Tortured heroes? Yeah, we got 'em.
I've always loved reading about tortured heroes, so it's no big surprise that I'd love writing them too. Starting with my very first book, I made them suffer. But those were humans, things really got rolling when I started writing my vampire series, Children of Night. Forget years or decades, here were guys who could suffer for centuries.
With the first book in the series, In the Dark, currently being available for FREE until the end of the month (at Amazon, B&N, Sony, or directly from Samhain) I decided to post a short guide to my nightwalking guys.
Conrad: Well, of course I have to mention him first, as the patriarch of the whole Fischer-Quintano clan, he'd expect no less. Conrad is probably my most tortured hero ever. He endured centuries of slavery, torture that ran the gamut from physical to mental to emotional, the loss of several lovers, and anything else I could think to throw at him. He's tough. But he came close to packing it all in a couple of times. The only thing that's seen him through? The love of his family.
Damian: The great love of Conrad's life, has had his own share of torture. The course of vampire love doesn't always run smooth, you know. Damian is rash and impulsive and he's made mistakes. Life has left him scarred...okay, Conrad has left him scarred, but Damian endures because tomorrow is another night and Damian is a creature of boundless hope and a fervent belief that he and Conrad belong together.
Marc: One of two vampires that Conrad and Damian raised (along with his twin sister, Julie) Marc is just starting to come into his own. He's young, but not so young he can't be tortured. Mostly, he tortures himself. Like father like son. He and Conrad have both always had mixed feelings about being vampires.
Armand: Armand's torture has been mild so far. He lost one girl to Conrad (the twins' mother) and as for her daughter...well, he and Julie have yet to work that mess out!
Nighthawk: To be honest, this big guy is a little less tortured than most of the others, up until now. Mostly he gets tortured by Heather--one of the younger vampires--who's always giving him crap about his stupid name. Well, she kind of has a point. Things'll get a little more interesting for him in book five. Just sayin'
Christian: A latecomer to the fold, Christian makes his appearance toward the end of the fourth book in the series, Ashes of the Day (available for pre-order now). Christian is in love with Georgia, another of Conrad's exes. They've already had to endure a lot in their efforts to stay together, but the fun has just begun.
Brennan: Who says only vampires can be tortured? Brennan is in love with Julie, but he wants someone he can grow old with, and she's never gonna be that girl. Eventually, he's gonna have to let her go. But, in the meantime there's lots of heartache and angst.
And there you have it. I hope you'll come and check them out. Their series page is located here: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/children-night-series-260.html And, as I mentioned earlier, the first book in the series is currently available FREE! You can't get a better deal than that.
Also, enter my contest (the rafflecopter link below) for a chance to win an ARC of the newest book--book four--Ashes of the Day due to be released on May 21.
When you live forever, you’re bound to make a few mistakes.
1969 San Francisco. World-weary Conrad Quintano should have known better than to fall in love with a human—much less Suzanne Fischer, the barely legal, adventure-seeking hippie beauty known as Desert Rose. And the very last thing he should have agreed to do was to raise her babies and protect them with his life. But even twelve-hundred-year-old master vampires can find it hard to reject a deathbed request—especially when issues of love, guilt and blood are involved.
Present day. Raised in virtual isolation, twins Marc and Julie Fischer have always known they are vampires. But they never knew their parentage—or their unique status in the vampire world—until their “uncle” Damian comes to fetch them home. The family reunion, however, isn’t what they expect. They’re thrust into a world for which they’re totally unprepared. And the father they expected to see, Conrad, is missing.
How to find him…and whom to trust? Solving the mystery of betrayal and vampire family values will prove the Beatles had it right. All you need is love…and an occasional side of blood.
While reading this book you may experience any of the following, an increased desire to wear flowers in your hair, dress in tie-dye or nap during the day. Other symptoms may include an intolerance to sunlight, an aversion to garlic-flavored tofu and a pronounced urge to bake…or get baked.
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