Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Guest: Carrie Clevenger talks CROOKED FANG

Carrie Clevenger brings us an interesting mix of genres in her vampire story, CROOKED FANG.  Music, blood and zombie vampires? Sounds like an awesome read!  Carrie will give away an eCopy of Crooked Fang, to one lucky commenter who answers the question about your favorite rock band she's posed at the end of this post!

Reinventing the Vampire

I’ll admit that when I first started out writing Crooked Fang, I wasn’t looking to change the world of vampires. Crooked Fang isn’t a story about a vampire, but it is a story about a twenty-seven year old male bass player that happens to be a bloodsucker. Xan Marcelles is your average guy, aside from the big fangs. Where the plot thickens so to speak, is the sort of trouble he gets into and the challenges he faces as years go by. Friends age, people die and pretty soon he’ll be left all alone.
Crooked Fang is a story of Xan’s struggles, not only with the beast caged within, but with the world around him. Blood-drinking is an inconvenient necessity as is staying out of the sun but he works around it—that vampire thing he has to do. The rest of the time is spent playing music and trying to stay left alone as much as possible at Pale Rider.
I also introduce two other races of vampire in this book: the Wretched and the Nesferata. Wretched are bad turns and resemble little more than vampiric zombies with a wicked craving for other vampires. Their condition is contagious and just one bite can infect a healthy vampire and eventually kill him or her. The Nesferata are a living sort of vampire and are warm blooded with retracting fangs. Their race is known for paying allegiance to the highest bidder and seem to be perfect hired henchmen and for other black market sorts of deals.
Crooked Fang is also full of musical references paying tribute to various eras and bands that I have found inspiring in my lifetime. Xan loves his music and it’s quite evident as he takes the stage behind his big blue bass, Sasha.
That’s all fine and dandy, but did I actually reinvent the vampire? Absolutely not. My goal in writing Crooked Fang was to zero in on one man’s life and tell his story. To put the readers in his shoes or in the passenger seat of his ’67 Camaro as he relates his experiences. Crooked Fang is not a romance or horror, possibly urban fantasy, but a healthy combination of all with a dash of mystery and action thrown in for good measure.
The reviewers for Crooked Fang sum the book up well:
“Perhaps the primary thing that makes Xan Marcelles different from most of the vampires you are likely to read about in contemporary paranormal romance or urban fantasy is that Xan is so “normal” it’s kind of unnatural.” Suz from Paperback Dolls
“This isn’t the story of a vampire being a vampire. It’s the story of a vampire being a guy. Problems plague Xan. Band issues, girl issues, his past, etc. And then when you forget he’s a vampire, BAM, a wretched creature appears, and a slayer tries to stake him!” Will Knight from Bibliophilia Please
“When it ended it was like closing to a door on a life I was vicariously living and loving.” Beverly from Sizzling Hot Books

Official Blurb for Crooked Fang:
Sometimes a vampire's past can bite him in the ass.

 Xan Marcelles--bassist for Crooked Fang, vampire and full-time asshole, is content with his quiet existence in the backwoods of Pinecliffe, Colorado. But life at the Pale Rider tavern is set to become a little more complicated when he gets entangled with a feisty, blue-haired damsel and her abusive soon-to-be ex-boyfriend.

 To add to his woes, he’s gone from hunter to hunted, and his past returns to haunt him when a phone call draws him back to New Mexico. With the help of friends from his living past, he must get to the bottom of a murder, and figure out where he stands with his lover and his band, all while keeping one step ahead of his enemies. Hiding won’t be easy for him, especially with a mysterious woman dogging him every step of the way.

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Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15705395-crooked-fang
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I’d like to extend a free ebook of Crooked Fang to one of the commenters of this post and invite all of you to check out the previews available on Amazon.
My question to you: What awesome band have you been into lately? I want to know. Comment below to be entered into the drawing.


Stephanie said...

I've really been into the band called Walk the Moon. I love their song "Anna Sun."


Matt Imrie said...

I have been listening to Aurelio Voltaire a lot lately - and loving biTrektual his new album

Paul Phillips said...

Within Temptation, Sixx AM, Motorhead, Tool and, as always, UP THE IRONS!!!

Enigmeg said...

Would love to give Crooked Fang a read :)
Best new band I've listened to recently, must be Dead Man's Bones.
My absolute best is the eponymous track (Dead Man's Bones) with it's voodoo-ey feel :)
And just love the children's choir too - all in their Halloween costumes in the video! If you give them a listen, hope you enjoy.

bn100 said...

I've been listening to Maroon 5.