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Guest author of Vampire's in America D. B. Reynolds with giveaway!

Please welcome D.B. Reynolds! 

Sometimes it’s difficult to remember exactly where my vampires came from. I wrote Raphael late in 2007. His book was my NaNoWriMo project that year. So, even though I did a lot of revisions after that first manuscript, Raphael, and all the other vampires, feel like they’ve been with me, well, forever. It’s sort of the way you remember your parents bringing home a younger brother or sister, but you really can’t remember much of life without them. Although to be fair, I definitely don’t think of Raphael or any of the others in a way that is even remotely brotherly! Like, no way!

I do remember the inspiration for the character of Raphael. It was the scene that ended up being the opening chapter of the book, Raphael, the one with Alexandra, although she wasn’t Alexandra yet. When the scene first popped into my head, it was just this female vampire character who suddenly finds herself betrayed by someone much stronger than she is. She knows she can’t fight him, but, even so, her almost sorrowful response to her betrayer is, “He’ll kill you for this.” She’s completely certain of the outcome and warning her betrayer not to go down that road, even though it’s obviously too late. I wanted to create a character who could inspire that sort of certainty in the female vampire. And that character became Raphael.

So, first and foremost, he had to be incredibly powerful, and he had to be possessive in a way that would drive him to destroy anyone who dared touch someone he cared about. I also knew from the very beginning that while all of my vampire lords would be powerful, Raphael would be the most powerful among them. And that set up the Vampire Council scene in the first book, which established the territorial, aggressive nature of the vampire lords, in that they could barely sit at a table with one another.

After that, the story of Raphael flowed from my keyboard as if I really had known him forever. His intellect, his sexiness, his sexual aggression and dominance. Even when he and Cyn are being playful, he has to be in charge. The other vampire lords have similar qualities. They’re all incredibly powerful, all aggressive and dominant, but some of them have been around humans more than others, and that tempers their behavior. They know how to mimic human behavior, or maybe they choose to mimic human behavior, whereas Raphael deals with humans as little as necessary.

The physical or magical characteristics of my vampires, like their glowing eyes, their special abilities . . . those evolved over time. I knew I didn’t want any of the religious stuff, no crosses or holy water taboos, something I demonstrate very early on when Raphael is taken in by the monastery in his first flashback. And my vamps aren’t risen from the dead, either. They’re infected by a sort of virus, which changes them, and each vampire is individual in the way his or her body responds to the “infection.” Most of them experience only the basic package—virtual immortality (which is very nice), enhanced hearing and smell, speed and strength. But beyond that, they live pretty ordinary lives. But some very few become powerful enough to be vampire lords and that’s who my stories are about, because they’re the most interesting. They’re uniquely and scarily powerful, but they still live among the regular human population with very few people aware of who and what they really are. If humans truly appreciated what walks among them at night, the things the vampire lords could do . . .  But I won’t tell them. Will you?

Please not this is an 18 and over Excerpt below.

Hot Excerpt:

She cupped her breasts, squeezing and releasing, scraping her fingernails around and around her nipples, until they begged to be suckled, until blood streaked the round perfection of her breasts and drops hung poised on their very tips.  She leaned forward, her hands to either side of his head as she moved, sliding herself up and down his aching cock.  Colin growled, grabbing her hips and holding her in place as he began to thrust upward, delving deeper inside her with every stab of his cock into her welcoming body.  She leaned closer and he fastened his mouth over one breast, sucking hard, tasting her blood on his tongue, feeling it hot and slick as he swallowed. Sophie cried out, her inner walls shuddering around him in warning.  Colin grinned, tightened his grip on her hips, and switched his attention to the other breast, taking it in his mouth and sucking until it was bright pink and swollen.
      Sophie had closed her eyes, her body swaying above him as if in a trance.  Colin could feel her orgasm building around his shaft, could feel the tremors in her belly, the tightening of her inner walls as they began to ripple along his cock, caressing him, urging him to give up his seed.  He grunted softly, trying to hold out a little longer, wanting to feel her climax, her wetness soaking his cock and dripping out of her swollen sex.
      “Colin,” she gasped.  “I can’t . . . I can’t last much longer.”


  1. That hot excerpt was just the thing I needed to start my Wednesday morning out right! Please enter me in the giveaway.
    Thanks D.B. & Laurie.

  2. Love D.B.Reynolds! She's got some amazing vampires in her book :)) *sigh*
    Thank you for the giveaway, I'm reposting the link

  3. Wow! Adding to TBR list right now! Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Wow, the review is so good, make me wanna to read the whole story...


  5. Wow another great sounding series of vamps to read and a new author for me. Thanks for the interview and for offering a giveaway. I'd love to have any one of the books.

  6. Omg that was hot. I would love to win this book. Please enter me in the contest.

  7. I would love a copy of Raphael!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. I have the second book Jabril and was not sure if I could read it without reading book 1 first. So if I do get lucky enough to win, please count me in for Raphael =) Thanks for the new vampire reads and the little tease was...well very nice ;)

  9. Whew, that was really good. I would love to read the rest of it.

  10. I loved Raphael because it brought back what I call "old school" vampires. They are powerful predators and they know it and aren't tortured by the fact . My favorite part was when Raphael was pissed and walked into a room. Everyone was physically affected by his power. They were forced to their knees. Now *that is hot! ;)

    would love to win the second book in this series. Thanks to Bitten for hosting and Reynolds for posting :)

  11. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  12. Steamy lil excerpt there. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Raphael sounds like and intense and exciting book. I love the idea of them becoming Vampires when they are infected by a virus and how each of them respond differently to it. Not all vampires being equal sounds like the makings of an interesting good read. Thank you for the great giveaway.


