Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Lure of the Vampire Guest Post and Giveaway with Rosalie Lario

The Lure of the Vampire
Guest Post by Rosalie Lario

What is it about vampires that makes them so alluring? Clearly I’m not the only one who thinks so, given the vampire craze that’s affected our society for the past several years. But my own personal obsession with vampires started much earlier, when I was a preteen and first read Anne Rice. I loved the mysticism and the emotional drama behind the vampire world she created, and my love for vampires only grew as I become acquainted with other portrayals of them. Who could forget Joss Whedon’s vampires in Buffy the Vampire Slayer? That, for me, went further than any other vampire story before in romanticizing the vampire. Buffy and Spike’s love-hate relationship will forever go down in the books as one of my favorite stories.

Given my love for vampires, it’s no surprise that I’ve included them in the paranormal world I created with my Demons of Infernum series. With a twist, that is. J

In my world, there are multiple dimensions with portals allowing for travel between them, and as a result a lot of nonhuman species live here on Earth. Vampires are one of these interdimensional species. They are born creatures who subsist off the blood of others, but they can also create other vampires through a blood exchange. Vampires are a very sexual species, and grown vampires often associate feeding with sex.

Mark of the Sylph (Book 2 in the series), stars half-demon Taeg and his heroine, Maya. One of Taeg’s associates is a made-vampire called Elain, and much to Maya’s dismay, she demands blood as payment for the information she provides. Here’s a little snippet from that story:

“You know, we never did settle the matter of payment for my services.”

Taeg’s heart dropped when she tapped a forefinger across her lips as if considering what she should ask for. Oh damn, this wasn’t going to be good.

“Is she part of my payment?” Elain finally asked, tilting her head as she looked over at Maya.

Taeg could practically feel Maya recoil at those words. “She’s off limits. As I said, she’s only here to help me.”

“Very well.” From the way Elain’s lips curved, he could tell she wasn’t at all bothered by that. “So, the usual then?”

The insinuation behind those words was deliberate, and by the sour-lemon look on Maya’s face, she’d picked up on it. He opened his mouth to make it clear Elain wasn’t talking about sex. But then he recalled Maya’s words at dinner. Her rejection of him earlier by the car. She’d made it clear a million ways from Sunday she didn’t want anything to do with him like that. Worse, he’d told himself time and time again that it was for the best. He and Maya were wrong for each other in so many ways.

If she thought he was going to sleep with Elain, why disabuse her of the notion? And if it made her jealous, well, that wasn’t his fault, was it?

“Yeah,” he said, turning to face Elain. “The usual.”

Half-demon Taeg is desperate to free his pregnant sister-in-law, who is spellbound to an indestructible book that will create an army of the undead. He is convinced that an ancient sword can destroy the book and the spell forever, but this relic has been hidden for a millennia by a powerful glamour. The clock begins to run out on his search when an old rival goes after the book and Taeg’s family in his quest for revenge.

Librarian Maya Flores has a secret: she’s immune to magic and is well aware of the supernatural beings prowling the streets of New York City. Haunted by a brutal demon attack that took her family, she is on a one-woman mission to destroy the evil demons who did it—and any others who get in her way.

Maya is Taeg’s best hope for uncovering the sword. Unfortunately, she wants nothing more than to kill him. As he fights for her trust and to save his family, she is forced to face the truth that not all demons are evil. And the worst part? She might be falling in love with one, too.

I’d love to offer an ecopy of Mark of the Sylph to one person who responds to the following question: What’s your favorite vampire story?

Find out more about Mark of the Sylph at or at my website


Rosalie Lario practiced real estate law for several years before finally admitting to herself that negotiating contracts wasn’t nearly as fun as dreaming up stories. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son in their home state of Florida, as well as searching out things that go bump in the night. 

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LadyVampire2u said...

One of my favorite vampire stories is Dark Magic by Christine Feehan. I enjoy all her Dark series. ;)
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Lovebites said...

Only one? I guess Half way to the grave, Jeaniene Frost.

SandyG265 said...

If I can only pick one I'll go with Vampire Junction by S.P. Somtow

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Bethie said...

I have to admit, Twilight is still my fav.

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Rain Maiden said...

No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole had a great vampire love story that I love to reread.

Eli Yanti said...

dark hunter series by jeaniene frost and guardian eternity by alexandra ivy

Barb P said...

I'm sorry, I have to go with the old classic, which is the grand daddy of them all, Dracula! I have been dying to read Rosalie's books, they sound fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway.

Cathy M said...

So many on my favorite's shelf. I will go with Vampire Trinity by Joey W Hill.

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fingershankins said...

I love bones from J. Frost books and loved Vampire Trinity by Joey Hill - but what got me started wasn't a book but the show Dark Shadows - I remember racing to get home from school before it started! Barnabus was the guy I always was rooting for and thus it began!

bn100 said...

The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole.


Vanessa N. said...

i liked The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn and the Riley Jenson Series by Keri Arthur.

Stacey Brutger said...

I'm going to have to go with the first vampires I've read...Anne Rice.

So many great books came after that. Too bad you could only choose one.

VanillaOrchids said...

I'm going to have to say my favorite vampire story is Twilight. Those books are what got me interested in reading, so they are important to me.

Of course, I have read a ton of vampire stories since and have enjoyed a lot of them.

Thanks for the little snippet and the giveaway opportunity.


Lil said...

It was actually Laurell K Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures that started me in my fascination with vampires and Jean Claude is still a character I love.

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ilona said...

If I have to pick just one I am hard pushed to do so. I love so many of them :D

However I guess Henry Fitzroy from Tanya Huff's Blood series is top of the lsit.

Mind you I could have put Acheron (Sherrilyn Kenyon), Constantine (Robin McKinley), Jean-Claude (Laurell K Hamilton) or Mikhail (Christine Feehan) at the top too :D

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BonSue Brandvik said...

Favorite book vamp is Edward (Twilight), but truthfully, favorite vamp of all time remains TVs' Angel

Rosalie Lario said...

I'm popping in to thank everyone for stopping by!

Sandy, Cathy, Ilona, you've given me some new reads to look up.

Lovebites, Eli, Fingershankins, agreed!

LadyVampire2u, Bethie, Rain, Barb, BN100, Vanessa, Stacey, Vanilla Orchids, Lil, BonSue, all good ones!

Thanks guys, and good luck!

donnas said...

What a tough question. One is tough. I think I have to go with a tie between Bones and Eric from True Blood.

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Hai-Yen said...

Hmmm that's a tough question. I've been obsessed and fascinated by vampires for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I used to watch all vampire movies ranging from the classics (Dracula) to the new genre (think Fright Night and The Lost Boys). As for books, my first was by Anne Rice. If I had to choose one and only one story that I loved and have read and re-read, I'd go with "Halfway to the Grave" by Jeaniene Frost. Thank you for the snippet and the giveaway! I've been dying to read your Demon series.