Time for a guest blog. I've always liked vampire stories and tales of the dark, though it's not the genre I write in. My guest for today's offering is Tony-Paul Vissage, the author of several books featuring the undead and bedeviled creatures of the night. Links to his books and website (a beauty, by the way) are in the post below. If you enjoy a unique take on the dark, with a bit of humor and erotica thrown in, these books are just the thing to read on a night when the fire is almost out and something is scratching at the window...
ON THE BEACH…
Not, not the Nevil Shute novel…but my own private beach,…well, not so private and not really my property, since it’s a public beach, but at that moment, it was all mine, because it was night and it was deserted and I was there…all alone…
So there I was, minding my own business, splashing barefoot in the surf and collecting salt and sand in the cuffs of my rolled-up jeans, and…
…all of a sudden, there they were…three men in black overcoats (in the summer, in the South!), walking above the tideline…looking for something that was miles away from where we were…
And I was the lucky (?) person they chose to ask for directions…
Little did they know they were about to tangle with a smart-mouthed Southern adolescent. And little did I know I was about to find myself sucked (no pun intended) into becoming the chronicler of three exiled, feckless (no, it’s not misspelled, that’s an ‘e’ in there) most hapless vampires in existence.
On my website, I’ve written a fanciful little piece (in two parts) of how I met the Brothers Andriescu, a duo of vampires who, with their cousin, were touring the South looking for the site of the Battle of Bloody Marsh and how they became my patrons in the Art of Writing All Things Vampire. Take that with a grain of salt… or a clove of garlic, if you wish. I’d been a slave of the vampire since the age of five when I met Countess Marya Zaleska, aka Dracula’s Daughter, who started me on my Road to Nosferatu.
The Clan Andriescu is merely a stop along the way but what a stop! Filled with pathos, adventure, fear, love and sex (there’s a difference, you know), rebellion, intrigue, humor...and a blood orange or two.
The Clan Andriescu…
MARIUS, head of the Clan…He can’t understand why the woman he loved in 1968 doesn’t want to re-ignite their affair in 2013…
Marius dropped onto the settee and waited. For a few moments, she just sat there, studying her hands, quite a different woman from the self-possessed Southern lady who’d hosted the gathering only a few minutes earlier.
Silently, he studied her face. The blonde hair was now almost white, a lustrous gleaming under the incandescent lights of the sitting room. She wore it at the nape of her neck, an elaborate twist of a platinum chignon. The body under the sky-blue crepe gown was thicker, shorter than the slender girl he’d known in Paris, her face finely-creased, skin soft with crepe-like wrinkles and crow’s-feet.
Marius didn’t care. All he saw was Caitlin…his Caity…the girl he’d run away from forty-five years before because he’d begun to care too much.
VALERIUS, the baby brother… Ordered to marry, Val makes the wrong choice. Aneke’s all he wants but she’s human…all right to bite but not to marry…
Val liked America, its style, its joie de vivre, its élan, and especially the fervent vitality of its young people. Yes, indeed, he like living la vida American, and he was quite ready to continue that course for the rest of his immortal life…
…and then big brother had put the kibosh on his plan.
He’d been summoned to his brother’s office, told in no uncertain terms that the head of the Clan Andriescu and the heir to the House, had fallen in love with a human, and, obeying the Laws of their species forbidding procreation with mortals, was relinquishing continuation of the bloodline to his younger sibling.
“I’m not ready to get married,” Val protested.
“You’re nearly three hundred and twelve,” Marius answered calmly. “You should have all your wild oats out of your system by now.”
Damn it, I’m not ready. I’ve still got a couple of handfuls of wild oats to be tossed about. Val wanted to argue, but he knew there was no use. The Head of the House had spoken. He had to obey.
TIMON, the cousin…being married to the most famous writer of vampire novels since Anne Rice can be exciting, until Laura writes an exposé proving vampires are real.
There was movement to her left and Laura’s attention was immediately riveted on the man standing there. I know him! He’d been a wedding guest, with a very tall man hovering in attendance, stiffening whenever anyone approached. There had been a suspicious bulge on the left side of under the man’s coat, and once or twice when someone came near, his hand reached inside and stayed there. That made Laura giggle behind her hand, whispering to Tim, “Those two look like refugees from a Sopranos episode.”
What’s his name? Oh, I can’t remember! She studied him as he walked toward her with the most graceful stride she’d even seen in a man. He moved like a dancer. Writer’s imagination briefly overcame her concern. Slender, not much taller than she, his most arresting feature, other than that statue-perfect face, was his hair. It was silky and pale ash-blond, hanging in a thick fall past his shoulder blades. Handsome. A miniature Apollo.
I’ve several stories lined up and rarin’ to be released into the night….a vampire is tried for murder, another fights his living human double for the woman he loves…a vampiric family man struggles to fit in with PTA meetings and soccer moms…the family who originated the vampire legend attempts to overcome their heritage…
Here’s hoping they all get written and published!
To paraphrase the motto of New Orleans, that well-favored haven of vampires and other denizens of the supernatural, Laissez le frissons roulez! (Let the shivers keep coming!)
Thank you, Mark, Val, and Tim!
The Clan Andriescu will be released by Class Act Books on May 15, 2013.
Other novels by Tony-Paul:
From Class Act Books:
Vampires are Forever: http://www.amazon.com/Vampires-are-Forever-ebook/dp/B006V3YMU4/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360165182&sr=1-7&keywords=Vampires+are+Forever
The Night Man Cometh: http://www.amazon.com/Night-Man-Cometh-Tony-Paul-Vissage/dp/1935048848/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364575766&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Night+Man+Cometh
Dark God Descending: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-God-Descending-ebook/dp/B00APSKVQK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360164158&sr=1-1&keywords=Dark+God+Descending
From Silver Publishing:
Blood Will Freeze: : https://spsilverpublishing.com/blood-will-freeze-ebook-p-1210.html
The Best Dentist in Orange County: https://spsilverpublishing.com/the-best-dentist-in-orange-county-ebook-p-1224.html
Unpath’d Waters, Undream’d Shores: https://spsilverpublishing.com/unpathd-waters-undreamd-shores-ebook-p-1250.html