Monday, January 17, 2011

Welcome Guest Author Martin Sharlow

Today we have guest author Martin Sharlow here to discuss his new book-
Shades of Twilight.
He's currently on a virtual tour and will be making several stops throughout the blogosphere.
Be sure to leave a comment to say hi and welcome him to Fang-tastic Books and the world of vampire fiction.

Being fairly new to vampire romance, my inspiration comes from the movies and the books I watched. I kind of feel like most of the heroines from all the books built into one that became Melissa. Well, maybe not Sookie. I've only seen her in True Blood so far, and I'd have to say she is kind of different from most of the others. If I had to say what one book I drew a lot of my inspiration for Melissa? I'd say My Blood Approves. That book made me aware of the wonders that could be found in such books. Alice and Melissa are very similar in book one in my opinion. I think they shift away about midway through the book, but she was definitely my inspiration.

Michael, on the other hand is my knight in shining armor, at least what I envisioned one to be if he were a vampire and in the modern world. He's the handsome stranger that’s there when you need him. Always with a smile on his face as if there’s some secret joke going on that he's the only one in on it. Smart, strong, compassionate and ready to help. He's the ultimate good guy except he's a vampire, which means he also has his dark side, something he has to keep under control.

Those are my two mains. There’s a few more minor characters that pop up, but most of them were just minor persons who sprung up out of my imagination as I needed them.

Shades of Twilight Blurb:

Melissa has waited her whole life to move out and start her own. This is her first summer after graduating and now she has her own place and a job. Everything she wanted is starting to happen.

Until the accident.

When the most gorgeous guy she has ever seen saves her life, he also forever changes it. What do you do when you find out that life as you have always known it isn’t real, and the man you love is a vampire, out to save you from something worse?

Shades of Twilight by Martin Sharlow, Excerpt

The lights came back on in the theater, and still half the people hadn't left yet. The first portion got up and left the moment the credits came up, but the rest sat in their seats and talked about everything they'd just watched. A few of the last people leaving let their eyes linger on Michael as they walked out, but most didn't even seem to notice him any longer. I guess they were more wrapped up in their new world of vampires and werewolves. I couldn't blame them, really. Bella's world looked all romantic and fun. Somehow even with a horde of vampires trying to kill her, the movie seemed to make it a cool thing. I realized that, had I been Bella and that was my life, it wouldn't seem so cool anymore. At the moment, though, it did. Her romanticized life seemed preferable to mine, and yet a part of me knew I wouldn't leave mine right now even if it were possible.

I looked over at Michael to see him sitting there staring at me. I wondered what he was thinking, if he thought I was his Bella, or was he just amused that I had the need to escape into fantasy. I noticed a kernel of popcorn stuck on his shoulder, then one in his hair, and couldn't help wonder how they got there.

"Are we done yet?" He asked with a bit of hope in his eyes. "Or are we going to go get another ticket and watch it again?"

He looked so adorable right now, just sitting there with popcorn in his hair. I wasn't sure what it was or why he so appealed to me right then, but without thinking I found myself pressing my lips against his silky soft ones. His lips warmed to the touch of mine, as we kissed.

About Martin Sharlow

Martin Sharlow was always a storyteller. In his youth he used to play roleplaying games and usually he was the game master. That allowed him to create and modify stories and then tell them to his captive audience in the form of a game. Because of this and the many fantasy books he read, Martin went the next step and started writing fantasy novels.

Recently, however, Martin changed genres to vampire romance as he got bitten by the vampire bug. This happened after picking up one of the latest novels and finding himself hooked on it. Today Martin has written two vampire romance novels, and is in the process of writing many more.

Martin currently lives in Vancouver, WA with two of his three children, who help to keep him grounded in reality.

You can visit Martin Sharlow at

For more about Martin visit him during his virtual book tour- here's his schedule


Rebecca Camarena said...

Thank you Fagtastic Books for hosting Martin Sharlow during his virtual book tour.

Roxanne Rhoads said...

Thank you martin for being a guest today, happy to be a stop along your virtual tour.

targoun said...

I want to thank you for having me here. I wanted to point out as well that Shades of Twilight is now available in paperback.
It was a little slow in coming. Here's a link:

Martin Sharlow

Tina Folsom said...

absolutely love the cover! Where did you get the photo, Martin? It's amazing.

Martin said...

Hi Tina! My daughter actually put it together. I have no idea, but she likes to take different photos from stock and mix them together.

I'll have to ask her next time I see her.