapped. I know from experience how my brother was treated. I was always in defense of him and taking care of him… even though he was older. Can you share some of your personal thought about Down’s syndrome and how our society lifts or lets down the handicapped?
I could write a non-fiction book or three simply from my experiences at work. One of our special-needs employees was featured in a local newspaper article for his outstanding customer service skills. Does it get any better than that? On the darker side, we once had to call the police to deal with a pack of youths who were bullying an autistic employee and physically preventing him from collecting our shopping carts. Not the best idea when the police station is one block away from our store! Over a dozen cop cars showed up.
The saddest thing is when you get that rare customer who is prejudiced against special-needs individuals. One obviously biased woman asked me to get another sacker to finish bagging her order. I refused to do so, and I told her “*** is doing his job correctly.” I refused to put up with her degrading treatment, because *** is not just my co-worker, he is my friend.
One of the most important points I make in my book is that cunning and quick wit do not equal wisdom. Damien and Lilith excel in cunning and quick-witted strategy, but many of their actions are not wise. In terms of their actions, Jack is the wisest character in my book. He is the only one who always does what he should be doing.
In our everyday lives, most all of us will know at least one “smart” person who makes bad choices. What my novel shows you is that wisdom is not defined by a person’s I.Q. score. The special-needs people I’ve worked with for twenty years are some of the wisest people I will ever know.
If someone else was describing “Vampire Syndrome” what would they say?
“It sure is original.” I think I’ve succeeded in crafting a novel where even its harshest critics will have to concede that it is at least an original concept, and that I wrote it the way I wanted to do it.
The feedback I’ve received has been much better than I thought. I was worried that some people would be turned off by the harsh nature of Damien and Lilith’s antagonistic marriage relationship, which is basically a vampire version of “War Of The Roses” or “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry.” Then I combined that with Jack, who is a vampire version of “Forrest Gump.” Not the most obvious combination, I admit, but it sure is original!
I love this question because you never know what you will come up with… what random fact about yourself that would surprise your fans and our readers?
I am a big fan of the TV series “Xena: Warrior Princess.”
Why are you drawn to be a great Author of Paranormal? Why Vampires especially?
Explaining thousands of years of worldwide vampire folklore in scientific and rational terms was the most enjoyable challenge I’ve had in my life. I ended up with two types of vampires, humans and the alien “Pures.” I couldn’t rationalize, in scientific terms, the human body changing enough to combust in sunlight, generate inner gravity to cling to walls and ceilings, or to suddenly become garlic-averse after years of eating garlic as a normal human. But when you have an alien race, all of these become easy to explain. If the Pures’ home planet had full cloud cover, they did not evolve with a tolerance for direct UV radiation from sunlight. No life form on Earth (that I know of) generates its own inner gravitational forces, but the Pures are aliens. And their home planet has no acidic plants such as onions or garlic, meaning the Pures did not evolve with a tolerance for same.
Some people will say the scariest thing about my novel is that all my explanations of this folklore make sense.
Who are your favorite authors and why?
Philip K. Dick. The closer we get to his visions of the future, the more we realize how right he was. By the time “Minority Report” came out as a movie, everyone in the audience knew those personalized advertising holograms will soon be possible.
William Shakespeare. The human conditions he expresses are timeless.
If you could live during any period in time, when would it be and who would you be?
Right now. It’s an exciting time to be an author, living in the greatest period of literary change since the Gutenberg Press was invented.
Do you have a day job? If so, how does your writing fit in?
My working closely for with special-needs people for over twenty years in the grocery business has allowed me to craft a uniquely realistic first-person point of view, seen through the eyes of a special-needs person. So far, every reader of Vampire Syndrome who has a special-needs family member or friend has agreed that Jack’s point of view is right on target.
And, working in the retail grocery business for that length of time will educate you about everything you would ever want to know about human nature, whether you wished to learn it or not.
Can you can share with us about books you have written after “Vampire Syndrome”?
I’m working on “Vampire Conspiracy”, the second novel of the ”Vampire Syndrome” trilogy. And “Sisters Of The Alpha Moon”, a novel about an all-female werewolf pack.
It will be quite a task to re-invent the werewolf universe in the same manner that I did for vampires in “Vampire Syndrome.” Including a more precise explanation for what silver bullets actually do to their kind.
Daven, THANK YOU being a guest on ”FANGS and HEARTS” week!
I’m thrilled to be here. Thank YOU for this wonderful interview!
Daven Anderson Bio:
After forty-plus years of reading other people’s books, Daven Anderson was finally motivated to create his own. Daven’s close working relationships with special-needs individuals led him to create character Jack Wendell, the world’s first dignified, sympathetic special-needs vampire hero.
