The Pleasure in Vampirism
Although vampires share one common characteristic--the need to drain something, whether it’s blood or energy--in many ways they’re all different. They have different personalities, backstories and fictional worlds with their own rules.
As a lifelong fan of the vampire myth, I like most types of vampires, ranging from creepy Nosferatu to sexier modern vampires. Everyone has their own idea about what makes a vampire interesting, likeable or compelling. For me, I prefer a vampire who enjoys his own nature.
I have no problem with a brooding vampire, especially if he’s brooding about something other than being a vampire. Even if a vampire basically hates what he is, if he enjoys something about his powers, then he’s usually more interesting.
In my Weapons of Redemption series, five men who were abducted by a vampire pirate and changed by him have banded together to fight evil. They hate that they were forced to change and they’re furious at their vampiric father, but each has found something enjoyable about vampirism.
For Ansley and Brayden, the heroes of Marksmen, they’ve found pleasure in the possibility of spending a long life together. As children they had only each other to depend on. As men their friendship turned to romantic love. They expect to spend centuries together, but the monster who granted them the gift of long life might be the one to take it away.
What type of vampire is your favorite? What characteristics make them appealing to you?
I hope you enjoy the following excerpt from Weapons of Redemption 4: Marksmen.
Excerpt from Weapons of Redemption 4: Marksmen by Saloni Quinby
Tarun and Bryce stood outside the door. Blood flowed from a deep bite on Tarun’s neck. Claw marks streaked Bryce’s face and his shirt was torn and bloodstained.
“He needs blood, but he damn near killed us,” Tarun said.
“Let me in.” Brayden strode forward.
“Bray, he could very well destroy you,” Bryce said. “He didn’t even recognize me.”
“He’ll know me,” Brayden said. “Now let me pass.”
Tarun and Bryce exchanged glances, then Tarun pulled back the bolts and opened the door. Brayden stepped into the dark hold and Tarun slammed the door shut behind him.
His vampiric eyes saw well in the darkness. Ansley crouched in a corner, his breathing ragged. His clothes were torn and soaked in sweat. Ringlets of dark hair clung to his face and neck. He glared at Brayden with wild, red-tinged eyes -- the eyes of a starving animal.
“Ans, I’m here to help you.”
Growling, Ansley leapt at Brayden and knocked him onto his back. Straddling him, he bared his fangs, about to tear Brayden’s throat. Despite his fear, at that moment Brayden was willing to suffer a painful bite. If Ansley didn’t feed enough to satisfy his hunger, he’d die. Mathias had starved him, driven off his humanity and left him desperate. This hunger -- this rage -- had to end, either by feeding or death. Brayden couldn’t bear the thought of losing his closest friend… a man he loved more than his own life.
Something stopped Ansley from biting. His brow furrowed and the suffering in his eyes tore at Brayden’s heart. Despite his pain and need, he somehow recognized Brayden and was fighting off his hunger.
“It’s all right.” Brayden tilted his head, exposing his neck. “Take me, Ans. We’ll either live or die together.”
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About Saloni Quinby
The child of a painter and a psychic dreamer, Saloni Quinby feels spirituality and storytelling go hand-in-hand. She loves the scent of gardenia, the sound of wind chimes and the taste of honey. By listening to what isn't said, she creates works based on unspoken desires. Saloni prefers blurred gender lines and many varieties of romance. In a world where passion must at times be restrained, she believes erotica is a pleasure to be shared. With her stories she would like to make her fantasies yours and hopes you enjoy the ride.
She also writes under the name Kate Hill. Please visit her online at http://www.kate-hill.com, http://www.twitter.com/katehillromance and https://www.facebook.com/kate.hill.92505.
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