Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Guest blog and Giveaway with Rachel Carrington

My Vampires—My Heroes
Rachel Carrington

A reader asked me on a blog what I did to make my vampires different as there are so many vampire romances out today. It was an excellent question and one that really had me thinking. In the end, I told her that it wasn’t a matter of making the vampires different; it was a matter of making the heroes inside them different.

Readers of vampire romance have come to expect a certain mythology, and some don’t appreciate the authors who change the rules of the game, so to speak. There are, of course, exceptions. Stephanie Meyer created a vampire world that was vastly different from any other, and she gained quite an extraordinary fan base, myself included. But for the most part, vampire romance aficionados want the vampires who can be killed by stakes, sunlight, and fire.

When I write vampires, I don’t change much of the lore. They all stay away from crosses, bay windows, and the beach. It’s the man inside the vampire that I change. How they deal with who they are, how they interact with humans while wanting to drink from their jugular, and most of all, how they fall in love. 

In every book I write, I try to create a different hero; it’s a little more challenging when I’m writing a vampire as their exterior is similar to the last vampire I created. So I come up with unique ways for them to satisfy their thirst for blood or to have it removed. Or I throw in other conflicts and challenges that don’t just revolve around what they are like a curse from a witch, a lover who begins killing his kind, or a human who goes looking for a vampire because she needs a specific guide in the mountains of Romania.

To me, it’s most important to write about the man that still exists within the exterior of the vampire. That’s what makes him still capable of love and passion and someone who can look forward to eternity instead of dreading it.

To find out more about my books, you can visit me on the web at, follow me on Twitter @rcarrington2004, on Pinterest @rcarrington2004, and friend me on Facebook @rachelcarringtonwrites. I’m also on Goodreads.

Vampire Cursed
Release Date
: May 4, 2012
Series: Vampires Destined
Book Length: Novella
Book Type: eBook
Vampires Destined Series

Three vampires. Separate destinies. All desiring a woman to love them for who they are not what they are.
Book One

Cursed to live alone. Existing as cold, soulless vampire. His life is no longer his own.

Nathaniel, Duke of Lehr, has been waiting for someone to love, a woman to break the witch’s curse that holds him captive within the walls of his own home. For only unfettered, unconditional love will sever the ties binding him to a reality he abhors.

Abby’s been drawn to Castle Lehr for a long time. She wants an interview with the elusive owner, a chance for a big break in journalism. But the story isn’t one she can write about in the newspaper.
One moment, one connection, is all it takes for Nathaniel to realize his heart will be forever bound to Abby’s, but could she ever trust a vampire much less love one?


Release Date: May 30, 2012
Series: Vampires Destined
Book Length: Novella
Book Type: eBook

Vampires Destined Series

Three vampires. Separate destinies. All desiring a woman to love them for who they are not what they are.

Book One

Forgotten in the mountains of Romania. Forced to live a life he didn’t choose. Suffering the daily pain of loneliness. Spending an eternity without the touch of a woman’s hand.

Though damned as a vampire, Rhad Valentine has been given what some might call the gift of psychic sight. He sees it as a constant reminder of real life going on without him—a life he cannot live.

Mischa Bonovich is on a desperate mission to find her missing sister, Rianna. Led to the mountains of her homeland by the faint call of Rianna’s voice, Mischa needs Rhad’s gift and his strength.

Wild hunger, both foreign and welcome, drives Rhad to his knees. He’d never held a woman so soft. Kissed one so responsive. And in spite of his inner protests, he’ll do anything to help her. Anything to feel just one more touch of her hand.

In the dark forests of Romania, Rhad’s desire won’t be quenched until he tastes what only Mischa can offer, but first, he must save her from a man who has nothing to lose. A man who holds a deadly secret that could tear Mischa from Rhad’s arms before love can happen.

Release Date: June 29, 2012
Series: Vampires Destined – Book III
Book Length: Novella
Book Type: eBook

Vampire Betrayed
Book III

Damned to be a creature of the night. Disillusioned by the promise of love which can never be his. Betrayed by his own and the woman he loves.

Joaquin never intended to fall in love, especially not with a mortal. A human could never understand his kind, the torture of his daily existence, but his heart doesn’t follow his head. And he finds love in the arms of a woman who knows nothing about his true existence.

After just three short months, Arian believes she’s has found the man she would risk everything for. Then she learns the truth. A dark, twisted truth that becomes the catalyst for a life-changing decision when she believes a sorceress’s lies.

Once together, Joaquin and Ariana now find themselves on the opposite ends of the battlefield. Vampire versus hunter. Each destined to kill the other. Neither able to forget the magical nights, the feel of skin on skin, or the sounds of whispers in the dark.
In a world of betrayal and lies, love is crushed, but Joaquin isn’t ready to give up. And when he discovers the true nature of Ariana’s change, he has to save her before she realizes what she has become.


Rachel is offering a giveaway of an ebook copy of either Vampire Cursed, Vampire Forgotten, or Vampire Betrayed- winner's choice

Just leave a comment and your email- tell us which book you'd like


Debby said...

I love what you say about the vampires and how they are different. I enjoy reading about different vampires but there are some things that define a vampire. I would love the first book in the series if I should win. I do not have any of themas yet.
debby236 at gmail dot com

jfort357 said...

These books sound very intriguing!!! Luv vamp romance novels!!! I'd luv to win the first book in the series!!! Thanks for the fantastic giveaway & the chance to win!!! :-)


Rachel Carrington said...

I agree, Debby. There are definitely some things that define a vampire. Thanks for commenting and entering the giveaway!

Rachel Carrington said...

I'm with you, J! I love vampire romance novels, too. Thanks for commenting and entering the giveaway!

donnas said...

Sounds great. Vamps are still my fav. I would love the first - Vampire Curses.

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Maria pronounced Mariah said...

I love all paranormals but vampires are still my first love.

I would prefer the first novella Vampire Cursed.

Thank you so much!
mmafsmith at gmail dot com

bn100 said...

All the books sound good. I would like Vampire Betrayed.