Guest Web Appearance with D.B Reynolds
Hello everyone! LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are very happy to welcome the incredibly talented D.B Reynolds to our sites today!
D.B lives with her husband of many years in a flammable canyon near Los Angeles. When she’s not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else’s.
D.B is the proud creator of the VAMPIRES IN AMERICA series, which currently consists of 5 books – “Raphael”, “Jabril”, “Rajmund”, “Sophia”, and “Duncan”.
For those of you not yet familiar with D.B’s amazing series, we thought we’d give you the synopses of the books in the series thus far and peak your interest a bit…
“Raphael”, VAMPIRES IN AMERICA Book #1 Synopsis:
Malibu, California-home to rock-and-roll gods and movie stars, the beautiful, the rich … and vampires.
Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he’d give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it’s too late.
Cynthia Leighton is smart, tough and sexy, a private investigator and former cop who’s tired of spying on cheating spouses and digging out old bank accounts. When Raphael asks for her help in tracking down the kidnappers, Cyn’s happy to accept. But she soon realizes her greatest danger comes not from the humans, but from Raphael himself.
Battling Russian mobsters and treacherous vampires, and betrayed by those they trusted, Cyn and Raphael find themselves fighting for their lives while caught up in a passion of blood and violence that is destined to destroy them both.
“Jabril”, VAMPIRES IN AMERICA Book #2 Synopsis:
Houston, Texas-Cowboy boots, baseball and journeys to the stars … right?
Wrong. Because Houston is also home to Jabril Karim, one of the eight powerful Vampire Lords who control all of North America. And as Private Investigator Cynthia Leighton will soon discover, not all Vampire Lords are created equal. For Jabril is the face of evil in the new world, a vampire who values no life but his own, who enslaves those he desires, steals whatever he covets and destroys anyone who stands in his way.
Running from L.A. and its seductive Vampire Lord, Raphael, Cyn sees the Houston job as a welcome refuge, a place to get away and heal her broken heart. But Texas will be no vacation. For in Jabril Karim, Cyn will confront a true enemy, one who will go to any lengths to satisfy his lusts, enrich his coffers and expand his power.
Fighting for the lives of two young sisters, Cyn’s journey will take her through the streets of Houston and back to L.A., where the human police are determined to bring Raphael down for the murder of one of their own. But the danger doesn’t end there. For Jabril has set his sights on Cyn, and he will stop at nothing to have her.
“Rajmund”, VAMPIRES IN AMERICA Book #3 Synopsis:
Buffalo, New York—Thundering waterfalls, great sports teams … and a treacherous Vampire Lord who is slowly losing his mind.
New York City vampire Rajmund Gregor is the undisputed master of The Big Apple. He bows to no one but his Sire, the Vampire Lord Krystof, who has ruled the Northeast for hundreds of years. But when Krystof summons Rajmund to his headquarters in Buffalo, Raj finds his master slowly descending into madness and his territory crumbling around him. Raj is the only one of Krystof’s children strong enough to seize power, but he’ll have to save his master before he can destroy him. Several women have gone missing and the local police are convinced a vampire is behind it. Is Krystof so lost to reality that he’s capturing and murdering human women? Is a rogue vampire moving into Krystof’s territory for the kill? Or is it something far more insidious, something that could threaten the existence of vampires everywhere?
Sarah Stratton is living a lie. Her past holds a secret she shares with no one—not even her good friend Cynthia Leighton, the West Coast vampire lord’s mate. It’s a secret that could destroy her carefully constructed life as a professor at a Buffalo university. It’s also a secret that could save the lives of the missing women. To save them, however, she must enter Buffalo’s vampire community and put herself into the care of Rajmund Gregor. But can she trust Raj, the dangerously seductive vampire who wants to lay claim to far more than her secrets?
“Sophia”, VAMPIRES IN AMERICA Book #4 Synopsis:
The Pacific Northwest … home to lush forests and constant rain, to lumberjacks and computer geeks, especially those of the vampire kind.
Sophia, beautiful and deadly, has spent the last hundred years dancing her way through the balmy nights and hot-blooded men of South America. But when her Sire sends an urgent summons, Sophia rushes home to Vancouver only to find he has disappeared, leaving nothing behind but three dead vampires and a letter with Sophia’s name on it.
Colin Murphy, a former Navy SEAL, came to the Northwest seeking a quiet place to heal the scars earned in more than a decade at war. But when someone starts killing local vampires and torturing their mates, Colin takes on the mantle of a warrior once again as he sets out to find the killers and do whatever it takes to stop them, even if that means hunting with vampires.
