Monday, April 12, 2010

Guest: Mary Hughes

Please welcome Mary Hughes to VampChix today!  Mary will give away a copy of her upcoming eBook, BITING ME SOFTLY to one commenter who answers one or all of these questions we like to ask at VampChix:  What’s your preference? Light/dark? Neck/bag? Dead/undead?

The Conquering Vampire Hero

Thanks, Michele, for inviting me to VampChix today!

I love alpha males, heroes that leap off the page.  But I never wanted to write a vampire story.
Vampires scare me. Always have, since I snuck into my older brother’s room and a book cover of Dracula sent me scampering back out. Dark places and things that go bump in the night scare me. Death scares me, having dealt with it too early.
Oh, and blood. I get faint at needles and blood; it doesn’t even have to be my own. Don’t make me tell the story of when my son broke his arm and we took him to the emergency room. It’s embarrassing.
But I write vampire romances. Why?

In her interviews Michele asks five wonderful thought-provoking rapid-fire questions. Three that interest me especially are light/dark, neck/bag, dead/undead. Overwhelmingly the responses are dark, neck, undead.
Michele’s questions gave me the key. Vampires are all about dark. It’s their natural habitat, to the point that daylight is a threat. They’re all about blood, to the point that they consume it.

And vampires are all about death—are in fact about beating it, about going through death and coming out undead on the other side. 
That’s why I write about them, why they fascinate me. Vampires aren’t afraid of the things that scare me. They’re not afraid of blood and death. They’re not afraid of things that go bump in the night—because they are the things that go bump in the night.

Vampires have no fear of dark and blood and death—more, they thrive on them. They’re beyond fear because they’ve conquered it—the ultimate hero material.
What’s your preference? Light/dark? Neck/bag? Dead/undead?
Biting Me Softly Coming April 20 2010!
He’s a candy box of sex appeal wrapped with a golden bow. She’s on a diet.
Blood, sex, violence. Blood, okay, but computer geek Liese Schmetterling had enough S&V when her cheating ex fired her. Now security expert—and lip-smacking gorgeous—Logan Steel saunters into her Blood Center, setting fire to her libido. And threatening her job.
Visions of pink slips dancing in her head, Liese tries to push Logan away without touching his jutting pecs…or ridged abs. Or petting the Vesuvius in his jeans. He’s hiding something, but it doesn’t seem to matter when his smiles stun her, his kisses crank her to broiling and his bites rocket her to heaven. Fangy bites which, if she weren’t grounded in science, would make her think ampire-Vay.
Centuries old and tragedy-scarred, Logan’s mission is to fortify the Blood Center’s electronic defenses against his nemesis, the leader of a rogue vampire gang. He’s ready for battle but not for Liese, who slips under his skin, laughs at his awful puns, charges beside him into dark, scary places—and tastes like his true love.
No matter how often Logan declares his love, Liese can’t bring herself to trust him. But when his archenemy comes after her, not trusting him may cost her life...
Warning: contains explicit vampire sex involving absurdly large male equipment (hey, they’re monsters), unbelievable stamina (just how long can he stay underwater in a hot tub?), hide-your-eyes violence and horrendously bad puns. And, just when you think it can’t get any worse, a computer geekette trying to play Mata Hari.

Read an excerpt at
See the trailer at YouTube!
Mary Hughes is a computer consultant, professional musician, and writer. At various points in her life she has taught Taekwondo, worked in the insurance industry, and studied religion. She is intensely interested in the origins of the universe. She has a wonderful husband (though happily-ever-after takes a lot of hard work) and two great kids. But she thinks that with all the advances in modern medicine, childbirth should be a lot less messy.
To learn more about Mary Hughes, please visit
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Mel Teshco said...

love the sound of your story, Mary! Very clever =)

Virginia C said...

Hi, Mary! I visited your website, and I love your description of your husband and your family life. Sounds like true love to me : )

"Biting Me Softly" sounds like a fantastic, fun read. When a woman laughs at a man's really bad puns, she is in big trouble. When that trouble is as delicious as Logan, she's in over her head : )

Light. California Light, like the blonde on the cover of "Biting Me Softly"!

Neck. Up close and personal.

Undead on Delivery. Just enough to make you shivery and quivery : )

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Book Junkie said...

Hi Mary!

You are new to me author, but I have seen this cover out and about on the Blogs. I just bought Bite My Fire so I could start the series!!


cait045 said...

This story sounds hot. Would love to read it.

Dark, Neck, and Undead would be my choices.


Maria said...

I love this series and can't wait to see what happens in Logan's story...I love the way that you juxtapose the "horrendously bad puns" with the violence and vampire

Andrea Becraft said...

Hi Mary!

Your books sounds great!

I love vampires! so defently dark!

Undead is great I like the thought of never have to see the one you love die!

Thanks for blogging!

Renee Wildes said...

Hey Mary!
WooHoo - only 1 week to go! How exciting. Let the countdown begin! Glad I could stop by and say hi!

Christie Craig said...


