Today, Literary Escapism is excited to welcome author Melina Morel. With the release of the third Institut Scientifique novel, Smolder, Melina brings us back to the world of werewolf hunters and the vampires they love.
Vengeance has its price.
But you pay for passion forever…
Descended from werewolf hunters, Catherine Marais has vanquished countless of their vile kind-including the one that slaughtered her father. Her debt of blood and honor was fulfilled-but her heart is empty.
The only one who ignites Catherine’s passion is Ian-a handsome, elegant vampire whose seductive touch she cannot resist. But when he offers her the dark temptation of eternal commitment to each other, Catherine must look within her heart-and her truest desires-to find the answers she seeks…
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a full set of the Institut Scientifique novels to one lucky individual.
Well, we’re halfway through January of 2010 and so far the new year has been setting records for cold all around the world. Time to stay inside, make a cup of tea or coffee and settle down to read a book – or write one.
For the past few years I’ve been creating a series about a group of intrepid werewolf hunters working out of an elegant headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It’s the very mysterious, under-the-radar Institut Scientifique, and its mandate is hunting and killing the werewolves of the world who kill humans. If you’re a werewolf and haven’t laid a paw on a human, you can go about your business, commute to your job, and live your double life in peace. But kill one of us and you might as well wear a big red target around your neck because the Institut will come looking for you. And they’re relentless.
I discovered the world of vamps and weres a few years ago and found it exciting. There’s something very liberating about being able to create a place where the good guys pursue the villains and actually manage to bring them to justice. In real life, of course, it’s usually not that easy, so it’s nice to enter a universe where bad werewolves pay the price for their misdeeds.
In researching the werewolf, I discovered they have quite a history. So do vamps. Now why is that? I wondered. Are they convenient scapegoats – even if they’re mythical – for what’s wrong with the world? If you were a peasant in a small Transylvanian village and the sheep suddenly started turning up dead with vicious wounds, would it make sense to worry about a pack of wild dogs – or werewolves? We’re familiar with dogs. They’re our friends and companions. Sheepdogs are loyal to their masters and will protect the flock and even fight off predators if they must, so what else is out there? Not dogs, surely. Something big and bad that wants to kill.
Remember the headlines and scary pictures in the supermarket scandal sheets a few years ago? A semi-mythical creature called the chupacabra was supposed to be loose in the land, killing and ripping apart livestock. The chupacabra generated so much print that I’m surprised it hasn’t appeared as the villain in some paranormal! Maybe it has.
Vampires are a different breed altogether. Undead, cool and forced to feed from humans to prolong their existence, they fascinate us with their chic ways in the classic mode or alternately amuse us with their hip modern incarnations in vamp literature played for laughs. Either way, they’re not like us. They’re dead. But like ex-spouses and junk mail they keep coming around to test our limits of endurance.
In Smolder, my heroine Catherine Marais of the Institut Scientifique, has the tables turned on her. Instead of being the hunter, she becomes the prey when the French werewolf pack decrees her destruction. Suddenly forced to confront the hated werewolves and practice defense instead of offense, she finds herself falling into a trap when her young niece’s safety is at stake. Made vulnerable because of her love of family, Catherine has to fight to save them both, and when the werewolves capture and imprison the women, she makes a telepathic contact with her vampire lover that sets in motion a rescue calling in a coalition of vamps, werecats and humans. Love will lead her to a choice that will change her world forever.
Contest Time! Today we are giving away a great prize, the first three novels in the Institut Scientifique series – Devour, Prey and Smolder – to one lucky winner. All you have to do is answer this question: Are vampires and werewolves convenient scapegoats – even if they’re mythical – for what’s wrong with the world?
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat:
- +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 Join the Literary Escapism Facebook page and/or follow LE on Twitter
- +1 subscribe to Literary Escapism – either via a reader or email (see the RSS button at the bottom of the sidebar)
- +10 purchase any print novel through LE’s Amazon store sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: myjaxon AT gmail DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries, but it has to be through the LE Amazon Link. If you buy all 4 books, that’ll be 40 entries.
There is one thing I am adding to my contests now…the winner must post a review of Smolder someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
Also, I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.