Daven’s love of black comedies led him to create characters Damien Tepesh and Lilith Morrigan. Selfish, battling, power-tripping spouses who are the perfect foils for Jack’s generous heart and his earnest truth. Daven’s admiration of those who persevere against social prejudice led him to create Zetania Vinescu, Gypsy vampire and Jack’s protector. Daven’s love of musclecars and the open road led to the vampires’ high-octane adventures all across the beautiful state of Colorado.
Last but not least, Daven’s extensive computers skills brought Vampire Syndrome to your e-reader!
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Snippet of “Vampire Syndrome”
Goodbye Gruel World
Is this the end of my life? Am I gonna die? The girl in the pink tank-top shoves me down to the ground and bares her fangs. This can’t be. Vampires are just in books and movies. And she’s wearing a big cross, too. Aren’t Vampires afraid of crosses?
I fight to slip free from her grip. She’s shrieking like a wounded animal as she tries to bite my neck. Just as I get my left arm free, she grabs it. The girl twists my arm behind my back, leans down and bites my neck hard.
Her fangs sink in. The pain sends shock waves through my upper body. I can feel her sucking blood out of my neck vein.
Three people run up to us, grab the girl and try to pull her off of me. A tall guy wraps his arms around her torso and yells “Let him go!”
At last, the people manage to pull the screaming girl off me. I push myself up from the pavement and run down Lowell Boulevard, to get back to my group home. And get as far as I can from that mad, biting lady.
What the hell just happened? One moment, I was running practice laps on the Mullen High School track. Next thing I knew, some crazy lady with Vampire teeth jumped on me and bit my neck. Hard.
I look back. No one’s after me. Good. I slow down from my running and start to walk.
Her teeth were probably fake, but they were sharp enough to pierce my skin. I reach up to my neck and feel the bite area.
Just a few drops of blood are on my fingertips. That’s odd. I should be bleeding a lot more, ’cause she sunk her teeth in deep. I’ve had paper cuts that bled a lot more than this, and they hardly hurt at all. My neck is still sore.
Could she have been a real Vampire? I don’t think so. I look west toward the mountains. The sun hasn’t even gone down yet. Vampires can’t go out in sunlight, or they’d burn up.
Sirens, in the distance. I bet they’re cops going to arrest that crazy lady. Good. She needs to go to jail. Jumping on people and biting them is an assault charge, like I saw on Cops.
She might kick the policemen and bite them, too, like the long-haired shirtless guy did in that trailer park episode.
I’m walking uphill on Lowell Boulevard. Feels like I’m in slow motion. Oxford Street can’t be more than two blocks away, but it’s taking forever for me to get there.
My head feels like it’s floating in space. But I’m not dizzy, like I was the first time I got off a roller coaster. I was seven years old. I could barely stand up after I rode Mister Twister. Right now, I’m walking just fine. It just seems like time’s standing still.
RUNNING ON EMPTY for Jack!
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Okay folks… I had to re-post this review because I wax poetic about this past year as life is a tornado with little reprieves to take a breath… and a major birthday is coming.
Originally,I wrote the ONE big book “Charmeine” and self-published in January 2012. I had no knowledge of Publishing and because of that, getting reviews, was very hard. For all these reasons:
1. I didn’t know how to request reviews or where I should go.
2. My book “Charemine” was unedited and not formatted.
3. “Charmeine” was a monster book, 600 pages 150,000 words.
4. I had no publisher.
Since then, my publisher, PDMI Direct Publishing, split the book “Charmeine” into three = “Charmeine,” “Mactus,” and “Accendo.”
This review is one of the most important reviews I ever had. It was by a reviewer who didn’t know me and read my unedited large book in its entirety.
Originally reviewed in May, 2012
I started following http://emilyguido.com/
She is the author of “Charmeine,” the first book in the new “The Light Bearer Series.”
Everyday I would impatiently check my email waiting for another excerpt from her book “Charmeine.” When I found out that the next book in the series is going to be released soon, I decided that I needed to read the entire book, not just the snippets. So I purchased my copy (first book I’ve bought in ages) and started to read…
In Heaven, Charmeine and Tabbruis are worried. Charmeine, an Angel of Harmony, has a mission to provide harmony and peace in times of trouble. Lately she feels a serious drain on her power and her ability to provide harmony was lessening daily.
Tabbruis is the Angel of Self-Determination and is several levels higher than Charmeine. He allows us to use our free will and inspires us to think of new ways to do things. He must help an Archangel to have conviction in his beliefs and will therefore be unavailable to the family for most of the day. They are waiting to hear what the Prophecy will bring but neither believes it will be good news.
