Thursday, December 16, 2010
Helloooo out there in Fang-tastic Books Blogland! Whatever you celebrate during December, may you stay safe and healthy as you enjoy your family and friends!
While I’ve never been bah-humbuggy about the season, I must admit I love the holidays in St. Augustine, FL, the setting of my current vampire novels. The season here kicks off on the Saturday before Thanksgiving with the Nights of Lights, an event that has its origins in the Spanish tradition of displaying lighted white candles during the Christmas holidays. Over two million lights festoon the oaks in the Plaza and most of the buildings downtown, transforming the historic district into a fairyland from late November to the end of January.
Then there’s the British Night Watch. This event traces its roots to the twenty-one years of British occupation of The Oldest City when soldiers drummed to alert citizens that it was time get to their homes before the city gates where closed for the night. Now re-enactors dress in British regalia march up St. George Street toward the still-standing city gates, their way lit by townspeople and tourists holding white candles.
So what does my heroine Cesca think of these events? Though she was only four years old in 1784 when the British returned St. Augustine to Spanish rule, she adores the parades and pomp of the present celebrations. In my first book, La Vida Vampire, Cesca lived with her friend Maggie in a penthouse apartment right on the Plaza, so she had a bird’s eye view of the lights during her first Christmas out of the coffin. Since neither La Vida Vampire nor Cesca’s second adventure Last Vampire Standing take place during the holidays, I’ll soon be posting several short-short stories on my website that feature some of Cesca’s early experiences in her new afterlife.
My new book, Always the Vampire, will be released May 3, 2011, and I’m psyched!
Here is a short blurb:
It might seem like I’m slacking on my duties as a vampire princess, but you can bet your fangs that I’m going to be the best Maid of Honor ever for Maggie’s Victorian wedding. I want everything to be perfect, even if I have to wear a bustle. But when my mostly-human honey Saber and my shapeshifter first love Triton both fall ill due to a magical construct called the Void, I’ll have to act soon … or forever hold my peace.
If you have a favorite holiday tradition, I’d love to hear about it!
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