Following her Sire’s trail of death to a small town in northern Washington, Sophia unexpectedly discovers the heat of a South American night in Colin’s arms. But too soon Sophia and Colin find themselves in a race to uncover the killers before the next dead vampire becomes Sophia herself.
“Duncan”, VAMPIRES IN AMERICA Book #5 Synopsis:
Washington, D.C. … capital of an empire. Powerful. Exhilarating. Corrupt. And in the shadows … vampires far older than the nation itself.
A power unto himself, Duncan has served at Raphael’s side for nearly the entire two hundred years of his existence. But long laid plans have finally borne fruit, and the time has come for Duncan to leave Raphael and tackle the greatest challenge of his life. He will face treacherous vampires and murderous humans. He will rock the halls of human power if necessary. But Washington, D.C. will be his.
Emma Duquet cares nothing for vampire politics. She just wants to find her missing roommate and best friend, Lacey. But Lacey’s been playing with vampires of a particularly dangerous kind, and Emma will have to deal with the new vampire in town if she’s going to find her friend.
Battling powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets, Duncan and Emma will dig beneath the corruption and depravity that is Washington, D.C. and uncover the most heinous conspiracy of all …
We know, you’re hooked already! How about we get to the Interview and learn a little bit more about the author behind these fabulous titles?
D.B Reynolds Interview on LITERAL ADDICTION
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Talking Vampires in America with D.B Reynolds…
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: Hi DB! We’re so proud to have you here today, and are very excited to help you promote the VAMPIRES IN AMERICA series!
DB: Thanks! I’m excited to be here, too!
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: We always like to start by getting to know our guest author a little bit better.
Q1): Can you tell us 3 things about yourself that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet?
DB: Hmmm, there’s a reason you can’t find things on the Internet, you know. Let me think. Okay, (1) I’m six feet tall (Cyn and I have that in common, if nothing else!) (2) I was imprisoned in Catholic School for the first eight (long) years of my childhood education. (3) I really dislike eating outside (bugs!)
Q2): What are 3 things that never fail to make you smile?
DB: Easy. (1) Pictures of my youngest niece and nephews. (2) Pictures of Dean Winchester (aka Jensen Ackles.) (3) Chocolate.
Q3): If the world were to end tomorrow, what would you do in your last 24 hours?
DB: 24 hours isn’t enough time to do what I’d like to do, which is travel to all the places I haven’t seen yet. But I’ll tell you what I wouldn’t do … I wouldn’t bother flossing my teeth.
Q4): What are some of your hobbies and/or things that you enjoy doing when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
DB: First and foremost, I’m a dedicated reader. I have been all my life. I also like watching big, noisy action/adventure movies on the big screen, and pretty much anything with a science fiction theme—although I prefer live action, not animation. And I like to travel pretty much anywhere; I love visiting new places. I also exercise religiously, but I don’t enjoy that, so it doesn’t count.
Q5): If you could spend the day with any of your characters, who would you want to spend it with, and what would you want to do?
DB: We would have to spend the night, not the day, because it would be my blue-eyed vampire ,Rajmund. Of all my vampires and/or humans, I think he’d be the most fun to spend time with.
Q6): Who are some of your favorite authors, and what are a couple titles in your TBR pile/list right now?
DB: My TBR pile is huge and varied, but Ilona Andrews is definitely there with her latest Edge book, and there’s a Nalini Singh anthology. My favorite authors are equally varied, but include both of the above, plus C. J. Cherryh, Adrian Phoenix, Kresley Cole, John Sandford, Mark Greaney, Laura Griffin, William Dietz, Eileen Wilks, Linda Howard, John Gilstrap, Dan Abnett, Richard K. Morgan, Greg Rucka, Susan Sizemore, Lynn Viehl … I could go on a very long time.
Q7): With Fantasy being such a popular genre these days, what made you choose it, and what about it fascinates you personally?
DB: I’ve always loved Science Fiction and Fantasy, and it’s always been the bulk of my reading, going back to when I was in high school. As both a reader and a writer, I like the freedom it gives me to let my imagination run. For me, urban fantasy/paranormal romance might be the best genre of all, because it takes the real world and says, “What if we changed (or added) just this one thing … then what?”
Q8): What is your favorite type of scene to write – action, dialogue, sex, etc?
