Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Love of a Good Vampiress… by Marie Treanor

We all know what the love of a good woman is reputed to do for otherwise bad men. And actually, it’s done quite a lot for me, recently! In the sense of my story, I should explain J.

So my newest release, BLOOD DESCENT is the third book in the Blood Hunters series, and features as its hero the powerful and stubborn Konrad, leader of the three person team of vampire hunters who first appeared in BLOOD ON SILK (first of the Awakened by Blood trilogy which precedes Blood Hunters. Confused? Don’t be, it’s all on my website J).

At first I confess I tried to avoid Konrad’s story - I found him the least accessible, even the least likeable of my hunters L. But then, quite suddenly, I discovered his love interest, and began to see the tortured man through her eyes, and I found I really did like him. A lot! I liked his toughness, his unchanging loyalties, even his driven, layered, nightmare-ridden nature. Konrad has strength in every sense of the word, but like his nemesis, the vampire overlord Saloman, he needs a woman to soften his edges J.

So who is this woman who showed me how to love Konrad as he should be loved? She’s a young, Glaswegian vampire called Maggie who, in fact, made her first brief appearance in BLOOD ETERNAL (third of the Awakened by Blood trilogy), when she accosted war-wounded soldier John Ramsay in Sauchiehall Street one Friday night. Although her scene was short, and she didn’t even have a name then, she was a character I wanted to revisit one day – and then it came to me with blinding clarity what an excellent foil she was for Konrad.

In many ways, she’s his complete opposite. She takes care of her appearance, is naturally polite and incurably friendly. She’s curious about everyone, enjoys human company and the sugar-filled blood she finds in cinemas J. I see her as a little bit like a Scottish Marlene Dietrich – all 40s film star glamour with a healthy dose of humorous Glaswegian realism. She accepts what she is, and is quite unapologetic about her vampire habits. And yet in many ways, she shows much more humanity than Konrad. She causes him to question beliefs he’s never doubted for a moment, just by being who she is.

Although my story is fantasy, I like to think this interaction and adjustment between couples isn’t so unusual. What do you think? I’ll give away an e-copy of BLOOD GUILT, the first of the Blood Hunters series, to one commenter J.

Blood Hunters, Book 1

$2.99, Ebook

Natural enemies, deadly attraction...

Mihaela, a fearless vampire hunter secretly haunted by loneliness and childhood tragedy, finds it difficult to adjust to the new world order where vampires are not always the bad guys. She's taking a much needed vacation in Scotland when she sees a little boy being chased through the streets of Edinburgh. Rescuing him brings bigger problems - two vampires from her past: Gavril, who killed her family; and the reclusive and troubled Maximilian, gifted Renaissance artist and one-time overlord of the most powerful undead community in the world. Maximilian once saved her life and now needs that favor returned.

The earth moves for Mihaela in more ways than one. From Scotland to Budapest and Malta, she  races against time to prevent a disastrous, vampire-induced earthquake and save an innocent yet powerful child – all while fighting a dreadful attraction to Maximilian, her only ally, whom she can’t afford to trust. For Maximilian, the hunter becomes a symbol of renewed existence, as he struggles to accept his past and rediscovers his appetite for blood and sex - and maybe even happiness.

Blood Hunters, Book 2

Ebook $2.99

Obsession... a wounded hunter, a damaged vampire

Six months ago, vampire hunter and inventive genius Istvan nearly died in the seminal battle that would change the relationship between humans and vampires forever.

A year before that, he first encountered sexy vampiress, Angyalka, owner of the Angel Club, favored haunt of the undead. Istvan won that round, but when he recklessly seeks her out again in search of the secret of angels, he's alone and so exhausted he can barely stand, let alone fight vampires. Plus Angyalka's out for revenge, and very happy to use his powerful sexual attraction to her…

But Angyalka has her own secret weaknesses amd terrifying strengths even she doesn't understand. Their battle becomes one of wits and sex, but when someone bombs the club, they fight together to contain all the threats closing in on the Angel, from humans and vampires, including the sadistic killer who could just be dangerous enough to finally topple undead overlord Saloman.

As Istvan struggles to harness the mysterious power of angels, Angyalka needs a deeper strength to send away the fascinating hunter who delivers on all her deepest sensual desires and yet can't come to terms with her vampire nature.

Blood Hunters, Book 3

Ebook $2.99

A child is born...into the final showdown of Vampire and Hunter

The face of a killer, the heart of a lost child…

Konrad once led the legendary first team of Hungarian vampire hunters. Now, refusing to ally with the undead, he goes his own way, slaughtering vampires across the length and breadth of Europe.

The dying thoughts of one such vampire send Konrad to Britain in search of a dangerous instrument that  might be just what he needs in his obsessive war with undead overlord Saloman – a war he’s determined to win at any cost. The only being who can lead him to the instrument and its current, evil possessor, is sexy, mysterious, young Glaswegian vampire Maggie, who holds herself aloof from her own kind.

Maggie sees much more than Konrad’s anger and cruelty. She makes it her mission to reach beyond the horrors of his past and find the man he should have been. Difficult, when he threatens her heart as well as everything she believes in; and when her whole being clamors for his body and his blood.

While journalists circle, about to break the news of vampire existence on mainstream television, Elizabeth Silk labors to give birth to Saloman’s daughter: and Maggie plays a dangerous game that risks everyone for her belief in one troubled man.

About Marie Treanor

Award winning author Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband and three much-too-smart children. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.

Marie has published nearly forty ebooks with small presses, (Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press and The Wild Rose Press), including a former Kindle bestseller, Killing JoeBlood on Silk: an Awakened by Blood novel, was her New York debut with NAL. She is now self-publishing three new paranormal series.

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