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Blog Tour: In the Service of the King by Laura Kaye

Our guest today is author Laura Kaye.  The first book in her Vampire Warrior Kings series, In the Service of the King,  was recently released on February 1, 2012. Please join me in welcoming Laura here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  Laura has written a wonderful guest post about the history used in her series.

Thanks to Laura, you will have a chance to win some pretty cool prizes.  As always, giveaway details are listed at the end of the post.

Welcome Laura!

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USING REAL PLACES & HISTORY IN FICTION

by Laura Kaye

I’m very excited to be at Dark Faerie Tales today celebrating the release of my dark paranormal romance, In the Service of the King, the first in the Vampire Warrior Kings series. The story is about a vampire king and his human offering at the feeding ceremony the king loathes but requires to maintain his immortality and humaneness.

One of the things that excites me about this series is that each will be located in a new, different, exotic location and set in a real historic house or castle. I’m an historian by training, and I love to travel, so add in vampires and you have a trifecta of my favorites! *grins* This story is set at Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland, on the coast of County Antrim overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Today, Dunluce is a national historic site in Northern Ireland and open to the public to tour the ruins [see this cool interactive map]. In my story, I’ve woven the true history of Dunluce into hero Kael McQuillan’s backstory.

In the true history of the site, the first Dunluce Castle was built in the 1200s. By 1513, documents place the castle in the hands of the McQuillans, who lost possession of the estate in a 1565 battle. In 1639, the cliffs under the castle’s kitchen collapsed, sending a section of Dunluce smashing onto the rocks below (and, yes, seven cooks went down with it). Irish armies laid siege to the castle in the Catholic uprisings of 1641-42, destroying the surrounding village and further damaging the building. In 1690, the descendants of the clan that had ousted the McQuillans back in 1565 found themselves in dire straits and forced to abandon the hulking manse.

I wanted to incorporate some of the real history of Dunluce into my story, though I made some alterations to it. In In the Service of the King, the McQuillans are the earliest documented owners and presumably builders of Dunluce—it is Kael’s ancestral estate. And they are attacked repeatedly, but not by competing clans and Catholic rebels. Instead, they’re attacked by Soul Eaters, evil vampires addicted to blood who steal human souls by draining their victims and eating their hearts. [Nice, huh? *grins*] In the 1642 battle, Kael’s first wife Meara is killed, opening up a major scar he still hasn’t recovered from when he meets the heroine, Shayla McKinnon. After the 17th century battles, the vampires moved underground in a series of bunkers built into the basalt cliffs beneath the castle, and that’s the specific setting in which In the Service of the King takes place.

Have you ever been to Ireland? It’s on my bucket list! Oh, and next stop on the Vampire Warrior Kings journey?: Moscow, Russia.

Thanks for reading,

Laura Kaye

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About Laura:

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of a half-dozen books. Hearts in Darkness is a finalist for the EPIC eBook Award for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives inMaryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of theChesapeake Bay every day.

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This giveaway is provided by Laura Kaye

To celebrate her new release, Laura is giving away one e-copy of In the Service of the King at each stop on her New Release Tour, 1/30 – 2/15! In addition, all commenters from across the tour will be entered to win a prize bag filled with swag and various vampire items, perfect for the vampire lover! Ebook prizes open to international; prize bag to U.S. only (please indicate in comment which you are!).

Available on February 1, 2012 from Harlequin/Nocturne Cravings

About the Book:

Kael, Warrior King of the Vampires, loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn’t enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn’t want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla’s beauty and poise…and the submission she offers. She is eager to give him anything he wishes, including her innocence, to please him. Will Kael give in to their overwhelming desire—even if it means risking Shayla’s life?

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35 Responses to “Blog Tour: In the Service of the King by Laura Kaye

  1. A. HarelNo Gravatar
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    I really enjoy books that use real places as their setting. I find myself googling pictures of the location and adding the location to my list of places to visit list.

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  2. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I like stories that incorporate real history. I like to see how the author is creative enough to put a unique spin to tidbits of history.

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  3. RebeNo Gravatar
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    I’ve never been to Ireland, although I’d love to go! I like that the castle is part of the book’s cover as well – that’s a nice touch! (US follower, here)

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  4. Laura KayeNo Gravatar
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    A. Harel, Amy, Rebe – thanks so much for kicking off the comments. I’m glad you also enjoy real places in your stories. Then I like to visit those places and imagine, oh, this is where that character did this or that. :D (I still want to visit Forks, Washington, for this very reason LOL!!)

    Enjoying your comments, guys, keep ‘em going!

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  5. Joanne BNo Gravatar
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    I love books that have incorporated real history in them. I like to learn as I read. I have never been to Ireland, but, as you said, it’s on my bucket list along with Scotland and Wales and Germany. I would like to see where my ancestors are from. Thanks for the blog tour. Can’t wait to read In The Service Of The King and learn more about Kael and Shayla.

    Joanne B (US)
    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  6. Audra HoltwickNo Gravatar
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    I love stories with real history— the OUTLANDER series is my fave

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  7. VickieannNo Gravatar
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    This book sounds great!

