Posted May 31, 2012 by davincikittie in Genres

Giveaway (US/Int): Laura Kaye’s Russian Vampire King is steamin’ up the screen!

Character Profile: Meet Nikolai Vasilyev

Are you a reader who just loves tortured heroes? If so, we have a lot in common, and I’ve got a treat for you today! Get prepared to get up close and personal with the hero of my dark erotic vampire romance, SEDUCED BY THE VAMPIRE KING, which releases June 1 from Harlequin Nocturne.

1. Where is Nikolai from?

Nikolai is from the area around Moscow, Russia. He lives on his ancestral estate, Vasilievskoe, about an hour’s drive east from the city of Moscow. Vasilievskoe is one of hundreds of abandoned castles and mansions in Russia, and in real life was built in the nineteenth century. In Seduced, it has been in the Vasilyev family since the medieval period.

2. How old is Nikolai?

Five hundred years and counting!

3. What is Nikolai called?

Nikolai is the Vampire King of Russia, although it has been a while since he has recognized the title or served his royal duties.

4. What does Nikaoli look like?

Oh, man, I’m letting Katherine handle this one. Here’s her first impression: “Her vampire was standing before her. Conscious. Healthy. More gorgeous than any man she had ever seen. Those eyes. Those bright sapphire eyes. That’s what she noticed first—not just their incredible color, but their haunted intensity, the way she could almost feel them raking over her in return. Golden-blond hair flowed past his broad shoulders, though it wasn’t braided like that of the black-haired warrior who stood at his side.”

5. What kind of childhood did he have?

Nikolai has always lived the life of a warrior and a leader to his people, and he’s always been the big brother and protector of his younger brothers Kyril and Evgeny, also warriors in his service. That is, until the vampires’ evil enemy, the Soul Eaters, took both their lives in a tragic mission-gone-bad that changed Nikolai forever.

6. What does Nikolai do for a living?

Nikolai is one of the seven remaining vampire kings in the world. But, while he is technically the leader of his people, he refuses to rule, believing himself unworthy. He’s also one of a small but powerful band of warriors fighting the evil Soul Eaters, addicted vampires that steal human souls by draining their victims’ bodies of blood, then eating their hearts. Nikolai continues to fight, but his self-loathing leads him to the recklessness that puts him and heroine Katherine Bordessa in one another’s paths.

7. How does Nikolai deal with conflict and change?

Nikolai is stubborn and tortured and believes he dishonored himself for his role in the deaths of his brothers. The agony of their deaths leads him to deal with conflict aggressively and sometimes recklessly, and he rejects any change that counters his view of himself as unworthy. He’s in a very bad place at the opening of this story. But when Katherine Bordessa not only shows him compassion, but risk her life to save his, she begins to break down his walls. Nikolai fights that fang and nail, but the solace she offers is ultimately too strong to resist.

8. What special powers does Nikolai have?

Nikolai possesses vampiric speed and strength, the ability to mesmerize or charm, superior sight, hearing and smell, and telepathy under certain circumstances.

9. Does Nikolai have a romantic interest in anyone?

Nikolai is tempted by his desire for Katherine Bordessa, a human female who saves his life in a very difficult situation. When Nikolai returns to health, he learns his warriors have taken Katherine prisoner, and that she is related to some very influential humans allied with the vampires. On multiple levels, then, Katherine Bordessa is someone he cannot have and doesn’t deserve, but that doesn’t keep him from wanting.

10. Will we get to see Nikolai in any of the other books in the series?

It’s possible! So far, there will be four stories in the Vampire Warrior Kings series. As the war against the Soul Eaters escalates, there’s more and more chance the remaining kings will come together to fight the Big Bad!

So, I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into Seduced by the Vampire King’s warrior hero, Nikolai Vasilyev. Please leave a question for Nikolai or his author lady—we’d both be glad to tell you more! And, we’ll offer you a GIVEAWAY! – one commenter will receive an ebook of Seduced by the Vampire King!

Thanks for reading!
Laura Kaye & Nikolai Vasilyev

American exchange student Kate Bordessa has fled to Russia to escape her family’s hopes that she’ll become one of the Proffered, human women who feed and mate with elite vampire warriors. But when she stumbles upon a wounded vampire in the streets of Moscow, she’s instinctively driven to protect him–and feels an undeniable spark of desire. 

Grieving over the deaths of his brothers, Vampire Warrior King Nikolai Vasilyev has thrown himself into battling his enemies, focused only on vengeance. Until the attack that brought him to Kate. Their sexual attraction explodes into a night of uncontrolled passion–a night that marks them as mates. Is their connection strong enough to convince them to embrace a destiny neither of them was expecting?

Pre-order Seduced By The Vampire King here!

About the author

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Winner for Best Romance Novella, Forever Freed is the NJRW Golden Leaf Winner for Best Paranormal of 2011 and is a finalist for two GDRWA Booksellers’ Best Awards, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, is a finalist for a FF&P PRISM award, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Laura’s North of Need was named as one of our 2011 Books of the Year.
Read our review of North of Need here!

She also received our Silver Heart award for the first novella in the Vampire Warrior Kings series, In the Service of the King, earning a nearly perfect 4.5/5 score. Read our review of ItSotK here!


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