Above all other paranormal beings, these creatures of the night have captured the interest (and hearts) of readers. I'll admit that I'm just as fascinated by vampires as the next paranormal fan, and have been since I watched Interview with the Vampire when it opened in theatres. Or probably even before that, when I first read The Vampire Diaries in high school. Regardless, I've been hooked for a long time.
(Uh yeah…the introduction of Ian Somerhalder as Damon in The Vampire Diaries did nothing to reduce my obsession.)
In the world where my "From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency" series is set, vampires exist—as do many other types of paranormal creatures. But vampires aren't the main focus of the first two books (although they do step up to the spotlight more in the last two books in the series). They are relegated to the fun, yet not quite so shiny place of side characters. However, they are some of the most commented on characters of the books, despite not being the main focus.
Why do we find these creatures so fascinating?
Immortality (or near-immortality) is part of the fascination, I think. Who wouldn't want a taste of that? Our years are numbered, and that is a scary thought. But I don't think this is the primary reason we love vamps.
Sexuality is a big part of the appeal of vampires too. They literally sink their teeth into their victim—generally in romance, this person is the love interest. I'm sure there are lots of psychological reasons that this is appealing on some base level. Perhaps it's even more attractive because of the danger element.
Adding to that, vampires usually have abilities like super strength and speed. And they're experienced beyond the years they look like they've lived. Time breeds confidence. And confidence is sexy.
Why do you think vampires are so appealing?
From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Someone is kidnapping and incinerating otherworlders beyond recognition, and Detective Marisol Whitman, a succubus, races to find the murderer before he claims another victim. But her pursuit is derailed when her responsible younger sister vanishes.
Marisol suspects foul play and enlists support from an unlikely source: an agent from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, Valerio Costa. When the trail pointing to everyone from vampires to witches dries up, Agent Costa admits to knowing more than he’s shared. Marisol’s sister’s kidnapper harnesses more magic than she can imagine—and they’re running out of time.
To find her sister before her powers are drained and twisted beyond recognition, Marisol must connect the dots between cases and put her trust in Costa, a salamander who may burn her before she can solve either case.
From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 159 pages
Release Date: January 2012
From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency - Book One
When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure?
When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation. Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads.
While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aidan knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…
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