A big hello to all my Romancing Ravens! Today I'm thrilled to be welcoming paranormal romance author Marie Treanor to Romancing the Darkside! Marie is promoting her latest release in the Awakened by Blood Series, Blood Eternal. This is a must read series for any vampire romance lover. There's a fabulous guest post ahead and even a giveaway so stay tuned and show Marie some love!
Darkness and Light by Marie Treanor
I’m guessing by the name of the blog – thank you, Lori, for having me here today! – that we all like a dark edge to our romance. Which is perhaps a bit strange since, on the face of it, romance and darkness might be considered opposites! And yet droves of us look for love – in books at least! – on the dark side of life, in worlds of danger, demons, vampires, shifters and sorcerers. And whether our heroes are the said demons, vampires etc, or the brave human opposing them, the romance happens in these dark and dangerous worlds.
It’s not a new taste, of course. Gothic romances, set in strange, threatening castles with supernatural goings-on have been popular since the early nineteenth century. Dark, brooding, imperfect heroes with stormy pasts are timeless – like Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, one of my own early favourites. Later, I discovered Rebecca, became addicted to Victoria Holt and any other gothic type romance I could lay my hands on. So I suppose it was inevitable that when I began to write myself, I would favour a bit of darkness, both in my setting and my characters – witness my Awakened by Blood vampire romance/urban fantasy trilogy, which culminates in Blood Eternal (released tomorrow – champagne!).
In Saloman, I have a dark, dangerous hero with a tragic past. Well, he’s a vampire, thousands of years old, and he was betrayed by those he loved most back in the seventeenth century. When my academic heroine accidentally awakens him, over three hundred years later, he’s had a lot of time to brood. He sets out on a trail of vengeance and world domination – and if you want even more dangerous than the strongest vampire of all time, unafraid to kill for his own ends, how about a hero who actually wants to kill the heroine? (That was back in Blood on Silk, the first book and he obviously gets over it since she’s still the heroine of the third book! But the threat is never quite gone, because to be at his strongest, he really needs to kill her).
All my vampires in this series are dark, dangerous and occasionally treacherous. I feel that’s what vampires should be because that was always their attraction for me growing up with Dracula, Interview with the Vampire and Hammer horror films – that irresistible combination of lethal threat and sex appeal. Mmm… In fact, vampire or not, there’s a particular charm to the dangerous hero, perhaps because the contrast with his softer feelings for the heroine is then all the greater and more moving.
And talking of heroines, I can really enjoy darkness in them as well J. They’re a newer phenomenon, of course, despite the wicked temptresses and femme fatales of older stories who never quite made it to the status of heroine. Nowadays, we have fantastic heroines who might be assassins or thieves or bad-asses in some other way. They can have their own stormy, tragic pasts and be just as dangerous – or even more so – than their heroes.
Having said that, my Elizabeth is more the light to Saloman’s darkness. There’s darkness in her, and it’s drawn toward Saloman, but although she learns to look after herself and her friends, to kick-ass with the best, she’s always trying to do good and right. The dark part of her story is the temptation offered by Saloman, and her divided loyalties that force her to keep secrets from her friends. Elizabeth is a clever woman with an analytical mind and an ability to see all sides of an argument. Because of that, she can see the good as well as the bad in Saloman and his ideas; and she can see the disadvantages as well as the advantages in the plans of her friends the vampire hunters. At the moment, she’s holding her own in the middle, but which way will she jump in the end?
Then, I love dark, gothic settings, like the Transylvanian crypt where Elizabeth awakens Saloman, the ruined Scottish cathedral and the tunnels beneath the Hungarian castle, where other climactic scenes take place. For me, it all adds to the atmosphere of a story, which is so important in a dark romance.
Blood Eternal by Marie Treanor
Awakened by Blood Series - Book Three
Mass Market Paperback
Release Date: October 4, 2011
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