I’m really pleased to be able to welcome Jane on my blog today to talk about vampires…
In the mean streets of York, the stakes just got higher – and even pointier.
Jessica Grant liaises with Otherworlders for York Council so she knows that falling in love with a vampire takes a leap of faith. But her lover Sil, the City Vampire in charge of Otherworld York, he wouldn’t run out on her, would he? He wouldn’t let his demon get the better of him. Or would he?
Sil knows there’s a reason for his bad haircut, worse clothes and the trail of bleeding humans in his wake. If only he could remember exactly what he did before someone finds him and shoots him on sight.
With her loyalties already questioned for defending zombies, the Otherworlders no one cares about, Jess must choose which side she’s on, either help her lover or turn him in. Human or Other? Whatever she decides, there’s a high price to pay – and someone to lose.
We all think we know about vampires, don’t we? I mean, I was brought up on Dracula – well, not literally, I mean my mother didn’t smoosh it up in a blender and wean me on it, my childhood was odd but it wasn’t certifiable – and then there was Buffy and, although I hate to admit it, Twilight. And they were all full of powerful, superhuman vampires who had come-to-bed everything (all right, maybe Dracula wasn’t exactly sexy in the conventional way, but hey, I like Tony Robinson, so each to their own, all right?).
And they also had a bit of a tendency to be American. Now, I like Americans with the best of them…well, some of them. Well, actually pretty much only Robert Downey Junior, but he still counts, and I wanted to redress the balance a bit. British people can be vampires too! And, like most British people, these vampires are concerned with filing, the weather and being terribly polite to people they are about to kill.
So I wrote the first book in my Vampires of York series, Vampire State of Mind. And now the second book, Falling Apart is being released! And it’s got the same central cast of characters, Jessica, who believes HobNobs are one of her ‘five a day’, Liam, whose main job appears to be making coffee, and the two vampires Sil and Zan. Sil is almost a ‘standard’ vampire, he’s tall, dark and sexy, if occasionally confused, and Zan is obsessive-compulsive, hates physical contact and believes that the world should be alphabetically ordered.
Falling Apart is a little bit different from the ‘usual’ vampire stories, it’s got a lot more zombie than you might expect, for a start. Just imagine if zombies were real…no, don’t start screaming, these zombies are a downtrodden, enslaved bunch. They work hard, don’t need pay and never sleep – so they get treated like machines who just happen to have once been people. Not fair, right? That’s exactly what Jess thinks. Unfortunately, she’s got a lot of other problems on her plate, what with a runaway boyfriend and a family illness and her best friend not speaking to her… And when Zan starts being nice to her, well, that’s never going to be good, is it?
Thanks so much for stopping by Jane xx