  14. Hmm, that was an interesting excerpt! Loved it! Thanks for sharing!

    alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

  15. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win!

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com


  16. People! If you are a Vampophile like me - You have got to read this series! It rocks!

    I have a question for Ms. Reynolds please: I have seen this series described as UF, paranormal romance and erotic. Hey, they all work for me! How did you classify it when RAPHAEL was first released?


    P.S. Don't enter me in the drawing.

  17. Wow! Awesome. The other day, I got the bookmarks for all of these books with another book I'd won and I want them now! They all sound amazing and hot:)

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

  18. Great interview,I love to find out the background to writing a book and how the ideas evolve. I have not yet read this series so if I'm lucky I would choose Raphael as I want to read the whole of this series from the start,it sounds great!

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  20. Cannot wait to read this series. Thank you for the post and contest.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  21. Wow, that was hott. Count me in.


  22. Wow, that is one hot excerpt! This sounds like an amazing series, I am adding it to my TBR pile! I would love to win any of the books!
    booksavvybabe AT
    Book Savvy Babe

  23. Great interview, it was fun to read. This series definitely has my interest, and has been added to my TBR list. That hot excerpt just moved it up on my list.



  24. Wow, I have had my eyes on this series for a while now and I so need to get it. thanks for the giveaway - I would love to win.

  25. Thanks D.B. Reynolds.
    Looking forward to Duncan.

    Connie M.
    cemour at verizon dot net
    follow on facebook.

  26. WOW! Great excerpt. I definately have to check out this series! Thank you so much for sharing and for the giveaway. Gotta go check this out now. LOL
    GFC follower: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  27. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  28. What a great post! I have Sophia on my hands, but I don´t read the previous books and sounds fantastic. Thanks you so much for this chance.

  29. Wow *fans self* I love it. Hott vampires will make my day for sure! Would love to win a copy.

    k28dalton (at) yahoo (dot) com

  30. Holy moly that was steamy and just what I needed for today actually this week has been a rough one.

    I would love to have Raphael if I win(the book that is):)


  31. Hi Everyone, thanks so much for reading my guest post and for commenting!

    ARTEMIS - in answer to your question, i.e., whether my series is UF, Paranormal Romance, or Erotica, I consider the books to be equally Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. There's so much crossover between those two genres that it's hard to tell them apart sometimes. I definitely don't consider them erotica, though. There's some quality sex, but not enough to qualify as erotica. There's always an action/adventure/mystery aspect to my books which shares the story with the relationship.

    Thanks again, and good luck in the drawing!


  32. thanks for the giveaway
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  33. Thanks for the giveaway. The books sound great.

  34. WOW! That excerpt is hot! Thanks for the giveaway!

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  35. I've been wanting to check out this author for ages! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

  36. What a wonderful treat - thank you for the giveaway opportunity.


  37. What a great post! I didn't know about this series. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

  38. Great interview. I enjoyed Ms. Reynolds' insight into her vampire world. And I really enjoyed the excperpt of Sophia. That was very hot! I have read the first book and will now have to put the next three in the series at the top of my TBR list/mountain. BTW, love your blog, Laurie.

    Happy Blogging and Reading

  39. Wow, a hot excerpt, covers and new to me Author D.B. Reynolds. Thanks Laurie for bringing me a new Author and a new series as well. Please count me in.
    Carol L

  40. oops, GFC follower under Lucky47 and Goodreads friend under Carol Luciano.
    Carol L

  41. forgot to say I'm a GFC follower under Lucky47 and Goodreads friend under Carol Luciano.
    Carol L

  42. That excerpt was HOT and definitely the type of book I would love to read!

    Thanks for this giveaway!


  43. OMG!!! That's a HOT & SEXY excerpt!!! I can't wait to read these books!!! Thanks for introducing this author to me!!! Hope to win! Thanks for the giveaway!!! :-)


  44. Hi
    Great excerpt!!
    Please enter me in the contest. Books are in my TBR list!!!

  45. Caliente!

    headlessfowl at gmail dot com

  46. That is indeed a very hot excerpt. Great giveaway thank you.


  47. Thank you for amazing giveaways!

  48. Does the name Jabril have any particular meaning or background?

  49. Forgot my e-mail:

  50. WOW! Okay. This is soooo a series I want to read! :-)


  51. Hi again, everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment.

    --acm05 ... Jabril is the Arabic form of Gabriel. The character, Jabril, is a very old vampire from what is now Saudi Arabia. He moved to North America at the strong urging of his family, because his vampiric excesses were becoming a problem.


  52. I have Raphael on my TBR pile and I just haven't gotten to it yet. Every time I read an excerpt it reminds me that I really should start this series. It sounds great.

    jen at delux dot com

  53. excerpt.
    Thanks for the chance to win a book in this series.

  54. Oh, man. That excerpt is seriously HOT! Whew!! I'm following you on GFC (Darlene), and my email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com. Thanks for the giveaway!


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