Today, please join me in welcoming author Stacy McKitrick to Preternatura. Stacy is stopping by today to celebrate the release of her debut book, My Sunny Vampire. My Sunny Vampire is published by Lyrical Press which is an imprint of Kensington Publishing.
Stacy McKitrick fell in love with paranormal romance and decided to try and write her own. That act opened up a whole new world for her as well as discovering her passion. She waved goodbye to accounting and now spends her time writing romance involving vampires, ghosts, and aliens. All with happy endings, of course. You can learn more about Stacy at her website or her blog.
ABOUT MY SUNNY VAMPIRE: After centuries alone in darkness, how far will a vampire go for Sunshine? Jack VanAllen has spent his long life following the rules and, as a member of the Vampire Committee, he also enforces them. So, when he awakens in an alley next to an illegally-turned vampire who resembles his late wife, he must prove his innocence or suffer the punishment: death. The problem? He doesn’t remember a thing. Sunshine Petersen’s life as a vampire isn’t getting off to a great start. She’s got no control over her powers, can’t find a job, and sexy Jack is being stand-offish. The only thing she’d like more than catching the creep who turned her is getting Jack into the closest bed. But, could Jack be the one who turned her? When he and Sunny team up to find the culprit, Jack discovers feelings he hasn’t had in years. But once Sunny finds out he’s keeping a major secret, she disappears. Unfortunately, the man who turned her still has plans… CONTENT WARNING: Some graphic violence, sensual sex scenes, and a vampire who’s finally found his ‘sun’.
And now, let’s hear from Stacy…
Vampires and Romance
When I first learned of them being together, I thought: really? Since when were vampires good? But it’s a genre that hooked me, mainly because I’m such a sap when it comes to romance. Sure, I love me some horror books (big fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz), but I like seeing the characters connect. I love LOVE!
When I set out to write my first vampire romance I asked myself this: If vampires really existed, how have they stayed hidden for so long? I came up with the following answers:
1. Vampires don’t kill to eat. I mean, if they did, then there’d be lots of dead or missing people. Right? The human population would certainly diminish. I don’t see that happening.
2. A vampire’s saliva heals small wounds. That’s why you never see any bite marks. If you were trying to stay hidden, would you leave your “calling card” for anyone to see?
3. Vampires blend in. Yeah, they will burn in the sun, but there are plenty of jobs at night. That bartender down the street? How do you know he’s NOT a vampire?
4. Vampires can get into your mind. Not only to control your actions, but to erase your memories. That’s why no one ever remembers being bitten. Well, no one normal anyway! J
When I told my cousin about my vampires, she freaked out. She said they sounded scary, that they could just come into her house and feed without her knowledge. And when I looked at it that way, I agreed. They can be very scary (although my books aren’t scary).
We humans are an irrational bunch. We’re at the top of the food chain and don’t wish to be knocked down a peg. And we tend to over-react if anyone threatens our way of life. This is why my vampires remain hidden.
They’re just another society on this planet, but a small one. Sure, they are strong enough to take over the world, but they would need large numbers to maintain control. It isn’t worth the bother to them.
In order to keep their numbers down (which helps keep their identity a secret), my vampires must not only have a human’s permission to be turned into a vampire, but also the permission of their Committee (comprised of five, voted-in, members). To break that rule will mean death upon the vampire who broke it.
My Sunny Vampire deals with an unauthorized turning. It’s a stand alone story, but introduces you to my vampire world since my newborn vampire is learning all about vampires right along with the reader. Yes, it gets a bit graphic at the end (I mean, what’s a vampire tale without a little blood and gore), but for the most part it’s a light-hearted story. It’s a love story!
I have other books in the works involving my vampire world. And I have a short story featuring one of my vampires in the anthology Home for the Holidays (put together by the Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America), entitled “Last Christmas Visit.”
I’m giving away an electronic copy of My Sunny Vampire to one lucky commenter (I’ll gift it through B&N or Amazon–the winner’s choice). Tell me, do you believe vampires could exist?
Thanks, Stacy. My Sunny Vampire sounds like a very good book to add to my TBR pile. So what do you think? Do vampires really exist? Leave a comment to be entered for your chance to win a copy of My Sunny Vampire.