Friday, October 28, 2011

October's Paranormal romance characterfest with Lynda Hilburn

Welcome to Characterfest

Characterfest is a month long event where you’ll find a different character interviews written by the author each day. Each interview has a giveaway(s) make sure the giveaway is open to you and if so add a comment or question along with your email. I will close all giveaways at the end of the week and add the winners to the winners post on that Tuesday. Odds are if you won you’ll be hearing from me.

One thing I will ask is if you could please twitter or hit the facebook likes button on the post so that others can see the interview. I want to get these authors out to as much as I can and you’re my go between in this event.

I hope you enjoy each interview and please try to make it here each day to find out whom or what’s next. If this goes as planned I will be hosting this next year. 

Please welcome Lynda Hilburn along with her character Devereux to Bitten

Kismet Knight: Hello, everyone! And Happy October, my favorite time of the year. I just stopped by for a moment to let you know that there’s been a change of plans regarding Devereux’s interview. I was going to do it, since I know him best, but we’ve been having discussions lately about the fact that his ego is a little, well, inflated. His self-esteem a bit excessive, and I’m not sure he needs even more attention . . .

Devereux:  Ahem.

Kismet: Yes. I know you don’t agree. So, you’re good looking. And maybe your body can flame up a woman’s pilot light? Does that mean everyone with two “x” chromosomes has to genuflect in your presence?  No way! You think because you can dazzle everyone with your vampire wiles that we’re all at your beck and call. Well, let me tell you . . .

Devereux: (Looking adorable.) Kismet, my love. I promise I will think about everything you have said. Later. But for now, I would hate to disappoint the ladies . . .

Kismet: Okay, you’re right. We can fight, er, talk, later. (Fans self.) What I meant to say is that since this interview is for readers who do want to know about Devereux’s physical attributes and sexy ways, I’ve been persuaded to step aside and let him be worshipped. I’m relinquishing the task to one of Devereux’s newest staff members, Tara, who loves nothing more than to sing the master’s praises. It’s all yours, Tara . Bye, everyone.

Tara: (Twisting her hands nervously.) Bye, Dr. Knight. Oh, Geez. I’ve never been alone with Devereux before. What if I lose control and jump on him, or something? I mean, wow. He’s just so . . . astounding. Those lips, that butt . . .

Devereux: (Smiling.) There is no reason for concern. I am sure you will be fine. Just ask the questions we prepared. (Pause.) Tara?

Tara: Uh, sorry. You’ve never spoken directly to me before. Your voice is so sexy. So hypnotic. It makes me want to . . . er, never mind. Is it hot in here? Okay. Can I ask a question of my own before I read the ones on the paper?

Devereux: (Pauses to read her mind.) Certainly.

Tara: How can Dr. Knight keep herself under control around you? I mean, you can make her do whatever you want, can’t you? How can she just walk away? After all, you’re the bad ass vampire.

Devereux: Bad ass vampire? (Smiles.) Yes, I do believe that is one phrase used to describe me. But to answer your question, Dr. Knight has a very strong mind. And lots of opinions. She has made it clear she does not wish to be controlled by me, or anyone so – because she is important to me – I honor her request. As you might imagine, it is challenging for me to find an equal of any kind. Not to be the arrogant soul I am often accused of being, but I have been a vampire for over 800 years and I have built my power purposefully. With great power comes great responsibility. I enjoy Dr. Knight’s discussions about the state of my ego. She keeps me from taking myself too seriously.

Tara: Well, er, that’s good. And speaking of responsibility. What’s it like to be one of the most powerful vampires on Earth? Do you get tired of being the boss?

Devereux: I have always had leadership abilities. There have been times throughout my long life that I wished to be relieved of the responsibility of keeping vampires off the human radar, but being the boss seems to come naturally to me. Maintaining the balance between the two species is a crucial task and neither side would benefit from the loss of that equilibrium. Many vampires prefer to be able to kill and feed on humans as they did in the past. To my mind, that would only encourage and unleash the vampire hunters again, which made vampire lives miserable for several centuries. Humans offer themselves to us freely. We can feed without killing.

Tara: Wow. Are you saying there are still vampire hunters?

Devereux: Of course. I have a vast network of observers – both mortal and immortal – who keep me apprised of the whereabouts and activities of the hunters.

Tara: (Hugging herself.) Oh, no! Vampire hunters! Will you protect me?

Devereux: (Half-shrug.) You have nothing to fear. Denver is home to many extraordinary vampire warriors. Under my leadership, they keep all vampire-kind safe.

Tara: Well, let’s move onto some of the meatier questions. How tall are you, and how much do you weigh?

Devereux: How long have you been a vampire, Tara?

Tara: Ten years. Why?

Devereux: (Smiles.) It is rare to hear a vampire use the word “meatier.”

Tara: Oh, yeah. I guess I still use a lot of my old human words.

Devereux: Charming. Anyway, you know we old vampires can transform our physical appearances at will. I can be as tall and weigh as much as I choose. But, for the most part, I normally stand about six feet, two inches and weigh around one hundred ninety pounds. I prefer to remain toned and muscular.

Tara: (Staring at Devereux’s body.) I’ll say. (Shifts her gaze to his face.) Your eyes are unusual. They’re not blue and not green, but a unique mixture of both. And you have dark eyebrows and lashes when your hair is so light. How did that happen?

Devereux: Actually, my hair lightened even more than it already was when I went through the transformation process from human to vampire. My hair originally was a darker shade of blond, so the brows and lashes were a better match. But I’m used to the contrast now and quite enjoy it. (Smiles.) Don’t you think my features suit me?

Tara: (Mouth slowly opening.)

Devereux: Tara?

