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Monday, September 10, 2012

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Hey, everyone! First, I want to thank Dawn and Day Dreaming Book Reviews for having me on to talk about my new series!
If you don’t know me, my name is Melissa Schroeder and I’m best known for my Harmless series,
A Little Harmless Sex A Little Harmless Pleasure A Little Harmless Obsession A Little Harmless Lie A Little Harmless Addiction A Little Harmless Submission A Little Harmless Fascination 
 a mainly BDSM contemporary series with most of the books taking place in Hawaii.  I do write in a lot of other different genres including historical and paranormal. Late in 2008, I came up with an idea to have vampires live in England and I thought the perfect time period would be Victorian.
Why Victorian? First, I will have to dial it back a bit and explain that I have a degree in history. I have always been completely enthralled it. I love to learn all aspects of a society, ie social, economical, industrial. With the Victorian age, England ushered in a different age, one where you showed the world one face, and acted differently behind closed doors.
Queen Victoria spent most of her life being embarrassed by her parents. They had numerous affairs and neither of them cared if everyone knew about it. So, in deference to the monarchy when Victoria took over, England became a little puritanical. But of course, that did not stop the debauchery. It just drove it behind the velvet curtains. People were prim and proper in public, but in private, the debauchery reached new levels. Stories of the Hell Fire Club with its public orgies and erotic gardens were whispered among many in London society. And in this era, I thought vampires roaming about among the ton might not be unnoticed, but it would be easier to hide.
For vampires who hide in plain sight, this society would be perfect. Everyone was hiding something, and it would not seem much different to see vampires maintain the expected façade like everyone else.
Once I picked the time period, I decided I wanted to build their own world within their world. Because of that, I needed classes. They have their own hierarchy. There are those that are part of the Alliance and the upper echelon of the Alliance is the Quad. While being a ranking member of the English aristocracy does count for something, being a member of the Quad, the four ranking families of the Alliance, gives you more power within the vampire society. And, anyone on the Quad is a Born-a vampire born of a union between a Carrier—a female having the gene that makes her able to birth vampires, and a vampire. There is a way of making vampires, but it is frowned upon. They can fall into a homicidal rage from which they cannot recover. If they do survive the transition, they are called Mades and society does not look kindly to them.
This whole underworld operates within the regular English society and no one noticed that much because society was accustomed to looking only skin deep.
Want to read more about them. I have a By Blood area on my Hot Stuff page on my website. And, make sure you pop on over and read the first chapter
Desire by Blood (By Blood, #1) A man with a secret.

Nicodemus Blackburn has seen the best and worst of mankind. Five hundred years of dealing with them teaches the vampire to be very wary of the creatures. Unfortunately, alarming events leave him no choice but to enter the world of the ton to hunt a villain. He must find a rogue vampire, one who is making his own army of bloodthirsty vampires. Searching for the villain is not the worst of his troubles. That can be laid at the feet of bluestocking Lady Cordelia Collingsworth.

A woman on a mission.

Cordelia has always been an outcast, even in her own family. She has forged her way in the world with her ability to write, and Nico Blackburn is the focus of her next article. Before she can obtain any information about the mysterious man, she is pulled headlong into a scandal that leaves her with no choice but to marry Nico—a man with dangerous secrets.

A passion that consumes them both.

Thrust into a world she knows nothing of, Cordelia finds herself falling in love with a man who claims to be a vampire. As their passion grows, so does the danger around them and Nico will have to call on all of his powers to protect the one thing he has realized he cannot live without: his opinionated, infuriating, and thoroughly delectable wife.

Do you want a chance to win a copy (print or digital) of the book?  Tell me what time period you would like to see vampires in? Victorian, Edwardian, the old west, Medieval? Or maybe, modern to futuristic?


54 comments:

  1. What an awesome sounding series! I haven't seen these before. I do like to read about Vampires in all time periods. I hadn't thought of the Old West. That sounds intriguing. Maybe even Colonial America.

    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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    1. Mel,
      I think the Old West would make a very interesting setting for vampires! I could just see some running around Tombstone.

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  2. I think a futuristic setting would be cool. I love the In Death series by J.D. Robb and I have thought on several occasions a futuristic setting like In Death with vampires would be very interesting. Looking forward to reading Desire by Blood. :)

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    1. I love JD Robb and I do like writing futursitics. I like the idea that I am in total control of what could happen, lol.

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  3. I think something set around civil war era deep south with vamps would be interesting. Keep up the great work Mel. We all love you.
    rmwyer at shaw dot ca

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    1. Thanks, Becki! Civil War would be cool!

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  4. I think it would be interesting to read about Vampires in the Old West.
    What would make it even more interesting is making the Vamp a Women and her praying on Cowboys she meets up with out on the Praires. Melissa anything you write I will read, love, love all your books.

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    1. Thanks! That is a very cool premise!

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  5. I can't wait to read Desire By Blood! It is a guarantee sale for me because it brings two of my most faves things together ... Mel + Vamps = 1 Amazing Book! I studied Western Civ in college because I am drawn to everything fromEgyptians, Greeks and Romans to Medival Times. So I would definitely have to pick an era from those periods of history.

