For the first stop for the Romancing Your Dark Side tour I have Jaz Primo with me talking about his book, Sunrise at Sunset.
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Congrats Lia! An email will be sent to you soon about your free copy of Sunrise at Sunset.
Tell me about your work – how would you describe it?
My Sunset Vampire Series is a blend of both urban fantasy and paranormal romance that combines the best of both genres. I've never been one for coloring inside the lines, so my novels tend to blend a variety of genres in order to generate a unique and enjoyable reading experience that's unlike most of my vampire fantasy peers.
How do your novels differ from many mainstream paranormal/vampire fantasy novels on the market today?
That's an excellent question! The first installment in the series, Sunrise at Sunset, introduces the central characters in a unique and unconventional manner that hasn't been seen before in contemporary vampire literature. By the end of the prologue, many readers are thinking, "Damn, that blows my mind!" Another facet that sets my series apart from the rest of my peers is that the central male protagonist (Caleb) is both a human and a beta personality, while the central female protagonist (Katrina) is an alpha vampire. Finally, both Katrina and Caleb are somewhat flawed in decidedly different ways when you first meet them in Sunrise at Sunset. However, it is through their pairing that each serves as a positive catalyst for the other, thereby setting up a progressive growth and development of the characters as the series evolves.
How emotional is this book? Am I going to be sobbing?
There are some very touching emotional scenes in Sunrise at Sunset, and a couple of sections have brought a tear to some reader's eyes. However, the novel isn't predominantly an emo-charged tissue-fest. There's actually a lot of humor and action in the novel, as well. Rather, just as we see in our own lives, there are moments when sad or morose events transpire. I find that to be a testimony to how grounded my story is with the real world around us.
*Jaz winks and quietly slips a small pocket-sized package of Kleenex to you and whispers, "Still, you might want to have these handy just in case...*
On a scale from 1 – 10, how would you describe the hotness of your book
My novels would best qualify as a 6 on a scale from one to ten as defined below:
1 = Old School Conservative: "Egads, you mean they actually kissed in public? Simply, ribald!"
4 = Tastefully Chaste: "How lovingly romantic in how they act together. My grandmother would certainly approve."
6 = Strongly Suggestive: "Oh, yeah, I'm feeling their lust, all right. But please, don't stop...tell me more!"
8 = Sultry and Steamy: "That's so hot that I need a cold shower!"
10 = Penthouse Pervy: "How did they manage that?! OMG, I think what they did is outlawed in twelve states!"
So who is your favorite romance/erotic romance author? Why?
I have the feeling that my response is going to surprise you. Although I don't read a lot of traditional category romance, I like the more realistic and deeper sense of romance that's conveyed by characters in novels from L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Modesitt's Saga of Recluce Series treats both genders with a sense of genuine sincerity in which feelings and emotions grow over the length of the story. It's not rushed and it's generally deeper than the spontaneous romance in most fantasy today.
What are some of your favorite romance/erotic romance series/books?
Admittedly, most of my reading history is in the urban fantasy and fantasy/sci-fi genres. I like what I've read in Amanda Hocking's My Blood Approves series for the most part. However, I'm really looking forward to reading Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid Series and Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress Series. They're both on my TBR list, which I intend to delve into this fall. I've been really caught up writing the first three novels in my Sunset Vampire Series since 2009, and I don't like to read other authors' works while I write. However, I have a feeling that I'm going to love both Mead's and Frost's series!
Who is your favorite romance/ erotic romance character?
You know, that's an excellent question. I don't actually have a favorite yet because I'm still out there looking for a character who fits my list of qualifications. Sorry, but I'm afraid that the position remains unfilled at this time! *wink*
If you had to go on a date for ONE NIGHT with that character- what would you do? Details please! *wink*
Well, I'm not one to kiss and tell, but I assure you that it involves an exotic Caribbean location and a series of sizzling erotic endeavors together. *sigh* If only we had more than ONE night! We'll just have to fit everything into the evening somehow. Thank goodness I'm physically fit with a healthy amount of stamina! *grin*
Back to Sunrise and Sunset, you mentioned to me earlier that it generated a degree of controversy – what did you mean?
