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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Interviewing Marie Treanor about her new release, Blood Descent, in the Blood Hunters paranormal romance series

Today, I'm very pleased to bring you an interview with paranormal romance author Marie Treanor about her exciting Blood Hunters series. Be sure to check out information about her latest release in this series, Blood Descent, as well as a great giveaway at the bottom of this post.

In Blood Descent (Blood Hunters 3), the vampire killer, Konrad, is in search of a dangerous instrument that might help him in his war with the undead overlord Saloman. The only being who can lead him to the instrument and its current, evil possessor, is sexy, mysterious, young Glaswegian vampire Maggie, who holds herself aloof from her own kind.

Why is Maggie the only one who can connect Konrad to the instrument? 

It’s  complicated! Konrad learns the instrument’s in the hands of a French vampire called Georges, but he doesn’t know where Georges is. Then he discovers Maggie knows the name (Geroges is one of the few vampires who’ve helped her, and now he wants the favour returned).

Why is Maggie aloof to other vampires? 

That’s complicated too J. Other vampires have always picked fights with her, so she keeps out of their way. Partly because of that, she’s retained a lot more of her humanity than most vampires. The reason other vampires feel compelled to attack her becomes clear as you read the book J. 

From the blurb of Blood Descent, “The face of a killer, the heart of a lost child…
Konrad once led the legendary first team of Hungarian vampire hunters. Now, refusing to ally with the undead, he goes his own way, slaughtering vampires across the length and breadth of Europe.”

Is Konrad the person with the heart of a lost child? Is this one of the characteristics that draws Maggie to him? What else does she see that is good or kind about him? 

Yes, he is and Maggie’s one of the few who recognize that. He’s hard and driven, and regards all vampires as monsters who have no right to exist. But there are reasons he thinks this way, and he is basically a kind man (to humans and animals at least!) and a loyal friend, fighting for an almost impossible cause he believes in absolutely – the destruction of the hunters’ alliance with Saloman’s regime and of the vampire species. Another of his reasons for finding the instrument is that it’s being used against his friend Elizabeth Silk. He’s also hurt by what he sees as the betrayal of his closest friends, hunters Mihaela and Istvan (from previous books in the series!), so beneath his tough outer shell, he’s also vulnerable and lonely… 

Journalists are about to break the news of vampire existence on mainstream television. What facts/discoveries have brought about this story? 

Oh goodness. Well, that really goes back to the prequel series, Awakened by Blood (Blood on Silk, Blood Sin and Blood Eternal). As Saloman enforced his rule over the world’s vampires, they started to change their behavior. They stopped killing humans and so saw less reason to hide. So rumours started to spread in Blood Eternal, and this became part of Saloman’s plan to bring about the acceptance of vampires and their integration into human society. The hunters who’ve allied with him in order to maintain vampire discipline, are less keen on that, but they realize the secret of vampire existence can’t be put back in the box and their best option for avoiding mass panic and a human-vampire war, is the gradual release of information. Saloman is using the interest of a well-known television journalist to push his plan forward faster…

Elizabeth Silk labors to give birth to Saloman’s daughter. What consequences might this birth bring? 

That’s the big question J. The child of Elizabeth and Saloman has been prophesied to bring about peace between humans and vampires and to ensure the survival of both species. Konrad regards the baby as “devil’s spawn”, a guarantee of Saloman’s dominance over humanity by making vampires appear acceptable in cute baby form. Rebellious vampires – and they’re chaotic by nature – are also worried by a Salaoman “dynasty” personified in a partial human. Elizabeth believes the child’s very existence will improve understanding between humans and vampires. After all, vampires aren’t meant to be able to breed, so the baby is a bit of a miracle in herself!

Marsha, thanks so much for asking about the book, and for having me on your blog today J.
Blood Hunters: a sequel series to the Awakened by Blood trilogy

Blood Hunters, Book 1

Natural enemies, deadly attraction...

Mihaela, a fearless vampire hunter secretly haunted by loneliness and childhood tragedy, finds it difficult to adjust to the new world order where vampires are not always the bad guys. She's taking a much needed vacation in Scotland when she sees a little boy being chased through the streets of Edinburgh. Rescuing him brings bigger problems - two vampires from her past: Gavril, who killed her family; and the reclusive and troubled Maximilian, gifted Renaissance artist and one-time overlord of the most powerful undead community in the world. Maximilian once saved her life and now needs that favor returned.

The earth moves for Mihaela in more ways than one. From Scotland to Budapest and Malta, she  races against time to prevent a disastrous, vampire-induced earthquake and save an innocent yet powerful child – all while fighting a dreadful attraction to Maximilian, her only ally, whom she can’t afford to trust. For Maximilian, the hunter becomes a symbol of renewed existence, as he struggles to accept his past and rediscovers his appetite for blood and sex - and maybe even happiness.

Blood Hunters, Book 2

Obsession... a wounded hunter, a damaged vampire

Six months ago, vampire hunter and inventive genius Istvan nearly died in the seminal battle that would change the relationship between humans and vampires forever.

A year before that, he first encountered sexy vampiress, Angyalka, owner of the Angel Club, favored haunt of the undead. Istvan won that round, but when he recklessly seeks her out again in search of the secret of angels, he's alone and so exhausted he can barely stand, let alone fight vampires. Plus Angyalka's out for revenge, and very happy to use his powerful sexual attraction to her…

But Angyalka has her own secret weaknesses amd terrifying strengths even she doesn't understand. Their battle becomes one of wits and sex, but when someone bombs the club, they fight together to contain all the threats closing in on the Angel, from humans and vampires, including the sadistic killer who could just be dangerous enough to finally topple undead overlord Saloman.

As Istvan struggles to harness the mysterious power of angels, Angyalka needs a deeper strength to send away the fascinating hunter who delivers on all her deepest sensual desires and yet can't come to terms with her vampire nature.

Blood Hunters, Book 3

Ebook $2.99

A child is born...into the final showdown of Vampire and Hunter

The face of a killer, the heart of a lost child…

Konrad once led the legendary first team of Hungarian vampire hunters. Now, refusing to ally with the undead, he goes his own way, slaughtering vampires across the length and breadth of Europe.

The dying thoughts of one such vampire send Konrad to Britain in search of a dangerous instrument that  might be just what he needs in his obsessive war with undead overlord Saloman – a war he’s determined to win at any cost. The only being who can lead him to the instrument and its current, evil possessor, is sexy, mysterious, young Glaswegian vampire Maggie, who holds herself aloof from her own kind.

Maggie sees much more than Konrad’s anger and cruelty. She makes it her mission to reach beyond the horrors of his past and find the man he should have been. Difficult, when he threatens her heart as well as everything she believes in; and when her whole being clamors for his body and his blood.

While journalists circle, about to break the news of vampire existence on mainstream television, Elizabeth Silk labors to give birth to Saloman’s daughter: and Maggie plays a dangerous game that risks everyone for her belief in one troubled man.

About Marie Treanor
Award winning author 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 has published nearly forty 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. She is now self-publishing three new paranormal series.
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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous epic fantasy romance: Book One, SEEKING A SCRIBE, Book Two, HERITAGE AVENGED, Book Three, LOST VOLUMES, and Book Four, STAUROLITE. For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.


Marie Treanor said...

Waving to Marsh and Marsha's readers! Thanks so much for the interview, Marsha - lovely to be on your blog :).


Marsha A. Moore said...

Marie, it's wonderful to have you spend a day here.

Marie Treanor said...

Thank you :)

blcsdina said...

Maria-Gorgeous cover and outstanding blurb! Love vampires and love angels. Dina Rae