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Charlaine Harris gives thumbs up to 3rd book in Nathaniel Cade series April 1, 2012

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This is way cool because I think Chris Farnsworth’s Nathaniel Cade series is fun and exciting — but I’m not Charlaine Harris, queen of all things vampire. She recently gave a smashing endorsement to the third installment in the series, RED, WHITE AND BLOOD, due out April 26. Here’s what she said about the book on her blog:

Christopher Farnsworth’s premise – that the presidents of the U.S. have, starting with Andrew Johnson, had a vampire at their beck and call – is simply fun. And in Farnsworth’s strongest book yet in the Nathaniel Cade series, Cade encounters an old enemy he’s killed over and over in various guises . . . none other than the Boogeyman. The ingenious part of the book (using various notorious serial killers and their quotes to confirm the existence of such a creature) is – well, I’m envious. Cade continues to be one of modern literature’s most frightening vampires, and this is an excellent read.

And let’s not forget that Sookie book No. 12 — DEADLOCKED —  is coming out May 1!

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Super Bowl finally gets vampire ads! February 6, 2012

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Took marketing types long enough to think of adding vampires to commercials but Audi had fun with the blood sucker craze during the Super Bowl. Goofy ad but made me laugh. (What was your favorite ad? And yes — there were a few that had paranormal/ghoul themes!)

Sneak peak of Kresley Cole book cover: Lothaire (and we know the heroine) May 24, 2011

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From KC's Facebook page

We have to wait until next year read to read Book No. 11 in Kresley Cole’s fab and funny IMMORTALS AFTER DARK series. But she just posted two big shockers on her Facebook page. We have a cover and title for the book — and it’s gonna be about the old ancient one. It’s simply titled LOTHAIRE.

And, since we all wondered who Lothaire is sooooo devoted to — and who could even love him — we don’t have to wait until 2012 to find out. Nope — it’s not nutty Nix. Here’s what KC posted on her Facebook page

The cat’s out of the bag! Lothaire’s heroine is revealed. Her name is . . . Elizabeth Peirce, and she is the first mortal IAD protagonist, a character we’ve met before, not his original Bride, a being of untold power, and on death row. (And at least one of those statements is false) Which do you think are true? p.s. for those of you who’d wondered if his heroine would be Nix . . . I’ve had her hero picked out from the very beginning of this series (he’s the only one who can handle Nucking Futs). Lothaire and Nix have a surprising history though, and in the future, you’ll see why they could never be more than just friends/enemies  🙂 As a matter of fact, several shocking secrets will be revealed in this book …

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Now what? An Amish/vampire novel? Yes — ‘Forsaken’ March 9, 2011

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When I first saw a reference on Twitter to an Amish/vampire novel, I thought it was a joke. How little do I know. There is a book coming out in August —  FORSAKEN by Leanna Ellis. (I’m not even gonna mess with the “Plain Fear” line.) Here’s the book description that’s posted on amazon.com

Hannah Schmidt pines for Jacob, the boy who saved her life. But Jacob is gone, buried. Levi Fisher loves Hannah. But he knows how much Hannah loved his brother Jacob. He also knows the troubling event that took Jacob out of their lives. So when a stranger named Akiva comes into their community, he carries with him two secrets: he is, in fact, Jacob. And he is now a vampire. When secrets are revealed, Hannah must choose between light and dark, between the one she has always loved and the new possibility of love-a decision that will decide the fate of her soul.

Ellis has written other books, including FACELIFT, ONCE IN A BLUE MOON and ELVIS TAKES A BACK SEAT. I’ve never read any of her novels, so can’t tell you anything about her writing but you can check out her site, bio, books etc. at her site HERE. The Amish and vamps — seems an odd — almost irreverent — combination. A bit over the top. But what the heck — you never know.

And you can check out the book trailer to FORSAKEN below.


Anne Rice on why she rejected the Catholic faith – and her fascination with immortality October 24, 2010

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Anne Rice posted this link on Facebook to a recent interview she did with The Guardian’s Emma Brockes. Here’s a snippet:

For 41 years, she was married to her high school sweetheart, Stan. “My behaviour has always been ultra-conservative,” she says, “but my imagination –” she smiles “– is just rampant with mavericks.”

