Thanks so much for inviting me onto your blog today to talk about a favourite subject of mine ― vampires!
A different type of vampire.
When I got the idea for Blood Ties, the first book in my Vanderguard Vampire trilogy, I struggled with what type of vampires I wanted to write about. Should they be the evil, soulless creatures of old or a more modern type of vampire? Idecided that the book should contain all the traditional elements of vampire stories, but with a modern twist.
And so in my world, there are three types of vampire.
Firstly there are those who were born a vampire, like my hero, Prince Thomas Vanderguard. Thomas and his family can exist on a diet of both human food and blood and are able to walk in the sun. Then there are made vampires who can beeither good or evil, depending on how they were created. Turned vampires are much like the traditional vampires of old. They can survive only on a diet of blood and sunlight will kill them. So when Thomas falls in love with Daniel, a human man who begs Thomas to change him into a vampire, Thomas is torn. Daniel could become an evil soulless Drone like the ones Thomas’ family have been fighting against for centuriesor his humanity could remain intact.
The story begins with Thomas waiting for Daniel to awaken after Thomas has turned him, then goes back a year to when they first met and follows the events leading up to Daniel’s transition.
The question is, what type of vampire will Daniel become― good or evil?
Excerpt from Blood Ties:
Covering Daniel’s hand with his, Thomas studied his lover’s face. Daniel’s life would change when he awoke—irrevocably. He’d have to give up his job and the friends he’d made since arriving in town, and he would have to avoid the places he used to frequent at all costs. Nothing could remain the same. For all intents and purposes, Daniel would be a dead man, and men didn’t walk around after their hearts stopped beating.
Sunlight would also be a thing of the past.
Thomas’ breath left his chest in a long, weary exhale. He supposed he should move Daniel’s body out of the honey gold beam that shone through the gap in the drapes and illuminated his lover’s rugged face, but he didn’t have the heart. If Daniel was aware of anything in his current state of limbo, then it should be the sun’s warm caress on his skin. There was nothing that Thomas could do for his lover while the vampire gene spread throughout his body, altering everything it touched. There was little he could give him until he awoke, but he could give him one more day of sunlight, and surely that was the most precious gift of all.
Thomas and all other born vampires could tolerate sunlight as much as any human being, but turned vampires could not. The best vampire doctors and scientists had spent centuries trying to discover the reason behind the difference, but they were no closer to finding an answer than they had been a century ago. Daniel had known what he was giving up when he’d asked Thomas to change him.
He hadn’t cared.
Perhaps he wouldn’t for the first few hundred years, but what about after that? Would he resent Thomas for cursing him to an eternity of having to sleep with one eye open in case an enemy snuck up on him to slit his throat in the middle of the day?
Daniel believed he knew everything about the life he was getting into, but he saw it through rose-colored spectacles. He had a romantic notion about living forever with the man he loved—it was a wonderful idea. Thomas had been helpless to resist it too, even though he knew the reality. Life was cold and brutal and it took no prisoners. Daniel had just set himself up for an eternity of that and much, much more.
Blurb for Blood Ties:
Vampire prince Thomas Vanderguard’s consort was killed by a soulless vampire drone over two hundred years ago. Now that Thomas has finally found love again, can he keep Daniel safe, or is history about to repeat itself?
Vampire prince Thomas Vanderguard has been alone for over two hundred years—ever since the death blow that killed his companion, Jacob. For centuries, Drones have sought to eradicate his family’s royal lineage so that a rival family may seize the throne and gain control of their territory. But Thomas’ self-imposed solitude comes to an end when Daniel Alexander walks into his life. After several months of refusal, Thomas finally gives in to Daniel’s request to change him into a vampire, even though he fears Daniel will meet the same fate as Jacob.
With a possible eternity of happiness stretching out in front of them, can Thomas keep his lover safe or is history about to repeat itself?
Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a trilogy.
Publisher's Note: This book was previously published elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound.
About Lavinia Lewis:
Lavinia discovered reading at an early age and could always be found with her nose in a book. She loved getting lost in a fantasy world even then. When her parents bought her a typewriter for Christmas at aged eleven, her fate was sealed. She spent hours dreaming up characters and creating stories. Not a lot has changed. Now when she is not writing you can find her enjoying a new release e-book.
Lavinia has lived all over the UK but currently resides in London, England. She has travelled extensively to places including Africa, Asia, Australia, America and most of Europe. Although some of her books are set in Texas she has never visited the state but plans to spend time there in the near future.
She is an avid reader and her favourite authors include J L Langley, Carol Lynne, Chris Owen and Andrew Grey. Lavinia particularly loves supernatural fiction and her favourite authors in this genre include Kelly Armstrong, Keri Arthur and Charlaine Harris.
Although Lavinia is a huge fan of the romance genre, she will admit to reading anything and everything. She loves horror, a good thriller and if a book has the capacity to make her cry, well, all the better. One thing she does insist on in a book however, regardless of genre is a happy ending, so you will always find one in the books she writes.