"I couldn’t put it down, so I ended up finishing it in one sitting....a cast of memorable characters, a solid entertaining plot and wonderful world-building..."
Sharon, Obsession with Books
"The story really heats up when she is teamed with Draven and they hunt together. The chemistry between Zarah and Draven is hot."
I've been having a fun correspondence with author and reviewer Pixie Lynn Whitfield and so I snuck in on the book tour for debut novel, Darkness Comes This Way, the first in her Guardians of the Night series. Isn't her name fantastic? I'm totally stealing this for a character.
Pixie has very generously offered a copy of her new novel for a contest here, so please read to the bottom of the interview to learn how to enter.
Zarah Duncan is a Guardian. It’s an elite job that protects humans and the untainted vampires from the real monsters: those lost to the bloodlust. Rogues infest the city. Missing humans, unsolved cases…Zarah knows what the real cause is and she’s been trained since childhood to destroy them. But Zarah was Rogue once, and until her, no one else was ever cured from the poisoned state of mind.
When she gets paired with a partner, Draven Kinsley, it only adds more difficulty. He hates her. To make matters worse, her Rogue brother has to show up, and he brings with him a shocking announcement and she begins to question who and what she is and was.I'm going to let Pixie Lynn tell you more about the book and her new Guardians of the Night series herself.
MARTA: Welcome, Pixie! You know, the publishing world has been heralding the demise of the vampire trend since, oh, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. What drew you to paranormal themes in fiction?
MARTA: Now, one of the things I love about paranormal/urban fantasy is the ooky factor. Could you tell us a little about your worldbuilding in the Guardians of the Night series and the quality of ookiness?
PIXIE: I didn’t provide a specific time-period for my readers but there’ll be a sense of a modern or slightly futuristic world. It’s not a Dystopia, but there are hints at slow-decaying buildings, over-populated cities, and building tension around the characters. Vampires are under humans’ noses and they don’t realize that they live amongst these creatures—some of which have been protecting them for decades from the rabid monsters that have been lost to bloodlust.
MARTA: Was your character Zarah inspired by other fictional characters in books or entertainment? Can you share something about her backstory that didn’t make it into your book?
MARTA: You know that I’m crazy about interesting secondary characters. Who’s your favorite in your series?
PIXIE: Thomas, Zarah’s brother. He is an unusual rabid. There’s definitely some witty commentary and sibling rivalry between the two of them.
MARTA: You decided to go the self-pubbed route, which has now become much easier to do thanks to digital media. But before that you tried to go the traditional publishing route. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
PIXIE: There’s positively nothing wrong with self-publishing and the indie market. Sure, there’s a lot of hard work put into it, but I feel like a self-pub or indie title can be just as good with the right market. I tried for over a year to break into the traditional publishing industry before I decided to go into self-publishing.
As a new author, it’s tough. It was a long, thought out decision for me that I took the time to weigh my options. I knew the road ahead for it would be busy, marketing myself, editing, formatting my own, distribution. When I made the decision though, I was alright. I realized at that point, all I wanted to do was get my name out, get the experience, and continue to enjoy writing—the one passion I’ve always loved.
MARTA: What’s next for your series?
PIXIE: Book two is in for a lot of twists and major events. The world is about to turn upside down for the characters. I can’t say much more other than it’s going to be action-packed, and readers will see a bit of romance come into play perhaps. Zarah and the cast will be facing some pretty big obstacles. Also, this is the third book. It’s exciting, because it’s going to set up everything for the conclusion in the final installment.
MARTA: You’re also an avid reviewer. Can you tell us your favorite undiscovered gem and why we should read it?
Also, if you’re a Bronte fan and love Wuthering Heights, I highly recommend Wuthering Bites by Sarah Gray. Who couldn’t love seeing a monster mash-up of vampires on the moors? Heathcliff is a vampire. Oh my! I don’t think this book gets enough recognition.
MARTA: Like all intelligent and sensitive people, you’re a fan of Supernatural. Answer these questions without thinking: Sam or Dean or Evil Sammie? Crowley or Lucifer? Early Castiel or fuzzy bunnies and unicorns Castiel?
PIXIE: Okay, answering without thinking: LOVE Sam. Have since the beginning. But Dean makes me laugh a lot and he has a great car. I also think I’d get along a lot better with Dean. So whenever I get asked that question, it’s just a tough choice. Sigh. I always give that same answer. Haha. Crowley! It’s the accent. Lucifer had his moments though. Early Castiel. Especially when he was learning everything still (example: liquor store, cell phone, porn, etc.).
MARTA: Obligatory inane question, which will be, of course, Supernaturally inspired. If you were part of the Winchesters’ hunting club, what would be your hard-rocking theme song as you drove what kind of sweet ride to defend the world against what kind of evil and what name would be on your fake CIA ID badge?
MARTA: Thanks so much for visiting Vampire Wire, Pixie! Anything else you’d like to share with readers?
PIXIE: Thanks again for having me, Marta! I appreciate it. You’re awesome! And I want to give a big shout-out to everyone who has read Darkness Comes This Way already and left wonderful reviews. It warms my heart. I’m glad to see it’s receiving such a great response so far, and I only hope that others continue to enjoy! Thanks!
To learn more about Pixie Lynn, you can visit her author website, her terrific The Bookaholic review blog, follow her on Twitter, and friend her at Goodreads.
CONTEST: To enter the contest for Darkness Comes This Way, just leave a comment for Pixie Lynn or tell us your favorite undiscovered or under-appreciated gem of a book or show. The contest runs through June 18, and a winner will be selected at random. If the winner is in the US, a paperback of the book will be sent. If the winner lives outside the US, she'll receive an e-book.
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In honor of Pixie Lynn -- and because it is no particular hardship on me -- the theme is Supernatural! Now this is the way to wake up on Monday morning.