Monday, September 28, 2009

Guest - D. B. Reynolds

Good morning everyone! Today's guest is author D.B. Reynolds who'll be talking to us about vampires (one of our favorite paranormal creatures). D.B. will be offering a giveaway prize to one lucky reader so make sure you read all the way to the end of her article to find out how you can become eligible.

Enjoy!

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ARE VAMPIRES REALLY DEAD?

It never fails. After a flurry of high-profile vampire activity, i.e., best-selling books and/or movies, there will be the pronouncements from people-who-claim-to-know that . . . wait for it . . . vampires are dead! Not dead as in bury that sucker already! But dead as in, the genre is tapped out. Readers are looking for something different. This year, it’s the very high profile Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and HBO’s True Blood based on Charlaine Harris’ wonderful Southern Vampire books.

So, are vampires finally stick-a-fork-in-‘em dead? No, of course not. People have been hungry for vampire stories since 1819, when John Polidori sat around a warm fire telling ghost stories with Lord Byron and Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The people who say vampires are dead only know about the famous ones – Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Anne Rice’s Lestat, Buffy and the gang, Meyer’s perpetual teenager Edward Cullen, True Blood’s Bill Compton, and my personal favorite the delicious Eric Northman. (How could anyone not want to read more about Eric??)

But true readers of the paranormal know the field is much larger than that. Most film and TV critics and/or those cultural commentators who make these pronouncements have probably never heard of J.R.Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood or Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters or Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark. For that matter, they’d probably never heard of Charlaine Harris either, until Alan Ball made an HBO series out of Sookie Stackhouse and company.

But as long as there are books, whether e or print, there will always be stories about bad boys. Because readers love ‘em. Those testosterone-laden, alpha male bad boys who can handle everything life throws at them and look great doing it, until the perfect woman comes along and knocks their socks off. We all dream about being that perfect woman, the one who brings all that muscle and attitude to heel and living happily ever after.

Not that all vampire lit is romance lit. There are plenty of vampire books out there in the horror genre, as well, and plenty that walk a line between the two, like Charlie Huston’s Joe Pitt series or even Laurell K. Hamilton’s early Anita Blake books which were shelved with horror books for years in stores.

But in all of them vampires are the ultimate bad boys. There might be werewolves and witches and demons, but the vampires are always at the top of the food chain. They might share that top spot on occasion, but they never lose it.

I love reading these books and I love writing them. And there are plenty of readers out there who feel the same way I do, so I can’t see that dying any time soon.

My own vampires are strong, fast and immortal. Some of them are evil and we boo and hiss when they take the stage. But some of them, my favorites, are charismatic, powerful and sexy as all get out, with an immortal cherry on top. They’re protective of their mates and deadly to their enemies. They can charm the pants off a lovely woman, or stop a bad guy with a simple word. And isn’t that what we all want? Isn’t that why we read paranormal romance?

I’d love to hear what you think about this. Are vampires dead and gone for you? Or are you as anxious as I am for the next great book on my ever-growing TBR pile?

And speaking of TBR piles, I’ll be giving away a signed copy of one of my books this week. Anyone who comments on this post between now and Friday has a chance to win your choice of RAPHAEL or JABRIL. So, post a comment and say hello, and don’t forget to visit me at http://dbreynolds.wordpress.com for more information about my books and where to buy them.

DBR



D. B. Reynolds is the author of the VAMPIRES IN AMERICA series from ImaJinn Books (ImaJinnBooks.com). The first two books in the series, RAPHAEL and JABRIL are now available from Amazon and BN.com, as well as e-versions from Fictionwise.com. Book Three, RAJMUND, will be released in early 2010. D.B. lives with her husband in a coastal canyon near Los Angeles.




BOOK BLURB

Houston, Texas—Cowboy boots, baseball and journeys to the stars . . . right?
Wrong. Because Houston is also home to Jabril Karim, one of the eight powerful Vampire Lords who control all of North America. And as Private Investigator Cynthia Leighton will soon discover, not all Vampire Lords are created equal. For Jabril is the face of evil in the new world, a vampire who values no life but his own, who enslaves those he desires, steals whatever he covets and destroys anyone who stands in his way.

Running from L.A. and its seductive Vampire Lord, Raphael, Cyn sees the Houston job as a welcome refuge, a place to get away and heal her broken heart. But Texas will be no vacation. For in Jabril Karim, Cyn will confront a true enemy, one who will go to any lengths to satisfy his lusts, enrich his coffers and expand his power.

Fighting for the lives of two young sisters, Cyn’s journey will take her through the streets of Houston and back to L.A., where the human police are determined to bring Raphael down for the murder of one of their own. But the danger doesn’t end there. For Jabril has set his sights on Cyn, and he will stop at nothing to have her.

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20 comments:

SiNn said...

your work is new to me but it sounds well awesome would be coola s heck to win buttt if not im still gonna go buy it and request the libary to order it as well

Barbara said...

This vampire book will be exciting. The characters sound thrilling and chilling. It is a book that I will not be able to put down.

Cathy M said...

