Please join us in welcoming author Pamela Palmer here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The first book in her new Vamp City urban fantasy series, A Blood Seduction, recently hit shelves in May. You can read an excerpt from the book here. Want to know our thoughts on the book? You can read Kristie’s review here.
Thanks to Pamela, we have three copies of A Blood Seduction to giveaway.
Pamela Palmer is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Feral Warriors shape-shifter series, the Esri Series, and (coming in 2012) the Vamp City series. Raised in an Air Force family, Pamela lived in eleven different houses by the time she was fourteen. The two constants in her life—her family and her imagination. When her initial career goal of captaining starships didn’t pan out, she turned to engineering, satisfying her desire for adventure with books and daydreams until finally succumbing to the need to create worlds of her own. Pamela now calls the suburbs of Washington, D.C. home.
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DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about A Blood Seduction?
Pamela: A Blood Seduction is the first of a five-part romance set in a dark and deadly vampire utopia called Vamp City. In book 1, Quinn Lennox accidentally stumbles into Vamp City with her brother and is soon captured by the vampire Arturo Mazza. Vamp City’s magic is dying and Quinn, with her latent sorcerer’s blood, is just the one who can save it. All Quinn wants is to find her brother and escape. But Arturo has no intention of letting her go.
DFT: Could you tell us about your main characters in A Blood Seduction?
Pamela: Arturo Mazza is an Italian vamp, dark, seductive, and a first class manipulator who feeds not only on blood, but on fear. He’s utterly loyal to his vampire master, Cristoff, a sadistic pain-feeder. Arturo is a complicated character, not a true romance hero, at least not at the beginning of the story. He’s more of a Damon Salvatore (Vampire Diaries) or an Eric Northman (True Blood)—a vampire through and through, comfortable with what he is and what he has to do to survive, until he begins to fall for a woman who forces him to take a good look at his life, reconnecting him with his humanity, his conscience, and the honor that’s buried deep inside him.
The heroine, Quinn Lennox, is, in many ways, an everywoman. Her brother Zack is her life and she’ll risk anything, sacrifice anything, to save him. But Quinn is far more than she realizes. She’s the heir of a powerful sorcerer and the only one who can save Vamp City, though she has no idea how. Everyone keeps telling her she has power, but she’s never been able to access it. And she fears she’ll never be able to do what the vampires are demanding of her.
DFT: Do you have a favorite scene or line in A Blood Seduction?
Pamela: I like the shower scene. A snippet:
Startled, she pushed his hands away. “Whoa, what are you doing?”
“Obviously,” she replied with exasperation. “I can undress myself, thank you.”
“No, tessoro, you will not.” His eyes turned hot, making her shiver, though whether with desire or dread, she wasn’t sure. He reached into the stall and turned off the water again. “If you want the shower, you will pay the price.”
She stared at him. “You didn’t hear anything I said. I’m in no mindframe for sex play right now. If that’s the price, then I don’t want the shower.”
“Yes you do,” he said gently. Lifting a hand, he cupped her cheek. “I wish only to help you into the shower. Then perhaps to watch you.”
Despite herself she shivered again and this time she knew the source as damp heat pooled between her thighs. She remembered the words he’d used when he was talking about Susie. Cajole. Seduce. Cristoff’s snake was a master manipulator.
His thumb stroked her lips ever so lightly. “I will not take you against your will, tessoro. That I will never do.”
“Why not? You said yourself you don’t usually let your conscience bother you.”
His gaze turned thoughtful. “You are special, Quinn Lennox. Necessary to our survival if your power proves true. And you cannot be enthralled or made to forget. But…”
He turned her, pulling her back against him, sliding his arms around her waist. “I like you.” His warm breath brushed her temple. “And I want you. I want the passion I’ve glimpsed within you, but I will never get it by force.”
“Cajole and seduce,” she murmured, her breath unsteady at the feel of his arms around her, and of the thick ridge at the small of her back.
“Yes. Perhaps. But never force.” He tilted her head and pressed his mouth against her neck, nuzzling her. Kissing her. But she felt no fangs. “As you’ve said, today is not the day for such intimacies, not after what you’ve seen. But I will watch.” His hand slid down over her abdomen and lower, his touch tense with desire, his fingers just brushing her pubic bone. “And I will want.”
DFT: How much research went into creating the Vamp City series?
