Help me welcome one of my favorite PNR authors, Ms. Pamela Palmer, to The Book Nympho today.
It’s great to be here today. Thanks for having me!
You have got a few things going on book wise. You have the well established Feral Warrior series based on were/shifter characters and now you have jumped into the vampire world with your soon to be released first book in your Vamp City series, A Blood Seduction. For those that have not read your books yet can you give us a quick impression of what each world is about?
In my Feral Warrior world, there are only nine shape-shifters left in the world, at least when the story starts. Each shifts into a different animal—lion, jaguar, wolf, cougar, viper, fox, tiger, panther, and hawk. They’re a brotherhood, banded together to fight the evil Mage who are trying to free the Daemons who will destroy life as we know it. The books take place in and around Washington, D.C. as the Ferals live in a mansion in Great Falls, Virginia near the Potomac River. Six books are out so far with a seventh due in December. The first book, Desire Untamed, is Lyon’s book and is the story of how he finds and brings home the new Radiant, the one woman in all the world capable of pulling the energies from the earth to empower the Ferals. Unfortunately, Kara was raised human. Not only doesn’t she know anything of their world, but she wants anything to do with it, especially when it becomes all too clear to her that something within Feral House is terribly wrong.
My Vamp City series is also more or less set in Washington, D.C., but in a very different way. In 1870, a powerful sorcerer created an otherworld, a vampire utopia, on the very spot where Washington, D.C. sat, a place where the sun never shines, where the vampires can come and go as they please but the humans, once caught, can never leave. It’s a place where vampires can hunt and play and terrorize to their hearts’ content without worry of human reprisal. Washington, V.C. Vamp City. But the magic is dying, and with it, the vampires now trapped inside.
I am a big fan of your Feral Warriors series and I was reading on your FAQ section of your website that there will be nine books in the series and that the next is about Fox; are there any juicy hints you can give us about A Love Untamed?
I’ll have to go change my FAQ because I’m pretty sure there are going to be more than nine books, now. Book seven, A Love Untamed (due out the end of December) is Fox’s book. Juicy hints, huh? Let me think. This is the story of Fox and the Ilina Melisande and their quest to find Kara who’s been snatched by the bad guys. Melisande, who first showed up as the villainess in the novella Hearts Untamed in the Bitten By Cupid anthology, is an incredibly complicated character. It’s a bit of a Taming of the Shrew story, but Fox is a sweetheart and more than up for the task.
I can't wait to read the taming of THAT shrew!
Out of all your Feral Warriors which have been the hardest to write? (If I had to guess I would think Jag gave you a hard time.)
Oh, you would be right. Jag gave me a terrible time. Making that Feral lovable was no easy feat. He didn’t want to be a hero, of his own book or anyone else’s, and I had to drag him to it kicking and screaming the entire way. But he had the makings of a hero in him—both Olivia and I saw it. And in the end, he proved us right.
Your Feral Warrior series has a paranormal romance feel to it; what I’ve seen about your new Vamp City series it looks like it will be more on the Urban Fantasy side. Will the series follow the same heroine throughout?
You’re right. The Feral Warriors are definitely paranormal romances with each book a separate romance even though the external plot continues from book to book in some form. Vamp City is a little different, kind of a PNR/UF hybrid along the lines of Jeaniene Frosts’ Cat and Bones books. I’m calling it a multi-book romance. Quinn and Arturo’s story is absolutely a romance, but it will take five books to tell it.
Sounds great. I'm totally in!!
I am super excited to be attending Authors After Dark in August and I know that you are one of the featured authors (I have my ticket for Late Night Sweets with you and Jeaniene Frost, squeal) What kind of fun things do you have in mind as far as readings? Will we get to hear something new or something from one of your “old” favorites?
I’m glad you’re going to be there! And, honestly, I haven’t given any thought yet to the readings. I’ll have to do that. The night of the Sweets party, Jeaniene and I will be signing free books and chatting with our guests.
