Hunky God of Destruction, Vampires and Kick Butt characters, Angela Steed is here to share her paranormal world with us. Feel free to ask her a question or leave a comment. She'd love to hear from you.
***Angela's Contest is at Romance Junkies. Info listed below.
Betrayal: The Awakening is a vampire tale. Why vampires? What do you find appealing about the dark creature of the night?
Betrayal: The Awakening began as a horror novel about ten years ago. I stuck it away in a corner for about seven years before I started reworking it into a love story.
I’ve always been fascinated with modern vampires, but I’ve never really found them appealing in a sense, just powerful—dark. I suppose if one has lost their way, their heart, and possibly their soul, they’d need to find direction. Whether the heart beats or not, or if it’s cold and lonely, warmth is out there somewhere. The being needs to keep searching in faith, or in Tristan’s case, dwindling hope.
Tristan, the hero of Betrayal, is quite dark and tortured which makes him unique. I find him appealing because he yearns to be human, and yet he also enjoys the night.
What vampire traits of legend do you follow or don’t follow? (ex. Can they go out in the daylight? Does holy water burn them? Are they afraid of crosses? You get the picture. J)
When most of us hear the word vampire, we usually think about the way they’re depicted in movies. Instead of strictly following lore, I used modern fiction in Betrayal: The Awakening…with a slight twist of course. Daylight burns. Holy water hasn’t been tested. A cross doesn’t bother anyone. My vampires can’t morph into creatures. They can fly but I can’t tell you why because that’s part of the ending (and sequel). ;)
Tell us about your hero, Tristan Williamson. What does he look like? Don’t hold back, we’re dying to know. Okay I know that was a bad joke. Don’t hold it against me. (hee hee)
Karen—you’re such a nut(t)! (Okay, there’s my bad joke of the day.). ;p
Although Tristan fits in with the tall, dark-haired, and handsome category, he’s actually quite dark on the inside. He doesn’t believe he’s a vampire at all, just a man cursed with an eternal illness.
He’s lived over 400 years waiting for a female to be born in a certain bloodline. Over those 400 years, he’s learned patience. He’s yearned for humanity for so long, he’s taught himself to be somewhat moral…even considered human by his only friend. So when the cure literally falls at his doorstep in the form of a child, he’s torn between right and wrong. He desperately wants to take her life so he’ll be human again, but he also wants to do the right thing by letting the child live.
Betrayal is a dark story about one man struggling with the demon inside him. It’s not a typical paranormal romance, but rather a dark love story about acceptance and forgiveness.
Tell us about Anna Carlson. Without giving too much away, why is she so special that Tristan hunts her down?
Anna begins as a newborn in Betrayal: The Awakening and spans through important parts of her life. I’m not sure there’s another book out there where the hero actually helps deliver the heroine. It’d be neat to read how others managed to work that in.
Anyway, Tristan believes she’s the cure he’s searched centuries for, but his morals keep him from destroying her. So he waits until she’s older. Unfortunately, she’s just too charming to make it easy on him.
Are there more Vampire tales in the works? What reading formats does Betrayal: The Awakening come in?
I’m actually working on the sequel to Betrayal. It’s not as dark. It moves a lot faster than the first one and has some really big surprises. What can I say? I dare to be…daring.
Right now Betrayal is available as an e-book through Bookstrand.com, Amazon Kindle, and various other places that sell most e-formats. It’s scheduled to come out in print the first part of 2011. I can’t wait to feel the paper in my hands. Look out New Orleans. Here I come…Halloween 2011. *sigh* It’s such a long wait.
What are your current projects and works in progress?
Besides Betrayal 2, I’m working on a sci-fi short. I’ve finished two contemporary romance novels that I have yet to edit. And I’ve also got another short vampire story that I haven’t done anything with since I finished writing.
I’m still in summer mode with the kids, so I haven’t had too much time to do anything else but swim, shop, and play video games. =D Gotta love summer!
Tell the readers where they can find you:
Angela Steed’s website
Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?
If you love vampire stories, please check a new short called Blood Evolution by Kimberly Adkins, also available at Bookstrand.com and Amazon Kindle. It’s a refreshing vampire read, quite unique, and extremely sexy!
I’ll have to check it out. I read Darkenbane: The Fountain by Kimberly Adkins, which is another wonderful read.
Angela's Website: http://www.angelasteed.com
Buy your own copy of Betrayal The Awakening: http://www.bookstrand.com/betrayal-the-awakening
Blurb: Tristan Williamson waited four hundred years for her blood. Believing it holds his cure, he’s ready to end her life and retake his humanity. Present at her birth, he finds killing her is not as easy as he planned. As she grows, befriending her was a dangerous mistake. And when she comes to him as a beautiful woman, falling in love with her could end up being her ultimate demise.
As a child Anna Carlson worshiped the ground he walked on, believing in his existence as a vampire wholeheartedly until the day he left her. Her bitterness grew over the years, leading her to believe he was nothing but a con. Now, to fulfill the dying wish of her father, she’s destined to find his whereabouts and help him discover a cure she knew nothing about. But when she falls in love with him all over again, she’ll find danger she will never forget.
He knelt before her. The coolness of his palm gently caressed her wet face. When she looked at him with tear-filled eyes, she felt calm, her thoughts less clouded than just a moment before.
“There will never be night and day in my world. Only darkness.” He breathed a sigh. “I am a monster, undeserving of your heart. But believe my words, I never desired to leave you. I only left to protect you.”
“Protect me from what?”
She sniffled, desperate to hide, embarrassed she’d cried so hard in front of the man she despised for so many reasons. She allowed him to hold his palm to her face, to gently thumb another tear away.
“I would have turned on you if I’d stayed.”
“Turned on me?” she whispered.
“Your blood calls to my senses, Anna. It is unbearable.”
She saw her reflection in his eyes and shuddered, whispering thoughts aloud as if reminding herself why she hated him.
“I can’t believe in you anymore. I won’t. You killed my parents. And your lies sent Mac to his grave.”
“I swear to you, Anna, on my eternal life. I did not murder your loved ones.”
She pulled her face from his touch. “You’ve taken your story too far, Tristan. Vampires are fiction.”
“I am but one diseased man.”
“I know a psychiatrist at the hospital. He can help you get better.”
She watched intently as he showed his teeth, beautiful—whitened and perfectly straight. No bloodstains or blemishes tainted them. But as she watched closely, his canines began to move.
At first she thought it her imagination, a trick he mastered for his act, as they began to curve down, slowly bending into a sharp point just below his other top teeth. She reached out, apprehensive to touch them, fascinated over the possibility. She hesitated, hand still in the air before her.
“They can’t be real,” she whispered.
A flicker of light caught her attention. She looked up from his teeth to his eyes. Flame danced in their darkness. His brows lowered as he leaned in close to her face and growled as if ready to tear her apart.
“Do you believe now?” His surly voice sent icy chills through her veins. He gnashed his teeth wildly and then grabbed her by the shoulders. He pulled her close, and though his touch was gentle, it frightened her beyond words.
The bloodcurdling scream she let out echoed around his fallen castle, literally crumbled at her feet. The truth showed in his unnatural human face. She believed in him again. This time the silly vampire crush she carried as a young girl became a woman’s nightmare, for his intentions were clear—he yearned for her blood.
Angela Steed is currently having a contest through Romance Junkies. The link is available on her home page at:http://www.angelasteed.com
Win an E-book of Betrayal: The Awakening plus a gift basket with a signed copy of The Sea's Embrace, 1080 Kiss, and Assassin's Fall. There will also be a box of Godiva chocolates and a few other delicious goodies.
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