Good morning! Our guest will be discussing one of paranormal romance's hottest hero types - vampires. Today she'll give us a bit of the legend behind the myth. Enjoy!
Hot Blooded Vampires
Vampires have come a long way from the terror invoking, undead creatures of the night. They no longer make us quiver out of fear because now they are usually the hero of the story not the villain. However one truth remains in the Vampire PR shift: Vampires rely on humans for nourishment.
Notice I didn’t say blood?
That’s because in many early myths it wasn’t blood that Vampire drank, it was their victim’s life force. They were a ghost hell bent on living even if it meant killing to do so. Sometimes they started with family members, other times the first victim was the closest to the grave.
Four hundred years ago the Vampire myth was a logical way for people to explain illnesses they didn’t understand. But as science and medicine progressed, the fear didn’t dissolve. Instead the myth shifted and Vampires got an undead body and became the corrupters of virgins, lusty nobles seeking blood and brides to fill their immoral and immortal days. They became powerful.
And power made them attractive.
Now we have wealthy, powerful, immortal men who like sex…sounds like a romance hero. Like all heroes Vampires have flaws, but what is interesting is while the Vampires changed, their weaknesses didn’t.
If a culture has a Vampire myth, then they also have ways of killing them, sunlight and decapitation are very popular methods, as was exhuming and burning the body or staking the body through the heart. But as Aidan, the Vampire hero of Kissing Phoenix, says—“That will kill most things”.
When I started writing Vampires I knew I didn’t want to do the ‘dead’ type Vampire. I wanted them to be human, only different. My Vampires are genetic variations; they can tolerate sunlight (if they haven’t drunk too much blood) but they can’t turn people as Vampires are born not made. They don’t get sick, but if they are denied blood they age and can die. They aren’t immortal, but they come close.
No matter the type of Vampire (because every writer has their own spin) they remain popular as romance heroes. Is it the danger of falling for such a powerful creature? A game of trust with life at stake, no pun intended?
For me it is because they carry a great regret or wound and the story is their chance to heal. Or as in Mutiny on the Scarborough in the upcoming Dead Red Heart anthology of Australian Vampires, it is a chance to watch them fail at being human and succumbing to the darker side of Vampire nature and the need for blood.
When Lilith fell into lust with musician Aidan she never expected it to last. And she was right. Her doctor has given her months to live, and telling Aidan is the hardest thing she's ever done.
Aidan has been keeping his own secret. He is Vampire...but he can't turn Lilith and save her. The solution he proposes is illegal and dangerous and breaks every rule set up to protect non-humans from humans. He doesn't care. He will do anything to save the woman he loves.
Discovering the kiss of a Vampire and reveling in the erotic thrill, Lilith realizes her feelings are deeper than lust. But is giving up her humanity worth it?
Watch for Mutiny on the Scarborough in the upcoming Dead Red Heart anthology of Australian Vampires
A civil designer by day and an author by night, Shona Husk lives in Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally.
With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Carina Press and Sourcebooks.
You can find out more at http://www.shonahusk.com
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