Is this book part of a series? If so, can you give a general description of the series?
Yes, it’s the first of a vampire romance series called Blood Hunters, which follows on from my earlier Awakened by Blood trilogy. Awakened by Blood (Blood on Silk, Blood Sin and Blood Eternal) followed the story of Elizabeth Silk, a Scottish academic who accidentally awakens Saloman, the most powerful vampire of all time and falls in love with him while they try to kill each other. Blood Hunters focuses on Elizabeth’s friends and mentors, the vampire hunters, as they struggle to adjust to Saloman’s regime of alliance without allowing him the world domination he’s after. And they also discover unlikely romance with their former enemies. Blood Guilt focuses on the unhappy Mihaela, and her unwanted obsession with the mysterious vampire Maximilian…
Do your characters talk to you? If so, what do they say?
Yes, they do, and they say what they like! Which can be annoying when it would really be more convenient if they’d say what I’d like!
What do you think makes a good romantic hero?
For me, at least a hint of danger combined with a hard to discover hint of vulnerability. I like him to be intelligent, strong and protective but not without flaws. And I do appreciate a sense of sense of humor 🙂
Which character of this book was the easiest to write?
Mihaela, my heroine, probably. She grew on me all through the Awakened by Blood books, from a slightly wooly if strong woman into a full, very real character with all her anxieties, tragedies and individualistic traits. By Blood Guilt, I felt I knew her very well.
Plotter or panster?
Ah, well, I started out as a pantster and I do still have pantster tendencies. However writing the Awakened by Blood books for NAL – and in particular selling them on the strength of proposals – taught me the value of proper plotting. So now I work with a slightly chaotic mixture. I suppose I’m a plontster.
What do you think about the self-pub industry?
I think on the whole it’s a wonderful and exciting movement. For an author it gives unprecedented control over content, pricing and the whole business. For readers it gives far greater choice. If there’s a downside, I suppose it is that the choice is too massive, and perhaps it makes it too easy for some books to be published which aren’t quite ready. For me as an author with my first self-published book, the downside so far is paying up front for things my publishers took care of before: editing, cover art, ISBNs etc But I think on the whole, the good outweighs the difficulties and I’m very excited to be part of it!
The Fun Stuff:
Day or Night? Why?
Night. Because of the vampires, of course.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula. No, The Princess Bride! Or Harvey. Or Dark City! Or….
Last book you read or the book you are reading now?
Fifty Shaded Darker
About Blood Guilt
The first of a new vampire romance series, a sequel to the Awakened by Blood trilogy.
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.
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 Treanor has published more than twenty ebooks with small presses, (Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press and The Wild Rose Press), including a former Kindle bestseller, Killing Joe. Blood on Silk: an Awakened by Blood novel, was her New York debut with NAL.
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