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Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Year's Goals and Vamps with ATTITUDE


Firstly, a very Happy New Year to everyone! 2012 is gone, and 2013 is beginning not so much with resolutions as it is with goals set, and determination to make this a very productive and special year! I decided late in November that once the commitments from 2012 were cleared away, 2013 would be approached differently. So, I’ve got a plan, and it will mean fewer releases, but I hope better ones when they are available. I have three novels in the planning stages, my first YA paranormal, an Historical Western, and a new fantasy tale. Each very unique stories that I hope will be of interest to readers.

The new year’s also kicked off with a bang in that I am currently in the #1 spot on the Predators and Editors Poll for Author of the Year – at least I think that’s what it is? Anyway, here’s a link if you’re inclined to give me a vote:

One of my most recent books is a return to the dark and somewhat deviant vampires that I really enjoy writing. The book has a touch of Dom/s included, and ménage, plus a pair of very lethal vampire lovers who love what they are and revel in it! That book is Hunters’ Game. It was suggested that the central character of that book would make a great interview, so I’ve interviewed my vampire for you–and damn, he has more attitude than I’d ever want to tangle with–so here we go:

Interview With A Vampire

First, I’d like to thank my friend April, as well as the ladies at my Facebook group and Talking Two Lips for the suggested questions for Demetri deVerieux from HUNTERS’ GAME:

The interview:

What do you and Cliantha look for in a person when you’re looking for a toy for the evening? Do you go for looks or lack of intelligence to make it easier for you to trap your prey and make them compliant?

Demetri: What do we look for? You mean apart from a warm vein? *raising an eyebrow to emphasize the sarcasm* What I look for, and let’s be clear on this, I select the prey, Clia is the bait. Intelligence makes the game more interesting and more satisfying. Anyone can lure a drunk or some poor bastard who’d jump at the chance to breathe in the same air Cliantha inhabits, to entice an intelligent human into coming to us willing is always a victory. Since we’re looking to indulge in an array of passions and hungers, appealing prey is preferred. Compliancy isn’t an issue, willing or not, I control this game and all the players in it.

Who turned you? How old are you? How did you hook up with Cliantha? Are you into the BDSM lifestyle or is it just with Cliantha that your inner caveman comes out?

Demetri: I was turned by Stavros almost 500 years ago. Cliantha is the reincarnation of the only woman Stavros ever loved. Several hundred years ago, I let her be killed to save my own ass, he was more than a little annoyed about it and we parted company for a couple of centuries. Clia is mine now. After I put Stavros in his crypt for the final time, she was broken. I offered her shelter. She’s entertaining, so I keep her.

Inner caveman? If you call a male who takes what he wants and makes it his, then perhaps I am. She knows better than to fight with me, she loses. And then I have to make her aware of who is the master and who is the slave in this relationship. *smiling* BDSM is not a lifestyle to males of my breed. We are masters, and you are our slaves.

What are you going to do about the glimpse of betrayal you’ve seen in Clia?

Demetri: *laughing* Clia is never going to betray me, she knows how painful my vengeance will be if she dares to attempt it. *shrugs* If she feels the need to test my patience, I’m certain it will be memorable for us both.

How did you and Cliantha meet? Are you satisfied with your existence as a vampire? Is there anything you wish were different? What's on your "bucket list"?

Demetri: Clia was devoted to Stavros when I met her, it was simply my wish that she belong to me not him. It took several hundred years, but I get what I want.

*eyes the interviewer and laughs* Satisfied with my existence? I can’t die, I have no laws to obey, can do anything and no one can stop me. What’s not to love? I have no bucket list, because what I want, I take. What I want to do, I simply do.

What is the relationship between you and Stravos? How did it come about? Is it an amicable relationship or strained?

Demetri: I’d hardly call it a relationship. His daughter wanted me as her pet, so he ripped out my throat, turned me and gave me to her. I gave him her heart while it was still warm once I got tired of her. I’d call our interactions strained for some reason.

Was there a time when having a normal life, growing old, having family, meant something?

Demetri: Yes, it meant growing old, getting sick, and dying. I can’t imagine why I didn’t want all that. *stands and smiles* Thank you so much for this fascinating conversation, stay off the streets later if you’d like to continue breathing.

