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.
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!