Re-vamping the Vampire
Small confession to make – I broke the rules of vampire-dom when creating my characters.
Oh, sure, my hero Zane still sucks blood and dwells by night. He has no reflection. Red eyes. He’s broody and dark and sexy and works for an evil vampire queen. But he wasn’t born from the bite of another vampire. That’s not how it’s done in my world.
When I was creating the storyline for my Succubus Diaries series, I was actually more fixated on fallen angels. That was the mythology I wanted to play with – there was something so fascinating and sad about the angels that had fallen from Heaven because of the love of human women. Vampires? Not mentioned anywhere in any of my research.
But…a few of the fallen angels in my story had a darker side to them. They weren’t happy with being exiled to earth. They wanted more power. What does one do when one wants power? They trade for it, of course. I won’t share what they traded (shhh!) but suffice to say that one of the trades was the curse for blood, and now they must feed every night to sate the blood hunger within them.
Vampires, but not quite the usual vampire, right?
You could kind of say the same thing for my succubus. I didn’t start out wanting to write about a succubus, after all. I wanted fallen angels (remember?). But I wanted the story told from a heroine’s point of view. I was discussing the problem with my sister over lunch, and one of us cracked a joke about vampires being blood-starved. I joked back that they might also be ‘sex starved’ too, since everyone knows that with vampires, blood and sex go together.
Of course, the concept of a ‘sex starved’ vampire started blooming in my head, and the next thing I knew, I had an idea for a succubus heroine. One that had needs like a vampire…sort of. Instead of blood, though, she needed sex to survive.
And the rest was history. The Succubus Diaries series deals with Jackie Brighton, a normal woman who wakes up one morning to find herself in a Dumpster, and no clue of how she got there. She slowly finds out that her world has changed and that she’s been turned into a succubus – the minion of both a vampire and a fallen angel. Problem is? She’s attracted to both…
I know that there are vampire purists (and even succubi purists, oddly enough!) that wish I hadn’t played with the vampire and succubi myths so much. But I like the changes! I like the new mythology to play with. And I really, really like my vampires – the Succubus Diaries wouldn’t be the same without them.
Read a sample chapter on my website – http://jillmyles.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Myles_GPSmm_ch1_4P.pdf
Gentlemen Prefer Succubi
Book 1 of the Succubus Diaries — OUT NOW! (released on December 29)
After a one-night stand with a fallen angel and a bite from a vampire, forgettable Jackie Brighton has been changed into a succubus. Now, she’s turned into a babe, needs sex to survive, and can puts people to sleep with a touch of her fingertips. Sounds great, right? Except for the fact that she’s caught between both the Heavenly and Infernal Host in an ancient turf-war, and now both sides want a piece of her…
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Book 2 of the Succubus Diaries – Out on January 19th!
With a flirtatious new figure, her dream job as an archaeologist, and two gorgeous boyfriends to scratch her seductive Itch—an angel and a vampire—Jackie Brighton is totally getting the hang of life as a succubus.
That is, until she’s cursed…