I'd like to thank Roxanne @ Bewitching Book Tours for giving me this opportunity to participate in the BLOOD GUILT Book Promotion and I'd like to welcome Marie Treanor to ABTB!
(Blood Hunters, Book 1)
By Marie Treanor
eBook coming 5th June 2012
The first of a new vampire romance series, a sequel to the Awakened by Blood trilogy.
Natural enemies, deadly attraction…
Mihaela, a fearless vampire hunter secretly haunted by loneliness and childhood tragedy, finds it difficult to adjust to the new world order where vampires are not always the bad guys. She's taking a much needed vacation in Scotland when she sees a little boy being chased through the streets of Edinburgh. Rescuing him brings bigger problems - two vampires from her past: Gavril, who killed her family; and the reclusive and troubled Maximilian, gifted Renaissance artist and one-time overlord of the most powerful undead community in the world. Maximilian once saved her life and now needs that favor returned.
The earth moves for Mihaela in more ways than one. From Scotland to Budapest and Malta, she races against time to prevent a disastrous, vampire-induced earthquake and save an innocent yet powerful child – all while fighting a dreadful attraction to Maximilian, her only ally, whom she can’t afford to trust. For Maximilian, the hunter becomes a symbol of renewed existence, as he struggles to accept his past and rediscovers his appetite for blood and sex - and maybe even happiness.
About this Author:
Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband and three much-too-smart children. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.
Marie Treanor has published more than twenty ebooks with small presses, (Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press and The Wild Rose Press), including a former Kindle bestseller, Killing Joe. Blood on Silk: an Awakened by Blood novel, was her New York debut with NAL.
Guest Post by Marie Treanor:
My Blood Hunters by Marie Treanor
Phew! This is my final stop on a fun and hectic blog tour to celebrate the release of BLOOD GUILT, the first book in my new Blood Hunters series. Christina, thank you for having me here!
Since it’s the end of my tour, I thought I’d go back to the beginning, and talk about the characters who inspired the story: Mihaela, and her fellow vampire hunters.
First of all, I should say that although it should be able to stand alone, Blood Hunters does follow on from the Awakened by Blood trilogy (Blood on Silk, Blood Sin and Blood Eternal, published 2010-2011), where my vampire hunters first appeared as the heroine Elizabeth’s mentors and friends. Towards the end of the trilogy I began to get distracted by those hunters, and as the story moved forward in my head, beyond Blood Eternal, I realized the hunters were telling it. So, I plan to give several of them the opportunity to do so.
First up is the brave but unhappy Mihaela in Blood Guilt. Mihaela has a terrible tragedy in her past: as a child, she watched a vampire kill her parents. She was only saved by the same fighting spirit that makes her such a good hunter. But now her dauntless character is obsessing a vampire with his own damaged spirit, reminding him how to fight back. The mysterious, once ambitious Maximilian, gifted artist and reviled betrayer once ruled the strongest vampire community in the world, then existed in self-imposed isolation for over a century. He saved Mihaela’s life at the end of Blood Eternal. She’s still coming to terms with that.
I like Mihaela. She hides her loneliness and her natural desires for stability, a husband and family beneath unswerving duty. She’s strong, loyal, capable and humorous, and she never whines when life goes against her. She just fights back until she wins. She isn’t even afraid of death. What does frighten her is the temptation of her powerful physical desire for Maximilian…
Next, in Blood of Angels, out probably in January 2013, is Mihaela’s colleague Istvan, the quiet, scientific hunter with the unexpected past. Istvan was a juvenile delinquent, a car thief and burglar until, while robbing a house, he came across vampires attacking the owner’s son and saved his life. Now Istvan is a dedicated and feared hunter, who’s dragged his profession into the technical age. While recovering from a horrible vampire attack, he sets about inventing his most ambitious gadget yet: an instrument for storing and magnifying the supernatural power of vampires. To learn what he needs, he soon finds himself embroiled in a battle of wits with sexy vampiress and nightclub owner, Angyalka.
And then, there will be Konrad’s story. Konrad is the most troubled hunter of all, part hero and part villain who can’t accept the new regime in which humans will gradually be persuaded to accept the existence of vampires. Konrad’s past is horrific, and he’s preparing to make an equally horrific mistake if he can’t be stopped…
So there you have the potted biographies of my hunters at the beginning of the series. By the end, there will be a lot more to add! For now, let me know in the comments which character intrigues you and why – I’d love to know!