It should wonderful. Love the title and the cover.


Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

I. Love. This. Series.

And neck, absolutely neck. And please, leave a mark.

Miranda ~ SweetVernal Zephyr
mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

Mary Hughes said...

Hi, Mel Teshco! Thanks for your kind words!

Hello, Virginia C! Thanks for visiting my site! Yes, its true love with hubby & me (*has* to be with the work it takes ~grin). And thanks for your answers!

Hi, Brande! Oh, wow, thanks for buying Fire! It's up for Favourite Erotic Romance in Australia, so I hope you enjoy!

Hello, Cait045! Thanks for your nice words! All the Biting Love stories are quite explicit, but I try to make the physical scenes also tell something about the characters. Thanks for you answers!

Hey, Maria! Thanks for your support and comments (and juxtapose! I love that word).

Hello, Andrea Becraft! Thanks for your kind words, and your answers to the three questions!

Hey, Renee! Thanks for stopping by (and July 13 for Dust of Dreams, right?)

Hi, CC! Thanks for your kind comments! The cover is by the incredible Natalie Winters, and happens to be my favorite. If you like the model, I have a few more pics of him in the book trailer on YouTube...

Hey, Miranda! Oh, heavens, I love your comment (neck and leave a mark...!)

Thanks so much to everybody who stopped by. Special thanks to Michele and VampChix for having me here today!

donnas said...

Hi Mary,

Thanks for sharing today. Your story sounds great.

Personally I like em all, totally depending on what mood I am in.

joder said...

This sounds like a super fun read! I love sexy heroes who are emotionally scarred. The idea of trying to fix them is so romantic and makes for a truly compelling storyline. So I am crossing my fingers that I win.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to read this one!! I love Nixie and friends.

Both light and dark depending on my mood.
Neck need to close real close

Bethie said...

This is a new series for me. It looks like something I would enjoy.
Here are my answers: light, neck, undead. Thanks for the giveaway.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Barbara E. said...

I enjoy both light and dark or a mixture of each. I don't have a preference for neck or bag either, I've enjoyed stories that go both ways. I love the undead, although I've read some awesome ghost stories.
This sounds like a wonderful book and I'll be looking for it next time I'm in the book store.

Beth said...

Light or dark doesn't matter that much. Neck sounds so sexy. And definitely undead.
Have the rest of the series. Can't wait to get this one.

Mary Hughes said...

Hi, donnas! And thanks for your kind words! Good point about preferences depending on mood--and for me, how the author handles them makes a difference too.

Hello, joder! Sexy but carrying the scars of his past (emotional scars, not emotional baggage, yeah?)...Logan's the one for you!

Hey, desi! Thanks so much for your support! I hope you enjoy Liese as much as Nixie and friends. Many make an appearance in Softly, and we meet some new characters too.

Hi, Bethie! If you like orange-chocolate-cream torte, the kind with lots of different flavors in thin layers right next to each other, Biting Me Softly may very well be something you enjoy (well, if you make the flavor layers sex and humor and vampire fights and love ).

Hello, Barbara E.! Excellent, eclectic is a definite plus coming into the Biting Love universe. As a Samhain book, Biting Me Softly comes out first in ebook form, but Biting Nixie is stocked in some independent bookstores. It's also available for ordering at the bigger stores and online (I should mention it is quite explicit).

Hey, Beth! I really appreciate your support! I'm so glad you're looking forward to Softly.

My thanks to *everyone* for your comments, kind words, and just stopping by. It's really lovely of you to take time to read my post, whether you're a VampChix regular, a happy chance-upon, or a Biting Love friend (hey, all!).

I deeply appreciate the opportunity to blog here on one of the most amazing vampire sites on the net. (If you get a chance, check out the research articles--tres sweet!) Thanks to Michele Hauf and the rest of the crew of VampChix!

Eric & Tristan said...

Sounds like a great story! I can't wait to read it!

Light and dark, neck, undead...AND I think a good man-vamp HAS to be at least a couple centuries old to tone down his natural sex-saturated thoughts to one mate. I'm looking forward to reading about Logan.

Is there a secret behind both names beginning with "L?"

Mary Hughes said...

Hi, Tris! Thanks for your kind words! And absolutely on the age, it takes time and self-discipline to bring the raging beast under control. That's half the fun of writing vampires!

I'm careful with my names but in this case it was serendipity that made them both L. I wanted names that fit the characters and I wanted Liese to have a name unlike previous heroines. Then I thought, both LS, they can share monogrammed towels! Seemed like the clincher to their match

flchen1 said...

Hi, Mary! Giggling at your story of your reaction to blood and such--I *knew* I'd make a lousy doctor when I couldn't even stand a papercut! As for vamps, generally light, but sometimes a good dark is the way to go! I love the sound of your series--sometimes the best way to conquer the dark is by grabbing a little piece of it for yourself! :)

Mary Hughes said...

Hi, flchen! Thanks for your kind words! Hey, you bring up a good point, maybe that's why my books are vampire with humor--I'm grabbing at both light and dark!