And with the interview ended by our illustrious vampire, if you’d like to know more about him and his partner, check out their story here:

HUNTERS’ GAME


In modern Toronto, two vampires stalk the night, their hunting a game that is seductive and deadly. In a darkly compelling Goth Club, they find the prey they seek for their pleasures, and the night runs crimson with blood and unquenchable thirsts....


Excerpt:

A flicker of reddish blond hair caught her eye and her vampiric sight pierced the murky atmosphere, saw him smile at her from across the room. Already her body hummed with the knowledge that his hands would soon be on her skin, inciting a hunger that no one else could feed.

She brushed past the few who lingered near the top of the stairs, and skirted the metal bars that gave the place such a distinctive look. By the time she reached where he’d been, he’d vanished. Grinding her teeth, she whirled around and studied the crowd. Again, his pale presence drew her. One arched eyebrow rose in amused challenge.

“Your game is intriguing, love,” she whispered. He’d hear her despite the deafening music.

And which role do you prefer to play? Predator or prey? His answer whispered inside her head, and she grinned.

What does it matter? It always ends the same and I have never objected...


* * * * Leave a comment, or even a question for Demetri, and on Friday, January 11th I’ll pull a name and send you a copy of HUNTERS’ GAME * * *

Silver Bells - a romantic Duet for the Holidays
Sensual Romance - Historical Western and contemporary

Connected by several generations of family tradition, a gift originally given back in 1878 finds its way into the hands and heart of the newest addition to the Hamilton family. The silver bell earrings are an heirloom blessed by love, and once again the magic of the holiday combines with the magic of the heart to unite lovers touched by Destiny.

A Second Chance by Denysé Bridger
(Historical Western romance)

Blurb: Enroute back to his home in Montana, Joshua Hamilton is bushwhacked and left for dead. As stubborn as he is strong, Josh makes his way to the nearest homestead, and meets Sara Grant. Left alone after travelling to reside with her brother and his wife only to lose them to illness, Sara nurses Joshua back to health, all the while trying to deny the tender awakening of love. As the holiday approaches, danger arrives to threaten the future they haven't even begun to share.

A Christmas for Beginnings by Brigit Aine
(Contemporary erotic)

Blurb: Stephanie is worried that starting over, by moving to Wyoming to work for a guy she's never even talked to, might be a bit extreme. Cole doesn't know what to expect from his new cook, but he hopes to take some of the work load off his mom. Together, they learn that fate is at work, and with a little Christmas Magick, all will be well.


Denyse

Denysé Bridger
"Live the Romance, Become the Fantasy..."
** Best-Selling Author of 2011 **
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11 comments:

Tina Donahue said...

Oh, I like your vampire story, Denyse - sounds exciting and hot. Can't wait to read. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Sounds like a page-turner. Love vampires and especially a domineering one who's also sexy!

Miriam Newman said...

Vampires and cowboys. Denyse, you constantly amaze me. Never a dull moment.

Denysé Bridger said...

Thanks so much, ladies - this one was a lot of fun!!!

Hugs and good stuff,
Denyse

laura troxel said...

I love finding new authors and books to read. Thanks for the giveaway.
lauratroxel@yahoo.com

pc said...

Loved this character interview! Will/has Demetri met his match? What is his indulgence if he has one?
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Kathy Merkel said...

Demitri sounds so exciting. Thanks for the interview Denyse.

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flchen1 said...

Oh my, Denyse! It sounds like Clia and Demetri may be pretty well matched! Demetri, do you have any regrets? Anything that you miss from your human existence? Or was that so long ago as to seem unreal? It seems you feel nothing for humans at this point, other than viewing them as food--is that accurate, or did I miss something?

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Tore said...

I love reading anything about vampires. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Denysé Bridger said...

pc - I really don't know if the decadent and deadly Demetri has met his match - he wants what doesn't belong to him, and I suspect that isn't going to finish well for anyone involved!!

flchen - Demetri speaks: Regrets are rather like mortal life - fleeting and mostly irrelevant to my existence. It may surprise you to know that I remember every detail of my brief mortality, and I miss none of it. Working like a slave, barely surviving illness, what in hell would I miss? Humans... they are a necessary staple to my continued pleasure and lifespan, so while they are sustenance they are also amusing creatures. *smiles slowly, tips of fangs gleaming* And some do ask the oddest of questions.

Denysé Bridger said...

And our winner is: Kathy Merkel
I'll be in touch and send your book, Kathy - thank you so much everyone!