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Mar 5, 2016

Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy Book Highlights – K.M. McFarland

vaIf you are a fan of the fang you are going to love the spin that talented author K.M. McFarland has given you with her Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy so make sure to grab your copy today. With the price being only $0.99 or FREE with KU this is an asbolute steal for three amazing books all wrapped up into one.

Vampires are alive and well in the Big Easy. In the modern world of forensics, technology, and security cameras everywhere, vampires are now forced to live in secret. In this new age where vampires have evolved into gentle predators mainly depending on alternative methods for acquiring blood, vampire bars have risen in popularity. Owned by a former rock star turned vampire, Quinn Forrester, Vampyr is New Orleans’ most popular venue. Aside from being the French Quarter’s coolest music club, it is also a secret vampire bar serving the finest quality human blood to its vampire clientele. The cryptic alley next to it seduces the most delectable humans just itching to quench a vampire’s thirst. Welcome to Vampyr!

SONG OF THE VAMPIRE: In 1989, Quinn Forrester was a successful rock star living a dream with a wife, a baby daughter and a hit record. Little did he know that was all about to end the night he met Giselle, the mysterious vampire who would change his world forever. Eighteen years later, a chance meeting with Nadia, the daughter he abandoned as a baby the night he was turned, shakes his lonely, tormented world.

UNDER A BOURBON STREET MOON: Quinn and his vampire lover, Giselle, seem to have the perfect romance, but their relationship is put to the test when a beautiful mortal woman from his past and an adorable country singer, who has just arrived from Nashville with her own connection to Quinn, enter his world.

MASQUERADE: As Quinn gets closer to his new attractive young personal assistant, the successful entrepreneur also must deal with his unique blended family: a vampire daughter, a mortal daughter who sees dead people, a spiritually connected vampire ex-girlfriend who is her mentor and a deceased ex-wife that just won’t stay dead. Is his mansion big enough?

Mar 5, 2016

Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash Author Interview – K.M. McFarland

kmHere is my author interview with the talented author K.M. McFarland for the Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash – day one which is featuring vampire authors. She has an amazing book out called Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy so make sure to check it out today.

How long have you been a fan of vampires and do you have a favorite from the movies or books?
The first vampire novel I read was Salem’s Lot by Stephen King followed by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Lestat came along in The Vampire Lestat, published in 1986 I believe, and my obsession began.

How many books do you currently have on the market that have a vampire in them?
All three of them so far. I’m working on a new paranormal romance that doesn’t have any vampires in it. At least not as we speak.

What inspired you to write your first vampire book and what can readers expect to find once they read it?
I wanted to write a vampire novel that was not laced with every other element of the supernatural, however, that’s not as easy as it appears. Voodoo plays a part in the story, and there are ghosts. Quinn’s St. Charles Avenue mansion was originally constructed in 1810, and it is haunted by four ghosts: a phantom piano player, a sad young Creole girl, a tormented lady and a little girl. We discover the identity of the phantom piano player near the end of Song of the Vampire. The identity of the sad young Creole woman and the tormented lady is revealed in Under a Bourbon Street Moon. We finally find out who the little girl is and why she is in the house in Masquerade. So, yeah, it’s also a ghost story.

If vampires really existed and you could choose to become one but had to leave the life as you currently know it behind would you do it yes or no and why?
Oh, wow! What a Question! I suppose if I were at a point of making that decision, I would have to be at the point of death, so either way, I would have to leave that life.

In Song of the Vampire, after eighteen years, Quinn got his life back when he reunited with his daughter, Nadia. Of course, Nadia did not welcome him with open arms, and Quinn had a lot of explaining to do. But how could she not understand his reason for abandoning his family when he was turned to a vampire.

“Immortality and eternal physical youth appealed to Quinn, Nadia, and Tristan at the time they were turned as is the case with most vampires. But as time passes, sometimes it’s debatable whether immortality is a blessing or a curse. As their loved ones leave this world one by one, a vampire must learn to cope with loss, grief and eventually the reality of finding himself alone.” – Masquerade

Is immortality a blessing or a curse? Read Masquerade and decide for yourself.

Would you say that vampires are your favorite paranormal being and why or why not?
Vampires are definitely my favorite because there’s something seductive about the vampire and the element of danger surrounding them.

If your vampire book(s) were to be turned into a movie and you could choose who would play the role as one of your leading vamps who would you choose and what role is it that they would play?
When I was writing the books, I based some of the characters physical appearance on celebrities.

Giselle – Rihanna
Tristan – a younger Jason Momoa
Nadia/Lacey – Nadia Bjorlin
Chad – Matt Bomer

As for my protagonist, Quinn, he exists only in my imagination.He was a rock star in the late 1980’s and his physical appearance is based on the rock stars of that time. Anybody who would play him in a movie would have to be more beautiful than handsome, have some musical abilities, and appear to be in their mid-twenties. But even though Quinn has not aged physically, his mind has matured, so a younger actor would have to be able to pull that off. I would have to audition for that part.

When it comes to vampires do you prefer yours as many of the old legends and myths speak of them or how TV has changed them over the years?
Anne Rice first introduced the Modern Day Vampire and then it evolved from there. After the Vampire Chronicles came True Blood, Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, etc. Vampire’s have evolved as times changed. The world changed since the days of Dracula. Vampires, as the old legends and myths speak of them, couldn’t exist in the modern world. They would have to make a lot of changes,and my books deal with that. To answer your question, I prefer them the way they are portrayed now.

