I am excited to welcome author Marie Treanor, who has just released the second novel in her exciting Awakened by Blood series, Blood Sin.
Even if you walk in the light, you can dwell in the dark.
Months after her dangerous encounter with vampire overlord Saloman, Scottish academic Elizabeth Silk is still trying to cope with both the demands of her ancestral bloodline—which marks her as a vampire hunter — and the overpowering desire she feels for the immortal she brought back from the grave. But she is not alone in her fascination with Saloman.
When Elizabeth tracks down a distant cousin from America, she learns he possesses an antique sword that has caught the interest of the Grand Master of the American hunters. It is the ancient and mystical sword of Saloman — a treasure of vast occult powers and a prize beyond measure to both vampires and humans. Now the race is on for possession of the sword.
Even as her enemies and allies shift their allegiances and battle for supremacy, Elizabeth must decide which will rule her own perilous fate: unwanted loyalty or unholy love.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a copy of Blood Sin.
I’ve been asked several times recently why I chose to write about vampires. A cynical answer might be, because they sell – and I’m certainly not sorry to see the vampire cult continue! But the honest answer would be because I like them ?. I always have, ever since I discovered Hammer horror films and Dracula by Bram Stoker. I was only a kid then, and ever since, I’ve followed the growing vampire craze with huge interest, from Interview with the Vampire down to current vampire romances.
For a long time I thought I was alone with my obsession – apart from a couple of similarly inclined friends with whom I once followed in the footsteps of Jonathan Harker through Transylvania. But the more recent explosion of vampire romance has opened my eyes to the fact that vampires have a much wider allure than I once imagined!
So what is it about vampires that attracts so many readers? I’ve been asking around, and it seems there are several characteristics that pull us in: the sheer power of the vampire; the forbidden love aspect; the “bad boy” attraction; and immortality.
In short, vampire romance is the ultimate escapism. The reader not only gets to escape to an exciting world, she gets a hero of superhuman power – to say nothing of his sexual prowess – often with all the charm of a brooding gothic-type hero and a sexual attraction to die for (literally, perhaps!). He takes and offers more sexual pleasure than an ordinary human hero – thinking of the vampire bite here as well! – and that makes the romance bigger than one between mere humans. Then he can protect those he loves from just about everything – and who doesn’t want to be protected? There’s also an element of greater trust: if the heroine consents to be bitten, she’s placing herself in the power of a wild creature more than capable of killing her if he chooses – it’s a massive decision to make.
And most of all there are the tempting possibilities of immortality, and therefore of a love that transcends time and death – the ultimate love story if you like, in a world where death can be cheated. There’s no greater escape than that.
Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband and three much-too-smart children. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.
Want to purchase Marie’s novel?
Awakened By Blood
- Blood On Silk at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Blood Sin at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Blood Eternal at or the Book Depository (Oct 4, 2011)
Gothic Dragon at Amazon or the Book Depository
Magic Man at Amazon or the Book Depository
The Devil and Via at Amazon or the Book Depository
Ariadne’s Thread at Amazon
Hunting Karoly at Amazon
Cinderella Unmasked at Amazon or the Book Depository
Freeing Al at Amazon
Demon Lover at Amazon or the Book Depository
City of the Damned at Amazon
Queens’s Gambit at Amazon
Killing Joe at Amazon
Willow Wisp at Amazon
Seducing Scots at Amazon or the Book Depository
Steamy Nights at Amazon
Requiem for Rab at Amazon
Contest Time! Marie is giving away a copy of Blood Sin. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What is it about vampires that attracts that you. Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 If you are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of Marie’s novels (listed above), or any novel, through LE’s Amazon store or the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.