We would like to welcome Kerrelyn Sparks to our blog today. She is the author of the very popular vampire series Love at Stake, her latest book Vampire Mine came out this week.
TBRG: Before we get started can you tell us a bit about the book?
KS: Vampire Mine stars one of the most famous grouches in the Vampire World—Connor Buchanan. Readers have been wondering about Connor since the first book in the Love at Stake series. Why is he so opposed to love? It will take a very special heroine to make Connor fall in love, and I’m delighted to say he falls hard.
The heroine is Marielle, a fallen angel who discovers herself trapped on earth in a human body. She wants more than anything to find her way back to heaven, but she’s intrigued by all the new sensations that come with being human. She can smell, taste, and feel, and even more disturbing, she is flooded with feelings for Connor. Will she make it back to heaven, or will she find heaven here on earth?
TBRG: Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?
KS: Authors I admire like Jayne Ann Krentz (Amanda Quick), Julie Garwood, Jude Deveraux, JK Rowling, and Karen Marie Moning. I love their senses of humor and admire their incredible writing.
TBRG: What is the one thing your readers would be the most surprised to know about you?
KS: I would be afraid to meet a real vampire!
TBRG: Where is the one place you have always wanted to go , a place on your bucket list?
TBRG: Who are some of your go to authors, and what are you reading right now?
KS: Recently, I’ve been totally hooked on the fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I also love Lynsay Sands (just finished reading The Countess), Jayne Ann Krentz, Eloisa James, Janet Evanovich, and others.
TBRG: If you weren’t writing and keeping us in books (thanks for that by the way), what would you be doing?
KS: More reading!!!
TBRG: Who is on your playlist when you are writing?
KS: For Vampire Mine, I played Apocalyptica for the battles and dramatic scenes. For Marielle, I played Enya, and for Connor, I played Elizabethan-era songs like “In Darkness Let Me Dwell,” written by John Dowland and sung by Sting.
TBRG: Where do your ideas/characters come from?
KS: I can draw inspiration from almost anywhere—music, movies, TV shows, other stories, daydreaming, people watching, my own past experiences, and brainstorming with my friends/critique group.
TBRG: Are you a planner or a fly by the sear author?
KS: Fly by my seat. Although I suspect my subconscious is doing a lot of planning that I’m not aware of until things magically come together.
TBRG: What has been the best part of writing this series?
KS: How well it has been received by readers! I’ve grown very fond of the characters, and it’s very exciting when readers share that fondness.
TBRG: I read a lot of vampire books and the one thing I like best about your series is that it is very different from the other vampire books out there. Did you set out to intentionally be different or did it just happen?
KS: I didn’t realize my series was different! But that’s probably because I intentionally avoid reading other vampire series. I know I’m missing some great books (like the ones by JR Ward, Charlaine Harris, and Lara Adrian), but I don’t want to subconsciously influence my writing. I tend to read historical or contemporary romance, or paranormal series that focus on something other than vampires.
TBRG: I have just finished the book and I have to ask, the way that it ended it made me wonder is this the last book in the series?
KS: I can see how you might think that, since a major villain is finally defeated in Vampire Mine. But a new villain, Master Han, was introduced in Eat Prey Love, and he will continue to cause trouble.
TBRG: What is next for you?
KS: Book # 11 is next! Sexiest Vampire Alive stars that naughty playboy vampire, Gregori, and it releases at the end of September, 2011.
Kerrelyn Sparks’ first paranormal romance, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, zoomed out of the bat cave so fast it became Borders bestselling debut romance of 2005. Each book in the Love at Stake series has become aUSAToday bestseller. When the fourth book,The Undead Next Door, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, even the Undead sat up and took notice, which made Kerrelyn a bit nervous. She lives in the Greater Houston area with her husband, children, and a house full of garlic. So far, there are no vampires in her family. Werewolves are another matter entirely.
Nothing on earth can make this vampire fall in love…
After 499 years of existence, Connor Buchanan has arrived at an inescapable conclusion: he is a cold-hearted SOB. He’s been watching his friends—those poor romantic fools—plummet off the cliff into love like a dazed herd of sheep. But not Connor. He knows that love leads to nothing by heartache.
She is an angel cast down from heaven for disobedience. Trapped in mortal form, she finds a protector in Connor, a Scottish vampire haunted by a dark past. Marielle hopes to heal his broken heart and earn her way back home, but suddenly she has these…feelings. This strange yet pleasant physical yearning—for a vampire! Is this the work of a demon luring her into hell, or has this angel found heavenly bliss?
****Now for the really fun part to help Kerrelyn celebrate the release of her latest book we are giving away three of Kerrelyn’s books, yes you read that right THREE of her books. We are giving away the first book in this series How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire (Heather’s favorite hero in the series) and Vampire Mine. Three commenter’s will receive one the books.
To be entered in the contest you need to do a couple of things. Tell us which of these books you would like to have. Tell us who your favorite paranormal author is and why (Kerrelyn is one of Heather’s). If you have read Kerrelyn which of her hero’s is your favorite and if you haven’t read her before who is your favorite paranormal hero and why?
Make sure and leave your email address in your response so we can contact you.
***All I want for Christmas and Vampire Mine are open to everyone and How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire is US only. Contest ends on Friday April 8th.