The latest book, Of Love And Evil, is the second in a series about Toby O’Dare, a former assassin turned envoy for angels, who time-travels to Renaissance Italy like a kind of celestial MacGyver. It will, she says, be reviewed through the prism of her fallout with the church, but she can’t edit her thoughts to suit others. “I think I was brought up with the idea that an author has to follow her own instincts and protect her work. I think that was a given of the 60s and 70s, a romantic concept of the artist that you go with your deepest instincts about what you’re doing. I don’t think I’ve ever abandoned that idea. People write to me every day asking for advice, and the most frequent advice I give is have the courage to stand by your work and protect it.” I would not like to get into a fight with Anne Rice.

To read the entire interview go to the Guardian’s website HERE.

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Who influenced these vamp authors? July 24, 2010

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Panel: Chris Farnsworth, Chris Marie Green, Charlaine Harris, Richelle Mead and Jeanne Stein discuss vampire lit at Comic-Con 2010 on Saturday.

At Comic-Con’s “Fang Girls and Fang Boys: The Popularity of Vampire Lit” — which probably should have been renamed “Fang Girls and Fang Boy,” since author Christopher Farnsworth (BLOOD OATH) was the only dude on the panel — we found out what works influenced these vamp authors when they were kids:

Rachael Caine (The Morganville Vampire series): SALEM’S LOT

Heather Brewer (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod): CARRIE

Chris Farnsworth (Blood Oath): CARRIE

Chris Marie Green (The Vampire Babylon series): FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC

Charlaine Harris (The Sookie Stackhouse series): Anything by Edgar Allan Poe or Jane Austen.

Richelle Mead (The Vampire Academy series): Dungeons and Dragons (because that’s what her brothers played)

Jeanne C. Stein (The Anna Strong series): ROSEMARY’S BABY

Geek Speak’s indepth look at 20 vampire romance series! July 11, 2010

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Image courtesy of Geek Speak.

So you can’t find anything to read in the vamp genre? Geek Speak Magazine, a free online magazine devoted to science fiction and fantasy, recently devoted an entire edition to bloodsuckers titled: “Dead and Doing It,” where authors Rachael Hyland and Kate Nagy examine the question “Why vampires?” and offer a super fun and detailed look at 20 vampire romance series novels.

Here’s a snippet from the article:

Over the past few decades, vampires have become the heroes of our fondest imaginings and darkest fantasies, and have most recently blossomed into the ultimate romantic lover, most of their novels falling under the banner of “Paranormal Romance”. Whether it be Lestat, Sinclair, Eric Northman or Edward Cullen, there’s a vampire for every temperament, level of squeamishness and interest in S&M. Their stories can make you cringe or make you laugh or make you blush; some can make you weep for the feminist generation who came before, liberating women from their sexual servitude, only to have so-called “heroines” succumb to a whole lot of “’No’ means ‘yes’” seduction.

But check out their list of 20 vamp romance novels (CLICK HERE to get to the article and list). Hyland and Nagy give a ton of information about the books, including background on the hero/heroines, love rivals, sex, sidekicks, vamp society for each novel, other legends the books touch on. They also include an analysis of each book, and I thought a lot of it was dead on — no pun intended.

The edition also includes:

  • An interview with Molly Harper (NICE GIRLS DON’T HAVE FANGS)

I asked Hyland , editor-in-chief at Geek Speak, what else they gleaned from writing the article. She said she is now “utterly addicted to the steamy IMMORTALS AFTER DARK.” And Nagy, whose  “romance tastes have always run more to the Kurland-ish, is suddenly come over all Paranormal Detective and is seriously in denial over her attraction to Rhage, Zsadist, and the rest of the BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD. So now we’re a couple of hardcore Sci-Fi and Fantasy aficionados who have crossed over to the Dark Ones side, and … y’know what? We kinda like it here,” Hyland said.

You can follow Geek Speak on Twitter at @geekspeakmag and also on their Facebook page called Geek Speak Magazine. Hyland says Geek Speak accepts  submissions “from geeks of every creed: Trekkies, Whovians, Warsies, Twilighters, Xenites, Browncoats, what have you. (Though we do take exception to Michael Bay.)”

