Monday, February 28, 2011

Guest: Adrian Phoenix

VampChix welcomes Adrian Phoenix back to the hot spot!  Her latest, ETCHED IN BONE is in stores now!  She's got a fabulous giveaway for us this time.  There will be two winners.  One winner gets a signed book of their choice from the Maker's Song series, another winner will get a signed set of all 4 books.  So chatter in the comments and let us know what you think of Phoenix's awesome series!  [winners announced later this week; please include an email address in comment or be sure a contact email is in your profile]

Nightkind in New Orleans

            Interview With the Vampire is my favorite vampire movie. I enjoyed the book very much, yes, but the dark, lush, beautifully atmospheric movie drew me into Louis and Lestat’s world and swallowed me whole. I never wanted to leave.
            Vampires and New Orleans have both fascinated me for as long as I can remember. As a child, I researched the city and its history, felt its pull from thousands of miles away. When I finally visited New Orleans for the first time and stepped onto Royal Street in the French Quarter, I felt like I’d come home at last.
            So I think it’s only natural that when I created Dante, the fact the lived in New Orleans, had been raised in Louisiana, was a natural part of him—just as was the fact that he was vampire. Nightkind.
            Dante and Heather’s New Orleans pulses with an earthy and passionate rhythm, a city brimming with heart and shadows and dark possibilities. Anything can happen there. Nightkind in the French Quarter, moshing with mortals in Club Hell. A riverboat casino packed with glittering unearthly vampires (nightkind) who watch with hungry gazes as mortals gamble away much more than just money.             
And perched on top of tombs in the cities of the dead, fallen angels warble haunting songs into the night and search for the next creawdwr, the only being who can restore a fading Gehenna and weave order out of chaos, a being that hasn’t existed for over two thousand years.
            They don’t know that he stands on a club stage in the French Quarter wearing skin-tight leather and latex, a bondage collar strapped around his throat, a guitar in his hands. And a hidden hell in his heart.
            New Orleans still calls to me and I hope to have a home there one day. I’ve walked the French Quarter over and over and over and I’m convinced nightkind walk those narrow streets as well. Always have, and always will.
            My question to you is: Have you ever been somewhere that felt like a perfect place for vampires or other preternatural beings?

            The Maker’s Song series:
Book One, A Rush of Wings. Read an excerpt here.
Book Two, In the Blood. Read an excerpt here.           
Book Three, Beneath the Skin. Read an excerpt here.
Book Four, Etched in Bone. Read an excerpt here.
            My latest release, Etched in Bone, is the fourth Maker’s Song book, and takes up where Beneath the Skin leaves off. 
            Son of a fallen angel. Forged in vampire’s blood. Sworn to a mortal woman. If Dante falls, the world falls with him . . .
            Dante faces his destiny and searches for a way to accept it on his own terms. To make his life, his own, at long last, and with Heather at his side. The former FBI agent is more than his partner and lover, she is also his anchor, his beacon, guiding him back from the edge of madness when his shattered past rises up and threatens to swallow him.
            But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer.
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cait045 said...

A bar I went to in Philly once. It didn't have a name or a sign. Just two big bodyguards outside to tell us we were in the right stop. Then had to take a huge old elevator up to the club/bar. Yes, I coud imagine them there.


BADklv said...

I grew up in the woods of vermont on a pond, and in the morning when the fog covered everything and it wasn't light yet, it was the perfect setting for a vampire or two.

Rain Maiden said...

When I was younger, my family's home backed up to a forest. It was so dark, you couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel....if you know what I mean. My wild imagination at that age got the best of me.

Bo0kJunki3 said...

I live in New York City, so there could anything here. Me and some friends went to a club which really dark and had lore music. There was a.random door people kept going into. When we asked what it was the guy told us it was nothing.

Adrian said...

Cait045: That sounds like a very intriguing bar. ;)

BADklv: Sounds like a perfect setting - especially when it isn't yet light.

Rain Maiden: Sounds perfect! And I do know what you mean.

Bookjunki: I love it!

Moriah said...

Dublin, Ireland in the Temple Bar District. I went and walked those streets. It felt like a bit of everything was there and they could just step out of the shadows and flip the "real" world for a loop. that's how easily they could have appeared there, whether they are vamps, shifters, Fallen or Fae.

