When I was flushing out the characters for Sweet as Sin, Drake came close to being a vampire. I went back and forth but the truth was Drake didn’t work well as the undead which begs the question can vampires be uncool, feel, or at the least be playful?
No matter how you slice it, vampires are dead. As of late waves of paranormal books have sprung up romanticizing the bloodless creatures and quite a few do it well. Charlaine Harris does a great job making Bill or Erik seem like true viable suitors for Sookie even though they have been dead for hundreds of centuries. The wise old sexy vampire is the archetype she uses to allow readers to feel like these vampires have done it and seen it all. Jennifer Rardin was also able to make her vampire Vayle nearly human in her vampire hunter series Jaz Parks.
In Sweet as Sin Sienna my leading lady had grown up with Percy the vampire and she never even looked in his bloodless direction. Percy’s unattached ambivalence was perfect for Sienna’s best friend Maddie because her promiscuity never leaned toward romantic entanglements that mattered. Percy would have been more than happy to be with Sienna but unfortunately whorey skanky slores is how I view all vampires. They’re dead! Why would they have a moral compass not to cheat? Do they have a moral compass? After all, they are supposed to rip the blood from people’s veins, so why would they love their food. These are all the questions I had to ask myself pertaining to my main character.
Drake Devilin is a moody playboy that has been dealt a bad hand. A leader and protector, Drake takes on every challenge head on. Playful is one of his good characteristics and I just couldn’t mold a well rounded dead vampire into that role. The bad boy turned good vampire Angel had already been done so genetically altered wolf beast was really the only way for me to go with my main character.
Sweet As Sin
By Kenya Carlton
Genre: Multicultural Paranormal Romance
Sweet as Sin Blurb:
The rich and available Captain Drake Devilin had the biggest body count in World War I. Injected with serum that turned him into something unnatural, Drake’s troop annihilated the enemy, but once his tour ended, Drake was plunged into a world of family tragedy and financial ruin.
Sienna Caldwell is stunning to even the biggest cynic; with her exotic looks and rich brown skin, the playboy wasn’t exempt from her charms. Buckling under the pressure of his financially strapped inheritance, Drake makes a deal with the devil to marry the prosperous landowner in order to protect her.
After one year, he can return the black beauty back to her island and collect on the fortune that will save his family’s reputation, but the task proves far easier said than done. The war may have made Drake into something lethal, but he soon finds his new bride was born more powerful than he could ever imagine. Not only does Drake have to figure out away to keep his hands off his alluring wife, but also he has to make sure she stays alive.
Kenya has a B.A. in Mass communication, Television and Radio. She has fifteen years in production of television and film and five in television engineering. In 2009 Kenya Produced Dawn a short film and Executive Produced Destination Everywhere the pilot for a travel series through her production company Black R.O.K Productions established in 2008.