Giveaway (US/Int): Pamela Palmer gives us a peek into her edgy new Vamp City series
Welcome to Vamp City…
[floatquote]I love vampires. I love reading books about them, love watching t.v. shows and movies about them. Spike, Eric Northman, Bones, Vishous, Damon Salvatore, Edward Cullen. [/floatquote]While each is a vampire, each inhabits a slightly different vampire world. And each world possesses its own unique mythology. Some of these bad boys can walk in sunlight, some die during the day, some need human blood to survive, others drink only from vamps. Some are undead and damned, while others live, marry, and procreate. In these and a hundred other mythologies, vampires can fly, read minds, disappear at will, or even turn into bats. The list is endless. So, too, are the possibilities for a writer creating a new vampire mythos, which is where I found myself a year ago.
For the past five or six years, I’ve been writing about shape-shifters, Mage, and Daemons (my Feral Warriors series), and evil elves (my Esri series). But after completing my Esri series, my muse began to get restless. I’m still writing my Feral Warriors shape shifters (and I adore them), but my muse has never been happy writing in one world. I create best with variety. So I started playing with an idea for a vampire story that I’ve been thinking about for some time.
[floatquote]Creating a new vampire mythos is both exciting and daunting. Where do you start? [/floatquote]What do you keep of the tried and true, and what do you twist to create a new and exciting world for your own stories? I knew I wanted to tell a story about an alternate world, but one that exists in conjunction with our own world—a place the vampires can enter and leave at will, but humans cannot. And Vamp City was born.
When it came to the vampires themselves, I decided to go the traditional route and make them unable to walk in the sun. And the moment I decided that, I knew why Vamp City existed. It was created by a powerful sorcerer a century and a half ago as a vampire utopia, a city where the sun never shines, where vampires can hunt and feed on captured humans with impunity, safe from vampire slayers. A place where vampires can own homes, host games in arenas, and fight, live and play in darkness and safety. A place of vampire dreams and human nightmares.
The next thing I had to figure out was where to place Vamp City. After considering several different possibilities, I decided to stick with what I knew and what I could easily research. Since I live in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and have set two series there already, D.C. was the natural choice. Besides, Washington, V.C. (Vamp City), was just too perfect to pass up. V.C. is no political bastion, unless you count warring vampire mafias. The city itself was created from a duplicate of 1870’s D.C. But unlike the original, it was left to decay in perpetual twilight, the vampires uninterested in such mundane tasks as paving streets or maintaining national monuments.
[floatquote]Vamp City may be a vampire utopia, but utopias fail, especially when the sorcerer who created it intended for it to be a vampire death trap. [/floatquote]Vampires who could, at one time, come and go from the city as they wished are now trapped inside. They need another sorcerer to repair the magic…and fast.
From the back cover of book 1, A Blood Seduction (A Vamp City novel), which hits store shelves tomorrow (May 29th):
About the author
Unlike a lot of authors, I didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer. I didn’t even want to be a pilot like my dad. I wanted to be an astronaut. I spent hours alone in my room either reading, watching Star Trek, or imagining other worlds filled with magic, strange creatures and dashing space pirates. The dream followed me to college where I studied engineering with plans to head for NASA when I graduated. But at nineteen I woke up to the reality of the modern space program and the stars finally fell from my eyes. The Space Shuttle was never going to take me where my imagination wanted to go.
|Instead, I graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Industrial Engineering and went to work for a major computer manufacturer. I still devoured books (almost exclusively romances) and even tried writing one, but after the first exciting chapter I had no idea what to do with my characters. I thought I couldn’t write. In hindsight, I simply had no idea how to plot.
I set aside the dream of writing for a few years while I had babies, though I continued to create stories in my head. Then one night as I did the dinner dishes, one of those daydreams became too big to keep in my head. I had to write it down. This time, however, thanks to the recent opening of a brand new library down the street, I discovered a wealth of books on plotting and character development and realized I could learn how to turn scenes into books and craft entire stories. The process was neither fast nor easy, encompassing four manuscripts, half a dozen partials, and eleven years of hard work before I sold my first book. Fortunately, I had a lot of encouragement along the way. With my very first book I finaled for Romance Writers of America’s most prestigious award for unpublished writers, the Golden Heart. Each of my subsequent books also became a Golden Heart finalist, the third winning the award outright. The fourth, through the Golden Heart, sold.
Now I spend my days in those fascinating worlds filled with magic, excitement and dashing heroes, and my evenings with my real-life hero and two wonderful kids.
- 1x signed book (physical copy, your choice) from Pamela’s Feral Warriors series
- 1x “Team Kougar” slap bracelet
- 3x Feral Warriors swag packs
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If you could spend an evening with the vampire of your choice, (and a guarantee that you’ll survive it!), who would you choose?
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