"A brilliant tale of supernatural power, revenge, and the excitement of newfound love."
I'm very happy to have Maria Lima, author of the Blood Lines series, as a guest blogger here at Vampire Wire.
Here's a description of her first novel in the series, Matters of the Blood:
If you thought your family was strange...Try being Keira Kelly. A member of a powerful paranormal family, Keira elected to stay among humans in the Texas Hill Country when the rest of the clan moved (lock, stock, and grimoire) to Canada. But family duty means still having to keep an eye on cousin Marty -- a genetic aberration who turned out 100% human, poor guy. And recently Keira's been having violent dreams -- or are they visions? -- featuring Marty as the victim of a vicious murder. Something sinister seems to be brewing in little Rio Seco. Can Keira get to the bottom of it all while avoiding entanglement with her former lover, Sheriff Carlton Larson?
Maria's giving away a copy of Matters of the Blood in a contest. To enter, just leave a comment telling us about your first vampire gateway experience. The contest runs through Wednesday, March 10, and a winner will be selected by random draw.
Hmm, I think the one that made me really interested was an episode of "The X-Files."
Vampires: the Gateway Drug by Maria Lima
Hi, my name is Maria and I’m an addict.
I got my first hit around twelve or thirteen when my father handed me a copy of Dracula--along with a hardbound copy of The Complete Sherlock Holmes. It wasn’t long after that I discovered Mary Stewart’s Gabriel Hounds on the wall-to-wall bookshelf in our living room. Then my dad’s business partner, whom we called Uncle Jack, blew my mind open with a three-book set: Lord of the Rings. (Little did I realize that’s how pushers worked: befriend the kid, talk about the high and then give them a taste…)
I was swept into the world of dark mystery, blood, romanticism, adventure. How could I resist such delicious temptations as Frank Langella’s Dracula. [Marta's note: awesome video here.] It debuted while I was in college. My roomie and I drawn to its power. We sat silent in the dark, letting the fantasy wash over us, then walked back to our dorm, sighing over the tortured darkness of Langella’s vampire, the beauty of Lucy (angry at the ridiculous swapping of Lucy and Mina). Neither of us slept that night as we stared out at our dorm room window, hoping that somehow, this amazing, gorgeous creature of the night would find his way to San Antonio and crawl up onto our wee second floor balcony and shatter the sliding glass door.
I then discovered Tanya Huff and her brilliant melding of two of my favorite genres. I dove in glee into a different Toronto, one that contained the gorgeous Henry Fitzroy.
Turning that first pristine page on a new Charles deLint, I fell into his world of Other, not set in a far off medieval style land, nor on another world, nor even Middle-Earth, but just an open window or door away.
Delighting in the new blossoming of urban fantasy--whether Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden, Jim Butcher--so many names and amazing stories involving vampires, werewolves, the Fae, demons and angels, I was a happy, happy addict--no more did I have to dig through the dusty stacks in ill-lit used bookstores, nor beg my friends for another book recommendation, another source to sooth my addiction. The onslaught had begun…and luckily, now, not only did I have books to read, there were shows on television--no longer did I have to satisfy my longing with Sunday matinees of Hammer Horror and Christopher Lee.
I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer in awe of Joss Whedon’s talent in finding exactly the kinds of stories I’d craved, then gleefully devoured Angel: the Series with just as much joy. When Joss announced the end of Buffy, I was devastated. Then Angel trumpeted his last hurrah.
Crushed, I scoured TV web sites for signs of more, more, more--needing that fix. Thank goodness and Eric Kripke I didn’t have to wait for long. Two hot guys and a hot car roared onto the scene with Supernatural, bringing me folklore and fantasy, tales of heroes and apocalypses, soothing my need, giving me another fix. I bought more and more books, watched more shows, pored over blog posts to see what other author or show I hadn’t yet found, creating lists of to-be-read and to-watch.
I became a pusher, an enabler, buying copies of paperback releases and shoving them at my friends, hooking them, too. Then at some point, I realized I could do more than just buy my fixes--I could create my own! I wrote and wrote, and eventually, I too became a purveyor of the drug, with my own mix of vampires, shapeshifters and other supernatural creatures. No longer just a consumer, I’d built my own crackhouse, telling the stories pounding in my head, pushing them out to the world in hopes that they, too, would taste the joy as I did, decades ago.
I’m still hooked: on vampires, mysteries, strong heroines and fantasy tales. So yeah, vampires are a total gateway drug…be careful, one taste, one bite and you, too could become an addict.
Remember to leave a comment about your first vampire gateway experience in order to enter the contest for a copy of Matters of the Blood.
GRATUITOUS VIDEOS OF THE DAY
This week's theme is longing and desire, and these are in honor of Maria's favorites.
And sometimes one desires to protect the people he loves.