Tara: (Closing mouth.) Sorry. Got caught up in a fantasy for a moment. Yes. Your features definitely suit you. Let’s go to the next question. You’ve lived a very long time. Can we assume you have had lots of experience with women? Did you have a favorite lover before you met Dr. Knight?

Devereux: It is not my habit to kiss and tell – or bite and tell, either – but it is well known by those who know me that I spent many years with the goddess Maeve, who has a reputation for being uninhibited and vibrantly, primitively sexual. We taught each other many things.

Tara: Yikes. You had sex with a goddess? Can you tell us how that experience was different from being with human or vampire women?

Devereux: (Dreamy expression on his face.) It was a passionate and amazing experience. Maeve is insatiable. She can have sex continuously for hours – as can I – so we often went without nourishment while we were caught up in sexual ecstasy. She appreciated my special gifts, (Glancing down at his crotch.) and my resilience. She showed me how to use one finger in a certain way to drive her mad with desire. That skill has served me well ever since.

Tara: One finger . . . uh, do you still see Maeve? Doesn’t Dr. Knight get jealous?

Devereux: Maeve and I have remained friends. (Gives boyish grin.) Dr. Knight insists she does not get jealous, but I happen to know better. Regardless, I am very loyal and give her no reason to question my commitment.

Tara: I heard that you danced for Dr. Knight at a protection ritual you created for her. I’ll bet that was very sensual.

Devereux: I enjoy dancing. Most pagan males do. Our ceremonies call for movements and I am quite good at all aspects of the physical. I spent many evenings throughout the centuries reveling naked around a fire. Beltane is especially exciting because first we dance and then we pair off and have wild sex. Would you like me to demonstrate?

Tara: What? (Eyes bulging.) Which part? Hey, you’re taking your clothes off. Are you really going to dance naked for me? Oh, my God! You are! Will there be sex next?

(A naked Devereux throws his head back, and sings loudly in a strange language while he moves in a Greek-like dance. His platinum hair flies out behind him as he stomps and claps along with his song.)

Tara: (Eyes still bulging, gaze glued to the firm evidence that dancing arouses Devereux.) Holy shit. How big is that thing?

(Devereux glides out of the room, singing.)

Tara: Devereux? Wait! Can I come? Oh, man. Look at those muscles. That ass. Hold on . . . (Voice fades as she leaves the room.)

For more information about Lynda and The Vampire Shrink, visit her website:

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 Giveaway form Lynda is a copy of the British version hardcover of The Vampire Shrink add one of Lynda's guided hypnotherapy CDs


  1. Thanks for the giveaway.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  2. Devereux certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of confidence!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  3. Good post! {chuckling} Ya know, poor Devereux has such self-esteem issues - Not! Sounds like some really good characters.
    WildAboutBones {at} gmail {dot} com

  4. awesome giveaway ^^ i like the cover.

    witchvela at web dot de

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  6. Hey, Lynda! Great interview with Devereux! LOL!

    And sorry about the comment from Broderick. He's cussing in Scottish Gaelic over here, mumbling something about technology. He'll try his comment again. *rolls eyes* Vampires, huh?

    Hugs to you!!
    Arial ;)

  7. Dearest Lynda,

    My apologies for the removed comment. Arial is still trying to acquaint me with social networking. In spite of my experience with computers, I have been reluctant to delve into this interactive world of blogs and networking sites.

    As I was trying to communicate...Arial has told me much about Devereux; however, it appears she did not do him justice. (She is protesting over my shoulder at this moment. Excuse me.)

    As I was saying, a very lively and...uninhibited personality indeed. My regards to him, and to you.

    Yours eternal,
    Broderick MacDougal

  8. I enjoyed the post, it was a lot of fun. I've been wanting to read The Vampire Shrink for quite some time, but haven't had a chance to yet.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  9. If this is international I would like to enter.

    Great interview. The last couple of lines made me laugh ;)


  10. Great interview.I really like the new cover.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  11. Thank you for the giveaway! I would love to read your book. It's actually on my tbr pile!

  12. Sorry, I forgot to leave my email. Thanks again

  13. Lynda, thanks for a great, entertaining interview!

    books4me67 at

  14. I loved the interview thank you. I did not want it to end.


  15. great interview, the book looks amazing.. would love to win, thanks for the contest!!

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

  16. Wow. I wonder what a scene like that would really be like...A hot naked dancing man. Where did he go?

  17. Haha awesome interview! Enjoyed!


  18. Thanks for the giveaway!

    derangedpegasus at gmail dot com

  19. Thank you so much I love the cover sounds like a great book thanks for the great giveaway!

  20. Hello everyone! Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments. I am so happy you liked the interview with Devereux and the new cover for the British edition of the book. My computer wouldn't cooperate, so I wasn't able to get over here until today, and then for some reason I couldn't leave a comment. I think something strange is up with the planets! Anyway, Devereux is a multi-faceted vampire, for sure! He's a sort of bossy alpha-ish, sensitive guy with lots of unusual talents. He is going to discover, as the series unfolds, that he can be a little less arrogant and still be confident. But he's not there yet! Nobody has ever really challenged him until he met Kismet. I'm also working on a short story about Devereux which will be on B& right before the April release date of the new USA version of The Vampire Shrink. I think they'll be giving it away for free for a little while, so keep on the lookout. Thanks so much to Laurie for having me and for posting this comment for me. Happy Halloween/Samhain!

    Hugs, Lynda Hilburn

  21. Awesome interview! LOL! The book sounds fabulous! Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. I thought this was going to be a series and I've been waiting forever for another to come out, so I guess I was wrong.

  23. Oh this was priceless! I love this interview.
    Thanks so much!
    musicalfrog at

  24. What a great concept...this sounds fantastic!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  25. LOL, I don't blame Tara for following him out of the room I would too.


  26. Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds interesting. I like the different concept.

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com


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