‘Blood Oath’ author: ‘I made it a book that I wanted to read’ May 23, 2010

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Chris Farnsworth at a book signing in San Diego.

Chris Farnsworth already knows how things will wind up for vampire Nathaniel Cade in his BLOOD OATH series. “The last scene for each book is written, and I know how it’s going to end,” the author said Sunday at a book signing at the Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego. And while he’s not divulging any plot secrets, he is “shooting for a long life” for the series, which launched earlier this week.

Some other thoughts from the former reporter turned screenwriter/author, whose book about a vampire who protects the president and United States against supernatural powers is already moving toward the big screen (CLICK HERE for movie details):

Why his chapters are so short: “It’s kind of the way I think. I want to leave a scene with a good exit or image.”

Where did he get the idea: Farnsworth was reading THE PRESIDENT’S VAMPIRE by Robert Damon Schneck. In that compilation of amazing and bizarre incidents in U.S. history, Farnsworth read that  President Andrew Johnson had pardoned a sailor accused of killing two crew mates and drinking their blood in 1867. He wondered, “What if the president had a vampire?” And then started to build his world of world of spies, subterfuge, politics and monsters.

What did Schneck think? He was “great about it,” Farnsworth said.

Did being a reporter help him as an author? It taught him about deadlines, writing and production. “There’s no such thing as writer’s block when the newspaper deadline awaits,” he said. Working in the news industry also made Farnsworth realize he wanted to spend his time writing about ideas he wanted to pursue vs. a newspaper editor’s ideas.

Where he writes: He’s got a routine. Farnsworth writes and researches at an office near his LA home about 8 hours a day. A good day for him is 20 pages. (Tugging at him:  His “daddy-seeking-missile” — 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Caroline.)

On doing things his way: Farnsworth left the news industry about eight years ago to write novels and screenplays. In between, he sat through countless development meetings about what other people thought his stories should be about. He calls BLOOD OATH his “half-court shot” and said, “If it didn’t work, I was going to be a barista at Starbucks or tend bar.”  But instead, he followed his gut and poured everything he had into his own vision: “I made it a book that I wanted to read.”

Related links:

  • To read a Q&A with Chris Farnsworth CLICK HERE.
  • To read the Washington Post’s review of BLOOD OATH, CLICK HERE.
  • BLOOD OATH makes the New York Post’s “Required Reading” list. CLICK HERE to read.
  • Great profile of Chris and more about the book by The Orange County Register’s Peter Larsen. CLICK HERE to read.
  • Author’s site is HERE. And CLICK HERE for the book site.
  • You can follow Chris on Twitter @chrisfarnsworth.
  • Finally, check out his book tour. It starts in Southern California but he winds his way through a couple of other states. CLICK HERE for book signing info.

    My friend Hieu talking with Chris. (Both worked at OC Register.)

    Me getting my book signed. (Chris and I worked together as biz reporters.)

    Anne Rice vampire story coming to video book February 21, 2010

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    Image from Anne Rice's Web site.

    The author of INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE will release a previously published short story  — THE MASTER OF RAMPLING GATE — on March 1 as a “vook,” or video book. You can find THE MASTER OF RAMPLING GATE, about a vampire living in a 400-year-old estate, on audio book and it’s still available through some book sellers as a graphic novel. (It was previously published in Redbook magazine in 1984. CLICK HERE to read a story summary.)

    Here’s what Vook said about Anne Rice and the short story on its blog:

    “… We can officially declare that we’re in production on a title with Anne Rice. Called The Master of Rampling Gate, our Vook will offer readers, vampire fans, lovers of Gothic fiction and everyone interested in new ways to experience stories an innovative take on Anne Rice’s classic blend of the romantic, the uncanny, and the truly frightening. The Master of Rampling Gate is a Rice short story that will probably be brand new to most readers. We’ve spent a lot of time finding the best way to address the narrative with videos and create a Vook that lets you get lost in the story and explore a variety of different takes on Rice’s world at your convenience, all in the same easy-to-use format of the Vook application.” (CLICK HERE FOR Vook blog.)

    The audio book cover.

