Please tell us about your latest release/coming soon. Is it part of a series? A Stand Alone book?
My latest book in The ABRAXAS Series, “Seeing Green” immediately picks up where the last book leaves off. There’s a big problem concerning Ryan and a demon of jealousy that has attached itself to Ryan, which causes major mayhem for Christine and the rest of the Abraxas clan to deal with. To top it off, Christine’s best friend is stopping by for the holidays, and she has no clue Christine has become a vampire. So now Christine has to work double time–having Kiera help her with exorcising the demon for Ryan, plus get her own house ready to make it look lived-in, as Christine has been living in Ryan’s mansion since her own transition.
What is the best and worst things about being an author?
The best thing? I can write, create my own worlds and people, and get away from the mundane world while doing it. Worst thing? EDITING! Promoting comes in a close second. Sometimes, wearing more than one hat in this endeavor can be a real pain in the butt.
Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
They can find out about The ABRAXAS Series at my website, http://BloodTouch.webs.com, under “ABRAXAS”. Free chapter downloads are always available! I’m also Editor/Publisher of Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, which comes out twice a year, and caters to the dark/paranormal/erotic/horror/bizarre crowd of readers, artists, writers and poets. Folks can find out more at http://bloodtouch.webs.com/darkgothicmagazine.htm. (I’m always on the hunt for ‘fresh meat’ for the magazine, lol.) I also founded the Gratista Vampire Clan Dark Writers group, which harbors some very talented authors such as Anton Glascow, John Neumeisster, Camille McKeever, Christy Poff, Mahogany Silverrain, Annie Alverez, Phylis Sullivan, and Kody Boye. Our group also puts out a bi-annual anthology. Folks can check out past anthologies at my website as well.
Is there a genre you haven’t written yet but plan to in the future?
I’d like to try my hand at period stories, but they involve a little history digging, which I’m not too fond of, lol. It all depends on how much I’d need for the story. Only if my muse really really wants to create one, will I start testing the waters.
What do you feel are the benefits of the new electronic readers such as Kindle 2 or Sony Digital Book Reader to the environment?
Well, for folks that are continuously on-the-go and need something more sleek and compact to stuff in their bags or briefcases, e-readers seem like a good idea. It’ll especially help with producing LESS dead-tree books. We need our trees for cleaner oxygen!
What impact do electronic readers create on the bottom line for authors in the end? Do you feel they have a negative impact or positive, or no impact at all that you can see?
I would like to hope they have a more positive impact, as it’ll allow folks to access books in all types of digital formats. I haven’t investigated e-readers thoroughly enough to make a firm decision about that, though.
Name one character from ANY literary work that you would choose to have dinner with and why.
For some reason, Dorian Grey just popped in my mind…lol! I might need to dig a little deeper into the reasoning behind that…it might be because I watched “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” a little while ago, and Dorian Grey is a character in the movie, lol (and it also might be because I happen to like Stuart Townsend too *grin*)
If you could meet any mythical creature/person, who would it be and why?
Hm, interesting one! Probably Aladdin’s genie, so I could make some serious, life-altering wishes, lol.
If we asked your muse to describe you using three words, what do you think they would say?
Solitary. Inspired. Enigma. *lol*!
Please tell us what you have coming in 2010 if you can.
Book 5 in The ABRAXAS Series–Judgment–should be out by early summer. I’m also working on another ‘stand alone’ book for ABRAXAS as well. That should be out by that summer as well. Folks are welcome to find out more and download free chapter excerpts from previous books in the series at http://bloodtouch.webs.com/abraxas.htm .
The holidays are coming. Do you have any traditions that you like to do each year?
There’s no real ‘traditions’ in my household. I’ve always been kind of sporadic with that. No year is ever the same! Besides, I pretty much keep my house looking a bit Halloweenish all year-round. *grin*
Sneak Look into ABRAXAS: SEEING GREEN, BOOK 4 IN THE SERIES
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“A sad and pathetic raggedy bunch of so-called vampires can’t stop me,” he hissed. “You, who’s too afraid to use the powers you’ve been given, and your ‘mate’ being just as bad, while being absolutely sick in love with you. You both couldn’t have been an easier target.”
“Target?” I echoed. “What the hell are you talking about?”
Demon Ryan’s eyes flickered an even brighter shade of green. Any more and they’d look neon.
“That stupid witch had abilities I already possess. Hanging around her was starting to prove useless, until I found out she knew your mate, Ryan Price, who has powers I’ve always dreamed of possessing. The powers of Abraxas.” He took a deep breath, calming down. “Then I discovered you share the same power!” His grin widened. “One of man’s biggest sins is jealousy, and once I realized how much he covets you, it was all too easy to invade him.” He ran his cheek against mine, and I heard him inhale deeply. God, nothing could describe how badly this was freaking me the hell out.
I wished I had something nearby to knock him unconscious with.
But then he distracted himself. “I love the scent of your skin. Like cherries and blackberry wine…” He ran the tip of his tongue around the edge of my ear, making me shiver. But it wasn’t Ryan’s tongue; it was too slender, too snakelike. Good thing I couldn’t see it—I might have screamed.
“I can see why he’s so passionate about you,” he continued, pulling back slowly. He looked into my eyes, then, very predator-like, he covered my throat with his hand. I gasped, the knot in my stomach tightening more. He tilted my head to the side slowly, exposing my neck.
“I could kill you right now with a flick of my wrist,” he whispered. “But it would be such a waste…”
The look on Demon Ryan’s face was very calm and almost seductive. Now holding my shoulders down, he leaned forward, licking me from the base of my ear, then down my carotid artery, and around to the hollow of my throat. My heart was beating so fast, I thought it would explode.
Slowly, his tongue slid up the middle of neck. I grimaced. He continued going under my chin, following the curve of it, then brushed my bottom lip. I closed my eyes, too afraid to—
Don’t look Christine, don’t look!
Sometimes I wished I listened to my inner-self.
It took all the strength and will I had in my bones not to shriek, as I caught a glimpse of that forked, blood-red, snakelike tongue retracting itself back into Ryan’s mouth.
“I want to taste you, Christine,” he whispered softly, his breathing quickening, the look in his eyes deadly as he tightened the grip he had on my shoulders.
I panicked, fearing the worst. Snakes could smell with their tongues, and I half-wondered if he was smelling my blood under the surface of my skin.
I swallowed, then bravely gave a half-hearted laugh.
“You’ve done that—quite a few times now.”
“I want…to taste…a different essence,” he replied, and before I realized it, he flashed a pair of fangs and dove for my jugular.