Creature Feature with Jennifer James (Giveaway)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Welcome to our brand spanking new
 "Creature Feature"
 each week we will have an author on here talking to us about their spin on a paranormal "creature" from their books.

Today's Guest of Honor is 
Jennifer James
Hope you Enjoy!

  • What is your creature?
 A vampire that is the result of evolution and genetics…and maybe a little magic.
  • Name: 
Daniel (Aka T.T.B.—Tall, Tanned, and Blonde)
  • Is your creature from a specific part of the world?  
He’s lived all over the place, the most recent before America is Venice, Italy. Today he’s living in Cleveland, Ohio, in a very posh condo on the shores of Lake Erie.
  • Physical Description?
 About 6’3”, with wavy blonde hair he wears a little long so that it often falls into his gorgeous baby blues. Built like an NBA player, Daniel is lanky, but well muscled and tanned…everywhere. He has a small amount of chest hair and a happy trail any woman would love to follow to see if he’s a natural blonde. On his left pectoral he has a tattoo done in shades of black, grey, and white of a snake wrapped around a sword blade oruboros style.
  • What book or series does this creature appear in?
 Daniel is from the Hunger Series, and you meet him right off the bat in chapter one of book one, Hunger Embraced.
  • What is the history of this creature? 
Well, I don’t want to give too much away because it would be a spoiler for the series. But what I can say is that vampires have lived among humans for several centuries, doing their best to keep a low profile. Daniel himself is a Guardian for the Vampire Council, and he has several homes throughout the world. He has a mystical tie to the ocean, so most of his homes are as close to the water as he can get them. He finds the sound of the waves soothing.
  • What are their strengths? 
Psychic powers, physical strength and speed, excellent fighting skills, and patience.
  • What are their weaknesses?  
The race as a whole is in decline. They are dying out because they reproduce very slowly or not at all. Most humans die if they attempt to become a vampire. They have also grown in many ways arrogant of their own superiority, and the Vampire Council is so archaic that they don’t function well anymore.
  • How long can they live?  
Indefinitely. They are alive, so therefore they should die, but the magic in their make-up allows a vampire to live for hundreds or even thousands of yreas. But most don’t make it that long.
  • What so they need to survive?
 Daniel needs blood, but because he can also eat (and does!) human food, he doesn’t need blood all that often. If he’s injured, then his need for blood increases. He also needs extra sugar. So you’ll often catch him munching on M&M’s.
  • What are some unique characteristics that set them apart from humans?
 Well, the fangs. And many of them have some modicum of magical ability. Daniel can read minds and influence people with his voice.
  • Are they made or born? 
Once upon a time, they were all born. Now the vast majority are made, but if a human lacks the proper DNA sequencing, they’ll die trying to be turned.
  • Your Creature VS Common Folk Lore: Tell us the differences and similarities:  
Well, Daniel has fangs and drinks blood. He can use his voice to manipulate people and has some other magic. But, he’s not dead, garlic and sunlight don’t bother him, a stake to the heart won’t kill him and neither will silver. The only sure way to kill a vampire is to cut their head off, burn the body, mix a bunch of iron in with the ashes, and dump the whole thing in running water. He doesn’t usually kill people when he feeds, and he doesn’t need an invitation to enter your home. (But I bet if you saw him standing there, you’d invite him in. *grin*)

She’s fed up with being fed on.

All Miranda Thibodeaux really wants to do is survive corporate hell and be left alone. But as the daughter of the Incubi king, being left along isn’t on her schedule. And as an avatar to a goddess with multiple personality issues, taking things in stride isn’t either.

Daniel looks like an ordinary surfer boy--T. T. B.--Tall, Tanned, and Blonde. Hot he may be, but ordinary he’s not. Beneath the pretty packaging lies a ruthless warrior, a servant to the Vampire Council. His mission is to find Miranda and present her to the council, then get the hell out of Dodge before he loses his focus. The last thing he needs is the distraction of the testy female.

When circumstances force Miranda to turn to T.T.B. for help, they both end up with more than they bargained for. And that normal human life she wanted? Not really doable when everyone wants a piece of her...

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Author Bio:

Multi-published author are not three words that Jennifer James ever thought she would be associated with. Author of erotica and erotic romance, what she likes best are happy endings – whatever that might mean for the characters. Wife, mother of two Tiny Divas, and college student,  when not writing Jenn enjoys the outdoors, adventures of all sorts, horror movies, and the occasional comic book.
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  1. Cool new column! I love when authors put a new spin on zombies/vampires/various other creatures. Looking forward to reading more :)

  2. Loved the sound of this book...I'm going to check it out! Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a great idea! Love the interview! And now I'm looking forward to read more about Daniel.

  4. Okay, did it all, I am like 32. I loved this interview, and I am totally intrigued by this series. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  5. @Kristen: It's fun to create your own creature...and let your imagination run wild saying "What if?" and then you get to follow those plot bunnies. :)

    @pc: Thanks so much, I hope you like it. :)

    @Evie: Daniel is a sexy beast. LOL. And he's one of my favorite characters to date. I hope you like him too.

    @Aurian: Thanks so much! I'm hoping to have book 2 ready to submit to my editor after Christmas, so hopefully it will be ready for publication in the early part of next year.

    @The ladies of AwesomeSauce: Thanks so much for hosting me and letting me do a Creature Feature! It was fun, and I feel like I'm in a special club. Some of my favorite authors have done them for you guys before, and it so nifty to be on that list with them.

  6. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  7. This book sounds great! I will have to put it on my TBR list. One of the things that I love about paranormals is that authors can create their characters and either follow or disregard the folk lores. I love that they can create totally unique stories.

  8. I love the creature feature, what fun. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway

  9. @erin: Thanks very much. :)

    @June M. Thank you. And that's what I like too. I get to play around and do what I like...just as long as I don't violate my own rules.

    @Shannon Ro: You're welcome, I'm glad you liked the post.

  10. Sounds great, love vampires.
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  11. Great new feature.Enjoyed reading it.
    Hunger Embraced sounds really good

  12. Awesome giveaway! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  13. Hey guys! Thanks for commenting! :)

  14. This series sounds right up my alley. :D Can't wait to start reading them.

  15. I would love to read this series. It sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Thanks for joining us today Jennifer. I loved the interview and will be adding Hunger Embraced to my TBR pile.

  17. This interview was different but interesting nonetheless.

  18. OH MY! Thanks to all of you for the kind comments! I'm so excited that you're interested. :)

    I have the rough draft of the second book in the series finished, and my editor is chomping at the bit to get her hands on it. LOL Hopefully it will hit the stacks early next year.


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