    “Vook represents a very exciting combination of new technological elements, that I think is long overdo in publishing. I’m excited that ‘The Master of Rampling Gate’ is going to have new life in this form, and cannot wait to see the finished product. I’m not sure that my mind can conceive of all the possibilities of this new form. I’m learning. And it feels good.” (CLICK HERE for full story.)

    Stories on the Web say her video book can be purchased through digital devices for $6.99.

    CLICK HERE for Anne Rice’s Web site. (She also has a very cool Facebook page, which you find under her name. You can join easily via her Web site, too.) You can also follow her on Twitter under AnneRiceAuthor.

    Q&A: Author Alexandra Ivy on her vampires and werewolves! February 14, 2010

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    Alexandra Ivy

    Vampires. Demons. Imps. Werewolves. Fairies. Vampires. She always comes back to the vampires! Alexandra Ivy writes the fun and sexy GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY series, which feature heroic vampires (who can’t remember their past lives) who are connected to extraordinary women in battles against evil doers. And boy does she like to create some nasty villians!  Her heroes and heroines aren’t perfect. They whine, joke, make big relationship boo boos. But Ivy keeps her stories rolling with interesting plots and some funny situations and side characters. We talked to her about her series and how she writes. Leave a comment below and you’ll have a chance to win an ARC of the next book in the series, BEYOND THE DARKNESS.

    Q. In your Guardians of Eternity series, you’ve got a slew of paranormal characters! Vampires, demons, fairies, imps, werewolves! What sparked the idea for this world? (Was it specifically the story about Abby and Dante’s story in WHEN DARKNESS COMES and you just developed the series from there?)

    A. Yes, it all started with WHEN DARKNESS COMES. I wrote the book just for my own enjoyment since I was writing regency historicals at the time.  Then things just kept growing and growing and growing.

    Q. Where did you learn about imps, demons and fairies? (What kind of research/reading did you have to do to figure ’em out?)

    A. I love to read folklore from all ages and from all places.  It’s fascinating how different cultures can create characters that were vastly different and yet at the heart of them very similar.  I do try to add my own twist to all of them.

    Q. We know you in the paranormal romance world as Alexandra Ivy, but I also know you write lots of historical romances under the name Deborah Raleigh. I did read one vampire short story — TO TAME THE BEAST (Beast of MacDonnell and Isobella’s story) under your historical romance pen name among a trilogy in HIGHLAND VAMPIRES (with Hannah Howell and Adrienne Basso). Was that a precursor to your Guardian series that helped you decide you wanted to write a full paranormal novel? (Do you have other paranormals under your Deborah Raleigh name?)

    A. I did write a trilogy of vampire stories under the name Debbie Raleigh.  They were traditional regencies (which was unheard of at the time: MY LORD VAMPIRE, MY LORD ETERNITY and MY LORD IMMORTALITY. I absolutely loved writing them and it did inspire me to try my hand at trying a contemporary paranormal.

    Q. Abby & Dante. Shay & Viper. Darcy & Styx. Anna & Cezar. Regan & Jagr. If you could turn into one of your heroines, which one would it be and why? If you needed to be protected from demons or curs or another dark force, which hero would you pick and why!

    A. I’m always in love with the characters that I’m currently writing.  I know that’s what every writer says but it’s true.  Of course, there will always be a special place in my heart for Abby and Dante … they were, after all, my first!

    Q. Why did you decide your vampires wouldn’t retain their memories from their previous lives? And with the weres — what is it with shifters! It seems like they always have problems reproducing!

    A. I’ve always thought that the memories of a person would be attached to their soul, and that they would leave the body together.  And to be honest, it always seemed a little creepy to think of being taken over by another creature while still remembering who you once used to be.  And I don’t know if it’s being a mother myself, but just the thought of transforming into a werewolf during pregnancy made me shudder. It seems natural that they would struggle to carry a child to full term.

    Q. BEYOND THE DARKNESS is book No. 6 in the series. It comes out March 30 and it’s the tale of werewolf Salvatore and Harley (sibling to Darcy and Regan, right?) What else can you tell us about this story. It’s a little different because the main hero is a were!

