Happy Tuesday! It was actually a happy Monday night when I got home to learn that REDEMPTION, book one of the Penton Vampire Legacy paranormal romance series, passed 50,000 in sales! That’s not a lot by many author standards, but for me it’s pretty exciting and is by far my best-selling book. Aidan says “go raibh maith agat.” It either means “thank you” or something too profane for this blog, but since this is Aidan and not Mirren, it’s probably “thank you.” To all of you who’ve supported Penton and waited patiently for book five, we all thank you.
In the meantime, if you’re in the UK, Amazon is offering up REDEMPTION as part of a special “Start a New Series” promotion, and you can pick up the Kindle edition for 99p. Give it a try while it’s cheap! LOL. Of course it’s only $3.99 in the U.S. at regular price, so if you’re ready to give vampires another bite…just sayin’
Today, however, I’d like to welcome author Jane Godman to the blog. I thought her new book, OTHERWORLD RENEGADE, sounded really interesting and was curious to know more. See what you think!
ABOUT JANE: Jane Godman writes in a variety of romance genres including paranormal, gothic and romantic suspense. Her Otherworld series is published by Harlequin Nocturne and she has a new series coming out soon with Harlequin Romantic Suspense. 2017 will see the publication of a new paranormal series for SMP Swerve. Jane lives in England and loves to travel to European cities, which are steeped in history and romance—Venice, Dubrovnik and Vienna are among her favorites. Jane is married to a lovely man and is mom to two grown-up children.
ABOUT OTHERWORLD RENEGADE: Claiming her felt like his destiny…but could prove to be his ultimate undoing….Desperate to flee a horrific arranged marriage, Princess Tanzi turned to the only man who could help. Lorcan Malone, infamous necromancer, had vowed to come to her aid whenever she needed him. And even as they traveled from the mortal world into the fantastical Otherworld, Tanzi knew her true need ran deeper than just a rescue….She was his enemy’s daughter. A renegade like Lorcan had no business craving a Fae princess, one intended for a greater calling. Yet he was powerless to resist the pull to do more than protect Tanzi…
Now, let’s hear from Jane talk about vampires! Lestat was my second vampire love; Jean-Claude, who started out with that whole sexy-dangerous-scary thing before he allowed himself to be emasculated by Anita, was my first. What about Jane?
The Children of the Night
Hello, I’m Jane Godman, author of the Otherworld Series. Otherworld is a magical realm existing just beyond mortal sight. The Otherworld Series tells the stories of the compelling heroes who fight to protect this beautiful place from the battles threatening to tear it apart.
‘Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make.’ Dracula by Bram Stoker (first published 1897)
Let me start this post by saying that, just because I haven’t included a vampire hero in my books (yet) I have nothing against them. I like reading vampire novels. But I like my vampires as legend intended them. I want them to scare me. I want them to be proud, beautiful monsters.
If you like your vampires sparkly, that’s fine. Good luck to you. I prefer mine bloody. Each to her own.
For me, Lestat, central character of The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, is the consummate vampire in his beauty and the way he revels in his unashamed monstrosity. Kurt Barlow, in Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, is my ultimate horror novel vampire. When it comes to romance, I have a weakness for Jean-Claude, Master Vampire in the Anita Blake books by Laurell K. Hamilton.
But my first vampire love is with the great Count Dracula himself. And I also have an enduring fascination with Bram Stoker, the Irishman whose imagination conjured up such an iconic character.
My interest in Abraham Stoker (known to his family as Bram), began about 15 years ago when I was in Dublin. I visited a quaint, little church close to the banks of the River Liffey called St. Michan’s. St Michan’s looks unimpressive from the outside, but, in its vaults, there are mummified bodies.
One of these is an 800-year-old mummy called ‘the crusader’. When you visit St Michan’s, you can go into the crypt and shake hands with the crusader. Well, you could 15 years ago. Things may have changed since!
On the day I was there, the guide showing me around said that Bram Stoker had lived nearby and visited St Michan’s regularly. Who knew, he speculated, whether the crusader might have been the inspiration for Count Dracula? Who knew, indeed? The question certainly fired my imagination!
I started this year by fulfilling a Dracula related ambition when I spent new year in Whitby. Whitby, a fishing port on the North Yorkshire coast, is the place where, in Stoker’s novel, the Russian ship, the Demeter runs aground during a fierce storm. All of the crew are missing, presumed dead, with the exception of the captain’s body which has been lashed to the ship’s helm. As the ship runs aground an animal resembling a large wolf or dog is seen leaping ashore from its deck. The ill-fated ship’s only cargo is described as silver sand and boxes of mold or earth from Transylvania.
Whitby did not disappoint.
It is an incredibly beautiful, atmospheric town. I can see why, having stayed there, Stoker chose to set so many scenes from his book in Whitby. He would have drunk in, as I did, the view through the Whalebone Arch across the harbor to the cobbled streets, dominated by the imposing ruins of Whitby Abbey which sits brooding atop the winding 199 steps rising up the cliffs from the narrow streets below. It is easy to see how this prospect would have inspired his macabre and creative imagination.
My own imagination was fired by Whitby. As I made my way along the tiny, cobbled lanes and looked up at the imposing outline of the Abbey, I could imagine that Dracula and his descendants were still around. I was inspired to think about creating my own beautiful monster.
Watch this space…
So, what think you? What terrific inspiration, right? And, Jane is generously giving away 10 signed print copies of her book as part of her tour by using the Rafflecopter entry below. And I’ll choose one commenter to win a copy of OTHERWORLD PROTECTOR, first in this series. Favorite vampire? Go!