Please welcome Theresa Meyers today, who has a hot new steampunk romance you'll all want to check out titled, THE SLAYER. Theresa has a copy of the book, along with a pretty teacup and tea to give away to one lucky commenter, so show her some love in the comments! [winner will be announced on Sunday]
Vampires Can Wear White Hats Too
Okay, I’ll admit, vampires look better in black. Those blood drops and occasional smears can be murder to get out of light-colored clothing. But on some occasions, I like to make sure my vampires get to wear the white hats. Not literally—but as the heroes in my wild western brand of steampunk romance.
You see while my Legend Chronicles series revolves around three brothers who are supernatural Hunters, trained from an early age to slay Darkin such demons, vampires and hellhounds, I was determined to throw each of these guys for a loop. So what’s worse that having to battle to the death with Darkin – having to partner up with one, especially one who’s attractive as sin.
Enter my latest heroine, Alexandra Porter, the Lady Drossenburg, contessa, vampire diplomat and in line to become the vampire Imperial Majesty’s bride. Her mission is to convince Winchester Jackson to help the vampire court locate a piece of the missing Book of Legend that’s been stolen from them. The logic is simple enough – we don’t want humans exterminated because humans=food and new vampires, no food and no new vampires=no vampires. But the contessa (or as Winchester Jackson dubs her “Tessa”) has more than that on her mind. She’s a heroine trapped in her world by circumstance and privilege. She’s an amateur inventor (hardly a suitable occupation for one of the most high ranking of vampire nobility) and she’s tired of living under the outdated strictures of the vampire court.
Alexa sees the American West as a vast land of wild space and opportunity to simply be herself. And she sees Winchester as more of a dangerously attractive ally than a threatening enemy. I did something else off beat for my vampire. I wanted to make sure she was just as strong, just as capable of fighting as my hero (not something one would normally see in either a romance, or a historical setting). But then, this is steampunk—and anything—yes, anything—is possible. Even vampires with their own airships.
Once Winchester realizes that Alexa/Tessa has been protecting him, he’s a bit bent about it. After all, he’s been trained as the big badass Hunter since he could toddle. But it also opens him up to seeing that just like all Hunters are not alike (he runs up against several that aren’t nearly as worthy of white hats as he is) neither are all Darkin, and certainly not all vampires. In many ways this book is about accepting the other as just as valid, just as real as ourselves.
For someone who’s seen life as only black and white, seeing a vampire as the good guy ( or in this case the good girl) is a huge stretch for Winchester. Being willing to protect and give his life for a vampire, an even bigger stretch, but one he’s willing to make by the end of the book. As for Alexa/Tessa, I’m thrilled to make a vampire that’s part of the winning team and the good guys. After all, vampires can wear white hats too!
In honor of my steampunk romance, The Slayer, being released this week, and my vampire heroine, I’m giving away an Advanced Reader Copy of THE SLAYER, along with an autographed cover flat and an antique china cup (cups will vary) accompanied by an assortment of teas and decadent Bliss chocolate. Want to win? Leave a comment on why vampires make the best good guys/girls to enter!
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