Giveaway (US/Int): Nightfall’s Aiden reveals the sexy secret of how vampires feed
Please help me welcome Nightfall’s vampire hero Aiden and author Norah Wilson!
NORAH: Just so you know, I’ve never done this kind of thing before.
AIDEN: What? Have coffee with a vampire?
NORAH: That too. But no, I meant interview a character. This is your fault, you know. You’re just too charming. They specifically asked for an interview. I was just going to do an excerpt, maybe give away a few books…
AIDEN (looking smug): Hey, you made me this way. So it’s really your fault. And what’s wrong with doing a character interview?
NORAH: It’s a little hokey, don’t you think? I mean, I’m a real live person and you’re a character in a book. An artificial construct.
AIDEN: An impossibly handsome and lethally charming artificial construct, thank you.
NORAH: (eyeing the barista’s lineup) I need another coffee.
AIDEN: No you don’t. It’s bad for your blood pressure. Now let’s get on with this. Remember, I’m the centuries-old vampire in this conversation. I’m supposed to be the jaded, cynical one. So lighten up and ask me a question. ’Kay?
NORAH: There you go again. Centuries-old vampires shouldn’t be saying “’Kay”, should they?
AIDEN: What should I be saying? “Hell’s teeth, woman, get on with it!” Is that better?
NORAH: Not really. Now you sound like Delano.
AIDEN (narrowing eyes): I recognize this behavior. You’re warming up! The literary equivalent of clearing your throat. You’re –
NORAH: I have a question!
AIDEN: (looking smug again) I rather thought that might bring this to a head. Let’s hear your question.
NORAH: What’s so fantastic about sex with vampires?
AIDEN (smiling wickedly): Everything.
NORAH (suppressing a sigh): I was kind of hoping you might expound a little about how and why it’s so fantastic.
AIDEN: Ah, the mechanics. Okay. What happens is once I bite you –
NORAH: Not me.
AIDEN: Okay, Mrs. Wilson, once I bite a person, their blood starts to pump into my venous system through my fangs. The comingling of blood causes –
NORAH: Wait, before you go any further, why don’t you explain that whole blood comingling bit. Folks tend to think the getting-bitten-by-a-vampire thing is, well, bloody and messy.
AIDEN: Right. They also think we drink the blood. (shudders) Too much True Blood watching. The truth is it’s very tidy, if it’s a civilized, consensual exchange. My fangs – (taps his left incisor) – are hollow. The tips telescope open when they’re fully extended, creating a channel that connects directly with my veins, so when I use those fangs to pierce my … uh …
AIDEN: Right. When I pierce the donor’s carotid artery, their pumping heart supplies enough pressure to push their blood into my system. And when I’m finished, I can exert positive pressure to stop the flow and secrete a substance that causes the wound to heal rapidly, even as I’m … uh … pulling out.
NORAH (snickering): Ha! You said “pulling out”.
AIDEN (Rolling eyes): And you wonder where I get it. By the way, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about some of the words you put in my mouth.
NORAH: Like what?
AIDEN: Does “Good eye, Sam” ring any bells?
NORAH (Laughing out loud): What? That was a great line.
AIDEN (Grinning): Okay, it was pretty funny, considering that Sam was –
NORAH: Whoa, stop right there, mister. Don’t spoil it for the readers. Just finish answering my question.
AIDEN: Right. So now you understand that we don’t drink and digest blood. We mainline it, straight into our veins. And during that transaction, and for a brief while afterward (i.e., during coitus), we can share a kind of co-consciousness. Not in the way that you can see everything I’ve ever done or plan to do, but more in the way of knowing what I’m feeling. And it’s the same for me, feeling your sensations. It effectively doubles the sensory input. If I rub my thumb across your lip, I feel not only my sensations of the soft flesh beneath my thumb, but I feel your sensations of my thumb running over your sensitive lip. Those foreign sensation are amazing! An endless feedback loop, your excitement building mine and mine building yours. At that point, if I were to touch your –
NORAH: Okay, I think readers get the picture. Thank you for talking with me today, Aiden. Sorry if I was a little cranky at the outset. It was good of you to cooperate. Especially after I … you know … gave you that rough back story.
AIDEN: No problem. You also gave me Sam, the one woman who could – and did – say no to me, at least for a while. A woman who can throw me out of her head with the ease of a bouncer ejecting a 90-pound troublemaker. How did you know that’s what I needed?
NORAH (smiling smugly): Hey, I’m a romance writer. We always know.
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About the author
|Norah Wilson lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, with her husband, two adult children, a Rottie-Lab mix and a rat (the pet kind). She has been writing romance a very long time. She finaled in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest three times with her romantic suspense/paranormal stories, and in 2003, won Dorchester Publishing’s New Voice in Romance contest. Norah also writes YA paranormal and hilarious cozy mysteries with writing partner Heather Doherty. Norah recently had a book released from Montlake Romance. Previously released as Lauren’s Eyes, the newly revised Every Breath She Takes is widely available.|
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