In about twenty percent of the reviews for Sunrise at Sunset, readers seemed quite offended that I wrote my novel with a strong alpha female heroine and a beta male hero. They didn't like that Katrina was the aggressive lead between them. Apparently, they felt that since Caleb wasn't throwing people around left and right while saving Katrina every time she turned around then he must be a wimp. Those disgruntled readers apparently preferred to read the traditional, formulaic pattern of a strong kick-ass alpha male vampire who protects the defenseless human female. Let's face it, both Twilight and The Vampire Diaries have already been written. Besides, a litany of similarly-framed storylines continue to be rewritten again and again, so I wanted to do something unique and different that hasn't been seen in modern vampire fantasy. Subsequently, I'm taking quite a battering from a small segment of readers for doing so. Some people simply don't like to have their gender role preconceptions challenged. Frankly, I believe that women can be just as strong and heroic as any man can. I'm proud that my series celebrates that fact. And there's really no need for concern because Caleb also grows into his own over time. He's not a proverbial "rug to be walked upon" throughout the series.
What is next for you and this series?
A Bloody London Sunset is the second novel in the Sunset Vampire Series, and it has been out since May of this year. The central characters continue to grow and mature even as a global vampire conspiracy begins to develop. The third novel in the series, Summit at Sunset, will be released this November, and introduces some compelling new characters while presenting a dark and dramatic story that's partially based in Slovenia near the Mediterranean.
Thanks so much to Carrie for the wonderful opportunity to be here with you today! For your consideration, here's the teaser for my debut novel, Sunrise at Sunset.
When is a bloodthirsty predator the best protection against a psychotic killer?
When the predator is both a vampire...and the woman you love.
“We vampires are focused and tend to shape our own realities.”
My name is Katrina Rawlings, and I am a vampire. I declare that with neither pride nor ego. I am simply nature’s most dangerous predator. On occasion, it’s a very valuable quality. It helped me protect Caleb Taylor one day when he was very young. But that single, traumatic day is behind him now; wiped from his memory, or so I hope.
Caleb has finally matured into a rather striking young man, and believe me, I like what I see. I’ll readily admit that there are issues for us to confront and overcome, though a sense of mutual commitment isn’t one of them. I’m feeling hopeful for our future together, in fact. But an adversary from my past has returned to haunt me, and she’s trying to get back at me through Caleb. That was her first...and last...mistake. I’ll protect my Caleb at all costs, and I’ll make her regret the day she was born.
So, I suppose that I’m not just a vampire. I’m about to become someone’s worst nightmare!
Here's a brief excerpt taken from the novel:
Katrina couldn’t help herself on Saturday night. She was restless, and her mind kept wandering through a series of thoughts, all of which ended up on Caleb. She soon found herself observing him from his fire escape in the darkness. Fully realizing she was obsessing over him, the truth was undeniable: She enjoyed his company and couldn’t wait to see him again.
Actually, the truth is I’m smitten with him, and I hate the thought of being apart from him for very long, she silently conceded.
There was so much more Katrina wanted to ask him about his life, his dreams, his favorite things, and a host of other topics ranging from the magnificent to the benign.
Vampires were like that. They obsessed when they were focused on something intently. Perhaps it was due to the predator or hunter instinct geared towards tenacity when seeking prey. Either way, it merely added to the focus she had for Caleb.
But there was an added element to her interest in him. Ever since the episode with the mugger in the college parking lot, she was concerned for his safety. Caleb was not in a particularly hazardous job or environment, and obviously he was less vulnerable in adulthood than as a child, but she still felt very protective of him. It was an aspect of herself she could freely offer to him, and it made her feel useful in his life.
After watching him at length through the curtains, Katrina determined it was probably time for her to depart, as she wanted to ensure her presence went unnoticed. She’d have to resign herself to other diversions until she could see Caleb again. She realized he needed time to resolve his conflicting feelings for both her and Melanie, who frankly didn’t deserve his attentions in Katrina’s opinion. Katrina conceded that her own efforts at attracting him weren’t helping his dilemma. Still, she was feeling both confident and patient regarding what she considered an inevitability.
We vampires are focused and tend to shape our own realities.
There is also a contest today! One lucky person who comments will receive a FREE e-book copy of Sunrise at Sunset. Be sure to leave your email address along with any questions or comments you may have! Jaz will be emailing you with your prize!
Thank you so much for coming Jaz! And everyone be sure to stop by in the next months as the tour continues!