Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Marie Treanor Sins

Today we get to enjoy thoughts from the delightful Marie Treanor! We've been internet friends for years and the day will come when I show up on her doorstep in Scotland! So be forewarned my friend...and yes, be afraid...with my love of Scotland, I may never leave!

A Little Humour with your Sin by Marie Treanor

Thanks for having me back in your World, Lizzie! As everyone here will know, Lizzie’s world is full of fun and humour - however much angst she inflicts on her characters, you always come up smiling!

My own recent books, Blood on Silk and the just-released sequel Blood Sin, are a bit darker in tone. I’ve been accused of torturing my own characters, and it’s true they do suffer among all that violence and sin and neck-biting. Yes, these books are dark vampire romances – or romance, singular, since they’re part of a trilogy that follows the turbulent relationship of the Ancient vampire Saloman with the academic Elizabeth Silk (who accidentally awakened him and was then thrust into the dangerous world of vampires and hunters).

In Blood Sin, just as Elizabeth is learning to live without Saloman, she walks literally into his arms once more, and has her life turned back upside down. But both Elizabeth and Saloman are stronger this time around. Saloman has most vampires of the world under his thumb and is increasing his influence in the human world too. Elizabeth is growing into her powers as Awakener and is now capable of taking on the most dangerous vampires alone. Can she prevent Saloman adding America to his empire? Could she – should she? – resist his temptations after spending more time in his seductive company? Lesser mortals might be crushed by the conflicts of loyalty Elizabeth tries to balance while avoiding the ultimate blood sin.

So yes, a lot of angst and darkness in Blood Sin! But like my characters, I prefer to see a tinge of humour in fraught situations too. Like this one from near the beginning of the book: Elizabeth has gone to a weekend party in the Highlands with her distant cousin Josh – a movie star, no less – in order to convince him of his danger from Saloman, who’s still seeking the blood of his killers’ descendants…

BLOOD SIN: Awakened by Blood 2
Published by NAL Signet Eclipse
Available now from Amazon

Even if you walk in the light, you can dwell in the dark.

Months after her dangerous encounter with vampire overlord Saloman, Scottish academic Elizabeth Silk is still trying to cope with both the demands of her ancestral bloodline—which marks her as a vampire hunter — and the overpowering desire she feels for the immortal she brought back from the grave. But she is not alone in her fascination with Saloman.

When Elizabeth tracks down a distant cousin from America, she learns he possesses an antique sword that has caught the interest of the Grand Master of the American hunters. It is the ancient and mystical sword of Saloman — a treasure of vast occult powers and a prize beyond measure to both vampires and humans. Now the race is on for possession of the sword.

Even as her enemies and allies shift their allegiances and battle for supremacy, Elizabeth must decide which will rule her own perilous fate: unwanted loyalty or unholy love.


“Josh! Darling!” interrupted a gushing voice. An instant later, Jerri Cusack embraced Josh, and everyone fell back to give her room. Her movements were all quick and dramatic, and she seemed to have released him almost before she’d grabbed him, reaching behind her in high excitement to exclaim, “I’ve just got to introduce you to Adam Simon!”

The name alone would have made Elizabeth turn in the direction of her grasping hand, but the speed of Josh’s spin to meet the man interested her far more. She stepped aside to get a better view, and almost dropped her glass.

He walked toward her, his black hair flowing loose over his shoulders. Alone of the men present, he wore no dinner jacket, just a black shirt that might have been velvet or crushed silk, with a matching tie that looked more like a cravat. He moved with all the grace and threat of a panther.

All this she absorbed in the first instant before his beauty blinded her, as it had always done. Yet it never even entered her head to doubt her own sanity, or to wonder whether her recognition was faulty. His mask had fallen.

He gazed only at her. She took a step toward him without meaning to, and he smiled, the rare, full smile that haunted her dreams. Shock overwhelmed the emotions struggling for release.

Then joy broke through like a tide, propelling her forward and into his arms, her face already raised for his kiss. Amber flames danced in his black eyes, burning her with the force of his desire. His mouth no longer smiled as it covered hers.

Elizabeth, he said silently. Elizabeth.


It was an instant, a very small instant of bliss. The powerful arms she’d never thought to feel again closed close around her, while his mouth, his incredible, wonderful mouth, moved over hers with tenderness, accepting all her need and all the uncomplicated happiness of her kiss.

But it wasn’t uncomplicated. And they weren’t alone. A fact that Saloman, clearly, had never lost sight of for a moment. Even as she gasped into his mouth, trying to force herself to draw back, to ask questions that had only half formed in her brain, he was already releasing her. Her stunned lips felt cold, her body rebellious as his arms fell away. Although the tips of his fingers trailed over her naked back and lingered, so that she stood in the circle of his arm, being inexorably turned as if to be shown off to friends.

She shivered, desperately reaching for what dignity or even sense she could muster. They were being watched by several people with varying degrees of surprise, interest, and disapproval.

As if from very far away, Josh’s voice said, “I didn’t realize you two were acquainted.”

“Neither did I!” Elizabeth hoped she didn’t sound as hysterical as she felt.

“We met in Eastern Europe,” Saloman said, and God, yes, his voice still sounded the same. A little more modern in its intonation, perhaps, but it still reached right inside her, turning her outside in. “I expect Elizabeth remembers the Hungarian form of my name.”

“Oh, yes,” Elizabeth agreed, fighting the urge to laugh.

“What would that be?” Jerri asked eagerly.

“You couldn’t pronounce it,” Saloman said blandly.

Elizabeth, who, incredibly enough, was still clutching her champagne glass, hoped she’d spilled some of its contents over his mocking, arrogant person. Lifting it to her lips with fingers she prayed didn’t shake too visibly, she took a sizable gulp and tried to think.

What the hell was he doing here? And why was he posing as Adam Simon? Shit, what had he done with the real businessman? Was he after Dante?

No, you blind, blithering fool! He’s after Josh! Josh, whom you came here to protect, remember? To warn him against this very vampire? Well, Silk, now’s your moment!

Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband and three much-too-smart children. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.
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Buy Blood Sin (Awakened by Blood 2) at Amazon
Buy Blood on Silk (Awakened by Blood 1) at Amazon
Watch out for Blood Eternal (Awakened by Blood 3, coming October 2011)

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