Monday, August 23, 2010

Interview with Paranormal Author, Angela Steed


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

http://www.angelasteed.com

Myspace

http://www.myspace.com/angelasteed

Bookstrand

http://www.bookstrand.com/betrayal-the-awakening

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!

http://www.bookstrand.com/blood-evolution


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.

Excerpt:

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.
ROMANCEJUNKIES.COM


Thanks Karen!

Angela Steed


You're very welcome. Thank you for coming by today and sharing a bit of your world.


16 comments:

Angela Steed said... Best Blogger Tips

感谢您的好意见。 (I hope that was typed correctly) :) If not, thank you for the comment.

Kimberly said... Best Blogger Tips

Good Morning, Angela! I wanted to stop by and say how much I enjoyed your interview. You are such a cool lady :)
I love Betrayal: The Awakening. Looking forward to having you sign me a copy here soon!!

Kimberly

Angela Steed said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Kimberly. I'm so happy you came by. Have I told you lately how much I love your new release Through Ancient Eyes? :)

UPDATE: Betrayal: The Awakening should be coming out in print in a week or so. I'll post when it's available on my website.
http://www.angelasteed.com

Debra St. John said... Best Blogger Tips

I love, love, love vampire stories. Yours sounds fabulous. It's definitely going on my TBR list.

Great interview, ladies.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Angela,

Thank you so much for being here today!

I was wondering, do you have a favorite vampire from books, TV, Movies, etc?

Brandlwyne aka Brandy B said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi. That was a good interview. Thank you for sharing with us.

I love all paranormal creatures, but i have a auestion for you...

Are vampires your fav paranoral character or is that just what you started with???

-Brandy
brandyzbooks@yahoo.com

Angela Steed said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for having me here Karen. :)
I do have a few vampire favorites.

I love the Anne Rice Interview novels. I also love Vampire Hunter D, Japanese Anime. It was one of my inspirations to write this novel. I wanted to give Tristan a darker image than most heroes in a romance novel, and I think I captured that.

Brandy, thanks for stopping by. :) I've always loved vampires on TV, books, and big screen. But I've always been a ghost fan, more than vampires. And if you really want to get out there, extra-terrestrials are awesome. One of my all time favorite movies was Starman. Does anyone remember that movie? hehe

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

I remember Star Man. This is probably aging us. lol I loved that movie.

Ghosts are a personal favorite of mine, too. It all started with the Ghost of Dibble Hallow, a book I read when I was eight or so. lol Now my friends and I like to frequent places that offer ghost tours. Even my husband is interested now.

How about you? Have you been to any haunted places?

Angela Steed said... Best Blogger Tips

I've been haunted. hehe I have stories that would raise all the hairs on your body. Spooky. 0.0

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

If you don't mind and have the time, share a ghost story with us. Pretty please. :)

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Angela,

Your book sounds really good. Interesting characters.

I read the comments.
You said you liked Ghost stories. Do you have a favorite movie or book? Have you written a ghost story?

my email is: cnickol (at) verizon (dot) net

Angela Steed said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations Cathy! You've won an e-copy of Betrayal: The Awakening. I hope you enjoy it.

Sorry it took so long to respond. School started this week and it has been uber busy! hehe

Anyway, thanks again for having me here Karen. =)

Angela Steed said... Best Blogger Tips
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Angela Steed said... Best Blogger Tips

I owe you guys one of my ghost stories. This one happened to me while my husband and I lived in a rental house. We'd just had my first daughter.

It was late afternoon, around 3. I laid down on the living room couch to take a short nap. The moment I closed my eyes I heard the sliding glass door in the back room open and close.

I thought my husband had come home early. My daughter was only a month old at the time, so every so often during that month he came home early to be with us. After a few moments, I realized it couldn't have been him because he normally would've said something. I began to worry. I raised up in the couch and turned to look in the kitchen doorway. I asked who was there hoping it was my mother. Then a man's voice whispered in my ear, "Just him."

Of course I quickly jumped off the couch and looked around. There was nobody in the room with me. I searched the entire house, but there was no one else there but my daughter and me. And when I went to the sliding glass door in the back room, I found it locked.

A few days later, I found out the previous tenant, an older gentleman, had died in the house. After that, we heard loud pounding in the chimney, seen shadows cross the kitchen, and heard footsteps in the hall. I figured the guy didn't want us there, so I quickly found another house to rent.

Angela Steed said... Best Blogger Tips

Anyway, I saw a UFO once. =D That was the wildest thing I've ever seen. It came up over the trees, near a small plane airport, like a Mylar balloon, but bigger. I thought it was a balloon until it stopped and hovered in the air. It glittered in the sun as it turned then rolled across the sky way too fast to be anything of this world, and disappeared. hehe I would've thought I was seeing things, but my daughter saw it too.

My mother and I went to the airport later that week. The owner said nobody was there that day. So...it remains unidentified.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Angela,

Thanks for sharing your story-- gave me the chills.

UFO---It definitely fit the description: Unidentified Flying Object. (hee hee)