DB: I like writing pretty much anything, but the easiest scene for me to write is dialogue. I can also write action sequences fairly quickly, although they need a lot of work afterwards to make sure the reader sees them as clearly as I do, and that none of the characters are stepping across anyone else’s field of fire. Sex scenes are just plain difficult to write, because you have to appeal to all of the senses and, at the same time, continually figure out new ways to describe the same basic few acts and respective parts!
Q9)): What is a typical writing day like for you? Do you have a routine that you follow? Are there specific things that you have to have with you to get the creative juices flowing, etc?
DB: I can write almost anywhere. I’ve been known to sit in my dentist’s waiting room with my laptop going. Although the hours I catch during the day tend to be spent either revising, or catching up on other author stuff, like emails,message boards and promo. But even though I have a home office, the majority of my actual writing is done sitting with my laptop computer, in my big leather chair, in my living room, in the middle of the night—like 12:00 am ‘til 5:00 a.m. every night, pretty much 7 days a week. I don’t have a ritual, except that I usually play one game of Internet Spades before I begin writing.
Q10): What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
DB: Not inspirational, so much as observational … “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith, who was, oddly enough, a professional sportswriter.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: O.K, now we’ll ask some questions directly related to books… J
Q11): Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the VAMPIRES IN AMERICA series?
DB: My initial inspiration was the very first scene of RAPHAEL, in which Alexandra is kidnapped. She looks at her kidnapper and says “He’ll kill you for this,” and she’s absolutely certain of herself. I wanted to create a character who could inspire that kind of certainty, and Raphael was the result. I was also determined to write a different kind of vampire, or maybe I should say the original kind of vampire, as opposed to the vampires we see too often lately. My vampires are not soulfully long-suffering and sensitive. They’re violent, bloody and territorial. They embrace what they’ve become, and they revel in the power, the rush, of being Vampire. They’re also viciously and unreasonably possessive when it comes to their mates.
Q12): Do you have a personal favorite book of yours so far; maybe one that has deeper meaning for you, etc?
DB: I love all of my books. I couldn’t write them if I didn’t love them, or at least I couldn’t let anyone else read them!
Q13): How many books do you have planned for the VAMPIRES IN AMERICA series?
DB: My current contract goes to eight books, though I’ve recently committed to writing at least two Cyn/Raphael novellas which will be issued in between the books. And my publisher and I are also discussing going beyond the original eight novels.
Q14): What can we expect as the series progresses?
DB: Things are about to get more violent in the world of Vampire. The next book is LUCAS, and he’s going to war with another of the vampire lords, something not seen on this continent for a very long time. His opponent is not just his enemy, but Raphael’s as well, so Raphael has a stake in this conflict. The first of the Cyn/Raphael novellas will, in part, explore Raphael’s role in the war and how it’s perceived by both sides in the conflict.
Q15): Can you share with us anything else that you might have in the works outside of VAMPIRES IN AMERICA?
DB: I have another series I’m working on; I’m still finalizing the overarching plotline. It’s paranormal, but not vampires, and involves ancient magic and shapeshifters.
Q16): Will there ever be a followup to “Heart of the Wolf”?
DB: I’d love to write more about my wolves! It’s just a matter of finding the time to write something worthy of them.
Q17): Is there a deeper meaning in any of the books, or the series in general, that you’re hoping your readers grasp?
DB: No deeper meaning. My books are escapism, written to take my readers away from real life, with all that’s good and bad about it, and live for a short time in a different reality.
Q18): What legacy do you hope to leave behind with your work?
DB: I don’t think in terms of a legacy. I’m a bit too cynical for that. Although I do hope that future readers will enjoy my stories. I take some care not to make the books too date specific, although the technological aspects—cell phones,computers,weapons,vehicles—are inevitably contemporary to this time period.
Q19): Is there a question that you’ve thought it would be great to be asked in an interview but have never been asked? How would you answer that question?
DB: Hmmm. How about how I met my darling husband? Answer … he was my professor in college. Shocking, but true.
Q20): Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
DB: To all of my readers, and to the many blogger/readers who’ve help get the word out about my books, I say “thank you” for reading and loving my vampires! I love to write, and I couldn’t do any of this without all of you.
LITERAL ADDICTION/Book Monster Reviews: DB, thank you so much for being with us today! We’re VERY excited to help you promote the VAMPIRES IN AMERICA series and cannot wait to see what else you have in store. We’d love to have you back for a future release next year if you’re willing!?
DB: I’m always happy to talk about my books and I’d love to come back next year to discuss LUCAS, and the first novella, and my Vignettes Anthology, too! Lots of stuff for 2012!
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