Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Gabrielle Bisset

Thank you, Roxanne, for having me here at Fang-tastic Books, the perfect place to talk about vampires. I’ve loved vampires for as long as I can remember. They just have the perfect mix that romance calls for. They’re eternally young. They’re often diabolical. And they have the most wonderful oral fixation that lends itself quite nicely to romance novels, and even more so to erotic romance and erotica.

Another wonderful aspect of vampires is that they can be found anywhere and at any time period, so a writer isn’t limited in where or when she wants to create the story. I chose to use Victorian England as the setting for my novella, Vampire Dreams, because it’s really one of the most sexual time periods in recent past. I hear you scoffing. Victorian England was sexual? Believe it or not, it was quite the sexy place, but it all happened underground.

Queen Victoria of England was a bit repressed, history tells us, and we have to assume her husband, Prince Albert was the same, even though a very erotic piercing is actually called the Prince Albert. (There doesn’t seem to be any evidence that he had one of these piercings. That would be incredibly sexy if he did, if you ask me.) They did have nine children, so we know these two were sexually active. But a quick glance at poor Victoria’s face would tell you she probably wasn’t getting her freak on much. Poor thing.

However, while Victoria and Albert were doing things the respectable way, an underground sex scene was forming in England that was quite active. Everything from BDSM to sex shows could be found by any curious Englishman or Englishwoman, if they knew where to look. It’s not a huge leap to say that the Victorian Age was one of the most sexually active and interesting in history. Want more proof? The vibrator was invented during this time and was sold as an essential household product for the lady of the home. And you thought modern day America was open?

Vampire Dreams takes place during these years, and I loved the underlying feeling of sex and sensuality that the setting allowed me. My characters aren’t involved in the sex scene, but the sense of the times pervades the story because in my mind, the Age of Victoria was so much more than what it seemed on its surface. Because of that, what began as a romance quickly evolved into an erotic romance novella, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that Vampire Dreams is the first novella in my trilogy of erotic romances set in Victorian England.

Here’s the blurb and a taste of the story:

Homeless and without any family, Arden Stephens must live on the streets of mid 19th century London, never a safe place for a young woman. One night, as she is running for her life from an attacker, she is rescued by Brandon Ridley and offered a place in his home as his maid. Brandon is enchanted by Arden from the moment they meet, but just as she has secrets, so too does he. A vampire hundreds of years old, he yearns for the companionship she can give him. But for that he must make her one of his kind.

Nightly, he visits her in her sleep, preparing her for the night he will finally make her his own. For Arden, the wanton dreams she has about her handsome employer seduce her and each day when she wakes up, she finds herself more drawn to him. But love and desire aren't enough for Brandon to sire her. He must first obtain the approval of his maker, an ancient vampire named Vasilije who has thwarted his chance for happiness before.

But if Brandon can convince him, he may finally find the love he's been without for centuries.


Brandon knew by midnight all in the house would be asleep, including Arden. He remained at his desk in his study, waiting patiently as the minutes ticked away. When the grandfather clock in the parlor announced midnight, he quietly ascended the stairs to her bedroom.

Once inside her room, he stood with his back pressed to the door watching her. How beautiful she was in sleep! As beautiful as during waking hours. As the glow of the moon streamed in and bathed her in its light, he was reminded of the vision of her the night before and told himself she was a natural child of the night.

She remained asleep, and as he watched, aroused by her peacefulness, his passions created a storm in him he struggled to control. So innocent, yet so desirable.

He’d purposefully avoided her since waking, sure his need for her would be met by the response of a proper lady. No, he’d have her this way and wait for her to come to him.

Almost timidly, as if what he might find may cause him to lose control of his desire, he peeled back the blanket and sheet to reveal her body covered only by a thin white nightgown. Mere fabric was all that stood between his desires and sweet satisfaction.

He stopped a moment as she unconsciously recognized the change in her sleep, and when she stilled, he sat silently on the bed next to her to study her. She was so delicate—how would she respond to his touch?

Struggling to restrain himself, he gently touched the soft collar of her nightgown and tugged on the silk ribbon at her neck. Opened, it revealed a tease of what was to come. One by one, he untied the ribbons that held the fabric closed, until he’d revealed her beautiful breasts and body.

How he wanted her! That it must be like this for now he accepted, but he eagerly awaited the time when she’d choose to come to him. In a whisper, he spoke the chant that would awaken her as if in a dream.

When she opened her eyes and gazed up at him with a knowing look, his heart pounded against his chest in fear that the enchantment hadn’t worked and she was conscious of him. But soon he saw her eyes cloud over with passion as she reached out for him and searched for his mouth with hers.

The moment his lips touched hers, his cock hardened. The feel of her tongue touching his sent his fangs shooting into position, and he slowly ran his fingertips over a pearled nipple. Hypnotized, she watched as he removed his clothes with a mere thought and returned to her, his body desperate to be next to hers.

His mouth replaced his finger on her nipple, and he tenderly sucked as she arched up toward him wanting more. Like this, she was so willing and wanton, her desire meeting his. His fangs grazed her skin as he bit down on the base of her nipple, drawing a soft moan from her throat.

Her hands tugged at his hair, urging him to continue his sweet assault. The feel of her excited skin against his lips as he sucked aroused him more, and he yearned to have her in his mouth.

Trailing kisses over her stomach, he stopped just above her dark triangle and inhaled the scent he’d enjoyed the night he’d rescued her.

She had wanted him...

Vampire Dreams can be found at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Readers can contact Gabrielle at gabriellebisset@gmail.com and visit her blog at http://gbisset.blogspot.com/

Thanks again, Roxanne! It’s been a pleasure.

Thank you Gabrille for being a Fang-tastic Guest Today

Gabrielle's even offered to giveaway a copy of her book

Would you like to win an ebook copy of Vampire Dreams?

Then leave a comment on this spot with your email address

Winner TBA Next Wednesday


Escape by Fiction said...

Cool giveaway!! This book looks amazing:)

Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

nikki said...

This book DOES look amazing.


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madsheepno1 said...

this book looks amazing
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Roxanne Rhoads said...

blogger gremlins struck again today making this go up later than scheduled- but it's up now and time for Vampire Dreams fun- hope everyone enjoys and good luck with the giveaway

Becky said...

This book looks amazing. It sounds like a fantastic story.


donnas said...

Sounds good. Thanks for sharing!

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Estella said...

Sounds like a great read!

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shadow_kohler said...

looks like an awesome book. cant wait to read it. thank you!

Jen B. said...

I would love to read this. I love the fact that the vibrator was an essential household tool. If I'm not mistaken, it was sold as a treatment to stop "the vapors" and female hysteria! Wow!

Tanya1224 said...

I think it sounds great =) I love vampire reads...please count me in.

June M. said...

Great sounding book...I really want to win a copy of this. Please?
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lindalou said...

Wow! I love vampires! Doesn't matter if they're sparkly or nasty... Ooh la la! Thanks for the giveaway!

Tore said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. I have to have this book. I really want to read it. Please enter me in contest. I love reading about vampires. Tore923@aol.com

Julie S said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds really good.

Gabrielle said...

Thanks for the comments everyone! And thanks Roxanne for having me here at Fang-tastic Books. Love the site!

Megan @ Riverina Romantics said...

This sounds really good! Definitely my type of read!

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