Today we have the pleasure of having author Nina Croft stop by at Dark Faerie Tales. Nina has written an interesting post about immortality. Break Out, the first book in the Blood Hunter series, was released in paperback in August. Deadly Pursuit, the second book in the series, is available now as an eBook. The paperback version will be released on December 11, 2012. You can read an excerpt of the book here. Want to know our thoughts on Break Out? Read Sheila’s review here.
At the end of this post we will be giving away a digital copy of Break Out. Thanks to Nina Croft for today’s giveaway!
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.
Want to read more from Nina Croft?
Who wants to live forever…
Me! I do!
I suppose I might change my mind in a few thousand years, but until then it seems a better option than the alternative.
I’m Nina Croft, and I write all sorts of romance but usually with a speculative element. Sometime science fiction, sometimes paranormal, or—as with my Blood Hunter series—a combination of the two.
The Blood Hunter series is essentially science fiction romance with a paranormal twist. The books are fast, fun and sexy, but there is a more serious underlying theme as well, that of man’s fear of death and search for immortality, whether through science, religion or by some paranormal means.
The idea of immortality, and the price people would be willing to pay to obtain it, has always fascinated me, and I believe it’s one of the things that draws people to paranormal. It’s part of the lure of the vampire—the fact that they cannot die (well not easily anyway). It’s certainly one of the main things that draws me to the paranormal as a writer
The Blood Hunter series takes place in a future when man has fled to the stars and there they have discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian—a rare substance available to only a few and a new class has evolved. The Collective are super rich and immortal, they rule the universe. And just about everyone is desperate to earn enough money to pay for the Meridian treatment.
The books follow the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of the crew of the space ship El Cazador de la Sangre (which is Spanish for The Blood Hunter). In book one, Break Out, Ricardo Sanchez, my hero, is the owner and pilot of the ship. Unlike most of the civilized universe, Rico isn’t interested in Meridian. He doesn’t need it, because he’s already immortal. Rico is a vampire and has lived a long time (he was born on Earth in the middle ages).
The price Rico paid for immortality is that he lives with a darkness inside him—a darkness that craves blood and death. He’s accepted it, and has a code, which he tries to live by, and most of the time he succeeds. He’s also found that plenty of sex helps keep the darkness at bay, and that’s really not a problem for him, because Rico likes sex.
The other powerful faction in my future world is the church, and book two, Deadly Pursuit, looks at the church’s role in more detail. The church had almost vanished until the discovery of Meridian. Now in the aftermath, it has reemerged stronger than ever, because everyone wants to live forever but very few can afford Meridian. The church offers an alternative form of immortality, if not quite as reliable.
Finally, book three, Death Defying, tells Tannis’s story. Tannis, the captain of El Cazador, will take on just about any job as long as the price is right, because she’s desperate to get the treatment and become one of the exalted Collective. Tannis’s story explores further the price of immortality, because the Collective are going to find that the price is higher than they thought. And some of them are going to decide it’s too high.
So what do you think? Would you like to live forever? And just how much would you be willing to pay? Let me know for a chance to win an ecopy of Break Out.
This giveaway is provided by Nina Croft
One lucky winner will receive a digital copy of Break Out
Available August 14, 2012 from Entangled Publishing
About this Book:
The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.
Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!
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