Saturday, March 23, 2013

Not Your Average Theme Park

By Lara Nance (Guest Blogger)

What if there was a theme park based on the legend of Dracula? And what if it was built in the heart of Transylvania as a way to bring floods of tourists to Romania?

Sound interesting?

That’s the story within the story of my new paranormal romance series, DraculaVille.

What would it be like, you ask?

It would be built in the Carpathian Mountains just outside the city of Sibiu, the capital of Transylvania. The focal point will be a dark castle perched on a craggy hill. The doors open at dusk and it stays open all night. This is a park for adults, not children.

Instead of rides like Space Mountain, you’ll zoom through frightening dark nights, escaping vampires and werewolves. An interactive village will house shops, restaurants and nightclubs, all manned by appropriately frightened and superstitious Romanians, who’ll constantly urge you to leave before something...bad...happens. You’ll never know if the handsome man who invites you to dance is a vampire until it’s too late.

Men can play virtual games fighting vampires and women engage in role-playing games being seduced by them. Want to have dinner with Dracula instead of with the Disney princesses? Just make an appointment and pay the fee. All visitors are urged to dress in Victorian costume for the greatest effect.

Rooms at the castle-like resort will be lit by candles and oil lamps. Tapestries cover the stone walls, and dark elaborately carved furniture features velvet cushions in shades of burgundy and dark green. There are no mirrors...

Sound like a spooky good time? It is. Right up to the minute you realize your fantasy vacation is really a front for Romanian vampires to bring new “blood” into the country.

DraculaVille – New York, is book one in this paranormal romance. Here’s the synopsis of this story:

Super advertising and publicity agent, Talia Quinton, is poised at the top of her career to receive a much coveted job representing the world’s largest advertiser. She’s shocked and humiliated when the account is given to a rival agent with much less experience. Instead, Talia is ordered to come up with a publicity plan to bring tourists to Romania. An account not worth a tenth of the one she’d hoped for.

But she’s not called Talia the Tiger by the New York ad world for nothing. When she discovers a newly made and abandoned vampire named Drake, she takes on the job of healing and grooming him into the face of her new campaign.

Instead of touting the ancient country's rolling hills and historic castles, she turns the advertising world on its head by bringing Romania’s dark past to the center of the presentation. She proposes they build a fantasy themed amusement park/resort for adults called, DraculaVille, right in the heart of Transylvania. And Drake will pose as Dracula, their spokesperson. A vampire pretending to be an actor, pretending to be a vampire.

Talia’s disturbing attraction to Drake is only one obstacle in her path. She soon discovers New York fairly swarms with warring vampire communities and she and Drake have landed right in the middle of their biggest conflict. On top of that, the odd members of the Romanian National Publicity Committee begin making strange demands that keep Talia constantly on the edge of losing the account and her reputation as New York’s most formidable Account Executive.

As a last straw, Talia and Drake are kidnapped by a ruthless vampire gang and forced to fight for their lives as the clock ticks on completing the assignment necessary to retain the DraculaVille account. Their only hope of gaining freedom is to consent to an ancient vampire bonding ceremony. There's one problem. To complete the ceremony, Drake must kill Talia and turn her into a vampire. But despite her unavoidable attraction to the hunky vampire she saved, Talia's not ready to die.

I hope you’ll enjoy this novel and the rest of the series, which will be coming later in 2013. Available now in print and electronic versions on Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Kobo. Audio will be out in the next few weeks at Amazon and Audible. Enjoy! 

Meanwhile, you could will a copy of Dracula Ville, here at Beyond Romance. Just leave me a comment, with your email! 

About the Author

Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cites throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres, but the basis of all of her stories is a great tale that will take you on an adventure of imagination.

If you want to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you've come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales, to paranormal romance and adventure, she's willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, along with a touch of romance.

Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories. Lara loves to weave interesting true historical tidbits into her fiction which invite the reader to explore further after the novel is finished.

Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkie, Rio.

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Patricia Nelson said...

Oh, I absolutely LOVE this story! Please count me in!

Lara Nance said...

Thanks, Pat! It was fun to write! One of those books where my fingers flew across the keyboard. Hope you Enjoy! Lara

Debby said...

What an intriguing concept. Sounds like a fun and captivating story. Thanks for the chance.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello, Lara,

Welcome back to Beyond Romance. I love your premise - I can easily see how you can make it into a series.

Thanks for being my guest again.

Unknown said...

Ooooo, I love amusement parks. A fantasy one for adults with vampires and werewolves? Count me in! (small pun intended) What a great idea for a story! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, guys! I'm working on book two in this series now and it's soooo exciting. I love these characters! Lara


Oh what a neat story. Looking forward to hopefully getting.

wyndwhisper said...

Hi Lara,
thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. the book sounds wonderful and the cover is gorgeous. i can hardly wait to see what happens with these 2.
LOVE your hat by the way(i make them). It is awesome.

tammy ramey

Unknown said...

Hi Lara,

I'm too much of a chicken to go to that type of amusement park but I do love the storyline.
Maybe you should check out your Errol Flynn heritage by sailing downunder ;)


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