Vamping It Up
A huge thanks to Cynthia for having me over :)
I remember a few years ago as I delved into my dragon shifters and wrestled with my Angels and Demons, saying flat out I would never write about vampires. I mean, there are so many great books out there already, I didn’t have anything fresh or interesting to bring to the table.
I’m lying in bed trying to sleep (one of the few quiet times I have to do the creative thing) when a new character wakes up in my head.
She sidles up to me and whispers, “Hello.”
“Hi,” I reply. “Who are you?”
“The name’s Niki. And do I have a story for you.” Then she flashes me a grin, complete with fangs. I jump back from the sight, hands up, shaking my head.
“B-but you’re a vampire,” I tell her. “I don’t write vampires.”
Her eyes shone, red bleeding into the color. “You do now.”
The next morning she was still there, hovering in the back of my mind. Little by little, she introduced me to her lover, Shane, and a whole new world of vampires, shifters and magic.
Niki was such a pain, I couldn’t ignore her.
When I finally listened, I realized my vampires don’t follow the standard conventions.
They can get a tan, though the sun will weaken them. The whole Holy Water & garlic doesn’t do a thing except leave you with a pissed off, damp, vamp.
They drink blood, but a nice gourmet meal will help them keep that whole humanity thing going. Like anyone, a liquid diet makes them true monsters of the dark.
Stakes hurt, but to truly kill a vampire in my world, it’s off with their heads or they’ll be back.
They’re supernatural beings, fast and strong, but under it all, they still face the same emotional needs as anyone.
In the end, they want to belong and to be loved.
Did I bring anything new to the world of vampire stories? Maybe.
Most of all, I hope what I brought was Niki and her story of hope and love and redemption.
Q4U: What’s your favorite thing about vampires?
Niki and her story in Bloodstorm (Heart of a Vampire, Book 1) is currently Free at all E-Tailers, so you can check it out today :) Find your format at: http://amberkallyn.com/books/heart-of-a-vampire-series-prn/
When duty forces a shaman to stop a vampire from her revenge, love doesn’t just burn... it bites.
For two hundred years, Niki DeVeraux has been tracking the monster who murdered her family and made her a vampire. She finally catches up to him only to face more than she bargained for in a too-sexy sheriff who makes her remember she’s still a woman. With duties as Keeper of the peace and Sheriff, Shane Spencer must protect humanity and stop the friction between the local Arcaine races before it turns into an all out blood war.
When wolves start turning up dead, the tension between the races grows and suspicion falls on Niki. Shane knows she’s not to blame, and it has nothing to do with the primal urges she stirs within him. Working together, they must stop the hostilities from going over the edge. Trouble is, the desires raging between them might prove more dangerous than the surrounding threats.
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One of those rare breeds, Amber Kallyn is an Arizona native who can trace her family's history through six generations in the state. She lives with her husband, and their four very active children. Included in the menagerie are four cats (though there's always room for more), one snake, and two dogs. We won't count all the fish.
Amber loves the paranormal, from dragons to werewolves to vampires. She's currently at work on her next book, probably running around the house acting out a fight scene with her collection of swords and daggers. Or maybe, wishing she had claws to practice the other fight scenes.
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