Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Welcome Guest Author Marie Treanor!

I'm very pleased to welcome 
Marie Treanor
to the blog today!

Welcome, Marie!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thank you! I’m thrilled to be here today!

About me, then: I’m Marie Treanor. I live in Scotland, by the sea, I’ve been happily married for twenty years and I have three kids aged 16, 14 and 8. I write mainly sensual paranormal romance, but love dipping my toe into other genres, (often in the same book!) including fantasy, humour, futuristic, time-travel, steampunk, historical… you name it J.

In the last seven years, I’ve published over twenty books, ranging from short stories to full-length novels, for both ebook and print publishers. The Awakened by Blood books with NAL Signet Eclipse, are my first “New York” publications

Wow! You’re truly an inspiration for me! Okay, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My latest release is BLOOD ETERNAL - which I’m very excited about! – the final book in my AWAKENED BY BLOOD vampire romance/urban fantasy trilogy. The series is all about a thousands of years old vampire accidentally awakened by academic researcher Elizabeth Silk. Saloman, the powerful and very sexy vampire in question, then embarks on a double quest of revenge and world domination – and Elizabeth unites with vampire hunters to prevent him. Their paths are complicated however by mutual attraction - and the fact that each really needs to kill the other!

BLOOD ETERNAL sees Saloman fighting a vampire revolt that could consume not only the vampire world but humanity too, but he doesn’t let that interfere with his machinations to rule the world! Elizabeth, struggling against doomed love, prophesy, illness, and the temptations of immortality, begins to find her role as mediator between suspicious humanity and the dangerous vampire world.

Man, I dig vampires! My TBR pile is groaning, and I love it! So, which character is your favorite and why?

It has to be Saloman, my enigmatic vampire hero. He’s just so overwhelming and complicated. And having existed for millennia, he would have to be! He’s sexy and ruthless and sees things completely differently from a human. To him, there’s nothing wrong in taking another life in pursuit of what he sees as a greater good, even if that good is only his own comfort. In the first book, BLOOD ON SILK, he was perfectly happy to give Elizabeth a little joy by making love to her, and then killing her in the morning for the strength of her blood! But we do gradually come to understand his alien morality, and the value he places on all existence. His emotions are as deep and as strong as the rest of him, but he hides them as a matter of course for self-preservation. And his feelings for Elizabeth are opening him to a vulnerability he can’t afford.

He sounds naughty and delicious! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

The way the ending came together. I had a lot of plot-lines to bring together, and as Elizabeth and Saloman resolved their personal and relationship issues, I realized it wasn’t going to end quite as I’d originally planned! However, as things moved on, and the characters took me in the directions they needed to go, it all became magically clear J

I love when a story takes over like that! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Well, there are the first two books, BLOOD ON SILK and BLOOD SIN. But it was always planned as a trilogy. On the other hand, I have lived with these characters quite intensely for a long time now, and I can’t stop their stories moving forward in my head J. So I suppose it’s up to my publisher whether or not I ever write them.

A completed series, guys! That’s reading gold! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

Letting go!

Aw! What are you working on right now?

A sort of ghost story set in post-apocalyptic world, with an unlikely but intense romance…

Yum-my! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It was published! (If you don’t count the ones I scribbled by hand as a teenager :)). It was a novella-length romance about a librarian and the ghost of an ancient Scottish king, called GHOST UNLAID. I was lucky to have it accepted by the first e-publisher I sent it too. Unfortunately that publisher since went bankrupt, but I’m happy to see GHOST UNLAID is still out there, re-issued by The Wild Rose Press.

Yay! Can I tell you I squeed to learn we have something in common (first books both out from TWRP!)?! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

The hardest part for me is the opening of a story, beginning it in just the right place, and getting the characters and their interaction just right. The first few chapters always take me more than twice as long as the middle or the end! The easiest, I suppose, is developing their relationship from that first all-important encounter.

*nods* Yes! Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

I have used historical events (for example the murder of King Lulach of Scotland in GHOST UNLAID); and elements of the people I know do creep into my characters. However, my characters are usually composites of several different people, with a dollop of imagination thrown in!

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

My favourite tends to be the one I’m working on or thinking most about at the time, so right now it has to be Saloman – he’s just so sexy and alien (see above!). But apart from him I do still have soft-spots for the sexy Magician in my first ever futuristic story (MAGIC MAN), for the wicked sorcerer Drago in GOTHIC DRAGON, and the troubled Giancarlo in THE DEVIL AND VIA

Oh, I see! You’re a hero gal like me! *winks* Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Both!

Salty or sweet? Sweet

Bed or kitchen table? Has to be bed – our kitchen’s too small for a table, which is probably a blessing!

Beach or mountains? Both!

Give or receive? Both! (Is this cheating? – Yes! But we like you so we’ll allow it! *winks*)

Secrets don't disappear after seduction...

Elizabeth Silk is struggling to reconcile her passion for the vampire overlord Saloman and her allegiance to the vampire hunters. When a shocking vampire revolt calls Saloman away from her, she refuses to follow him.

To make matters worse, Saloman’s beloved cousin Luk has been found and awakened by one of his greatest enemies. Frenzied with bloodlust, Luk embarks on a killing spree and prepares to expose Saloman’s biggest vulnerability: Elizabeth.

