Posted June 9, 2012 by davincikittie in Contests & Giveaways

Giveaway (US/Int): Felicity Heaton on writing a hero and heroine at war with each another

It’s fantastic to be here at GraveTells for the next stop on the book tour for my new vampire romance, Masquerade. Masquerade is the tenth book in my ongoing Vampires Realm romance series. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the others, as Masquerade does stand alone.

Today, I’m going to talk about what I went through when writing Masquerade. It isn’t often that I write a book that starts out with a hero who is at loggerheads with the heroine, or a novel that contains a cast of over 30 supporting characters, but that is exactly what I set out to do with Masquerade.

[floatquote]Sophis, the heroine, is at war with Vivek, the hero, because he is hell-bent on getting her kicked out of the guard, and the guard means everything to her.[/floatquote]Masquerade features a hero and heroine who were once very close, possibly on the verge of taking their friendship to the next level, but who are now at war with each other. It wasn’t easy writing this book because of that fact alone. Normally romances start out with a heroine and hero who might resist each other in some way but who ultimately are attracted to the other character. In Masquerade, there is an underlying attraction and a lot of sexual tension between Vivek and Sophis, but neither of them are thinking about falling into bed with each other against their better judgement. Not at all. Put simply, Sophis, the heroine, is at war with Vivek, the hero, because he is hell-bent on getting her kicked out of the guard, and the guard means everything to her.

It’s not to say that Vivek is a bad man. He has his reasons for wanting Sophis off the guard and they come out during the course of the story, and I’m sure readers will come to understand and forgive him for the way he acted.

It did make writing Masquerade difficult though. I constantly wondered what readers were going to make of Vivek, and questioned whether I was taking the right path with the book. I even mentioned several times at my blog that this was one book I was worried about this year because I really wasn’t sure how people would react to it. Romance novels where the hero starts out as something resembling the villain are few and far between, but Vivek assured me that this was who he was and I knew he was set to redeem himself. I had to have faith in him and in the story, and I’m glad that I did. I never expected the reception that the book has received so far, with many readers of the Vampires Realm series claiming that this one is now their firm favourite out of all ten books.

[floatquote]Romance novels where the hero starts out as something resembling the villain are few and far between, but Vivek assured me that this was who he was and I knew he was set to redeem himself.[/floatquote]As a writer, sometimes it’s more difficult to keep the faith and resist changing something you fear readers may not like than it is to cave and make those changes. It’s hard to stick to your guns, but every time I read the book during editing it, I came away feeling that readers would forgive Vivek for his actions, and would love the book if they gave it a chance. It was important to me that I left it as it was, because that was exactly how I had envisaged the book. Changing Vivek’s behaviour in the first half of the book would have meant changing the history between him and Sophis, and their whole dynamic. It would have taken some of the sexual tension, emotion and intensity out of the book.

Masquerade wasn’t difficult to write just because of the hero though. The book is set during a ball, where important members of every vampire bloodline in Europe gather in one mansion. This meant I was going to be seeing many old faces, which meant I had my work cut out for me. Writing characters from previous books in the series meant reading enough scenes from their stories to bring them back to life in my mind. I had to delve back into a large number of characters to refresh my memory of their mannerisms, way of speaking, physical attributes, and other things. It was tough work but it was fun too. It revived my love of the series and even inspired me to scribble down notes on future books. I only hope I captured the characters as readers remember them!

Masquerade may have been a tough book to write, but it was rewarding and fun, and now I can’t wait to write the next book in the series. I’m sure readers who are new to the series and those who love it and have read every book will get something out of Masquerade, whether it’s a new world for their imagination to run wild in or catching up with familiar faces.

If you would like to find out more about Masquerade or the Vampires Realm series, you can visit the official Vampires Realm website at http://www.vampiresrealm.com

[floatquote]Masquerade may have been a tough book to write, but it was rewarding and fun, and now I can’t wait to write the next book in the series.[/floatquote]I would also like to take this moment to mention that there is a grand giveaway running throughout the whole of the Masquerade Book Tour. The top prize is a KINDLE TOUCH plus bundle of Vampires Realm series ebooks 1-9 (doesn’t include Masquerade), and it’s open internationally. You can find all the details at the Masquerade Book Tour page: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/masquerade-book-tour.php

Masquerade is available now at Amazon Kindle stores, Smashwords and All Romance eBooks. It will soon be available for Nook, Apple devices, Sony Reader, and Kobo Books, but you can get it in epub from other retailers like Smashwords and my own website.

Read GraveTells’ review of Masquerade here!

Ten years have passed since Sophis and Vivek, two vampires of the Venia bloodline, came close to death at the hands of twin hunters Aleksis and Izabella Romanov. The events of that night turned Sophis and Vivek against each other, shattering their close friendship and driving them apart.

Now, on the eve of a centenary Creator Day masquerade and at a time when things between them are dangerously close to separating them forever, they uncover a small army of vampire hunters in Saint Petersburg, led by their nemeses, Aleksis and Izabella.

With the safety of the rulers of the seven pure vampire bloodlines in their hands and their chance for vengeance hanging in the balance, can Sophis and Vivek face their past and overcome their differences? Will they realise their true feelings for each other before it’s too late or will the hunters finally claim their lives as their deadly plot to destroy the bloodlines unfolds?

Also by F. E. Heaton

Born with powers similar to a vampire’s, Lilith has spent her life hunting demons for Section Seven. On the same night as she watches a vampire kill her best friend, she is faced with her worst nightmare—a client who is not only attractive but a vampire.

Lincoln is a powerful pureblood with a problem. He’s caught up in a prophecy and has little time left to unravel the mystery of the contract between his lord and the Devil before he dies. When witches foretell that a vampire hunter will save his life, he’s prepared to work with his most hated enemy, but he isn’t prepared for the forbidden desire he feels when he meets her.

Their mutual attraction becomes difficult to deny as they work together but when Lincoln reveals the truth about her powers, will Lilith find the strength to embrace a side of herself that she wished didn’t exist? And when they discover Lilith’s role in the prophecy, how far will Lincoln go to save her?

Dark, sensual and fast-paced, Seventh Circle is a story of forbidden love so strong that it will save the world.

About the author

Felicity Heaton writes passionate paranormal romance books as Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, Felicity Heaton’s best selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series she writes as F E Heaton or any of her stand alone vampire romance books she writes as Felicity Heaton. Or if you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try Felicity Heaton’s new Vampire Erotic Theatre series (see the GraveTells’ reviews for Covet and Crave here).In 2011, four of her six paranormal romance books received Top Pick awards from Night Owl Reviews, Forbidden Blood was nominated as Best PNR Vampire Romance 2011 at The Romance Reviews, and many of her releases received five star reviews from numerous websites.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

Giveaway (US/Int)

To enter to win a Kindle Touch plus a bundle of the first 9 books in her Vampires Realm series from Ms. Heaton’s tour-wide giveaway, go here!

Ms. Heaton is offering a giveaway of a signed, personalized copy of Seventh Circle plus signed swag to one commenter on today’s tour stop! To enter, leave a comment on this post then fill out the Rafflecopter below.  What do you think of the idea of a hero and heroine at war with each other?

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.