“Deadly Liaisons” by Terry Spear
Ever since I was a kid, I was fascinated with spooky stories. I read myths and legends, fairy tales and folk tales from far away countries, immersed myself in the Greek myths and legends, Chinese legends, Native American legends, African tales, Norwegian tales, and many, many more…And then I had a strong fascination for ghost stories. I read the classics, and true life adventures. You name it, I loved to read.
But besides falling in love with the prince and princess tales, the classic knight in shining armor princely type who rescues the fair damsel, whether she’s a princess or not…I loved the darker side of romance–and truly fell in love with Dracula the first time I’d seen him on stage at Brevard Community College when I was a teen.
He was handsome and suave and in love. He wasn’t a monster–to me. He wanted and desired to be loved by the woman of his dreams for all eternity. And what’s so wrong with that? Now some would say he was a dead guy and that’s what’s wrong with that scenario. That he would have to kill her for her to become his mate forevermore.
But in my stories, humans are changed through a plague centuries earlier. They’re not dead people. If they die, they die, and they never come back to life. That would be a zombie. And though I’ve read some tales where the secondary characters verge on being romantic zombies, uhm, not to my way of thinking. So nope, no dead, cold, heartless vampires. Mine are hot, hot, hot! And carrying earth from the native soil around or they’ll die? Not mine. No buried in the earth for rejuvenation, no carrying it around in their pockets or shoes, no coffins. I have claustrophobia. No, on coffins. And no buried “alive” in the earth. Period.
And they can eat. Yep, they are not dead people. They eat. They also have to have blood. Yes. They are vampires, after all. In Deadly Liaisons, they live in Oregon, where I used to live, where it was rainy and cloudy and misty months and months during the year. So perfect for vampires. Although they do live all over the States. And since I love the princely theme, Daemon is the prince of the vampires in the States. The head honcho. He’s had terrible problems with having mates in the past. So when he takes on a vampire huntress, matters only get worse.
I’ve seen a lot of vampire romances lately where the vampire hates being what he is, hates being alone, living forever and wants to die. Mine are perfectly content to be vampires. They don’t care what others think of them. They’re not in the closet. And just like in any species, good ones and bad ones exist.
They’re shape shifters also. In Deadly Liaisons, one of the forms they take is one of my favorite shape shifter forms, of course, the wolf. 🙂
What similiarities are there between my adult vampire romances and werewolf romances? Everyone, no matter who they are, deserves to be loved. 🙂 Although in my wolf stories, the werewolves are perfectly happy to be who they are, they are not out of the closet yet. 🙂
And neither world exists in the other. I like to concentrate on one shape shifter species in a story. That way I focus on them and their strengths and weaknesses, pitting them against man and their own kind, attempting to make the fantasy as real to life as it can be.
So if you’re in the mood for vampires with heart, check out Deadly Liaisons! For a sweeter version of a vampire world…this one where witches are the norm and vampires are still hidden from the populace, check out The Vampire…In My Dreams.
Publication Date: March 31, 2009
Cover art by Scott Carpenter
He resisted the dark huntress…now he’ll use all his powers to make her his own.
Tezra Campbell treads a dangerous line between her job as a telepathic investigator for the Hunter Council and her alternate life as a renegade. Beneath her cool, professional exterior lies a dark obsession to find the rogue vampire who murdered her parents ten years ago and left her sister a traumatized shell. An obsession that drives her to use herself as bait.
Daemon, former bastard prince of Scotland and now head of the American vampire clans, sees Tezra as a danger to herself and to his people. Especially if the killer vampire takes her bait. Concerned his own brother might be accused of the crime, Daemon takes Tezra into custody, intending to keep her out of the way so he can find the killer himself.
Things don’t work out the way either planned. The more she fights him with her telepathic powers, the more she stirs up his sexual bloodlust—the kind only a mate can cool. And Tezra begins to wonder…is her desire for him real, or just a way to use Daemon to find the murderer?
It’s a deadly game they both aim to win—even while they try to keep their hearts intact.
Warning: Romance with a bite!
“The Vampire…In My Dreams” by Terry Lee Wilde
Publication Date: October 9, 2007
Cover art by Scott Carpenter
Love bites when a seventeen-year-old vampire and witch tangle.
Marissa Lakeland faces her worst nightmare one dark and misty night when she chases a gorgeous hunk of a guy to prove he’s a vampire. So why does the thought of tall, dark and vampiric appeal to Marissa, when there’s no way a vampire can compel a witch to do his bidding? At least that’s what she’s read in vampire lore. But lore can be mistaken.
Fledgling vampire Dominic Vorchowski knows Marissa’s the only one who can save him. Only why does she have to be a witch? Fate has thrown him together with the bewitching Marissa and if he gains her trust, he’ll have his life back again. Except for that whole eternal thirst for blood thing. And the fangs. Not to mention the aversion to intense sunlight. In any event, he’s set his sights on one girl who’s totally off the menu.
The centuries-old vamp Lynetta wants Dominic to replace the lover she lost, and no teenaged witch is going to take her guy away. Dominic and Marissa must stop the vampiress from winning the battle of the night…but time is running out.
So what do you think? Are you game to mix it up with a vampire with heart?
Terry, who is running to work as usual!!!