We then go back, back to a time before Tabbruis and Charmeine have met. When Tabbruis used another name and Charmeine had no idea who she really was or what her real name was. Back before love had finally made them complete.
Tabbruis is a Blood Drinker, a vampire. He believes his destiny is to walk earth always in need of blood. Human blood is best, but Tabbruis has learned to use wild animal blood instead to curb his craving. He can go out in sunlight, but prefers the darkness, he seldom sleeps, he is very wealthy and very handsome. People usually bend to his will with little or no problem. He prefers to be alone. The sound, the smell and the action of the sea calms him.
Charleen (aka Charmeine) has beautiful brown eyes and a very sweet nature. Summer is her favorite time of year, she loves the feel of sun on her skin. She learned Judo so she will never be a victim. She has never really dated and has never really been attracted to any man, and she has no interest in finding out why. She tries to tell herself she is happy but she knows that really she wants a man in her life, someone to share with. Charleen loves to go and watch the waves at the sea-shore. it’s very peaceful.
Tabbruis and Charleen meet. They stare deep into each others eyes, and they know. They have found the other half of themselves.
But will it be enough to overcome all the obstacles both known and unknown in their paths?
Can there be happiness between two such different creatures?
I am very satisfied with this story.
There were many things to like such as vampires, the supernatural, action scenes, good characters who throughout the book evolve and a very emotional romance involving two people of different races/cultures.
I did at times feel the writing was a little stilted (the kindle edition needs some editing) and that did affect the flow of the story.
Overall, this is a great read, and a terrific debut novel for Emily Guido!
I look forward to the next book in the series.
Welcome to FANGS and HEARTS week!
I had the pleasure of reviewing “Love Immortal” by acclaimed author Felicity Heaton for my blog.
She is one of my very favorite authors! I am privileged and honored to feature her today.
Indie publishing is really taking off and Felicity Heaton is an example of gold to be mined in these independent ventures.
She is a rocket that just keeps on climbing!
My Review of
By Felicity Heaton
Rescued from werewolves by the most breathtaking man she’s ever seen, Lauren is dragged into the fight of her life and a dark world she never knew existed. There, she discovers that she’s the latest reincarnation of a goddess and must drink the blood of her immortal protector, Julian, in order to reawaken and continue her three thousand year old mission to defeat Lycaon, the original werewolf.
With the help of Julian and an organisation of people with supernatural abilities, Lauren fights for her life, their future and the fate of mankind against Lycaon and his deadly army, but can she succeed when Lycaon has killed all of her predecessors?
Can she crack the armour around Julian’s heart and seize her happily forever after with him? And can Julian bring himself to trust Lauren with the fragments of his heart after everything he’s been through.
“Love Immortal” is a wonderful story which had me on the edge of my seat from the first page!
There was a lot of action and steamy romance to make you warm up to the characters Lauren and Julian instantly.
Lauren is a woman of steel will and determination. She is set on defeating the one enemy which has taken all her loved ones away.
Julian is a man who has the task of protecting Lauren. He is so damaged by the past and he does not allow sentiment inside his heart… until he meets Lauren.
The descriptions and the twists and turns Ms. Heaton uses made my heart thump! There are also poignant scenes in which you will need a hankie to wipe the tears away. I was enthralled with every word of this novel.
With all Romance novels I have read, I was not disappointed. It is a novel of great reward because it lived up to my hunger for Paranormal, Lusty Romance and Action-packed Adventure!
For this and much more, I give “Love Immortal” at whopping FIVE STARS!
This was the first book I have read by Felicity Heaton, and ever since, I have been hooked. I now read her novels with a voracious appetite. Buy the novel, you will not be sorry, I guarantee it!
This video reminds me of Lauren and Jillian
and how each were healed in their love!
Interview with Felicity Heaton
Hello Ms. Heaton and welcome!
Please tell us a little about how you became an Author?
First, I just want to slip in a quick thanks for having me here at the event and for interviewing me! I actually started out by writing fanfiction in 2003. I wrote that until, in 2005, an author friend of mine gave me a nudge in the direction of writing something original, with my own worlds and my own characters. I was nervous at first, but once I started writing, I was hooked. I only wanted to write original fiction then, and I think my career aspirations changed dramatically. I was e-published with a now defunct publishing house. I began writing in my spare time, clocking up around 20+ hours per week writing stories. At first, I was writing a collection of genres, including historical and contemporary romance. I migrated more and more towards paranormal romance though, as I am deeply in love with that genre and everything paranormal. Now, I just write paranormal romances with the occasional science fiction romance thrown in.
