Posted March 16, 2012 by davincikittie in All Authors

Giveaway: Gabrielle Bisset chats about vampire civil war & the perils of being a Son of Navarus

Please help me welcome Gabrielle Bisset to GraveTells today!

I always said I wouldn’t write a vampire romance until I had a different take on the idea. I’ve read all big vampire romances, loving most of them (hello Black Dagger Brotherhood men), and while they are wonderful page turners, I didn’t want to begin any story that smacked of anything similar. So for a long time, the vampire romance idea sat on the back burner.

Then one day one of my history students and I had a fascinating conversation about power struggles among the ancient Romans and the different take I’d been waiting for arrived. Instead of writing a story about vampires fighting outside enemies, I’d write about vampires fighting amongst one another in a power struggle. As a history teacher, the ideas of power and those who possess it are incredibly interesting to me. As an author, the idea works well and creates intriguing conflict.

My Sons of Navarus series begins with Blood Avenged. As the first book in the series, it eases readers into the idea that will become the focal point of the non-romantic plot of all the books: the rebellion of the Archons, the law and order vampires who want to subjugate all vampires to their harsh rule, and the eight Sons of Navarus who must defeat them to ensure the security of the vampire world. Subsequent books will provide readers with more about this fight between the two groups and the elders the Sons must protect, the Order of Macaria.

But this is a paranormal romance series, so readers can expect the stories to be romance, first and foremost. Blood Avenged is Vasilije and Sasa’s story, and it’s sensual and steamy, very much a reflection of the main characters. The second book in the series, Blood Betrayed, has a very different feel to it. The main character, a vampire named Saint, is darker and more tortured about the past than Vasilije ever could be. Saint is an outcast in the vampire world, and the story of his road back to acceptance through a woman named Solenne is more emotional than Blood Avenged.

Each book will be a reflection of the Son who’s the main character, but together they’ll all have the common thread of that power struggle and the fight each man must endure to save the vampire world from those that would seek to overtake it. Since there are eight Sons of Navarus, I’ll be spending time with those delicious vampires for a while to come. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do in my time as an author!

Here’s a little taste of the first two books in the series:

Blood Avenged

Sons of Navarus #1
by Gabrielle Bissette

I am everything you desire. I am vampire.

Powerful and manipulative, Vasilije does as he pleases. A vampire beholden to no one, he takes what he desires, drinking deeply the pleasures this life has to offer.

When one of his own is staked, Vasilije must travel to New Orleans to exact his revenge. There he meets Sasa, a beautiful woman who arouses him like no other has for centuries. Vasilije’s need for vengeance is equaled only by his passion for her, but what he finds in his revenge is just the beginning…

Blood Betrayed

Sons of Navarus #2
by Gabrielle Bissette

I am everything forbidden. I am vampire.

Haunted by betrayal, Saint hides in the human world, giving his heart to no one and finding the only solace from his past in the arms of human women. Now as the Archons begin their takeover of the vampire world, this Son of Navarus has been marked for death.

Summoned to defeat the Archons by the world that shunned him, Saint must face his past and Solenne, the woman he loved and lost a century ago, for only in accepting her will his body and soul finally find salvation.

Readers can find out more about the Sons of Navarus series at my blog here and for more on all my books, visit me online at:

Thanks to GraveTells for having me here today to talk about my characters and my new series!


Gabrielle is giving away one e-copy of Blood Avenged to a commenter today!  The idea of vampire infighting with the Archons vs the Sons of Navarus is a nice  new twist on vampire lore.  Let Gabrielle know what you think about it!  Leave a comment or question, then fill out the Rafflecopter to enter.

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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.