But under Saloman’s regime, vampires have become less concerned with secrecy, no longer willing to hide their power. Rumors are swirling about attacks on humans. After Saloman joins forces with the vampire hunters to consolidate his power, Elizabeth begins to understand her role in the inevitable collision of the two worlds. She could bring resolution between vampires and humans—if she can manage to stay alive long enough to play both sides….
Where can we find you on the web, Marie?


It’s been a pleasure! Thanks for your interesting questions :)
Excerpt from Blood Eternal:

Set up: An Ancient vampire, believed to be Saloman’s newly awakened cousin Luk, has gone on the rampage in the Turkish hills. Elizabeth Silk is helping the hunters to track Luk and his allies…

Luk began to run, and as his limbs stretched out, he remembered their strength and what they could do. A surge of excitement urged him to speed up, to run around the entire world and never stop. But her scent was close and sweet, and as he leapt down the final fifty feet to land right in front of her, he grew dizzy.

Startled, the woman fell back, her dark hazel eyes huge in her beautiful face. Hair the color of a long-forgotten sunrise whipped against her soft cheeks in the breeze. Blood pumped through her delicate veins. The sound and smell of it drove him to new hunger, but this was one human he’d never kill.

“Tsigana,” he whispered.

The name held Elizabeth frozen. She’d had an instant’s warning from the Ancient detector, which suddenly, after indicating his slow plod away from her, went nuts, the readings obviously failing to keep up with the speed of the vampire who leapt out in front of her a bare instant after she’d known he would.

She’d had time to press her buzzer, at the same moment it had gone off in warning. The others knew. So she backed off, giving them time to get here, holding the stake poised for the vampire’s attack that didn’t come. He stood unmoving, staring at her.

The ordinary vampire detector in her pocket was still and silent. So the Ancient was alone. She prepared to attack, targeting the spot in his chest that she needed, but before she could fly at him, he said, “Tsigana.”

If he’d said her own name, if he’d called her Jane or Esmeralda or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she wouldn’t have hesitated in the slightest. But he said Tsigana, as if he’d seen straight to her one weakness, a jealousy that amounted almost to fear of the long-dead human woman who had once held Saloman’s heart.

Her fingers curled convulsively on the stake, altering its aim by accident, and she had to readjust it. The Ancient who was Saloman’s cousin, his onetime friend and his betrayer, one of Tsigana’s three vampire lovers, continued to stare at her. She had the impression that if he breathed he’d have been panting, but weirdly, she sensed no threat from him. He lifted his arms slowly, reaching out to her with intense, weirdly unfocused longing. Understanding slammed into her like a blow.

“I’m not Tsigana,” she said between her teeth. “I’m Elizabeth, the Awakener.” And she flew at him, aware her aim was true. She summoned every ounce of strength, every ounce of power she believed in. Because she didn’t know how long the hunters would take to get here, she had to try to do it alone, as she’d once tried to kill Saloman alone. She still believed she could have slain him, using her power as his Awakener, but she’d never found out for sure, because her heart, not her body, had prevented it. There was no such prevention here; Luk was the cause of most of the unbearable pain  that had haunted Saloman for centuries. He was as good as dead, and she couldn’t even regret her lack of compassion.

But he didn’t wait for her. He leapt back so fast she didn’t even see him move. Her stake sliced through air, almost overbalancing her.

“Not Tsigana,” Luk repeated. He sniffed the air.

“Tsigana is dead.” Again she leapt, this time before she finished speaking, but again he evaded her. A howl rent the air, like a dog or a wolf in agony. It had to be coming from Luk, as his distant figure leapt back up the hillside at impossible speed, the bloodcurdling wail fading with him into the night. Not because he’d stopped crying, but because he was too far away to be heard.

“Shit,” Elizabeth whispered. With shaking hand she retrieved the Ancient detector from her pocket. The pointer indicated the hill up which Luk had vanished, the display counting madly as the distance increased. Then it went dead. Elizabeth delved for her phone, just as the needle swung rapidly several degrees to the west, and the display galloped forward.

Oh, hell, he’s doubling back. He’s gotten over Tsigana and now I’m dinner.
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.

In the Awakened by Blood series, Marie is delighted to be able to bring together her long-standing loves of vampire stories and Gothic romance.
Thanks for reading everyone! Please leave Marie some comment love!
Laura & Marie


Marie Treanor said...

Hi Laura and Laura's readers :). Thanks for having me on your blog today! Look forward to talking to you some more :)


Laura Kaye said...

I'm really glad to host you, Marie!

PaigeTurner said...

LOVED the excerpt--adding your book to my TBR list!!
Beth W.

Marie Treanor said...

You're very kind, Laura!

Thank you, Beth - that's great to hear :). Glad you enjoyed the excerpt!


Jennifer Snow Books said...

Congratulations on completing your trilogy!!


Laura Kaye said...

I know, Jennifer? Isn't that a great accomplishment?!

Marie Treanor said...

Thanks, Jennifer and Laura :). It felt good at the time to finish it off, but now I'm missing it :(.


Kellie said...

I am so putting this trilogy on my TBR list. That TBR list seems to be getting longer thanks to Ms. Laura :)

Congratulations on finishing the series Marie. I look forward to reading your books!

Laura Kaye said...

Woohoo, Kellie! At your service! ;)

Eli Yanti said...

this book is about vampire's story, hem..i love it =D

Marie Treanor said...

Thank you, Kellie!! And I hear you on the TBR... :)

Hi Eli, yes, it is! And not just any vampire, but the most powerful who ever existed :). Glad you like it!

Laura, thanks for being such a fab host! Great talking to you guys!


Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for being here, Marie!