Sep 12, 2011

Susan Blexrud - Guest Post and Contest




It is such a pleasure to welcome author Susan Blexrud back to PVN. Black Fang, the fifth book in her terrific paranormal romance series has just been released. She's here to give readers some background for this latest adventure, provide a preview, and also offer a contest. [see contest details at end of post]




  
Let’s Talk BATS


I’ve always liked these furry little mammals, and yes, they’re mammals, not rodents.  Even when I was a little girl and my mother would warn me that if I didn’t come home before the bats came out for their nightly feeding, they’d fly in my hair, I still thought they were cool.  I’d run home with my hands covering my head lest one of the creatures mistook me for a snack.  I’d look up and watch their aerial acrobatics, the way they never flew in a straight line and could dodge and dive on a dime.  They never dove at me.  Thus began my fondness for bats.

In December 2010, I read a newspaper feature in The Orlando Sentinel about white-nose syndrome, a fungus that is decimating bat populations.   These beneficial animals keep the mosquito population at bay and are master pollinators, but this mysterious fungus is threatening their very existence.  From New England and into the central states, the fungus is spreading through caves, causing bats to be disoriented, interrupting their hibernation, and ultimately killing them.  There is no cure, and it is spreading like wildfire.

So, I got to thinking.  Who could save the bats?  Sure, the Environmental Protection Agency was working on the fungal scourge, but what about the creatures that had a real vested interest in the survival of bats?  That would be VAMPIRES.   If bats were threatened, wouldn’t vampires in bat form also be vulnerable to the deadly virus?  And if vampires were involved, who would try to thwart their plans?   How about the vampires’ most stealthy enemy, Unseelie faeries?

The fifth story in my fang series, Black Fang, debuted in August.  Here’s the blurb and an excerpt.


                BLURB

Someone is deliberately infecting bats with a deadly fungus.  The flying mammals are dying by the thousands, and along with them, a significant number of vampires in bat form have also succumbed.
Enter John and Lauren Wright.  The vampire couple has conquered evil enemies in the past, but the perpetrator behind the bat deaths is more cunning than any they’ve encountered.  Though John initially suspects that werewolves are the culprits, he discovers he is up against a colony of Unseelie faeries.   The intoxicating scent of the faeries has been known to deceive vampires, pitting friend against friend—and wife against husband. 

                EXCERPT

John and Teensy landed in the palace’s kitchen, where the cook promptly began beating John on the head with a wooden spoon.
    “Stop!”  He rubbed his cranium.  “We’re here to see the king.  He’s expecting us.”
    “Well, you have a strange way to make an entrance.”  The cook, wide as she was tall, gave John the stink eye.
    “My fault,” said Teensy, dusting off her hot pink sweatpants.  “I must have used one spider leg too many in the potion.  I was aiming for the banquet hall.”
    “You’re right under it,” the cook said as she nodded to a vaulted doorway.  “Take those steps.  I’m sure you’ll be a big hit.”  She swatted John on the butt with her spoon as they passed her.  “Or at least the gorgeous guy will.”
    They hurried up the steps with Teensy chattering instructions along the way.  “Stay close to me when we get in the hall.  I may need to whisper, and I’ll be able to feel if you’re inching to the dark side.”
    “I won’t let them get to me.”
    “Right.”  Teensy tugged on John’s sleeve.  “Don’t get cocky.”
    They burst into the banquet hall.  John counted eight guards stationed at the doorways and then focused on the dais.  The king was seated at his throne with a lovely, and very naked, faery maid sprawled face down/butt up across his lap.  He was spanking her vigorously with his bare hand while two other faeries bounced around them, obviously enjoying the show.  Lauren was standing next to the seated king, a smile as big as the Florida sun on her face.
    “Lauren!”  John called as he walked toward her, his hand held out.  “Come to me, my love.”
    She looked at him and clapped her hands.  “Wow, you’re cute!”
    Teensy, who was attached to John like a pilot fish on a shark, said, “Egad, it’s worse than I thought.  She has no idea who you are.”
    John stopped at the bottom step that led up to the throne.  He sensed the guards circling him and getting closer as he approached the king.  Again, he said, “Lauren, come to me, my love.”  His heart pounded in his ears.  She looked so beautiful…so vulnerable…and so clueless.
    “My, my, you got here quickly, and uninvited, at that.”  The king pushed the faery off his lap, rose from the throne, and put his arm around Lauren’s shoulder.  John stiffened as she leaned into the king.
    “This ain’t gonna be easy,” Teensy whispered.
    John waited until Lauren’s eyes met his.  “Avery misses you.”
    Lauren cocked her head, and Teensy took advantage of the brief spark of recognition in Lauren’s eyes to throw a handful of sparkly dust in Lauren’s direction.  She sneezed.
    “Seize them,” the king shouted to his guards.


