Today’s guest is Regina Morris, who introduces her Colony Series of vampire romances. As a special treat, she interviews her vampire hero for us as well! Welcome to Susana’s Morning Room, Regina!
Vampires. Is there no greater (or sexier) hero out there? Shape-shifters do catch my eye, but for me, vampires are the sexiest heroes in paranormal romances. I’ve always preferred the lighthearted romances compared with the darker stories. Put a misunderstood, lonely vampire in a novel that doesn’t want romance, or doesn’t know he wants it, and introduce a love interest that steams up the page? Yep. That’s a good story!
There are so many vampire novels out there to read. For me, what makes each one unique is their individual worlds. Some authors have their vampires unable to be in sunlight, some authors have their vampires dead all day, while others, like me, prefer vampires around 24/7. It really is up to the author what vampire lore they want to keep for their stories. Plus, some authors throw in a twist to make their vampires even more unique. The vampires in my Colony series novels can alter their age based upon the blood they drink. A lot of blood daily, they’re young. Wean off of the blood, they can be old. This comes in handy when you live multiple lives as federal agents protecting the presidents of the United States over the last 150 years.
My novel Eternal Service is the first book in the Colony Series. This story follows the coven master, Raymond, who is a lonely individual with great responsibility. He has noble beliefs, but falls short. He’s a flawed character, and who doesn’t love that? His only friend is the token human of the group who is the human liaison between the team and the President. This human is retiring, thus the story introduces the love interest, Alexandra Brennan, who is the man’s replacement. Raymond secludes himself from interacting with humans, especially female humans, but he is drawn to Alexandra. Will his heart or is mission be compromised? Alexandra has a past that haunts her and she’s un-trusting of men. Will she follow her heart or her career? Together, can they save the President?
Book #2 of the Colony Series, United Service, will be available in the fall of 2013. It is the story of Raymond’s half-breed son Sterling. Sterling is a modern-day vampire who clashes with his father’s antiquated ideals. Being the half-breed of the group, Sterling knows he’s the team’s weakest link and he hates it. Sterling jumps at an opportunity to do some field work rescuing kidnapped vampire children and is accompanied by a nanny of one of the kidnapped children. The nanny, Kate, is a purebred vampire. Can Sterling put behind his philandering ways and woo the lovely Kate? Will Kate accept the advances of a half-breed? Can they save the children from a religious cult who wants to kill them?
Book #3 of the Colony Series is called Enduring Service and will be available in 2014. Sulie (Raymond’s sister) has been in love with the same human man for nearly thirty years, but refuses to allow herself the joy of true love because her love is unrequited by her human boss, Dixon. As Dixon’s retirement looms near, and his memory of Sulie and the last thirty years of his life is about to be erased, does she confront her fear of intimacy and take a leap of faith before it’s too late? Dixon has decided that it’s time to retire and enjoy what time he has left. When Sulie is kidnapped during a medical emergency, Dixon realizes that retirement means giving up everything, and everyone, he’s known for the last three decades. Will he risk his life, and his heart, to save her?
I’ve read many vampire romance novels and have discovered five critical elements that exist in the books that I love and read over and over again. When I began writing my novels I made sure that all of these elements made it into my books. First, I made my vampires not want for money. Who wants to read a story of a broke vampire who lives on the streets? I’d rather have them in a stately mansion that is exquisitely furnished. Secondly, the vampires are not loners. I wanted my vampires to work together in a group and have a close bond to one another. Third, I didn’t want blood to be an issue where they spend half the novel hunting humans. The Colony receives bagged blood from Uncle Sam. Fourth, I like when the vampires have a common enemy or goal. Lastly, I enjoy stories where there is some sort of ruling body governing the vampires. In my Colony series the Vampire Council arranges marriages, blood deliveries and much more for the vampires.
I have outlines for at least another three books in the Colony series and have outlined a YA mystery that I plan to release next year. If you visit my website (www.reginamorris.com) you can connect with me in various social medias.
About Eternal Service
Raymond smiled at Alex. It was a beautiful smile, not fake or forced. Alex could always tell when it’s real. His black colored eyes held the smile, not just his luscious, full lips. She noticed his hair was a bit damp, probably due to a last minute shower on his way over. His hair was parted tonight, and a curl of bangs hung lopsided onto his forehead. It gave him a Superman appearance. She always did like Superman.
Alex knew her pulse sped up as she took in the visual strip tease in her mind. She thought back to their earlier conversation. Humans and vampires could have sex together. Sex. She swallowed hard. She hadn’t thought of having sex with a man in a long time. Her heart sped up even faster. She wondered if he could hear it. If he did, he
didn’t show it. He just sat sipping his wine, looking sexy as hell.
Her glass was in her hands, and she took a gulp of wine hoping to squelch the heat she was feeling. Instead it fueled the flame. Would sex with a vampire be different than with a human? If it was, she was betting it would be better. The sexual relationships she had in the past, if she could remember that far back, were moderately satisfying. Definitely not romance novel, page turning, steamy … but satisfying.
