Giveaway (US/Int): Get the “Will’s World” scoop on Penton vampire leader Aidan
Please help me welcome Will & Aidan from Susannah Sandlin’s Redemption!
Interview with a Vampire: Will’s World
Will Ludlam here. I’m a lieutenant in the vampire scathe that’s taken over the small town of Penton, Alabama. There are about seventy-five of us who moved here to the middle of nowhere with our bonded human familiars (no coercion, I promise). Anybody will tell you I’m the best-looking guy in town, so if you’re a woman in search of a vampire to love, I’m your guy.
But I digress.
See, this vaccine was created to fight a human pandemic virus and it turned the blood of vaccinated humans poisonous to us. Poisonous as in, will kill us faster than a speeding wooden bullet or a nap in the sunlight. Humans don’t even know we exist, and they’re in danger of wiping us out anyway by starving us. I’m thinking we never gave them enough credit.
Vampires everywhere are freaking out, let me tell you. There are crazy, starving fanged people wandering all over the place (one of whom is probably my evil powermonger of a father), so we wanted to get away from the city. Believe me, Penton’s about as “away from the city” as it gets.
But I’m bored, so I decided to start a Penton newsletter. Will’s World—catchy, eh? Today, I’m interviewing our scathe leader Aidan Murphy. He’s the guy in charge. The big guy. The head—
Aidan: Will, shut up. If we’re gonna do this, ask your questions. I have work to do that doesn’t involve listening to you chatter.
Will: Yeah, yeah, fine. Okay. Tell us about yourself.
Will: Gonna play it like that, are you? Well, I’ll tell them that you were a farmer in Ireland back in the olden days—like four-hundred year olden days—but have been in the American Southeast for almost two centuries. Chicks love that brogue you can roll out, by the way. Think you can teach me to do that?
Will: Okay, whatever. You are too serious and stubborn for your own good, which drives your lieutenants crazy, by the way. Did you realize your own human familiar, Melissa, calls that expression you have on your face right now your “Irish pig farmer” stare? You grow flipping FLOWERS, which isn’t a very manly vampire thing to do, if I say so myself. And you have women throwing themselves at you because they like that whole broody, tortured thing you have going on, but you think women are too much trouble. Which is good for me because I like some variety in my—
Aidan: *Rolls his eyes.* Will, shut up and ask a real question.
Will: Grump. Who do you think you are, Mirren Kincaid? (Mirren’s our security chief and he is one big—really big—brute with an attitude problem.) Okay, what gave you the idea of creating this big scathe and buying a ghost town in rural Alabama to repopulate?
Aidan: It was getting too dangerous out there for our unvaccinated human familiars. So many humans got the pandemic vaccine that it’s hard for vampires to find people to feed from. I didn’t want our fams kidnapped for the black market that’s springing up for unvaccinated humans, or for the vampires who follow me to be murdered in order to steal their human familiars. Penton, Alabama, seemed like the perfect solution. It’s isolated. It was virtually a ghost town, so I was able to buy up all the property. Everyone I allow to move here just wants to be left alone to live in peace.
Will: Well, except the peace thing isn’t working too well right now. Mark—your business manager and husband of your familiar Melissa—was attacked…
Aidan: *Glares at Will* This is off the record—I don’t want to see anything about the attack in the newsletter, got me? It’s hard enough keeping people calm.
(*Will nods, but has fingers crossed behind his back.*)
Aidan: My psychopath of a brother, Owen, attacked Mark and killed our former doctor. I don’t have proof, but I know damn well Owen’s not acting alone. Some of those self-righteous peacocks on the Vampire Tribunal—like your father—are probably behind it. We’re going to have to fight them or be destroyed.
Will: Since we’re talking *coughs* off the record, what about this doctor you kidnapped—er, I mean—have visiting us in the locked rooms under the clinic? Tell us about Krystal Harris.
Aidan: You’re the one who found us an unvaccinated doctor. She’ll be perfect, you said. She’ll want to live here, you said. Well, guess what? The woman can’t be enthralled worth a damn. She’s stubborn. And she does NOT want to live here. She stabbed me with a freaking fork!
Will: Aw….you like her.
Aidan: *Narrows eyes* Interview’s over, and it’s your turn for patrol duty. Get to it.
Will: Methinks he doth protest too much….Okay, okay. I’m outta here.
About the author
|Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night. A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch and the horror fantasy of Stephen King. (Um…it is fantasy, right?) The combination of Howatch and King probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana. Susannah also writes the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series under the name Suzanne Johnson.|
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