SiNn said...

honetsly I went back to a place called Devils Hallow I think its a nick name tho here and in Kentucky and the trees and the darkness i always think supernatural and creepy really vamps and weres and witchs and all of the supernatural stuff really
I think alot of smalltowns could be an awesome setting for supernatural creatures I lived in atiny town near st louis called Belgrade another creepy town could be a awesome setting

I agree with Moriah on Dublin as well

rachel445 said...

Hi Adrian!

I live in a somewhat small town, and the back of my house faces the woods. I've walked back there, and there's this really creepy pit in the middle of all the trees. It's pretty big and the hills leading down into it are steep. At night, you can't see the bottom of it, which is freaky! I could imagine some supernatural creatures down there when it gets dark.

See you in CH!
Rachel S

donnas said...

Both Vegas and New Orleans just seem ideal even when I have visited them. I know they are used a lot but they just fit so well.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Trot's Hat said...

As cliche as it sounds, I was in Whitby, England about a year ago, and went up to St. Mary's Churchyard at sunset, since the colors in the sky over the North Sea can just take your breath away.
There was a man in a black suit standing by a grave and staring out at the sea and the setting was so perfect that I didn't care that he was actually leading a walking tour of the town. I could just imagine a lonely soul there pining for someone or listening to memories in the wind from the cliffs...

Anonymous said...

I've been to San Francisco a few times at night and I think vampires would thrive in that city. A lot of dark places and a very lively night life. Not to mention the people there are.....we'll say different so I don't think a vampire would have any trouble fitting in.

I already have the pleasure of owning the 1st 3 books in this series so please only enter me in for the first giveaway :-)

Stephanie G

Paranormal Haven

Adrian said...

Moriah: I loved your comment! And that's exactly how New Orleans feels to me. Thanks for your support!

SiNn: Devil's Hallow sounds awesome! Awesome to see you again.

Rachel: very creepy! And great to see you again! Talk to you soon in CH.

Donnas: I agree! And thanks!

Trot's Hat: Your description was amazing and I agree - so apt!

Steph: San Francisco, yes! Wasn't Louis in San Francisco during his "interview" in the movie? And thanks so much!!

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elizabeth said...

My family owned a trailer in Horseshoe Bend, AR, for years. One weekend, my and a friend went to stay and the power didn't work.

Even though it had other trailers on all sides, they were far enough away that at night you could be totally alone. With the wind blew really hard, it could be very scary.

Love your books. Hope there are many, many more.

Adrian said...

Sounds very scary, Elizabeth! Wonderful to see you again. And thanks so much for your support. You ROCK!

heatwave16 said...

I would have to say London is such a great vamp spot. I think its that mix of old & new. You can still see the old cobblestone streets that are so narrow...meant for horses. Then you turn around, and there is a Starbucks on the corner. :)

Old & new...its what I think of with urban fantasy.


Adrian said...

Heatwave16: Hey! great to see you again. I agree. I've been to London and it's another natural spot for nightkind. ;)

Barbara E. said...

I live in Florida, and there are places where the oak trees, with all the hanging Spanish moss, meet overhead as you drive or walk down the street, and it seems like a perfect setting for paranormal beings, especially vampires, to come swooping down on you from above.
This is a fantastic giveaway, since I've been meaning to get started on the Maker's Song series, but haven't had a chance to start reading it yet.


_sdangel said...

Been to Savannah,Ga on several occasions and it along with New Orleans always made me think of things that go bump in the night.

YzhaBella's BookShelf said...

Maybe it's because I am very partial to the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harrie, and a total True Blood fan, but I think the "deep south" is a PERFECT setting to all types of preternatural beings!

Thanks for the great event!
mleger0546 AT rogers DOT com

Adrian said...

Barbara E: Great to see you again and my fingers are crossed for you! Florida and the south in general seems perfect for vamps.

Adrian said...

sdangel: Savannah intrigues me. I need to visit there. Thanks for your comments!

Adrian said...

Kate: I totally agree with you! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Paris! I'd love to write a vampire story with Paris as the setting. Such a beautiful city above and the city of the dead below.

bat_lady said...

The beauty of Adrian's books is that her characters are so multi-facetted, real, believable, and loveable.
The multi-perspective makes you understand the details of their being, their thoughts.
Her stories keep you thrilled from beginning to end, you can't put the book down and "suffer" till the next book is published!
So all in all an awesome author!
On top of that she is a wonderful person!! So sweet and nice and always in touch with her fans (in my case follower :)= !!!
If you want to know how great if feels if an author honestly cares for your input, Adrian is your girl!