Fangs or Fur? Fangs
Favorite Wild Animal? Tiger
What’ca ya reading? Defending Jacob by William Landay (for my neighborhood book club)
Thank you again for taking the time to visit us today and I can’t wait to meet you in August at AADNOLA.
Thanks for having me, Jennifer!
A Blood Seduction (which comes out May 29th):
Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city's magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal world...one who knows nothing of the power she wields.
Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see--and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her. What Arturo can't do is forget about her--any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission--his to save his people, hers to save herself. But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red. Welcome to Vamp City...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Pamela Palmer is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Feral Warriors shape-shifter series, the Esri Series, and (coming in 2012) the Vamp City series. Raised in an Air Force family, Pamela lived in eleven different houses by the time she was fourteen. The two constants in her life—her family and her imagination. When her initial career goal of captaining starships didn't pan out, she turned to engineering, satisfying her desire for adventure with books and daydreams until finally succumbing to the need to create worlds of her own. Pamela now calls the suburbs of Washington, D.C. home.
For excerpts, more about the books and characters, and fun contests, visit www.pamelapalmer.net.
Keep reading for a brief excerpt from Chapter 2 of A Blood Seduction
Quinn tried to roll over and failed, startling awake. Sleepily, she fought to close her legs, spread awkwardly apart, and failed that, too, feeling the same tug on her ankles she had on her wrist.
The last vestiges of sleep fled in a stark wave of fear.
Ropes. She’d been tied.
Her eyes shot open and she blinked at the floral canopy overhead, framed by plain maple bedposts. Her heart pounded in her chest, her mind darting through memories as she tried to remember what happened.
Where am I?
Shifting slightly on the far too soft mattress, she felt the press of clothes against her skin. At least she was still dressed.
How did I get here?
The place smelled unfamiliar—musty, like an old house. The chime of a grandfather clock echoed somewhere below, cut by the laugh-track of an old television show. Rolling her head to her left, she spied an old fashioned washstand complete with porcelain water pitcher. In the small mirror above it…the reflection of a man.
She jerked her head the other way…and froze. He stood in the doorway, dressed all in black, one broad shoulder propped against the frame. He was tall and lean, but well-built, his skin possessing a hint of the Mediterranean, his hair a dark brown cut short, framing an arresting, strong-boned face. His cheekbones were high and pronounced, his jaw well-defined, his nose long and straight. His mouth, intriguingly sculpted, was tipped up at one corner, a match for the devilish gleam in his dark eyes.
He looked familiar. Was he the one who’d picked her up and deposited her in the front seat of his Jeep? After the…
Memory returned with a frontal assault. The Gone With the Wind couple attacking them, biting them. Vampires. She turned rigid with shock. No. It hadn’t happened. It couldn’t have happened.
“Zack.” Her voice cracked with disuse as she stared at the man. “Where is he?”
He pushed away from the doorframe and started toward her, his eyes turning flat. Cold. “I suggest, cara, you worry about yourself.”
“We were attacked.” Was that part right? Or had it all been a hallucination? Well it couldn’t have all been a hallucination or she wouldn’t be tied to the bed of one of the players. Unless she was still hallucinating. “I need to know where he is. Did they kill him?”
“You worry about another when you’re tied to my bed?” He smiled, revealing sharp, twin incisors. “At my mercy.”
Oh god, this was not happening. He was not a vampire. But whatever…whoever…he was, she was in deep trouble. Her heart thudded like it meant to fight its way out of her chest. “What do you want?” Don’t say blood, don’t say blood. Vampires don’t exist. They don’t exist!
“You know what I want.” He closed his eyes, tilting his head back as if he were in the throes of great pleasure.
Oh, Zack. What have I done, leading you into this place?
The man opened his eyes again and sat on the bed beside her, watching her with a piercing intensity…a hunger…that had panic clawing at her throat. She was utterly at his mercy.