Monday, January 11, 2010

Guest: Adrian Phoenix

Please welcome Adrian Phoenix to the chix who love vamps site today! Adrian's latest release, BENEATH THE SKIN, is the third in The Maker's Song series. One lucky commenter can win their choice of one book from the series by answering the question Adrian poses: Undead or another species? Winner will be announced on Wednesday so be sure to stop back in to see if you won! Now here's Adrian:

I’m very excited to be here today, and I want to thank Michele for inviting me so that I can chat about one of my favorite subjects (and yours). And that would be vampires . . . of course.

Vampires. Undead or another species? Do you prefer your vamps dying and clawing their way from the grave and into the moonlight, reborn into undeath or an Earth-native species with pulses and a burning thirst for blood?

I always loved undead vampire stories and still do, but I decided to go another route with my vampires. I made them a part of the natural world, deadly predators (who need to avoid the sun, big-time) with incredible life-spans, powers, beauty and strength, who turn one another in the traditional way – drained, then fed their père or mère de sang’s (blood father or mother) blood.

An even rarer breed exists among the vampires – the born vampire, also known as True Blood. A True Blood’s abilities are even greater than a turned vamp’s and their lives are very different since they had never been human and never had to face losing their humanity to become vampire.

What would life be like for a True Blood all on his/her own? Her childhood? His puberty with its dark and hungry longings and sexual fever?

In the world of my books are groups of humans known as nomads – a pagan society composed of wandering clans very much like outlaw bikers and gypsies. They have tight ties to the natural world and are aware of vampires even when most of the mortal world (like ours) isn’t. Nomads view True Bloods as night elementals and treat them with the respect given to any force of nature.

For nomads, to be chosen to be turned is an honor – even if it means eventually outliving and leaving their clan.

Of course, most humans in the world of my books would not feel the same way as the nomads at all.

No matter what origins an author creates for their vampires, what myths they hold to or discard, vampires draw us in. I think it’s because they represent what we wish we could be: strong, beautiful, immortal.

Nothing wrong with that. ;)

The first book in The Maker’s Song series, A Rush of Wings, is Bite Club’s January read and you can learn more about the book – including an excerpt to read – here: A Rush of Wings.

The second book in The Maker’s Song series is In the Blood and it picks up the story shortly after the events in book one. You can learn more about it and read an excerpt here: In the Blood.

And my current release, book three of The Maker’s Song, Beneath the Skin, is out now. Jeaniene Frost calls it: “Lush, sexy, and thrilling. Beneath the Skin is darkly addictive.” You can learn more about the book and read a chapter here: Beneath the Skin.

You can also find me at:
Facebook Fan Page
Dante's Club Hell Forum
Dante's Club Hell Yahoo Group

Thanks so much for letting me hang out!

Adrian Phoenix


Sarah said...

This looks like a really great series & I'm looking forward to reading it :o) I would say I prefer to see vampires as another species rather than as the undead but to be honest I just love vampires whatever the mythology behind them!

Thanks for holding the contest :o)

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jennifer said...

if we must pick a preference I think true blood would have to be mine. None of this dying to be one stuff lol but I too love them both

skyla11377 said...

Undead Or Another Species?
Can I Have A Little Bit Of Both. I Would Have To Say That Though I Was Brought Up To Believe Vampires Are Cold And Dead With No Heart Beat To Speak Of i Think I Would Like The Earth-Native Species With Pulses And A Burning Thirst For Blood. My Second Choice Would Be A true Blood. Kinda Kool To Be Born A Vampire Instead Of Being Made Into One.


jeanette8042 said...

The series sounds wonderful! I guess vampires are technically undead, sort of, but I would rather call them another species.

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Natasha (Wicked Lil Pixie) said...

Can't we have them all? I'm going to go with Vampires, even though they're all over the place, they still are individuals. As long as they don't sparkle in the sun!

Great to see Adrian out and about, can't wait to read the third book...if it even shows up in my store! LOL

Greytfriend said...

I like reading about vampires, but fantasizing about the undead is creepy to me. My ideal would be a mutation or virus (or nanos in one crazy but cute series) rather than the whole dead thing. Another species would also be interesting.

So now you have me thinking more about the nomads in your books. Was that a hint that there will be more info about them in book 4? Or possibly another series or book focusing on a nomad character? I love Von, would love to see more about him or his people.

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
I really liked Adrian's indepth post here today. I prefer another species rather than undead because the whole undead thing raises too many unanswered questions in my mind, like breathing, like being able to talk without breathing, like excreting excess (two centuries of blood sucking would make one bloated without some "relief", no?) etc.

tina werner said...

i love vampires any way they come. everyones take is just a little different and that's what makes me interested... if they were all the same, the stories would all be the same and that would make reading boring. spice it up... love the creativity!!!

great contest for a great series!



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SandyG265 said...

In books I prefer another species. Although in horror movies I would go with the Undead.

shan675 said...

I love them all, but I'd have to lean towards another species. Warmth and a pulse just makes it better!

Your series sounds interesting... I'll be sure to check it out!

Heather C said...

I do love my vamps!!! I would have to go with the whole other species thing. Being dead is more zombie like, and I don't like my vamps as mindless attack monsters.
Giving up the sun would be the hardest aspect. nothing beats the sun on your face on warm spring day crusin' in your car.


SheepsPyjamas said...

I tend to prefer vampires as a separate species, or possibly as a truly altered human mutation. "Surviving" death doesn't bother me, but you pegged it with the "clawing their way from the grave" -- just doesn't seem... er.... dignified enough?