Pamela: A ton of research went into this story since Vamp City was created in 1870 by a powerful sorcerer on the exact spot where Washington, D.C. lay. The result: Washington, V.C. (Vamp City). I researched Washington in 1870, what the streets were like (dirt), where the boundaries were (the Tidal Basin and National Mall west of the Washington Monument didn’t exist). I also researched what might happen to the city if it was left to decay since vampires aren’t the most industrious lot. I have quite a bit of this information on my website under the Enter the World tab. I’m fascinated by the juxtaposition of old and new D.C.
DFT: Do you have a long term plan or goal for this story universe?
Pamela: I plan for Quinn and Arturo’s tale to take five books to tell and I know their entire story. Whether or not there will be books set in Vamp City beyond that, I’m not sure. We’ll have to wait and see.
DFT: When writing paranormal romance, how do you maintain a story arc though the course of a series while still delivering a conflict and resolution in each book?
Pamela: What I’ve done in previous series (my Feral Warriors shape shifter series and my Esri series for Nocturne) is very different from what I’m doing with the Vamp City series. The Feral Warriors and Esri series are both made up of a string of paranormal romances, each book delivering a complete romance while still being a chapter in an over-arching plot. The Esri series concluded in four books. The Feral Warriors series will have at least ten books, probably more.
The Vamp City series is essentially one story, one romance, told over the course of five books.
DFT: Who has been your favorite character to write (including Vamp City, Feral Warriors & Esri series) and why?
Pamela: At the moment it’s a toss up between Jag from Rapture Untamed and Arturo from the Vamp City books. I have a serious weakness for the bad boys. Jag starts out as such a troublemaker, such an ass. He has no filter for his mouth. But deep down he has a good heart, though he believed he didn’t have a heart at all, right up until he gave it to Olivia.
Arturo is a charmer and a manipulator who’s utterly loyal to his master, which would be a fine quality if his master weren’t such a sadistic monster. Arturo long ago learned to turn a blind eye to the depravity of his race. After all, vampires will be vampires. But like Jag, deep down inside him runs a thick vein of honor and goodness. Quinn will be the one to call them forth, though it will be a slow, painful process for both of them.
DFT: Which world would you rather live in, the Vamp City world or the Feral Warriors world?
Pamela: Hmm…as a human, I could live in either world and probably never know the immortals existed. But I certainly wouldn’t want to be captured by the vampires. Vamp City is a scary place.
DFT: Do you have a particular writing process or ritual?
Pamela: I usually spend two to three months figuring out a new book, then a month writing the first draft and another month or two revising. When I’m figuring out a book, I may only work 2-3 hours a day. Brainstorming is incredibly taxing on the brain. On my brain, at any rate. But once it’s time to write, I spend 8-10 hours a day at it, 5-6 days a week.
As for writing rituals, I always listen to music when I write, instrumentals. My favorites are Keiko Matui’s new age jazz and the soundtracks of movies such as Twilight, Inception, and the game Halo-3.
DFT: What influences and inspirations (both literary and non-literary) do you draw from while writing?
Pamela: I’m honestly not sure. Everything I read, watch (tv or movies), or listen to goes into a black box in my head. When I need ideas, I tap on the box and out they come, usually in a whole new form.
DFT: Which genre do you prefer to read? Do you have any favorite authors or series?
Pamela: I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and also some historical and contemporary romance. My favorite authors at the moment: Nalini Singh, Larissa Ione, and Sarah MacLean. And I adore Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series.
DFT: What can you tell us about any other projects you are working on?
Pamela: I recently completed the seventh book in the Feral Warriors series, A Love Untamed, which will be out the end of December. I’m now working on book 2 of the Vamp City series. As I write this, I don’t yet have a title, but my publisher is going to cover conference on it later this week, so by the time this posts, I may have one. Ask me!
DFT: What is your favorite supernatural creature? Why?
Pamela: It’s a toss up between shape-shifters and vampires. Each is so incredibly strong, so terrifically dangerous. I love the mesmerizing sexiness and urbanity of the vamps. But I also love the raw animalistic power of the shifters.
DFT: What is your favorite faery tale? Why?
Pamela: I’ve always loved the Beauty and the Beast tale and the idea that it’s not what’s on the outside that counts, but what lies deep inside.
DFT: I want to thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.
Pamela: Thank you for having me!
This giveaway is provided by Pamela Palmer
Three winners will each receive a copy of A Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer
Available on May 29, 2012 from HarperCollins/Avon
About the Book:
Take me down to Vampire City…
Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city’s magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal world…one who knows nothing of the power she wields.
Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her. What Arturo can’t do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself. But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red.
Welcome to Vamp City…
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