Alright. Trying to decide which vampire to feature for my second installment of “My Favorite Vampires” was REALLY hard. It was like trying to pick which chocolate to eat next out of a Rogers Chocolates box. You want to just stuff them all in your mouth at once. But since that’s not very ladylike (and you could choke), you have to choose which one to savor first.

So after some serious thought, I decided that I wouldn’t mind taking a few nibbles out of Henry Fitzroy. *wink*

Name: Henry Fitzroy

Where you can find him: Blood Ties (TV show)

Henry Fitzroy is a 470 year old vampire, and the illegitimate son of Henry VIII. That’s right, our boy is a prince. And isn’t that a face you would love to have on your money?

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One of the things that I love about Henry is that even for someone creeping up on 500, he hasn’t gotten jaded with time.

He sees the beauty in the world around him and is an a very talented artist.

Henry Fitzroy

He’s not afraid to let people in and know him.

Henry Fitzroy

He’s such a smooth talker.

Henry Fitzroy

And he’s so sweet. Even in full on vamp mode you kind of just want to tap him on the nose and say, *boop*.

Henry Fitzroy - Blood Ties

This is a vampire with zero angst. He’s just an all around wholesome and nice guy. But don’t get me wrong, he’s not a wimp. If you’re in trouble you DEFINITELY want Henry in your corner. But he’s one of my favorite vampires because he CARES.

… And also because he’s SMOKIN’ hot.

So for your viewing pleasure, I’m going to leave you with some Henry eye candy to help you get through your day.

Henry Fitzroy - Blood Ties
Henry Fitzroy - Blood Ties
Henry Fitzroy - Blood Ties
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Have you watched Blood Ties? What did you think of Henry? Comment down below or on the Facebook post and let me know.

Who will be next on the list? Check back soon to find out!

To kick off my series of posts, entitled oh so cleverly as “My Favorite Vampires”, I have decided to start with the Queen of Mean: Pam.

Name: Pamela Swynford De Beaufort

Where you can find her: True Blood (TV Show)

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Why Pam?

Let’s be honest here people. Pam is my spirit animal. I’m a pretty friendly person, but Pam is the person I would probably be if I didnt care about being liked, or keeping friends, or holding down a job…

How can you not love her? 

First of all, the woman’s look is ALWAYS on point.

 Pam - True Blood 
Seriously. I mean sure, I could totally look this good all the time if I was immortal and had all the time in the world… or maybe not.

 Pam - True Blood 
I know that red leather dress just landed on the Christmas lists of at least half of the people reading this post. If anyone rocks this at their holiday staff party please send me pics!

 Pam - True Blood 
She can even rock a pink tracksuit.

Pam is never one to shy away from her feelings.

 Pam - True Blood 

She is a successful and professional business woman.

 Pam - True Blood 

She’s a caring friend.

 Pam - True Blood 

And has an endearing, yet seldom seen, vulnerability.

Pam - True Blood 

She is also one of the most fiercely loyal characters I have ever seen in a show.

 

She’s pretty much just all around awesome. 
The show True Blood has ended, but if you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, do it, do it now! You won’t regret it. It’s based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

And for those of you that watched it and loved it, I hope this was a fun look back on one of the show’s best characters.

Do you have a favorite character from True Blood? Comment below and tell me who you love!

Every book I write has a soundtrack. And sometimes those soundtracks become musical obsessions that I put on repeat for days on end because they so perfectly represent the piece that I’m working on.

Right now I’m absolutely in love with the artist Halsey.  The raw emotions found in her Badlands album has really helped me to tap into the underlying feelings of my new main character.

A young witch that must shoulder the burden of centuries of great witches in her family that came before her. A duty to be the first line of defence to protect the world from tearing itself apart through magical means. To have to face so many expectations when all she wants is to be normal. To want to live her life quietly like everyone else, but to have her path be forged before she was even born. How hard must it be to feel like no matter how far you run or how deep you try to bury your nature, none of it is in your control, and eventually you must face what is coming?

As I write and uncover this story, this  song has become the personal anthem of Annalise.

In the words of Matthew McConaughey, “Alright, alright alriiiiight.”

We’re heading for the end of October which means two things. Thing 1) I’m currently running a $0.99 promo on Blood and Hunger until the end of the month. Why? Because  Urban Fantasy novels and October go together like Halloween candy and my mouth. And Thing 2) Halloween, baby! It’s the time of year when everyone gets their horror movie on. I know that some of you have been marathon watching things like Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and Paranormal Activity. And to you I say…

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Sanguine Moon is now out, yay! So it’s onto book 3. And like the two books before it, it will be filled with all the twists, turns, deception, sex, violence, and “Wait, what?!” that you know in love.

