Thursday, November 19, 2009

Blog Tour - Dark Stranger by Susan Sizemore (& Giveaway - closed)

CONGRATS TO LUCKY WINNER - SUE!

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Readers, please join me welcoming New York Times and USA Today bestseller Susan Sizemore, author of Dark Stranger who's guest blogging here today! DARK STRANGER (Pocket Star, 384 pp, Isbn:978-1416562139) is a fun, fresh "extra" in the Vampire Primes romance series, featuring a vampire hero who rescues a captured human princess-in-disguise in a futuristic paranormal world. But don't worry! This also makes a great stand-alone.

Thanks to Sarah of Pocket Books, I was able to request Susan to write about how difficult or different it is to write a vampire into a futuristic romance and here is her great response!

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I've been asked to blog about how difficult it is to write a vampire into a futuristic romance. This is a fantastic topic! First off, I have to say that I do not believe in "real" vampires. It's my job to make myself and readers believe in the fictional vampires I create. It's not just the vampires that have to seem real, but the world they live in has to be a believable place. Inside any fictional book is a totally made up world. For example, the world of the book will only have telephones and cars and fast food restaurants because the author decided to put them there. In the Primes series of vampire romance novels, I've set all but DARK STRANGER in a world very close to our own, where technology, culture and history is very much like our won, but I've added vampires and werefolk and vampire hunters to it, along with their cultures and histories. This is "Worldbuilding", and it is a requirement for every work of fiction. The writer makes it up, but the reader needs to believe it -- that's called "Suspension of Disbelief".

In DARK STRANGER I took the premise that Primes vampires exist in the future and built the world of the story around that. What was the future world like? How did it affect the lives of vampires, and what affect did vampires have on the future world? Since these future vampires are from the Primes universe, I brought the history and values of the Primes into this update of their world. Since the hero, Doc Raven, is a Clan Prime he is a brave protector of mortals. Because that is what Clan Primes have done for thousands of years, they aren't going to change because it's a few hundred years in the future.

Of course the future has different technology, different history, mortal and immortal culture is different. Where humans live is different -- there is faster than light travel and humans have settled on many worlds. Some of these worlds orbit stars where vampires can live in the light without the drugs they use in the 21st century Primes universe. The technology also give them access to forceshields that let them live in the daylight without the drugs. In the future the Primes existence is no longer secret from the rest of humanity. Vampires are full citizens of the Byzant Empire (the future form of government is an empire of many worlds ruled from Earth). But there are also vampire hating fanatics in the future, so vampires constantly have to defend their rights and mostly keep a low profile. In the future vampires and mortals still become bondmates and this is a perfectly normal occurrence. Except when the mortal bonding with the vampire happens to be the heiress to the imperial throne. He's a vampire. She's a princess. This causes all sorts of trouble the hero and heroine of DARK STRANGER have to overcome to get to their futuristic happily ever after.

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GIVEAWAY

The Prize

A copy of this book will go to one lucky reader.

To Enter
  • Recommend another furturistic romance that stars a vampire. If you don't know of any, tell me why you want to read this book or leave a question for the author.
  • Please list your email address within your comment so that you can be notified should you be chosen as a winner.
For Extra Entries

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Deadline   Midnight CST of December 19, 2009.

Eligibility  US only.

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37 comments :

  1. Hi, Susan!

    You are a very creative and imaginative paranormal fiction writer! I would love to know which celebrity you think would be perfect to portray the smokin' hot Doc?

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  5. Hi Susan,
    the only books I can think of are Amanda Quick's series the Arcane Society. They are a mix of future and past. Some have vampires and others don't.
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  8. Hi susan you are a new author to me. I look forward to reading your books. Great interview.
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  13. I am a huge fan of anything containing Vampire lore! I would love to win this. I would share it with the family who also love reading this type of book.

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  14. Hey Susan! What a great new book comin' out! I'm not sure if I know of any other stories that are both futuristic AND vampire, but a few of Sherrilyn Kenyon's may fall in that category. :)

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  17. I'm such a fan of vampire stories, but I honestly don't think I've read one that's a futuristic. Susan Sizemore is always such a great author, so you know it's gonna be out of the ballpark!

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  18. Hi Susan
    I love your books.but have not read the last few thay sound a little wilder the the rest but thay still sound good.
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  19. justpeachy36@yahoo.com

    I'm not sure you would consider is it "futuristic" per se, but Sunshine by Robin McKinley would certainly get close. I have not read anything by Susan Sizemore, but I look forward to doing so if I should win.

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  21. Lots of vampire books but no futurisitc ones which is why I'd like to read this book

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  22. Amanda Ashley's Dead Sexy
    The vampires have been declared an endangered species in this futuristic America.

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  26. I can’t think of a futuristic book featuring a vampire. My question is what are your thoughts on book trailers? Do you think they help in book sales?

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  31. I can't think of any futuristic vampires, but this sounds wonderful and I'd like to read it. :)

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  32. I have not read any of Susan's vampire books but would love to do so. This is a new genre for me.


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    I have lightly dipped my toes into Vampire books and not sure if I like them or not?? Need to read more.

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    The cover on Dark Stranger is a hot one. Alpha male?

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    Would love to win this book. Great giveaway. Thanks

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  36. Thank you all for stopping by and leaving your comments. The Winner has been notified.

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