Please welcome Cat Adams today! Cat will be giving away a copy of BLOOD SONG to two lucky commenters, so please show some love in the comments, or ask a question!
WINGS ‘N WOOD OR SUNSHINE IN THE ‘HOOD?
Ever since Varney the Vampire and Dracula first stole the breath from readers, vampires entered our consciousness and have refused to pull out their fangs. For over two centuries, their mythos has changed and expanded,with nearly every writer putting their own spin on bloodsucking fiends.
Whether you consider vampires sexy, misunderstood “life challenged” creatures, or the evil undead, vampires (depending on the book/movie): can only be killed by a wooden stake to the heart, cannot touch anything holy, can change into a bat or a wolf, dissolve into mist, have no reflection, are allergic to garlic, burst into flame at sunrise, must sleep in a coffin with earth from his/her homeland, and possess no soul.
Whew! That’s quite a list and it’s only a tiny sample of the twists to the neverending story. As authors who wanted to try to create a vampire that had never been done before, we really had our work cut out for us. Enter the Thrall. In 2006, we released Touch of Evil where vampires existed in a way never before seen. Instead of humans passing on some form of supernatural disease, our creatures are sentient parasites. They’re tiny little things at birth and exist as part of a hive mentality, like bees. Laid as eggs in the bloodstream of willing (or unwilling) humans by a queen Thrall, the eggs hatch and the hatchlings quickly swim up through your veins up to the base of your skull. There they attach to your central nervous system, take control of your body and mind and force you to drink blood to feed itself. Of course, people can’t live on blood alone and eventually the parasite will grow too large to be contained by a person’s skull—so the human’s life is a short one. It’s a death sentence to become a Thrall host. Oh, and did I mention that, as a hive mind, they’re EVIL? No warm and fuzzy, leather clad heroes in this world! They can walk in sunlight, look like everyone else, and the saliva of a queen is like a really great drug that both gets you high and gets you off. Of course, the preferred hosts are athletic, healthy and great looking. All the better to last as long as possible once the health starts to deteriorate.
Yikes! What a way to go!
Touch of Evil was released as paranormal romance but was deemed so creepy it was only a few votes shy of the short list for the Bram Stoker horror award! We had seasoned, jaded horror writers contact us to tell us we gave them nightmares! LOL! Not a ringing endorsement for a romance, but a totally new spin on vampires.
But how to follow that up? Well, in Blood Song, the first book of The Blood Singer (just released on June 8th) we’ve returned vampires to their roots. Well . . . sort of, anyway. Vampires are again evil, but they’re mindless. When you die, you DIE. Bye-bye brain cells and personality. A fledgling vampire is ‘molded’ into a new personality by its creator or is a feral beast that hunts in dark alleys without any thought that it used to be human. It burns up in sunlight, is allergic to garlic once more and can’t touch holy items.
Except when they can. See, there’s more than one way to make a vampire in this new world, so there are some very old, and very powerful vampires who remember who they are (and were) that get in our heroine’s way. Celia Graves is unique even in her reality because a master vamp tried to bring her over . . . and failed. She kept her soul and her memories and her ability to walk in the light. But she lost some big things too. Like the ability to eat solid food. And imagine owning a spiffy convertible in sunny California when allergic to the sun! Eek!
Want to know more about Blood Song? Here’s what you can look forward to:
Bodyguard Celia Graves plies her trade in a world where vampires roam the alleys of Tinseltown and movie stars openly practice witchcraft., where streetcorner psychics have real powers and cops use memory enhancement spells on witnesses. Though she’s an ordinary human, Celia uses street smarts and charmed weapons to protect the rich and famous from mortal and supernatural threats.
She’s landed a plum job, protecting the Prince of a small but politically vital nation while he tours Los Angeles’s least savory hot spots. What should be a routine assignment goes badly wrong. Attacked by a master vampire, Celia knows she is about to die.
She’s startled to awaken on a cold metal table in a university lab. Celia Graves has become an Abomination, neither fully mortal nor fully vampire. Her “master” is hunting her, to destroy her or finish what his bite began. She’s accused of murder and the cops aren’t sure whether she should be locked up or staked. And then there’s the demon she glimpsed during the vampire attack . . . .
Struggling to cope with her new powers and trying not to terrify everyone she meets with a flash of fang, Celia reaches out for help from her once (and future?) lover, who is a powerful mage; his warrior-priest brother; a handsome werewolf who keeps his lupine nature concealed from the world; an elderly clairvoyant, and one trustworthy cop.
Celia Graves has three days to save the world, her sanity, and her soul.
[To download a pdf excerpt from BLOOD SONG, click here.]
We’re VERY excited that just yesterday we learned Blood Song went to a second printing after only two weeks! Thanks for all who have bought it and know that there are more on the way if you haven’t. It’s also available as Kindle, Sony, Kobo and other eformat downloads.
The nice thing about Blood Song is that although it’s on the adult science fiction/fantasy shelves, it’s suitable for teens too! In fact, one of the premier Young Adult review sites, TeensReadToo.com, gave the book 5 stars and their coveted Gold Award! Yay!
Here are a few (of many) places that have given a review of it:
So tell me what you like to see in a vampire! Let’s get some chatter going. Do you like the sexy, misunderstood sort of vamp or the evil undead of legend? What should be able to kill them? How powerful do you like them to be? Hero or villain? I want to know what you think.
Of course, if you have any questions about Blood Song or any of the Thrall books, I’ll be happy to answer them as well!
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