I so agree, DB, vampires are the ultimate bad boys and I love them as the hero in a great romance story. I've been enjoying vampire stories for over 20 years and the genre is definitely not dead to me.

I enjoyed the excerpts for your books and look forward to start this series.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

I can't get enough of the bad boy attitude vampires. I may love my werewolves and otherworldly creatures of the night, but I tend to go back to the vampire tales. There's nothing sexier than a badass vampire who is tamed by a headstrong female.

Loved your post and your books sound like a good vampire fix.

Danielle W said...

I have been a vampire fan, since I was about 5 years old. I remember my mom watching Dracula with Christopher Lee. When he bit the woman's neck, I remember thinking I wish he would bite me. Safe to say I'll be a vamp fan for life. I don't think the genre will ever die out. There are too many, excuse the pun, die-hard fans out there.

As for DB's books, I've read both, and absolutely loved both. Cyn is tough as nails, and sexy as hell, and the vampires! Don't get me started on the vampires. We'll be here all day.

D.B.Reynolds said...

I KNEW I wasn't the only one!

I love my bad boys, and everyone else's too!

SinH, Barbara and Cathy M., thanks for coming by! I hope you'll love reading the books as much as I love writing them. I totally lust after my own vampires!

And Karen, you and I are looking for the same things! I always try to make my heroines tough enough to save themselves! No fainting damsels in my books. (at least not the ones who get the gorgeous guys! LOL)

Danielle, I remember watching Frank Langella as Dracula and thinking he was just about the sexiest thing I had ever seen. Not that I'd seen much that was sexy then, but you get my drift!

DBR

Jaxxy said...

Sounds like a great series.

As long as there are Midnight Breed books, vampires will never be dead :)

ddurance said...

Vamps will never be dead and gone as far as I'm concerned. There's always some new and exciting interpretation of them. I might ocassionaly veer away away from vampires as I pursue other paranormal interests, but they will always be my first love.

Deidre

D. B. Reynolds said...

Jaxxy, I LOVE Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series and can hardly wait for Shades of Midnight! January can't come soon enough!

And I'm with your Deidre. Vampires will always be my first love.

DBR

tetewa said...

I'm always looking for new authors and vampire series to read, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

Lady Mahogany said...

Wow, sounds like some great books! I definitely love vampires and I don't think anyone will tire of them soon. I also write as well as read vampire stories and Jabril sounds right up my ally! Best wishes for many sales you've definitely got some winners!

Blessings,

Mahogany
http://www.mahoganysilverrain.com

Kelley said...

I don't think vampire stories will ever be dead. There will always be a market for it, but I would like to see different kinds of vamps besides the European ones. Every culture had a vamp myth.
I loved the post and your books sound really good.

kelleyheckart.com

Patsy said...

Your books sound really good. I adore vampire books!

D. B. Reynolds said...

Tetewa and Mahogany, thanks for stopping by! I'll be giving away a copy of one of my books at the end of this week, and your names are in the hat!

Kelley, I agree! I love the old European vamps, but I'd like to see some new ones, too. The third book in my series features a younger, more American vamp. He's still a sexy hunk, but he's far more modern in than the older masters. RAJMUND will be out in early 2010.

Patsy, thanks for commenting. I hope you'll take a chance on my vampires!

DBR

Linda Andrews said...

Your vampire series sounds great. I think they'll never go away because they cross so many boundaries and always bring out the best or worst in characters who appear in print with them. The heroines are smarter and stronger, the villians more dangerous. I love to read vampire stories where the author adds a new twist on the old myths.

Since there are 8 Vampire Lords in NA will each get a book?

D. B. Reynolds said...

Hi Linda,
You're absolutely right. Assuming my publisher goes along with it, there will be eight books in the current Vampires in America series.
Next up is RAJMUND, after that I'm looking at a female vamp, and then, the one everyone's been asking for . . . DUNCAN.

DBR

annalisa said...

I think vamps are here to stay. I've been a vamp fan ever since I saw the movie "Brides of Dracula" when I was six. I love to read any kind of vampire book I can get my hands on!

I also love series books and I'm glad to hear that there will be eight books in your Vampires in America series. Your series sounds great! :)

D. B. Reynolds said...

Thanks, Annalisa!
I like series books, too. I like being able to go deeper into the author's universe and to follow characters through their lives for a bit longer.
I especially like series when I don't discover them until the author has written a whole bunch of books. And then it's a gorge fest of a whole new world!

DBR

Danielle W said...

I can't wait for Duncan to get his book! Itching for it, really!

Like I told you before. Write faster! :D

D. B. Reynolds said...

Thanks to everyone who came by and read my post, and especially to those who commented. I've gathered the names and in the finest scientific tradition drawn a winner of my book giveaway.

And that winner is . . . Barbara!

Barbara, please e-mail me at dbreynoldswriter@aol.com and let me know which prize you want. You have a choice of a signed copy of either RAPHAEL or JABRIL, or if you prefer I have PDF version of either book instead.

Congratulations and thank you so much for stopping by!

DBR