    A. Salvatore is the King of Weres and it’s his duty to save them from extinction.  The females have become unable to carry their litters to full term and even their bite has stopped making new curs.  They are fading into oblivion.  Then 30 years ago he genetically altered four female babies so they wouldn’t shift.  Unfortunately they were stolen from his nursery and he has been on a desperate chase to find them.  Harley is one of the females, but there’s no way in hell she intends to become a broodmare for the arrogant, aggravating, pain-in-the-ass Salvatore. It was surprisingly different to write about Weres!  He’s hot-blooded and ruthlessly dedicated to his pack, instead of a cold and aloof from others.  And he will sacrifice anything to save his people from extinction.  His journey teaches him about betrayal, the need to accept help from others, and most of all about the power of love.

    Q. How many more books do you have planned in the series? (Will we get to hear Tane’s story? And will Levet — the adorable little gargoyle — get his own story?)

    A. I’ve signed for four more stories (Tane’s will be next) as well as two anthologies!  I’m not exactly sure what Levet’s fate will be.  Right now it’s still up in the air.

    Q. Who/what are your reading right now?!

    A. I’m reading Karen Chance’s new story and next on the pile is Amanda Quick and then I’ve promised myself to take a break from writing and indulge myself with Robert Jordan’s latest!  I read everything.

    Q. About how your write! Every day? Is this your full-time job? With music or any other background noise? Do you outline or just start writing? Where do you do your best thinking or get your best ideas? Do you write one project at a time or juggle?

    A. Right now I’m writing 10 to 12 hours a day since I’ve had my deadlines moved up … sigh.  Thankfully I have a very understanding husband and patient children!  It’s been my full-time job for the past five years, which has been wonderful.  It’s not often a person gets to live their dreams and I appreciate my good fortune every day.  I do some light outlining, but things are always changing so I tend to fly by the seat of my pants. Ideas really strike without warning, although I’ve convinced my husband I need a long hot bath without interruption to feed my muse!  I do juggle several projects at once. It makes me crazy, but it also keeps me from getting bored.

    Q. Any advice for aspiring authors? (How long did it take you to get your first story published? Do you think it’s harder to get noticed/published now? What’s changed — if anything?)

    A. I’m the perfect story for struggling authors!  It took me 10 years and countless manuscripts to at last get published.  I just absolutely refused to give up, even after anyone with the least amount of sense or pride would have thrown in the towel.  And that’s my advice…never, ever give up!  I’m not sure if it’s harder to get published, but I think it might be harder to stay published.  It seems that some publisher will give an author one or two books to hit it big and then drop them.  No matter how great a writer, it takes time to develop a loyal readership.

    Q. What’s up for you next in your historical romance series? Any plans to write in yet another genre — like YA or urban fantasy?

    A. I do have a short story under the name of Deborah Raleigh coming out this summer in the MAMMOTH BOOK OF REGENCY ROMANCE. And I’ve always got ideas rattling around in my head. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. I’d love to try a UF series.

    Q. What do you do to relax! (Or when you’re not writing!)

    A. I love to read, of course, but my favorite thing is traveling.  It doesn’t matter where I go as long as I’ve never been there before!!

    Q. Anything else?

    A. I’d love to give a huge thank you to all those readers who’ve made it possible me to continue with the Guardian series.  It’s truly been a dream come true!

    Thanks Alex! OK, folks. Leave a comment below and Alex will pick a winner (random) for an ARC of BEYOND THE DARKNESS! (You can follow Alexandra Ivy on Twitter — Alexandraivy — and visit her blog HERE!) You’ve got a week to post a comment! (Feb. 21.)

    And here is a list of other author interviews on the Paranormal Romance blog!

    Gena Showalter — On her fave characters, books and Kresley Cole

    Keri Arthur — On her Riley Jenson series and why it must end!

    Christine Feehan — Drake Sisters and Dark Slayer

    Alyson Noel — Her Immortals Series

    Charlaine Harris — Her latest Sookie book and HBO’s TRUE BLOOD

    Jennifer Lyon: BLOOD MAGIC

    Shana Abe: THE TREASURE KEEPER

    Susan Squires: TIME FOR ETERNITY

    Linda O Johnston: ALPHA WOLF



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