Guest post by Kate Hill
One of the things I like best about writing is the freedom to explore and reinvent legendary paranormal creatures like vampires.
When creating a new vampire world, you can pick and choose which traditional characteristics you want to keep and which ones you want to discard.
One characteristic of a traditional vampire that I chose to eliminate in the Blood and Soul/Scarlet Nights books is the ability to shift shape.
I don’t have a problem with shapeshifting vampires. Depending on the story, shapeshifting can be a fascinating ability.
The reason I decided not to make these particular vampires shapeshifters is the same reason I gave them the ability to eat food and made them living beings instead of the “undead.”
The vampires in this series, depending on their bloodline, were put here to either tempt and terrify humans or defend them. Either way, people would need to relate to them and vice versa. These vampires drink blood, practice mind control and heal quickly from most wounds. They possess many of the powers and characteristics of traditional vampires, but they’re also human. To uncover the bridge between mystical creatures and normal humans, I had to eliminate some of the common traits of traditional vampires.
What do you think? Do you prefer vampires who shift shape, those who can’t, or does it depend on the story?
Scarlet Nights 3: Feasting With the Enemy
by Kate Hill
(Erotic Vampire Romance)
After more than a century sharing a bed and fighting at each other’s backs, vampire warriors Blair and May have forged an unbreakable bond.
Now the mysterious New Reign is seeking additional members. Their philosophy–recruit or destroy. Using mind manipulation, they stir up dark memories from the past to tempt Blair and May into killing each other.
Given the chance to resurrect his murdered first wife and children, will Blair now sacrifice the woman he loves–his wife and blood child, May?
Available June 24, 2016
From Changeling Press
“Seductress,” he said in a husky whisper while caressing her hair. “You always were irresistible, May.”
“I’m glad you still think so.”
He grasped her arms and tugged her on top of him. The sparse hairs on his hard chest teased her sensitive flesh. Their gazes locked and she lost herself in the depths of his eyes.
“Always,” he said and kissed her.
His firm lips were both gentle and possessive. May loved the way he tasted and felt. She adored his scent and the comfort of knowing he loved her as much as she loved him.
She trusted this man with her very soul. Countless times over the past century they had risked their lives for each other, depended on each other and fought back to back against enemies determined to destroy them.
She and Blair were soulmates, husband and wife, partners against evil.
Tonight they were lovers and May intended to enjoy every moment.
About Kate Hill
Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.
When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out and spending time with her family and pets. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby. Connect with her online at http://www.kate-hill.com, http://www.twitter.com/katehillromance, and http://www.facebook.com/katehillsaloniquinby.