When you wrote “Love Immortal” was it a long time brewing for you? When you first chose to independently publish, what compelled you?
I actually wrote “Love Immortal” with the intention of grabbing myself an agent and a publishing deal. This was back in early 2009, and indie publishing and ebooks weren’t really going anywhere at the time. I had been an indie author since 2006, because myself and my friend felt that we could do just as good on our own as we could with an e-publisher. In 2008/2009, it looked as though I was never going to make a living from writing, and I had always aspired to see my books in print with a major publisher. Of course, in the time I was away from the internet and indie publishing working on Love Immortal and my proposals, everything took off! It was very delayed for us authors in the UK. Amazon didn’t open its doors to us until over a year after it was working with US authors. I think the rise of ebooks really changed my life and because I had been writing for so many years, I had an excellent back catalogue that I could put onto places like Amazon, Apple, Sony, Kobo and Barnes & Noble. I didn’t grab an agent with Love Immortal, so I decided I would e-publish it myself and stick with my indie author roots for a little longer. I still aspire to achieve my dream of a publishing contract with one of the big NYC publishing houses though, and this year I was lucky enough to get an NY agent and we’re working towards doing just that!
Vampires and Werewolves are an unusual combination; however, they are both creatures of the night. I’d expected some cliché material but was pleasantly surprised by unusual twists and turns. You have mystery and action adventure, romance and history all in a paranormal setting. Where did you get the inspiration for this book?
I’m never really sure where my inspiration for my books comes from. I’m often inspired by multiple things, and they can be really random or something small. Normally, it’s a song I hear, a conversation, a movie I watch, something I read, or just something that comes to me. The roots of “Love Immortal” are really quite random. I had been working for a company called Arcadia at the time and I knew the real Arcadia had been a part of ancient Greece, so I was looking it up and reading about it. I came across the story of Lycaon, a king cursed by Zeus because he tricked him into eating human flesh. Zeus cursed him to become a wolf and that if he abstained from human meat for 10 years, he would become human again. I wondered what would have happened if Lycaon had decided to embrace his new wolfish nature and run with it. “Love Immortal” was born then. I liked the idea of twisting the origins of vampires and werewolves, and bringing in Greek gods and mythology.
Who are your writing influences? Who do you like to read? What are you currently reading?
I’m not reading anything right now because I’m working on a book of my own, but I’ll be going away for a break soon and I’ll be catching up on my reading there. I really love to read Lara Adrian, Gena Showalter, Larissa Ione, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and other paranormal romance authors. I don’t get much time to read though because I’m normally writing or editing one of my books, and find it best not to read then so I don’t pollute my voice or lose focus on my own story. When I do read, I’ll devour books like there’s no tomorrow.
I know you are very busy now but where do you see yourself in five years? Do you still hope to be writing full time?
I would love to still be writing full time in five years. I’ve been a full time author since March 2011, and it’s been fantastic! I can’t believe it’s been a year and a half already. I really hope that it will continue like this but I’m never one to count my chickens. I’m very cautious about things. I have plenty of books to write still, so hopefully the market will still be there for them, and I’ll also have my books in print with a major publisher.
Your next book is coming out soon. Any juicy tidbits you can share with us?
My next book is Bewitch. It’s the fifth book in my very popular Vampire Erotic Theater romance series. I’m not sure when it will be out. It will likely be January 2013 before I get the book completed and ready for release. I’ve just released “Her Demonic Angel”, which is the fifth book in my Her Angel series and I’m focused on marketing that book right now. It’s doing really well and now I’m under pressure to get the next book out!
Bewitch is Payne’s story. I can’t say too much about Payne other than he’s a very reclusive and distant vampire, with a very dark past. In his story, he’s helping out Andreu, the hero of Enslave, the fourth book in the series, with a problem he has. He has to head into the fae underworld, a place that he hates with all of his dark heart, and there he runs into a very sassy witch intent on bringing him to his knees.
I’ve been sharing sneak peeks at my blog: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/blog/category/romance-books/bewitch/
I want to sincerely thank you for taking the time out to be a guest on FANGS and HEARTS week on my blog!
About Felicity Heaton:
Felicity Heaton writes passionate paranormal romance books as Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!
If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.
If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, Felicity Heaton’s best selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series she writes as F E Heaton or any of her stand alone vampire romance books she writes as Felicity Heaton. Or if you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try Felicity Heaton’s new Vampire Erotic Theatre series.
In 2011, five of her six paranormal romance books received Top Pick awards from Night Owl Reviews, Forbidden Blood was nominated as Best PNR Vampire Romance 2011 at The Romance Reviews, and many of her releases received five star reviews from numerous websites.
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