I've not read this series before, but I'm absolutely looking forward to getting stared on it! Thanks for the post and the contest!
shayla at pulselabs dot com

Raven Corinn Carluk said...

The purely undead type of vampire has never really appealed to me, because they tend to also lose some of their sexuality. I like the predator, not the ravaging hunter, so prefer the pure blood/mutation/other species of vampire. Really bring out the aspects you like.

And I enjoyed Rush of Wings. Just haven't gotten In The Blood yet. Must say that the talk of the nomads and True Bloods are really making me want to get up right now.

joder said...

I absolutely love this series and would love to win the third book! As for terminology I refer to them as others. I don't technically see them as being undead since they have thoughts and intelligence. Zombies are definitely in the undead category, but I just can't put my beloved TB Eric into that undead category.

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SMJ said...

I LOVE this series! "Beneath the Skin" was especially wonderful; gave us lots of insight into Dante. The series is a wonderful blend of suspense, intrigue, fantasy, horror & romance. Also love the Trent Reznor/nin references/chapter titles. :)
Really looking forward to the next part of this great series.

Carol S said...

I like the "other species" idea as well - who's to say what else is out there that we don't know about? heh heh

Loved Beneath the Skin Adrian! Only problem now is waiting another year for the follow up. :(
Oh and read your short story in Trouble With Heroes - very funny look at Lovecraft!

Anonymous said...

Undead has to be my top pick, although I really enjoy some of the "others" as well.

If you haven't read any of these books I strongly suggest you check them out. Adrian is definitely one of my top favorite authors! The books are awesome and I'm excited to check out her new series starting this summer!!

JustJanet said...

I haven't read this series yet but would love the opportunity to.


Adrian Phoenix said...


In answer to your question, I am planning a book on Von, actually. Nomads are also featured in my new hoodoo series too.

Thanks for your comments!

Adrian Phoenix said...


You are so right about the Trent Reznor and NIN song/lyric references in the chapter titles. ;)

Adrian Phoenix said...

I want to thank everyone for their comments and interest!

And big hugs to everyone who's already read the books and are spreading the word. Merci beaucoup!

It's been a real pleasure to be here!

ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

Adrian, you books are beautifully complex!!! I love them!!=)

Greytfriend said...

Thanks for your reply, Adrian. I'm excited you're working on a book about Von - good teasers! He is one sexy, interesting guy, and deserves the spotlight. Looking forward to the new series as well. Thanks again and thanks VampChix for this fun post!

Amanda Leigh said...

I like them either way. It's nice having all the different takes on vampires. It keeps vampires from getting boring when you read vampire book after vampire book, which I've been known to do. Different is good.


Rain Maiden said...

I love the idea of a vampire having a heart beat once they find their true mate. I have yet to read Adrian Phoenix stories, but I am on board for Bite Club.

lobdells said...

I have read all three books and am loving Adrian and her series. I am looking forward to learning more about Lucien and the new series Black Dust Mambo! I love the idea behind vampires, both made and unmade!

Adrian Phoenix said...

Thanks everyone! I'm really moved by your responses.

I'm really enjoying reading your comments about vampires - undead, natural, and mutation. All good. :)

Barbara E. said...

I love vampires of any kind, but I do enjoy the vampire as a different species. Your vampires sound like a new twist, can't wait to read all about it.

jacabur1 said...

I like most everyone prefer Vampires to be another species, with a pulse, breathing ability, heartbeat and born into Vampirism rather than being turned into one. Think the mystique of both however has its merits like stated by SandyG265 prefer in books to be another species and in horror movies go with the Undead. I think we just are enjoying the Vampire craze to the fullest right now because there are so many different writers giving us so many variations and good reading material it makes it fun again to "be a vampire" so to speak.

Thanks for the lovely interview and contest Adrian and Michele and please count me in for Book 3 "Beneath The Skin" as have the first 2 already...


Spav said...

I think it depends on how you become a vampire. Some of them are undead and others are another species. The thing is I don't care, I like both kind of vampires.

cait045 said...

I really like reading books when it is a mix of all the paranormal species. I think they are the best but my favorite is the sexy vamps.

Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy] said...

I'd have to say another species. The corpse factor is a big turn off. And I'm new to this series so I'd like to win A Rush of Wings.


donnas said...

Great post and congrats on the release. I havent read the series yet but the first is sitting on my TBR pile. Time to move it up.

I was always partial to the undead type but lately I have discovered that I really love them all. Each variation adds something new to the myth and makes a great story.

buddyt said...

I am a traditionalist !

I prefer my vampires undead and re-born.



~*Ruby*~ said...

I'd rather have them as "another species". I don't like the term "undead", it makes me feel like they're zombies or something instead of the cool creatures that they are!

rubs.escalona [at]

Kirsten said...

Hi Adrian, nice post. It's not such an easy pick for me. I would say that I prefer another species. I think it makes more interesting books. But I love the undead too.

serena said...

I think Undead. Some of my fav vampires are from the 30 days of Night comics books. BUT a good story is a good story (like yours), so Im flexable!

serena said...

aaaand apparently I cant spell. :)

Bella G. said...

I picked your book up and immediately went back and got the second one. I like other because you never know what fairy tale is real or ??? Just more possibilities but I really do love vamps too..

booklover0226 said...

I've always have had a lifelong passion for vampires!

Tracey D

mariska said...

hey Adrian, i'm so want to win your books since you are a new author for me :)

i will choose both ! since i love undead, and i still want to see another species of Vamp !

kalynnick said...

I like undead more!

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