LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE…..
Book Series: Generation V (American Vampire #1)
Job: Pouring coffee
Height: Just over six feet
Weight: Not scrawny, but not filled out, either. Very lean.
Hair Color: Dark brown, almost black
Eye Color: Dark brown
From (Location): Providence, RI
Significant Other: None
Signature Move: Clever banter
Kill Highlights: None as of yet
Enemies: Mostly his own family
Favorite Pastime: Watching movies
Other Facts: Fortitude (mostly known as Fort) is a vampire… mostly. He hasn’t fully transitioned yet, so at the moment he has about as much physical strength, speed, and resistance, as your average post-college film major – so, not so much.
This is the important thing to remember – this wasn’t my idea.
No one believes me, but I just want to reinforce that statement.
My brother just shook his head when I tried to explain that I hadn’t actually entered the contest, and that someone must’ve slipped my name in as a joke. Then I had to sit through a long lecture about biting off more than I could chew, and how the only honorable thing to do at this point would be to take my lickings and learn from the experience.
Chivalry was born during the Civil War, so he talks like that sometimes. He also opens doors for ladies, has strong feelings about what seasons are appropriate to wear white in, and misses the days when men wore hats.
My sister didn’t offer any pieces of advice, but it was pretty clear that she was looking forward to seeing me take a few punches. That’s her, by the way, with the ringside seat and the gleeful look on her face. It’s a good thing this event is being held indoors, because at her age she and the sun don’t really agree. Yes, Prudence has first-hand memories of the Revolutionary War.
Back in college, I signed up for a few courses in early American history. I was thinking that I could get a better idea of who my siblings were if I had a better understanding of the times that had shaped them. That was a waste of time. With my brother, I could’ve just saved time and read The Great Gatsby. With my sister, I could’ve just checked out some of the articles written about the Enron insiders who got away with millions.
Compared to the two of them, I’m practically a fetus. In a few more months I’ll be twenty-seven – my birthday cake is always pretty sad compared to theirs. They think it’s cute that I can have a candle for each year – for them, the candles represent blocks of fifty years. I don’t have any of the big vampire bonuses yet, either. No extra strength, no speed, none of that. I’ve got an undergraduate degree fromBrownUniversity, so I can analyze the hell out of an art-house film, but that’s kind of it. Oh, and I can rock the hell out of a minimum wage job, thank you economic crap-out.
I do know how to shoot a gun. But it isn’t going to come to that… right? Wait, can I get a look at the rule-book again? What are the odds of switching the venue of this battle? Isn’t tennis supposed to be the sport of kings?
No, I’d probably lose at that. I always sucked in gym class. How about checkers?
Seriously, I didn’t enter! This was some kind of mistake!
…wait a second, is that Suzume Hollis sitting over there by the judge’s table? Okay, now it’s clear what happened – this is yet another of her pranks. She’s a kitsune – a fox who can change into a woman, and she never gets tired of screwing with me. It’s all clear now, so we can all have a big laugh and—
Wait, was that the bell?
My first novel, Generation V, is coming out in May 2013 from ROC Books, and is a work of urban fantasy.
I cut my baby bibliophile teeth on my older brother’s collection of Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert, but it was a chance encounter with Emma Bull’s War For The Oaks as a teenager that led to genre true love. Today, I’ll read everything from Mary Roach’s non-fiction to Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasies, but I’ll still drop everything for vampires and werewolves in the big city.
I hold an advanced degree in the humanities, and I am work as an adjunct professor, teaching composition to first-year college students. I am currently hard at work on the second Fortitude Scott book, Iron Night, which will be published by Roc in January 2014.
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One lucky winner will win a signed copy of Generation V by M.L. Brennan
Available May 7, 2013 from Roc/Penguin
About this Book:
Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.
But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.
But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.…
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