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  8. Laura KayeNo Gravatar
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    More history lovers! :) Thanks Joanne and Audra!

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  9. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    I love when stories incorporate real history. The photos above are stunning. I’ve never been to Ireland but my husband has been several times. The first time he went he bought me a service of Waterford Crystal and hand carried it to me :). Yes, I do use it :).

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. DeAnna SchultzNo Gravatar
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    What an awesome Post!!! I loved the pic’s added with it. I won a ecopy of this book. I can’t wait to get it. DeAnna S.

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  11. Tracey DNo Gravatar
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    I, too, enjoy history with fiction. And like Audra, the Outlander series is one of my favorites.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  12. LindaNo Gravatar
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    Most definitely! It’s nice to learn about real places & real things that happened in the past which is ironic since I hated history as a subject when I was in school. Well in my defense it those dull history books had been 1/2 as interesting as historical fiction I might have been more attentive! :D

    Those photos are gorgeous, would love a trip there!

    moc.oohaynull@30adnilebmuht
    (International)

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  13. Laura KayeNo Gravatar
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    I’m glad to find so many other history nerds! :lol: Thanks for all the fun comments, guys!

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  14. bn100No Gravatar
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    Beautiful pictures! Yes, I like stories that incorporate real history.

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  15. Sophia RoseNo Gravatar
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    I absolutely love authentism and history in my reading experience. I love historical fiction, historical mysteries, and historical fantasy along with any combo involving history. I love books where the setting is so vital that it is almost a character in the story. Ireland is big on my list of must-sees in my lifetime. I am fortunate to have had ancestors who had a castle though it was taken away when they lost it to the English.

    Thanks for the discussion on the castle and for the giveaway opportunity.

    moc.liamgnull@6181esoraihpos
    US resident.

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  16. MarieeNo Gravatar
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    I definitively enjoy stories that incorporate real history! Sounds like a great book.

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  17. JulianneNo Gravatar
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    I think adding real history to a book only adds interest and depth to the story. I’ve never been to Ireland, but if Laura needs a travel companion I’d be happy to volunteer. :)
    The pictures of the castle are fabulous. How neat would it be to actually visit there.
    I’m in the US
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  18. OngeNo Gravatar
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    I do enjoy a little real history with my books. Especially when I know that it is real history. ;) (I’m not that great at knowing my history.)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. MarulettNo Gravatar
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    Yeah I do!! :)

    Awesome giveaway

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  20. Laura KayeNo Gravatar
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    @Julianne – Pack your bags, lady!!! ;) LOL

    Thanks for all the great comments, everyone! Good luck!

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  21. LexiNo Gravatar
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    I love real history and historical places in books, brings the story to life in a different way than fantasy places. Dunluc is amazing! I want to visit there some day…or go back in time and visit =)

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  22. Jennifer BielmanNo Gravatar
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    Books with real history are the best. And real places that I can visit, yoohoo. So excited for this book.

    US Resident
    moc.loanull@6rewolfnmutua

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  23. Tanyaw1224No Gravatar
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    Beautiful pictures. I have never had a chance to go to Ireland but would love to. I saw pictures from author Kresley Cole from when she went to Ireland…very nice area. Thanks for the post and the chance to win. Your book sounds fantastic and I bet you have a very vivid detail of the scenery ;)

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  24. Renée GNo Gravatar
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    Love books that include history or even mythology it’s what made me fall in love with books like the Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

    (International)

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  25. Erika StroupNo Gravatar
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    Books that are rich in history and mythology always provide a beautiful escape for me! Very excited!

    US Resident

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  26. MLNo Gravatar
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    I do love reading stories that incorporate real history because I learn something. It’s like getting health benefits from your chocolate-it’s yummy and beneficial!

    Love Laura and love everything she’s posted throughout the blog tour!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com
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  27. Richard HayesNo Gravatar
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    Always happy to see a new series start. Especially one that looks like it will have all of the elements I like.

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  28. Niko SilvesterNo Gravatar
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    Real history in fiction is always fun, especially when it give a new perspective or a new way of looking at something.
    (international)

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  29. Laura KayeNo Gravatar
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    Really enjoying all your comments guys! Thanks for taking the time and good luck!

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  30. ElsaNo Gravatar
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    “Do you like stories that incorporate real history?” Absolutely! I’m a massive history geek. And I’d like to see more stories that incorporate supernatural elements into history. (International/AUS)

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  31. AllyNo Gravatar
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    Real history is awesome to me, especially if its tidbits I didn’t know before. (US)

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  32. RiniNo Gravatar
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    I really like the photos – they really help give a picture of what things look like. Ireland is beautiful.

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  33. Megan @ Riverina RomanticsNo Gravatar
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    Fabulous pictures! I think that books that incorporate real history are great!

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  34. KausarNo Gravatar
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    I just love stories that incorporate real history!! Amazing pictures!!

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  35. Laura KayeNo Gravatar
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    I really enjoyed all your comments, everyone, and am very excited you all enjoy a side of history with your paranormal! :)

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