Greetings! For the next two weeks, I'll be featuring posts about my upcoming release, Fire in the Blood, coming on August 16th by Total-E-Bound. Fire in the Blood is a vampire ménage erotic romance set in Jamaica. The vampire, Etienne de Rémorcy, is one of my favorite heroes. Although he hungers for blood, he has vowed never again to drink from a human. However, the arrival of a tourist on a runaway horse severely challenges his resolve.
Rather than telling you about Etienne, I thought I'd let him speak for himself.
Interviewer: Tell us something about your history. How did you become a vampire?
Etienne: I was born in Africa, the son of a proud king. When I was fifteen, I was abducted by slave traders and brought to Haiti. The year was 1796. I first saw my mistress in the slave market in Port-au-Prince. She was so incredibly beautiful--I never realized that her heart was a stinking pit of evil.
Interviewer: She was a vampire?
Etienne: A blood-drinker, a sorceress, a practitioner of voodoo and every other black art. Her cruelty knew no bounds. She made me her pet and her proxy, forcing me to procure victims for her wicked pleasures. She tore my flesh and then fed me her cursed blood to heal me for the next round of her games.
Interviewer: Why didn't you try to escape?
Etienne: I was her slave, not just in name but in truth. I was devoted to her and deluded myself that she loved me. When I finally realized how little she cared, I did away with her, but it was too late. I had already imbibed too much of her tainted blood. A fever killed me. I woke me to this horrible half-life, tortured as much by my guilt for all the evil I committed as by my thirst for blood. I hid myself away in the forest-hemmed ruins of her plantation, seeking to make amends for my past.
Interviewer: But Madeleine found you.
Etienne: A tourist! How ironic it seems. One of our cataclysmic Jamaican thunderstorms spooked her horse and sent her straight into my clutches--into my arms. She was terrified, injured. I tried to help her, tried to ignore the intoxicating scent of her lifeblood and the heat rising from her sex. I failed.
Interviewer: Do you regret breaking your vows and drinking from her?
Etienne: How could I regret the first good that had come to me in nearly two centuries? And then because of Madeleine, I came to know her lover Troy, equally comely and strong--I do not in truth know whether I snared them, or they captured me. Their willing surrender broke open my shuttered heart...But I knew that if I cared at all for them, I had to let them go...
Interviewer: And then what happened?
Etienne: I will keep that to myself for now, if you please. Let the readers buy the book if they want to know whether I was succeeded in being noble and responsible, or whether I fell victim to my baser nature...
Interviewer: Well, thank you for sharing a bit of your story with us.
Etienne: Of course. In some ways it helps, to talk about all the pain and loneliness I endured.
To celebrate the release of Fire in the Blood, I'll be giving away a free copy of the book to someone who comments during the next two weeks. So visit Beyond Romance, tell me your thoughts, and increase your chances of winning! I'll select the lucky winner on August 16th, the day the book comes out.