CONTEST


*Now, here’s a contest.  One commenter will receive a download of my new e-book novella, Black Fang.  

*Just go to my website and look for my time travel novel.  Tell me the name of the novel in the PVN comments,  and you’ll be entered to win Black Fang.    

My website is: www.susanblexrud.com


* Be sure contact information is included with your comment.
* Contest ends September 26, 2011 at 11:59pm EST
* Contest is international.


Buy Black Fang at
www.fictionwise.com
www.allromanceebooks.com
www.thedarkcastlelords.com


Many Thanks,
Susan Blexrud

18 comments:

Kalex said...

The book is called Delora's Necklace.

kaiodan@gmail.com

Tore said...

The book is called Delora's Necklace. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read your books. They sound very good. Tore923@aol.com

Maria Zannini said...

Always nice to see you out and about, Susan!

And Patricia is the best!

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Susan and Patricia!

Of course I want to enter, lol!

Delora's Necklace is the name of your time traveling Mayan read (hope she isn't sacrificed)! Also sound excellent!

Thanks for a great contest!

Dottie :)
gymmom_027@yahoo.com

Patricia Altner said...

posted for DIANE HUEY

A witty premise for a book and I LIKE that she is stepping up to plate for bats! They are misunderstood and under appreciated little beasts!

Patricia Altner said...

Maria,

Thank you!!

booklover0226 said...

The book is called Delora's Necklace and it sounds great!


Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Susan Blexrud said...

Oh, such a hearty welcome this morning! PVN is a favorite haunt of mine. Thanks so much to all the commenters, both old friends and new. You rock my world!

XO,
Susan

Miriam Newman said...

A really fun book, Susan--just the right length for a day's read. Love the mix of the Fae with your vamps. I am happy now that I've never hurt a bat. Even rescued one from my cat one time. I hope he's still doing some happy flapping somewhere.

Desirée Lee said...

You and I both love bats, Susan! I love them so much I have eight of them tattooed on the front of my shoulder!

Coincidentally, some author friends of mine were querying awhile back for ideas on why a group of vampires would be congregating in a rural area, getting some fodder for their next book. My suggestion was to discuss White Nose Syndrome! You and I think alike!

I think my friends are going with a different slant on their book, but it's still cool to know that great minds think alike, right?

Carpe Noctem,
Des

Author Desirée Lee
Putting the Romance back in Necromancy
http://www.desireelee.com

Susan Blexrud said...

Desiree, I knew you were a fellow bat appreciator. So good to hear from you, and it's great to know other authors are bringing attention to the plight of bats. These little creatures are essential!

XO,
Susan

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Gave you a shout on my blog Patricia!

Dottie :)

Patricia Altner said...

Dottie

Thanks so much for mentioning PVN and Susan's contest!

Everyone, please check out Tink's Place at http://myblog2point0.blogspot.com/

Susan Blexrud said...

Dottie is the best, and Tink's Place is an amazing site. And thanks, Pat, for all you do for paranormal writers and readers everywhere. You paved the way, and you remain the trendsetter.

XO,
Susan

Alicia0605 said...

Delora's Necklace

aliciahall0605(AT)yahoo.com

SandyG265 said...

Delora's Necklace.

Susan Blexrud said...

The contest is over, and I am happy to announce the random winner, Alicia. I'll be sending a .pdf of Black Fang to Alicia today. Thanks to everyone for participating, and especially to Pat for hosting me at PVN.

XO,
Susan

Patricia Altner said...

Congratulations to Alicia. I know you'll love Black Fang.


And many thanks to Susan for another delightful visit to PVN!!