So to get us all pumped and in the mood for all of this October Awesome, I bring you the techno track from the Blade Movie blood rave scene. Happy Monday!

Well, this has certainly be a long time coming! Sanguine Moon, the second book in the Vanessa Kinsley Series, is now out and available for Kindle!

With more murder, romance and betrayal, there is never time to stop and breathe for Vanessa or the rest of the members of the Silverlake City Task Force.

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Still reeling from the devastating events earlier that summer, Vanessa and the rest of the Silverlake Task Force once again discover that death and betrayal are never far from their side.
Now, desperate times call for tenuous alliances. With Merrick still in hiding and the murderous renegade vampire faction trying to gain more power, the Task Force must come together with the Silverlake Wolf Pack in order to bring down the Renegades, before the paranormal community erupts into an uncontainable civil war.
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Hello hello!

As you can imagine things have been crazy as heck around here as we scramble madly to prepare for the release of the second novel in the Vanessa Kensley Series! Since the book will be here in the  blink of an eye, it means it’s time for a COVER REVEAL!

I am so excited for the second book in the Vanessa Kensley series to be coming out, and I hope that you all are as well.

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Blood and Hunger has a new cover!

It’s almost time for the launch of my upcoming urban fantasy novel, Blood and Hunger. August will be here so soon! Today I saw the cover for the print version of my book, and with it came a slightly altered version of the cover. I love the new look with my name at the top! What do you guys think?

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When I was in my earlier teens my mom gave me this amazing book. It had everything in it. Vampires, werewolves, werecats, demons, spirits, murder, crooked cops, psychics, psychos, and there was even a mention of mountain trolls.

It was dark, gritty, sexy, and action packed. From the first page I was nose deep in this bad boy. You had to pry it from my hands, I just refused to put it down. I had never read anything like it before.

It wasn’t until years later that I even learned the name of the genre that I this booked belonged too, though I had dug up some similar titles along the way. I think that this was partly due to the fact that most of the time I actually read romance novels. Heart pounding, bodice ripping, macho male romance novels. I read them without shame. Out in public I flashed their provocative covers around for the world to see. Sure sometimes people liked to tease me about it, but I was fully confident in my choice of reading materials.

I always thought that I would write romance novels. It just seemed like most natural genre for me. But whenever I put pen to paper there always just seemed to be more morning-stars than making out.

Later, as I tried to put a name to the style of writing I was continuously drawn to, I learned that the genre I was writing was urban fantasy. I also learned that Laurell K Hamilton is considered one of the founding mothers of the genre.

I am so grateful to my mom, because Ms.Hamilton’s “Blue Moon” opened a door to a world that I absolutely love. Where everything and anything can and does happen. It takes the very best of every genre and smashes them together in ways that always keep you guessing. And I can only hope that one day someone picks up one of my books and is able to have that same magnificent experience.

When I first started writing this book I had one heck of a hard time trying to figure out what genre it belongs in. At first I was sure that it was paranormal romance, you know: Kick ass girl meets hard nosed guy and they become attracted and then, oh look, it’s Dashing-Man! Bring on the love triangle! Smelled like a paranormal romance to me. But the more I wrote the more the story began to evolve in ways I never saw coming and that still continue to surprise me.

“Blood and Hunger” is becoming a much heavier story than I ever anticipated. Pain, loss, violence, fear, it’s all there. The one thing that I truly believe is that just because something is “fantasy fiction” it doen’t mean that it can’t be “real”.

I recognized that this story was truly urban fantasy when I realized that the story isn’t about the main charaters’ romantic relationship. “But Vanessa’s a succubus!” you cry, “Isn’t the story all about sex?”

Well no actually, it’s not.

Is there sex in it? Yes. Is there a love interest? Yes. But if you take out the story line of “boy meets girl” the rest of the book can stand on it’s own. And that’s why this book is not a paranormal romance.  Because this book isn’t just about THEM, it’s about EVERYTHING. It’s bigger than them. There is much more  important things going on in their world than if these people end up happily ever after.

Now don’t get me wrong, of course that’s a wonderful part of it. That’s pretty much my favorite part of ANY book. I’m the first one to start screaming “Just kiss her already!” at anything I read. But it’s also nice to know that if I happen to pull a Joss Whedon one night and kill off a beloved main character just because I can the show will go on.

And that’s what makes urban fantasy so exciting. The fact that literally ANYTHING can happen.

The other night I was at home writing out a scene taking place in a dance club. As I wrote, Cibo Matto’s “Sugar Water” played on a continuous loop in my head. I’ve loved this song ever since I first heard it on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer years ago. I love how slow and sultry it is. So here it is for you to enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN9auBn6Jys