For the Love of Vampires With Nina Croft and GC #Giveaway

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Today, please join me in extending a warm Preternatura welcome to author Nina Croft. Nina is stopping by today as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her most recent book, Operation Saving Daniel.  Operation Saving Daniel was published on November 25thby Entangled Covet, but I first “met” her when I copyedited Break Out, the first book in her Blood Hunter series. Rico is one sexy, makes me laugh out loud, vampire! 

Nina 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 nine-to-five 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’s writing mixes romance with elements of paranormal and science fiction.  You can learn more about Nina by visiting her website, by visiting her on facebook or by following her on twitter. 
ABOUT OPERATION SAVING DANIEL:  At eighteen, Melissa seduced her best friend Julia’s brother only to run away shortly after. While Daniel was her fairytale prince, Lissa didn’t believe in happy ever afters. Ten years and a near death experience later, Lissa is ready for a husband and family. But a cry for help from Julia puts that dream on hold. Daniel is acting weird and he’s about to marry his long term girlfriend—AKA The Evil One. Someone needs to save him. Daniel has never stopped loving Lissa. Ten years ago when he gave her a little freedom, he always intended that one day they would be together. Right up until the moment he was bitten by a werewolf. Now, Daniel has to hide what he is. He won’t risk anyone else, especially the woman he loves. But Lissa is back. Their attraction is stronger than ever and Lissa is nothing if not tenacious.
And now, let’s hear from Nina…
My Favourite Paranormal Type Is…

The hero of my latest release, Operation Saving Daniel, is a werewolf.  And I’ve just finished writing book two in the series, where the heroine (Daniel’s sister) is also a werewolf and and the hero is a warlock.  I love writing about different paranormal creatures:  werewolves, demons, dragons, witches, fae…  All the same, if someone asks me what my favourite type of paranormal character is, then the word “vampire” immediately flashes up in my mind.

But why do I love them so much?  They’re blood sucking monsters, right?  So I’ve given it some thought, and here’s just a few of the reasons why I think vampires make such fabulous characters:

  • Vampires were my first paranormal love.  I fell for them at an early and very impressionable age after reading Anne Rice’s Interview With a Vampire, and I’m still a little in love with Lestat all these years later.
  • I’ve always loved a bad boy hero and for me, vampires are the ultimate bad boys.  Even when they are good guys, there is always a hint of darkness.
  • Being a vampire allows them to get away with behaviour that wouldn’t  be acceptable in a human.  Vamps are expected to be a little bit bad, or maybe a lot bad.  And that makes it all the more impressive when they overcome their evil instincts and do the good thing.
  • They get to live forever.  Well, providing someone doesn’t come along and stake them or leave them in the sun.  I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of immortality and many of my books explore people’s attitudes to death and how they might be changed if death was no longer inevitable.
  • Following on from the whole living forever thing–many vampire heroes and heroines are old.  They’ve seen things, lived through earlier times, tried different experiences…they’re interesting.  And just think about all the practice they must have gotten; they’re probably really good at everything.
  • And along with living forever, they never grow old.  No grey hair and wrinkly bits for vampires.
  • Vampires are loners.  I’ve always been a bit of a loner myself, so I’m drawn to writing about them, exploring what makes them tick.
  • Drinking blood and the whole fang thing.  I’m not sure I’d like to do this myself, but all the same there is definitely something sexy about the biting.  Weird but sexy.  Also there’s something strangely intimate and trusting about offering your neck to a predator.
  • Creatures of the night…  Night time is sexy.  The dark is scary.
  • They’re gorgeous.  Well, I don’t suppose they have to be, but it’s like an unwritten rule, at least for paranormal romance. (And for me that’s one of the great things about writing speculative fiction–you get to make up the rules.)
  • Finally, they have it in their power to make you just like them.
So have I convinced you?  Do you love vampires just as much as me?  Or does some other paranormal creature get your vote?
Thanks, Nina!

As part of her virtual book tour, Nina is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card.  Leave a comment and enter below for your chance to win! Because you know we love our vampires and shifters here at Preternatura.

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30 thoughts on “For the Love of Vampires With Nina Croft and GC #Giveaway

  1. Wow, we could be twins! Vampires were my first love obsession as well. Everything u touched on in ur profile, I agree w/100%
    Have u read L.A. Banks Vampire Huntress series? Carlos Rivera is the sexiest vamp of all time! But make no mistake, this series is true, grown-up paranormal featuring the 7 levels of Hell.
    Thx for the giveaway!

  2. Like so many people my first intro to vampires in modern literature was Anne Rice’s Interview With a Vampire. Now Anne’s my friend on Facebook, her son’s a wonderfully successful author, and her personal assistant Beckett has a book coming out too. Who’d a thunk it?

  3. I have soft spot for vampires b/c back in the day, they were the first “paranormal” romance heroes for a while… congrats to Nina on the newest release!

  4. Even though I enjoy reading about many different types of paranormal creatures, vampires have always been my favorite. Interview With a Vampire was also my first book in the paranormal genre. Love vampire books written by Anne Rice, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and J.R. Ward. It is fascinating how each author creates and develops her own unique vampire world.

  5. My first love was vampires too. Now I lean more towards werewolves but vamps still have a soft spot in my heart. 🙂 I remember watching interview with a vampire over and over as a child and just falling in love with them.

  6. Enjoyed your post very much. Started reading about vampires with Christine Feehan and Laurell K. Hamilton. Frank Langella was my favorite Dracula, but original Nosferatu creeped me out!

    Loved Tiger of Telmare and Break Out!

    Happy Holidays!