Today I’m thrilled to have as my guest Ciaran Dwynvil. This smokin’ indie author has a new release out, In Blue Poppy Fields. I’m sure you’ll have a ball getting better acquainted with the vampires in this series, so I won’t keep you waiting.
Thank you, Charley, for having me as your guest today. I’m very excited to be here to tell you about my newest gay erotic paranormal fantasy, In Blue Poppy Fields. The book will please not only all fans of Belial, the Prince of Trickery, the Lord of Lust and the Antilight… aka Guardian Demon, but all readers who love vampires.
Though… vampire stories differ greatly as we all know. Some have gloomy, horror atmosphere, some are full of blood and violence, still others brim with dark sensuality. How should you know ours would be to your liking? Apart from reading a sample chapter on Amazon or Smashwords to get a feel of the tale, you can learn about various aspects of a vampire’s life in our world during In Blue Poppy Fields release tour. Let’s first take a look at the book and then we will move on to our topic for today. Vampires and love.
In Blue Poppy Fields blurb: A victim to another man’s cruelty, talented and beautiful theater actor Adhemar Lebeau learned not to trust and not to love anybody but himself. Falsely accused of his master’s murder, he has to accept assistance of mysterious Count Sanyi Arany to later discover his savior is a vampire. Forced both by a fatal illness and aftershocks of torture experienced during his unjust imprisonment, Adhemar agrees to the only possible cure. Rebirth.
Healed in body but not in mind, he guards his independence, free will and heart. He is not able to give love, only the fulfillment of lust. Yet, satiation of sensuous longing is not enough for his Sire and he knows it. When an eerie malady strikes and seems to deplete Sanyi’s life energy for unknown reasons, Adhemar understands his fears and agrees to keep a street boy, Reyach, as a pet for both of them in hope it will soothe the unspoken worries.
Out of necessity he finds himself in the role of the only hunter in their company, and out of attachment he accepts the responsibility readily. Indulgence in blood and carnal pleasures fill his nights and vampiric powers give him the feeling of safety. Until the evening when he carelessly falls prey to High Demon Belial’s plays that quickly turn into more than either of them has bargained for.
In spite of a hard start, Adhemar feels burning urge deep in his heart and no matter how much he denies it, the cause of the strange sensation is a budding seed of affection brought to life by the insufferable demon. But letting Adhemar learn to love somebody other than him is not what seemingly innocent Reyach plans.
Just from reading the blurb you already know that vampires in our world are not coldblooded monsters. Make no mistake, they do kill their prey and can be rather violent while doing so. But it doesn’t mean they lack any feelings.
In fact, the act of Rebirth only magnifies all traits they possessed as mortal men. For good or ill. If a man was reserved before he became a vampire, he’s now even more guarded. If he always enjoyed good company, he is now drawn to places where mortals meet even more than before. Did he have a protective personality before? Now he will shield his close ones from any danger with ferocity of a mountain lion.
And so, when it comes to love, he is as vulnerable to this feeling as mortal men are. At least initially. In time, some vampires may learn to close their hearts to mortals and treat them only as prey, but even if they succeed on this front, most of them still strive to find a companion. Eternity is too long to be faced alone.
Notice that I said a companion… not necessarily a lover. Vampires in our world don’t live in covens but they welcome company of their own kind. In other words, their affection doesn’t have to be erotic in nature. Sometimes a relationship between them develops into another form of love. Like deep friendship is. Such a bond is very hard to sever as vampires tend to be extremely loyal to their companions.
Then again, loyalty shouldn’t be mistaken with faithfulness. Yes, some vampires are absolutely devoted to their lovers and wouldn’t take another into their bed. Some others are forced into serial faithfulness… as the life span of mortals is so short compared to immortality. And some prefer free spirited ways and can have several favorite lovers and pets. And while such libertine habits don’t comply with the image of ideal, monogamous love, once a vampire allows somebody into his heart, he becomes a fierce protector. He looks out for his close one(s) and does all possible to keep him/ them out of the harm’s way. A vampire’s loyalty is generally stronger than self-preservation instinct is and should his close ones be in danger, he is capable of self-sacrifice to save them, without regards to monogamy or the lack thereof.
To sum things up, vampires can fall in love and find both pleasure and pain in this feeling very much like mortals do. But their love should never be measured against mortal standards. It’s different. Not worse and not better. Just different. If you seek a portrayal of ideal devotion, our books are likely not for you. If you are fascinated by many faces of affection, then you will likely enjoy In Blue Poppy Fields and other Guardian Demon Series books.
If you are interested to learn more about vampires in our world, you can find a list of topics and the schedule of the whole tour here.
We spoke about love today and so also the excerpt will be full of it.
Starving, he attempted to grow into the wood beneath his brow and just cease to exist. It would be easier than torturing himself with images that would never come true. They couldn’t. He was undead and Adhemar was… alive. The planes of their worlds weren’t meant to touch. They shouldn’t have and he shouldn’t have sought solace in the theater. He should have accepted… mortals were… just prey and nothing more. He should have learned to close his heart. He had not. And now his idol knew and he would be… What exactly would he be? More undead? Maker, how many shades of death are there?
Silence. The Lord preferred to let him learn it on his own. But he was a slow pupil, lost in the eternity of doubts. Lost in the eternity.
Hunger clawed at his stomach again. He should have left the mansion long ago to seek his feast. Somewhere in the dirt of the back streets. Somebody who wouldn’t be missed. He should have and didn’t. What had Vincent told him? To feed regularly. To make sure he would be always satiated at home. To make sure he wouldn’t become a threat within his own house. And what was he doing? The exact opposite. And why? Because he had been waiting to hear Adhemar’s steps behind the wall, heralding his flight. And they had come. His favorite was leaving him and he couldn’t prevent it. He could only press his burning forehead against the wood harder and try not to feel.
It can be read without being familiar with other books in the Guardian Demon Series but you now have an opportunity to win one of the twelve copies of Trails of Love I Crawl Part 1 that opens the beguiling world of this series. Participation is easy enough for anybody over the age of eighteen. The more you help others find me and Guardian Demon Series books, the more chances to win you will have.
What can you do?
- Recommend my books in reader discussions on Goodreads, Shelfari or other platforms you are active at
- Follow my blog, like my FB page, follow me on Twitter
- Rate my books on Goodreads
- Review my books on Amazon, Smashwords, B&N or Goodreads
- Feature my books and your reviews of them on your blog if you have one
- Tell your friends about Guardian Demon Series
- Tweet about In Blue Poppy Fields, FB links to release tour articles, reblog them, Pinterest them, Stumble upon them… whichever platform you fancy is welcome
My giveaway form will give you more suggestions. Winners will be announced on my blog on the 11th of April. http://ciarandwynvil.wordpress.com/
I hope to see your entry in the giveaway and thank you for your help in spreading the word of mouth about Guardian Demon Series.
With this I hand over Charley’s blog back to her. It has been my pleasure to be your guest, Charley. Thank you for having me over today.
My pleasure, Ciaran. Best of luck with the tour!