Blinking a few times, she realized she was staring at his crotch. Could she be more obvious? She knew in her heart that she was going to take this promotion. She couldn’t start a romance with a team member, it wasn’t professional. She wasn’t that type of woman. Plus, there was no guarantee that he was interested in her that way. He had treated her with nothing but respect.
His black eyes beheld hers, and her breath caught. The glass she held suddenly seemed slippery in her hands due to her now sweaty palms. He was clean shaven today. The last few days he had a scruffy, rogue look about him, which was a great look for him. Today, with not a whisker in sight, he looked down-right sinful.
Actually, the blackened eyes gave him a mysterious quality. Maybe she could be that type of woman? Perhaps an exception could be made this one time. She stared at his lips, wanting so desperately to taste them.
“Alex?” he asked.
Alex looked up, making eye contact. “What?”
“Are you okay? You’ve been quiet for several minutes.”
Eternal Service is available on Amazon.
Interview with Raymond
Q: Raymond, can you tell me a little more about the Colony and its role for the US government?
A: Vampires exist. Our numbers may be small, but like in any culture, you have individuals who obey rules and others who do not. These rogue vampires have attacked the U.S. government and the presidents in the past. This is why the Colony was established. Always a member of the Colony is in the President’s inner circle of protection.
Q: How would a vampire attack on the President be different from a human one?
A: A vampire could attack in the same ways as a human could. Of course, the human Secret Service would have difficulty in subduing or even killing the vampire attacker. For what would be different, a vampire could compel the President. Perhaps convince the President to declare war, veto a bill, or do something else that is against his administration’s policies.
Q: So the President is aware of the existence of vampires?
A: I think we’re listed on page 90 of the President’s book of secrets.
A: No. I’m just kidding. I’ve never seen the book, but I do know one exists. I’m sure we’re in there somewhere. Once the President takes office he is briefed about us by the Colony director.
Q: The Colony director—can you tell us more about that person’s role?
A: The director is a human, and the liaison between the President and our team. The director’s role changes with each President. If the President is uncomfortable in our presence, then he will generally keep his distance and rely on the director to convey anything of importance to us.
Q: Has any President taken un-kindly to having vampires around?
A: Several. They agree to the need, so they rely heavily on the director to interface with us so they won’t have to directly.
Q: Is the current President nervous around vampires?
A: No. He enjoys spending time with a few of the team members.
Q: Which team members?
A: Agent Ben Gatto and my son Sterling Metcalf.
Q: You work with your son?
Q: Our sources suggest he’s quite the ladies’ man. Would you like to comment on that?
Q: Alright, we don’t have to talk about that, but what about his service to the team? I understand Sterling is a half-breed.
A: And you have something against vampires with mixed parentage?
Q: Uh, no. He’s the only member though on your team who wasn’t turned or born a purebred, correct?
Q: Does that make him a liability?
A: I’m proud of my son’s commitment to this country. He’s a very patriotic and dedicated soldier.
Q: Is he the youngest member of the Colony?
A: No. The youngest would be turning 65 this year. I’m the oldest. I’m 199 years old.
Q: Are you considered an old vampire?
A: By some.
Q: Can vampires die? What can kill you?
A: Can we remain focused on the Colony and its role protecting the presidents?
Q: Of course. When was the Colony established?
A: At the end of the Civil War my sister, son and our friend Ben were all sympathetic to the North. Ben and I fought along some of the northern soldiers that reported directly to President Lincoln. A close military aide to Lincoln discovered what we were. At the time Lincoln feared the end of the war would be prolonged if our existence was known. He already had the human race divided into two and was trying to pull them together, so he wasn’t ready to tackle a new species at the time.
Q: So Abraham Lincoln knew of the existence of vampires?
A: It was one reason he established what is now known as the Secret Service. We were to blend in as best we could. After his death it was decided that we should be our own task force.
Q: I know this will be a delicate question to ask, but with the vampires protecting the president, how was it that JFK was assassinated?
A: That was a tough day for all of us. Our image was always blurred by the non-digital cameras. There were a few reporters who had grown suspicious. Since it was a convertible car, we didn’t sit next to the President that day.
Q: I’m sure your team did everything it could to protect the President.
A: We tried.
Q: You work closely with two of your family members.
A: Yes. Like I said, my sister and son helped me and Ben to establish the Colony.
Q: Can you tell us more about your sister, Sulie?
A: Sulie has always been a blessing in my life. She’s younger than I am, but only by a few years. Our parents died shortly after I was widowed. I had to look after Sulie and my son Sterling on my own. Give them a home, keep them safe. We have always been close.
Q: Since your son is a half-breed, your late wife must have been human. Do many vampires marry humans?
Q: But you did. Why did you choose to marry a human woman?
A: Because I loved her.
Q: How did she die?
A: This interview is over.
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