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    1. YAY, another Western Civ lover. Since Malik, the hero's best friend, is an Egyptian from ancient times, you will get a bit of that in the second book!

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  6. I'm looking forward to reading this new series by Mel. I love all her other books and have no doubt I will enjoy this one as well. It would be interesting to see vampires in the Old West.

    bookfan0747@aol.com

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  7. I think any era you would write in would be great Mel, your books are amazing. 600 to 1000 AD is my fave era in history.

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    1. Thanks! I think ancient times would make an interesting setting.

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  8. This book sounds fantastic and since I love all your books it is going to be on my Kindle as soon as its available. Vampires should be "out" in a futuristic time period! I love futuristic books because it gives authors a chance to determine what happens to the world.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Susan, thanks! I love to write futustics:)

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  9. I don't have a preference on era as long as the storyline is good. I am patiently waiting for Desire... Vamp stories are one of my favs.
    latochiadanai at gmail dot com

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  10. I love the idea of Vamps in Victorian England. The whole idea fits. I would love to see a futuristic world though where they were out of the closet so to say. It's been touched on a bit by other authors but not many.

    ladyroseraven @ gmail . com

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    1. Rose,
      I have a love of futuristics, both writing and reading. I do agree, there are not enough of them, and especially not vamps.

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  11. Desired by Blood sounds HOT! I love reading about Vamps in any time period so long as it's hot and spicy with just enough magick thrown in. I love to be captured by the story and taken away to any time period.

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    1. Thanks! I am the exact same way. In one week, I will read historical, contemp and futuristic!

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  12. This sounds like such a great book.Looking forward to reading it.
    I like my vampires in modern times.
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  13. Vampires in the medieval times with armor, cross bows, knights.
    That would be truly sexy. I like the book cover and looks sexy too.

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    1. Thank you! Kendra Egert is the artist and she did a fantastic job as usual!

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  14. Hands down as long as it is written by Melissa it's in my Kindle! Now I like any romance novel but I must say my favorite is the historical type and I think Victorian is my all time favorite. I think I was born in the wrong time period cause I would love to have lived in this period! Thanks Mel for another great read.

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    1. Thank you! I have often thought the same thing about myself. I am a lover of all different time periods, but I do love Victorian. I don't think there are enough books written in that time period.

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  15. Series sounds fabulous! Just wanted to get that out if the way. I love the Victorian era dor vamps. But vsmps are hot in any time period. Thanks for the contest. Your nooks are AMAZING!

    asweet520@hotmail.com

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  16. This sounds like a great book! I'm kind of partial to vampires in modern times or maybe old west. But... What about post-apocalyptic or alternate universe? Thanks for the giveaway!

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

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    1. Susan,
      I think that post-apocalyptic book would be fab. Like maybe, they rule the world now...cool

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  17. Most of the vampire books that I read are set in the current time period, but I do like them in historicals too. I have read a few different ones set around the regency time period and some before that. I also read some futuristic settings. I guess really, as long as it is a good sounding book, the time period really does not matter much to me, they all have good points. :)
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  18. This series sounds fantastic. I'd like to read about vampires in the old west, with the cowboys, saloons, and sheriffs.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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    1. Joanne,
      I think a Vampire sheriff would be cool...or maybe a vampire killing sheriff.

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  19. HI MEL! HANDS DOWN THIS CENTURY!

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  20. Hey Mel,

    If you gonna do vamps put them in the current century or the future! I am not a great fan of historical romance genre. Vamps do better in this century and much more believable. Thanks Mel for the opportunity to share.

    Belinda belgre@comcast.net

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  21. MEl,
    Anywhere in time you put them, I'm going to like them. But I think the idea of vamps during, or around, the Tudor reign would be very interesting.
    Kris
    lowekn@gmail.com

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    1. That would be so cool. All that court intrigue with vamps!

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  22. Everyone has such great ideas!!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

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    1. Dawn, thank you so much for having me!

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  23. My first love of reading was historical romance, especially the Victorian era, but I also love the Edwardian and Medieval time. So any of the eras if you mix in vampires, oh my!! Is this a series you are starting or just a stand alone story?

    Eva
    evitap67(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. don't think i've ever seen vamps in old egypt - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  25. I'd like to see Western vampires.

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    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. WAT ABOUT MY VAMPIRE Sheik or VAMPS from Egypt:D
    thaX
    redz0451@yahoo.com

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  27. I loved this book. I think vampires in the ton is the perfect time. I also think some in the colonies/revolution time would be amazing too. :)

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

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  28. Honestly I will take vampires in any time or place but I do like the idea of old west vampires :O) Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

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  29. I'm curious about Victorian. I think this book will be awesome!

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  30. Hey. I just read the 1st book in your Harmless series and it was awesome. Looking forward to reading the other books ans starting your Vampire series. If I had to pick an era I would say colonial America in the south. Especially New Orleans where voodoo was prominent!

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  31. Brandy here. Jumping in to close this off and say that I've picked a winner via Random.org (love that handy tool). The lucky commenter is Daniel M. Congratulations. I'll be sending off an email soon about your prize. Thanks everyone who commented.

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  32. Congrats to the winner and Thank you Brandy and Melissa :)

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