Are there any specific vampire authors that you enjoy reading that have made your favorites list?
To be honest, I don’t get a chance to read that much fiction. My books require a lot of research, so I spend a lot of time reading about New Orleans history, Voodoo as an ancient religion, hauntings, vampire legends, New Orleans legends and folklore, etc. I probably read less than ten works of fiction last year. One of the vampire books I read was The Casquette Girls by Alys Ardin. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m waiting for the sequel.

When it comes to your own vampire books what is one thing that you do to ensure that they are unique and will stand out against other books within the same genre?
Get ready to go on a journey inside the heart, mind and soul of the vampire. Just because you are turned to a vampire doesn’t mean you stop loving your wife and your children. You are now a predator depending on blood for survival, but you are still experiencing the same human feelings you had as a mortal. When Quinn and Nadia are reunited after eighteen years, Nadia wants nothing more than to become a part of Quinn’s world, and one fateful night, she gets her wish. They form a strong father/daughter bond as they guide each other through their dark world and battle their demons.

Any big plans or projects planned for 2016 that you would like to share with us?
I’m working on the fourth Vampyr installment. That will be a standalone book featuring some of the same characters. Also, a new paranormal romance is in the works. I can’t talk about them too much because I never know where the stories are going until the end but stay tuned. They will be announced soon.

Jan 28, 2016

Author Interview & Book Highlights – K.M. MacFarland

indexHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with talented author K.M. MacFarland. She is the author of the Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy which is currently available for FREE so make sure to grab your copy today!

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I live in New Orleans and I have always been fascinated with the New Orleans legends of vampires and ghosts. Our city was built on a swamp, so we don’t bury our dead. Instead, they are interred above ground so we won’t meet up with them in the next hard rain. Our cemeteries are tourist attractions, but there’s something romantic about them. Voodoo is also a part of our culture whether we believe or not. Our history is colorful and intriguing. If you walk down Bourbon Street on any day/night of the week, you can see how easily vampires could blend in. But in this age of technology, vampires would have to be able to blend in with humans and play nice with them. That idea was the beginning of the Vampyr series.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
I currently have four books in the Vampyr series: Song of the Vampire, Under a Bourbon Street Moon and Masquerade. I’ve recently published all three novels as a trilogy in one bundle titled Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
I would have to say vampires. I started reading Anne Rice novels when The Vampire Lestat was first published, and Lestat is responsible for my obsession with vampires.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
I recently read The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden. The story takes place in New Orleans in the months following Hurricane Katrina. Being a Katrina survivor, I immediately connected with this book. The story revolves around the actual legend of the casket girls and the Ursuline convent. In the early days of New Orleans, the early settlers were pirates, scoundrels and thieves. Some say the casket girls were prostitutes, and some say they were orphans sent over by the king of France to marry the French settlers. All they brought with them to the new world was one bag shaped like a casket containing their dowries. When the girls arrived in Nouveau Orleans, they were taken to the Ursuline convent to live among the nuns until they were married. But when the time came to open the caskets, they were empty. Rumor has it, vampires were smuggled into New Orleans in the caskets. In the book, the vampires are sealed in the convent’s attic. The main character, Adele, has some special powers that breaks the seal and releases the vampires wrecking havoc on post-Katrina New Orleans. The character I would choose to be would be Desiree, the mayor’s daughter. At first, we see her as snobby, but as the book progresses, Desiree has a strong influence on the outcome of the story and proves herself to truly be Adele’s friend.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
Sure. I’m working on the fourth installment of Vampyr. As we speak, it remains untitled. I’m also working on a standalone paranormal romance that deals with reincarnation. I’m hoping to start another series about a French Quarter bed and breakfast. You get a bed, but you may be the breakfast.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
I think people don’t realize all the hard work that goes into writing a book. First drafts, rewrites, edits, more rewrites, more edits, and the list goes on and on. We don’t just type up a story and publish. There’s a lot more to the writing process than that.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
I think I would change the way readers perceive reviews. Getting them is like pulling teeth. Before I started writing, I never left reviews, so I can’t attack them too much. Now that I’m a writer, I review everything I enjoy. The average reader just doesn’t realize how important reviews are, so that’s what I would change.

Who is your biggest supporter?
I don’t think I could narrow that down to one person. There are supporters who buy my books, like and share my posts, retweet, blog, review, and help spread the word about my books. A few are personal friends. I’ve never met the majority of my readers and supporters, but I appreciate them all.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
I write about vampires and I’ve never met any, so I would have to say it’s all a fantasy. I think as a writer, I draw from real life experiences, either my own or people I know, so I guess I do to a point. You can’t realistically portray a character unless you have experienced their emotions and feelings, but their stories are fictitious.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
I see a lot of writers get discouraged over a bad review or a low sales ranking, etc. Unfortunately, that’s going to happen. There will always be those who love your work and those who don’t. You can’t please everyone. I worked in marketing and sales for a long time before becoming a writer, and I think as a writer, just as in sales, you have to develop a thicker skin. You can’t let the negatives discourage you. There will always be positives and negatives. Take the bad with the good, blow it off, and keep writing.

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